Limerick Council gives arts back to the artists

first_imgAdvertisement TAGSartscouncilFestivalFundingNews Belltable:Connect invites applications for Translating Live to Online Workshops this Autumn Previous articleLimerick chef through to international S Pellegrino finalsNext articleLimerick camp using Lego to build new careers in engineering Bernie Englishhttp://www.limerickpost.ieBernie English has been working as a journalist in national and local media for more than thirty years. She worked as a staff journalist with the Irish Press and Evening Press before moving to Clare. She has worked as a freelance for all of the national newspaper titles and a staff journalist in Limerick, helping to launch the Limerick edition of The Evening Echo. Bernie was involved in the launch of The Clare People where she was responsible for business and industry news. Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Email WhatsApp Vicky calls for right to die with dignity RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR LifestyleArtsNewsLocal NewsLimerick Council gives arts back to the artistsBy Bernie English – July 28, 2017 1034 center_img Print Twitter Limerick on Covid watch list Facebook Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Population of Mid West region increased by more than 3,000 in past year The Giant Granny makes her way through Limerick.Picture Liam Burke/Press 22Limerick Council gives arts back to the artists. The Giant Granny makes her way through Limerick. Picture Liam Burke/Press 22A NEW way of awarding money to arts and culture groups in Limerick was agreed this week, taking the process out of the hands of councillors and officials.A new committee is being established, involving independent representatives of the artistic community.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up Membership of the new committee – a first for any local authority in Ireland – will open the decision-making powers to people elected from the arts and cultural sectors and to community groups.Speaking in favour of the proposal at the monthly meeting of Limerick City and County Council on Monday, Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon (FF) formally proposed the new committee, and said it was “an opportunity for Limerick as a whole to benefit from the funding we are putting in to that sector”.Cllr James Collins (FF) said: “we do a lot of things very well in arts and culture and we have come to a crossroads after the City of Culture bid. Now it’s time to look at how we can improve our offering”.At previous meetings of the local authority, queries were raised about how applications for art and cultural based festivals and events were assessed and awards made.“We’ve said we want to be representative and inclusive and that is what this does,” Cllr Collins added.Cllr Cian Prendiville (Solidarity) also welcomed the move. “It’s a first to set up an SPC structure for arts and its very positive to see people from the arts community brought fully on board. It will be completely transparent and open to people who have ideas”.Director of Services with responsibility for arts and culture, Josephine Cotter-Coughlan told the Limerick Post after the meeting that Limerick “is leading the way in this. No other local authority has such a structure.“This will allow Limerick to avail of every opportunity to improve our arts and cultural offering,” she added.The current way of doing business in arts and culture will continue until September to allow the council to invite expressions of interest in joining the new committee.It’s expected the new format will open the process of awarding grants and making decisions to people directly involved in the field and make the whole area more accessible for community groups interested in getting involving in staging festivals and events.Read similar stories in the Limerick Post Arts section. Linkedinlast_img