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Artists Announced for PS² Freelands Artist Programme 2021-2022

PS² is delighted to announce the names of the third cohort of artists who will participate in the programme over the next two years: Myrid Carten, Phillip McCrilly, Helouise O’Reilly, Robin Price and Jonathan Ross. The PS² Freelands Artist Programme is an initiative funded by the Freelands Foundation that supports creative and professional development for…

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Preparing for Brexit | Trading and Customs – EORI Numbers

If you are an artist based in Ireland or Northern Ireland that plans to ship work anywhere outside of the island after the 1st January 2021 then you should start getting prepared. You currently need an EORI number to move goods from Ireland or the UK to non-EU countries (until 1st January 2021). After the…

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Golden Thread Gallery Launches Buy Local Art Campaign

Artists deconstruct the taken-for-granted narratives of our lives, our histories and our beliefs. Golden Thread Gallery is deeply connected to local visual artists, and they’ve seen over this past year how many of them faced losing livelihoods, as galleries, museums and shops closed, exhibitions and art fairs were cancelled, and many of the ways in…

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Arts Council Northern Ireland Announce Recipients of SIAP Funding

The Arts Council has announced details of 242 artists to receive funding through its Support for Individual Artists Programme (SIAP). The funding package, worth almost £475,000, has been made possible thanks to the National Lottery and will provide vital support to artists working across all disciplines, including visual arts, literature, music and community arts. Artists…

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Ciara Moloney announced as PS² Freelands Artist Programme Curator 2020-2022

PS² (Belfast) have announced the appointment of Ciara Moloney as the Curator of the Freelands Artist Programme 2020-2022. The PS² Freelands Artist Programme is an initiative funded by the Freelands Foundation that supports creative and professional development for emerging artists based in Northern Ireland, and fosters long term relationships and collaborations between artists and arts organisations.…

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£29m in Covid-19 Funding Announced to Support Northern Ireland’s Arts Sector

£29m in Covid-19 funding to support Northern Ireland’s arts sector has been approved by the Stormont Executive. It was signed off by ministers as part of a wider £165m financial package on Thursday. There have been devastating financial consequences for all working in and around the arts because of venue closures, the restrictions of social…

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Arts Council Northern Ireland to Open Creative Support Fund

Communities Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has announced the Northern Ireland Creative Support Fund will reopen on 31 July with a £4m support package for the arts, creative industries and cultural sector. The Minister said: “I am announcing further details on the opening of a £4 million funding package designed to help bolster freelancers and performers…

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Stephen S T Bradley Wins Prize at Moscow International Foto Awards

Stephen S T Bradley’s photo series ‘A Terrible Beauty’ won silver in the science/environment category against competition from thousands of photographers across the globe. His images will be showcased in the MIFA Best of Show exhibition in Moscow later this year. When entering this year’s Moscow International Foto Awards (MIFA), the name of the W…

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Dominic McKeown and Sinéad O’Neill-Nicholl Awarded University of Atypical’s Graduate Award 2020

University of Atypical is delighted to once more announce their annual Graduate Award, aimed at supporting D/deaf and disabled artists at the beginning of their professional career in the arts. This year’s cohort of students have faced a number of challenges brought about by COVID-19, with many missing out on aspects of the experience, most…

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Belfast Exposed Announce Artists for Future Artists Programme 2020

Belfast Exposed are delighted to announce this year’s six successful applicants to the ‘Futures Artists’ programme. The six emerging artists joining the programme are: David Copeland Samantha Johnston Milo Lethorn Manon Ouimet Graeme McCormick Ioanna Sakellaraki ‘Futures Artists’ is a career development programme where emerging artists receive funding, professional mentoring, a solo exhibition, and inclusion…

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Applications Closed | Arts Council of Northern Ireland Artists Emergency Programme

The Artists Emergency Programme has temporarily closed until further notice. ACNI closed the fund on 11th May and have referenced the high level of demand for the fund as the reason to close without notice. Assessments of applications received are currently underway and there will be two rounds of moderation; the first taking place this…

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Information for Visual Artists on the ACNI Artists Emergency Programme

Yesterday we welcomed Suzanne Lyle, Head of Visual Arts at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for an online public meeting to discuss the Artists Emergency Programme. You can now view a recording of this meeting in the VAI Members Area of our website under Webinars & Recordings. Artists Emergency Programme The Arts Council has…

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Arts Council of Northern Ireland COVID-19 Survey

