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Our physical offices are closed in Dublin and Belfast, but we are continuing to delivery our Advocacy, Advice, Lifelong Learning, and Information Provision online, by email, or in the case of the Visual Artists News Sheet either online or delivered by post to all members.

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Meditative Monitor | Kurb Junki Online Exhibition

01/01/2021 – 31/03/2021 @ – Meditative Monitor is an online exhibition that presents a series of paintings through a video piece which acts as an exhibition simulation while also highlighting concerns around freedom, restrictions, our attention span and our relationship with the internet. Kurb Junki is an Irish artist who has a long standing relationship with graffiti and skateboarding culture […]


SOURCE Photographic Review Issue 103 – ‘Life Stories’ Online Launch

04/02/2021 @ 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm – Celebrating the launch of Source Issue 103 ‘Life Stories’. Editor Richard West speaks to contributors Nik Roche and Dr Annebella Pollen. Join us to celebrate the launch of the latest issue of Source Photographic Review: Issue 103 – ‘Life Stories’. Featuring live interviews with photographer Nik Roche Dr Annebella Pollen (author of our Flea Market Photobook […]

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Out Building | John Kennedy, Marilin North and John O’Reilly at The Source Arts Centre, Thurles

12/03/2021 – 24/04/2021 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 am – ‘Out Building’ – A group show with Artists John Kennedy, Marilin North and John O’Reilly, curated by The Source Arts Centre and looking at depictions of functional, prefabricated or kit-built rural and urban buildings that have a perception of having a low-architectural value. Notwithstanding their design qualities, buildings have a perceived value other than their […]

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In Conversation: Tess Leak and Sarah Cairns – New Pathways to Connect

26/01/2021 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm – is launching a new bi-monthly Arts & Health Conversation Series in 2021. Arts practitioners and healthcare professionals will provide in-depth insights into arts and health projects and discuss hot button topics including the possibilities and challenges of working in a shifting health landscape. For our first conversation, artist Tess Leak and Activities Director Sarah […]

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Arts Council Northern Ireland publishes findings from its 2019/20 Annual Funding Survey

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland today published findings from a survey of 97 arts and culture organisations in receipt of funding through its Annual Funding Programme. The survey collects data on organisation staffing, financial statements (income and expenditure), numbers of performances, participation based events, exhibitions and festivals. It also records details of known and…

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Minister Martin Announces Payment of Additional €1.9m to the Arts Council

The Minister for Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media, Catherine Martin TD, announced that she has approved the payment of an additional €1.9m to the Arts Council. This funding is in addition to previously additional allocations of €25 million to the Arts Council which was designed to help alleviate the effects on the arts…


Arrangements in place to pay PUP to people who lose their job between now and the New Year

The Minister for Social Protection, Heather Humphreys, TD, announced that arrangements are in place to process new applications made by people for the Pandemic Unemployment Payment over the Christmas period. Minister Humphreys informed today’s Cabinet meeting of the measures that she has put in place to ensure that those who require PUP income support will,…


Maeve Mulrennan Joins Cork County Council Arts Office

Cork County Council Arts Office are delighted to welcome Maeve Mulrennan who has joined as Assistant Arts Officer. In this role she will be working with the Library and Arts Services team to develop and produce creative engagement opportunities for people living in the County. This will include the Cork County Creative Ireland Programme and…

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