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Culture Action Europe Launches the Double for Culture Campaign

The EU budget faces a tough challenge to fund more with less. The U.K.’s departure will leave an approximate €12 billion annual gap in the EU budget that needs to be covered. Emerging new priorities, mainly in the areas of defense, migration and border control, will also require more funding. Günther Oettinger, the European Commissioner for Budget and Human Resources, proposed a combination of fresh money and cuts across all EU programmes, with the exception of Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020. Culture brings EU added value and deserves additional European funding.

What will the EU budget for culture look like post 2020? Will there be funding allocated to a specific cultural programme in the next programming period? As the negotiations over Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) move forward, Culture Action Europe call the European cultural sector to become loud and visible and support our demands to Double the budget available for culture in absolute terms #Double4Culture

Check the advocacy message shared by CAE and see how you can act too:

Tania Banotti appointed as Director of the Creative Ireland Programme

The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD, has announced that Tania Banotti is to be appointed as Director of the Creative Ireland Programme with effect from June.

Ms Banotti takes up the role after more than five years as chief executive of the advertising trade body the Institute for Advertising Practitioners in Ireland (IAPI). She was credited with reinvigorating the body during her time in charge.
She replaces John Concannon, who moved late last year to become director of the strategic communications unit in the Department of the Taoiseach.

In a note to the advertising industry, Ms Banotti described Creative Ireland as “a massively ambitious project”. Before joining IAPI, she was chief executive of Theatre Forum Ireland and she previously held a number of other roles in the arts.

Six Artists Shortlisted for 2018 Golden Fleece Award Worth €30,000

The trustees of the Golden Fleece Award are delighted to announce the shortlist of artists qualifying for 2018 award. Those shortlisted are Magda Bethani (ceramicist), Ursula Burke (sculptor), Damien Flood (painter), Paul Hallahan (painter), Cecilia Moore (metalworker) and Natasha Rollinson (jeweller). The award will be announced at a ceremony at the RHA on 15th March 2018.  The prize fund for 2018 is €30,000, making the Golden Fleece Award the most generous art prize in Ireland.

For the 2018 award, a total of 139 artists to applied for consideration, a record in the 17-year history of the award. Artists were asked to submit images of their work along with a statement outlining how they would utilise the award. Participating artists’ ambitions varied from preparing for future exhibitions, to developing their practice, acquiring new tools and studio materials.

The award was established as a charitable bequest by the late Helen Lillias Mitchell. The Golden Fleece Award is governed by a board of trustees which includes members of Lillias Mitchell’s family, professional fund managers and arts professionals who work closely together to fulfill her wishes. They are supported by a distinguished advisory panel whose knowledge and experience are invaluable in guiding the development of the award. This includes Patrick T. Murphy, Director of the Royal Hibernian Academy (chairperson), jewelry designer and NCAD academic Angela O’Kelly, graphic artist Robert Russell, painter Eoin Mac Lochlainn and Dara O’Leary, Manager of the RDS Art Programme.

All information is now available on

Culture Action Europe Questionnaire | Social Inclusion: partnering with other sectors

Culture Action Europe’s raison d’être is to convey your voice to European Institutions in mutual dialogue with policy makers. The European Commission enables this bi-directional exchange through the ‘Voices of Culture’, a structured fora where representatives of the cultural sector gather to discuss specific challenges for the cultural sector and thematic areas where culture can make a positive social contribution.

Culture Action Europe, represented by vice-president Cristina Da Milano, has been selected to participate in the upcoming Voices of Culture brainstorming meeting on “Social Inclusion: partnering with other sectors”.

To prepare for the meeting, CAE need your input.

If you are an organisation or individual active in this field, have a look at the questionnaire below and let CAE know your thoughts, send evidences or best practices before 21 February.

Culture Action Europe will make sure that your voice is represented in the discussion.