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has designed a short survey to collect information about the financial and human impacts that the spread of coronavirus has had on artists and arts organisations in Northern Ireland. They will work closely with colleagues in Government to share the impacts and make the case for additional resources. To…

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Arts Council of Northern Ireland Awards Residencies in India to Eleanor Wheeler and Kathryn Graham

Northern Ireland artists will be showcasing their talents in India this year as part of a number of international opportunities developed by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to raise the profile of local artists abroad. Visual artists Eleanor Wheeler and Kathryn Graham have been selected to undertake working residencies at the prestigious Sanskritti Cultural…

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Applications Open for Visual Artists Ireland Residency at Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris

Applications are invited for the 2020 Visual Artists Ireland Residency at Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris. The Residency is open to all members of Visual Artists Ireland working in all visual art forms at all career stages. This year VAI will provide a two month research based residency at Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris. Accommodation, one…

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Flax Art Studios (Belfast) to Launch New Sculpture and Media Facilities in December

Flax Art Studios have been developing their studios to provide professional sculptural production and media facilities. Flax workshops include wood, plaster, casting, digital fabrication, textile, and large internal/eternal workspaces. They also offer Media production space including a photography studio, film studio and sound recording booths. Launching in December 2019 as an open resource for artists…

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Arts Council Northern Ireland Announces Recipients of ACES Awards 2019-20

14 artists from Northern Ireland have been announced as the latest recipients of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s ACES awards 2019-20, a National Lottery supported funding grant bestowed upon Northern Ireland’s most talented emerging artists to enable them to develop their professional, artistic careers through the creation of new work. Awards under the Artists…

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The Arts Council Northern Ireland is relocating

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is relocating from The Sidings in Lisburn. The new address will be: Linen Hill House 23 Linenhall Street Lisburn BT28 1FJ Northern Ireland To accommodate the office move, The Arts Council will be closed to the public from Thursday 17th October 2019 and will reopen on Wednesday 23rd October…

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Visual Artists Café in Partnership with FLive Arts Festival, Enniskillen (15 October)

Visual Artists Ireland are delighted to present a Visual Artists Café in collaboration with FLive Arts Festival, Enniskillen. This Visual Artists Café event brings together artists from across Enniskillen and surrounding areas. We welcome artists and arts professionals to come along, share your work and build your network of peers and contacts. The Café will…

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VAI Workshop | AMINI – Project Clinic with Peter Taylor at The MAC, Belfast (26 September)

As part of the AMINI event in partnership with VAI, at the MAC on 26th September,  we are delighted to announce that Peter Taylor, director of Berwick Film & Media Arts Festival (BFMAF) will be conducting a number of one-on-one advice sessions with artists who work with moving image. These will be 45 minute, individual, informal…

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Arts Council of Northern Ireland Consultation: Equality Action Plan and Disability Action Plan

As part of the 5-year review of the Arts Council’s Equality Scheme an updated draft Scheme and associated action plans have been developed. The Arts Council’s draft equality and disability 5-year action plans 2019 – 24 are both open for consultation with the arts sector and key stakeholders, as well as our partners in local…

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Arts Council of Northern Ireland Consultation | Equality Action Plan and Disability Action Plan

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s draft equality and disability 5 year action plans 2019 – 24 are both open for consultation with the arts sector and key stakeholders, as well as partners in local and central government, and the wider public sector. These action plans set out the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s commitment…

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New interactive research tool for the creative industries – UK

Culture Counts have launched ‘Useful Facts’; a new online research tool for the cultural sector. There is a vast amount of academic and sector research into the impacts of the arts, screen heritage and creative industries. However finding the most useful facts is a challenge, particularly for time pressed arts organisations. Cultural organisations use data…

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New PEC research:  The Migrant and Skills Needs of Creative Businesses in the United Kingdom

Just published, the Creative Industries Policy and Evidence Centre have brought out new research in collaboration with the Creative Industries Council on the migrant and skills needs of creative businesses in the UK. This report details the results of a survey of employers commissioned by the Creative Industries Council (CIC) from December 2017 to January…

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For Northern Ireland Organisations – CIF Briefing: Prepare your organisation for Brexit

As Members of the Creative Industries Federation we have been provided with the following important briefing for NI organisation preparing for Brexit. The Department for Exiting the European Union has put together a preparedness exit site which helps with understanding what your business or organisation may need to do to prepare for Brexit, what’s changing…

