Arts Council congratulates three Limerick artists on Covid-19 award

first_imgPredictions on the future of learning discussed at Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival LifestyleArtsLimerickNewsArts Council congratulates three Limerick artists on Covid-19 awardBy Meghann Scully – June 9, 2020 566 “We are very encouraged by the response to this award,” said Arts Council Director Maureen Kennelly. “The applications were of a very high standard and showed the depth and breadth of the arts in Ireland – with greater resources we could have awarded twice as many — and it is particularly heartening to see so many successful applications from artists not previously funded through the Arts Council. Of course, this also points to artists’ particular and urgent needs at this time of crisis.” WATCH: “Everyone is fighting so hard to get on” – Pat Ryan on competitive camogie squads The Arts Council said that across the whole of the country it was encouraged by both the quality of the applications, and the fact that almost two thirds of the successful artists had never before been funded by the Arts Council.With all now notified of their award, artists will begin to create work across the full range of art forms, genres and areas of arts practice.In time, the public can expect to experience traditional arts, literature, dance, theatre, music, visual art, circus, film, opera and architecture, as well as work in specific areas of arts practice, such as for children and young people, and arts participation.Despite the exceptional nature and fast turnaround time of the scheme — called the Arts Council Covid-19 Crisis Response Award — demand from artists was very high, with almost 1,000 applicants, the agency said.Minister Josepha Madigan commented, “I especially welcome the many new artists who were successful under this round.“I realise that now is a particularly challenging time for artists to make work.  I look forward to the imminent report from the Arts Council’s Expert Advisory Group on further proposals to sustain this vital sector”.The €1 million scheme is one of a suite of measures being introduced by the Arts Council to help support artists and arts organisations through the Covid-19 crisis.Other initiatives include honouring all existing funding commitments, and allowing grantees to draw down 90 percent of their funding to allow them fulfil in turn their own business commitments, especially to artists; the prioritisation and redirection of budgets and funding streams; a range of business guidance and assistance; and continued work with the Department of Culture, Heritage & the Gaeltacht and other government departments to ensure that artists and arts organisations benefit from the full range of government supports. Previous articleShannon Group reports a ‘positive’ first meeting with the newly formed Shannon Airport Oireachtas GroupNext article‘Contact and Collect’ service available at four of Limerick’s libraries from today Meghann Scully Twitter Billy Lee names strong Limerick side to take on Wicklow in crucial Division 3 clash WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Limerick’s National Camogie League double header to be streamed live center_img Print Limerick Ladies National Football League opener to be streamed live Linkedin Email Donal Ryan names Limerick Ladies Football team for League opener Produced by Beyond the Bark with Emma FisherTHE Arts Council has sent its congratulations to three Limerick artists who have each been awarded a €3,000 grant to help them make new and original work during the Covid-19 crisis.The government agency for funding and developing the arts said applications from Limerick artists had scored very highly. Architect Andrew Ó Murchú, Emma Fisher, involved in film and Sarah Cahill, involved in theatre were successful.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up TAGSartscovid19Keeping Limerick PostedlimerickLimerick Post Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

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