Five Artists Shortlisted for 2020 Golden Fleece Award

The Trustees of the Golden Fleece Award are delighted to announce the shortlist of artists and makers qualifying for the 2020 Award. Those shortlisted are: The Trustees of the Golden Fleece Award are delighted to announce the shortlist of artists and makers qualifying for the 2020 Award.

Those shortlisted are:

Laura Fitzgerald
Pierce Healy
Ailbhe Ní Bhriain
Annemarie Reinhold
Kathy Tynan

Information on each of the shortlisted artists is now available on

The award will be announced at a ceremony at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Ely Place, on 25 March 2020. The prize fund for 2020 is €30,000, … Read the rest

Adopting a Carbon Neutral approach to the making and presentation of the visual arts – Julie’s Bicycle in Dublin.

We are delighted to announce that Claire Buckley, of Julie’s Bicycle, will present at Get Together 2020. Rather than trying to make it up as we go along, we have invited Claire to join us and provide guidance and insight to the development of a more carbon neutral approach in visual arts practice and visual arts organisations. In particular we have asked Claire to give us some insight into how organisations that they work with have approached the changes required, and also to look at individual art practices with a view to working methods, materials, and the research around the
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Folk Radio Will Go Live on 87.9 FM in Feb 2020

Folk Radio is a public art project in the form of a new artist-led radio station based at X-PO in Kilnaboy, a village in the heart of the Burren community in Co. Clare, and is commissioned through Clare County Council’s Gaining Ground programme.

Folk Radio engages the wider and existing communities active in and around X-PO. This former post office is a site for cultural and community exchange, initiated as a public art project in 2007 by artist Deirdre O’Mahony.

Today its numerous activities include a weekly singing meet-up, skills exchange workshops, historical talks, a film club and a mapping … Read the rest

Experiment! Call for Applications for New VAI Research Residency Funding!

Experiment is a pilot programme that provides an alternative form of residency. Based on feedback from members, it is clear that it is difficult for the majority of visual artists to take time out of their lives to take advantage of residential residencies. We have heard stories of issues with time off from other work, family obligations, and simply the time needed to travel to another place for an extended period of time. Therefore, we have designed this new residency in the form of research funding that is open to applications from artists at all stages of their career.

The … Read the rest

Rosemary Steen Appointed CEO for Design & Crafts Council Ireland

The Board of Design & Crafts Council Ireland has announced the appointment of Rosemary Steen to the position of Chief Executive Officer. Ms Steen is currently an Executive Director at EirGrid and has a wide range of business experience across a number of sectors. She will take up her position in mid-February.

Design & Crafts Council Ireland (DCCI) is the national agency for the commercial development of Irish designers and makers, stimulating innovation, championing design thinking and informing government policy. Its vision is a world where Irish designers and makers are recognised and valued for enriching Ireland’s economy, culture and … Read the rest

Arts Council of Northern Ireland Awards Residencies in India to Eleanor Wheeler and Kathryn Graham

Northern Ireland artists will be showcasing their talents in India this year as part of a number of international opportunities developed by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to raise the profile of local artists abroad.

Visual artists Eleanor Wheeler and Kathryn Graham have been selected to undertake working residencies at the prestigious Sanskritti Cultural Centre and Ramgarh Shekawati, India, to immerse themselves in the artistic community and develop new work.

While later this month, poet Stephen Sexton and director and Executive Producer of the Lyric Theatre Jimmy Fay, will represent Northern Ireland at the Jaipur Literature Festival, the world’s … Read the rest

Culture Night Consultations – Dublin, Cork and Galway

The Arts Council is holding a series of conversations on Culture Night in the New Year, which will take place in Dublin, Cork and Galway.

Culture Night has expanded to towns and villages across Ireland since its origins in Temple Bar in 2006 by Dublin City Council. In 2019 it was reported that 4,000 free events reached 400,000 people across Ireland, making it one of the most recognisable and anticipated national dates in the Irish cultural calendar. Culture Night will reach its 15th year in 2020 and is due to take place on Friday 18 September.

Following the recent … Read the rest

19 New Works Added to Arts Council Collection

The Arts Council is delighted to announce that it has added 19 new works to its Collection which will be seen by audiences across the country. The artists whose work has now been added to the Collection are Sven Anderson, Eamon Doyle, Rachel Fallon, Ruth Le Gear, Marielle MacLeman, Vukašin Nedeljković, Séamus Nolan, Miriam O’Connor, Doireann O’Malley and Vagabond Reviews.

These art works will be added to the over 1,100 works of modern and contemporary Irish art in the Collection and mark the latest additions to the Council’s long history of purchasing excellent and ambitious works of art that reflects … Read the rest

Recipients of Visual Artists Workspace Scheme 2020 Announced

The Arts Council is delighted to announce the recipients of the 2020 Visual Artists Workspace scheme.

This scheme offers grants up to a maximum of €40,000 towards the running costs of visual artists’ workspaces. It aims to support sustainable artists’ workspaces throughout the country to provide the best possible working environment for visual artists and, where feasible, to enable a level of subsidy for the artists working within them.

Next year studios in Cork, Clare, Dublin, Galway, Limerick, Louth, Mayo and Waterford will receive grants totalling €260,000 to maintain vital facilities and provisions for Visual artists.

In total, 18 studios/workspaces … Read the rest

The Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht Has Published Culture 2025 – A National Cultural Policy Framework

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, has published Ireland’s first ever national cultural policy framework, Culture 2025 – A National Cultural Policy Framework to 2025.

Culture 2025 sets the direction for Government policy across the cultural sector, including the arts, the Irish language and the creative, heritage and audiovisual sectors. It details the Government’s aspirations for these areas and how these aspirations can be achieved. You can read the policy here.

Central to Culture 2025 is the recognition of the value of culture and creativity to the individual and society, the need to support creative … Read the rest