Feature Article
Welcome to the August edition of our Newsletter
News this month
Arts Council launches €212k local arts collaborative awards
Announcement about the Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme Round 2 2018 (July to December)
Annual Laureate for Irish Fiction lecture – The Count: what the figures say about being a female Irish writer today
NEW: Festival Investment Scheme - Clinics
Grants and Awards
Deis Award next closing date - 5:30 p.m, Thursday 31 August 2017
The Arts Council announces deadline for Reel Art 2017
Visual Arts Curator Residency Scheme
Visual Artists' Workspace Scheme 2018
New round of ilDÁNA announced
Creative Europe Desk
International News from the Creative Europe Desk – Culture Office
Welcome to the August edition of our Newsletter

For the arts in Ireland, it’s been a great summer so far!


Our festivals have shone brighter – and more consistently -- than the sun. Our artists and arts organisations are making great work right across the country. And there have been some inspiring arts stories, for example:


  • Wonderful new work of scale and ambition emerging from our latest Open Call awards.


This month will also see many arts organisations begin writing their application for funding in 2017 under the new ‘Strategic Funding’ category. I would like to thank all of those who attended our two information clinics last week in Dublin. The application for Strategic Funding is now open, and those interested in finding out more can read about the funding programme here.


In keeping with our key goals as set out in Making Great Art Work, the purpose of Strategic Funding is to support ambitious and imaginative proposals from organisations that seek to enable artists to make excellent work which is enjoyed and valued, and to deliver excellent arts experiences to the public. Our particular thanks to Cath Hume from Britain’s Arts Marketing Association, who gave a very informative presentation at the information clinic on ways in which organisations can think strategically and systematically about setting ambitious and achievable audience targets for 2018. For those who missed the information clinic, you can watch it back on our Facebook page.


The deadline for receipt of applications is Thursday 7 September, but, as we always say, make sure to give yourself plenty of time if you’re thinking about applying.



Yours sincerely,



Orlaith McBride