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Grace McMurray wins The Arts Club Award at Summer Exhibiton of Royal Academy of Arts London

Belfast based artists Grace McMurray has won The Arts Club Award at the 2019 Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts London for her woven glitter ribbon piece ‘George Michael’. The award is for an artist aged 35 or under for a work in any medium except architecture. The Summer Exhibition continues until August…

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Arts Council Northern Ireland awards almost £1.2 million National Lottery funding to local projects

Forty-seven arts organisations across Northern Ireland are set to benefit from almost £1.2million of Arts Council of Northern Ireland 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…

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EU President Luca Jahier to Visit Belfast and Meet Artists

Visual Artists Ireland (VAI) is delighted and honoured to co-host the visit of EU President Luca Jahier, of the European Economic and Social Committee to Northern Ireland. At a gathering of the cultural sector at Belfast Exposed, artists will present their work to President Jahier on Tuesday 25 June. The visit will focus on Peace…

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May / June 2019 Issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet (VAN ) is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists. This issue features a range of conferences, exhibitions, residencies and events that took place towards the end of 2018, while also profiling several ongoing artistic projects and collaborations. Members of VAI receive a copy of the VAN delivered straight…

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Art Lending Scheme for Schools Launched in Northern Ireland

Sculptor, Brendan Jamison, has officially launched the Art Lending Scheme for Schools, a new visual arts initiative from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. The scheme offers schools the opportunity to exhibit works from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Contemporary Art Collection and aims to increase opportunities for young people to be inspired by…

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March / April 2019 Issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet (VAN ) is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists. This issue features a range of conferences, exhibitions, residencies and events that took place towards the end of 2018, while also profiling several ongoing artistic projects and collaborations. Members of VAI receive a copy of the VAN delivered straight…

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Deadline Approaching for Arts of Council of Northern Ireland Equipment Programme

Application deadline: Tuesday 26 February, 4pm. The Arts of Council of Northern Ireland has opened a funding round that aims to help arts organisations renew their working environment and replace equipment. The new programme, supported by £740,000 of exchequer funding from the Department for Communities, offers much needed support to arts organisations hoping to replace old…

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Public Consultation Welcome on ACNI Strategic Framework for Developing the Arts 2019-2024

The Arts Council Northern Ireland has developed its draft Strategic Framework for the Arts 2019-2024 in consultation with the arts sector and key stakeholders, as well as partners in local and central government, and the wider public sector. The strategy will establish the key priorities and actions that the Arts Council will pursue over the…

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Silvia Rosi and Theo Simpson Announced as Recipients of Jerwood/Photoworks Awards

Following an open call, Jerwood Charitable Foundation and Photoworks have announced the two recipients of the third Jerwood/Photoworks Awards as Silvia Rosi and Theo Simpson. Presented every two years, the Awards are open to artists using photography who are based in the UK and within ten years of establishing their practice. The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards are…

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Arts Council Northern Ireland Publishes Review of ‘A Year in the Arts’, 2017-18

The Arts Council Northern Ireland published its Annual Review 2017-18, recounting many of the highlights of the Year in the Arts in Northern Ireland, supported by Arts Council exchequer funding from the Department for Communities as well as National Lottery funds. 2017-18 represented another outstanding year of accomplishment by artists and arts organisations, working hard…

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Discount for Risks, Rights + Reputations Training Event, Belfast (30 Nov.)

Risks, Rights & Reputations (RRR) is a half-day training programme developed by Index on Censorship, What Next?, & Cause4 to provide arts and cultural leaders with the guidance, inspiration, tools and resources to navigate the rights and responsibilities of producing challenging or socially sensitive work. The event is brought to you by Belfast Festivals Forum…

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Creating Futures Programme 2019, Belfast

Application deadline: Wednesday 5 December, 12 noon. Creating Futures is a programme designed to enhance the performance of small-medium sized culture and arts organisations in Belfast by developing the leadership skills of its managers. They’re committed to supporting skills, leadership development, and learning opportunities as part of our Cultural Framework and the Belfast Agenda. The…

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Nikolaus Gansterer wins MAC International Prize

Austrian artist Nikolaus Gansterer has won the 2018 MAC International prize. The Vienna-based artist was chosen from more than 800 international submissions for the £20,000 award. Gansterer’s winning work is Wor(l)ding: a meshwork of sense in flux, described as a mixed-media installation with a wall drawing, three-channel video work and a hanging object. An exhibition…

