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 October 2019 - Diane Lyness

Tuesday 1st October 2019 at 8am

Diane Lyness graduated from the University of Ulster obtaining a BA Hons in Fine and Applied Art: Jewellery and Silversmithing. For a number of years, Diane was an apprentice jeweller, working alongside Goldsmith Graham Harron in Killyleagh. In 2011, she was awarded a place on the Craft NI Making It programme, based at Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick.

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Les Marguerites (Fine silver, sterling silver, and blown glass)

Artist of the Month September 2019 - Tracey Quinn

Monday 2nd September 2019 at 11am

Tracey Quinn is from Lisburn, and currently lives and works in Dublin. She has studied fine art both in Leicester, and at the L’Institute D’Art Visuel, Orleans, France.

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Aran Autumn Sky, Oil on Canvas

Artist of the Month August 2019 - Malcolm Murchison

Thursday 1st August 2019 at 9am

Malcolm Murchison studied art and design and obtained a BA Hons degree in 3D design and ceramics, but has spent the majority of his career working in arts administration, mostly notably as an Arts Officer and then Centre Manager at the Flowerfield Arts Centre in Portstewart.

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Teapot 3 (With Liana Wood Handle)
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