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Survey | Belfast, Derry and Strabane European Capital of Culture 2023 Bid

Belfast City and Derry City and Strabane District Council are working together to submit a joint bid to become the 2023 European Capital of Culture.

In order for us to prepare for stage one, they invite you to tell them of any EU or international project or partnership that you are involved in, and what future opportunities you feel could be developed. They will then use this information to shape the bid.

They would appreciate if you could take ten minutes to complete the online survey.

Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme 2017

The deadline is approaching for the Final Round of the Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme, which gives grants towards internships. The programme will be taking its final applications by 16 June 2017.

NICEP offers £2,500 per internship to help employers create paid positions for young people aged 18-24 in creative organisations which focus on music, dance, drama, literature, visual arts, design, creative media, craft, festivals, arts venues, community arts, galleries, museums or circus and carnival arts.

The intern will need to be:

• Aged 18 – 24
• Work at least 30 hours per week for 6 months/26 weeks
• Paid minimum wage – £7.05
• Have (at the time of applying for the internship) a qualification of level 4 and above

The application process is straight forward please get in touch to find out how you can get involved.

The Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme has already helped creative businesses to access £205,000 of funding to create 67 new jobs for young people.

For more information see:
Email with any questions.

Late Night Art Belfast | Thursday 6 April

Late Night Art Belfast happens on the first Thursday of every month with over a dozen galleries opening their doors for an evening celebration of the vibrant visual arts scene in Belfast.

Join in around the world next week by following the hashtag #LNAB and reshare your favourite images, videos and surprises with your friends and colleagues.

Share your own experience on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Periscope and Pinterest and share this story with the world.


Fully guided bus tour departs from outside the front of the Linenhall Library at 6.30pm and finishes approx. 9.15pm. Join this tour by booking through paypal on or by ringing the Townhouse on 028 90311798. £10 per person.


Or make your way around the galleries at your own pace. Here are just some of the highlights of this Late Night Art:


Northern Ireland | Delays in Political Parties forming a Government Impacts Arts Organisations

Organisations in receipt of annual funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) have been notified that they will be allocated 50% of their funding as an interim measure to deal with the uncertainty of the exchequer budget 2017. In the absence of a Budget Act, the Permanent Secretary of the Department of Finance will use powers assigned to him under Section 59 of the Northern Ireland Act 1998 to release cash to departments on an interim basis and until such times as a budget is agreed by ministers and budget legislation is put in place.

Funded organisations will receive only a percentage of their proposed allocation for 2017/2018. Organisations have also been notified that this measure must not be taken to indicate that funding will continue after this date or that, if it does continue, it will do so at the same level for the remainder of this financial year.

This leaves arts organisations in the precarious position of not knowing their funding situation for their full programme year. The Annual Funding Programme is divided into two distinct elements: core and programming. Core costs are met from exchequer funds and programming costs are from National Lottery funds. Whilst lottery funds are not immediately directly affected by the current budget issue, each organisation’s funding situation will have to be re-assessed against the outcome of the final exchequer budget.

Upcoming Deadlines for Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme 2017

The Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme grant was increased in January to £2,500 per internship and there are only two rounds left, deadlines:

· 7 April
· 16 June

This funding is to help employers create paid internship positions for young people aged 18-24 in the creative industries, unfortunately applications for apprenticeships can no longer be accepted.

An arts organisation or creative business can apply to create up to 3 internship opportunities.

The Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme has already helped creative businesses to access £173,000 for funding to create 53 new jobs for young people.

What will an intern cost me as an employer?
The intern must be employed at the minimum wage, £7.05 per hour, for a minimum of 30 hours per week and for a period of 6 months/26 weeks. Taking the NI CEP grant of £2,500 into consideration – the employer’s contribution will be £2,999 over 6 months.

How to apply
All details about the programme can be found on the NI CEP Website:

If you would like to discuss the programme further or are considering an application, please contact us on or call 028 9032 5072.

We are very happy to discuss any aspect of the process with you from the application itself to the practicalities of taking on an apprentice or intern.

