Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Funding and Development Agency
for The Arts in Northern Ireland

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Careers in the Creative Industries

Increasing ambition and awareness in young people from Northern Ireland about job opportunities across the creative industries

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has been working with the Department for Communities and stakeholders across Northern Ireland’s creative sector to deliver a coherent programme of industry-led careers advice and information for young people. This programme seeks to drive a step-change in creative careers provision in Northern Ireland; tackling misconceptions about working in the sector and addressing challenges upfront.

This programme will aim to achieve:

  • Increased awareness of the diversity of jobs in the creative economy
  • Careers advice direct to young people from creative professionals
  • Increased ambition within young people in Northern Ireland and better information to pursue those ambitions
  • Tackle the concerns of parents/teachers regarding creative careers

Led by industry, this programme ensures advice is current, encouraging young people to explore what they are good at as well as raising awareness of jobs they may not have considered. Young people can get involved in workshops and activities to understand more about creative job roles.

Through workshops, industry engagement and supporting materials, young people are signposted to relevant courses at Further and Higher Education and equipped to make better, informed choices for further development.

For more information about the programme, email

Useful websites

Further Education

Higher Education


5-year Strategy Consultation

Draft 5-year Strategic Framework for Developing the Arts 2019-2024

Public consultation is now closed.
Closed 4pm, Friday 22nd March 2019

The Arts Council has developed its draft Strategic Framework for the Arts 2019-2024 in consultation with the arts sector and key stakeholders, as well as our partners in local and central government, and the wider public sector. The strategy will establish the key priorities and actions that the Arts Council will pursue over the next five-year period.

  • Public consultation opened: Thursday 20th December 2018
  • Public consultation closed: 4pm, Friday 22nd March 2019
  • Publication of the completed strategy is scheduled for April 2019

Equality of Opportunity & Good Relations

The Arts Council is committed to equality of opportunity and good relations in all of our work.  We want to make a clear commitment to addressing key inequalities, particularly those experienced by Section 75 groups, through this strategy and its associated performance measurement framework.

Although there are no clear detrimental impacts of the policy on Section 75 groups, we have decided to undertake a full Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) on the strategy.

Responses are invited to the draft Strategic Framework, from an arts and or equality perspective, via our online survey or directly to the Strategic Development Team.

Development schedule for the draft Strategic Framework

We are now at Stage 3 of the schedule: public consultation.

Phase 1 – Determine Position (June to September 2018)

Phase 2 – Developing the draft Strategic Framework (September to December 2018)

Phase 3 – Communicating and Consulting (December to March 2019)

  • Draft 5-year Strategic Framework for Developing the Arts 2019-2024. Read it here
  • Online consultation survey – opened January 2019. Closed Friday 22nd March 2019 at 4pm.
  • Young Person’s version of the draft Strategic Framework. Read it here
  • Consultation workshops – announced January, completed February 2019

Showcasing the Arts

Northern Ireland has a unique sense of place, culture, history and identity.

Northern Ireland has a unique sense of place, culture, history and identity, all of which is expressed through our arts. Our arts are our defining assets, and they have the power to elevate our image in our own eyes and in the eyes of the world.

With our different languages, different cultures and different talents, people are turning to the arts in greater numbers than ever.

In addition to enjoying the full range of inspiring and enriching performances, readings, recitals and exhibitions, there are increasing opportunities for people of all generations, abilities and backgrounds to participate directly in rewarding creative activities.

Our artists and arts organisations are fully engaged today at the heart of social, economic and creative life in Northern Ireland.

Annual Progress Report to the Equality Commission

Each year, the Arts Council submits a report to the Equality Commission of Northern Ireland on the progress of our work in relation to the equality and good relations duties under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

These reports are submitted to the Equality Commission by the end of August each year:


Equality Screening

Screening is the process of monitoring policies for any adverse impacts on the promotion of equality of opportunity and good relations. 

This helps to identify any policies that are likely to have major equality issues. If they do, they are subject to a full equality impact assessment (EQIA).

