Arts Council Announces Funding of €8.5m for Arts Centres

'The Piece with the Drums' by CoisCéim Dance Theatre, which takes place at the Project Arts Centre on 17–28 January. Project has received €940k in Arts Council funding for 2023.

Arts Council Announces Funding of €8.5m for Arts Centres

Ealaín na Gaeltachta receives funding of €750k, and Theatre Forum Ireland receives €255k.

The Arts Council has announced funding of €8.5m (€8,481,140) for 40 arts centres in Ireland in 2023.

Arts centre funding supports key infrastructure for performance and collaboration across the country. Among the funding recipients are the Project Arts Centre, which received €940k, an increase of €30k (3%) on 2022; Civic Theatre, which received €370k, an increase of €100k (37%); and West Cork Arts Centre, which received €323k, an increase of €32k (11%).

Siamsa Tíre Theatre and Arts Centre in Tralee received €310k, and the Everyman in Cork, Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo, Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray, and The Model in Sligo each received €300k. Further details of all funding is available in the PDF below.

As well as the arts centre funding, Ealaín na Gaeltachta, which promotes arts in the Gaeltacht areas, received funding of €750k, and Theatre Forum Ireland, the umbrella group for theatre and the performing arts, received €255k, an increase of €36k (16%) on 2022.

Commenting on the announcements, Maureen Kennelly, Director of the Arts Council, said:

The infrastructure of arts centres, jointly supported with local government, is essential in enabling people of all ages and backgrounds in every part of the country to experience the very best of the arts. It is also essential in providing resources to artists in the development of their work. In addition, we are delighted to increase our support to Ealaín na Gaeltachta which supports arts audiences and artists in Gaeltacht regions in partnership with Údarás na Gaeltachta.

Last week, the Arts Council also announced over €50m in funding for strategic organisations. 

For further details on arts centre funding, see below. For more, visit 

Published on 11 January 2023

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