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SIAP 2016 in Focus: The ACES award

Monday 25th July 2016 at 3pm

The Artists' Career Enhancement Scheme (ACES) award aims to deepen the developmental impact of Arts Council’s support for artists, with a targeted package of training, mentoring and support provided for successful applicants. 

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Pictured left to right are ACES awardees, musicians, Fionnuala Fagan and Brigid O'Neill.

Artist of the Month July 2016 - Victoria Bentham

Wednesday 6th July 2016 at 9am

Victoria Bentham is an emerging ceramist, who has exhibited her work widely within the local Craft sector, since graduating with Fine and Applied Arts degree at the University of Ulster in 2012.

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Percepito Memoriae by Victoria Bentham is currently included within the collection of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Artist of the Month June 2016 - John Rainey

Friday 10th June 2016 at 9am

John Rainey is a sculptor based in Northern Ireland, working mainly with 3D print technologies and ceramics. He completed a Masters at the Royal College of Art, London in 2012.

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'Love in the Time of Artifice #6' by John Rainey

New exhibition traces the social history of the River Farset

Friday 20th May 2016 at 11am

Acclaimed visual artist Rita Duffy has unveiled her latest exhibition featuring 22 illustrations inspired by the river upon which Belfast City was build. 

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Artist, Rita Duffy, pictured in the Dillon Gallery at Culturlann MacAdam O'Fiaich on the Falls Road in Belfast

Artist of the Month May 2016 - Brendan Jamison

Wednesday 11th May 2016 at 1pm

Brendan Jamison is a sculptor based in Northern Ireland, who has achieved international recognition for his practice

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Sir Henry Tate's Mausoleum by Brendan Jamison

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.

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