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

Photo of Seamus Heaney HomePlace
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.

ACNI targets funds to help arts groups build resilience

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22 Apr 2016

£261k has been awarded to eleven of the Arts Council’s annually funded organisations through its new Sustainability Fund.

Arts to play a role in ‘cohesive community’ agenda

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26 Nov 2015

A ten-year strategy for the arts in Northern Ireland is being considered under a new consultation launched by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure.

Creating new images for peace

Photo of the Yardmen
03 Nov 2015

Murals were used to divide communities during the Troubles, now art is helping to build peace in Northern Ireland, says Roisin McDonough.

A successful start

Photo of MAC Belfast
03 Sep 2015

Libby Penn reveals how MAC Belfast achieved ambitious attendance targets in its first year of operation with the help of a bespoke segmentation model.

The chance to dance

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02 Jul 2015

Kelly-Anne Collins shares the story of how one dance support network diversified – creating a platform to showcase new work – and may just have triggered a revolution for dance in Northern Ireland in the process.

Creative Employment Programme extends to Northern Ireland

Photo of someone on a sound mixing desk
12 May 2015

Over the next three years, 100 paid internships and apprenticeships will be supported in Northern Ireland’s creative sector.

Arts Council targets cuts to protect front line services

Photo of facade of Grand Opera House, Belfast
23 Mar 2015

Umbrella bodies and venues will bear the brunt of cuts in Northern Ireland, as funding decisions are aimed at preserving the “core elements of each art form”.

ACNI sets targets for engaging disabled people in the arts

Photo of people dancing
18 Feb 2015

A Disability Action Plan for the arts in Northern Ireland hopes to raise the numbers of disabled people attending, participating and working in the arts. 

Northern Ireland prioritises access

Photo of people dancing
06 Nov 2014

The Arts Council’s new five-year strategy makes a commitment to promoting equality and tackling poverty and social exclusion, while strengthening the sector to withstand funding cuts.

Audience and participant trends diverge in Northern Ireland

A photo of women playing the tamborine at Belfast Carnival
03 Oct 2014

Arts participation continues to grow in Northern Ireland, though attendance has fallen and engagement is declining among disabled people and those living in deprived areas.

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