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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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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Special Tribute Event held in memory of renowned Belfast Poet Ciaran Carson

Tuesday 10th December 2019 at 2pm 0 Comments

A special event paying tribute to the life and work of the late Belfast poet Ciaran Carson (1948-19) took place at the Lyric Theatre last night.

Pictured (L-R) at the tribute event are artists Leontia Flynn, Michael Longley, Sinéad Morrissey and Frank Ormsby. Image: Pictured (L-R) at the tribute event are artists Leontia Flynn, Michael Longley, Sinéad Morrissey and Frank Ormsby.
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2019 Christmas Gift Guide

Wednesday 11th December 2019 at 4pm 0 Comments

From music and original art, to tickets to a great play or concert, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland picks out some perfect arts-inspired presents to treat yourself or a loved one this festive season.  Merry Christmas!

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Our Current Projects

The Arts Council Collection

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland Collection is now available to view online featuring over 350 artworks.

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