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Julia Dubsky awarded Recent Graduate Residency 2017 at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios have announced artist Julia Dubsky as the 2017 Recent Graduate Residency recipient. TBG+S is delighted to welcome Julia and looks forward to supporting her to develop her practice within the creative community of professional artists working in the studios.

The TBG+S Recent Graduate Residency is a professional development opportunity aimed at recent graduate artists in Ireland to assist in focussing their studio practices at this crucial point in their careers. Now in its fourth year, the residency offers a 12 month studio at TBG+S with added professional development supports. The residency, beginning in spring 2017, provides a large free studio for one year, in addition to a €1,000 stipend, €500 international travel bursary, a variety of institutional supports including mentoring and a programme of visiting curators’ visits.

Julia was awarded the residency by a selection panel of five people, following an open submission process which took place in January 2017. Working mainly in a wide, mostly muted pallet range on shallow stretchers, Julia’s work appears both figurative and abstract, channelling grapplings within a confined, flat surface, similar to an argument made in an essay.

The selection panel consisted of Mary Cremin (Programme Curator, TBG+S), Clíodhna Shaffrey (Director, TBG+S), Anne Kelly (Finance Manager, TBG+S), Kevin Cosgrove (TBG+S Studio Artist) and Barbara Knezevic (Artist).

PLASTIK 2017 Programme Now Online

PLASTIK Festival of Artists’ Moving Image is a festival devoted entirely to artists working with the moving image. Taking place at a range of venues in Dublin, PLASTIK brings international and Irish work together to form a distinct programme, much of which will be screening in Ireland for the first time.

PLASTIK aims to represent the breadth and scope of innovative and experimental work being produced in this ever expanding field of practice, with a focus on the cinema as exhibition space. The privilege of a festival of this nature allows an intensity of work, creating uneasy combinations, and challenging perspectives through its ability to affect.

All festival screenings will take place at the Irish Film Institute. In addition to this, a series of discussions, talks and live performances will take place at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (TBG+S), with many internationally acclaimed artists and curators in attendance, including James Richards, Erika Balsom, Yuri Pattison, Ann Hirsch, Sasha Litvintseva, Mark Toscano, James Kienitz Wilkins and Benjamin Cook (LUX).

Tickets are now on sale through the PLASTIK festival website:

Minister Humphreys appoints new members to the board of the Crawford Gallery

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys, has announced that she has appointed 8 new members to the board of the Crawford Gallery. All appointees have been vetted by the Public Appointments Service and were found to have the requisite experience to serve on the Board. The appointments are for a duration of five years.

The Minister has nominated Rose Mc Hugh as Chair of the Board. Her formal appointment will be made after she appears before the relevant Oireachtas Committee.

The new members of the board of the Crawford Gallery are:

· Josephine Browne
· Catherine Hammond
· Karen Kelly
· Eamonn Maxwell
· Rose Mc Hugh
· Frank Nyhan
· Gareth O’Callaghan
· Barrie O’Connell

Siobhán Tattan selected as Artist in Residence at Centre for Philosophy+Visual Arts, Kings College London

Siobhán Tattan selected as Artist in Residence at Centre for Philosophy and the Visual Arts, Kings College London.

The Centre for Philosophy and the Visual Arts is a major multi-disciplinary initiative based at King’s College London. Its aim is to bring together academics, artists, curators and gallerists to explore the connections between philosophy, theory and the visual arts. Above all, the Centre is committed to developing ongoing collaborations between artists and philosophers, and to exploring the way in which the format of such collaborations alters or deepens the interplay between the two approaches. Siobhán Tattan will follow Christopher Hamilton’s lectures on The Search for Meaning.

Wexford Arts Centre and Wexford Co Co Announce Emerging Visual Artist Award Winner 2016-17

Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford County Council and the Arts Council are delighted to announce artist Katie Watchorn as the recipient of the tenth annual Emerging Visual Artist Award.  As a joint initiative between the three organisations, the award’s aim is to recognise and support the development of promising and committed visual artists in Ireland. The winner receives €5,000 to supplement and assist in the production of new work for a solo exhibition at Wexford Arts Centre. As the recipient of the award, Watchorn will create a new body of work throughout the period of January- December 2017, to be exhibited in January 2018.

