Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Funding and Development Agency
for The Arts in Northern Ireland

028 9262 3555 info@artscouncil-ni.org

  • 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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Funding

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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Advocacy

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

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A ‘Grand’ unveiling of the 2018 Belfast International Arts Festival Programme

Friday 17th August 2018 at 2pm 0 Comments

The Belfast International Arts Festival has launched a spectacular programme of over 120 events from home and abroad, including 12 premieres, running from the 16 October to the 3 November, at the city’s newest iconic hotel, the Grand Central.

Damian Smyth, Head of Drama & Literature ACNI, Chairman of Tourism NI Terence Brannigan, Cllr Deirdre Hargey Lord Mayor of Belfast, Chairman Professor Jackie McCoy, Artistic Director, Richard Wakely of BIAF & Jonathan Stewart, Director of British Council Image: Damian Smyth, Head of Drama & Literature ACNI, Chairman of Tourism NI Terence Brannigan, Cllr Deirdre Hargey Lord Mayor of Belfast, Chairman Professor Jackie McCoy, Artistic Director, Richard Wakely of BIAF & Jonathan Stewart, Director of British Council
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Brexit, NI, and the Cultural Sector

Friday 10th August 2018 at 11am 0 Comments

Back in March, Margret Henry, CEO of Thrive attended the Creative Industries Federation Brexit Conference in London, hoping to get some insight or answers as to how Brexit will affect arts and culture in Northern Ireland. Here’s her take on the day:

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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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