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A Year in the Arts 2011-2012

Wednesday 19th December 2012 at 4pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council today launched its Annual Review of funded activities during 2011-12. The Review covers many of the artistic highlights of a year which included the opening of the rebuilt Lyric Theatre and the completion of high-profile public art commissions, ‘Rise’ in Belfast and ‘Mute Meadow’ in Derry~Londonderry, and the birth of a new flagship arts organisation, the Community Arts Partnership. The Cultural Olympiad and Legacy Trust championed the arts and built a lasting artistic legacy across Northern Ireland in the run up to the London 2012 Games, and we followed the progress of our artists and arts organisations as they made further inroads and continued to impress on the world stage.

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The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Wednesday 19th December 2012 at 3pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland takes every opportunity to celebrate creative talent, especially when it benefits local people and local communities. Throughout 2012 we have continued to give support to our most promising artists via a variety of funding programmes.

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The Arts Council gives major gifts this Christmas

Local architect draws on skills and Arts Council funding to develop innovative disaster relief hous

Tuesday 18th December 2012 at 4pm 0 Comments Architecture

Local architect Jim Rooney from James Rooney Chartered Architect Ltd in north Belfast and his son Christopher, a final year Business & Law student at UCD, are looking to 2013 as the year that will see the relisation of their creative vision.

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Jim Rooney; his son Christopher Rooney and David McConnell from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland

David H Irvine - Arts Council Board Member - Obituary

Monday 17th December 2012 at 9am 0 Comments

We have learned with great sadness that David Irvine, one of our most valued and longest serving board members, died this morning, aged 57, following a lengthy illness.

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Musical Journeys with Ulster Youth Choir and Translink

Friday 7th December 2012 at 2pm 0 Comments Youth Arts , Northern Ireland Music

Ulster Youth Choir, which is funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, has recently teamed up with Translink in a relationship that will reach hundreds of young people aged 12-18 in post-primary schools across Northern Ireland.

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Pictured launching the new initiative are Greg Beardsell, Ulster Youth Choir Artistic Director with Catherine Mason, Group Chief Executive, Translink & NITHCO

And the beat goes on – bodhrán player Eamon Murray wins place on prestigious New Music programme

Thursday 6th December 2012 at 1pm 0 Comments

Randalstown born bodhrán player Eamon Murray has been selected to represent Northern Ireland on one of the UK’s most prestigious professional development music programmes. New Music Plus UK is a two year nationwide programme supported by the Arts Council of NI and created by the PRS for Music Foundation - the UK’s leading funder of new music. Just one producer was chosen from each of the 12 regions across the UK, each with diverse backgrounds and genre speciali

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Bodhrán player Eamon Murray

Double Win for Arts Council NI Funded Artists at Woman of the Year Awards

Thursday 6th December 2012 at 1pm 0 Comments

Two Arts Council of Northern Ireland funded clients received top awards at the Belfast Telegraph Woman of the Year Awards held on 5th December 2012.  Derry - Londonderry based Dog Ears, a children’s media company run by four directors, 3 of whom are women, received the Business Woman of The Year Award and local writer Lucy Caldwell received the Woman In The Arts Award.

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Dogears directors Laura Campbell, Fionnuala Deane and Jackie McColgan

Local company raises the ceiling on recycling for the arts in UK and Ireland

Thursday 6th December 2012 at 12pm 0 Comments Craft , Youth Arts

Local company Play Resource today (Thurs 6th Dec) opened its new mezzanine floor in its north Belfast centre. The company provides free art materials from recycled waste and provides training and support services for people working with children, young people and community groups. Funded by Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the building work doubles the floor space available, allowing the company to develop its distribution and grow its membership across Northern Ireland, the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

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Pictured at Play Resource are Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland; Minister for Culture Arts and Leisure, Carál Ní Chuilín, MLA and Anne O’Donoghue, Director of Play Resource.

Justice Minister lends support to new play on human trafficking

Friday 30th November 2012 at 12pm 0 Comments

“He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it.  He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it.”

Martin Luther King Jr.

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Minister for Justice, David Ford MLA lent his support to a new play on human trafficking at the Lyric Theatre. The hard hitting play, entitled Diablo, was funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and written by Patricia Downey, Spanner in the Works

Award winning author visits libraries across Northern Ireland

Monday 26th November 2012 at 12pm 0 Comments Youth Arts , Literature

Dog Ears is delighted to present Sally Gardner on tour in libraries throughout Northern Ireland from the 26th – 30th November 2012. Sally will be reading from her new book, Operation Bunny in Libraries in Belfast, Omagh, Cookstown, Derry, Dungiven and Newcastle to children from local schools. Published by Orion Children’s Books on 4 October 2012.

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Pupils from St Luke’s Primary School and St Mark’s Primary School in North Belfast met award winning author Sally Gardner at Colin Glen Library this week.  Sally read an extract from her new book ‘Operation Bunny’ as part of her tour of libraries througho

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