Aosdána, founded in 1981, honours artists whose work has made an outstanding contribution to the creative arts in Ireland, and assists members in devoting their energies fully to their art practice.
Congratulations to author and Saoi Edna O'Brien who has been named Commander of the French “Ordre des Arts et Lettres”, Sunday 7 March during an online ceremony on the eve of International Womens Day.
Uachtarán na hEireann President Michael D.Higgins is sole patron of Aosdána. Aosdána membership consists of a maximum of 250 artists across a wide variety of art-forms within 5 disciplines.
New Aosdána members, elected in 2020 gathered via zoom to learn more about what it means to be a member. The event was attended by all 13 new members as well as Arts Council Director Maureen Kennelly.