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Christmas gift for artists selected to represent Northern Ireland on Indian adventure

Wednesday 26th December 2018 at 9am 0 Comments Visual Arts , Literature

Two young emerging artists have been chosen to represent Northern Ireland on an Indian adventure of discovery.

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Visual artist Mairead McCormack and poet Emily S Cooper have been selected by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the British Council to undertake working residencies in the prestigious Sanskritti Cultural Centre in Delhi.

Calling all Curators, Galleries and Museums! Arts Council launches Art Lending Scheme

Friday 21st December 2018 at 3pm 0 Comments Visual Arts

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has launched its Art Lending Scheme, a free Art Lending Scheme for curators, museums and galleries across Britain, Ireland and Europe that are interested in exhibiting works from its rich, contemporary art collection.

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The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has launched its Art Lending Scheme

Stone sculptor, Sheena Devitt, receives £15,000 Rosy James Memorial Trust craft award

Friday 21st December 2018 at 10am 0 Comments Visual Arts

Stone sculptor, Sheena Devitt, from Killyleagh, County Down, has been awarded the Rosy James Memorial Trust Award, an annual craft bursary worth £15,000. The bursary, administered by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland on behalf of the Rosy James Memorial Trust, aims to assist craft makers to develop their professional careers by developing a new body of work which might otherwise have been unattainable.

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Pictured is Sheena Devitt with Dr Suzanne Lyle, Head of Visual Arts, Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Christmas events guide

Thursday 20th December 2018 at 10am 0 Comments Dance , Drama , Circus & Carnival Arts , Northern Ireland Music

Got some free time over the Christmas break? Here’s a round-up of some of the many arts events happening over the festive holidays, supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s National Lottery funds…

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Tumble Winter Circus, Writer’s Square, Belfast, runs until Tuesday 1st January 2019

Top Ten Stocking Fillers

Wednesday 12th December 2018 at 10am 0 Comments Literature

Damian Smyth, Head of Literature and Drama at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, picks out his top Christmas books for those last minute presents…

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Top Ten Stocking Fillers

Sacha, Duchess of Abercorn (1946 – 2018)

Tuesday 11th December 2018 at 3pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has learned with regret of the death of Alexandra Hamilton, known as Sacha, Duchess of Abercorn, who has died at the age of 72. Sacha Abercorn is best known as the founder of the Pushkin Trust and for establishing the Puskin Prizes, a cross-community creative writing and arts programme in schools throughout Northern Ireland.

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Ulster Youth Orchestra 25th Anniversary Alumni Concert

Monday 10th December 2018 at 3pm 0 Comments Northern Ireland Music

2018 has seen the Ulster Youth Orchestra mark its anniversary with a showcase tour to Vienna and Bratislava ending with a thrilling concert at the Ulster Hall in August and to close this special year, on Saturday 29th December, it will bring players from every one of its past 25 years together for what promises to be an electrifying evening!

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Arts Council of Northern Ireland honours four major artists with £15,000 awards

Wednesday 5th December 2018 at 7pm 0 Comments Literature , Northern Ireland Music , Drama

Two writers, a composer and a playwright, have each been presented with Major Individual Awards (MIA), worth £15,000 each, from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the highest honour bestowed by the body responsible for the development of the arts in the region.

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Pictured are writer, Malachi O’Doherty, playwright, Carol Moore and writer, Rosemary Jenkinson who have been presented with Major Individual Awards (MIA) of £15,000 each Not pictured is composer, Ed Bennett, who has also been presented with a award.

Twins announced as recipients of prestigious jazz mentorship opportunities

Wednesday 5th December 2018 at 2pm 0 Comments Northern Ireland Music

Jazzlife Alliance, a new arts company under the artistic direction of MOBO Award- nominated jazz musician, David Lyttle, has announced twins, Conor and Michael Murray, as the recipients of two jazz mentorships including a music promoter mentorship and a jazz musician mentorship, supported by National Lottery funding through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

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Pictured are Conor and Michael Murray, the recipients of the Jazz Life Alliance music promoter mentorship and a jazz music mentorship

American Poet Mark Doty celebrates month in Belfast as International Visiting Poetry Fellow

Friday 30th November 2018 at 3pm 0 Comments Literature

Award-winning American poet Mark Doty celebrated his post as the first International Visiting Poetry Fellow at a special reading at the end of November.

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Dr Philip McGowan (Queen’s University Belfast), International Visiting Poetry Fellow Mark Doty, Noirin McKinney (Arts Council of Northern Ireland), Glenn Patterson (Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry) and esteemed poet Michael Longley

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