People in Tipperary will experience the arts in new and exciting ways this year, according to the Arts Council.
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,” she continued.
The Arts 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 Arts Council said. There will also be funding for the dozens of unique festivals that take place in communities across Ireland in 2018.
Amongst the grants offered to organisations in Tipperary include €60,000 for The Source Arts Centre, €90,000 for Clonmel Junction Festival and €20,000 for Tipperary Excel Heritage Company.