The most recent policies subject to screening are:

Quarterly Screening Reports

List of policies to be screened and timetable




Official Statistics

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is a designated provider of Official Statistics

This means that the Arts Council produces, manages and disseminates official statistics in line with the Code of Practice for Official Statistics published by the UK Statistics. The Code ensures that the statistics published by government serve the public. When producers of official statistics comply with the Code, it gives users of statistics and citizens confidence that published government statistics are of public value, are high quality and are produced by people and organisations that are worthy of trust.

The framework for the Code of Practice for Statistics is based on three pillars:

  • Trustworthiness: confidence in the people and organisations that produce statistics and data.
  • Quality: data and methods that produce assured statistics.
  • Value: statistics that support society’s needs for information.

Each pillar contains a number of principles and detailed practices that are committed to when producing and releasing official statistics. The framework is applied proportionately and flexibly to ensure public confidence in the statistics produced.

Arts Council of Northern Ireland official statistics 2020/21

Annual Funding Survey Results

In 2020/21 the Arts Council of Northern Ireland will produce the following official statistics:

  • Annual Funding Survey. The Annual Funding Survey provides details on the activities and outputs of core funded arts organisations each year. Data gathered on our investments informs evaluations, funding decisions and strategy development.

Supporting documents:


Equality Impact Assessments

If screening identifies that a policy has major potential to impact on equality of opportunity and good relations, it is subjected to a more detailed analysis, an Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA). 

This means if a policy shows a possible 'adverse impact' on any group, the Arts Council will consider how this might be reduced. The most recent policies subjected to a full EQIA and details of associated outcome reports are listed below. 




Equality Scheme and Action Plan

Our Equality Scheme is a statement of our commitment to fulfil the statutory obligations in compliance with Section 75 and Schedule 9 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998.

This Act places a duty on us to promote equality of opportunities and good relations.

An equality scheme outlines the public authority's arrangements for: 

  • assessing its compliance with the duties under section 75
  • assessing and consulting on the likely impact of policies on the promotion of equality of opportunity
  • monitoring any adverse impact of policies on the promotion of equality of opportunity
  • publishing the results of such assessments
  • training staff
  • ensuring and assessing public access to information and services provided by the public authority.

We will commit necessary resources (in terms of people, time and money) to make sure that the statutory duties are complied with and that the Equality Scheme can be implemented effectively, and on time.

The Arts Council’s new Equality Scheme was approved by the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland. The Arts Council has also produced an Action Plan for the timeframe of the Equality Scheme.

If you require this document in an alternative format, such as large print, Braille, easy read or digital, and/or another language, please contact us to discuss your requirements.

Graeme Stevenson or Ashleigh Lilley
Strategic Development Department
Arts Council of Northern Ireland
Linen Hill House
23 Linenhall Street
Lisburn BT28 1FJ

Telephone: 02890 385 243


Equality and Good Relations Duties

The Arts Council is committed to fulfilling its statutory equality and good relations duties. 

The Arts Council has obligations under Section 75 of the Northern Ireland Act to ensure that equality of opportunity and good relations are central to policy making, policy implications and review, as well as service delivery.

These responsibilities place a duty on the Arts Council to address inequalities and demonstrate measurable positive impact on the lives of people experiencing inequalities. 

As part of its commitment to creating a more diverse and equal society, the Arts Council produces an Annual Report to the Equality Commission and a Disability Action Plan (2015 - 2018) which sets out the organisations' commitment to promoting positive attitudes towards people with disabilities and encourages participation in all aspects of the arts.

Details of work carried out by the Arts Council to fulfill its statutory equality and good relations duties, including the delivery of its Equality Scheme and Disability Actions Plans can be found here.

In addition to these duties, the Arts Council screens policies for any adverse impacts on the promotion of equality of opportunity and good relations. 


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The Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) is committed to protecting and respecting your privacy both as a matter of ethics and legality. This privacy notice outlines our collection, use and processing of the personal information that you may provide to us, in compliance with General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The Arts Council is registered with the Information Commissioner’s Office as “Arts Council of Northern Ireland”.

What are you rights?

Under GDPR as a data subject, you have the following rights:

  • You have the right to be Informed about the collection and use of your data
  • You have the right to access your personal data
  • You have the right to request rectification of inaccurate or incomplete data
  • You have the right to request erasure of your personal data
  • You have the right to restrict processing of your data
  • You have the right to demand data portability
  • You have the right to object to the processing of your data
  • You have the right to dispute automatic decision making in certain circumstances

Your rights, with regard to how we handle and process your information, are clearly defined in the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). You may find more information about GDPR, our obligations and the rights provided to you by it and advice on how to exercise them on the ICO website

What personal information do we collect?

