VAI and NCFA Addressing Current Challenges Facing the Arts Sector

newsVAI and NCFA are working closely to devise a campaign to mobilise the growing solidarity in the arts community in response to recent departmental changes in government.

Visual Artists Ireland and the National Campaign for the Arts are aware that this does not only effect the 20,000 or more arts workers, it concerns all citizens who engage, participate, and experience arts and culture – the whole of Irish society. Ireland remains bottom of the European league table for Arts funding and we are committed to working with government and the arts community to find a way to improve support for the sector.

Your support and your voice will be vital in the coming days, weeks and months.


Some recent media coverage:

National press:
Irish Times – Recognising the arts at the Cabinet table

Irish Times – Artists Threaten Strike Action

Irish Times – Recognising the arts at the Cabinet table

Irish Independent – Lip service and neglect – our official arts policy

Irish Examiner – Artists Led the Rising, Yet Witless Governments Kill Off Art

Hotpress Magazine – Arts Community Holds Meeting With Government Over Taoiseach’s Remarks

Get In Formation – Irish Arts and Heritage Rising
A New Irish Ministry For The Arts or Through a Hedge Backwards

Petition – Irish Arts, Culture and Heritage Need Adequate Funding and a Dedicated Government Department (ongoing, over 13,000 signatories to date)

John O’Brien – When To Not Follow The Money

Newstalk – Heather Humphreys argues “the order of words in department title” won’t be important

Director Lenny Abrahamson on RTE’s Morning Ireland where he spoke to the need for sustained and further investment in Irish, Arts, Culture, Heritage!rii=9:20990538:48:19-05-2016:

Artist Robert Ballagh spoke about the need for Government to invest seriously and sustainably in Irish Arts, Culture, Heritage on Newstalk 106-108 fm

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