A new artist development programme will mark the 100th anniversary of the opening of Northern Ireland's parliament.
Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis announced the scheme for talented young artists as part of a series of initiatives commemorating the 1921 event.
21 Artists for the 21st Century will be open to young people aged 18 to21 across all art forms and creative disciplines. Twenty-one successful applicants will be connected with experienced mentors, who in turn will receive advice on career planning and business development.
Each student will receive a bursary for the duration of their agreed project and develop a piece of work with their mentor for showcase or exhibition.
The scheme has been developed in collaboration with David Grant, a Senior Lecturer in Drama in the School of Creative Arts at Queen’s University, Belfast, former Managing Editor of Theatre Ireland magazine, Programme Director of the Dublin Theatre Festival, and Artistic Director of the Lyric Theatre, Belfast.