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Fantasy Farming (2020), an installation by Laura Fitzgerald, is among a new  haul of artworks purchased by the Arts Council

This afternoon.

Since 1962, the Arts Council has been buying art from working artists adding to its Collection every year.

Andrew McSharry writes:

The Arts Council is delighted to announce that 90 new artworks by 48 artists have been added to its Collection to be shared with audiences across Ireland.

These new purchases represent the largest number of artworks acquired for the Collection in a single year since its establishment and bring the total number of works in the Collection to almost 1,300.

The artworks newly added to the collection are by artists who live and work in communities both across Ireland and internationally.

These new artworks will be accessible to diverse public audiences throughout the country as part of the Arts Council Collection’s ongoing programme of exhibitions, loans and initiatives.

Arts Council Collection (The Arts Council)

Pic: Jed Niezgoda

That’s for seating.

This morning.

Sandymount, Dublin 4.

Startled passers-by observe dancer Emily Kilkenny Roddy launching PLATFORM 31, a new artist development bursary by the 31 Local Authority Arts Offices in collaboration with the Arts Council.

The scheme will offer artists across the country an €8,000 bursary, combined with an ‘advisory and developmental framework and peer network’ and your own bench.

See Here for more details.

Where are your masks?

Leon Farrell/Photocall Ireland

This afternoon.

Hush now.


Via The Arts Council:

The Arts Council has welcomed Minister Catherine Martin’s announcement of measures to stimulate employment and activity in the arts and culture sector, saying it would invest in a range of schemes to support artists and arts organisations across the country.

As part of the €31 million package…said it would invest the additional resources in enhanced bursaries, commissions, projects and other supports for individual artists and practitioners, and in the arts organisations through which much of the work is made.

Minister Martin’s measures also include ;

Funding through the Creative Ireland programme to fund artists in local communities through local authorities; a music support scheme that will support all genres;.

€5 million to support the audio visual sector in de-risking the costs of productions to be rolled out in conjunction with Screen Ireland;

€5 million to help de-risk the costs of creating new theatrical works and other performances; €6 million in capital for arts infrastructure funding to accelerate construction in cultural institutions;

€2 million for the BAI’s Sound and Vision Fund; €3 million for a dedicated TV Drama fund to be run by Screen Ireland…


Funding to collaborate with national broadcast media to pay artists to produce material for national broadcast


Previously: The One Per Cent

Artists and arts organisations across the country are suffering enormous financial losses and facing an uncertain future as a direct result of the Covid-19 public health crisis, new data from the Arts Council shows.

This morning.

Via The Arts Council

Surveys carried out by the Arts Council, the government agency for funding and developing the arts, show that 90 percent of artists have been impacted by cancelled or postponed events, with a great many describing the effect on their financial situation as ‘severe’ and almost half applying for the Government’s Covid-19 emergency payment.

Arts organisations estimated the loss of audience at 2.4 million people and growing, with more than 12,000 events cancelled and hundreds of staff members being laid off.

Arts Council Chair Prof. Kevin Rafter has said the information gathered from the surveys will help the Arts Council better understand the impact of jobs and livelihoods, and the responses needed to help the sector come through the months ahead….

Findings from Arts Council-funded organisations 23-27 March 

Findings from Artists’ Survey 3 – 13 April 

From top: Gate Theatre, Dublin and Arts Council logo

Further to the claims made against former artistic director of the Gate Theatre Michael Colgan…

And the fact The Gate Theatre receives funding from the Arts Council – the theatre received €860,000 from the council in 2016 and €860,000 in 2015…


The Sunday Independent reported on a survey carried out last year by Irish Equity, which is part of the union SIPTU, and represents actors, theatre directors, stage and set designers in Ireland.

The survey involved people, mostly women, working in the arts and wasn’t limited to any one location.

It found that almost 60 per cent of those surveyed said they had been bullied but that almost 75 per cent had not reported it because they feared it might jeopardise future work opportunities.

Further to this.

Karan O’Loughlin, speaking to Keelin Shanley on RTE’s News At One this afternoon said:

“This is an open secret in the arts. We went to the Arts Council with this early in 2016 to ask them to help us to deal with it by connecting funding to robust anti-bullying procedures and they refused.

They said it wasn’t their business.”

It’s an absolute pre-requisite, in my view, that all of the funding bodies should insist that any organisation applying for funding, or being supported with State money, should have robust anti-bullying and anti-harrassment, including anti-sexual harassment procedures in place.”

Abuse in the arts: the shocking truth (Irish Independent) 

Previously: Barbarian At The Gate

“I Knew It Was Likely I Would Never Work In The Gate Again”

patrick scott

The Arts Council HQ, Merrion Square, Dublin today.

Seán Mac Cárthaigh writes;

A Spontaneous tribute by Arts Council staff to Patrick Scott, one of our greatest artists, Aosdána Saoi, passed away this afternoon.


Artist Patrick Scott dies a day before retrospective exhibition (Ronan McGreevey, irish Times)

Patrick Scott?