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Women are craftier than men – it’s official!

Monday 5th September 2005 at 11am 0 Comments

It has long been suspected that women are more crafty than men, and now it’s official - according to the first large-scale survey carried out in a decade on attitudes to the arts in Northern Ireland. Women in Northern Ireland are, in fact, five times more likely to participate in crafts than men, with men preferring to make their own entertainment through singing or playing a musical instrument.

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Arts Council of Northern Ireland Pioneering the Arts Online

Monday 22nd August 2005 at 1pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is the first Arts Council in the British Isles to establish an on-line application facility for those seeking arts funding. Now with £1million up for grabs through the ‘Support for the Individual Artists Programme’ (SIAP), there couldn’t be a better time or an easier way to apply.

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Arts Council Represents Traditional Arts

Wednesday 3rd August 2005 at 11am 0 Comments

The Arts Council’s Traditional Arts Officer Paul Flynn will attend the Inter-Celtic Festival in Lorient, Brittany to pre-launch the educational DVD ‘Exploring Trad’. The festival has over 1 million visitors with a large contingent of international press and promoters. Paul will be representing organisations in his portfolio and will be part of an 80+ Irish contingent as the festival celebrates ‘The Year of Ireland.’

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New Youth Arts Officer joins Arts Council

Wednesday 3rd August 2005 at 11am 0 Comments

Gavin O’ Connor has joined the Arts Council of Northern Ireland as Arts Development Officer responsible for Youth Arts. Gavin brings to the job more than 20 years’ working experience in the voluntary and community sectors.

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Creative Clusters Conference 2005

Tuesday 2nd August 2005 at 11am 0 Comments

Europa Hotel, Belfast

24 th – 26 th October 2005

Creative Clusters 2005, the third international conference on Creative Industries Development, will be held at Belfast’s Europa Hotel from Monday 24 th – Wednesday 26 th October 2005.

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£1.6 Million Boost for the Arts

Monday 25th July 2005 at 2pm 0 Comments

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.

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Arts Council launches Public Art Handbook for Northern Ireland

Thursday 16th June 2005 at 1pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland launched a major new Public Art Handbook for Northern Ireland on Wednesday 22 June, as part of the week-long programme of exhibitions, talks and guided tours that is being organised by the PLACE Built Environment Centre in Belfast to celebrate National Architecture Week (17-26 June).


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Plea for ‘artistic freedom in a post-conflict society’ at Arts Council’s first annual conference

Friday 10th June 2005 at 1pm 0 Comments

The maintenance of an independent Arts Council in Northern Ireland is critically important for the maintenance of an independent artistic culture, and an independent artistic culture is critically important to the progress of politics and culture in Northern Ireland. This was the message that Fintan O’Toole, respected drama critic and political journalist delivered to 250 delegates in his keynote speech at the Arts Council’s first annual arts conference in the Millennium Forum in Derry City on Wednesday 1 st June 2005.


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(L to R) Niall McCaughan, General Manager of the Derry Playhouse; Fintan O’Toole, drama critic and political journalist; Rosemary Kelly, Chairman of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland; Paul Collard, Director of Creative Partnerships

International Exposure for Local Artists

Wednesday 8th June 2005 at 1pm 0 Comments

For the first time, a group of Northern Irish artists will be exhibiting their work at a Venice Biennale international showcase of visual arts, thanks to support by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the British Council Northern Ireland. The exhibition opens tomorrow (Thursday 9 th June 2005) at the Institute Santa Maria della Pieta in Venice.

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