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Support fund for artists now open

Tuesday 23rd June 2020 at 9am 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s has opened its Support for the Individual Artist Programme (SIAP) and is accepting applications for General Art Awards.

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Support for the Individual Artist Programme (SIAP) is now open.

Socially distanced theatre brought to patients and hospital staff

Friday 19th June 2020 at 10am 0 Comments Drama

Taking on the role of Judy Garland, actress and playwright, Maria Connolly, this week invited care home residents, hospital patients and healthcare workers to “Forget Your Troubles” for a few moments and enjoy a live theatre performance brought right to their door.

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Pictured outside the Cancer Centre at Belfast City Hospital is Maria Connolly as Judy Garland, Christina Nelson as Bette Midler, Roisin Gallagher as Marilyn Monroe, musician Richard Clements and Noirin McKinney from the Arts Council.

150 more artists offered funds from Artists Emergency Programme

Wednesday 3rd June 2020 at 3pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has announced details today of a further 150 artists who will benefit from its Artists Emergency Programme. This is in addition to the 88 award offers announced in May.

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Ian McCracken, Stage Combat

ACNI Small Grants Programme now open

Tuesday 2nd June 2020 at 3pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council’s Small Grants programme is now open for applications for projects commencing from 1st September 2020.

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Previous small grants recipient, Armagh Old Boys’ Silver Band

Arts Council opens emergency programme for arts organisations

Monday 1st June 2020 at 8pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland today (Monday 1st June) opened the Organisations Emergency Programme (OEP), worth £500,000, which offers organisations the opportunity to apply for grants of up to £25,000 each.

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The Lyric Theatre’s world premiere of the stage musical version of ‘Good Vibrations’, charting the life of Belfast punk legend Terri Hooley, adapted Colin Carberry and Glenn Patterson

Award winning illustrator to provide free tutorials thanks to the National Lottery

Friday 29th May 2020 at 2pm 0 Comments

An artist from Belfast, who was last week named winner of the Illustration category at the KPMG Children’s Books Ireland Awards 2020, is to provide free online classes and tutorials on picturebook making, thanks to funding from The National Lottery.

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Ashling Lindsay

BBC and the Lyric Theatre produce new theatrical isolation dramas with top Northern Ireland talent

Friday 29th May 2020 at 11am 0 Comments Drama

Theatre lovers all over the land have something to celebrate. As part of BBC Arts’ Culture in Quarantine, which aims to continue to bring culture into the homes of audiences during lockdown, BBC Arts, the Lyric Theatre, BBC Northern Ireland - with support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland - are collaborating on some new theatre commissions from Northern Ireland.

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Pictured: Conleth Hill and Lisa McGee

Arts Council continues to provide support to D/deaf & disabled artists thanks to National Lottery

Thursday 28th May 2020 at 1pm 0 Comments Arts & Disability

University of Atypical and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland are delighted to announce the recipients of the D/deaf and Disabled Artists’ Support Fund, a National Lottery supported programme worth £25,000. This fund has been created by Arts Council, by repurposing National Lottery funding, in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and its subsequent impacts upon artists.  Following a high level of interest, 30 artists were funded to undertake research projects, professional development or create new work.

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Portrait of Adam Pearson by Joel Simon

Arts Council Chief Executive gives Covid-19 update to Communities Committee, Stormont

Wednesday 27th May 2020 at 4pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council of NI (ACNI) was invited to apprise the Communities Committee of the NI Assembly today of the impact of Covid-19 on the Arts in NI. In both a written submission, and an opening statement  Roisín Mc Donough, Chief Executive, outlined the severe impact of Covid-19 on an arts sector that previously generated £53 million in income and employed an estimated 7,500 people - income and jobs which had been seriously damaged by the pandemic. She evidenced sectoral surveys undertaken during Covid-19 lockdown which revealed significant loss of earnings to both organisations and artists, the majority of whom are self-employed in a gig economy and most vulnerable of all.

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Arts Council of Northern Ireland Chief Executive, Roisín McDonough

Details announced of first artists to benefit from Artists Emergency Programme

Monday 18th May 2020 at 1pm 0 Comments Drama , Visual Arts , Northern Ireland Music , Literature , Circus & Carnival Arts , Community Arts

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has announced details of the first 88 artists who will benefit from its Artists Emergency Programme.

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Pictured is artist Alana Barton, one of 88 artists announced today awarded funding through the Arts Council’s Artists Emergency Programme. Photo by Malachy McCrudden.

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