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Fourteen arts organisations to participate in Resilience Programme, Northern Ireland

Fourteen arts organisations in Belfast have been selected to take part in the Resilience Programme, an 18-month development programme aimed at supporting large-scale Belfast-based arts organisations adapt and change as the city grows. The Resilience Programme has been jointly developed by Belfast City Council and the Arts Council through its National Lottery funds. The selected…

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Arts Council Northern Ireland awards almost £1million of National Lottery funding to local projects

Thirty-nine (39) arts organisations across Northern Ireland are set to benefit from almost £1million of Arts Council of Northern Ireland 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…

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Briefing Sessions for Arts + Disability Forum Individual Disabled/Deaf Artists Awards

The iDA funding programme is a dedicated annual arts development programme, delivered through the Arts + Disability Forum, to enable deaf and disabled artists who are working in a range of art forms to develop their professional artistic careers. The bursaries provide valuable opportunities for each artist to produce a new high-quality creative work, receive…

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20 Creatives Receive Arts Council Northern Ireland ACES Awards

20 artists from Northern Ireland have been announced as the latest recipients of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s ACES awards 2017/18, a National Lottery supported funding grant bestowed upon Northern Ireland’s most talented emerging artists to allow them to develop their professional, artistic careers and create new work. Awards under the Artists Career Enhancement…

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Arts Council Northern Ireland Publishes 2017 Annual Funding Survey and Annual Review

The Arts Council Northern Ireland has released data from its 2016/17 Annual Funding Survey. Top line results reveal another difficult year for the arts sector, which has been faced with a decline in income and a shift in employment patterns with more short-term/temporary contracts. Despite difficult financial conditions, arts organisations reported a rise in the…

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UK Excluded from European Capital of Culture

European Commission says Brexit vote means a British city can’t be awarded the title of European Capital of Culture in 2023. Belfast/Derry, Dundee, Nottingham, Leeds and Milton Keynes had expressed an interest in being the 2023 host. In a letter the European Commission says the British application should be “discontinued” because of the Brexit vote.…

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Arts Council Northern Ireland Honours Four Major Artists

A composer, playwright, performance artist and a visual artist have each received the Arts Council Northern Ireland’s highest accolade, with £15,000 Major Individual Artist awards. The recipients of the awards, given in recognition of the contribution each artist has made to creative life in Northern Ireland, are: composer Professor Piers Hellawell, playwright Shannon Sickels (Yee),…

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Arts, Culture and Heritage Framework | Consultation Sessions at F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council has commissioned Thrive (formally Audiences NI) to deliver and integrated Arts, Culture and Heritage Framework for the area. In order to ensure that as many people as possible are consulted about the framework, there will be three workshop sessions held which are open to anyone involved or interested…

Digital Arts Studios (DAS) Belfast, Seeking Feedback in Online Survey

The Digital Arts Studios (Belfast) is making ambitious plans for the future and would like you to be part of this strategic planning process. Should DAS have an on-site gallery for exhibitions? Would you like DAS to stay in the city centre? Would you like DAS to have a full-time technician that you could drop…

Derry City + Strabane District Council Information Session for Artists

Derry City + Strabane District Council is holding an information session for Artists, Performers, Cultural Organisations and Groups in relation to its festival programme for the next financial year and the creative themes involved. This session is to advise individuals/groups that may wish to apply to be on the restricted list for the provision of…

Nominations Open for the Northern Ireland Creative and Cultural Skills Awards

Deadline for all nominations: Friday 6 October, 5pm Nominations are now open for the annual awards which celebrate the wealth of creative talent in Northern Ireland. Every year they recognise unsung heroes who invest in the next generation and young people who are excelling and contributing to the creative industries. Do you know an exceptional…

Late Night Art Belfast | Thursday 7 September

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…

Changing Arts and Minds: It’s time to talk about mental health and wellbeing in the creative sector

Ulster University (www.ulster.ac.uk) and wellbeing charity Inspire (www.inspirewellbeing.org) have come together on the SHoWCaSE: A snapshot of health and well-being in the creative sector project. This is designed to understand the health and wellbeing of people in the creative industries. It is well known that those in the creative sector make a vital and varied…

Invitation to Visual Artists | Belfast City Council European Capital of Culture 2023 Bid Discussion Dinners