Any information you provide will be carefully protected and stored within a secure system. We will keep your information confidential, in accordance with the GDPR, except where disclosure is required and permitted by law.

When you contact us, whether by phone, email, letter or some other means we may collect some or all of the below information to assist in and resolve the matter you have contacted us about.

  • Information including your name, address, email address, telephone number, fax number, and similar contact or otherwise identifying details.
  • A record of our contact with you through all mediums and the additional personal information it may or may not contain.

Our legal basis for collecting this information is based on your Consent.

When you make an application for funding, we will collect the below information from you, based on the stage of your application.

  • Information including your name, address, email address, telephone number, fax number, and similar contact or otherwise identifying details.
  • Information that you provide voluntarily on our website (,or through our grant application website hosted by a third party (
  • The necessary financial and banking information required to distribute grant monies and make general payments.
  • Information on your visits to our sites and the resources that you access.
  • Information collected as part of programme or project level evaluations to establish the public benefit gained.

During the application stage our legal basis for collecting this information is by Consent. If your application for funding is successful our legal basis for collecting and holding information becomes Contractual.

As we are based in Northern Ireland we are obliged to comply with Section 75 Equality Monitoring and request data from you, in certain circumstances, that GDPR defines as Special Category.

  • Special Category Data

Our legal basis for collecting this information is Legal Obligation.

When you appear in ACNI media we may collect some or all of the following information about you.

  • Information including your name and other identifying details to form a record of consent to recording.
  • Images, video and sound recordings. ACNI may take photographs/video/sound recordings for use in printed and electronic media for promotional and evidencing purposes. Some images or recordings may be selected for permanent preservation and may be used for research, publication, education, displays and exhibitions.

Our legal basis for collecting this information is by Consent.

Cookies and analytics

We collect information about your visits to our sites in order to monitor and improve our web presence.  The data cannot be used to identify any individual. To help us gather this information we use cookies; small files stored on the hard drive of your computer.  Cookies allow us to improve our site and deliver a better service.

A detailed list of the cookies we use can be found here (

If you do not wish to accept cookies you can activate the appropriate settings on your web browser or opt-out through the management links on the cookies page of our website linked above, however, you may be unable to access some parts of our site as a result.

How do we use your information?

We will use your information to:

  • Provide you with information and services that you request from us or that we feel may be of interest to you, where you have given permission to be contacted in this regard.
  • Comply with our legal and regulatory obligations, such as fraud checks and S75 equality monitoring.
  • Process and assess grant applications and associated requests.
  • Process grant payments and discharge any associated financial obligations.
  • Provide appropriate online content and improve our websites.
  • Assist with ACNI’s organisational planning, performance of business functions and comply with auditing responsibilities
  • ACNI may share selected information with third parties as part of certain business operations. ACNI will only share information with third parties confirmed to have appropriate data safeguards in line with the standards required by GDPR and the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO).
  • Send you our e-newsletter, if you have requested it, which will include latest news, funding announcements, events and other arts related information (you can unsubscribe at any time if you no longer wish to receive this information).


The lawful basis for ACNI’s use of your information

We use the following lawful basis for processing your information:

  • Consent. Where you have provided explicit consent for ACNI to process your information for the purpose expressed at the time of consent i.e. signing up to our email newsletter or consenting to appear in a video recording.
  • Contractual. ACNI will process your information to meet our contractual obligations with you i.e. in the release of grant funds.
  • Legitimate interests. ACNI will process your data where we have a legitimate interest to do so. Such as the performance of normal business functions and auditing.
  • Legal Obligation. ACNI will process your data where we have a legal obligation to do so i.e. cooperating with law enforcement officials in a fraud investigation.

How do we keep your personal information secure?

The data that we collect from you will be stored at our premises, the ACNI offices, secure off-site document storage or on secure servers provided by third party organisations that have been vetted for compliance with GDPR and ICO guidelines. All electronic data is backed up on external devices stored within regions compliant with UK law regarding the protection and storage of data. All reasonable steps have been made to ensure the secure storage of your data. Our security practices are kept under regular review.

