Yeats Fund Awardees Announced

Yeats Fund awards €160,000 to artists, creative organisations and groups as part of Ireland’s national celebration of WB Yeats in 2015.

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of WB Yeats’ birth and in recognition of his enduring inspiration to Irish life, the Yeats Fund has allocated €160,000 to twenty creative organisations and groups in Ireland. The fund has a specific focus on the creation of artistic works and events as part of Yeats2015, Ireland’s national and international celebration of WB Yeats, which forms part of the decade of commemoration.

Over 100 submissions were received to the inaugural Yeats Fund, which was established by the Yeats 2015 national steering group and administered on their behalf by the Western Development Commission (WDC). Recipients of the funding awards include, among others: internationally-renowned theatre company Blue Raincoat, KBC Great Music in Irish Houses Festival, The Model – home of the Niland Collection, Cúirt Literature Festival, Coole Music in Galway and Liz Roche Dance Company.

Blue Raincoat will present a series of site-specific plays written by WB Yeats, performed in open-air settings in Sligo that inspired the poet’s writing. Coole Music in Gort, Co. Galway will celebrate the anniversary of WB Yeats’ birth by presenting combined choral and orchestral music based on Yeats’ poetry in two festival concerts with young Irish orchestras performing music by Irish composers. Dublin based SO Fine Art will present a contemporary exhibition of visual art works based upon a poem by WB Yeats with artists including well-known printmakers from Ireland, the UK, Sweden, Japan and USA.

Commenting on the Yeats 2015 fund announcements, Chair of the Yeats2015 Steering Committee, Senator Susan O’Keeffe stated that “Celebrating the enormous legacy of Yeats’ work and his role in shaping the critical elements of the nation’s cultural foundations, it is appropriate and fitting that so much new artistic work will be produced and presented for 2015”

Funded initially by the Department of the Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht as part of the official Decade of Commemoration; the Yeats2015 programme will celebrate the artistic and cultural vibrancy of Ireland, through the prism of one of its most renowned literary icons. This is the first time that Ireland will honour any one individual in this way and it is anticipated that the year will help draw up to 85,000 additional visitors to Ireland in 2015.

Speaking about the announcement, the Chair of Western Development Commission, Paddy McGuinness added that: “This is a very exciting time for Ireland. Renowned for our creativity and cultural vibrancy, this is a great opportunity to celebrate our artistic and creative excellence and our hugely inspiring landscape ”

2015 Yeats Fund Award Recipients: