Townhall Cavan Arts Centre is to receive a capital grant of €750,000 from the Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, following an announcement by Minister Heather Humphreys on Monday morning.
The grant, which will repair the listed building’s roof and transform the 110-year-old former Town Council headquarters into a top quality modern cultural space, was announced as part of a €9 million allocation to 56 venues nationally under the Creative Ireland initiative.
The announcement took place at Townhall, where artists, volunteers and creative directors gathered to hear Minister Humphreys confirm “this is your time”.
“We really are seeing local arts in action here this morning,” added Minister Humphreys, thanking Townhall for facilitating the funding announcement amid preparations to open their new multi-disciplinary art exhibition, ‘Love?’ on Valentine’s Day.
The exhibition is curated by Townhall Cavan’s artistic directors Siobhán Harton, Joe Keenan and Philip Doherty and examines the meaning and role of love in modern Ireland.
The successful application for capital funding was supported by Cavan County Council, which owns the building, and Chief Executive Tommy Ryan praised the Townhall creative directors for the immersive art that they have created since 2015 and noted the value of arts and culture in binding communities together.
This funding will be matched by resources from Cavan County Council and Cavan Arts and Culture Ltd. It will provide a high quality refurbishment of Townhall Cavan that is respectful of the Grade One listed building to ensure its continuance as a suitable home for the sustained growth of arts and culture in County Cavan.
The refurbishment will be managed with support from the technical and financial expertise of Cavan County Council. Speaking after the announcement today Eoin Doyle, Director of Services said “This is a major investment in this important building that serves the arts and cultural needs of our county and our region.”
The creative directors of Townhall Cavan, Philip Doherty, Joe Keenan, and Siobhán Harton welcomed Minister Humphreys’ and Cavan County Council’s support of the arts in Cavan and said they looked forward to creating challenging, accessible and immersive art in the redeveloped Townhall for many years to come.
Joe Keenan, Chair of Cavan Arts and Cultural Centre at Townhall Cavan said “We are ecstatic about this investment in Cavan. The Minister is a frequent visitor to Townhall and she has witnessed at first hand the artistic drive and the volunteering culture that creates contemporary art work in this space.”
Councillor Fergal Curtin, Cathaoirleach of Cavan County Council said, “enhancing audience comfort will maximize the box office and will encourage corporate and local sponsors to invest in this building. As the Chair of Cavan County Council this is a proud day for the County and we are delighted that the hard work and dedication of the arts community will be rewarded with a first class facility.