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Arts Council announces £199,714 funding for arts projects for older people across Northern Ireland

Monday 16th December 2019 at 11am 0 Comments Arts and Older People

Pictured (L-R) is project participant, Victor Gormley with Gail McGarvey, Director, Play Resource. Image: Pictured (L-R) is project participant, Victor Gormley with Gail McGarvey, Director, Play Resource.

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has announced National Lottery funding and public funding from the Public Health Agency and Baring Foundation of over £199,714, for 28 organisations across the region, to deliver community-based arts projects benefitting older people.  The funding is part of the Arts Council's Arts and Older People’s Programme, a pioneering initiative which aims to tackle loneliness as-well as promote positive mental health and well-being among older people through engagement with the arts.

The Arts and Older People’s Programme was  established by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in 2010 and is now a cross-governmental partnership with funding from the Public Health Agency and The Baring Foundation. The programme has been designed to challenge perceptions of what it means to be an older person. To date the programme has provided £1.8m funding to community organisations and voluntary groups across Northern Ireland in the delivery of 184 arts projects to older people.  

Lorraine Calderwood, Community Development Officer at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, explained how the Arts and Older People’s Programme is making a difference to the lives of older people across the region: 

"Research has proven that taking part in arts activities can raise self-esteem, confidence and motivation, as well as aid in relieving stress, worries and also pain. The Arts and Older People’s Programme is committed to providing meaningful opportunities for our older people to take part in arts activities, enriching their lives for the better.  The arts have a vital role to play in helping older people find their voice and express the issues which can often affect them on a day-to-day basis, thus promoting positive physical and mental health.  The Arts Council is proud to have supported 184 projects since the programme began and we’re delighted today to announce that a further 28 projects will be supported with funding of over £199,714.”

Play Resource Warehouse, based in North Belfast, has been awarded £7,092 to deliver a project working in partnership with Libraries NI.  Together they will work with eight groups of older people, four from Belfast and four that are rurally based, to develop a programme creative activities to include personal story-telling, calligraphy, weaving, embroidery, photography, ceramic work, mosaic, felt, clay and sound.    

The 28 projects to be supported by the Arts & Older People Programme include:

Organisation Name Project Title Grant Amount Location
ABC Community Network ENGAGE 3 £8,196 Portadown
Accolade (All Communities Art Communications) Let's get 2gether £7,500 Banbridge
Armstrong Storytelling Trust Do You Mind The Day - Storytelling and Reminiscence £2,052 Cushendall
Arts Ekta Craft-Tea: A Craft Project centered on the theme of Tea £9,599 Belfast
BEAM Creative Network Young at HeART £7,974 Donaghmore, Tyrone
Belfast Exposed Photography Ballybeen Unseen £7,210 Belfast
Beth Johnson Foundation Art 'ur' Age £7,416 Newtownards
Crescent Arts Centre Eng-AGE: Making Memories £9,400 Belfast
Derry Theatre Trust Ltd., t/a The Millennium Forum Tea Dance & Sing Down Memory Lane £5,610 Derry/Londonderry
Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company Body Wisdom in the Community £7,524 Derry/Londonderry
Foyle Deaf Association Sign Language Choir £5,775 Derry/Londonderry
An Gaelaras Ltd Step Into My Parlour £7,170 Derry/Londonderry
Gilford Art Group Art in the local Community £3,130 Gilford
Golden Thread Gallery True Confessions £6,730 Belfast
Greater Shantallow Community Arts Arts in Mind £7,260 Derry/Londonderry
Harmony Community Trust Getting Down Together through Art £4,897 Strangford, Down
Kabosh Theatre Ltd Art Attack £7,474 Belfast
Lisnafin/Ardnalee/Trust CCDA Ageing well through Arts and Creativity £7,200 Strabane
Live Music Now (LMN) The Joy of Remembering Through Music £8,968 Limavady
Open Arts Song and Dance for Dementia £9,980 Belfast
Play Resource Warehouse Meet Me £7,092 Belfast
Prime Cut Productions Ltd Re-Vision 3: Life From Time £8,900 Belfast
Prison Arts Foundation Older Men's Art project £4,922 Belfast
Richmount Rural Community Association INVOLVE £8,910 Portadown
Sticky Fingers Arts Connect Part Two £9,000 Newry
Streetwise Community Circus Age-ility 2019-20 £10,000 Belfast
Ulster Youth Orchestra STRINGTIME! £1,650 Belfast
Queen’s University Belfast Artage, a free, public web-based multimedia arts resource with and for older people £8,175 Belfast



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