The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin T.D., announced funding of almost €2 million by Culture Ireland for the promotion of Irish arts globally in 2022. The funding is to support Irish artists, arts organisations and Irish cultural centres abroad to present events covering architecture, dance, film, literature, music, theatre and the visual arts on the international stage.
Announcing the awards, Minister Catherine Martin TD, said: “It is vital that we continue to support our artists as they work to present their work globally in new and innovative ways. I am delighted that the Culture Ireland funding announced today will assist Irish artists to reach audiences worldwide in person, where possible and return to making cultural connections and building audiences for Irish arts.”
Included in the awards is a total of €1.47m in funding for the promotion of Irish arts through annual agreements for 2022 between Culture Ireland and partner organisations, Literature Ireland, First Music Contact and Irish Film Institute International, as well as two of Ireland’s key cultural centres, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris and Irish Arts Center, New York.
Both cultural centres are set to mark a special year in 2022 and funding will be directed towards the presentation of their annual programmes of Irish artists.
Irish Arts Center’s programme will be presented in its newly opened state of the art redeveloped space in New York and Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris marks its 20th anniversary.
Literature Ireland’s funding will enable the organisation to continue its important core work of building an international appreciation of contemporary Irish literature, primarily through support for the translation of the work of Irish writers and attendance at key international book fairs.
Ireland has been invited to be the lead partner at The Great Escape in Brighton in 2022, which will form part of First Music Contact’s showcase of Irish musicians at key global international music industry events. Irish Film Institute International plan to bring Irish film back to world cinemas and to curate hybrid programmes for online presentation of Irish film as required, building on the 2021 programme with events in 52 cities and 34 countries to date.
A total of €393,700 of the funding will enable presentation of 47 individual art projects covering film, literature, music, theatre and the visual arts in 15 countries around the world. This includes US tours by a number of traditional Irish bands such as We Banjo 3, Lunasa, Goitse and The Jeremiahs over the St Patricks Day period, as well as a strong programme of Irish musicians at Celtic Connections in Glasgow in January.
Bologna Children’s Book Fair will be attended by a number of publishers after an absence of two years with Ireland’s presence to be led by Children’s Books Ireland from 21- 24th March 2022.
Ireland’s exhibition at the Venice Architecture Biennale, Entanglement by Annex will have its international reach extended through its presentation in January in Berlin at Transmediale. Also in Germany for the first time an exhibition of the work of Richard Mosse will be shown at the Kunsthalle Bremen, Bremen from late March to end July 2022.
Please see www.cultureireland.ie for the full list of supported projects.