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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.
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.
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.
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.
51 regularly funded arts organisations have supported a statement expressing no confidence in the funder’s Chair, who has spent weeks embroiled in controversy.
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.
Craft NI is now the sole representative body for artists, designers and makers.
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 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.
National Lottery operator Camelot expects “disappointing” sales to decline further this year.
The Arts Council was unable to maintain standstill funding following orders from the Department for Communities.
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.
Political deadlock has forced the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to withhold 50% of all grants for its annually funded organisations.
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.
The new programme is the second collaboration between the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Public Health Agency.
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.
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.
Northern Ireland cannot escape its past, but its cultural leaders can work together to help it reach a new future, says Kevin Murphy.
Turning the city of Belfast into a gallery has captured residents’ imaginations and changed the way they view their home.
£261k has been awarded to eleven of the Arts Council’s annually funded organisations through its new Sustainability Fund.