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£1.6 Million Boost for the Arts

Monday 25th July 2005 at 2pm 0 Comments

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The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has announced funding of £ 1.6 million through its National Lottery Fund to develop and support the arts across Northern Ireland.

Roisín McDonough , Arts Council Chief Executive, said: “The principal aim of our Lottery Fund is to make a real and lasting difference through the arts to people’s lives right across Northern Ireland. We were very impressed with the high standard of applications this year and are confident that the awards will enable arts organisations to achieve exceptional standards of arts provision to all sections of our society.”

Seventy-one organisations have received awards which will be delivered through three Lottery programmes targeting Access to the Arts, New Work, and Early Years.

 The new Early Years programme, which has received £164,000, has been specifically designed to encourage the development of problem solving, language and creative skills of children between 3 and 7 years of age through arts-related projects. For example, St Matthews Primary School , Belfast, will link with two East Belfast Nursery Schools and two Primary Schools to produce a large mosaic for each school and individual pieces of 3-D clay work.

Arts for Older People Network has been awarded £20,500 for an innovative project which will provide artistic opportunities for older people and those working with them and aims to raise awareness of issues affecting older people and their carers. The project’s two strands, community theatre and research into good practice, will come together at a seminar targeting older people and the people who work with them. The title of the project, ‘Learning to Microwave’, comes from a poem by Seamus Heaney, ‘The Sharpening Stone’, part of which describes his father’s new lease of life in old age.

 The largest award, £135,000, goes to POBAL,the umbrella organisation for the Irish speaking community, to produce a ‘roadshow’ showcase of the arts in Irish across Northern Ireland over a three year period.

Northern Woman magazine has been awarded £15,000 to produce an anthology of women’s fiction by finalists in the magazine's annual Short Story Prize, held in association with Orange.  Critically acclaimed Irish novelists Glenn Patterson and Sheila O’Flanagan will join NW Editor Lyn Palmer in selecting the best stories to publish in the book.

“We're immensely grateful for this financial support; not only will it enable us to produce an anthology of the highest quality, but it also underlines the importance of such a forum for female writers in Northern Ireland," said Lyn.  “We have received some wonderful entries into the competition over the past five years; and this collection of the very best short stories from local aspiring writers will greatly enhance the profile of women’s writing in Northern Ireland."

NOTES TO EDITORS:

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  • The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is the statutory body through which public funding for the arts in Northern Ireland is channeled. The Arts Council is responsible for the administration and distribution of funds raised by the National Lottery. The Council made its first awards to applicants for Lottery funding in 1995-96. The principal function is to fund applications for a broad range of capital and revenue projects in the arts which will make an important and lasting difference to the quality of life of the people in Northern Ireland

 

  • Total funding allocation through this round of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland National Lottery Fund is £1,633,427.

 

  • Breakdown of Lottery funding round:

 

  • £1 million is shared between 30 arts organisations across Northern Ireland through the Access to the Arts programme, designed to create opportunities for everyone to participate in the arts;

 

  • £446,470 benefits 20 arts organisations through the New Work programme for projects that take original work in all art forms to people throughout Northern Ireland;

 

  • 21 Primary and Nursery schools will share £164,000 for the Early Years programme

 

  • Applications for Arts Council Lottery programmes open in January and July each year

 

  • The lists below illustrate the organisations, location, and amount of Lottery Funds awarded. Editors of regional newspapers may wish to contact their local organisations to follow up on specific stories.

 

 

Early Years July 2005

 

 

 

Organisation

Location

Award

 

