Arts Council of 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 August 2018 - Ursula Burke

Wednesday 1st August 2018 at 9am

Ursula Burke is an Irish artist who works in a variety of media including porcelain sculpture, embroidery and drawing. Educated at the University of Ulster, Ursula has completed a practice based PhD exploring issues of representation and identity within contemporary Ireland, themes that strongly pervade her work.

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Pillow by Ursula Burke

Artist of the Month July 2018 - David Smith

Monday 2nd July 2018 at 12pm

David Smith is an Irish artist, who has recently returned to live in Ireland having lived and worked in Hong Kong for 11 years. He works primarily in painting, and occasionally in music and photographic projects.

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Trees-Park-Rain by David Smith

Artist of the Month June 2018 - Ailbhe Greaney

Friday 1st June 2018 at 10am

Ailbhe Greaney is a Photographer and a Lecturer in Photography. Born in Galway, Ailbhe graduated from Dublin City University with a B.A. (Hons) Degree in Communication Studies, and in 2000 she was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study for a Master of Fine Arts Degree in Photography and Related Media at the prestigious School of Visual Arts, New York, graduating with distinction in 2003.

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Nam, Paris (From Street flower series) by Ailbhe Greaney