Complete questionnaire here:

38th EVA International Final Artist Announcement

EVA International – Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art, is pleased to announce the 56 artists who will participate in the 2018 edition

Participating Artists:
Inji Aflatoun, Peju Alatise, Malala Andrialavidrazana, Alexander Apóstol, Artists’ Campaign to Repeal the Eighth Amendment, Jaime Ávila, Akiq AW, Patricia Belli, Colin Booth, Lee Bul, José Castrellón, Viriya Chotpanyavisut, Steven Cohen, Bruce Conner, Juan Dávila, Patrizio di Massimo, Roy Dib, Rita Duffy, Adrian Duncan and Feargal Ward, John Duncan, Juan Pablo Echeverri, Gonzalo Fuenmayor, John Gerrard, Dominique Gonzalez Foerster, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Laurent Grasso, Eileen Gray, Claire Halpin, Sanja Iveković, Mainie Jellett, Uchechukwu James-Iroha, Seán Keating, Sam Keogh, Marie-Claire Messouma Manlanbien, Napoles Marty, Francis Matthews, Julie Merriman, Kevin Mooney, Locky Morris, Isabel Nolan, Masahito Ono, David Pérez Karmadavis, John Rainey, Dan Rees, Marlon T. Riggs, Sutthirat Supaparinya, Beto Shwafaty, Mina Talaee, Jenna Tas, Darn Thorn, Top Lista Nadrealista, Nicolás Vizcaíno Sánchez, Ian Wieczorek , Liu Xiaodong, Trevor Yeung

The 38th edition of EVA International takes its starting point from the painting Night Candles are Burnt Out (1927) by Irish artist Seán Keating. The painting presents an allegory of the Irish psyche at the advent of the construction of Ardnacrusha, a hydroelectric dam, built that same year on the border of County Limerick. Ardnacrusha was a symbol of early twentieth century engineering, which accelerated the Irish economy and radically shifted the society of the new state. Keating’s painting depicts a host of characters set against the backdrop of the construction site, whose lives are set to change by the dawning of a new era of technological progress.

The 38th EVA International has no title, breaking with a tradition of the biennial that dates back to 1990. This decision, taken by Guerrero is designed to emphasize the word ‘International’ that is central to EVA’s identity. Guerrero explains, “in our current state of nationalisms, hard-borders, protectionism and a complete change of course in humanity, where the liberal belief of a ‘never again’ seems to be dismantling, the word ‘International’ suddenly carries an important weight worth embracing. Since its foundation in 1977 in Limerick, EVA has been a forerunner in understanding the world through art in a transnational, transcultural, international dialogue, presenting its contradictions, anxieties and possibilities.”

The 38th EVA International will open to the public on Saturday 14 April with previews on 12 and 13 April.

Vukasin Nedeljkovic awarded the Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2017

Create has announced that Vukasin Nedeljkovic has been awarded the Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award 2017: Arts and Activism.

Nedeljkovic, a Dublin-based Irish artist, has collaborated with asylum seekers living in direct provision centres for eleven years. Through this bursary, Vukasin intends to explore the processes of collaboration between the artist, the activist and the asylum seeking community, and to archive and document Direct Provision as a reference for a period in recent Irish history, noting that we have very little visual information about other Irish carceral sites, including Magdalen laundries, Borstals, Mother and Baby homes and Lunatic Asylums.

Vukasin Nedeljkovic’s practice poses a number of questions on the role of art – and the artist – and society. The work of Asylum Archive also requires us to reflect on modes of incarceration, and the creation of art within oppressive systems or sites. In what ways does the involuntary embeddedness of the artist influence what is created? Nedeljkovic asks us to consider Direct Provision Centres not only as sites of incarceration, social exclusion or extreme poverty but also as sites of collectivity and resistance. Direct provision Centres are where different nationalities and ethnic groups exist(ed) and persist(ed) through the confinement created by the State. Where people wait patiently for meals, sign in and out almost every day in order to get €21.60 per week and a medical card, watch friends being transferred and deported, and open Government letters with anxiety, fear and hope. Also in terms of continuity of themes in social history and the State’s treatment of those deemed ‘outsiders’, does the Direct Provision system represent a legacy or echo of older systems of confinement in Ireland – borstals, laundries, prisons, mother and baby homes, lunatic asylums?

