Posts Tagged ‘arts’

#ArtsDeptNow

24th May 2016 by Maura McHugh

After the new Irish government was formed, and the cabinet appointments were announced, an astonishing decision came to light: a new hybrid department called the Department for Regional Development, Rural Affairs, Arts & the Gaeltacht which will be helmed by Heather Humphreys TD.

This caused consternation among arts organisations and creatives around the country and it galvanised into an online petition, organised by Joe O’Brien.

Give arts, culture and heritage the respect it deserves by creating an independent Department and setting a funding target of 0.6% of GDP (the EU average spend on arts/culture). Ireland has one of the lowest levels of public support in the EU.

It has already garnered over 13,000 signatures. You can sign it now, and share it, if you haven’t done so already.

It spawned a hashtag on Twitter called #ArtsDeptNow, which is one of the best ways to track the emerging conversation about the lack of funding and focus on the arts.

Academic Dr Emily Mark-FitzGerald has created a blog post, called Get in Formation: Irish Arts & Heritage Rising, that offers a comprehensive overview of the issue and keeps track of all of the articles being written about this matter online and in print.

The National Campaign for the Arts has also issued a Press Release calling on Minister Heather Humphreys to adopt a new all-party approach to national cultural policy.

Many prominent artists/writers/directors/actors are now calling for change, and using social media to alert Heather Humphreys and the cabinet to the fact that the Arts are not just a cultural photo op, but a vital resource that requires proper funding and recognition.

Hustings about Arts Policies

16th February 2016 by Maura McHugh

Ireland’s media is alight with General Election 2016 coverage, and there are hustings being organised up and down the country. Some have a focus on asking politicians direct questions about their parties’ arts policies. Keep an eye out for ones in your area.

Here’s a few to attend:

  • The Galway West Branch of the NCFA will host a Hustings event from 11am, on Wednesday, 17 February at The Mick Lally Theatre.
  • The Cork South-West branch of the NCFA has arranged a public meeting with Dáil Candidates from 6.30pm on Thursday 18 February at the Clonakilty Community Arts Centre.
  • The NCFA: Hit the Hustings will be held in the National Gallery of Ireland’s Lecture Hall, in Dublin from 12.30pm – 2pm on Friday 19 FebruaryRegister online here.

The National Campaign for the Arts has a useful page on its web site regarding Party Policies and Manifestos: General Election 2016.

And please take the time to vote on Friday, 26 February!

Budget 2014

15th October 2014 by Maura McHugh

On Tuesday, 14 October the details of 2014 Budget were announced. Here are the highlights in relation to the Arts:

  • €4 million package to roll out an integrated plan to commemorate 1916
  • Funding for current expenditure has increased for the first time in six years
  • Financial support for our National Cultural Institutions has been protected, following several difficult years of cutbacks
  • Minister for Finance commits to explore measures to boost the film and TV sector
  • The artist tax exemption is increasing by €10,000 from €40,000 to €50,000

During her statement about this year’s budget the Minister for the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD said:

“I am particularly pleased that the Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD, has today signalled his intention to look at ways to further boost the film and TV sector. More than 5,000 people are employed in the Irish audio visual sector, which has gained a very strong reputation internationally in recent years. Increasing the €50 million cap for film tax relief would help to attract more international projects to Ireland and create hundreds of new jobs, and I look forward to pursuing this in more detail with Minister Noonan over the coming year.”

“The increase in the threshold for the artists’ tax exemption from €40,000 to €50,000 is a clear recognition of the need to support artists. Artists are the bedrock of our culture and they continue to represent us at home and abroad with great distinction.”

The Irish Minister for Finance, Michael Noonan TD said on this matter:

“The new Irish film tax credit scheme is due to commence in 2015 and I am very pleased that it has been broadly welcomed by the film industry. The film industry is very important to modern Irish culture and to the economy, not just in terms of jobs but also indirectly through tourism promotion. As the new scheme beds down next year, I will be monitoring how it works and how it can be improved. One of the issues that I will consider in the context of Budget 2016 is a possible increase to the €50 million cap on eligible expenditure, subject of course to resource constraints.”

Earlier in 2013, the Irish government extended the Section 481 scheme to 2020 and increased its value to 32% as of 2016. This improvement and the change announced in the 2014 budget has now been brought forward to 2015.

Artist in the Community 2011

9th February 2011 by Maura McHugh

CreateTwice yearly, the Arts Council offers grants to enable artists and communities of place/or interest to work together on projects.

The Artist in the Community Scheme is open to artists from any of the following artform disciplines: architecture, circus, street art and spectacle, dance, film, literature (Irish and English language), music, opera, theatre, visual arts and traditional arts. The projects can take place in a diverse range of social and community contexts e.g. arts and health; arts in prisons; arts and older people; arts and cultural diversity.

The aim of the scheme is to encourage meaningful collaboration between communities of place and/or interest and artists. It is essential that consultation take place between the artist and the community group, so that both parties are involved in deciding on the nature of the project realisation. Group ownership of the art should be maintained at every stage. The Project Realisation may result in a variety of outcomes.

The Artist in the Community Scheme is managed by Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts:

Research & Development, is open to artists who wish to research and develop a project in a community context. Maximum time frame is 3 months. The maximum amount awarded is €1,000.

Research & Development/Mentoring is open to artists who wish to develop a community based project and who have identified an artist mentor they want to work with a during the research and development phase. The maximum award is €1500, which includes €500 fee payable to the mentor.

Project Realisation, is open to communities of interest or place (or their representative organisations), planning a project of between 6 weeks and 5 months duration with a maximum award of €5000, and those who are planning a project of between 6 months and 9 months with a maximum award of €10,000.

Deadlines in 2011: Monday 14 March 5pm and Monday 27 June 5pm.

More details and applications forms are available on the web site.

Election Prep

1st February 2011 by Maura McHugh

Now that a General Election is looming, Irish people employed in the arts and arts organisations need to remind those running for election the importance of the arts to our culture and economy. The National Campaign for the Arts is working to ensure that the profile of the arts is not forgotten during this pivotal period.

Here are some things you can do:

1. ATTEND THE HUSTINGS

In Dublin the arts spokespersons from all 5 political parties will attend a meeting to outline their respective arts policies and answer your questions.

There will be a similar format in Galway with candidates from Galway East and West constituencies invited to present their local arts policy and answer your questions.

It’s vital that artists and arts organisers turn up in large number to prove to the politicians that the arts matter! The events are taking place on:

Monday 14 February

  • Dublin: 10.45am – 12.15 in the Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar
  • Galway: 11.00am in the Radisson Blu Hotel

2. CHALLENGE AND ADVISE

Let the canvassers know that the arts are an election issue for you. Ask them about their arts policy and tell them about the value of the arts. Here are some points to raise:

  • stress the importance of a full cabinet Minister for Arts
  • ask for the continued investment in the arts
  • impress on the candidates the value of the provision of appropriate social protection for artists and those who work in the arts

3. REGISTER TO VOTE

It’s not too late. Check www.checktheregister.ie.

If we don’t raise our voices we won’t be heard!