Arts Council of Ireland
The Arts Council of Ireland was founded in 1951 by the Government of Ireland to encourage interest in Irish art and channel to funding from the state to Irish artists and arts organisations. This includes encouragement of traditional Irish arts, support for contemporary Irish arts, and finance for international arts events in Ireland.

It was modelled on the Arts Council of Great Britain
Arts Council of Great Britain
The Arts Council of Great Britain was a non-departmental public body dedicated to the promotion of the fine arts in Great Britain. The Arts Council of Great Britain was divided in 1994 to form the Arts Council of England , the Scottish Arts Council, and the Arts Council of Wales...

, founded in 1946, and works closely with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Arts Council of Northern Ireland
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is the lead development agency for the arts in Northern Ireland....

, formed by the British government in Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland
Northern Ireland is one of the four countries of the United Kingdom. Situated in the north-east of the island of Ireland, it shares a border with the Republic of Ireland to the south and west...

 in 1962 to fulfil a similar role.

Pat Moylan was appointed chairman in January 2009. The CEO is Mary Cloake. The 2010 budget was €69 million.

International Policy

The Arts Council of Ireland is the official "Cultural Contact Point" between the EU Commission's Cultural Programme
Cultural policies of the European Union
European Union culture policies aim to address and promote the cultural dimension of European integration through relevant legislation and government funding...

 and Ireland
Republic of Ireland
Ireland , described as the Republic of Ireland , is a sovereign state in Europe occupying approximately five-sixths of the island of the same name. Its capital is Dublin. Ireland, which had a population of 4.58 million in 2011, is a constitutional republic governed as a parliamentary democracy,...


The Arts Council of Ireland is a founding member of the International Federation of Arts Councils and Culture Agencies.

Visual Artists Ireland/Ealaíontóiri Radharcacha Éire, the all Ireland non-governmental organisation representing Irish artists nationally and internationally, is supported by the Arts Council of Ireland.


The arts council consists of 12 members and a chair, each appointed for a five year term by the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
  • Pat Moylan, Arts Council chairman and theatre producer
  • Maurice Foley, Deputy chair
  • John Crumlish, Manager, Galway Arts Festival
  • Louise Donlon, Director, Dunamaise Arts Centre
  • Paul Johnson, Chief Executive, Dance Ireland
  • Fiona Kearney, Director, Lewis Glucksman Gallery
    Lewis Glucksman Gallery
    The Lewis Glucksman Gallery is an award-winning art gallery in University College, Cork, Ireland.Opened to the public by the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese on 14 October 2004, the Glucksman gallery was named Best Public Building in Ireland by the RIAI in June 2005...

  • Philip King, Filmmaker and musician
  • Orlaith McBride, Director, National Association for Youth Drama
  • Aibhlín McCrann, Musician and communications consultant
  • Sheelagh O'Neill,
  • Caroline Senior, Artistic Director, Garter Lane Arts Centre
  • Alan Stanford
    Alan Stanford
    Alan Stanford is a well known Irish-based actor and director.-Personal life:Stanford has lived in Ireland since 1969. He trained as an actor at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London....

    , Actor
  • Colm Tóibín
    Colm Tóibín
    Colm Tóibín is a multi-award-winning Irish novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, journalist, critic, and, most recently, poet.Tóibín is Leonard Milberg Lecturer in Irish Letters at Princeton University in New Jersey and succeeded Martin Amis as professor of creative writing at the...

    , Writer

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