Awards under the Arts Act 2003 were approved by the Members of Cavan County Council at the February meeting. The arts sector was one of the first to be closed due to the Covid 19 pandemic and is likely to be at the latter end of the re-opening phases. Despite this optimism and energy within the arts community and professional artists working in the county remains strong.
In 2021 a total of 24 professional artists working in the county applied for funding. Of these 11 were successful and a total of €21,759 was allocated to artists to support work which includes: music creation, soundscape creation and installation, mentorships on architectural and natural heritage and in theatre development.
In the Emerging Artist Award, now in its second year we received 9 applications of which 6 were successful with a total budget allocation of €7,300. This category saw an increase of 125% in applications received and a budget increase of 36%.
The Arts Development Award which supports community and arts groups to make art work and support audiences decreased by almost 60% in the applications received. This indicates the uncertainty in communities about hosting events in a time when it is not safe to do so. The government scheme to support more art by investing in outdoor arts infrastructure may give some confidence back to the community and voluntary sector once Covid 19 is suppressed. A total of 18 awards were received and 10 of these were successful with an allocation of €12,578. Cavan County Council acknowledges the support of the Arts Council to the ongoing work of arts development.