How long will we keep your personal information?

ACNI will not retain your data for longer than required by the purpose for which it was collected, unless legally obliged to do so. How long we hold your information will vary depending on its purpose. Once the purpose for holding your personal data has expired, it will be destroyed in accordance with our retention schedule. You may ask for your data to be erased prematurely, a right provided by GDPR. In some cases an erasure request may be declined under certain specific circumstances e.g. A legal requirement to hold the data for a specific time period or the data has become relevant to the prosecution or defence of legal proceedings involving yourself, the Arts Council or another relevant party.

We keep mailing list personal information for as long as you wish to continue to receive information from us. If you no longer wish to receive information from us you can unsubscribe from communications at any time.

Refusal to provide Information and Withdrawal of Consent.

As a Data subject you have the legal right to refuse to provide any information we request during the course of fulfilling the Arts Council’s functions. However refusal may result in ACNI being unable to proceed with providing these functions to you, or otherwise impair or limit the services we can offer to you. You also have the right to withdraw consent for processing this may similarly affect provision and operation of Art’s Council functions and services with regards to you.

The involvement of third party data processors

ACNI in the course of normal business operations may engage with third party organisations, some of these organisations may be involved in the collection, processing or storage of your data. The ACNI Data Controller or Data Protection Officer will examine the involvement of any Third Party Data Processors for compliance with GDPR and will only share your data with them if we have a lawful basis to do so, it is necessary for the execution of the purpose for which the data was collected and we are satisfied with their data protection safeguards. Concerning third parties that operate outside the EEA(European Economic Area), the Data Controller or Data Protection Officer will investigate and confirm that they meet the ICO and legal standards required before engaging them as Data Processors. Current third parties involved in the collection, processing or storage of personal data on a long term basis are:

  • Danske Bank
  • Buzzacott
  • Newszapp
  • Vuelio


Links to third party websites

This privacy notice only applies to ACNI’s collection and use of information. If you follow a link to any third party from our website please ensure you familiarise yourself with their privacy policy before sharing your personal information. We have no control over, and are not responsible for, the policies and practices of third party sites.

Changes to our privacy notice

We keep our privacy policy under review and any updates will be made available on this webpage. This privacy policy was last updated 19 November 2020.

Contact us

For more information on our privacy policy or to exercise your rights as a data subject please contact us by:

  • Emailing with the subject heading “FAO: Data Controller”.
  • Writing to the Data Controller, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Linen Hill House, 23 Linenhall Street, Lisburn, BT28 1FJ

Terms and Conditions

This website is owned, operated and managed by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, hereafter referred to as ACNI. Access to, and use of, this site is provided by ACNI for your personal use only. Use of this site constitutes your acceptance of these terms and conditions, which take effect immediately on your first use of the site. ACNI reserves the right to change these Terms and Conditions at any time by posting changes online. You are responsible for reviewing regularly information posted online to obtain timely notice of such changes. Your continued use of this site after changes are posted constitutes your acceptance of this agreement as modified by the posted changes.

Intellectual Property

(This relates to creations of the mind: inventions (patents), literary works, symbols, names and images used in commerce.)

The names, images and logos identifying ACNI are proprietary marks of the ACNI.  Copying or use of ACNI logo and/or any other third party logos accessed via this website is not permitted without prior approval from ACNI or relevant copyright owner in accordance with the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988.


The ACNI website, and material relating to government information, products and services (or third party information, products and services), are provided 'as is' without any representation or endorsement made and without warranty of any kind whether express or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of satisfactory quality, fitness for a particular purpose, non-infringement, compatibility, security and accuracy.

We do not warrant that the functions contained in the material contained in this site will be uninterrupted or error free, that defects will be corrected, or that this site or the server that make it available are free of viruses or represent the full functionality, accuracy, reliability of the materials.

In no event will we be liable for any loss or damage including, without limitation, indirect or consequential loss or damage, or any loss or damage whatsoever arising from use or loss of use of, data, or profits, arising out of or in connection with the use of the ACNI website.

These Terms and Conditions shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Northern Ireland. Any dispute arising under these Terms and Conditions shall be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of Northern Ireland.


