Arts Council Ireland announce 2016 funded projects

Arts Council Ireland has announced details of nine major arts projects being commissioned as part of the Irish government's Ireland 2016 centenary programme.

Among the announced projects is an initiative from Derry artist and two time Turner prize nominee Willie Doherty.

An international jury helped to select successful projects following the Arts Council's open call for projects to capture the Irish imagination. 

Successful projects incorporate a range of artistic expression, including music, poetry, dance and visual arts.

Willie Doherty's proposal will see him make a new video work which examines the legacy of the 1916 Easter Rising. 

The work will build on Doherty’s interest in the relationship between landscape and memory, and will be shot in sites of contested history in Donegal and Dublin.

The video will premier in the Regional Cultural Centre in Letterkenny in July 2016 as part of the Earagail Arts Festival, and will be exhibited in Kerlin Gallery, Dublin and Matt’s Gallery, London in late 2016, early 2017.

Arts Council Director Orlaith McBride said: the organisation was ’overwhelmed and delighted’ by the response to the ‘open call’.

'The successful projects will be at the heart of the commemoration programme, and we want as many people as possible to experience the work when it is presented next year.'

Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys said: 'The arts and culture were an essential element of the movement that led to the events of the 1916 Rising, with the Gaelic and Literary revivals helping to inspire a new generation.

'It is vital, therefore, that the arts are central to the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. These commissions will help us to not only reflect on the events of a century ago, but also to look forward to the next 100 years.'

View a video introducing each of the projects below.