Belfast City Council is holding a number of sessions to facilitate the sector to come together to respond to and further shape the emerging themes for the European Capital of Culture 2023 bid. Dinner discussion 3 Tues 1 Aug Dinner discussion 4 Wed 2 Aug Dinner discussion 5 Tues 8 Aug Dinner discussion 6 Wed…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

‘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…

17 Creatives Scoop Arts Council Northern Ireland ACES Awards

17 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…

Call for Nominations | Northern Ireland Creative and Cultural Skills Awards

Last 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…

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

Deadline 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…

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

Fifty-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…

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SIAP Information Clinic at VOID Derry

Wednesday 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…

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V22 London Launch Pilot Project – Studio Workspace Crèche Facilities

V22 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…

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Late Night Art Belfast | Thursday 2 June

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 hastag #LNAB and reshare your favourite images, videos and surprises with your friends…

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

Deadline 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…

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Eight Visual Artists Among Recipients of iDA Awards

Fourteen 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…

Public Meeting | Sculpture Park, Co. Antrim

21 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)…

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Public Meeting | Belfast PEACE IV Plan Consultation

The 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…

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Visual Artists Cafe: Introducing East Belfast

Tuesday 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…

Documenting Your Work with Simon Mills, Void Gallery

Saturday 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…

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Pricing Your Work with Patricia Clyne Kelly, Bangor

Saturday 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…

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland Relocates to Lisburn This Week

The Arts Council is relocating at the end of this week from MacNeice House in south Belfast to Lisburn. The new address will be: 1 The Sidings, Antrim Road, Lisburn BT28 3AJ T: +44 (0)28 9262 3555 E: info@artscouncil-ni.org  www.artscouncil-ni.org To accommodate the office move, MacNeice House will be closed to the public from Wednesday…

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Call for Directors at CCA Derry – Londonderry

Deadline: Friday 2 October The Centre for Contemporary Art, 10-12 Artillery St, Derry BT48 6RG, United Kingdom CCA is looking to strengthen its Board by adding new members to act as non-executive directors. The Board would particularly welcome applications from individuals with specialisms in Finance, Marketing or Community Development. Expressions of interest, outlining relevant interests,…

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The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is Moving this October

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is moving out of MacNeice House in south Belfast on October 23rd 2015. The Council’s move has been welcomed as a cost saving exercise and is in keeping with the Department of Finance’s Government Estate Management Strategy. Arts Council staff will make the short-term move to The Sidings in…

Arts Council of Northern Ireland Seeks Board Members

The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure is calling for applications from those wishing to contribute to the arts by being members of the board of the Arts Council and at the same time to have a fulfilling experience in a high profile public body. Applications for the position of Vice-Chair and Board Members of…

Governance Research Project Northern Ireland

Management Committees/Boards of Trustees/Directors provide vital leadership for organisations across the voluntary and community sector. Volunteer Now Enterprises Ltd is involved in undertaking an important governance research project to find out the views of volunteers and organisations. As an organisation or group, Volunteer Now needs your help to complete the organisational survey. The deadline for…

Arts Council Northern Ireland Funding Deadlines

The Arts Council Northern Ireland is the development agency for the arts in Northern Ireland. ACNI investment supports the full range of arts activity throughout Northern Ireland. From theatre and literature to art in the community, we work in partnership with hundreds of artists, arts organisations and venues to deliver great art to more people every year. Our five…

Support for the Individual Artist Programme Northern Ireland Briefing Sessions

Upcoming SIAP information sessions facilitated by Arts Council NI. These sessions will provide guidance to visual artists making an application to the programme. Friday 10th July, 11am at Belfast Exposed Tuesday 21st July, 11am at Millennium Court Arts Centre More details on these can be found by contacting the Arts Council. There are five separate…

Visual Artists Ireland shows confidence in Northern Ireland with the opening of new Belfast office and launch of new services for the arts

Visual Artists Ireland, the All-Ireland representative body for professional visual artists, shows confidence in the future of Northern Ireland with the opening of their Northern Ireland office and the launch of Visual Artists Ireland [NI] with a range of new services and opportunities for visual artists in Northern Ireland. Visual Artists Ireland [NI] will open…

New Space for Void, Derry

The Derry-based contemporary art space, Void, has received a substantial uplift from the Arts Council and Derry City and Strabane District Council towards new premises on the first floor of The City Factory Building. The space, which will be one of the most impressive visual arts spaces in Northern Ireland, had been maintained by the former…

