New Culture Ireland Strategy 2022-2025 to bring contemporary Irish arts to an increased worldwide audience

From the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media:

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, launched Culture Ireland’s new Strategy 2022-2025.

Culture Ireland’s new Strategy 2022-2025 is focussed on the promotion of Irish arts worldwide and takes into account recent global changes and the heightened importance of global cultural connections. The operational goals of Culture Ireland’s new strategy include fostering partnerships and putting equality, diversity and inclusivity and environmental sustainability at the centre of its decisions making process. Initial implementation actions will focus on these goals and enhanced support for online presentations and other new means of reaching international audiences.

In launching the Strategy, Minister Martin said:

Culture Ireland’s new strategy reflects the important role Culture Ireland plays in the delivery of the Government’s aims under Global Ireland 2025 to increase Ireland’s impact worldwide. The period of the pandemic shook many of our norms and especially rocked plans for international engagement by artists. Culture Ireland rapidly adapted to support artists to present virtually and its new strategy allows for regular review to ensure that it responsive to changing circumstances.”

 Culture Ireland’s new strategy was developed following open public consultation with interested parties to ensure that Culture Ireland is able to provide the Irish arts sector with the resources necessary to support the international careers of Irish artists and build audiences worldwide. During 2021, Culture Ireland supported over 2,500 artists to present their work at 524 events in 27 countries with an in-person and online audience reach of over 2.7 million.

The Culture Ireland strategy launch was held in Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (TBG+S) to coincide with Minister Martin’s visit to the studio of Irish artist Niamh O’Malley who will represent Ireland at the 59th Venice Art Biennale. Opening next month, Ireland’s Pavilion will be curated by Temple Bar Gallery + Studios director Clíodhna Shaffrey and programme creator Michael Hill. The work of Niamh O’Malley ”Gather” will be presented along with that of more than two hundred artists from 58 countries in the world’s largest visual art platforms curated by Cecilia Alemani.

Ireland at Venice is an initiative of Culture Ireland in partnership with the Arts Council and represents Culture Ireland’s largest financial commitment to international showcasing of visual arts and the Arts Council’s largest commitment to developing visual artists’ international practice.

Minister Martin said:

“I congratulate Niamh on her selection to represent Ireland and wish her well at the Biennale which I note, for the first time in its 127-year history, has a majority of women and gender non-conforming artists exhibiting.  

“I know Niamh will do Ireland proud and her work reflects the Culture Ireland stated vision that contemporary Irish arts are unique and treasured and deserving of a worldwide audience.”  

Culture Ireland’s strategy is available at www.cultureireland.ie.

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