Kilkenny County Council’s Public Arts Policy was approved at the May Monthly Meeting of the Council meeting held on May 17th 2021. The policy outlines a clear framework for public art commissioning, in collaboration with key stakeholders – including staff within Kilkenny County Council, the Elected Representatives, artists, arts organisations and local communities. The policy is in line with the Government’s National Guidelines on Public Art.
Following the approval of the Council’s Public Arts Policy, Cathaoirleach Cllr. Andrew McGuinness said: “I believe that public art is a great means for us to showcase Kilkenny’s track record in providing strong support for arts and cultural. I look forward to seeing public art share public spaces with all of the people who live, work and visit our County.”
The Per Cent for Art Scheme ringfences funding that is only available for public art projects and supports the commissioning of artists across all contemporary art forms, including Visual Art, Music, Dance, Theatre, Opera, Film, Literature, Architecture, Traditional Arts and Circus and Street Arts. It also supports the commissioning of temporary and permanent art projects.
Kilkenny Council Council is pleased to have this document to guide us in commissioning public art programmes going forward. We are cognisant of how public art adds value to the cultural, aesthetic and economic vitality of a community. Also, how it contributes to a community’s identity, fosters community pride and enhances the quality of life for its residents and visitors.