Katie Watchorn works with a diverse range of agrarian materials to create tactile pieces illuminating the nuances and materiality of Irish rural farming. Drawing on her own experiences and upbringing in the farm environ, Watchorn is interested in the presence of livestock in a contrastingly harsh setting.  She frequently extracts and re-appropriates the utilitarian materials found on her father’s farm, adjusting their contents and conventional uses to create hybrid and often now obsolete forms.

For further information on the artist or the Emerging Visual Art Award please contact Catherine Bowe, Visual Arts Manager, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford on +353 (0)53 9123764 or email

Late Night Art Belfast, Thursday 2 February

LNABLate Night Art Belfast happens on the first Thursday of every month with over a dozen galleries opening their doors for an evening celebration of the vibrant visual arts scene in Belfast.

Join in around the world next week by following the hashtag #LNAB and reshare your favourite images, videos and surprises with your friends and colleagues.

Share your own experience on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Periscope and Pinterest and share this story with the world.


Fully guided bus tour departs from outside the front of the Linenhall Library at 6.30pm and finishes approx. 9.15pm. Join this tour by booking through paypal on or by ringing the Townhouse on 028 90311798. £10 per person.


Or make your way around the galleries at your own pace. Here are just some of the highlights of this Late Night Art:


Transmit | 2nd year MFA Interim Show
Platform Arts

2nd February – 18th February
Opening 6-9pm, 2nd Feb 2017
Gallery 1 & 2.

Helouise O’ Reilly / Jacqueline Huskisson / Justine McDonnell / Cait Morrison / Hannah McBride / Declan Proctor / Rosanna Wilson / Nathan Crothers / Siobhan McQuade / Paula Deji / Matthew Bourree / Angelina Chung / Colin Scott

An exhibition of works by current 2nd years on the MFA Fine Art Course at the Belfast School of Art. ‘Transmit’ presents the diverse multidisciplinary approaches undertaken by this group of emerging artists, exploring a variety of themes, tactics and antics across a range of media.

The MFA Fine Art in Belfast was established in 1979 and the course’s vision today remains as radical and relevant as it was then- in providing multidisciplinary art education experience that asserts plurality, relevancy, criticality and quality in today’s contemporary art world.

Live Performance ‘If this mouth could open’ by Justine McDonnell, 7pm SHARP.


Goose Lane Gallery @ Tivoli Barbers
Brian Kielt – Fictive Perceptions

Opening Thursday 2nd February 2017 6pm – 9pm

Exhibition will run from 2nd February until 24th February.

A new body of work by Brian Kielt exploring the notion of trauma and how we perceive the multifaceted impacts. (Kindly supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.)


Arts & Disability Forum Gallery
Alice Burns – Hidden Narrative

Opening Thursday 2nd February 2017 5pm – 7pm

A series of images on paper and glass, representing the hidden narrative during a time of unease.

Alice’s practice currently explores strategies of public engagement: connections between people and site. The concept of ‘site’ extends to memory and ritual, as well as physical location. Alice explores these relationships through multiple processes and materials, instigated in collaboration with those she encounters.

‘Hidden Narrative’ runs from 3rd February to 3rd March 2017.
Official opening: Thursday 2nd February 5pm to 7pm
Gallery opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 11am to 3pm
Admission free: gallery accessible
Please arrange group visits in advance

If you require BSL or audio description, please contact Alan Sheeran on or (028) 9023 9450.

Alice will have a Conversation in the ADF gallery on Friday 24th February 1pm to 2pm 2017.


Duncairn Arts Centre
DAS Resident Artists’ Exhibition
30 January – 10 February

In partnership with the Duncairn Cultural Arts Centre, DAS is proud to present new works by residents Shane Finan, Dan Moxham, Will McConnell, Kathleen O’Leary and Elien Ronse.

Join us at the Duncairn Centre for a drinks reception on Thursday the 2nd of February, from 6-8pm. The exhibition runs from the 30th of January to the 10th of February. Opening hours: 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.

For more information on the artists and their work, visit our website:


Gerard Dillon Gallery, An Cultúrlann
David Fox – A Road Less Travelled

Fox who originally hailed from Co. Offaly in the midlands has been living and working in Belfast since 2011, graduated from the Ulster University with an Masters in Fine Art in 2013 and has since worked at Creative Exchange Artist Studio in the East of the city.

His work has been exhibited across Ireland, and internationally he has had 3 major solo exhibitions. This is the artist’s first major solo exhibition in Belfast.

