Arts Council funding boosts several local organisations

New funding from the Arts Council will help organisations across Louth

Barry Landy


Barry Landy


Arts Council funding boots several local organisations

An Táin Theatre is to receive Arts Council funding.

Louth County Council's Arts Service and the An Táin Arts Centre in Dundalk are among the organisations to receive new 2018 funding from the Arts Council, it has been revealed. 

The Arts Council have announced their 2018 investment in arts venues, organisations and projects across the country - with  a €68.4 million nationwide spend anticipated. 

In Louth, over €864,000 is being invested in the county with €20,000 for the An Táin Arts Centre on Crowe Street and €80,000 for the Louth Contemporary Music Society among the spend. 

Speaking about the new investment, Arts Council Director Orlaith McBride, said, "2018 is going to be an excellent year for people in Louth who enjoy the arts whether you love theatre, music, dance, literature or the visual arts, whether you are young or old, you will experience wonderful work that will lift your spirit."

An Táin is a council owned arts centre in he heart of Dundalk town. It operates a 350 seat theatre and studio space, along with work spaces for performing artists.

It operates a year-round programme of visual and performing arts events and serves the local community with a range of professional arts events while supporting the work of both resident and visiting artists.

The council's Arts Service, known as Create Louth, has also received funding to the tune of €39,400.

The service delivers an artistic programme, community and education programmes, arts funding and strategic planning for arts development. 

It is responsible for such annual events as the Ardee Baroque Festival.

First formed in 2006, the Louth Contemporary Music Society specialises in cutting edge contemporary music programmes.

It offers a unique programme of concerts and events to audiences in the Louth area and draws audiences from further afield for its eclectic programming, excellent performances and imaginative and committed curation.

It presents a unique programme, including new commissions, with specialist performers, to Irish audiences, particularly those in the North-East. The programme demonstrates strong connections to the international contemporary music scene.

It has received rave reviews in local and international press too, including The Guardian, The Irish Times, The UK Independent, International Record Review and Backtrack among others.

Elsewhere, the Droichead Arts Centre have received €150,000 while €68,500 has been allocated to Highlanes Gallery. 

Other available funding will be available via a range of other awards and schemes throughout the year.