The Arts Council Artist in the Community Scheme Bursary Award aims to support collaborative artists working in the area of art and activism. The purpose of the Bursary Award is to support and nurture professional arts practice and it is specifically aimed at an artist who has a track record of working collaboratively with communities of place or interest. The Bursary Award of €10,000 provides the selected artist with time and resources to carry out research and to reflect on practice. More particularly, the Bursary allows the artist to consider key questions associated with art and activist practice using collaborative methodologies.

As part of the launch of Asylum Archive in Galway, March 2015, Create featured Vukasin as a part of a panel discussion alongside Anthony Haughey, Anne Mulhall, Charlotte McIvor and Megs Morley, chaired by Katrina Goldstone. The discussion centred on the themes evoked by Asylum Archive.

Audio of this event can be found at Create’s Soundcloud channel here:

Jill Cousins appointed Director of The Hunt Museum, Limerick

The Board of the Hunt Museum has announced the appointment of Dr. Jill Cousins as Director and CEO of the Museum.

Dr Jill Cousins joins the Hunt with over 10 years of involvement in the European cultural heritage sector as the Executive Director of the Europeana Foundation, which she created from a project idea with 4 people to an operational service with 62 persons across 4 European offices. Funded, by the European Commission and the Ministries of Culture across Europe, Jill has worked with cultural heritage organisations across Europe to increase the use and visibility of their collections in education, research, creative industry and towards the general public. She has extensive business development experience and has previously worked in the publishing, event, marketing and information industries. Europeana is now a thriving platform for cultural heritage and is the cross border, digital face of the European Year of Cultural Heritage.

Finding new ways to make our cultural heritage work for the benefit of society, Jill looks to democratize and increase access by making it work where people are already online. She is keen on culture being the starting point for societal improvement and creating an understanding of our shared history in Europe and looks for it to have practical, lasting impact on our cities and lives.

Jill will take up her position early in 2018 augmenting the existing team as the Museum continues to expand its activities under a new strategic direction.

TBG+S Announces International Residency Recipients 2018 | Caroline Doolin + Kathy Tynan

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios is delighted to announce artist Caroline Doolin as recipient of the 2018 HIAP (Helsinki International Artist Programme) Residency and artist Kathy Tynan has been awarded a residency in Paris as part of the Cité Internationale des Arts programme.
From February to April this year, Caroline Doolin will spend six weeks at the HIAP residency facility at the Cable Factory, Helsinki. Caroline Doolin works primarily in narrative moving image with a particular interest in navigating the specific audio-visual constraints of the gallery context. During her residency at HIAP she will research and develop the early stages of a new video installation informed by the status of Suomenlinna island as a UNESCO heritage site. With attentive focus on the particular ecology of Suomenlinna, she aims to explore intricate webs of difference within the everyday; drawing connections between and generating empathy for specific sites, species and organisms.
Kathy Tynan will work from a studio in Paris for three months in 2018. During her residency, Kathy will spend time discerning the recurrent motifs and patterns of the City. She will focus particularly on interventional man-made marks which feel strange or out of place within the urban landscape.

Richard Long Knighted in New Year Honours List, UK

Sculptor Richard Long knighted in the New Year’s Honours list for ‘services to art’. Artist working in stone, slate, flint and mud, and since the late 1960s he has used walking itself as an artistic form – his sculptures, maps, photographs and works created from the written word documenting his experiences of the natural landscape which he encounters. Long’s relationship with Ireland and its landscape is well documented.

