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 October 2018 – Anne Butler

Monday 8th October 2018 at 2pm

Anne Butler is a ceramic artist based in Belfast. Anne received a BA Ceramics from Ulster University, and an MA Ceramics from the University of Wales in 2000. Anne is a member of both the Royal British Society of Sculptors (RBSS), and Contemporary Applied Arts, London (CAA).

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Remnant by Anne Butler

Artist of the Month September 2018 - Victoria J. Dean

Monday 3rd September 2018 at 12pm

Victoria J. Dean is a photographic artist based in Northern Ireland. She graduated from the Belfast School of Art at Ulster University in 2017 with an MFA in Photography, receiving the Royal Ulster Academy Award for Outstanding Students. In the same year she was a winner in the LensCulture Emerging Talent Awards.

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Untitled VIII from ‘The Illusion of Purpose’ series by Victoria J. Dean.

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