Exhibition runs until February 24th


MAC International 2016

MAC International Ulster Bank Prize is the largest arts prize in Ireland, offering professional artists worldwide the opportunity to exhibit in the MAC. The exhibition will run from 28 October 2015 – 19 Feb 2017.


Real Sketchy
The Green Room @ The Black Box

When Late Night Art just isn’t late enough, Real Sketchy is here for you. (I mean 9pm isn’t really that late is it but ‘Early Night, Tucked Up in Bed with an Ovaltine by Nine Art’ doesn’t really scan does it)

InkMonkey Art Supplies provide the pens and paper, Black Box serve up the booze & pizza and we scan the hell out of everything while playing you the finest tunage.

You’d be surprised the amount of fun you can have with a pencil, a scanner and a premium Spotify account.

Oh and it’s free in like!

Lívia Páldi Appointed as Curator of Visual Arts at Project Arts Centre

Project Arts Centre welcomes Lívia Páldi to the team, as Curator of Visual Arts.

Born in Budapest Lívia Páldi has held a number of key positions including; Director of BAC – Baltic art Center, Visby, Sweden (2012- 2015), Chief Curator of the Műcsarnok / Kunsthalle Budapest (2007 -2011), as well as co-founding the Institute of Contemporary Art, Dunaújváros (Hungary).

“I am excited to join the great team at Project Arts Centre, one of the most renowned art institutions in Ireland. I look forward to building on its 50 years legacy while implementing a new programme and initiatives for the gallery.”
Lívia Páldi

Project has a long and proud history of visual arts practice and remains dedicated to supporting and developing contemporary arts practice in Ireland and abroad. The Curator of Visual Arts at Project is core part of the team, responsible for developing, delivering and managing the visual arts programme in keeping with the vision of the organisation. This is a key appointment for Project as it enters an important new phase of its development following its 50th anniversary. Lívia will join an expert team dedicated to supporting artists in every art form, at every stage in their career, to make and present extraordinary work.

Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
T:+353 1 8819 613

Short list of Golden Fleece Awards 2017 Announced

The trustees of the Golden Fleece Award are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2017 Golden Fleece Award. The artists and craft makers selected are:

Chloe Dowds, Gerry Davis, John Lee, Fiona Mulholland, Nuala O Donovan, Yanny Petters.

The 2017 Golden Fleece Award attracted more 120 entries and the trustees were impressed with the high standard of work submitted. Once more the Award recognises the excellence and ambitions of both emerging and established artists.”With so many entries, this has been a great year for the Award,” says chair of the Golden Fleece trustees, Barbara Cotter. “The expert panel had a very tough job indeed selecting this year’s winners from such a broad range of wonderful work”.

The Golden Fleece is the most valuable prize available to Irish artists and craft makers. There is an annual prize fund of €20,000. This winner is usually awarded between €12,000 and €15,000 and others on the shortlist will receive smaller awards. The overall winner will be announced at a ceremony at 11am on Tuesday 21 February in the Tony O’Reilly Room at the RHA, Ely Place, Dublin 2.

The Golden Fleece Award is now in its 16th year. It is an independent artistic prize fund established as a charitable bequest by the late Lillias Mitchell who died in 2000. The first Golden Fleece Award was launched a year later and was awarded in 2002.

The judging panel was led by Neil Read and included Helen McAllister, Dara O’Leary, Eoin MacLochlainn and Robert Russell.

Open Public Consultation in relation with the evaluation of the Creative Europe programme

The consultation aims to gather comments and perspectives on the relevance of the Creative Europe programme’s objectives, the effectiveness of the measures taken to achieve them and the efficiency of their implementation. Thus, the consultation aims to establish the added value of the Programme in relation to the challenges and opportunities of cultural and audiovisual sectors, compared to what could be achieved by Member States only.

The consultation covers the three strands of the Creative Europe programme, namely the Culture sub-programme, the MEDIA sub-programme, and the Cross-sectoral strand.

Finally, the public consultation includes forward looking questions regarding a possible successor programme to Creative Europe after 2020.

Consultation document: The consultation is hosted on the website of ICF Consult. The consultation must be responded to on-line only, and replies sent by email will not be accepted.

An extract of the questions has also been made available in pdf format to assist with the preparation of responses.

Results of the consultation and next steps: The results of the public consultation will be used together with the other data and evidence to inform the ongoing independent mid-term evaluation of the Creative Europe Programme.

Once the evaluation is completed, the European Commission will adopt a Report, drawing on other studies and sources of information, addressed to the European Parliament and Council. This will include a summary of the results of this consultation.