Arts Council NI Annual Funding Programme 2015-16 Forum

The Arts Council Northern Ireland is organising a series of information and discussion forums post AFP decisions for 2015/16 with a view to further planning for the next CSR period. The format will include an overview from representatives of the Strategic Investment Board, Colin Stutt and Stephanie Morrow, who have undertaken an analysis of financial trends…

The Art of Giving, Northern Ireland Donors Tax Guide, Now Available

Arts and Business NI is delighted to announce that in partnership with our business member, Harbinson Mulholland we have developed ‘The Art of Giving’, a tax guide to demystify the tax incentives that exist for donors in NI. Harbinson Mulholland’s tax specialists have created a guide that will inform and inspire strategic giving to the…

NI Creative Employment Programme

Employers working in the creative sector will, from today, have the opportunity to apply to a new scheme which offers financial incentives to create specialist apprenticeships and intern opportunities. Set up by the Arts Council and administered by Creative & Cultural Skills, the NI Creative Employment Programme has been designed to cultivate talent and provide fair…

Derry Legacy Fund

Derry Legacy Fund A series of outstanding arts projects will be brought to life across Derry-Londonderry as part of the final instalment of the £900,000 Legacy Fund for Derry. The fund, established by the Arts Council and Derry City Council, has brought a total of 35 exciting arts and heritage projects to the city. Further…

The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Learning & Innovation Awards: Call for Submissions

DCAL Learning & Innovation Awards The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) is inviting submissions for the DCAL Learning & Innovation Awards 2015. These awards celebrate and recognise achievement in the promotion of learning and tackling disadvantage by teams and individuals across the Department, its Arms-Length Bodies and supported organisations within the wider DCAL…

The MAC shortlisted for Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2015

MAC shortlisted for Art Fund Prize The MAC has been shortlisted for the prestigious Art Fund Prize for Museum of the Year 2015. Six museums from across the UK made the final shortlist from the hundreds of museums and galleries surveyed. The winner will receive £100,000. The winner will be revealed on Wednesday 1 July. Further…

VAI [NI] Update: eBulletin for NI; Collaboration Opportunities; and the build up…

People and organisations don’t normally talk about their deliverables where ACNI funding is concerned. We’re different. We want to occupy a space that the non-confidential work that we undertake can be shared and built upon… One of our deliverables this year is a new eBulletin specifically for visual artists and organisations based in Northern Ireland……

York Road, Belfast, Building Peace through the Arts Public Art Commission: Call for Artists Proposals

Building Peace through the Arts Arts for All, York Road and potential second site tbc – Public Art Commission Tender to commission the appointment of an artist to design, produce and install an artwork in the public realm. Arts for All, York Road, Belfast seeks expressions of interest from experienced and suitably qualified artists or design…

BARN (Birches Action Rural Network), Portadown, Building Peace through the Arts Public Art Commission: Call for Artists Proposals

Building Peace through the Arts BARN (Birches Action Rural Network) Public Art Commission Tender to commission the appointment of an artist to design, produce and install an artwork in the public realm. BARN seeks expressions of interest from experienced and suitably qualified artists or design teams in developing a new public artwork. The total budget available for the artwork…

Folktown Community Interest Company, Belfast, Public Art Commission: Call for Artists Proposals

Building Peace through the Arts – River of Life: Marquis St Public Art Commission Tender to commission the appointment of an artist to design, produce and install an artwork in the public realm. Folktown Community Interest Company seeks expressions of interest from experienced and suitably qualified artists or design teams in developing a new public artwork. The…

Disabled Artists Scoop Arts Council of Northern Ireland Funding Awards

Nine disabled artists from Northern Ireland have been announced as recipients of the iDA (Individual Disabled/Deaf Artists) scheme, a dedicated arts funding stream which allows them to develop their professional artistic careers. Managed by the Arts & Disability Forum (ADF), awards under the iDA scheme have been made annually to deaf and disabled artists working…

Manor Street/Cliftonville Community Group, Belfast: Public Art Commission: Call for Artists Proposals

Building Peace through the Arts Manor St/Cliftonville Community Group Public Art Commission Tender to commission the appointment of an artist to design, produce and install an artwork in the public realm. Manor Street/Cliftonville Community Group seeks expressions of interest from experienced and suitably qualified artists or design teams in developing a new public artwork. The total…

Donaghmore Village Public Art Commission: Call for Artists Proposals

Building Peace through the Arts | Donaghmore Village Public Art Commission Tender to commission the appointment of an artist to design, produce and install an artwork in the public realm. DDCA seeks expressions of interest from experienced and suitably qualified artists or design teams in developing a new public artwork. The total budget available for…

Arts Council Northern Ireland Open Submission Scheme Relaunched

The Open Submission Scheme is now available. It offers visual artists the opportunity to submit an image of one work for consideration for purchase for the Arts Council Collection. The Arts Council is calling for the works of emerging as well as established artists. Works in a range of media will be considered including painting,…

Visual Artists Café Northern Ireland: At Best Lose Your Funding! At Worst Go to Jail!