He featured in IMMA’s inaugural exhibition of 1991 and his ‘Kilkenny Limestone’ is amongst his most instantly recognisable and best loved works. This work is currently on exhibition as part of the ‘IMMA Collection: Coast-Lines’ until 30 September 2018.

The artist recently created a 60-metre-long wall painting in mud for Lisson Gallery’s 50th anniversary show, Everything at Once, in London’s Strand. According to Lisson Gallery, Bristol-born Long has been “in the vanguard of conceptual and land art in Britain since he created A Line Made by Walking”. Long caught a train from Waterloo, found a field in south-west England and walked back and forth, documenting the ephemeral work. “This photograph of the path left by his feet in the grass, a fixed line of movement, established a precedent that art could be a journey,” the gallery says.

Crawford Art Gallery Welcomes Mary McCarthy as New Gallery Director

The Chairman Rose McHugh and the board of Crawford Art Gallery, have extended a warm welcome to Mary McCarthy, who takes up the position of director in February 2018.

Mary has most recently been director of the National Sculpture Gallery and also chairperson of Culture Ireland’s expert advisory committee. Previously Mary served as deputy director of Cork 2005 when the city was European Capital of Culture and as cultural manager of Dublin Docklands Development Authority.

West Cork native Mary McCarthy replaces Peter Murray, the long-term holder of the position who had retired in 2017.

Entries Open for Voluntary Arts Epic Awards 2018

The Epic Awards celebrate the achievement of creative groups across the UK and Republic of Ireland, by recognising the skill, innovation and hard work that goes into their activities. The annual awards are a chance to shine a spotlight on the excellent volunteer-led activities that take place in local communities all year round.

The Epic Awards have been running since 2010 and projects recognised with awards over the years have included ukulele groups, community festivals, a nativity play and a feature film. The aim is to reward the dedication, enthusiasm and creativity of your projects regardless of the art form or scale of the activities.

Voluntary Arts would be delighted to receive entries from all across the UK and Republic of Ireland, representing the full range of creative activities that we know take place in our communities. If you can share this opportunity with your networks, it would be greatly appreciated. Previous entrants are strongly encouraged to enter again and share the projects, events and moments that made their year memorable.

Winners and runners-up for each of the four national awards will be invited to join Voluntary Arts and other partners and supporters at the Epic Awards 2018 ceremony in Dublin in May 2018.

Enter here:

IETM Mapping: European Fund-Finder, Updated for 2017

IETM has updated its Fund-Finder, the ‘Guide to funding opportunities for arts and culture in Europe, beyond Creative Europe – 2017 edition‘.

Having started in 2014, Creative Europe is the main funding programme of the European Commission to support cultural projects, networks and platforms in Europe. However, other funding programmes of the European Commission can also fund projects with a cultural or artistic component – the arts and culture can in fact be great resources for the development of territories, individuals and societies.

On another hand, while we often – rightly – focus on shrinking budgets for the arts in Europe, we should not forget that a major problem for our sector today is access to relevant information about existing opportunities. There are still many public and private funding opportunities which can be alternatives to European funding or match the co-funding required for EU-funded projects.

Building on these two considerations, IETM produced this guide in 2015 as a useful resource for its members and the larger artistic community.

For this 2017 update the author has updated weblinks and information, added new funding schemes and additional examples, particularly for the EU funded programmes.

Find the guide (pdf) online:

Project Studios Awarded to Four Artists at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Four artists have been awarded studio spaces at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (TBG+S). Project Studios have been awarded to artists Aisling McCoy, Alice Rekab, Myrid Carten and Tamsin Snow for the year 2018.

Project Studios offer a one year tenure and are generally awarded to artists at an earlier point in their career. Each year, TBG+S provides excellent workspaces for thirty artists to work in Dublin city. The work made in the studios often goes on to be exhibited throughout the world. As well as studio space, TBG+S offers the artists professional development opportunities such as studio visits from international visiting curators and artists.

