Finally White Smoke from Merrion Square.
Six new members and a new chairperson have been announced for the Arts Council. The positions have been vacant for 6 months now and there was a rising feeling of despair among the arts community. Had the Minister forgotten about the council entirely?
Pat Moylan – independent producer is the new chairperson. Other new members are Louise Donlon; Paul Johnson; Fiona Kearney; Sheila O’Neill; Orlaith McBride; and Caroline Senior. Interestingly of the 6 new appointees four are in charge of arts venues, a shift away perhaps from including a high proportion of artists on the Council.
None of the new appointees have a strong literature background. Does this leaves Colm Tóibín as perhaps the sole voice for literature on the Council?
Full biogs and details over on the Arts Council