Transparency and Governance are terms that are being thrown around a lot lately. But, they are not just words hanging in the air waiting to land. Everyone who is part of an artists group, collective, artist led initiative, studio programme etc. will find themselves subject to them at some stage in their career. Even being…

ACNI Major Individual Artist Awards Goes to Glenn Marshall

Glenn Marshall is one of three artists recently presented with a Major Individual Award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the highest honour bestowed by the development agency. The Awards, worth £15,000 each, were presented to pianist, Michael McHale, traditional musician, Cathal Hayden and Marshall an experimental computer artist, in recognition of the contribution each of the artists…

Eight Visual Artists Scoop Arts Council Northern Ireland ACES Award

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…

Online Archive: Art and the Northern Ireland Troubles 1968 – 1998

480+ works of art, 120+ artists, 16 academic essays, a 30-year timeline of events www.troublesarchive.com The Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s online archive of art relating to the Troubles offers a vivid and compelling picture of artists’ responses to this darkly defining chapter in Northern Ireland’s history. From celebrated artists such as Seamus Heaney and…

Urgent: Department of Social Development (DSD) swallowing up the functions of the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure (DCAL)

Three of Northern Ireland’s executive departments are likely to be broken up as part of a Stormont shake-up, the BBC understands. “new department of Social Welfare Communities and Sport would see the current Department of Social Development (DSD) swallowing up the functions of the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure (DCAL) as well of the…

BBC Audience Council of Northern Ireland – Call for Board Members

The BBC Audience Council is looking for new members. The Audience Council advises the BBC Trust, the BBC’s governing body, on the views of audiences in Northern Ireland and how well the BBC is meeting their expectations. To be successful in this role, you’ll need an informed interest in BBC services, along with an understanding…

#ArtsMattersNI: Open Meeting in the MAC – 15 January

#ArtsMatterNI – Enriching lives #ArtsMattersNI will be holding an open meeting in the MAC, Belfast on Thursday 15th January from 11am – 1pm. At this meeting we will look at how the Campaign will run throughout 2015 and beyond and how everyone can get involved. Every day the Arts are enriching lives right across Northern Ireland…

Belfast Visual Arts Sector Mapping

Belfast City Council and the Belfast Visual Arts Forum are currently mapping the Visual Arts Sector in the city. The mapping will include organisations which provide any of the following: • resources for the production of visual art (studios, access to equipment etc) • opportunities for the public to view visual art (through regular, occasional…

ACNI Launch ‘No More Cuts to the Arts’ Campaign

The draft budget for Northern Ireland 2015-16 is out now for public consultation. The document proposes a 10% cut to the budget for the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure. That translates as an 11.2% cut to direct public funding for the arts. This is the biggest cut yet for the arts and culture sectors.…

Creative Europe Desk UK – Northern Ireland Funding Information Seminars

Creative Europe Desk UK – Northern Ireland Funding Information Seminars Free Information Seminar on Creative Europe – MEDIA funding Thursday 4 December 2014, 12.30pm – 5.00pm Booking essential Millennium Forum, Derry / Londonderry, BT48 6EB Full details and booking here: http://www.artscouncil-ni.org/news/creative-europe-desk-uk-northern-ireland-funding-information-seminar  

ACNI Publishes 5 Year Strategic Plan

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has pubished it five-year strategy for the arts. The strategy, ‘Ambitions for the Arts’, outlines the Council’s aspirations and vision for the future for the arts sector in Northern Ireland. It sets out a clear statement of priorities under three strategic themes that reflect the changing landscape for the…

Cathedral Quarter Trust Requests Survey Participation

The Cathedral Quarter’s cobbled streets have been home to merchants, revolutionaries and artists since the city began life as a world class centre for industry.  Today it is the cultural hub of the city with a diverse population of artists working across disciplines in visual, literary and performing arts, and the creative industries. These incumbents…

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