Call for Minister to direct Arts Council and Aosdána to engage in talks on review document

A solution to a disagreement between Aosdána and the Arts Council – which arose after the issuing of controversial review document – can be found.

That’s according to Waterville based Aosdána member Paddy Bushe, who was responding to the Arts Council’s review document calling for major changes in the operation of Aosdána.

Aosdána is a body of 250 artists, elected to the organisation for life by their peers.

Many members claim the ‘cnuas’, an annual tax-free payment of €17,180, which enables them to work on art full-time.

The review document calls for the Arts Council to have more direct involvement in Aosdána, a new definition for eligibility of membershop and changes in entry procedure.

They’re also proposing a tighter definition of an ‘active’ artist – which has raised fears older Aosdána members could be denied payment of the cnuas.

Aosdána member Paddy Bushe has described Arts Council’s proposals as over the top – but is hopeful a solution can be reached.

The award-winning bilingual poet is calling on the Minister to direct both bodies to engage in talks.