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Freelands Foundation announces hardship fund for visual artists, £500,000 earmarked for NI

Friday 1st May 2020 at 4pm 0 Comments

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Roisín McDonough, Chief Executive, Arts Council of Northern Ireland today welcomed the announcement by The Freelands Foundation that £500,000 of their £1.5M hardship fund will benefit visual artists and freelancers in the visual arts sector in Northern Ireland.

She commented; “ The Arts Council is absolutely delighted to express our thanks to the Freelands Foundation which today announced that £500,000 will be earmarked for visual artists and freelancers in the visual arts sector in Northern Ireland who have been so badly affected by Covid-19 and the subsequent quarantine. We know our artists are working hard, developing new ways to deliver much-needed creative and inspirational responses to our current collective experience and need all the support they can get in this difficult time so this is very welcome news indeed’.

  • The Freelands Foundation Emergency Fund will open on Thursday May 7th 2020 offering support grants of up to £1,500 to £2,500 per applicant and further information and application guidance can be found here 
  • Individuals can apply to The Freelands Trust Emergency Fund through Foundation’s delivery partner,  a-n, The Artists Information Company.
  • The Freelands Foundation has now committed a total of £3m in emergency funds to support artists and freelance creative practitioners in urgent need of financial support as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic across the four nations of the UK. The new fund follows a £1m contribution to the Creative Scotland Bridging Bursary and £500k to the Arts Council of Wales Urgent Relief Fund for Individuals.

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