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New Report Shows that Visual Artists incomes continue to decline despite tales of economic growth.
national | arts and media | press release Monday March 21, 2016 22:23 by Noel Kelly - Visual Artists Ireland Visual Artists Ireland, Central Hotel Chamber, 7/9 Dame Court, Dublin 2 (01) 6729488
New Visual Artists Ireland survey shows that although 98% of visual artists work in their main area of practice, only 32% have the ability to make this a full time job. 76% of visual artists live unde
Since 2008, during one of the worst financial crises to hit the state, government funding of the arts sector was significantly reduced as the overall Departmental budget has seen an increase. Department of the Arts, Heritage, and the Gaeltacht reports show that central funding increased from 245,000,000 Euro in 2008 to 310,000,000 Euro in 2016. During this same period Arts Council reports show a fall in their funding from 81,620,000 Euro to 59,100,000 Euro. This has resulted in a fall in supports to the individual artist who the sector rely on to maintain Ireland as a place that is known for its living culture and the arts.
Artists have expressed simple aspirations. They wish to make work, have the work seen in Ireland and abroad, to be able to put bread on the table, and feel as if Ireland values them for their creativity. In direct conflict with these aspirations, VAI’s 2016 report clearly shows that time, funds, and opportunities continue to be the main issues.