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New Integrated Artwork at Marie Curie Hospice Launched

Tuesday 13th November 2007 at 5pm 0 Comments

The newly extended and refurbished Marie Curie Hospice on the Knock Road in Belfast was formally opened by Eamonn Holmes on 11 October 2007. The excellent facility includes five new major integrated art commissions which were imaginatively designed into the fabric of the publicly accessible areas over the course of its development. The design team, headed up by Derek Loughrey of Hall Black Douglas Architects, was assisted by arts consultant Jan Branch and Paul Harron (Architecture and Public Art specialist) from the Arts Council. The Arts Council supported the new works with commissioning and production grants from its National Lottery Public Art Programme (£67,000); the balance of the budget came from a range of private sponsors.

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'The Listening Lady' by David Annaud

Detail Emerges on Arts Budget 2008-2011

Thursday 8th November 2007 at 4pm 0 Comments

A clearer picture is emerging of the budget allocation that the Arts Council of Northern Ireland may receive from its parent department, DCAL, as a result of the Draft Budget 2008-2011.

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STart UP - Putting art at the heart of your community

Wednesday 7th November 2007 at 4pm 0 Comments

STart UP is a new initiative set up to provide support, including grant aid, to those organisations throughout Northern Ireland who have not yet availed of Arts Council funding, including Awards For All.

STart UP is aimed at strengthening arts activity within the community, making a real difference to groups who previously have not been engaged in the arts and/or those who struggle to find funding from other sources.

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Leading International artists lined up for Arts Council annual conference

Tuesday 30th October 2007 at 1pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland today unveiled a line up of internationally renowned speakers who will explore the theme of socially and politically engaged art at its one-day Art at the Heart conference, taking place on Thursday 8th November at the Grand Opera House, Belfast.

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Pictured (L-R): Noirin McKinney, Arts Development Director at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and BBC journalist and broadcaster Seamus McKee unveiling the line up of internationally renowned speakers for their conference Art at the Heart.

Arts Council Statement on the Draft Budget 2008/11

Thursday 25th October 2007 at 12pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council has today called on the Northern Ireland Assembly to rethink its budget allocation for the arts. The Council was responding to today’s Draft Budget, which shows that, after three consecutive years of standstill funding, the arts stand to lose a further £1.3m over the next three year funding period – and this does not take into account the impact of inflation, which could reduce these funds by another £3m.

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Mark Mulholland - Star of ‘Billy Plays’ dies aged 70

Thursday 25th October 2007 at 12pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has learned with regret of the death of one of Northern Ireland’s leading character actors, Mark Mulholland, who died yesterday in hospital after a short illness, at the age of 70.

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New Northern Ireland poet up for major award

Tuesday 23rd October 2007 at 12pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council is pleased to congratulate Maria McManus from Strangford on being shortlisted this week for the Glen Dimplex New Writers Awards.

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Arts Council Open Letter

Monday 22nd October 2007 at 12pm 0 Comments

Dear colleague

The proposed budget for the arts for the 2008-2011 spending round will be published at the beginning of November in the NI Assembly’s Draft Priorities and Budget report. The indications of a positive outcome for the arts are not promising. The emphasis of the budget will be on economic development, plus health and education, with Culture, Arts and Leisure likely to be some way down the list of priorities.

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Two local artists receive special bursaries from the Arts Council

Thursday 18th October 2007 at 11am 0 Comments

Angela Ginn from South Belfast and Justine Glasgow from Holywood have each been awarded a special bursary from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to attend the acclaimed National University of Ireland, Certificate in Youth Arts .

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Arts Council meets Arts Minister in advance of CSR announcement

Wednesday 17th October 2007 at 11am 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Chairman Rosemary Kelly and Chief Executive Roisín McDonough met with Arts Minister Edwin Poots on October 15th to reiterate the importance of the arts in advance of the forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review.

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