Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Funding and Development Agency
for The Arts in Northern Ireland

028 9262 3555

  • We are the main support for arts organisations and artists, offering a broad range of funding opportunities.

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  • We distribute funding on behalf of the Exchequer and on behalf of The National Lottery.

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We are the main support for arts organisations and artists, offering a broad range of funding opportunities.

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About Us

We believe in placing “Art at the Heart” because we know that art makes a difference.

We distribute public money and National Lottery funds to develop and deliver a wide variety of arts projects, events and initiatives across Northern Ireland.

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Our vision is to 'place the arts at the heart of our social, economic and creative life'

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Research & Development

Developing effective policy by gathering evaluation evidence, analysing data & developing artform strategies.

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We support both established and emerging artists to grow their international profile.

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Finders Tweeters! Local poets scatter hundreds of micro-poems to mark Poetry Day

Wednesday 25th April 2018 at 4pm 0 Comments

More than a thousand small works of art are set to be released on Thursday (26th April) to mark Poetry Day Ireland 2018. With the help of 65 poets and writing groups, short fragments of poetry will be left at random locations across Northern Ireland and far beyond as part of an innovative art project called Label Lit.

Label Lit creator, Maria McManus Image: Label Lit creator, Maria McManus
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Jan Carson talks Art and Older People

Wednesday 7th March 2018 at 9am 0 Comments

We caught up with writer Jan Carson about the EastSide Arts Artful Ageing project which aims to break down isolation and loneliness amongst older residents and how she enjoys working with older people.

Artful Ageing participant Rachel Barrett, east Belfast writer Jan Carson and project participant Ron Bagwell Image: Artful Ageing participant Rachel Barrett, east Belfast writer Jan Carson and project participant Ron Bagwell
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Our Current Projects

The Arts Council Collection

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland Collection is now available to view online featuring over 350 artworks.

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