The new artist members were awarded their studios by a selection panel, following an open submission application process which took place in October 2017. This year, the selection panel for studio membership consisted of Rayne Booth (Programme Curator, TBG+S), Clíodhna Shaffrey (Director, TBG+S), Marie-Anne McQuay (Head of Programme, Bluecoat) and Alan Phelan (TBG+S Studio Member).

Lubaina Himid wins Turner Prize 2017

Lubaina Himid, an artist who makes theatrical, witty and challenging works that address colonial history, racism and institutional invisibility, has won the 2017 Turner prize.

Himid is both the first woman of colour to win and, at 63, the oldest winner in the prize’s 33-year history, after it dropped its upper age limit of 50. Himid wins the £25,000 prize for work addressing racial politics and the legacy of slavery.

Himid – born in in Zanzibar, Tanzania and now based in Preston, Lancashire – said she was “thrilled” to win, and thanked a list of long-time supporters in her acceptance speech.

She is an artist who, arguably, has been overlooked and undervalued for most of her career. Himid said she was never overlooked by curators or other artists but she was never in the press, perhaps because her work “was too complicated to talk about”. She added: “I guess the issues I was dealing with were complex, many-layered, and you’ve got to sell newspapers.”

Winning the prize meant a lot to her, she said. “I won it for all the times where we put our heads above the parapet, we tried to do things, we failed, people died in the meantime … for all the black women who never did win it even though they had been shortlisted … it feels good for that reason.”

Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar Launches Creative Youth Plan

An Taoiseach, Leo Varadkar, T.D., together with the Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ms. Josepha Madigan, T.D., Richard Bruton T.D., and Paschal Donohoe T.D., have launched Creative Youth – A Plan to Enable the Creative Potential of Every Child and Young Person.

Creative Youth sets out measures to deliver on one of the key goals of the Creative Ireland Programme, to ensure that every child in Ireland has practical access to tuition, experience and participation in music, drama, art and coding by 2022.

There are four long-term strategic objectives: Supporting collaboration between Formal and Non-Formal approaches to Creativity in Education; Extending the Range of Creative Activities for our Young People; Embedding the Creative Process by developing programmes that will enable teachers to help young people learn and apply creative skills and capacities; Continuing Professional Development (CPD) for teachers working in Early Years, Primary and Post Primary Schools.

The first stage of implementation of Creative Youth, which is a five-year Programme, involves a series of key actions for 2018-2019. One of those actions relates to the Music Generation programme. Music Generation currently reaches over 41,000 children and young people, both inside and outside of school. The Music Generation programme will now be extended countrywide as soon as possible, and certainly by 2022.

Other priority actions included in the Plan include:

· Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools initiative, bringing artists into the classroom, will be piloted.
· A Creative Clusters Schools Scheme to generate creative cultural and artistic projects will be piloted.
· Creativity programmes for young people in disadvantaged communities will be developed.
· An Early Years CPD Project will be developed and existing Primary Schools and Post-Primary Schools CPD Projects will be mainstreamed.
· Increased opportunities for students to learn coding and computational thinking will be introduced.
· Opportunities to participate in drama/theatre outside of school will be expanded.
· Cruinniú (formerly Cruinniú na Cásca) will be redesigned and developed as a national creativity day for children and young people in consultation with the local authorities;
· Local Creative Youth Partnerships will be established on a pilot basis.
· Implementation of additional elements of the Arts in Education Charter will be supported

Green on Red Gallery wins King Ping Pong 2017

King Ping Pong would like to announce it’s 2017 inter-art-organisation table tennis tournament was won by Jerome O Drisceoil for Green on Red Gallery.

Sixteen competitors battled it out in the tournament was held on 28th November in Kevin Kavangh Gallery, Dublin and in addition to the championship table, included a custom-made ‘trick’ table by artist David Lunney.

O Drisceoil beat National Gallery of Ireland’s Donal Maguire, who was also a finalist at last year’s tournament.

