Funding boost for Tipperary Arts as €413,00 investment announced

The Source

The Source, Thurles

Tipperary is in line for a welcome funding boost to its arts programmes following the announcement of a €413,000 investment by the Arts Council in the premier county.

The funding will be used for various arts programmes, organisations, individuals and projects with increased funding for particular work by artists, emerging companies and organisations through the new Arts Grants Funding programme.

Speaking about the announcement Arts Council Director Orlaith McBride said: "2018 is going to be an excellent year for people in Tipperary who enjoy the arts. 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.”

Among 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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