Eire’s artist-oriented arts policies:
Scotland slumps into being a managerialist arts disaster-zone, after six culture ministers in six years. England gets funding cuts and vague policy blather. Meanwhile, Ireland has made large strides toward embedding fresh artist-oriented arts policies. Including taking all artists out of the tax system. The Sunday Herald reports on how it was done….

“The Irish tax scheme [for artists] has been estimated to cost the Irish state approximately £20m. What it receives in return, however, is incalculable.” …. What had it meant to [Sebastian Barry]? ‘Well,’ he says, ‘we got married on the strength of it. We had children on the strength of it!’