‘The Cove’ Featuring Set Installation by Dan Shipsides

Lyric Theatre, Belfast – 3 and 4 March at 8pm, Sun 5 March at 2pm
The Source Arts Centre, Thurles  – 31 March at 8pm
Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick – 1 April at 8pm
Project Arts Centre, Dublin – 6, 7, 8 April at 7.30pm

The Cove is the result of a creative collaboration between Echo Echo Artistic Director Steve Batts, artist Dan Shipsides and musician Christopher Norby.

The Cove is a performance about the natural world, and the place of people in it. It reflects on the experience of the beauty of the wild Irish coast and its embodiment in movement.
The Cove is created around and with a large scale installation made from heavy, strong, shiny blocks. They reflect the light, like the surface of the sea or the shiny rocks. Sometimes they seem steely and sometimes warm. They are manipulated, with effort, and pleasure, into different configurations which provide the dancers with a changing environment with different opportunities and challenges.
Through this environment a woman travels. She climbs, sits, contemplates and is enfolded by the spirit of the place.


17 Creatives Scoop Arts Council Northern Ireland ACES Awards

aces17 artists from Northern Ireland have been announced as the latest recipients of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s ACES awards 2016/17, a funding grant bestowed upon Northern Ireland’s most talented emerging artists to allow them to develop their professional artistic careers.

Awards under the Artists Career Enhancement Scheme (ACES) are made annually to professional artists working in music, visual arts, drama, dance, literature and participatory arts and are among the most prestigious awards bestowed by the Arts Council annually. The artists include five visual artists, two poets, three writers and seven musicians.

In addition to receiving a bursary of up to £5,000 each, many of the 17 artists have been partnered with a professional organisation to help each of them to deliver a major new creative work. Those organisations include; Moving On Music, Millennium Court Arts Centre, Centre for Contemporary Art in Derry and Paper Studio in Northumbria, among others.

Five of the awards were to visual artists:
Alice Burns
Frederic Huska
Joanne Proctor
Jacqueline Holt
Philip McCrilly

The Artists Career Enhancement Programme (ACES) forms part of the wider Support for the Individual Artist Programme (SIAP) administered by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland annually. As part of its continuing commitment to supporting the development of individual artists, the Council made 277 SIAP awards to artists in 2016/17 totaling £592k. Since its establishment in 2010, 117 artists have been supported through ACES. Visit for information on all funding opportunities.

Call for Nominations | Northern Ireland Creative and Cultural Skills Awards

20151127ccskills101-144818Last year the Northern Ireland Creative and Cultural Skills Awards celebrated the unsung heroes of the creative industries in Northern Ireland. These people do amazing work investing in the next generation of talent, and we are putting out the call to find more.

Do you know an exceptional apprentice, intern or student who has improved your business? Are you impressed by a company who has passed on their skills and knowledge? Have you had your career shaped by someone incredible? You can nominate them now.

This year’s categories are:

  • Northern Ireland Creative Industry Skills Award
  • Northern Ireland Education and Industry Partnership Award
  • Northern Ireland Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award
  • Northern Ireland Apprentice of the Year Award
  • Northern Ireland Intern of the Year Award
  • Northern Ireland Creative Tutor Award

Information about all of the categories and nomination forms can be found here:

The deadline for all nominations is 5pm on Friday 7 October 2016 and the award ceremony will be taking place 8 December 2016.

Job Vacancy | Chairperson to the Board of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Arts-council-niDeadline for applications: 30 September, 12 noon

The Minister for Communities is seeking to appoint a new Chairperson to the Board of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. This is an exciting opportunity for an individual who is passionate about the arts, understands the benefits they bring for the individual and the wider community, who is willing to undertake the responsibilities of a Chairperson and wants to help shape the future of the arts in Northern Ireland.

The Chairperson will be instrumental in helping the Arts Council NI achieve its mission of placing the arts at the heart of our social, economic and creative life through working in partnership with hundreds of artists, arts organisations and venues, from literature through to arts in the community.

