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Blog: Ciara O’Neill - From Belfast to Nashville and back

Thursday 28th April 2016 at 10am

Singer-songwriter Ciara O'Neill was announced as one of the Aritst Career Enhancement Scheme (ACES) award recipients for 2016 last Autumn. Ciara has used her award to help develop a new album and to travel to the home of country music, Nashville, Tennessee. Ciara has prepared a short blog following her most recent trip. 

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Ciara O'Neill pictured at her album Launch at the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival with John Conway on Double Bass

Artist of the Month April 2016 - Michael Hanna

Tuesday 5th April 2016 at 10am

Michael Hanna is a conceptual artist who works with sculpture, video and installation. He has shown his work in a range of local and international exhibitions and is a recent participant of the Creative Europe ‘Corners’ programme.  

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‘Short films about Learning’ is a single channel video installation, based on images from Belfast Exposed’s photographic archive.

Artist of the Month March 2016 - Samantha Moore

Wednesday 9th March 2016 at 3pm

Samantha Moore is a silversmith working in Northern Ireland, who graduated from the University of Ulster in 2011 with a Masters. Her work has received growing recognition through showcase in national exhibitions and private commissions

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Artist of the Month December 2015 - Joanne Proctor

Wednesday 2nd December 2015 at 11am

Joanne Proctor is an early career visual artist living and working in Northern Ireland.  She has shown her work in a range of regional and national exhibitions.

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Drawing Breath by artist Joanne Proctor

BBC Ten Pieces

Wednesday 2nd December 2015 at 10am

Launched in 2014, the BBC’s Ten Pieces is an ambitious initiative for school pupils, which aims to open up the  world of classical music to a generation of children by using ten pieces of music as a spring-board for creativity, alongside a range of online resources, UK-wide events and close collaboration with music and arts organisations.

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Ten Pieces II will broadcast on BBC 2 this Christmas.

Artist of the Month November 2015 - Tonya McMullan

Monday 16th November 2015 at 3pm

Tonya McMullan is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Belfast, who studied Sculpture at Edinburgh College of Art. She took part in the ACNI Corners programme and is a current recipient of an Arts Council NI ACES award.

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Europa and the Bull by Tonya McMulan

Artist of the Month September 2015: Amanda McKittrick

Monday 7th September 2015 at 9am

Amanda McKittrick is an established visual artist working and living in Northern Ireland and her work is held in a number of public collections. Over the past 25 years her work has been exhibited in galleries across the UK.

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Sea Change was inspired by Amanda's hometown on the North Down coast

Artist of the Month August 2015: Margaret Napier

Wednesday 5th August 2015 at 9am

Margaret Napier is a glass artist based in Co Down and studied 3D Design at the University of Ulster. In 2011 she established the Glass I Studio, where her practice is currently based.

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'I dream in colour' by Margaret Napier

Artist of the Month July 2015: Martin Boyle

Monday 20th July 2015 at 2pm

Martin Boyle was born in Donegal and studied Sculpture at the Limerick School of Art and Design followed by a MFA at the University of Ulster. He now lives and works in Belfast and holds a studio in Flax Art Studios. 

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Coconut Tree by Martin Boyle

SIAP 2015 In Focus - Best Boy Grip

Monday 15th June 2015 at 2pm

Individual artists are now invited to apply for Arts Council funding under the Support for the Individual Artist Programme (SIAP). As a result we are talking to previous award recipients to demonstrate the value of public funding for the arts and the impact the funding has made to the artists' careers. 

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Eoin O'Callaghan better known to fans as Best Boy Grip is a recipient of a General Arts Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland

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