National Campaign for The Arts (NCFA) is calling on the Taoiseach to make good on his much publicised commitment to double investment in the Arts and Culture through the Arts Council over the next 6 years. NCFA is urging the Government to publish a detailed roadmap setting out its short to medium-term plans to achieve this.
NCFA is particularly concerned that much of the new Government cultural investment through Project Ireland 2040, Global Ireland and Creative Ireland is on capital projects and promotion, with little investment in artists and their work. Increased funding for the Arts Council is the most direct and efficient way of re-balancing resources.
Mr Varadkar recently stated that “you can’t have theatres without actors”, yet we find ourselves in an ongoing situation of chronic under-investment in the work of artists nationally and regionally. It is vital to ensure proper investment in the human infrastructure of the arts sector if we are to maintain our enviable reputation for producing world class artists.Crucially investment through the Arts Council will have a direct impact on the work of artists and maintain the arm’s length principle which is needed urgently.
NCFA calls on Government to implement the following measures:
NCFA recognises the progress that has been achieved to date on certain issues ‒ including the adoption of a new pilot Social Welfare scheme.
This submission is made on behalf of Arts and Cultural organisations and individuals that make up the National Campaign for the Arts (NCFA).
NCFA is a volunteer-led, grassroots movement that makes the case for the Arts in Ireland. We work to ensure that the Arts are on national and local government agendas and are recognised as a vital part of contemporary Irish life.
Contacts for Comments:
NCFA Steering Group: email@example.com
Sabrina Sheehan: firstname.lastname@example.org