Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Funding and Development Agency
for The Arts in Northern Ireland

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  • We are the main support for arts organisations and artists, offering a broad range of funding opportunities.

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  • We distribute funding on behalf of the Exchequer and on behalf of The National Lottery.

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We are the main support for arts organisations and artists, offering a broad range of funding opportunities.

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We believe in placing “Art at the Heart” because we know that art makes a difference.

We distribute public money and National Lottery funds to develop and deliver a wide variety of arts projects, events and initiatives across Northern Ireland.

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Our vision is to 'place the arts at the heart of our social, economic and creative life'

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Research & Development

Developing effective policy by gathering evaluation evidence, analysing data & developing artform strategies.

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We support both established and emerging artists to grow their international profile.

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Celebrating creativity and diversity at this year’s EastSide Arts Festival

Tuesday 25th June 2019 at 10am 0 Comments

From the 1st-11th August places and spaces across east Belfast will transform into hubs of creativity and diversity for the annual EastSide Arts Festival. Supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland, this year’s  exciting programme is filled with glorious new experiences, amazing and inspiring activities which are open for everyone to enjoy.

Keith Lynch, Noel Harron, Gary Crossan from Baby Daddy and Katie Richardson from 80s Prom themed event The Beautiful Ones. Image: Keith Lynch, Noel Harron, Gary Crossan from Baby Daddy and Katie Richardson from 80s Prom themed event The Beautiful Ones.
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Deirdre Cartmill – My Time As Roaming Writer on the Railways

Monday 29th April 2019 at 1pm 0 Comments

Once in a lifetime a residency comes along that you feel was created just for you. That’s how I felt as the Irish Writers Centre Roaming Writer-in-Residence.

Deirdre Cartmill Image: Deirdre Cartmill
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The Arts Council Collection

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland Collection is now available to view online featuring over 350 artworks.

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