4 February 2016 No Comments by The Northern Standard

The Arts Council announced last Friday that it will invest over €350,000 in Co Monaghan.

The funding will go to “organisations with a proven track record of delivering great arts experiences for people all over the county and beyond”, the Arts Council said in a statement.

Monaghan Co Council, which is to receive more than €53,000 for its arts service; The Tyrone Guthrie Centre artists’ retreat at Annaghmakerrig House in Newbliss, and the Monaghan Town-based Garage Theatre are the beneficiaries.

The Arts Council stated: “The Tyrone Guthrie Centre opened in 1981 as a residential workplace for artists. It comprises a large Victorian house and other buildings set in extended grounds in Co Monaghan.

“It provides accommodation, work space, and facilities for up to 18 artists working in all disciplines. It is a key resource for artists on the island of Ireland offering them a high-quality and supportive environment in which to make work and develop their practice.

“The Garage Theatre was established by the VEC in 1992. In 2013 a new 300-seat theatre was built on the Education Campus in Monaghan Town. It is an arts resource for Monaghan town and the county, hosts multi-disciplinary touring work and supports a youth theatre.”

The Arts Council said the grants formed part of their 2016 investment strategy, and would act as a support for their ten-year ‘Making Great Art Work’ strategy to lead arts development in Ireland during the next decade.

“The strategy prioritises the artist and public engagement, and looks to develop the conditions, infrastructure and environment to enable artists and organisations to make great work and to encourage people to access and participate in that work,” the Council stated.

“The investment strategy ensures that people in every part of the country…

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