Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Funding and Development Agency
for The Arts in Northern Ireland

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The Arts make a major contribution to life in Northern Ireland.

They make a strong contribution to the economy, with our excellent arts venues driving the night-time economy, our distinctive arts and cultural attractions drawing visitors and business to the region, and our Creative Industries rapidly becoming one of our main sources of job and wealth creation.

The arts are also firmly engaged at the heart of community life in Northern Ireland – in schools helping to build young people’s confidence and communications skills; in care homes helping older people to cope with isolation and loneliness; in our hospitals introducing a reassuring human dimension to clinical environments; in local neighbourhoods driving the many successful neighbourhood regeneration programmes that are enabling residents to rebuild their communities.

Here are some recent highlights of inspiring work by artists and organisations working in Northern Ireland today, supported by the Arts Council.

Recent Northern Ireland Projects

Artist of the Month, July 2021 - Neal Greig

Friday 9th July 2021 at 11am

Neal Greig was born in Belfast in 1965. He studied Fine Art at Edinburgh College of Art, and was awarded The Andrew Grant Scholarship for his post graduate study.

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Neal Greig 'Through The Floody Pines', Oil on Canvas (2019, 150 x 150 cm)

Artist of the Month, March 2020 - John Piekaar

Monday 2nd March 2020 at 4pm

John Piekaar is a Designer and Craftsman based in Ballynahinch, County Down. He specialises in fine bespoke furniture designs and makes unique one-off items of furniture and wooden accessories.

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Burr Myrtle Jewellery Box, Burr Myrtle with a Cedar lining and internal tray

Artist of the Month, February 2020 - Elin Johnston

Monday 17th February 2020 at 11am

Elin Johnston is an award winning contemporary Artist/Maker/Jeweller, based in Belfast. She holds a BA (Hons) Degree in 3D Design, and an MA Masters Degree in Industrial Design. In addition to being a maker, Elin has also worked as an independent Design/Creative Director, and as a Lecturer in Design at a wide range of Art & Design Faculties in England and Wales.

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Stria Variant 03 - Sterling silver, 24 Ct Gold Gilt