€160,000 arts funding boost for Tipperary

People in Tipperary can expect the best of the arts in 2015 with local organisations already planning festivals, music, dance, exhibitions and much more the Arts Council revealed last week.

People in Tipperary can expect the best of the arts in 2015 with local organisations already planning festivals, music, dance, exhibitions and much more the Arts Council revealed last week.

Announcing its funding decisions in its three main grants programmes the Arts Council, said it would invest over €160,000 in Tipperary-based organisations with a proven track record of delivering great arts experiences for people all over the county and beyond.

A total of four organisations successfully applied for funding, including the Clonmel Junction Festival, The Source Arts Centre, The Tipperary Excel and Tipperary County Council will also receive a grant of over €114,000 for its arts service.

In addition to this support the Arts Council will be making significant funding available throughout the year for touring, projects and bursaries for talented artists.

The Arts Council, the government agency tasked with supporting, developing and funding the arts, saw the level of its own exchequer grant maintained this year for the first time since 2009.

The council has said that it anticipated future increases in investment and was mindful in its allocations to help position the arts to benefit from, and play a full part in, the national recovery.

Arts Council Chair Sheila Pratschke said: “The arts mean so much to us in this country; they are our most popular pursuit; they define our identity and they shape our communities. I am delighted to announce that the Arts Council will continue to support the arts in Tipperary over the coming year”.

Arts Council Director Orlaith McBride said: “These grants decisions, along with other support we will be announcing throughout 2015, will mean that people in Tipperary and across the country will enjoy festivals, performances, exhibitions concerts and as well as a host of other arts events which capture the public imagination”.

The Arts Council has published an interactive map on its website where users can see details for each arts organisation funded in the three main grants programmes and the reason for the Arts Council’s investment. The map can be viewed here: http://www.artscouncil.ie/map-of-funding-decisions/