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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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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Felim Egan (1952-2020) Internationally-acclaimed Strabane-born painter

Monday 23rd November 2020 at 3pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has learned with regret of the death of the acclaimed Strabane-born artist, Felim Egan, who died in Dublin on Thursday 19th November.

Red Pool by Felim Egan, 2014. Arts Council of Northern Ireland Collection Image: Red Pool by Felim Egan, 2014. Arts Council of Northern Ireland Collection
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What’s on in the Arts

Wednesday 18th November 2020 at 12pm 0 Comments

As more and more artists and arts organisations from Northern Ireland go digital to connect with audiences at home, the Arts Council has rounded up just some of these fantastic cultural things to do online.  As the arts sector slowly and safely re-opens we have also highlighted some exhibitions and events to enjoy in galleries, all supported by exchequer and National Lottery funding.

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Our Current Projects

Ulster Orchestra collaborates with Ryan McMullan in an emotive new song that honours the NHS

Commissioned by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to write a song marking the commitment and contribution of the NHS and its staff during the Covid19 pandemic, rising international star Ryan McMullan, joined forces with the Ulster Orchestra who provided a special arrangement, performed by its string section, to record a beautiful new piece titled If This Is The End.

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