Arts Policy


  • Increase the arts budget for 2018 by €100 million.
  • Increase state funding of the arts to the European average of 0.6%
  • Fund access to arts participation in disadvantaged areas for adults and children.
  • Fund access to arts participation for adults and children with disabilities.
  • Ensure children have greater access to culture and art as a right.
  • Open schools and colleges for after-school artistic activities for children and teenagers.
  • Open Public Spaces – including NAMA buildings – for use by local arts organisations.
  • Support performances and exhibitions in public spaces.
  • Arts participation programmes in prisons, schools, care homes and hospitals.
  • Remove the requirement of ‘availability for work’ for artists on Jobseeker’s Allowance.
  • Allow artists to do unpaid work without pressure from the Department of Social Protection.
  • A new deal programme for artists in the public sector. This would create well paid jobs and increase access to the arts throughout society.