Feature Article
Welcome to the May edition of our Newsletter
News this month
Arts Council welcomes international study trip to Ireland on community arts
Customer Charter and Customer Service Action Plan
Upcoming Arts Council Collection exhibitions
Laureate for Irish Fiction Event: Sebastian Barry, A Tribute & Interview with Seán Rocks & Special Guests Mia Gallagher & Claire Kilroy
Grants and Awards
Arts Council announces details of 2018 Visual Arts Bursary Award, Round 2 Strand 1 (Visual Artists) Strand 2 (Curators)
Arts Council announces details and deadline of 2019 Visual Arts Workspace Scheme
Arts Council announces details and deadline of Engaging with Architecture Scheme 2018
Next Generation Artists’ Award
News from the community
Digital Transformations funds a €10,000 'digital society' bursary
Project 52/Tionscnamh 52 pop-up performances, Dingle Peninsula
Call for applications: artsandhealth.ie documentation bursary 2018
Zurich Portrait Prize Submissions, Deadline: 22 June 2018
Irish Writers Centre announces new writer led Irish language project funding
Irish Chamber Orchestra offers baroque and romantic masterworks on it's Death & the Maiden tour
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Music Education Partnership Support Manager
JOB OPPORTUNITIES: Administration, Music Generation Waterford and Wexford
Creative Europe Desk
Seminar on Audience Development for Cultural Organisations
Application forms and guidelines now online for Support to Literary Translation Projects
Creative Europe Culture Information Desk at Visual Artists Ireland Ireland Get Together 2018
Welcome to the May edition of our Newsletter

This month the President of Ireland, Michael D Higgins, will visit the Arts Council’s offices in Dublin and announce our fifth Laureate na nÓg. As you can imagine, this, along with the enormous success of the initiative, makes us very happy.


Like most success in the arts it did not happen overnight. In 2009, we developed a comprehensive vision, strategy and action plan for children’s literature. Central to this new strategy was the establishment of a children’s laureate, a role designed to celebrate children’s literature and its contribution to cultural life; our inaugural Laureate na nÓg Siobhán Parkinson was announced in May 2010.


We had high hopes for this initiative, but we could not have anticipated the extent of Laureate na nÓg’s reach or the depth of its impact. From Siobhán Parkinson’s Laureate International Library to Niamh Sharkey’s Pictiúr to Eoin Colfer’s Once Upon a Place – each Laureate has left a meaningful creative legacy and inspired a new generation of readers, writers and illustrators.


Our fourth Laureate na nÓg, the celebrated author and illustrator PJ Lynch, will complete his two-year term this month. His project – The Big Picture – focused on the art of illustration and visual storytelling that celebrates children’s literature and the power of the imagination. Over the past two years, PJ Lynch has participated in regular podcasts where he discussed various aspects of illustration and picturebook making. He also initiated a number of significant public art projects in partnership with festivals, communities and schools that encapsulate the theme of storytelling through visual art. On behalf of the Council, I would like to thank PJ for his incredible passion and commitment.



Best wishes,


Orlaith McBride