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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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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Top Ten Stocking Fillers

Wednesday 12th December 2018 at 10am 0 Comments

Damian Smyth, Head of Literature and Drama at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, picks out his top Christmas books for those last minute presents…

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Give the gift of a great read this Christmas

Saturday 8th December 2018 at 10am 3 Comments

Damian Smyth, Head of Literature selects some of the best works published by local writers.

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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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