The Arts Council, the government agency for leading the development of the arts in Ireland, today announced funding of €176,000 for the Tipperary arts in 2017. A total of three local centres and projects were awarded funding.
Clonmel Junction Festival is to receive €96,000, The Source centre in Thurles is to receive €60,000 and the Excel centre in Tipperary town is to receive €20,000.
Arts Council Director Orlaith McBride said: “In our investment approach, we have focused in particular on broadening the reach of the arts in Ireland. We will work with a range of partners, in local, community, educational, youth and other settings, to ensure that people experience the best of the arts over the next 12 months.”
Today’s announcement forms part of the Arts Council’s planned investment of €65.1 million for 2017, which will see people across Ireland engage with the arts in exciting and innovative ways. The investment represents an increase of €5 million, or 8.6%, on the 2016 amount.
Local authorities, individual artists, particularly emerging artists, work for children and young people, local authorities and community-based arts practices are a particular focus of the Arts Council’s strategy, Making Great Art Work and have therefore received significant increases in investment.
The Tipperary-based projects that have received funding include:
• The Source Arts Centre (€60k) 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.
• Tipperary Junction Festival (€96k) works year round producing, presenting and promoting arts events in Clonmel. This culminates in an annual 10-day festival each July. Established in 2001 the festival has a strong focus on arts for young people and community engagement.
• Tipperary Excel (€20k) 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.