We are the main advocate for the arts ​in Northern Ireland.

The Arts Council is the main advocate for the arts in Northern Ireland.

We present Government and other influential opinion formers with a strong case for supporting the arts, backed up by reliable research and evidence. We actively encourage public support by promoting the achievements of our artists and arts organisations in the media.

Our work is successful because of the excellence and commitment of our artists, arts organisations and venues. They are our best ambassadors.

We want to thank everyone for the tremendous support for the recent campaign which called for No More Cuts to the Arts.

  • Overall approximately 17,000 submissions of support were received from members of the general public 
  • Social media reached 7 million people and resulted in 30,000 + social interactions

Please continue to show your support for public funding for the arts in Northern Ireland.

We have produced a series of infographics to highlight the key facts & figures about the arts budget and the benefits investment in the arts can bring to the economy and society in Northern Ireland. Click on the images below to download. 

Arts Budget Northern Ireland Facts and Figures Arts and the Economy in Northern Ireland The Arts and Society in Northern Ireland

Evidence - Making a case for the arts [Click Here]
To help you to advocate on behalf of the arts, we’ve produced an Arts Advocacy Toolkit which is available to download below. 


Northern Ireland Archive

International Archive


Northern Ireland’s arts and artists have made a huge impact on the world stage.

The impact that Northern Ireland’s arts and artists have made on the world stage far exceeds what might be expected from a small country with a small population.

We boast some of the finest writers, actors, artists and musicians in the world today – movie stars Liam Neeson and Kenneth Branagh, rock legend Van Morrison, celebrated flautist James Galway, Ireland’s ‘first family of Folk’, the Sands Family, Nobel Prize-winning poet Seamus Heaney, twice-Turner prize-nominated artist Willie Doherty, playwrights Brian Friel and Marie Jones... to name but a handful of the world-renowned artists whose work continues to put Northern Ireland on the international cultural map.

In addition to the well-established names, Northern Ireland continues to produce gifted artists and arts organisations who are making a strong international impression.

Northern Ireland

The Arts make a major contribution to life in Northern Ireland.

They make a strong contribution to the economy, with our excellent arts venues driving the night-time economy, our distinctive arts and cultural attractions drawing visitors and business to the region, and our Creative Industries rapidly becoming one of our main sources of job and wealth creation.

The arts are also firmly engaged at the heart of community life in Northern Ireland – in schools helping to build young people’s confidence and communications skills; in care homes helping older people to cope with isolation and loneliness; in our hospitals introducing a reassuring human dimension to clinical environments; in local neighbourhoods driving the many successful neighbourhood regeneration programmes that are enabling residents to rebuild their communities.

Here are some recent highlights of inspiring work by artists and organisations working in Northern Ireland today, supported by the Arts Council.

Research Projects

Our research programme supports the development of effective policy by gathering evaluation evidence, analysing data and developing artform strategies 

The following projects represent highlights of Strategic Development research programme for 2016/17:


  • Arts and Culture in Northern Ireland 2016

Arts and Culture in Northern Ireland (2016) will report on the characteristics and behaviours of adults attending and participating in arts and culture in Northern Ireland based on the findings of an omnibus survey of the resident adult population. The report will form part of the Arts Council's Official Statistics output for 2016/17.

  • Annual Funding Survey

The Annual Funding Survey Provides details on the activities and outputs of core funded arts organisations each year. Data gathered on our investments informs evaluations, funding decisions and future strategy. We will make this data available as an Official Statistic in 2016/17.

  • Young People and Wellbeing Programme Evaluation

In collaboration with the Public Health Agency, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland will manage a three year evaluation of its pioneering Young People and Wellbeing Programme which aims to improve the mental health and wellbeing of children and young people by engagement in high quality arts. 

Research Publications



If you wish to make a complaint, we have a procedure for you to use.

Should you have any queries about how to go about making a complaint please email

We have enhanced our established complaints procedure, which includes our commitment to acting fairly and proportionately and to seek continuous improvement throughout the organisation.

All complaints will be treated impartially and without unlawful discrimination or prejudice.

All complaints will be investigated thoroughly and fairly to establish the facts of the case, ensuring decisions are proportionate, appropriate and fair.