Skills and experience
Applications are welcome from a wide range of people who have an interest in public service, including those with suitable experience gained in the community, voluntary, business or public sectors. The individual appointed will receive training and a relevant induction programme. We are operating a Guaranteed Interview Scheme for candidates with a disability.

Essential Criteria
Applicants for the Chairperson position must be able to demonstrate a number of competences: experience of promoting/developing good corporate governance and risk management, and an understanding of public accountability; effective communication and interpersonal skills; experience of successfully leading an organisation or sectoral group; experience of promoting equality and social inclusion; strategic planning skills, as well as developing successful strategies and plans; and, an informed interest in the Arts. It is also desirable for candidates to have suitable board level experience.

Further details about the role and the full selection criteria are included in the application pack.

Appointment details
• The appointment is for a term of up to 4 years from 1 December 2016.
• The time commitment for the Chairperson post is at least 40 days per year. In addition, the Chairperson will be expected to ensure the visibility of the Council by attending arts events on a regular basis. It attracts remuneration of £10,000 per annum. Travel and subsistence allowances are also payable.

How to Apply
An application pack can be obtained by contacting Arts Council NI on the following:
Telephone: 028 90515269

Arts Council of Northern Ireland awards £1.5 million Lottery Project Funding to 54 arts organisations

ACNI-square1Fifty-four arts organisations across Northern Ireland are set to benefit from £1.5 million of Arts Council of Northern Ireland and National Lottery funding, to bring a series of high quality arts projects to people across the region.

The funding will be used by groups to support the development and creation of events, exhibitions, performances and workshops across all areas of the arts, including community arts, literature, visual arts, music and theatre.

The full list of awards is now available here:

SIAP Information Clinic at VOID Derry

ACNI-square1Wednesday 6 July at 11.30am
Void, Old City Factory, Patrick St, Londonderry

Council of Northern Ireland
Arts Council of Northern Ireland
The Funding and Development Agency for The Arts in Northern Ireland

Artists invited to SIAP Information Clinic at VOID Derry.
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland will host an information clinic for individual artists at VOID Derry-Londonderry.
Artists from all art forms are welcome to attend as representatives from the Arts Council’s visual arts, community and participatory arts and music teams will be available to discuss the Support for the Individual Artist (SIAP) programme and give you guidance on submitting an application while also outlining the expectations of artists who receive support.

The clinic will open with a 30 minute information session followed by short, one-to-one meetings which will last no longer than 5 minutes each.
Places for the information clinic are limited and registration is advised.

V22 London Launch Pilot Project – Studio Workspace Crèche Facilities

workspace-creche-V22V22 is pleased to announce that it is developing workspace crèche facilities in its studio building in Dalston, London. This is a pilot project aimed to help parents who are also artists, creatives, freelancers and entrepreneurs, to continue their work whilst not giving up being hands-on parents. If successful V22 want to make it an integral part of all their studio and workspace buildings across London. V22 currently provides affordable workspace for over 400 tenants.

V22 is an art organisation, with a shared ownership structure, which specialises in the collection of contemporary art, the production of exhibitions, events and educational initiatives, and the provision of artists’ studios and artisans’ workshops.

Some interesting stats:

  • In the UK, one third of mothers and a fifth of fathers with dependent children (Office of National Statistics) work flexibly.
    Recent studies have shown that London has the lowest rate of parental employment in the country, with women disproportionately affected.
  • In London, 60% of women with dependent children are in work, compared with 69% in the rest of the UK.
  • The gender pay gap increases from 6% for 26 to 35-year-olds, to 20% for 36 to 45-year-olds.
  • Less than 10% of UK companies offer workplace crèches – although parents say having childcare within the same building really helps with breastfeeding, with unpredictable working hours and minimises the time wasted dropping children off at childcare facilities.
  • The UK is placed 18th in an international ranking on gender equality in the workplace, according to the World Economic Forum, Ireland is ranked 5th. (
  • A 2015 Harvard University study found that daughters of working mothers enjoyed better careers, higher pay and more equal relationships.

