Culture Ireland promotes Irish arts worldwide. We create and support opportunities for Irish artists and companies to present and promote their work at strategic international festivals and venues. We develop platforms to present outstanding Irish work to international audiences, through showcases at key global arts events, including the Edinburgh Festivals, the Venice Biennales and special initiatives such as the Imagine Ireland initiative in the United States (2011) and Culture Connects, the Culture Programme to celebrate Ireland's Presidency of the EU (2013).

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  • Body

    Culture Ireland is the Division of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht responsible for the promotion of Irish arts worldwide. We create and support opportunities for Irish artists and companies to present and promote their work at strategic international festivals and venues. We develop platforms to present the richness and quality of Irish creativity to international audiences through showcase events in key arts markets including the Edinburgh Festivals and Venice Biennales, as well as special initiatives such as the Imagine Ireland Initiative in the U.S.A.

  • Expert Advisory Committee
    • Mary McCarthy, Chairperson

      Director, National Sculpture Factory

    • John Costigan

      Former Executive Director of the Gaiety Theatre

    • Caitriona Fottrell

      Vice President and Director Ireland, The Ireland Funds

    • Niall Gibbons

      CEO, Tourism Ireland

    • John Given

      Director of Brandon Point Industries Limited

    • James Hickey

      CEO, Irish Film Board

    • Josephine Kelliher

      Founder/Director RUBICON GALLERY

    • Maureen Kennelly

      Freelance arts producer and programmer, Currently Project
      Manager with the Crafts Council of Ireland for Year of Craft

    • Orlaith McBride

      Director, The Arts Council

    • Niall O Donnchú

      Assistant Secretary, Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

    • Colm O'Floinn

      Director General, Trade and Promotion Division of the Department of
      Foreign Affairs and Trade

    • Caitriona O’Kennedy

      Manager, Marketing, IDA, Ireland

  • Budget

    2014 €2.5m
    2013 €3.16m
    2012 €3.56m
    2011 €3.997m
    2010 €4.083m
    2009 €4.553m
    2008 €4.75m
    2007 €4.5m
    2006 €3m
    2005 €2m