Complaints Procedure

The procedure applies to complaints about services supplied directly by the Arts Council or by third party organisations/individuals funded by the Arts Council. It does not apply to complaints from organisations/individuals who have been rejected for funding or who feel they have not received sufficient funding. Such complaints will be dealt with through the Funding Review procedure.

Complaints from members of the general public over funding decisions should be dealt with under this Service Complaints procedure.

Please note that the Arts Council will only consider complaints made in writing as formal complaints. The Arts Council will not record remarks/complaints made by telephone, or on social media as complaints.

Informal Telephone Complaints

Informal complaints should be directed to the most appropriate member of staff connected with the subject of the complaint, eg the relevant Artform officer if the complaint is from or about a funded organisation; or, a member of the communications team if the complaint is about something that appeared in the press.

If you are unsure who to talk to, please refer to the staff list on our website.

The officer will try to resolve the issue immediately.

If you are not satisfied with the answer given by the officer the next step is to make a formal complaint in writing to the Complaints Administrator.

Complaints made in writing

All complaints should be addressed to the Complaints Administrator who will acknowledge receipt within 2 working days and will log the correspondence as a formal complaint.

(A) If the complaint is about a direct Arts Council service:

Stage 1: The Complaints Administrator will pass the complaint to the Director of Operations, and a formal reply will be issued within 7 working days of receipt of the complaint from the Complaints Administrator.

We will ensure complaints are investigated thoroughly and fairly to establish the facts of the case, ensuring decisions are proportionate, appropriate and fair.

Stage 2: If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of Stage 1, you may ask the Complaints Administrator, in writing, for the Chief Executive to review the response. Your request will be acknowledged within 2 working days and you will receive a response from the Chief Executive within 10 working days.

Stage 3: If you are still dissatisfied with the outcome of the Stage 2 Review, you can contact the Ombudsman: Northern Ireland Public Services Ombudsman (NIPSO), Progressive House, 33 Wellington Place, Belfast, BT1 6HN

Freepost: Freepost NIPSO
Telephone: 028 90233821
Free phone: 0800 34 34 24
Text phone: 028 90897789

(B) If the complaint is about a third party organisation/individual funded by the Arts Council

The Complaints Administrator will pass the complaint to the Director of Operations who will decide whether or not the complaint is to be handled in-house or whether it needs to be passed to the third party organisation (TPO) for action.

  • If the Director of Operations decides that this is an in-house matter, the complaint will be responded to within 7 working days.
  • If the Director of Operations decides that this is a matter for the TPO to resolve then a copy of the letter of complaint will be forwarded to the TPO within 3 working days. The covering letter will ask the TPO to deal with the matter and reply directly to you, the original complainant. The Arts Council cannot dictate to another organisation the timeframe within which it should reply to complaints. However, if a copy of the reply is not received from the TPO within one month, the Complaints Administrator will issue a reminder. If the TPO fails to provide a copy of the reply following a reminder this will be brought to the attention of the Director of Operations who will contact the TPO directly to establish the position.

(C) Anonymous complaints

All written anonymous complaints will be logged as above. The Director of Operations will decide on the level of investigation into the complaint and the outcome will be recorded on file.


A quarterly report will be provided to the Board of the Arts Council, (May, September, October and January) on the number of complaints received and their outcome within the period.

Continuous Improvement:

At the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, we consistently work towards seeking continuous improvement, as such, we will use your feedback to improve service design and delivery.

In the case that amendments to services, guidance and policies have been highlighted and can be adopted, you will be informed and thanked for your comments.


The Arts Council is a transparent and open organisation.

The way in which we conduct our work is outlined in a series of policies outlined in this section of our website. You can access our various policy documents by using the search tool below.




Staff List

Placing arts at the heart of our social, economic and creative life.

The Arts Council staff includes art form specialists and support staff who will offer guidance and advice on funding opportunities and project development. Below is a list of staff members at the Arts Council and their contact details.

Freedom of Information

Our website is the main source of information about who we are and what we do.

By using the Search Tool, you will be able to access a wide range of information including publications, policies, and guidelines. Should you have an additional request for information which is not available on our website, please follow the procedures outlined below.