Government appoints Katherine Licken as Secretary General of Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced that the Government has appointed Katherine Licken as Secretary General of the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. The appointment will be effective from Friday January 20th 2017.

Katherine Licken was previously Assistant Secretary in the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, where she has responsibility for telecommunications market interventions, including the National Broadband Plan, EU and national telecommunications and internet policy, cyber security, the National Digital Strategy and the Emergency Call Answering Service.

Katherine also spent seven years in the energy area, working in renewable heat and transport fuels, as well as having corporate governance responsibility for a number of State energy companies and responsibility for security of supply. Katherine is a graduate of Dublin City University and is currently completing a post-graduate diploma in corporate governance at the UCD Smurfit School.

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios Announces Five New Project Studio Artists 2017

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is pleased to announce five artists who have been awarded Project Studios for the year 2017. TBG+S is delighted to welcome all five artists and looks forward to supporting them to make ambitious new work in 2017.

Four Project Studios were awarded to Marcel Vidal, Vanessa Daws, Kathy Tynan and AKVK_TW (Tanad Williams and Andreas Kindler von Knobloch). These five artists will begin their tenancy at TBG+S in December 2016 and in January 2017, and will maintain their studios for 12 months.

The new artist members were awarded their studios by a selection panel, following an open submission application process which took place in October 2016.

This year, the selection panel for studio membership consisted of Mary Cremin (Programme Curator, TBG+S), Clíodhna Shaffrey (Director, TBG+S), Anne Kelly (Finance Manager, TBG+S), Ronan McCrea and Susan MacWilliam.

Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown Public Age Winners Announced

After careful consideration and rigorous debate, a winning team for Public Age has been selected. London-based design studio The Decorators ( and Irish artist Joe Coveney ( have been chosen to lead a project exploring public space and older people in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown in 2017.

Public Age is an open call commissioned by the dlr CoCo/HSE Arts and Health Partnership with additional grant aid from the Arts Council, in partnership with the Irish Architecture Foundation. Public Age will interrogate how public space is, can be and should be designed with older people in mind through a collaborative project and public outcome. The open call was met with great interest, with a range of multidisciplinary teams featuring architects, designers, artists, arts organisations, health practitioners, social scientists and community volunteers proposing exciting and creative ways of collaborating with older people in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown and intervening in the County’s public spaces. But while it met stiff competition, the proposal by The Decorators and Joe Coveney to engage with older people through a series of communal dinners, radio broadcasts and celebratory events stood out as an innovative way to collaborate and consult with older people while increasing both their use of and visibility in public space.

Irish visual artist Joe Coveney has worked for the past 15 years on a range of exhibitions, workshops and community projects. The Decorators is a multidisciplinary design studio specialised in designing, producing and delivering community building interventions, founded by Irish landscape architect Suzanne O’Connell, psychologist Carolina Caicedo and architecture graduate and curator Mariana Pestana.

The team will meet with dlr Arts Office, the HSE and the IAF in January to begin planning their project, which will see a series of events occur in Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown in the spring and summer of next year.

*Image: Hackney Circle, a project led by the Decorators with Hackney Council to increase social and cultural use of public space in East London by older people

Minister Humphreys announces €1.76m in funding through Culture Ireland

culture-ireland-logoMinister Humphreys has announced €1.76m in funding for Irish arts globally through Culture Ireland.

The Minister for Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced approval for the award of over €1.76 million in funding for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide during 2017 through Culture Ireland.

A total of 135 projects are being funded, which will allow Irish artists to stage events in 35 countries internationally. It follows an open call for applications from Irish artists, art organisations and international presenters. The funding includes a total of €860,000 for bodies who partner Culture Ireland in creating opportunities for Irish artists abroad.

One of the main recipients of funding in 2017 is the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris, which will receive €180,000 to enable this key cultural landmark celebrate its 15th anniversary next year with a series of very special events.

Government Launch ‘Creative Ireland’ Plan

Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons

On Thursday 8th December An Taoiseach Enda Kenny TD was joined by Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, for the launch of the Creative Ireland Programme / Clár Éire Ildánach.

Creative Ireland is the Government’s Legacy Programme for Ireland 2016. It is a  five-year, all-of-government initiative, from 2017 to 2022, which aims to improve access to cultural and creative activity in every county across the country.

