|Arts Council Ireland|
The Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon is an autonomous body established in 1951 to stimulate public interest in and promote the knowledge, appreciation and practice of the arts. We are the Irish State's principal instrument of arts funding and an advisory body to Government on arts matters, operating under the Arts Acts of 1951, 1973, and 2003.
The Arts Council is a voluntary body of 12 members and a chair, appointed by the Minister for Arts, Sport and Tourism for a term of five years. The twelth Arts Council was appointed in 2003.
As an advocate for the arts, we commission and publish research and information and undertake a range of development projects, often jointly with other public sector or non-governmental agencies.
The Arts Council supports all aspects of the arts, in Irish and in English - architecture, dance, drama, film, literature, music, opera and visual arts. We support individual professional artists through direct awards and bursaries and through Aosdána, the affiliation of creative artists. We also support multi-disciplinary arts through activities and facilities such as arts centres, festivals and community arts. We provide annual and multi-annual grants or project funding to hundreds of organisations involved in the arts throughout Ireland.
In partnership with local authorities and with Údarás na Gaeltachta, we part-fund 31 county, city and gaeltacht arts officer posts and their year-round programmes. We co-operate closely on a wide range of programmes and projects with our counterpart, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Culture Action Europe contact: Katie Lowry
International Arts Desk and European Cultural Contact Point
The Arts Council/An Chomhairle Ealaíon
70 Merrion Square
T. +353 1 6180234
F. +353 1 6761302