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Artists tell us about ourselves, they challenge us; they create space for difference, debate and imagination. Their voice is an essential part of a vibrant and dynamic society and it is essential that we value artists and create a sustainable base for them in Ireland. †
IMMA 1000 is a new fund specifically created to support our work with Irish artists in the drastically altered social and economic environment we find ourselves in today. Severe cuts in arts funding since 2008 have had a devastating effect on supports available directly to contemporary artists, and as a result artists simply cannot afford to live and work in Ireland, creating a huge concern for the future of Irish art, and contemporary Irish culture.
With IMMA 1000 we want to create a support infrastructure for working Irish artists today, securing the ecosystem for the future.
IMMA 1000 will do this in three key ways;†
Our goal is to†raise €250,000 by the end of 2018. The fund has launched with €60,000, which IMMA plans to double in year one through donations of €1,000 each from 60 visionary individuals. Jump to: How you can help
IMMA has been supported in this initiative by Goodbody as the exclusive corporate founding partner for IMMA 1000. As Irelandís longest established stockbroking firm, Goodbody understands the importance of creating a legacy today for future generations. Thatís why it has made a firm commitment to contribute significant funds to this important initiative over three years.
IMMA 1000 was conceived on behalf of IMMA by businessman John Cunningham, Director of CheckRisk, who responded to a talk by IMMA Director Sarah Glennie to a group of business leaders in 2014. He was struck by the critical difficulties, outlined by Sarah, facing artists in Ireland following the economic crisis. John, together with a group of founding donors, has already raised €20,000 for the initiative. This, plus the support of Goodbody, has created a founding fund of €60,000 in year one.
You can support IMMA 1000 with a minimum donation of €690, but additional amounts are immensely appreciated.†Each and every donation we receive will bring us closer to our target and provide the vital resources necessary to support this generation of Irish artists.†The greater the donation, the greater the impact.
If you are a PAYE employee, a donation of €690 will result in a donation of €1,000 for IMMA through tax relief.
Please contact our Development Office on +353 1 6129954 to process your donation. †
Substantial cuts in arts funding since 2008 have had a devastating effect on supports available directly to contemporary artists. Arts organisations such as IMMA have also seen cuts of close to 50% in their government funding resulting in fewer acquisitions for public collections, fewer commissions of new work and reduced artist fees.
Overall these combined cuts create an overwhelming reduction in the funding that institutions such as IMMA can use to directly support artists. The commercial art market in Ireland also faces considerable challenges. As organisations slowly start to rebuild after years of successive cuts it is essential that IMMA is able to actively support Irish artists so that Ireland will remain a viable place for them to live and work into the future. If not, the effect of their loss will be felt for generations to come. †
Download the IMMA 1000 brochure (pdf)
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Read John Cunningham's†interview with The Irish Times
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