Late Night Art Belfast | Thursday 2 June

late night art belfastLate Night Art Belfast happens on the first Thursday of every month with over a dozen galleries opening their doors for an evening celebration of the vibrant visual arts scene in Belfast.
Join in around the world next week by following the hastag #LNAB and reshare your favourite images, videos and surprises with your friends and colleagues.
Share your own experience on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Periscope and Pinterest and share this story with the world.

Some events in this month’s Late Night Art Belfast:

10 Exchange Street West, Belfast BT1 2NJ
(Opened 6th May)
Double Act: Art and Comedy
This major exhibition explores how comedy is important in shaping meaning, and how it can help us negotiate the complexities of everyday life.

If you wish to take time to view this exhibition, please do so before the guided tour leaves The MAC at 6pm.

Golden Thread Gallery
84- 94 Great Patrick Street, Belfast, BT1 2LU
Today I Wrote Nothing – Leo Devlin
Today I Wrote Nothing is a body of work that encompasses drawing, performance to video and sculpture.
(Opened 28th April)
These Days are Persistent and Changeable
Martin Boyle and Lorraine Burrell The juxtaposition of the real with the imaginary has been of constant interest to Golden Thread Gallery and has led to the realisation of this exhibition, These Days are Persistent and Changeable.

Belfast Exposed Photography Gallery
The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall St, Belfast BT1 2FF
(Opened 26th May)
The Hopeless End of a Great Dream – Declan Clarke
Belfast Exposed is pleased to present The Hopeless End of a Great Dream, a major new film commission by Declan Clarke. This 16mm feature length film was co-commissioned by Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Centre Culturel Irlandais Paris and Trinity Creative.

(Opened 26th May)
Belfast Exposed Futures – Andrew Rankin
Andrew Rankin is interested in escapist fantasies and how they can be used to create a shortcut to our ideal self, often through the creation of an augmented, more preferable reality.

18 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2GP
(Opened 26th May)
DAS Exhibition at PS2
DAS (Digital Arts Studios) is delighted to present a selection of new works from current artists-in-residence Miguel Martin, Josephine McCormick, Samantha McGahon and Eoin McGinn.

Platform Arts
1 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA
Electroscapes by Arnold Koroshegyi
Electroscapes comprises an installation and series of experimental images generated from a modified digital processes that incorporates surveillance software and locative media. The works meld “datascapes” with natural scenery, and they reinterpret landscape by rendering visible the flow of electromagnetic frequencies that moves within, and around, remote geographic environments. How the ubiquitous yet invisible wireless activity in our culture expresses itself aesthetically and artistically on/in nature are the thematic cornerstones of Electroscapes.

DUKKHA by Steven Maybury
Dukkha; a Pali word and a Buddhist term commonly translated as “suffering”, “anxiety” or “stress” .
Using this term as a focal point, Steven Maybury intertwines cultural interests, artistic concerns and leisurely rituals as a reflection on our physical relationships in this world.

37-39 Queen Street, 1st Floor, Belfast, BT1 6EA
Array Studios presents Two for Many
An exhibition from a diverse group of artists and makers curated by Rachael Campbell-Palmer at Pollen Studios. The exhibition explores the dynamics of the studio environment, examining this shared working space as a pivotal context for the artworks created. A context where individual practices sit within the culture of a collective. Two For Many marks the 20th year for Array as a Belfast based studio cooperative.

Catalyst Arts
5 College Court Belfast BT1 6BS
This project fosters practices concerned with the conditions for production, labour, autonomism, desire and decision. FLEXIBILISM is the appraisal of four artists who have been invited to develop and reconfigure a previously made or designed work in relation to explicit, esoteric and existential aspects of Catalyst Arts and its site in Belfast as a public space.