St Bernadette’s Primary School

BELFAST

£10,937.00

Brookeborough Primary School

BROOKEBOROUGH

£3,810.00

Randalstown Central Primary School

RANDALSTOWN

£9,502.00

Long Tower Primary School

DERRY

£11,691.00

Corran Integrated Primary School

LARNE

£3,814.00

Aughnacloy Regional Primary School

AUGHNACLOY

£9,260.00

Newbuildings Primary School

DERRY

£5,143.00

Ashgrove Primary School

NEWTOWNABBEY

£8,100.00

St. Patrick’s Primary School

DERRYGONNELLY

£11,270.00

St. Mark’s Primary School

LISBURN

£6,490.00

Cathedral Nursery School

BELFAST

£3,527.00

St. Matthew’s Primary School

BELFAST

£11,550.00

Foyle View School

DERRY

£8,982.00

Holy Trinity Nursery School

ENNISKILLEN

£12,460.00

Glenbank Nursery School

BELFAST

£4,694.00

St. Ronan’s Primary School and Nursery School

LISNASKEA

£8,900.00

St Mary’s Primary School

STRABANE

£4,539.00

Creavery Primary School

ANTRIM

£3,762.00

McClintock Primary School and Drumduff Primary School

OMAGH

£10,822.00

Diamond Parent Group

BELFAST

£4,900.00

Oakwood School & Assessment Centre

BELFAST

£10,550.00

 

Access July 2005

 

 

 

Organisation

City

Award

Ballynafeigh Community Development Association

BELFAST

£20,620.00

Portadown 2000 (MAC)

PORTADOWN

£18,161.00

Tinderbox Theatre Company

BELFAST

£44,400.00

ArtsCare

BELFAST

£70,000.00

The Void Art Centre

DERRY

£30,665.00

The Nerve Centre

DERRY

£35,235.00

Soundlines

LISBURN

£18,000.00

POBAL

Belfast

£135,000.00

Prison Arts Foundation

BELFAST

£48,000.00

North West Play Resource Centre (Playhouse)

DERRY

£44,735.00

Omagh Arts Commitee

OMAGH

£17,000.00

Crescent Arts Centre

BELFAST

£26,875.00

Dairy Farm Jobclub

BELFAST

£83,964.00

Youth Music Theatre

LONDON

£20,000.00

Ulster Scots Heritage Council

BELFAST

£25,000.00

Sliabh Beagh Development Association

ROSLEA

£90,000.00

Arts for Older People Network

BELFAST

£20,500.00

Donaghcloney Rural Needs Development Group

Donaghcloney

£78,763.00

Creative Writers Network

BELFAST

£22,540.00

Ulster-Scots Language Society

BELFAST

£15,440.00

Mid Ulster Community & Arts Trust Limited

CARRICKMORE

£45,000.00

Border Arts

CASTLEDERG

£37,321.00

Community Arts Forum

BELFAST

£28,020.00

Streetwise Community Circus Workshops

BELFAST

£44,943.00

arts for all

BELFAST

£45,000.00

Gasyard Development Trust

DERRY

£42,350.00

An Droichead

BELFAST

£40,500.00

Queen Street Studios

BELFAST

£58,350.00

Feile an Phobail

BELFAST

£35,000.00

ATGWU Cultural Arts Project Committee

BELFAST

£41,000.00

 

 

New Work July 2005

 

 

 

Organisation

City

Award

Tinderbox Theatre Company

BELFAST

£40,055.00

Maiden Voyage (NI) Ltd.

HOLYWOOD

£20,665.00

Sole Purpose Productions

DERRY

£10,060.00

Big Telly Theatre Compay

PORTSTEWART

£5,500.00

Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company

DERRY

£20,800.00

Guildhall Press

Derry

£24,500.00

Guildhall Press

Derry

£21,900.00

Context Gallery

DERRY

£14,261.00

Cahoots NI Ltd

BELFAST

£11,200.00

University of Ulster

BELFAST

£50,000.00

Belfast Exposed Photography

BELFAST

£18,041.00

Maydown Youth Training Project Ltd – Waterside Theatre

DERRY

£22,167.00

Riverside Theatre

COLERAINE

£5,960.00

Belfast Festival at Queen’s

BELFAST

£61,000.00

Golden Thread Gallery

BELFAST

£21,265.00

Sticky Fingers Early Years Arts

NEWRY

£34,980.00

Greer Publications Limited

BELFAST

£15,105..50

Ransom Productions Ltd

BELFAST

£19,900.00

The Void Art Centre

DERRY

£16,012..50

Ballynafeigh Community

Development Programme

BELFAST

£13,470.00

 

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