Irish Department of Arts
In Ireland, government policy on visual arts in Ireland is coordinated by the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism. The Minister For the Arts is a full member of the Cabinet - the top governmental committee.
In the execution of its general responsibility for national culture in Ireland, the Department of the Arts aims to:
Formulate, develop and evaluate
policies to promote and foster the practice and appreciation of the creative
arts and the Irish film industry.
The Irish Department of Arts is advised and assisted in this task by two subsidiary bodies. The Irish Arts Council, an autonomous agency which promotes and develops the arts in Ireland, and Ireland Culture (Cultúr Na hÉireann), the body that promotes Irish Artists and cultural activities overseas. The Department's funds to the Arts are principally distributed through the Arts Council.
The Irish government traditionally places great importance on National Culture as a vital element in helping to maintain the image and identity of Ireland. For example, in the visual arts, it campaigns to secure the promotion of certain national archeological treasures (eg. Newgrange) as UN World Heritage sites; it supports the participation of Irish painting and Irish sculpture in numerous annual and bi-annual international art exhibitions; and it maintains numerous national art museums - such as, the National Gallery of Ireland, the National Museum of Ireland (NMI) (Ard-Mhúsaem na hÉireann), the National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland, and the Museum of Modern Art.
One recent example of the promotion of Irish visual art, was the celebration of the city of Cork as a European Capital of Culture, in 2005. The year-long event was supported by the Department of the Arts, Cork City Council and the EU, and witnessed a wide program of cultural activities and artworks including: paintings, sculpture, theatre, dance, workshops, seminars and exhibitions. During 2005, more than one million people, attended official Cork Capital of Culture events.
Public Art Scheme
In 2004 the Minister for Arts, Sport and
Tourism launched Per Cent for Art Scheme, which meant that any public
capital projects should allocate a percentage of their budget for public
art work. Construction projects must now allow up to 1% of their overall
budget for art (eg. public sculptures) - generally speaking it allows
for art tenders between €25,000 and €65,000.
For more information about the Department For The Arts, telephone: (+353) 01-631-3800.
For facts about the art industry
in Ireland, see: Homepage.
ENCYCLOPEDIA OF ART