Thursday 17 October 2019

Arts to promote our biodiversity

Fingal County Council is to partner with two other local authorities on the east cost on raising awareness of biodiversity issues through the arts.

The Arts Council has awarded €71,000 to Wexford County Council in partnership with Fingal County and Dublin City Councils to investigate the role of the arts in raising awareness of the biodiversity issues along our east coast.

This is following a research phase in 2017 in which €15,520 was awarded, making the total investment €86,520.

The money will be used to support a series of artists residencies exploring coastal discussions in Wexford, Dublin City and Fingal between artists, communities, curators, biodiversity officers and academic specialists with the aim of creatively highlighting shared concerns on the biodiversity of our east coast.

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.

Commenting on the awarding of the grant, 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.'

Fingal Independent