Cork-based theatre Company Graffiti was announced as the recipient of the Arts & Culture Award at the National Lottery Good Causes Awards held virtually on Saturday, May 29.
The Graffiti Theatre Company, have been providing quality arts experiences to children and young people since 1984 and the organisation will receive a cash prize of €10,000 towards the work that they do throughout Cork City and county.
Graffiti Theatre Company provide a unique brand of excellence in drama and theatre work for children and young people from birth to 18 years. They aim to develop children’s confidence through participation in the arts while striving to promote the importance of imagination and curiosity. Every child should have access to culture and be able to discover the world through the arts.
In an average year, Graffiti can provide 10,000 creative encounters for children in creches, primary schools and post-primary schools. Good Causes funding allows the company to subsidise their work to make it accessible and affordable, and in many cases, free.
Chief Executive of the National Lottery Andrew Algeo said:
Due to Covid, this year’s Good Causes Awards ceremony took place virtually with finalists tuning in from the comfort of their own homes across the country. Grainne Seoige hosted the event live from the Mansion House in Dublin and was joined by an array of familiar faces to present each of the awards to the category winners.
Graffiti Theatre Company were presented with the Arts & Culture award by singer Tolü Makay remotely during the event.
The six category winners received €10,000 each, whilst the overall Good Cause of the Year, Lough Ree Lanesborough Angling Hub, received an additional €25,000.
- National Lottery Good Causes of the Year and Health & Wellbeing winner: Lough Ree Lanesborough Angling Hub Heritage: Wildlife Rehabilitation Ireland
- Sport & Recreation: Raphoe
- Community Sports Development
- Irish Language: Gaelphobal Thamhlachta
- Youth: Autism Support Louth & Meath
- Community: Immigrant Council of Ireland
- Arts & Culture: Graffiti Theatre Company