Aim: To develop new audiences for the Arts and, through provision of services, encourage active participation in the Arts in all sectors of the community. 


  • Artists in schools Scheme
  • Artist-in-Residence in the Community
  • Music Education Scheme
  • Music, Drama and Dance Programming
  • Voluntary Arts Training Programme
  • Community Based Arts Development
  • Youth Arts Development.

Aim: To place the Library as a centre of Arts and cultural activity in the community by providing a wide range of Arts activities, services, and events within the library environment, accessible by all members of the community.


  • Arts Activities and events in Libraries
  • Supporting Interest Groups: including Children's Book Clubs, Creative writers groups, Reading groups, Painting groups, and  Gramophone circles
  • Exhibition programme.

Aim: To assist and enable artists and Arts and community organisations create, develop, and deliver innovative creative work of outstanding quality for the purposes of:

  • Stimulating public interest in the Arts
  • Promoting knowledge, appreciation, and promotion of the Arts
  • Improving standards in the Arts

Grant Schemes:

  • Arts Grant Scheme.
  • Artist in Residence in Schools Grant.
  • Artist Bursary Scheme.
  • Tyrone Guthrie Centre Bursary.
  • Ballinglen Foundation Bursary

Supporting the creative artist


Aim: To provide and develop measures to support the individual artist and the making of art.

This is done through the following;

  • Bursary Schemes.
  • Residency Projects.
  • Commissioning.
  • Purchase of work.


Aim: To support the development of the audio-visual sector in Cork. Cork County Council, in partnership with Cork City Council, have established Film in Cork to assist with the promotion of film-making opportunities for the Cork Region. Film in Cork has the following objectives:

  • To support and promote the local film making sector
  • To market Cork as a film production location
  • To provide location services and on-call support to film production.


For further information contact Rossa Mullin at 086 3066900 or by email.  

Aim: To support the formulation of Arts Policies by Cork County Council. This is done by:

  • Providing advice to the Council on development issues relating to the Arts
  • Supporting the policy development work of the Arts, Culture, and Languages Strategic Policy Committee (SPC)
  • Carrying out research, as determined by the Council, the Arts, Culture, and Languages SPC, and others
  • Providing reports and other factual data to the Council on the operation of the Council Arts Programme.

Aims: To provide and maintain an Arts information resource for County Cork. We also aim to advise and assist individuals and organisations in relation to the Arts.



  • Publication of Artsnews, a weekly email arts newsletter
  • Distribution of relevant information to interested parties
  • Collate and provide information on artists and arts organisations in County Cork
  • Provide an accessible advisory service on Arts matters.

Aim: to manage and support an ongoing commissioning programme for public spaces in County Cork.


  • Management of Per Cent for Art Commissions on behalf of Council departments and Transport Infrastructure Ireland
  • Advice to community organisations involved in public art projects
  • Provision of information on commissions undertaken by Cork county Council
  • Maintenance of the public art collection.

Aim: To build and conserve a collection of painting, print, photography, sculpture and other media of high artistic quality for the enjoyment of the public, members and staff of Cork County Council.

Ian McDonagh, Arts Officer, Tel: 021-4276891 ext: 6972, email:

Sinead Donnelly, Library Arts Staff Officer, Tel: 021-4276891 ext: 6970, email:

Image of three people performing ArtsThe Accessible Professional Development Programme is a series of four webinars via Zoom with an array of artists and artists professionals. The programme will be delivered by Cork County Council Arts Office and facilitated by Róisín Power Hackett. The programme aims to encourage artists and arts workers in all art forms in County Cork to develop arts projects. This programme will focus on access to supports for people with disabilities. However, people without disabilities are very much invited to attend. Cork County Council wants to assist in the development of these projects through support in exhibiting, performing, presenting, or publishing work. This support will be given in this programme through connecting artists and arts workers with each other and with the directors, curators, critics, playwrights, and theatre makers who will speak during the webinars. Furthermore, this programme will introduce the grants, bursaries and supports available to artists and arts workers through Cork County Council Arts Office and Arts and Disability Ireland. 

These 4 webinars will take place on Zoom. They will take the format of panel discussions with an audience Q + A at the end. The webinars are free, but you must book them on Eventbrite. See the 4 webinars with their Eventbrite links below. If you have any access needs, please get in touch with the Assistant Art Officer Maeve Mulrennan at or phone (021) 4285995. We can offer captioning and ISL if you need, but please contact Maeve as soon as possible. 
This webinar programme is organised by Cork County Council Library and Arts Service and is funded by the Arts Council and Creative Ireland. They will comply with our child and vulnerable adult safeguarding policy and General Data Projection Regulations. Image courtesy of Croí Glan Integrated Dance Company.

Webinar 1: County Cork Art Centres
Monday 19th July 11.30am – 1pm
Miguel Amado from Sirius Art Centre, Ann Davoren from West Cork Art Centre and Aoife Granville from Ionad Cultúrtha

Please click the following link:

Webinar 2: Visual Art, Art Writing and Dance
Thursday 22nd July 6-7pm
Róisín Power Hackett and Tara Brandel from Croí Glan
Webinar 3: Theatre & Interdisciplinary Practices
Monday 26th July 6-7pm 
Mairéad Folan from NoRopes Theatre in Galway and Áine O’Hara

Please click the following link:

Webinar 4: Funding Opportunities 
Thursday 29th July 11am -12 noon
Maeve Mulrennan Assistant Arts Officer from Cork County Council Arts Office and Amie Lawless Project Manager from Arts and Disability Ireland

Please click the following link: