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Arts set to lose £4.2m in draft budget 2011-2015

Wednesday 22nd December 2010 at 1pm 0 Comments

Arts Council Chief Executive Roisin McDonough has voiced her concern about the loss of £4.2m from the arts budget, if proposed cuts by the Northern Ireland Executive aren’t reconsidered during the consultation period.

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“On the first day of Christmas the Executive gave to me, a fair deal for the arts”, was the Christmas wish sung to politicians and the public by representatives from the local arts sector on Monday 20th December. The impromptu festive carol service took p

Peace Wall artwork creates new picture of Shankill

Thursday 16th December 2010 at 12pm 0 Comments Community Arts , Visual Arts

A sculptural metal wall panel designed by young people from the Greater Shankill was installed on one of Northern Ireland’s most famous peace walls today. Funded by the Arts Council led Re-imaging Communities programme, the large scale artwork was officially unveiled by Arts Minister Nelson McCausland.

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Arts Minister Nelson McCausland is pictured at the artwork with Tony Kennedy, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and artist Kevin Killen

Literature on the move in Northern Ireland

Wednesday 15th December 2010 at 12pm 0 Comments

PublishingNI today (Wed 15th Dec) held its official launch at the Arts Council, announcing its vision and plans for the future of publishing in Northern Ireland.

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Former Belfast art student receives Turner Prize

Tuesday 14th December 2010 at 4pm 0 Comments

Susan Philipsz, a former student of the University of Ulster and director of Catalyst Arts Gallery, has won the Turner Prize.

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Arts Council honours four local artists

Tuesday 14th December 2010 at 10am 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has awarded grants of £15,000 to four of Northern Ireland’s most promising artists.

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Ian Sansom

Minister visits an arts organisation in Belfast that is turning waste into a valuable community reso

Thursday 9th December 2010 at 3pm 0 Comments

Nelson McCausland MLA, Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure, today (Thurs 9th Dec) attended a special event at Play Resource in Belfast to learn more about the successful arts organisation that is the only one of its kind in Northern Ireland.

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Pictured are (from left): Noirin McKinney, Director of Arts Development, Arts Council, Nelson McCausland, Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure and Anne O'Donoghue, Director, Play Resource

The Big Arts Give

Wednesday 8th December 2010 at 3pm 0 Comments

There are just three days left for you to support your favourite local arts organisation by making an online donation to 'The Big Arts Give', the new challenge fund launched by Arts & Business with an initial fund of at least £500,000. The Big Arts Give is pledging to potentially double any donation you make to the participating organisations in Northern Ireland: National Trust, Queen's University Foundation (Queen's Film Theatre), The Crescent Arts Centre, Ulster Orchestra, Ulster Youth Choir and Walled City Music Trust.

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(L-R) Heather Wright, Ulster Orchestra; Majella Hollywood, Ulster Youth Choir; Sarah Hughes, QFT; Wendy Elliott, National Trust and Mary Trainor-Nagele, Arts & Business.

Arts & Business celebrate creative partnerships

Thursday 2nd December 2010 at 3pm 0 Comments

Some 32 local businesses celebrated recently at an Arts & Business Northern Ireland reception for its Professional Development Programme which matches and places business professionals onto cultural boards.

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Young Professionals recognised for their work on Arts’ Boards Pictured: Left to Right - Sean Kelly, Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, Caroline Wilson – Young Professional on CQAF Board, McKinty & Wright Solicitors, Rosemary Kelly OBE, Chairman Arts Council

Belfast’s Irish language community to benefit from new facilities at An Chulturlann

Thursday 25th November 2010 at 2pm 0 Comments Architecture

With support from public funding, building has commenced at An Chulturlann premises in the heart of Belfast's Irish language community. Local people and tourists alike, are set to benefit from a range of new services and facilities thanks to the refurbishment and extension of the centre.

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Pictured digging the first sod at the announcement are Gearoid O'Caireallainn, Chairman, Culturlann McAdam O Fiaich (front), Social Development Minister, Alex Atwood, (left), Rosalie Flanagan, Permanent Secretary of the Department of Culture, Arts and Lei

2010 Traveller Focus Week (29th November – 3rd December 2010)

Thursday 25th November 2010 at 2pm 0 Comments

The Equality Commission for the fourth year is co-ordinating a series of events and activities that promote understanding and awareness of traveller issues across Northern Ireland.  In recognition and support of this week the Arts Council is highlighting the role of the arts in developing understanding as well as celebrating the diversity that exists in Northern Ireland today.  The Arts Council has funded a number of awards to organisations that support and work with the travelling communities.  For more information on projects the Arts Council has funded with the travelling community click here (PDF)

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