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ARTS COUNCIL LOTTERY ANNUAL REPORT -  £9.69 Million awarded to 90 projects in 1998/99

Wednesday 22nd December 1999 at 12pm 0 Comments

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Key awards celebrated to Derry Theatre (£2.57m); Lisburn Borough (£1.3m); Royal Hospital (£250k); Access Programme (£898.6k);

films Days Like This (£200k) and Eureka Street (£160k).

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland Lottery Department today published its annual report. The publication details grants awarded by the Council, under a variety of Lottery programmes, from 1st April 1998 until 31st March 1999. It also contains the full text of the Policy Directions under section 26 of the National Lottery etc Act 1993 and the Financial Requirements under section 25.

Through its five Lottery Grant Programmes over the last year, the Council has awarded: £5,411,558 under Capital; £898,606 under Access to the Arts; £1,953,785 under Advancement; £588,072 under Film Finance; £847,075 under New Work.

The Arts Council through its National Lottery fund awarded 90 grants totalling £9,699,096. The two largest awards were: £2,574,244 to Derry Theatre Trust towards a 1,000-seat theatre as part of the Millennium Complex in the city; and £1,301,571 to Lisburn Borough Council towards a new arts centre to be housed in the borough’s new civic offices. Other grants went towards refurbishing existing buildings for arts usage: Down Lisburn Health Trust received £188,500 for the renovation of the Great Hall in Downshire Hospital to provide a performing arts space and Ardoyne Youth Club received £84,600 to change one floor of its building from a gym to an arts space.

Under New Works, there were 25 awards totalling £847,075. While the Royal Hospital Trust received £250,000 towards integrated artworks in its new building, most of these awards were made to medium- and small-scale arts organisations to commission new music, dance, drama and public art.

Under the Access programme, aimed at increasing access and participation particularly among young people, a total of £826,556 was awarded. Duneane & Moneynick Primary Schools received £2,915 for a publication on the 1798 Rebellion; Coalisland Music Collective received £26,385 to give three years of music tuition on a range of instruments to young people; the Northern Ireland Division of the British Federation of Young Choirs received £73,506 to establish a youth choir in Northern Ireland.

Under Advancement, six organisations received a total of £1,953,785 to enable them to plan for long-term creative and financial stability. Both short and feature films received awards. Parallax Pictures Ltd and Glenfada Films received £200,000 for the feature film Days Like This and Fermanagh-based Borderline Productions received £28,072 towards a short film The Shoemaker. Euphoria Films received £160,000 to produce the acclaimed TV drama Eureka Street.

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