Creative Industries

We encourage innovation between the arts and the wider creative industries through skills development and collaboration.

Artists are the lifeblood of the Creative Industries

Our funding programmes enable entrepreneurs, creative businesses and arts organisations to undertake projects that contribute to the growth of the creative industries and unlock future income generation.

  • The creative industries are one of the fastest growing sectors of the UK economy.
  • The main source of our competitive strength and wealth and job creation is moving away from the traditional industries to our creative sector and its range of cultural products.
  • In Northern Ireland, creative industries employ over five percent of the entire workforce and contribute nearly £1billion GVA. (Source: Uni of Ulster, Creative Industries Institute)
  • DfC estimates 29,000 jobs, or 3.4% of total employment in NI.
  • The use of new and immersive technologies is a fast-growing market and incorporating these into the creation and delivery of arts experiences can open up valuable new ways of generating income for arts organisations.
Three people standing at Cupar Way Peace Wll in Belfast hold up smart phones displaying the digital app AR Peace Wall
Deepa Man-Kler with her digital app, ‘AR Peace Wall’

Our Impact

  • £1billion GVA
  • 29,000 jobs

Programme Videos

Deepa Mann-Kler (CISF)
Chipzel (CISF)