Arts Council announces €65.1m investment across Ireland for 2017
The Arts Council today announced plans for a €65.1m investment in arts across Ireland.
A new strategy, ‘Making Great Art Work’, aims to see people engage with the arts in exciting and innovative ways.
It is believed the money will go towards local festivals, community-based arts practice and developing emerging artists.
The €65.1m represents an increase of €5m on the 2016 grant provided by the government.
Next year marks the beginning of the first ‘three-year plan’ within the strategy.
For 2017, the Arts Council also offered €26.8 million in funding to 163 organisations in literature, music, dance, visual arts, theatre, street art, circus, spectacle, opera, film, architecture and the traditional arts, as well as through special areas of arts practice such as arts participation and young people, children and arts education.
Some of the organisations which will receive funding include Wexford Festival Opera, the Irish Architecture Foundation and the Royal Hibernian Academy.
Arts Council Chair Sheila Pratschke said: “Our grant from Government for 2017 is €65.1 million, which is €5 million more than 2016. Our strategy prioritises the artist and public engagement, and our decisions for 2017 focus on small festivals, individual and emerging artists, community-based practice and work with and for children and young people."