Funding of almost €300,000 has been allocated to Galway City Museum and the Town Hall Theatre under my Department’s Arts and Culture Capital Scheme 2016 – 2018. Under the Scheme Galway City Museum has been allocated €180,280 while the Town Hall Theatre has been allocated €118,129.
I am delighted to confirm funding for two of Galway’s premier arts and cultural facilities under the Arts and Capital Scheme which is administered by my department colleague, Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD.
With the funding Galway City Museum will be able to address environmental issues which are essential for a museum’s ability to display historic artefacts. Meanwhile, the capital funding for the Town Hall Theatre will enable the upgrade of the venue’s lighting system, the acquisition of a digital projector and the improvement of access for patrons with a disability.
This investment is a great boost for Galway’s vibrant arts and cultural sector. The funding will help Galway City Museum in attracting new and return visitors while the funding for the Town Hall Theatre will help support its productions, grow local and visiting audiences and ensure the venue’s accessibility for all patrons.
The funding is part of a €9 million investment by Minister Humphreys which is the most significant investment in over a decade. Furthermore, over 85% of the funding is being allocated to projects and facilities outside of Dublin in line with the key elements of the Action Plan for Rural Development to support arts and cultural facilities across the country.
The almost €300,000 investment in Galway City Museum and the Town Hall Theatre is also a boost to Galway’s preparations to become European City of Culture 2020.