Arts Council of Northern Ireland consults on new 5-year strategy

A rehearsal at Stage Beyond, a theatre company for adults with learning difficulties
11 Jul 2018

Political deadlock has led to the current strategy being extended for a year.

Creative learning scheme targets city schools

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17 Apr 2018

A £120k pilot scheme will see ten Northern Ireland secondary schools collaborate with artists on a range of projects to improve wellbeing and increase interest in cultural careers.

Northern Ireland reduces size of arts portfolio as cuts continue

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13 Apr 2018

100 arts organisations will share £13.1m this year, as the Arts Council struggles to deal with a £23m reduction in public spending on the arts over the past six years.

A successful move

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05 Apr 2018

Open House arts festival took a risk when it moved from Belfast to Bangor in Northern Ireland, but one that is paying off now that it’s making a difference again. Colette Fahy tells the story.

Young high-flyers on the board

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08 Mar 2018

A Northern Ireland scheme that places young professionals on arts boards benefits the sector and the young people alike. Natalie Cooke reveals what she gained from the experience.

Pressure mounts on Arts Council of Northern Ireland Chair

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08 Feb 2018

51 regularly funded arts organisations have supported a statement expressing no confidence in the funder’s Chair, who has spent weeks embroiled in controversy.

New and inclusive music

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25 Jan 2018

Frank Lyons explains how a combined academic and artistic approach has been key to the success of a new ensemble featuring disabled and non-disabled musicians.

‘Cornerstones’ of Northern Ireland craft sector merge

10 Oct 2017

Craft NI is now the sole representative body for artists, designers and makers.

Northern Ireland considers abolishing Arts Council

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28 Jul 2017

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has defended its independence, claiming that policy-making expertise and access to external funding would be at risk if it were to lose its arms-length status. 

Arts engagement in Northern Ireland outpaces England

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30 Jun 2017

Arts attendance among people living in the most deprived areas has grown, but the gap between these areas and those of least deprivation has widened over the past decade. 

Lottery arts funding plummets by £55m

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20 Jun 2017

National Lottery operator Camelot expects “disappointing” sales to decline further this year.

Northern Ireland arts organisations hit by funding cuts

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16 Jun 2017

The Arts Council was unable to maintain standstill funding following orders from the Department for Communities.

Passport to the theatre

Woman and girl holding Passport to the MAC marketing materials
31 May 2017

The financial imperative to sell tickets can lead to a ‘bums on seats’ mentality, but a different approach has helped Mac Belfast grow its schools audiences and enhance its reputation. Melissa McMinn describes two initiatives.

Northern Ireland’s arts “teetering on the brink” as funding withheld

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13 Apr 2017

Political deadlock has forced the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to withhold 50% of all grants for its annually funded organisations.

Arts funding cuts bite hard in Northern Ireland

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01 Feb 2017

Income generating activities by ACNI’s core-funded organisations have failed to offset the loss of Government funding and artists’ costs have been slashed to balance budgets.

Arts and health collaborate on £600k scheme for young people

Rainbow Factory
18 Jan 2017

The new programme is the second collaboration between the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Public Health Agency.

Wider access planned for Northern Ireland’s art collection

Painting of St George's market, Belfast
16 Dec 2016

A digital gallery, loan schemes and public tours in schools and libraries are among the proposals for opening the Civil Service Art Collection to all.

Arts Council launches match-funding scheme for local authorities

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23 Sep 2016

Ten of Northern Ireland’s eleven councils can apply for up to £150k if they commit to the same amount in additional expenditure on culture.

Contributing to the common good

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31 Aug 2016

Northern Ireland cannot escape its past, but its cultural leaders can work together to help it reach a new future, says Kevin Murphy.

A new look city

09 Jun 2016

Turning the city of Belfast into a gallery has captured residents’ imaginations and changed the way they view their home.

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