Call for permanent reminders to mark the centenary of 1916

Galway County Council has announced details of ‘Gaillimh 2016 – Cuimhneamh’ a grant scheme to support community inspired, permanent reminders of the centenary commemorations of the 1916 Rising in the form of creative artworks or sculptures of a high artistic quality.

The scheme will afford communities new ways of Remembering, Reconciling, Presenting, Imagining and Celebrating the centenary of the 1916 Rising while engaging with the central role played by the people of the County of Galway, and in particular their own Municipal District, in the Easter Rising.

This process will produce contemporary permanent reminders of their 2016 commemorations in the form of an artwork/sculpture, thereby inter-connecting history, art and community.

This new and imaginative scheme will afford communities across the County of Galway the opportunity to enhance their awareness of this defining period in our history and learn more about the important role played by the people of the County of Galway, and in particular their own municipal district, in the 1916 Easter Rising.

The outcome of this process will include a contemporary permanent reminder of their 2016 commemorations in the form of an artwork/sculpture, thereby inter-connecting history, art and community. The aim of the artwork/sculpture is to stimulate discourse about the past based on a contemporary artwork/sculpture of a high artistic quality appropriate to 2016 generating an appropriate legacy for future generations.

The potential exists for ‘Gaillimh 2016 – Remembering’ to create and build connections and facilitate collaboration between communities within each of our Municipal Districts, enabling communities to combine and enhance their knowledge and exchange their artistic ideas.

Funding support will be awarded by Galway County Council up to a maximum of 100 per cent of the proposal cost, based on a maximum grant of €5,000 for a project in each of the five Municipal Districts. This fund is open to community groups and organisations (arts, heritage, educational, cultural, sports, active retirement groups etc. ) that are planning to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Rising.

Applications must be based on an inclusive proposal that reflects the historical significance of the 1916 Easter Rising to the relevant community and Municipal District.

The closing date for applications is 4pm on Friday, January 29 and further information is available on www.galway.ie/gaillimeh2016 or by email to [email protected].

The full 1916 Centenary Programme for the County of Galway, one of the largest commemorative programmes in the country, is also available on www.galway.ie/gaillimh2016

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