ACES awards for 17 leading creatives
17 artists from Northern Ireland have been announced as the latest recipients of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s ACES awards 2016/17, a funding grant bestowed upon Northern Ireland’s most talented emerging artists to allow them to develop their professional artistic careers.
Awards under the Artists Career Enhancement Scheme (ACES) are made annually to professional artists working in music, visual arts, drama, dance, literature and participatory arts and are among the most prestigious awards bestowed by the Arts Council annually. The artists include five visual artists, two poets, three writers and seven musicians.
In addition to receiving a bursary of up to £5,000 each, many of the 17 artists have been partnered with a professional organisation to help each of them to deliver a major new creative work. Those organisations include; Moving On Music, Millennium Court Arts Centre, Centre for Contemporary Art in Derry and Paper Studio in Northumbria, among others.
Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented: “These 17 artists are already established and highly regarded in each of their fields. The ACES awards are given in recognition of their work to date and to provide them with support to take their careers to that vital next level. The ACES programme has been running successfully now for seven years and addresses the need for on-going training and skills development within the arts sector.”
The 17 artists include:
• Alice Burns, visual artist
• Frederic Huska, visual artist
• Joanne Proctor, visual artist
• Jacqueline Holt, visual artist
• Philip McCrilly, visual arts curator
• Paul Kane, musician
• Stephen Connolly, poet
• Olive Boderick, poet
• Stephen Sexton, poet
• Gregory McCartney, writer and curator
• Rachel Kelly, writer
• Eimear McGeown, flautist
• Conor Lamb, uilleann piper
• Robin Price, sound artist
• Amanda St John, singer-songwriter
• Isobel Anderson, singer-songwriter
• Ryan Vail, singer-songwriter
The Artists Career Enhancement Programme (ACES) forms part of the wider Support for the Individual Artist Programme (SIAP) administered by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland annually. As part of its continuing commitment to supporting the development of individual artists, the Council made 277 SIAP awards to artists in 2016/17 totaling £592k. Since its establishment in 2010, 117 artists have been supported through ACES.
Find out more about the ACES recipients on our blog here.