As described by the Departments of Arts:

“Creative Ireland will prioritise children’s access to art, music, drama and coding; enhance the provision of culture and creativity in every community; further develop Ireland as a global hub for film and TV production; empower and support our artists; drive investment in our cultural institutions; and further enhance our global reputation abroad. From 2018, an annual County of Culture will also be held each year. “

Key initiatives to be delivered in 2017 include:

  •  The publication of a five year ‘Creative Children’ plan which will enable every child to access tuition in music, drama, art and coding
  •  Each Local Authority will appoint a Culture Team to drive local needs and will publish a Culture Plan for their own county
  •  A new annual cultural day, ‘Cruinniú na Cásca’ to be held nationwide on Easter Monday each year, replicating the very successful Reflecting the Rising event, which was held in Dublin this year
  •  The Departments of Arts and Social Protection will devise a mechanism to assist self-employed artists who have applied for Jobseekers Allowance. This would be a pilot scheme.
  •  A planned investment programme for Ireland’s cultural and heritage infrastructure, including our national cultural institutions
  •  An industry wide, long term plan to develop Ireland as a global hub for film, TV drama and animation

The National Campaign for the Arts says Creative Ireland’s “stated ambition of putting arts, culture and creativity at the heart of Government decision-making for the first time has the potential – if delivered – to realise a sea change for the cultural sector but also for the well-being of Irish society as a whole.”

According to the plan, the Departments of Arts and Social Protection will devise a pilot scheme to assist self-employed artists who have applied for Jobseekers Allowance. Visual Artists Ireland welcome the changes to social protection and have committed to liaise with the Department of Arts on the experiences of individual artists seeking Jobseekers Allowance in the role out of this aspect of the programme. VAI encourages artists to contact our Help Desk so we can pass on your feedback to the Department (01 6729488,

Helen Marten wins Turner Prize 2016

helen-martinTurner Prize winner Helen Marten uses sculpture, screen printing and writing to create her work. The London-based artist, who is from Macclesfield, faced competition from Anthea Hamilton, Michael Dean and Josephine Pryde for the prize. She has said she intends to share the £25,000 award with her fellow nominees.

The prestigious prize is awarded to a British artist, under the age of 50, considered to have put on the best exhibition of the past year. It is the second prize in a month for Marten, who also won the inaugural Hepworth Prize.

The 31-year-old painter and sculptor brings together a range of handmade and recognisable objects from everyday life in her installations.

A collection of her work on display at Tate Britain in London as part of the Turner Prize exhibition until 2 January.

Méadhbh O’Connor to represent Antarctica at 57th International Venice Biennale of Art 2017

meadhbh-oconnorDublin artist Méadhbh O’Connor has been selected as one of fifteen international artists to represent Antarctica in the supranational Antarctic Pavilion at the forthcoming 57th International Venice Biennale of Art 2017.

The 15 finalists were chosen among 500 applicants from 59 countries by an independent jury comprising the Commissioner of the Antarctic Biennale, Alexander Ponomarev, and members of the Artistic Advisory Board – Hans-Ulrich Obrist, Hani Rashid, Sheikha Hoor al-Qasimi and Nadim Samman.

Méadhbh is the sole Irish representative at this supranational pavilion, exhibiting work alongside artists from Japan, Germany, the United States, United Kingdom, Belgium, Canada, Iceland, France, Italy, Netherlands, Australia and Brazil.

The exhibition is part of the ongoing Antarctic Biennale, an international socio-cultural phenomenon that uses artistic, scientific, and philosophic methodologies to address shared spaces such as Antarctica, the Ocean, and Outer Space. The project was developed by multidisciplinary artist, philosopher and nautical engineer Alexander Ponomarev.

Minister Humphreys makes appointments to the Board of the Arts Council

arts-council-logo copyThe Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced that she has appointed six new ordinary members to the Board of the Arts Council.

The following appointments will come into effect immediately:

· Damien Downes
· Loughlin Deegan
· Paddy Glackin
· Martina Moloney
· Pádraig Ó Duinnín
· Helen Shaw

All of the appointees applied for the positions through and were recommended through the Public Appointments Service as having the requisite skills requirement for the Board of the Arts Council. The appointments are for a term of five years.

