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A flavour of the Orient at Ormeau Baths Gallery

Wednesday 27th December 2006 at 5pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is delighted to announce details of exciting new art exhibitions for 2007 at the Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast. The new programme is packed full of talent from home and abroad, including a taste of the Orient with Korean ceramics and a focus on life in Northern Ireland through the lens of the Northern Ireland Press Photographers Association.

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Arts Council supports young musical talent

Thursday 21st December 2006 at 5pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is giving three of Northern Ireland’s most promising young musicians a boost–up in their careers through its Young Artist Platform Scheme. The award, offered in collaboration with BBC NI, is for talented young singers and musicians who are ready to enter the professional world as artists.

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Arts Council honours three leading NI writers

Wednesday 20th December 2006 at 5pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has honoured three of Northern Ireland’s leading writers with major awards of £15,000 each. Novelists Carlo Gébler and Glenn Patterson and playwright Damian Gorman were selected from a strong field of applications by artists to the Arts Council’s annual ‘Major Individual Artist’ awards.

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(L-R) Leading Northern Irish writers Carlo Gébler, Glenn Patterson and Damian Gorman, are this year’s winners of Major Individual Artist Awards, presented by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in recognition of special contribution made to the arts in N

Arts Council helps celebrate 40 years of Ulster Orchestra with chocolate cheer

Tuesday 12th December 2006 at 4pm 0 Comments

A family Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without the Ulster Orchestra’s annual Snowman concert. At today’s concert the Arts Council of Northern Ireland spread a little extra festive cheer when they gave away chocolate snowmen to hundreds of delighted children, to celebrate 40 great years of partnership with the Ulster Orchestra. The Snowman , a little boy’s adventure, captured so magically in the animated film by Raymond Briggs, provided the backdrop to the orchestra’s live soundtrack. Conductor Christopher Bell led the musical festivities for the fun one hour event.

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Robert Collins, Arts Council music officer with Zoe McGarry ( 5 ) enjoying festive fun at the Ulster Orchestra’s BT family concert, The Snowman, supported with chocolate cheer by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland as part of the Ulster Orchestra’s 40 th

Arts Council funding helps Belfast composer win top Award

Monday 4th December 2006 at 1pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is delighted at the news that Belfast composer, Brian Irvine, has scooped a British Composer Award, presented by the British Academy of Composers and Songwriters in association with BBC Radio 3.  The top award was presented to Brian for his fairytale family opera, The Tailor’s Daughter, which was commissioned with funding through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s New Work Lottery scheme.

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Brian Irvine, winner of the British Composer Award, conducting the Brian Irvine Ensemble in Portugal. Arts Council support helped the Belfast composer and performer to win the top award.

Arts Council welcomes Best First Book Award for Irish Language Writer

Friday 1st December 2006 at 1pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland congratulated Philip Cummings on winning the inaugural 2006 Glen Dimplex New Writers Award for Best First Book in the Irish language for his collection of poetry, titled Néalta.

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Philip Cummings pictured with Celia de Fréine, one of the judges of the 2006 Glen Dimplex Award

Arts Council informs traditional artists of support available

Tuesday 28th November 2006 at 1pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland reaffirmed its support for the traditional arts at the An Cruinniú traditional arts conference in the Glór Irish Music Centre in Ennis, Co Claire last week. The theme of the conference was ‘Making a living in the traditional arts’. Paul Flynn, Traditional Arts Officer at the Arts Council used the conference as a platform to inform traditional artists of the funding and support available to them from the Arts Council.

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Arts Council welcomes publication of letters by two giants of Irish writing

Tuesday 28th November 2006 at 1pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has welcomed the publication of a new book chronicling the correspondence between two of Ireland’s greatest writers, Michael McLaverty and John McGahern. Dear Mr McLaverty– The Literary Correspondence of John McGahern and Michael McLaverty, 1959-1980, is published by the Linen Hall Library with support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

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Roisin McDonough , Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, John Killen, Deputy Librarian of the Linen Hall Library, and Sheilagh McLaverty Cunningham, daughter of Michael McLaverty at the launch of Dear Mr McLaverty - The Literary Corresp

Arts Council welcomes plans for Urban regeneration in Derry city

Friday 24th November 2006 at 6pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland met with Derry representatives recently and welcomed current plans for arts and culture-led urban regeneration in the city. The Council, as the lead development agency for the arts in Northern Ireland, brought its November board meeting to Derry city as part of its regional outreach programme.

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Mayor of Derry, Councillor Helen Quigley urban regeneration plans with Rosemary Kelly, Chair, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive, as part of an Arts Council Board meeting held in Derry to learn about new developments.

Sticky Fingers scoops Top Prize for Peace and Reconciliation

Wednesday 22nd November 2006 at 5pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland congratulated Sticky Fingers Early Years Art, who won the top prize for their contribution to peace and reconciliation at the recent National Resource Rural Tourism Initiative Awards. The Sticky Fingers organisation is funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and is one of the leading early years arts organisations in Ireland, who specialise in promoting and developing innovative projects for very young children.

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Acorn; one of the 8 public artworks which makes up the Sticky Fingers Sculpture Trail

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