The Arts Council fund increase as of yesterday’s announcement bodes well for the arts nationally and regionally and at Garter Lane we look forward to seeing this positive development put into action.
The Chair of the Arts Council, Sheila Pratschke, has welcomed the announcement by the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan of €75m funding to the Arts Council for 2019. Speaking today, Ms. Pratschke said, “We are delighted with the announcement of €75m in funding for 2019 which represents almost a €7m increase on our 2018 funding. This is a major increase in investment in the arts and demonstrates a genuine understanding by Government of the important role of the arts in all our lives and in the life of the nation. This investment affirms the Government’s commitment to place the arts and culture at the centre of government policy and is a further endorsement of the ambitions laid out in Project Ireland 2040 and Global Ireland 2025.
The figure of €75m allows the Arts Council to move forward with confidence, providing additional support to artists, enabling organisations to create work of excellence and allowing people across the country have access to high quality arts experiences. I want to thank Minister Madigan for her determination in representing the needs of the sector in the recent budget negotiations.