The Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Jimmy Deenihan said he was ‘delighted’ that the government has allocated €6m in funding for Limerick’s year as City of Culture 2014.
He was speaking at the launch on Friday of a new representative body to operate on behalf of local artists.
PLAN - Professional Limerick Artists’ Network - was set up in March of this year by artists from across all disciplines to discuss and review artistic development in the city.
The first network of its kind, PLAN intends to act as a lobby group relating to the arts in Limerick.
“When I announced a new National City of Culture Initiative last year - to commence next year in Limerick - it was with the aim of delivering a programme of cultural and artistic events and engagement in a city for one year, but which also has a longer-term positive impact nationally. I know since I made this announcement in 2012 that tremendous preparatory work has been undertaken here in Limerick,” he said.
“This €6m funding is an investment in the arts in the Mid West. The allocation offers Limerick a fantastic opportunity to hang out its brightest colours, to unlock the tremendous creativity that has been associated with the city for centuries, and to put on a programme of events of national importance.”