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New Chair announced for Arts Council as sector faces toughest challenges yet.

Thursday 22nd December 2011 at 2pm 0 Comments

Mr Bob Collins has been announced as the new Chair of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. His appointment is effective from December 2011 and runs for four years.

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Pictured, L-R: Brian Sore, Paul Seawright, Noelle McAlinden, David Alderdice, Anna Carragher, David Irvine, Damien Coyle (Vice-Chair), Katherine McCloskey, Janine Walker, Paul Mullan, Bob Collins (Chair) and Paul Seawright.

Arts Council commended at Children’s Commissioner’s 2011 Participation Awards

Friday 16th December 2011 at 12pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has been commended at the first Northern Ireland Commissioner for Children and Young People (NICCY) Participation Awards for their Youth Arts Strategy research project.

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Karen Barklie and Graeme Stevenson, Research and Policy Officers, Arts Council of Northern Ireland with Aladdin cast members from Youth Action's Rainbow Factory, Carly McGuiness (Jasmine), and Ethan Purcell (Hoozee) and Gerard Deeds (Twanky). Between Jan

A Crafty Christmas Gift for Culture Vultures

Friday 16th December 2011 at 12pm 0 Comments

For those still looking for the perfect one-off Christmas gift, the Arts Council’s Own Art scheme could hold the answer.

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Fionnuala Duffin, Gormleys Gallery launches the Own Art scheme, which offers interest free loans up to £2,000, making it easy and affordable for everyone to buy quality contemporary art. Artwork by Jonathan Aiken Photo by Brian Morrison.

New Oriel Gallery Unveiled as part of £5.8m Restoration Project

Friday 16th December 2011 at 12pm 0 Comments

On Tuesday 6th December, the Robot Exhibition was unveiled at the new Oriel Gallery in Clotworthy House, Antrim Castle Gardens.

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Countdown to the Community Circus Christmas Cabaret

Wednesday 14th December 2011 at 11am 0 Comments

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Exhibition at Parliament Buildings Extended Due to Popular Demand

Tuesday 13th December 2011 at 11am 0 Comments

An exhibition showcasing work from some of Northern Ireland’s finest emerging and established artists at Parliament Buildings has been extended until Wednesday 4th January 2012.

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Tuesday 6th December 2011 at 3pm 0 Comments Community Arts , Building Peace through the Arts: Re-Imaging Communities

Launch of


The landmark new sculpture sited at Shankill Parade, Shankill Estate, Belfast

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New artwork funded by the re-imaging communities programme

CAL Inquiry into Creative Industries

Monday 5th December 2011 at 2pm 0 Comments

The Northern Ireland Assembly Committee for Culture, Arts and Leisure has announced that the creative industries will be the subject of its first inquiry.

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UK-wide New Music Funding Opportunity Now Open

Friday 2nd December 2011 at 1pm 0 Comments Music & Opera

PRS for Music Foundation will again be teaming up with funding partners Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Creative Scotland and Arts Council of Wales to run the Beyond Borders UK-wide funding programme.

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Northern Ireland’s Writers take centre stage in Brussels

Thursday 1st December 2011 at 12pm 0 Comments

Building on the success of the recent Brussels Platform events, the Arts Council is delighted that, once again, two of Northern Ireland’s finest artists are this week travelling to Brussels to present their work.

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Pictured are: Renowned contemporary writer, Glenn Patterson and award winning poet Medbh McGuckian who will be reading a selection of their work at a lunchtime session in the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels on Friday 2nd December.

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