Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Funding and Development Agency
for The Arts in Northern Ireland

028 9262 3555

  • We are the main support for arts organisations and artists, offering a broad range of funding opportunities.

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  • We distribute funding on behalf of the Exchequer and on behalf of The National Lottery.

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We are the main support for arts organisations and artists, offering a broad range of funding opportunities.

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About Us

We believe in placing “Art at the Heart” because we know that art makes a difference.

We distribute public money and National Lottery funds to develop and deliver a wide variety of arts projects, events and initiatives across Northern Ireland.

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Our vision is to 'place the arts at the heart of our social, economic and creative life'

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Research & Development

Developing effective policy by gathering evaluation evidence, analysing data & developing artform strategies.

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We support both established and emerging artists to grow their international profile.

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Helen Lewis; Shadows Behind the Dance

Friday 27th January 2023 at 11am 0 Comments

Memoir telling incredible story of Belfast dancer and Auschwitz survivor Helen Lewis launched on Holocaust Memorial Day

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Sinéad Fagan – Artist of the Month, January 2023

Tuesday 3rd January 2023 at 3pm 0 Comments

Our Artist of the Month for January 2023 is Sinéad Fagan

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Contacting staff at the Arts Council

We continue to provide a business-as-usual response. All staff can be contacted by email or phone during normal office hours. Please refer to the staff contact list,

Office hours:

Monday-Thursday, 9am-5.30pm;

Friday, 9am-5pm.

If you are unsure who to contact with your enquiry, please email and your email will be redirected to the appropriate member of staff.

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