25 May 2020
‘Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle’. The late, much-loved writer Philip Casey used these words from 19th-century Scottish writer Ian MacLaren at the end of his e-mails. It’s a good clarion call for us all to bring to our
dealings with each other.
6 April 2020
Artist and theatre-maker Aisling Byrne reflects on her experiences so far as Creative Associate.
24 March 2020
Artist Mark Clare reflects on a residency in Wexford in 2019 which focused on climate change.
Annemarie Ní Churreáin
10 April 2019
One of the great gifts of the inaugural John Broderick Writer in Residence Programme was the opportunity to share Broderick’s work with new audiences.
11 March 2019
Over the past nine months I have been busy... busy gestating the conference Places Matter | building inclusion in the arts.
16 October 2018
This week I am really looking forward to the launch of the Arts Council’s Invitation to Collaboration Scheme. It’s the third time we have offered the scheme, it will take place in the unique Irish Aerial Creation Centre in Limerick, and we will celebrate
five new, ambitious and ground-breaking local authority-led projects right across the country.
21 December 2017
People right across the country will experience the arts in new and exciting ways in 2018. The Arts Council will invest €68.4 million over the course of 2018 thus creating opportunities for the public to experience large-scale work of excellence, as well
as work of real artistic ambition, by supporting organisations through its two new funding programmes
22 December 2016
As the year closes we reflect on our Art:2016 programme which placed artists and the arts at the centre of how the nation commemorated the Centenary celebrations of the Easter Rising 1916.
21 September 2016
In the Autumn of 2015, Yeoryia Manolopoulou and I were selected by the Arts Council and Culture Ireland as Co-Commissioners/Curators of Ireland’s entry to the Venice Biennale 2016.
Fearghus Ó Conchúir
15 July 2016
We’ve premiered Butterflies and Bones, a new stage show in London, brought together academics and artists for symposia in Maynooth and at the British Library, and we’ve been doing workshops with refugees and asylum seekers in London and in Dublin. But
we’re hardly halfway through The Casement Project.
Annemarie Ni Churreain
13 May 2016
I understand Irish, but I can’t speak it. I’ve heard this said many times, and I heard it again at the long dinner table in the Tyrone Guthrie Centre where I spent a week in April with the other recipients of the ART: 2016 Next Generation Bursary Award.
21 April 2016
It’s been a couple of years since I put on the Laureate’s medal and there are a couple of weeks left until I pass it on. Figuratively pass it on, the office actually lets you keep the medal which is just as well since my name is on the back and it’s unlikely
they could find another Eoin Colfer to be Children’s Laureate. It will be a bittersweet moment for me to hand over the title, as the past twenty four months have been pretty extraordinary from my point of view. ..
7 April 2016
The Cavan Singers were very excited to have been chosen as one of the many choirs from all over Ireland to take part in A Nation's Voice in Collins Barracks on Sunday 27 March to celebrate the 1916 rising.
9 March 2016
Oscar nominations have showered on Irish film and at the roll-out of the red carpet, we crowd-cluster around Irish arts and culture. Success is sweet and to be celebrated. However, art does not fall from a glitter ball, ready-made.
22 February 2016
Over the last years, and with three key initiatives, the Arts Council has been working to nurture and sustain the relationship between architecture and society and architects and the public..
4 February 2016
From Donegal to Kiltimagh, from Rathcoole to Lismore, they came, over 1,100 voices strong. Young and old, baritone and soprano, they are now the massed choir that is A Nation’s Voice.
18 January 2016
2016 will be a significant year for the State when we acknowledge the Easter Rising in 1916 as the moment that set us on a path to independence. The role of artists in the Celtic Revival and in the events leading up to the Rising cannot be underestimated.
18 December 2015
On Wednesday, President Michael D. Higgins brought the 18 artists who are the recipients of the Arts Council Next Generation: 16x16 Artists Bursary for emerging artists into his home, Áras an Uachtaráin.
3 December 2015
The theme for this year’s International Day of Persons with Disabilities is Inclusion Matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities. The Arts Council is proud to use this celebration to present three powerful commissions by artists
with disabilities, which were supported under our Ignite initiative.
Seán Mac Cárthaigh
20 November 2015
Sometimes in Ireland it seems as if there isn’t a month that goes by that there isn’t another lively debate, or even controversy, in the arts.
19 October 2015
An ever growing and ever evolving architecture festival, Open House Dublin follows a format that was established 23 years ago in London by Victoria Thornton to make architecture open and accessible to the public for a weekend and, critically, do it for
01 October 2015
One of the great pleasures of being the Director of the Arts Council is that it gives me the opportunity to attend occasions of praise and celebration. And last week I had the honour of being present at the conferring of the three new Saoithe of Aosdána
by the President, Michael D.Higgins when he presented Imogen Stewart, Edna O‘Brien and William Trevor with the symbolic torc.
Seán Mac Cárthaigh
22 September 2015
There’s a growing sense of anticipation in the Arts Council this week, at least for those of us who are getting away from our desks and heading down to Ratheniska, Co Laois, for the National Ploughing Championships!
10 September 2015
I am very pleased to announce the publication of the Arts Council’s Strategy, Making Great Art Work (PDF, 3.29 MB). This strategy established the co-ordinates
by which the Arts Council will lead the development of the arts in Ireland in the decade 2016–2025.