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Assembly supports motion for more Arts Funding

Wednesday 17th October 2007 at 11am 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has warmly welcomed the very positive outcome of the motion proposed to the Assembly today by South Belfast Alliance MLA, Anna Lo, to “raise the level of arts funding to at least the United Kingdom average within the forthcoming Comprehensive Spending Review”.

The Executive voted overwhelmingly in support of the motion, and gave their backing to the Arts Minister, Edwin Poots’s confirmation that he will be trying to secure the full increase, as recommended in the motion fully endorsed by the Arts Council.

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Arts Council Statement regarding Anna Lo’s motion for the arts

Friday 5th October 2007 at 4pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland welcomes the announcement that South Belfast Alliance MLA Anna Lo is proposing a motion in the Assembly on Tuesday 9th October calling for more funding for the arts.

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Obituary: John Campbell 1933 – 2006

Friday 5th October 2007 at 2pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has learned with regret of the death of John Campbell, story teller and singer from Mullachbán, South Armagh. John died after a short illness at his home on Monday 2 nd October 2006.

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Doing our bit to reduce our Carbon Footprint…

Wednesday 26th September 2007 at 12pm 0 Comments

Staff at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland braved the cold weather on Tuesday 18 th September to help do their bit for the environment at Colin Glen Forest Park.

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L-R. Paul Harron, Architecture Specialist and Diane Forsythe, Operations Officer at the Arts Council

Historic MacNeice House welcomes public on European Heritage Open Days

Thursday 6th September 2007 at 4pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is encouraging the public to visit its headquarters, MacNeice House on Saturday 8th September 2007 in a special event to mark European Heritage Open Days.

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MacNeice House - Home to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Greater Shantallow Community Arts celebrates the life of Amelia Earhart

Friday 31st August 2007 at 1pm 0 Comments

There was a buzz around the North West recently as Greater Shantallow Community Arts hosted their first Earhart Festival at Ballyarnett Park. The event was organized to mark the 75th anniversary of world famous aviator Amelia Earhart’s first female solo transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to Gallaghers Pasture at Ballyarnett in May 1932.

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Re-imaging Communities Programme Hosts Funding Roadshow

Wednesday 15th August 2007 at 10am 0 Comments

The Re-imaging Communities programme will be taking a roadshow across Northern Ireland throughout October to encourage applications for programme grants.

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland will run a series of seminars across Northern Ireland, highlighting the ways in which communities can apply for funding to re-image their local area. The re-imaging programme aims to help all communities in urban and rural areas tackle the visible signs of sectarianism and racism and to create a welcoming environment for everyone.

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Scenes From the Big Picture

Wednesday 15th August 2007 at 10am 0 Comments

Roisín McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Owen McCafferty, Playwright and Edwin Poots MLA Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure are pictured at the rehearsals for Prime Cut Production’s Premiere of Scenes From the Big Picture by Owen McCafferty. This is the first opportunity for Northern Irish audiences to see this play, which has been awarded £78,750 by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the largest grant ever honoured to a single theatre production.

Scenes From the Big Picture will be staged in the Waterfront Hall, Studio, Belfast from the 7-29 September 2007.

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Out of the Darkness opens at the Golden Thread Gallery

Friday 10th August 2007 at 4pm 0 Comments Visual Arts

Supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the exhibition, which is open until 19th September, showcases life in Northern Ireland from the late 1970’s when The Troubles were rife, through to the transition to a more peaceful political climate. Over 6,000 visitors attended the Out of the Darkness exhibition which was hosted earlier this year at Ormeau Baths Gallery and has been re-opened due to public demand.

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Pictured L-R: Arts Minister, Edwin Poots MLA, Chairman of the Arts Council, Rosemary Kelly and Northern Ireland Press Photographers Association Chairman, John Harrison at the opening of the 'Out of the Darkness' photographic exhibition at the new Golden T

Success Down Under For Local Musician

Friday 3rd August 2007 at 3pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is delighted at the recent news that Belfast cellist, Jonathan Byers with his Quartet, the Badke Quartet, has received the top prize and the audience prize at the Melbourne International Chamber Music Competition.

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