Groups in Moyasta and Labasheeda are among those hoping to hold outdoor activities backed by The Arts Council under a new scheme.

Faoin Spéir (In The Open) was developed by The Arts Council in response to COVID-19. Its purpose is to generate a sustained and curated programme of multidisciplinary, inclusive arts activity in public or open spaces in towns and communities around Ireland between July 2021 and April 2022.

A spokesperson for The Arts Council explained, “Our recent surveys with Behaviours and Attitudes show us that there is greater public confidence in attending events outdoors. As we expectantly emerge from the pandemic in the second half of 2021 and into 2022, In the Open | Faoin Spéir will help to bring a renewed spirit of optimism and confidence in a fulsome return to the arts”.

Up to 14 places around Ireland will receive a Faoin Spéir award this year. The award will support local authority identified and led outdoor programme in partnership with one or more arts centre, organisation, festival or curator. Similarly arts groups can also partner with local authorities under the award. Applications will be accepted up until April 22nd.

An application for West Clare was suggested by Cllr Ian Lynch (IND) at a recent sitting of the West Clare MD and was backed by Cllr Cillian Murphy (FF).

“Any proposed application by Clare County Council will be submitted on the basis of meeting the criteria and meeting matched funding requirements. We will endeavour to support any individuals in the West Clare area, interested in making a proposal, on the same basis,” arts officer Siobhán Mulcahy replied.

Groups in Moyasta and Labasheeda had already expressed an interest, Cllr Lynch stated. “We need to try and attract people back into West Clare”.

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