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 May 2018 - Gillian Cullen

Wednesday 2nd May 2018 at 2pm

Gillian Cullen is a fine artist and illustrator from County Louth, mostly specialising in detailed pencil drawings. Gillian draws inspiration from all elements of nature.

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Washing by Gillian Cullen

Artist of the Month April 2018 - Eddie Doherty

Monday 2nd April 2018 at 10am

Eddie Doherty graduated with an honours degree in Fine and Applied Art: Silversmithing and Jewellery from the University of Ulster in 2006. From his studio in Holywood, Eddie creates unique pieces of jewellery for both commission and exhibition. 

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Silver Necklace with Lava Beads by Eddie Doherty

Artist of the Month March 2018 - Colin McGookin

Monday 5th March 2018 at 10am

Colin McGookin is from Belfast, and is a noted Artist, Photographer, Workshop Facilitator, and Curator.

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The 39 Steppes by Colin McGookin