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The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has reported that average ticket prices have risen above the rate of inflation over the last three years.
Annually Funded Organisations are suffering “damage to long-term sustainability”, having slashed marketing budgets in the face of core funding cuts of almost 40% over three years.
The funder has also set out plans to create a consultative assembly of arts professionals, after hearing calls to communicate more effectively with the sector.
“The future is bleak unless new innovative solutions to the funding challenge can be found,” says the Chair of Arts Council Northern Ireland.
Political deadlock has led to the current strategy being extended for a year.
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.