The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, announced on Tuesday 23rd of May that she intends to review the cap on the Per Cent for Art Scheme.
Minister Humphreys states “The Per Cent for Arts Scheme is well known and embedded in all public infrastructure works. We are all familiar with the variety of unique public art works and sculptures on our roads which have been funded through the scheme. In addition, there are numerous art works in our schools, hospitals and other public buildings which have been funded via the scheme.
“At present, capital construction projects can include a budget of 1% up to a maximum of €64,000 for an art project.
“The current cap was set by Government in 1997 and given a period of twenty years has now elapsed, I believe it is an appropriate time to carry out a review of the cap.
“In this regard, I have today asked my Department to consider the matter and to report to me on possible options for reviewing the cap.”