The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has announced awards worth £740,000 that will help arts organisations renew and replace essential equipment. New exchequer funding from the Department for Communities, has offered much needed support to arts organisations hoping to enhance their artistic services for audiences. The fund helps to improve lighting and sound systems, renew staging and seating, as well as purchase backstage, essential items such as sewing machines, costume rails and IT equipment.
Organisations awarded funding include Catalyst Arts, Digital Arts Studios, Golden Thread Gallery, Flaxart Studios, The MAC, QSS Studios, view the full list here: http://www.artscouncil-ni.org/images/uploads/funding-documents/ACNI-Equipment-Award-List-March2019.pdf
Noirin McKinney, Director of Arts Development, Arts Council of Northern Ireland said,
“The Equipment Programme was a major success. We received applications valued at over £2 million, a reflection of the strong need within the arts sector. The Arts Council was able to make 107 awards for equipment worth £740,000 which included everything from stages and flooring to computers and sewing machines. We are so pleased to receive this new funding package from the Department for Communities; it will benefit many artists, arts organisations and their audiences”.