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WGI Welcomes the Establishment of Arts and Culture Recovery Taskforce

17th September 2020 by admin

The Guild welcomes the establishment of a new Taskforce for the recovery of the Arts and Culture sector under the Chair of Clare Duignan, by Minister Catherine Martin TD.

The Programme for Government: Our Shared Future, includes a commitment to “establish a cross-departmental taskforce to develop a clear approach, informed by the views of all stakeholders, to protect and sustain the arts and culture sector through the COVID-19 recovery and beyond. This will be fed into the National Economic Plan.”

Speaking of her appointment, Ms Duignan said, “It is crucial that these important sectors are not left behind as we rebuild Ireland through the Covid-19 recovery and beyond. I hope to lead and work with the Taskforce to deliver effective recommendations that will sustain and protect the arts, to help find a way back for artists, performers and live events workers to the audiences and communities they need, and to restore to Irish citizens the creativity and sustenance that the arts and entertainment sectors give us.”

Since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, WGI has been a part of an arts sector advisory group with colleagues from Theatre Forum and Visual Artists Ireland raising concerns and inputting advice on the Department Of Arts Culture and Heritage’s COVID-19 response.