Over €413,000 Invested in Tipperary Arts by the Arts Council for 2018

People in Tipperary will experience the arts in new and exciting ways in 2018, the Arts Council has said.

Outlining its plan to invest €68.4 million nationwide over the course of the year, the agency for developing the arts said the focus of this year’s investment would be on creating opportunities for the public to experience large-scale work, as well as work of real artistic ambition, by supporting organisations through its two new funding programmes.

“2018 is going to be an excellent year for people in Tipperary who enjoy the arts, said Arts Council Director, Orlaith McBride. “Whether you love literature, visual arts, music or festivals and events, whether you are young or old, you will experience great work that will lift your spirit.”

The Council said more than half of its total grant from Government would be invested through its new Strategic Funding programme, for established organisations operating at the highest level across all the areas of the arts. This includes funding for the first time at this level for several organisations.

In addition, there will be increased funding for particular work by artists, emerging companies and organisations through the new Arts Grants Funding programme

Individual artists will be supported through a range of schemes such as bursaries and the Next Generation award, the Council said, with funding too for the dozens of unique festivals that take place in communities across Ireland in 2018.

Amongst the grants offered to organisations in Tipperary were:

  • €60,000 for The Source Arts Centre
  • €90,000 for Clonmel Junction Festival
  • €20,000 for Tipperary Excel Heritage Company

The Source Arts Centre is a local-authority owned venue in Thurles, opened in 2006, with a 250 seat theatre, gallery (shared with the library service) and workshop spaces. It is an arts resource for Thurles with a programme of touring work and artists’ residencies.

Clonmel Junction Festival was established in 2000 and since then it has developed a distinctive role in providing a quality arts programme for a large audience in South Co Tipperary. The Festival is rooted in the town that it serves, Clonmel, and plays an important role in creating new and dynamic connections with the local community. Junction Festival works year-round producing, presenting and promoting arts events in Clonmel. This culminates in an annual 10-day festival each July. It is an important provider of a broad range of arts experiences for audiences in this region. It has been instrumental in providing opportunities for a broad range of audiences to engage with and experience the performing arts.

Tipperary Excel in Tipperary town is a local authority developed venue, opened in 2001 with a 362 seat theatre / cinema and a number of other spaces for dance, visual art and classes.It is a long-standing residency for dance artists and promotes multi-disciplinary touring work.

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