Arts Council (An Chomhairle Ealaíon)
Established in 1951 and based in Dublin, the Arts Council (An Chomhairle Ealaíon) is an autonomous semi-state body responsible to and funded by the Department of Arts. It functions as the lead national agency for the promotion of Irish art, including the improvement of public knowledge and awareness and practice of Irish culture. The Arts Council comprises 12 members and a chairperson - all of whom serve voluntarily and are appointed by the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism for a period of five years.
Arts Council Board
Membership of the Arts Council Board (2010) is as follows:
Pat Moylan (Theatre & Film Director)
Working under the board and implementing its directives is the Arts Council executive, comprising a Director and a staff of 48. A number of specialist advisers, who furnish additional expertise on different areas of the arts - such as Irish painting and Irish sculpture, and different aspects of the Irish art market - are employed on a consultancy basis.
In recognition of the fact that the arts have a central contribution to make to Irish society, government support for the Arts Council increased substantially over recent years. The Arts Council 2008 budget was €82 million (1997: €26.4 million). The majority of this comes from the Exchequer, a portion from the National Lottery and also private trust funds. However, in line with economic conditions funding has decreased since 2008. The Arts Council were allocated a grant of €75.7 million in 2009 and €68 million in 2010. As a result a number of art organisations have ceased to be funded in 2010.
Arts Council - Specific Tasks/Aims
Under the Arts Act (2003), the Arts Council's principal goals are to:
Stimulate public interest in the
These goals are advanced through the provision of financial assistance to Irish art organisations, as well as other individuals/bodies involved in the promotion of the arts, through the provision of advice and information to the Irish Government and other organizations, through the support of joint arts projects, and via the publication of research and information to promote Irish arts and artists.
Specific details of the Arts Councils current work can be seen in "Partnership for the Arts", a strategic 5-year plan which outlines the Councils priorities for the visual arts in Ireland during the period 2006-2010.
Support For Irish Visual Arts
Note that the Arts Council is the only national agency which offers financial support to individual Irish artists to assist them in developing their skills and practice. This funding is enhanced by Arts Council funding of a range of visual art festivals, and local art programs.
Irish Arts Council - More Information
For more details about the contribution
of the Arts Council to Irish life and culture:
For facts about the art industry
in Ireland, see: Homepage.
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