The Arts Council this morning released its new ten year strategy, Making Great Art Work, setting out its plan for the development of the arts from 2016-2025.

Commenting on the strategy, Sinn Féin Councillor for Templeogue-Terenure, Fintan Warfield welcomed its release but stressed the need for Government to step up to the plate in order to realise the potential of our artistic institutions and bodies.

Cllr. Warfield said;

“Priority placed on the artist and public engagement is a positive, so too is the Arts Council’s commitment to change and renewal. However, without Government ideology that champions and protects the arts, the agency tasked with funding, developing and promoting the sector will fall short of its responsibility.

“Minister Heather Humphreys has said, that ‘national cultural institutions… are essential building blocks of the cultural identity and creativity of Ireland’ – almost certainly at odds with close to a 50% cut in recent years”.

Making Great Art Work also set out objectives to ensure that artists are supported at key stages in the life cycle of their careers.

Warfield concluded;

“That statement has particular relevance given that many young people face a sector with barriers so high, that many intensely, creative individuals never manage to scale them in order to flourish and be deservedly recognised”.