Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Funding and Development Agency
for The Arts in Northern Ireland

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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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  • 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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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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Arts Council continues to provide support to D/deaf & disabled artists thanks to National Lottery

Thursday 28th May 2020 at 1pm 0 Comments

University of Atypical and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland are delighted to announce the recipients of the D/deaf and Disabled Artists’ Support Fund, a National Lottery supported programme worth £25,000. This fund has been created by Arts Council, by repurposing National Lottery funding, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and its subsequent impacts upon artists.  Following a high level of interest, 30 artists were funded to undertake research projects, professional development or create new work.

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What’s On in the Arts online!

Wednesday 27th May 2020 at 5pm 0 Comments

As more and more artists and arts organisations from Northern Ireland go digital to connect with audiences staying at home, the Arts Council has rounded up just some of these fantastic things to do this week online!

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Arts Council Chief Executive gives Covid-19 update to Communities Committee

Roisín Mc Donough, Chief Executive, outlined the severe impact of Covid-19 on an arts sector that previously generated £53 million in income and employed an estimated 7,500 people - income and jobs which had been seriously damaged by the pandemic.

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