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News | Cultural Investment Major investment in national arts and cultural centres announced

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced details of more than €9 million in capital funding for arts and culture centres across the country.

The announcement was made as part of the Creative Ireland programme, with funding provided under the Department’s Arts and Culture Capital Scheme 2016-2018.

A total of 56 cultural organisations will benefit from this capital investment, including theatres, heritage centres, galleries, archives, integrated arts centres, artist studios and creative and performance spaces.

Seven flagship projects will receive substantial funding allocations:

• Solstice Meath Arts Centre - €300,000
• The Irish Arial Creation Centre (home of Fidget Feet) - €350,000
• The Hunt Museum, Limerick - €400,000
• The Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo - €550,000
• Cavan Town Hall Theatre - €750,000
• The Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare - €1,000,000
• Wexford Arts Centre - €1,000,000

A further 49 projects will receive funding ranging from €20,000 to €276,000.

Speaking today Minister Humphreys said:

“This €9 million announcement is the most significant investment in regional arts and cultural centres in a decade. The Creative Ireland Programme places a focus on investing in our cultural infrastructure, because high quality infrastructure is critical for a vibrant arts and culture sector, which in turn underpins social cohesion and supports sustainable economic growth.

We deliberately made this scheme as flexible as possible to ensure projects of varying sizes could benefit. The largest funding awards – of €1 million each – are going to Wexford Arts Centre and the Riverbank Arts Centre in Kildare. However a wide variety of other projects will also benefit including new lighting and sound systems in theatres, the conversion of an old Post Office to an artist studio and the improvement of digital facilities. These projects all aim to improve the audience and creative experience. This funding package will also ensure past investment in these arts and cultural centres is protected and sustained."

See the full list of awarded grants below.

Organisations benefitting from new capital funding:

Cavan

Townhall Cavan / Cavan Arts & Culture Centre Ltd, awarded grant - €750,000

Clare

Glór, awarded grant - €37,029

Cork

Firkin Crane Ltd, awarded grant - €150,000

Cork

The Everyman Palace Ltd, awarded grant - €155,463

Cork

Wandesford Quay Ltd (WQL), awarded grant - €90,842

Cork

Cork County Council / Briery Gap, awarded grant - €250,000

Cork

Cork Opera House DAC, awarded grant - €176,288

Donegal

Abbey Arts and Cultural Centre, awarded grant - €164,785

Donegal

An Grianán Theatre, awarded grant - €46,420

Donegal

Donegal County Museum, awarded grant - €27,962

Donegal

Lifford Association Tourism Commerce & Heritage Limited (LATCH), awarded grant - €215,753

Dublin

A4 Arts Studio & Community Education Centre Limited, awarded grant - €22,800

Dublin

Civic Theatre Company Limited, awarded grant - €132,280

Dublin

Draíocht, awarded grant - €47,730

Dublin

Fire Station Artists' Studios, awarded grant - €30,643

Dublin

First Fortnight Ltd, awarded grant - €20,560

Dublin

Fund It, awarded grant - €21,250

Dublin

Gallery of Photography Ireland, awarded grant - €24,963

Dublin

Irish Film Institute, awarded grant - €149,801

Dublin

Irish Georgian Society, awarded grant - €90,000

Dublin

National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL), awarded grant - €120,000

Dublin

National Maritime Museum of Ireland, Maritime Institute of Ireland, awarded grant - €49,705

Dublin

Pavilion Theatre Management Co. Ltd, awarded grant - €149,855

Dublin

Project Arts Centre, awarded grant - €260,485

Dublin

The Ark t/a The Children's Cultural Centre Ltd, awarded grant - €130,429

Dublin

The MART Gallery Ltd, awarded grant - €34,825

Galway

Galway City Museum, awarded grant - €180,280

Galway

Glenamaddy Arts & Historical Co-Op Society Ltd, awarded grant - €50,000

Galway

Town Hall Theatre, awarded grant - €118,129

Galway

Yeats Thoor Ballylee Development Ltd, awarded grant - €22,000

Kerry

Cultural Centre Killarney/Kerry County Council, awarded grant - €120,320

Kildare

Riverbank Arts Centre, awarded grant - €1,000,000

Kilkenny

The Watergate Theatre, awarded grant - €81,858

Leitrim

North Leitrim Glens Development Company Ltd, awarded grant - €50,000

Leitrim

The Dock/Leitrim County Council, awarded grant - €128,337

Limerick

Irish Arial Creation Centre, awarded grant - €350,000

Limerick

Dance Limerick Hub CLG, awarded grant - €75,015

Limerick

Lime Tree Theatre Limerick Limited, awarded grant - €45,232

Limerick

Limerick City Gallery of Art, awarded grant - €125,850

Limerick

The Hunt Museum Ltd, awarded grant - €400,000

Mayo

Custom House Studios, awarded grant - €43,274

Mayo

Jackie Clarke Collection, awarded grant - €24,300

Mayo

Linenhall Arts Centre Co Ltd, awarded grant - €42,000

Meath

Meath Arts Centre (Solstice)/Meath Co Co, awarded grant - €300,000

Monaghan

Inniskeen Development Group Ltd, awarded grant - €188,636

Monaghan

Old Post Office Clones/Monaghan County Council, awarded grant - €144,077

Offaly

Birr Stage Guild Ltd., awarded grant - €32,844

Roscommon

Roscommon Arts Centre, awarded grant - €276,615

Sligo

Hawk's Well Theatre, awarded grant - €550,000

Tipperary

Blackcastle Theatre Company, awarded grant - €23,000

Tipperary

The Source Arts Centre, awarded grant - €68,000

Waterford

Barker Arts Centre t/a, awarded grant - €54,000

Westmeath

Dean Crowe Trust, awarded grant - €113,772

Wexford

Wexford Arts Centre/Wexford Co Co, awarded grant - €1,000,000

Wicklow

Mermaid County Wicklow Arts Centre, awarded grant - €36,036

Wicklow

Tinahely Courthouse CLG t/a The Courthouse Arts Centre, awarded grant - €28,000

Total Amount Awarded - €9,021,444

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