QSS Studios & Gallery
31-33 Bedford St, Belfast BT2 7EJ
Print Salon
The hugely anticipated collaboration with Belfast Print Workshop. Print Salon focuses on the various roles played by printmaking as an artform and as a process employed within a shared-studio context. The exhibition comprises of 12 commissioned pieces printed on to ‘half sheets’ of paper in editions of 24, of which 10 will be made available as a limited edition box set for public sale.

Have Your Say in the Training Needs Analysis Survey | Audiences Northern Ireland

Audiences-niDeadline for completion is Thursday 31 March.

Every year Audiences NI sends its members a training needs analysis to inform its training programme. This year they have joined forces with four other development organisations – Arts & Business NI, Dance Resource Base, Theatre NI and Voluntary Arts Ireland – to ensure that these groups are working better together to deliver the training and skills development you need. By collaborating in this way, the aim is to offer more relevant training taking into account the pressures on resources.

The survey should only take about 10 minutes to complete. You can also enter a free draw to win £100 of shopping vouchers.

This Training Needs Analysis survey is designed to build a picture of training gaps in the Arts sector. Following analysis of the survey, the third sector arts infrastructure bodies working together will attempt to address these gaps.

Take the survey by clicking this link:

Eight Visual Artists Among Recipients of iDA Awards

iDAFourteen deaf and disabled artists from Northern Ireland have been announced as recipients of the iDA (Individual Disabled/Deaf Artists) scheme, a dedicated arts stream delivered through the Arts & Disability Forum (ADF) and funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, which allows them to develop their professional artistic careers.

Awards under the iDA scheme are made annually to Deaf and disabled artists working in a range of art forms. The bursaries, funded through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, will allow each artist to produce a new creative work or receive training or professional mentoring. The 2016 artists include eight visual artists, two theatre practitioners, one dance artist, a poet and two musicians. The artists have impairments ranging from physical disability, visual impairment, mental-ill health and learning difficulties. Through the ADF’s support, deaf and disabled artists have developed unique artwork of extremely high artistic quality. The IDA scheme’s purpose is to identify, encourage and nurture individual talent amongst disabled practitioners. Artists can apply for up to £5,000. Visit

About the visual artists:

  • Alice Burns, from Portavogie, is a visual artist who will use this funding award to attend training in Germany to develop her glass work skills
  • Stephanie Harrison, from Bangor, is a visual artist and printmaker who will use the funding award towards the purchase of IT equipment
  • Charissa Martin, from Bangor, is a visual artist who will use this funding award to purchase a loom to make 3-D textile work
  • Elaine McGinn, from Newtownards, is a maker of life art and will use this funding award to purchase IT and camera equipment
  • Shauna McGowan, Belfast, is a visual artist who will use this funding for mentoring and to develop leather work skills
  • George Robb, from East Belfast, is a visual artist who will use this funding award to develop his skills with further photography training
  • Joel Simon, from Belfast, is an experienced animator who will use this funding award to develop skills in oil painting and an exhibition of work
  • Elvin Simpson, from Ballymoney, is a visual artist and musician, who will use this funding award to create an installation combining visual art and music

For more information visit:

Public Meeting | Sculpture Park, Co. Antrim

news21 March, 8.15 – 9.15 pm

Whitemountain & District Community Association invites artists and members of the community to an open public meeting on Monday, 21st March, when they will launch a Sculpture Park project.

This project would take existing publically owned land of approximate 2 acres in size, within the Whitemountain Area (Co.Antrim, 3 miles North of Lisburn) and add to that land a range of sculptures to create a Sculpture Park.

The particular location, the exact details of which will be announced at the meeting, is such that this project could be seen by many as unique within Ireland and possibly even within Europe, thus, creating potential for the park to be a tourism attraction in addition to being a showcase for sculptors in Northern Ireland.

The 21 March briefing will be at Bridge Community Centre, Railway St, Lisburn to enable sculptors and supporters of the arts to understand more about the project and give them the opportunity to advise and offer comments.  A detailed brief will be given to interested sculptors that attend.

It is anticipated that from scoping of the project through to completion could take over a year, funding permitting.

