Funding, Artists

262 artists receive National Lottery funding to support their work

17th November, 2022

The Arts Council has announced details of 262 artists to receive funding through its Support for Individual Artists Programme (SIAP). The funding package worth £985,000 has been made possible thanks to the National Lottery and will provide vital support to artists working across all disciplines including visual arts, dance and drama, traditional arts, literature, music and participatory arts.

Writer Rosemary Jenkinson stands outside beneath trees with golden leaves holding a copy of her book Catholic Boy
Writer Rosemary Jenkinson is one of 262 artists awarded funding through the Arts Council's Support for Individual Artists Programme (SIAP)

Artists awarded grants through the SIAP programme will receive General Arts Awards worth up to £6,000. This funding will be used to help artists purchase new equipment and develop of new projects, as well as travel grants and residencies.

General Arts Awards are one element of the Arts Council’s Support for Individual Artists Programme (SIAP). Its aim is to support artists living and working across Northern Ireland to create work and develop their practice. Broadly, awards can be for specific projects, specialised research or personal artistic development.

In addition to the General Arts Awards announced today, 10 individual artists and 4 organisations have also been awarded funding through the Artists International Development Fund (AIDF), to the value of almost £64,000. This annual fund, which also forms part of the wider SIAP Programme, is jointly funded by the British Council and Arts Council of Northern Ireland and is open to individual artists and organisations. The awards made will support early stage international development opportunities for individual, freelance and self-employed artists and organisations based in Northern Ireland.