Archive for February 11th, 2010

TFI’s Meeting on Arts Cuts

11th February 2010 by Maura McHugh

Theatre Forum Ireland has issued a press release about its meeting yesterday to discuss the cuts in funding to Irish arts organisations by the Arts Council (announced on February 1st).

On Wednesday 10 February Theatre Forum, the representative body for the performing arts in Ireland, held a meeting in the National Concert Hall to discuss the severe cut backs in funding recently announced by the Arts Council.

Over 120 arts organisations from across the country were represented at the packed meeting.

Mary Cloake, Director of the Arts Council, was invited to address a number of issues raised by the sector in the aftermath of the cuts.

In December, the Arts Council received a €9 million reduction in funding from the Government. More than 300 organisations subsequently had their grant cut, some by up to 65%. A further 30 had their funding cut all together.

Theatre Forum acknowledges that, whilst in the current difficult economic climate and reduced public spending, the arts will inevitably be affected, the severity of the cuts took many by surprise.

In the run up to the meeting, there was confusion in the sector regarding the rationale behind the cuts. Mary Cloake sought to address this and other concerns and was urged by many speakers to publish the official Arts Council theatre policy as a matter of urgency, and to bring forward deadlines for proposed alternative production funding schemes.

Theatre Forum chairman Fergal McGrath urged members of Theatre Forum and the Arts Council to work together to protect the performing arts for the benefit of Irish audiences – and the economy.

The meeting concluded with a renewed commitment to the National Campaign for the Arts.

Next BAFTA Rocliffe New Writing Forums

11th February 2010 by Maura McHugh

Submissions are now open for the next two BAFTA ROCLIFFE NEW WRITING FORUMS taking place at:

  • 2010 Nottingham Screenlit Festival on 27 April, 2010
  • BAFTA 195 Piccadilly, London on 5 May, 2010

The closing date for submissions is 5pm on 8 March, 2010 Entries should be sent to Alex Cook, BAFTA, 195 Piccadilly, London W1J 9LN.

Due to the increasing popularity of this event, it has become necessary to charge a small script submission fee (£5.00) to enable the organisers to handle the volume of scripts submitted. BAFTA and Rocliffe are non profit organisations and funds raised will be used towards securing the future of this event format.

Further information on the application process is available on the web site.