Feature Article
Welcome to the May edition of our Newsletter
News this month
Close Encounter: Meetings with Remarkable Buildings returns home from the Venice Biennale to tour Ireland
Laureate for Irish Fiction lecture ‘The Lives of the Saints’ to be presented at Queen’s University Belfast
Grants and Awards
2020 Visual Artists Workspace scheme application deadline.
Culture Ireland and the Arts Council announce Open Call for Expressions of Interest for the 17th International Architecture Exhibition Venice, La Biennale di Venezia, 2020.
Film Artist in Residence (Screenwriter) University College Cork 2019-2020
Traditional Artist in Residence
News from the community
Music Generation – Head of Quality, Support and Development
Literature Producers Forum
TAKING TIME: An Appreciation of Irish Craft
Acting Director/CEO of the Irish Writers Centre (50 weeks from July 2019)
FRESH STREET#3 | 22 – 24th May
NEST 2019
Proposition: Should we fear the Algorithm? Exploring Artificial Intelligence
Bealtaine Book Club – Éilís Ní Dhuibhne in Conversation
Bilingual Takin' the Mic at ILFD with Marcus Mac Conghail and Nicole Flattery
Submit to Novel Fair 2020
Welcome to the May edition of our Newsletter

It’s that time of the year when the Arts Council begins the process of planning for the following year, reviewing our plans and programmes and building our case-making to support an increase in public monies for the arts.  In recent years, all public spending is being called upon to provide data and evidence to support and quantify the impact of the state’s investment, from education to social protection, from the agriculture to the environment.  And the arts are no different.  As a sector in receipt of public monies, demonstrating the outputs and outcomes of any funding is invaluable in presenting a case for continued and hopefully increased funding.


Our strategy, Making Great Art Work , and our three-year plan 2017-19,  promised that we will invest in research, data and information programmes that increase our knowledge and expertise in the arts, demonstrate and track over time the impact of our investment on the lives of artists, communities and those who access and participate in the arts.  


And so we have started this work.  Commissioning research, capturing data and analysing and better understanding the information submitted to us by artists and organisations.  This supports us in building our expertise, supporting policy development and advocating more credibly for the arts across government and with other stakeholders.


We are very grateful to the many arts organisations, artists and practitioners who have taken the time to give us detailed information about their plans, programmes and audiences -- whether through the arts activity report (AAR) we’ve built into our online services system or through other surveys and reports.  Please be assured that we are using this invaluable information and hope over the coming months to bring people together to share with them what we have learned from this information in terms of trends, audiences’ behaviours, programming supports as well as areas for future support and development through policy or specific targeted interventions.


We can already see a clearer, more detailed picture of the arts in Ireland today, and this will prove invaluable to us in policy and decision-making as well as advocating for public funding of the arts.


With best wishes,


Orlaith McBride