Arts council funding for Fingal
The Arts Council has awarded €71,000 to Fingal County Council, Wexford County Council and Dublin City Council.
The grant was awarded as part of the Arts Council's Invitation to Collaboration Scheme which investigates the role of the arts in raising awareness of climate change and biodiversity issues along the east coast.
This award is following a research phase in 2017 in which €15,520 was awarded, making the total investment €86,520.
The funding will be used to support a series of artists' residencies. These will explore coastal discussions in Fingal, Dublin & Wexford between artists, communities, curators, biodiversity officers and academic specialists. The aim of this collaboration is to creatively highlight shared concerns on climate change influences and biodiversity of our east coast. The Collaboration also includes a partnership with UK Art & Ecology Commissioning Agency Invisible Dust.
The Arts Council confirmed the award as part of their 'Invitation to Collaboration' scheme aimed at Local Authorities, which promotes unique collaborations through working better together and promoting high quality access to and engagement with the arts.
Fingal County Council's Public Arts Coordinator, Caroline Cowley said: 'I am delighted that Fingal's Art Office has been awarded this funding to facilitate collaboration between those in the Art community and Biodiversity specialists to creatively explore and raise awareness of Climate Change and how it affects our landscape.'
Cllr Cathal Boland (NP) welcomed the funding, saying: 'These is a great move by the Arts Council as it draws those involved in art to collaborate with Biodiversity specialists to creatively explore and raise awareness of climate change and how it affects our landscape.
' Initiatives such as this have real benefits to the whole community and affords all to learn and understand the bigger picture and encourage public engagement.'
Speaking at the launch of the scheme in the Irish Aerial Creation Centre in Limerick, Director of the Arts Council, Orlaith McBride said: 'We are inspired by the ambition and creativity of the proposals we receive from Local Authorities. Collaboration between the Arts Council and local authorities is where we see public engagement in the arts at its most informed, most considered and most artistically ambitious.'
The Arts Council Director concluded at the event: ' I am confident this funding will help foster a distinctive artistic and environmental collaboration within and among local authorities, which will result in unique public engagement opportunities.'