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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

IMMA Announce 2020 Programme

The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IMMA) have announced highlights of its 2020 programme which includes solo exhibitions by Bharti Kher, Christodoulos Panayioutou, Paula Rego and Eva Rothschild; a major international group exhibition Xenogenesis by The Otolith Group and an exhibition from the IMMA Collection Ghosts From the Recent Past. The IMMA Collection: Freud Project will be accompanied by a response by Chantel Joffee to Lucian Freud’s portraits.

The first major exhibition Ghosts From the Recent Past explores how urgencies of the recent past continue to inhabit the present. Framed by key political events over the recent past it focuses … Read the rest

Fiona Harrington Appointed Curator of Headford Lace Project

Headford Lace Project are delighted to announce that Fiona Harrington has been appointed as curator for our international lace exhibition which will be held in Headford in late 2020. They are thrilled to be working with such an internationally renowned artist who has traditional lace making skills at the heart of her practice. We are very excited about Fiona’s vision for the exhibition and the many possibilities offered by this collaboration.

Fiona Harrington said:
“I am excited to be working with the Headford Lace Project in developing this exhibition.
My vision for the show is to provide a platform for … Read the rest

Teresa Buczkowska Appointed to the Arts Council

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan, T.D. has announced the appointment to the Arts Council of Teresa Buczkowska for a 5 year term to November 2024.

Ms Buczkowska has wide experience in relation to equality, diversity and inclusion. She works as the Integration and Anti-racism Coordinator at the Immigrant Council of Ireland and has led the delivery of many comprehensive anti-racism projects that range from training and research, to advocacy and campaigning.

There is a statutory gender balance on the Arts Council, which requires a minimum of 6 men and 6 women. With this appointment the … Read the rest

Beyond 2022: Launch of Ireland’s Virtual Record Treasury Research Project

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar TD announced €2.5 million in Government funding today for a flagship research project led by Trinity College Dublin which will digitally recreate seven centuries of historical records of the Public Record Office of Ireland destroyed by fire at Dublin’s Four Courts at the beginning of the Irish Civil War. Beyond 2022: Ireland’s Virtual Record Treasury research project, creating an all-island and international legacy for the Decade of Centenaries

The destruction of the Public Record Office of Ireland, at the Four Courts, on 30th June 1922 was a devastating cultural loss. While not comparable with the loss … Read the rest