The new appointees will join the existing members of the board who are:

· Miriam Dunne
· Brian Maguire
· John Mc Auliffe
· Emer O’Connor
· Sheila Pratschke (Chair)
· Monica Spencer
· Joan Sheehy

Dublin Gallery Weekend 2016

dgw_pressii25, 26, 27 November

3 Days, 36 Galleries, 55 Events, One Weekend to Discover Great Art in Dublin Galleries.

Following a phenomenally successful inaugural year, Dublin Gallery Weekend is set to return even bigger in 2016 with more galleries taking part. The visual arts festival will be taking place in Dublin from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 November 2016. Over one weekend, 36 art galleries across the city will throw open their doors and invite visitors old and new to exerience the exciting and inspiring art on offer in Dublin art galleries. A series of special events, including exhibition openings, artist and curator talks, walking tours, late openings and workshops will take place over the weekend, and almost everything will be free of charge.

The wide range of events and exhibitions for all ages will be taking place across Dublin city in galleries such as IMMA, MART Gallery, Douglas Hyde, RHA, Project Arts Centre, NCAD, Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane and many more featuring a range of Irish and international artists. Walking tours will showcase the cultural delights of area such as Trinity, Parnell Square, Monto, The Coombe, Merrion Square, St. Stephens Green and Temple Bar.

Highlights include the exhibition opening of a new film work by Irish born artist and Turner Prize 2014 winner Duncan Campbell at IMMA, Family Club at The Lab with artists’ Bethan Parkes and Natalie Anderson, and an Artist Talk featuring Mary Cremin in conversation with Barbara Knezevic in Temple Bar Gallery and Studios. Music fans can look forward to Hennessy Lost Friday at RHA, and for print enthusiasts, the Halftone Print Fair runs all weekend at The Library Project As well as this a host of workshops, open studios, exhibiton launches and artists talks are taking place at galleries throughout the city.

To navigate around the diverse and exciting range of participating galleries and exhibitions and to find out what events are on offer, pick up a copy of the Dublin Gallery Map in November in one of over 50 locations throughout the city or log on to

Minister Humphreys makes appointments to the Board of the National Gallery of Ireland

the_national_gallery1The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, has today announced that she has appointed seven new ordinary members to the Board of the National Gallery of Ireland.

The following appointments will come into effect immediately:
· Lynda Carroll
· Michael Cush
· Jacqueline Hall
· Gary Jermyn
· Ann Prendergast
· Lesley Tully
· Barney Whelan

All of the appointees applied for the positions through and were recommended through the Public Appointments Service as having the requisite skills requirement for the Board of the National Gallery of Ireland.

The skills requirements identified included accountancy, business experience, corporate governance, strategic development, fundraising/PR and marketing and professional or academic. The appointments are for a term of 5 years.

The board will vote to elect a new Chairperson.

The new appointees will join the existing members of the board who are:
· Stephen Mc Kenna (RHA nominee)
· Vivienne Roche (RHA nominee)
· Mick O’Dea (President of the RHA)
· Bernie Brennan (Ex officio, RDS)
· Matthew Dempsey (Ex officio, RDS)
· Mary Daly (Prof) (Ex officio, President RIA)
· Chairman of the OPW
· Margaret Glynn
· Mary Keane
· Suzanne Mcdougald

17 Creatives Scoop Arts Council Northern Ireland ACES Awards

aces17 artists from Northern Ireland have been announced as the latest recipients of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s ACES awards 2016/17, a funding grant bestowed upon Northern Ireland’s most talented emerging artists to allow them to develop their professional artistic careers.

Awards under the Artists Career Enhancement Scheme (ACES) are made annually to professional artists working in music, visual arts, drama, dance, literature and participatory arts and are among the most prestigious awards bestowed by the Arts Council annually. The artists include five visual artists, two poets, three writers and seven musicians.

In addition to receiving a bursary of up to £5,000 each, many of the 17 artists have been partnered with a professional organisation to help each of them to deliver a major new creative work. Those organisations include; Moving On Music, Millennium Court Arts Centre, Centre for Contemporary Art in Derry and Paper Studio in Northumbria, among others.

Five of the awards were to visual artists:
Alice Burns
Frederic Huska
Joanne Proctor
Jacqueline Holt
Philip McCrilly

The Artists Career Enhancement Programme (ACES) forms part of the wider Support for the Individual Artist Programme (SIAP) administered by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland annually. As part of its continuing commitment to supporting the development of individual artists, the Council made 277 SIAP awards to artists in 2016/17 totaling £592k. Since its establishment in 2010, 117 artists have been supported through ACES. Visit for information on all funding opportunities.