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 January 2018 – Rachel Leary

Monday 8th January 2018 at 9am

Rachel Leary is a ceramic artist from Omagh. After graduating from the Belfast School of Art in 2014 with a Contemporary Applied Arts degree, she went on to complete a Master’s degree at the Cardiff School of Art & Design in 2015. Rachel has also completed a residency at the prestigious Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark.

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A Material Experience by Rachel Leary

Artists of the Month December 2017 - Claire and Karen Gibson

Friday 1st December 2017 at 9am

Twin sisters Claire and Karen Gibson are ceramic artists from Belfast.  After graduating from the University of Ulster in 1998 with Masters Degrees in Fine and Applied Art, they went on form Red Earth Designs, a successful pottery and framing studio.

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Line and Shadow 1 by Claire Gibson and N.I. Milk Bottles by Karen Gibson.

Artist of the Month November 2017 – Kyle Barnes

Wednesday 1st November 2017 at 11am

Kyle Barnes is an award winning artist from Cookstown. Graduating from the University of Ulster in 2010 with a BA Hons degree in Fine and Applied Arts, Kyle is known for his realistic portrait painting.

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Fixation by Kyle Barnes
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