Culture Ireland - Cultur Na hEireann
One of the key Irish art organizations, Culture Ireland (Cultúr Na hÉireann) promotes Irish art and artists, internationally. Established in 2005 and based in Dublin, Culture Ireland is funded by the Department for Arts, Sport and Tourism. It allocates grants for overseas activity to Irish artists involved (eg) in painting, sculpture and the contemporary arts, as well as crafts organisations like the Crafts Council of Ireland. It also funds and facilitates Irish participation at certain international arts events and manages important cultural events. Cultúr Na hÉireann also advises the Minister For the Arts on world arts events and cultural affairs. Its annual budget for 2010 is €4.083 million (2009: €4.553 million; 2008: €4.75 million; 2007: €4.5 million; 2006/5: €3 million).
The governing board of Culture Ireland is appointed for a five-year term by the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism. It consists of 12 members and a chairperson all of whom serve on a voluntary basis. Current members, nominated in 2009 until 2014, are:
Professor Mícheál Ó
Súilleabháin Uas. (Chairperson), Professor of Music, University
Present artworks internationally
There are four funding rounds per year,
in February, May, August and November. Examples of eligable applications
include travel costs of visual artists and their works to exhibit abroad
(for example at the Venice Biennale); support for performances abroad
of professional Irish bands, musicians or choral groups; readings by authors
of their works and theatre and dance groups who wish to perform outside
of Ireland (for example at the Edinburgh International Festival).
In addition, Cultúr Na hÉireann supports the representation of Irish painting and Irish scupture in showcase cultural exhibitions and other artistic events, maintains information online to promote contemporary Irish arts and produces high quality PR products, such as CDs and DVDs. The organization is also continuously involved in building and maintaining relationships with cultural organizations within the visual arts of Ireland and abroad, including bodies in Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales.
Further information on Culture Ireland and its visual art grant program is available on www.cultureireland.gov.ie. Alternatively, telephone: (+353) 01-631-3905/3994/3917.
For facts about the art industry
in Ireland, see: Homepage.
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