Sculptors or their support services interested in attending should e mail in the first instance to

Public Meeting | Belfast PEACE IV Plan Consultation

Peace NIThe PEACE IV Programme will provide support to projects that contribute towards the promotion of greater levels of peace and reconciliation. The Programme will also place a strong emphasis on promoting cross community relations and understanding to create a more cohesive society.

A draft local action plan has been developed (Belfast PEACE IV Plan) which focuses on three priority themes:
• Children and young people.
• Shared spaces and services.
• Building positive relations.

Your views on the aims and objectives of this draft plan are requested.
The draft Plan and consultation response form is available on the website:
The closing date for responses to this consultation is Friday 29 April 2016.

Public Meetings
There will be a series of public meetings to discuss the draft Plan.

Date: Tuesday 22 March 2016
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Venue: Meeting Room WS4, the Crescent Arts Centre, 2-4 University Road, Belfast, BT7 1NH

Date: Wednesday 23 March 2016
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Venue: Andersonstown Leisure Centre 130 Andersonstown Road, Belfast, BT11 9BY

Date: Tuesday 5 April 2016
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Venue: Shared Space Meeting Room, Girdwood Community Hub 10 Girdwood Avenue, Belfast, BT14 6EG

Date: Wednesday 6 April
Time: 2pm– 4pm
Venue: The Connor Meeting Room, the Spectrum Centre, 331-333 Shankill Road, Belfast, BT13 3AA

Date: Thursday 7 April
Time: 2pm – 4pm
Venue: The Seaforde Meeting Room, the Skainos Centre, 239 Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 1AF

To register for one of these events please email indicating which event you would like to attend.

The European Union’s Programme for Peace and Reconciliation is a unique structural funds programme aimed at reinforcing progress towards a peaceful and stable society in Northern Ireland and the Border Region of Ireland. For more information on the Programme visit the website of the Special EU Programmes Body –

Visual Artists Cafe: Introducing East Belfast

vai niTuesday 26 April, 1pm to 5pm
Introducing East Belfast
Strand Arts Centre, 152-154 Holywood Rd, Belfast

Visual Artists Ireland, in partnership with East Side Arts, invite you to attend this event to find out more about the visual arts exhibition spaces, studios, resources and collectives in East Belfast.

This networking and information event will be an excellent opportunity to meet other artists and arts organisations in an informal setting.

In the afternoon we will have a ‘Show & Tell’ with up to ten artists talking about their work in quickfire 5 minute presentations. There will then be a chance to relax and chat over a glass or two of wine at the end of the afternoon.

If you are interested in taking part in the Show & Tell, please contact Rob Hilken at

Documenting Your Work with Simon Mills, Void Gallery

prof-dev-for-facebook3Saturday 5 March, 1 to 4pm
Documenting your work with Simon Mills
VOID Gallery, Derry~Londonderry

The importance of good quality documentation of your work cannot be understated. Good photographs can make all the difference to your exhibition proposals, funding applications, curator visits and promotional materials. This afternoon event will be taken by professional photographer Simon Mills. Simon documents exhibitions professionally for The MAC, works on Freckle Magazine and was a founding member of online Visual Arts Magazine – Collected.

Pricing Your Work with Patricia Clyne Kelly, Bangor

prof-dev-for-facebook3Saturday 9 April, 1 to 5pm
Pricing your work with Patricia Clyne Kelly
Venue TBC, Bangor

Whether submitting a commission proposal, working to a project budget or selling your work, it is essential to know how to calculate costs and to have confidence that the price you ask will be sufficient to cover expenses and generate an income and funds for future research and developments during the quiet times.

This workshop will look at basic financial accounting and is simplified into a structure that will assist artists with money matters. It looks at developing a day rate for your work as an artist, building in ongoing overheads into your costings for projects of all kinds whether: workshops; commissions and exhibition fees or pricing individual works of art.

There will be some hands on exercises that Patricia may ask you to do so please do come prepared with pen and paper.