Arts Council of Northern Ireland Pioneering the Arts Online
Monday 22nd August 2005 at 1pm 0 Comments
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is the first Arts Council in the British Isles to establish an on-line application facility for those seeking arts funding. Now with £1million up for grabs through the ‘Support for the Individual Artists Programme’ (SIAP), there couldn’t be a better time or an easier way to apply.
The government seeks to bring as many services online as possible as part of its drive to modernise public services. The Arts Council has embraced this initiative, creating an efficient, user-friendly system that will make life easier for the applicant.
The Arts Council urges all artists, whether established or just starting out on their careers, to take advantage of this funding opportunity. SIAP funding schemes cater for just about everything that an artist could require, from basic grants of a few hundred pounds made available to buy equipment and materials, to larger travel awards, international residencies and assistance with profiling work on an international platform.
Roisin McDonagh, Arts Council Chief Executive stressed that, “Extending opportunities for individual artists and performers to develop their work is a priority for the Arts Council. We encourage all artists, whether they have applied previously or not to approach the Arts Council. Our innovative on-line approach to funding will make it easier than ever for artists to apply.”
So the message to all artists out there is to logon to www.artscouncil-ni.org and get clicking before the application deadline on the 8th of September and you could be benefiting. Conventional application forms are of course also available from the Arts Council by telephoning 028 9038 5200.