Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Funding and Development Agency
for The Arts in Northern Ireland

028 9262 3555

Community Arts

The Arts Council is one of the key funders of community arts in Northern Ireland.

There is a thriving community arts sector in Northern Ireland that is also at the cutting edge of community arts development internationally. Providers range from major organisations to small community-based groups at the grass roots. The range of settings is broad too, including arts centres, community centres, neighbourhood halls, prisons, youth centres and public spaces.

Community Arts promote collective creative processes which enhance access and participation and strengthen the community’s sense of authorship and ownership. They provide opportunities for communities and individuals to develop skills as artists, and for artists to explore ways of transferring those skills.

Examples of our work in community arts include:

Sole Purpose Productions is a professional theatre company established in 1997. The company aims to bring professional theatre on contemporary and relevant issues to marginalised and hard to reach communities. Blinkered follows the story of a young man struggling to copy with everyday life, and his family, who are busily doing the same. The play supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland is on tour across the Republic of Ireland throughout March following it's performances in venues throughout Northern Ireland.

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