The Arts Council this week announced the Galway recipients of the 2020 Visual Artists Workspace Scheme.
The four recipients are Artspace Studios Ltd which receives €24,000; Engage Art Studios, which receives €20,000; Interface Galway which receives €8,000; and 126 Artist-Run Gallery which receives €2,000.
The scheme offers grants, up to a maximum of €40,000, towards the running costs of visual artists’ workspaces. It aims to support sustainable artists’ workspaces throughout the country to provide the best possible working environment.
The four studios in Galway, as well as studios in Cork, Clare, Dublin, Limerick, Louth, Mayo, and Waterford, will receive grants this year totalling €260,000 (€54,000 for Galway studios ) to allow them to maintain vital facilities and provisions for visual artists.
Arts Council Director, Orlaith McBride, said that the Visual Artists Workspace Scheme is a very significant award for the Arts Council.
“It provides artists around the country with essential access to space and equipment, enabling the production of work and the continued development of artistic practice.”
In 2020, some 18 studios/workspaces will be awarded funding, supporting facilities for 693 individual practicing visual artists across Ireland.