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Support fund for artists now open

Tuesday 23rd June 2020 at 9am 0 Comments

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

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.

Artists of all disciplines and in all types of working practice, who have made a contribution to artistic activities in Northern Ireland for a minimum of one year within the last five years, may apply.  Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the exceptional circumstances this has created, applications are welcomed from artists who are currently in receipt of Arts Council’s support through its existing Support for Individual Artists Programme. 

Applications can be made for project assistance, travel grants or residencies, up to a maximum award of £3,000. Applicants are however being asked to give careful consideration to the feasibility, timing and presentation of their project given current Covid-19 restrictions.

Noirin McKinney, Director of Arts Development at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said;

“This funding programme has been developed to support artists to build their creative potential through a range of funding programmes.  The Covid-19 Pandemic has meant that we find ourselves in unprecedented times but the arts sector here are already adapting their practice, finding new ways of working and presenting their art.

“We are encouraging applications from all types of artists, across all disciplines, and are keen to see collaborations as well as solo activities. It is our hope that this funding will help to strengthen the sector and lead to the development of many new and exciting projects.”

Applications for SIAP are now open and can be made online. The application process will close on 24th July, with decisions made on 14th September. For application forms and guidance notes visit


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