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

Subject Access Requests 

If you want to ask us for information which we may hold about you personally, please contact us by:

  • Emailing with the subject heading “FAO: Data Controller”
  • Writing to the Data Controller, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Linen Hill House, 23 Linenhall Street, Lisburn, BT28 1FJ
Please specify the kind of information you wish to be made available to you.

Under the Data Protection Act 2018 we have one month to provide the information you ask for. If you are unhappy with any aspect of the way in which we deal with your Subject Access Request you may complain to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland or to the Information Commissioner.

If you feel we have failed to disclose information without good reason you may apply to a Court for disclosure.

Freedom of Information Act 2000

Publication Scheme

In order to comply with the Freedom of Information Act 2000 public sector organisations such as ours have to routinely publish information whenever possible.

The Information Commissioner, who is responsible for monitoring and enforcing compliance with the Freedom of Information Act 2000, has drawn up what is called a Model Publication Scheme for all public sector organisations which we have decided to adopt and formally commit to. The Commissioner has also published a ‘Definition Document for Northern Ireland Non Departmental Public Bodies' which sets out in some detail what his minimum expectations are as far as we are concerned.

We have reviewed the information we routinely put into the public domain to ensure we are compliant with the Definition document. You will be able to see where we don’t hold relevant information or where for some reason we have decided not to routinely disclose information identified in the Definition document by referring to our Publication Scheme Guidance:

Most of the information we make routinely available can be accessed through our website by using the search facility. Such information is continually updated. If you cannot find information through the search engine and we have indicated in the definition document that the information is routinely available this may be because the information cannot be loaded onto our website.

In such circumstances please contact:
Operations Officer
Linen Hill House
23 Linenhall Street
BT28 1FJ

Please specify the kind of information you wish to be made available to you.

Accessing information which is not included in the Publication Scheme

As an open and transparent organisation we are committed to routinely publishing as much information as possible; however if you want information which is not on our website or otherwise available through our guide to information you may ask us for it in accordance with further provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and of the Environmental Information Regulations 2005.

Requests for such information should be sent to:
Operations Officer
Linen Hill House
23 Linenhall Street
BT28 1FJ

By law we have to deal with such requests within 20 working days. If you make a request and are not satisfied with the way in which we deal with it you may ask us to review any decision we make.

If you wish us to undertake such a review you should write to:
Operations Officer
Linen Hill House
23 Linenhall Street
BT28 1FJ

Any review will normally be under the control and direction of a senior member of staff who had no involvement in the original decision or process.

Making a complaint

If you remain dissatisfied at the conclusion of any review you may complain to the Information Commissioner whose address is

The Information Commissioner’s Office Northern Ireland
51 Adelaide Street
Telephone: 028 9026 9380
Fax: 028 9026 9388

The Arts Council maintains a list of requests made under Freedom of Information. An anonymised list of these queries for the last financial year is available by clicking here.

Fees and Charges

The Freedom of Information Act and the associated Fees Regulations stipulate that we cannot levy a fee for information unless there is a statutory basis for doing so or the amount of time taken to locate the information exceeds 18 hours. However we are allowed to charge for disbursements related to the provision of information and any reformatting requested by the applicant provided we ensure that applicants are aware of any charges which may be made.

No charges will be made for any information accessed via our website.

Fees charged for Freedom of Information requests are dependent on a number of factors including the volume of material requested.  Responses to enquiries that cost the Arts Council of Northern Ireland less than £450 to process will be normally be provided free of charge. The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has the right to refuse to respond to a request that is estimated to cost more than £450 to process. If the cost is greater than £450 and you agree to pay these costs the Arts Council of Northern Ireland will normally provide you with the information once the fee has been paid.

If you want any further information about the provision of information or have any difficulty accessing information provided on our website please contact the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.


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The Board members, including Chairperson, Mr Liam Hannaway and Vice-Chair, Mr William Leathem, are drawn from a broad cross-section of representatives from the arts and cultural sector.

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This section of our website will keep journalists up-to-date with the latest news from the Arts Council.

If you are from the media and have an enquiry outside the normal office hours, please contact:

Angela Warren
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T: 077 3322 7187


Grainne McCann
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T: 077 3854 3593

Please note that our out of office number should be used only in exceptional circumstances and only for urgent media enquiries.

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