The Arts Council of Northern Ireland (ACNI) have announced 22 recipients of the Artists Career Enhancement Scheme (ACES) award, a funding award bestowed upon Northern Ireland’s most talented emerging artists to allow them to develop their profession artistic careers.
Awards under the Scheme are made annually to professional artists working in music, visual arts, literature and participatory arts and are among the most prestigious awards bestowed by the Arts Council annually.
In addition to receiving a bursary up to £5,000 each, many of the 22 artists have been partnered with a professional organisation to help each of them to deliver a major new creative work. The artists include 8 visual artists, 8 literary artists, 3 artists from drama and dance and 3 musicians. The visual artists awarded under the Scheme are: Jiann Hughes, John Rainey, Ryan Moffett, Helena Hamilton, Kevin Killen, Ben Crothers, Tonya McMullan and Helen Sharp.
Some of the ACES awardees have partnered with organisations for development opportunities as part of their ACES experience. Those organisations include; Golden Thread Gallery, VOID Gallery, Sonic Arts Research Centre at QUB, NURTUReart (USA), Replay Theatre, PMLD Theatre and Moving On Music.
For further information see: www.artscouncil-ni.org/news/22-artists-receive-arts-council-aces-awards