Winners Roll
2017 – Jerome O Drisceoil for Green on Red
2016 – Will Curtis for Project
2015 – Peter Prendergast for Monster Truck
2014 – Nick Miller for Rubicon
2013 – Mark Durkan for Solstice
2012 – Peter Prendergast for Monster Truck

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Arts Council Northern Ireland Publishes 2017 Annual Funding Survey and Annual Review

The Arts Council Northern Ireland has released data from its 2016/17 Annual Funding Survey. Top line results reveal another difficult year for the arts sector, which has been faced with a decline in income and a shift in employment patterns with more short-term/temporary contracts. Despite difficult financial conditions, arts organisations reported a rise in the number of people engaging in participatory arts activities and a rise in the number of relaxed performances offered to audiences.

Read key findings here:

Arts Council Annual Review 2016-17
The Arts Council’s review of the year in the arts in Northern Ireland, 2016-17, is now available to download. The Review highlights the accomplishments of artists and arts organisations throughout the year, supported by Arts Council and Lottery funding, reminding us all of the contribution that a rich creative environment makes to everyone’s lives in NI.

Download Annual Review here:

20 Creatives Receive Arts Council Northern Ireland ACES Awards

20 artists from Northern Ireland have been announced as the latest recipients of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s ACES awards 2017/18, a National Lottery supported funding grant bestowed upon Northern Ireland’s most talented emerging artists to allow them to develop their professional, artistic careers and create new work.

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. The artists include three drama awardees, six visual artists, five musicians, five literature awardees and one community artist.

In addition to receiving a bursary of up to £5,000 each, many of the 20 artists have been partnered with a professional organisation or leading artists, at home or abroad, to help each of them to deliver new creative work. Some of these include; Prime Cut Productions, Queen’s University, Ulster Orchestra, Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, Moving On Music, An tSnáthaid Mhór, Tinderbox Theatre Company, Seamus Heaney Centre at Queen’s University, composer Garth McConaghie and leading soprano, Nathalie Paulin, University of Toronto.

The 20 artists awarded ACES funding include:
Visual Arts

  • Andrea Spencer
  • Clare Gormley
  • Emily McFarland
  • Liam Crichton
  • Samantha Moore
  • Mary Murphy

Community Arts

  • Jennifer Goddard

For a full list of recipients in other art forms visit:

Late Night Art Belfast | Thursday 7 December

Late 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.


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:


Golden Thread Gallery

Golden Thread Christmas Market

84-94 Great Patrick St, Belfast BT1 2LU
T: +44 28 9033 0920


Platform Arts Gallery

PXVII | Platform Arts Members Show

1 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA
T: 028 9031 1301


Catalyst Arts

Black Mountain | Group Exhibition

5 College Court, Belfast BT1 6BS


Pollen Studio Belfast

Happenstance | Pollen Studios Fundraising Raffle

37-39 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA


Belfast Exposed Photography Gallery

Catharsis | Group Exhibition

Marrow | Jane Cummins

The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast
T: +44 (0)28 9023 0965



Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness | Group Exhibition

In Course of the Miraculous | Cheng Ran

10 Exchange Street West, Belfast
T: 028 9089 2960


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!

Josepha Madigan Appointed Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Josepha Madigan, Fine Gael TD for Dublin Rathdown, has been named the new Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht by Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in a cabinet reshuffle.

Josepha Madigan is a first-time TD, elected at the 2016 General Election. A family law solicitor by trade, she is also an author, having self-published a novel, Negligent Behaviour, set amidst the Dublin legal world, in 2011.

Madigan replaces Heather Humphreys, who in turn will replace Frances Fitzgerald as Minister of Business, Enterprise and Innovation.

Heather Humphreys held the Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht portfolio since June. She previously served as Minister for Arts, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht Affairs from July 2014 to May 2016; and Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs from May 2016 to June 2017.

Earlier this month, The Taoiseach restated his commitment to double total funding for the arts in Ireland over a period of seven years.