The Board sets the strategic direction for the Arts Council and oversees the work of the Executive.
The Council was established as a statutory body by the Arts Council (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 on 1 September 1995. It is funded via grant-in-aid by the Department for Communities and is managed by a Board. Members are appointed by the Minister for Communities.
The Board consists of the Chairman, Mr John Edmund, plus 14 members and meets on a regular basis. The Board members, including Vice-Chair, Dr Katy Radford, are drawn from a broad cross-section of representatives from the arts and cultural sector.
The Council is made up of the Chairman plus 14 members, providing a broad cross-section of expertise and including representatives from the arts and culture sector. The current members were appointed on 1st December 2015 for a term of up to four years. The Chairman, John Edmund, was appointed for a term of up to four years on 1st January 2017. The following board members were reappointed to serve a second term of office: David Alderdice, Anna Carragher, Noelle McAlinden, Katherine McCloskey and Paul Mullan. Eibhlínn Ní Dhochartaigh, Conor Shields and Nisha Tandon joined the board in May 2013 for a term of up to four years.
All appointments are made in accordance with the Code of Practice of the Commissioner for Public Appointments for Northern Ireland. A selection panel, which includes an independent assessor, as required under the Commissioner’s Code, consideres the suitability of all candidates. The final decision on the appointments rests with the Minister.
All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, in accordance with the original Nolan recommendations, there is a requirement for the political activity of appointees (if declared) to be published.
The post of Chairman receives an honorarium of £10,000 per annum, the post of Vice-Chair receives an honorarium of £3,500 per annum. The members’ positions are unpaid, with members receiving expenses only.
The Chairman and Council members have individual and collective responsibility to the Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure (or, in the absence of a locally devolved administration, a Minister from the NIO) for the governance of the Arts Council.
The Board is responsible for:
Developing StrategyThe Board provides leadership for the organisation. It is the Board’s responsibility to define and develop the strategic direction of the Arts Council.
Providing Public AccountabilityWe invest and distribute public money to the arts across the Northern Ireland. The Board is committed to acting in a way that promotes the highest standards of public finance at every level.
Monitoring PerformanceThe Board monitors the performance of the organisation to ensure that aims and targets are being reached.