About Us

We support artists and arts organisations through a range of funding opportunities.

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is the development and funding agency for the Arts in Northern Ireland.

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A woman plays a tambourine with a young wheelchair user
Spark Opera's music project with students at Ardnashee School

We believe in placing art at the heart because art makes a difference.

We distribute public money and National Lottery funds to develop and deliver a wide variety of arts projects, events and initiatives across Northern Ireland.

From theatre and literature to art in the community, we work in partnership with hundreds of artists, arts organisations and venues. Art has the ability to reach across boundaries, inspiring, teaching and bringing people together.

Latest Annual Report

Annual Review 2021-22

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Annual Review 2021-22 recounts many of the highlights of the (financial) Year in the Arts in Northern Ireland, supported by Arts Council exchequer funding from the Department of Communities as well as National Lottery funds.

Opera singer performs, arms spread, in shadowy church interior

Funding Partners

We distribute funds from our sponsor department and from the National Lottery.

Funding Partners