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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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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Arts Council of Northern Ireland statement on the re-opening of theatres and concert venues

Tuesday 27th July 2021 at 12pm 0 Comments

Arts Council Chief Executive, Roisín McDonough, welcomes the news that theatres and concert venues in Northern Ireland can reopen from 27th July 2021.

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What’s on in the Arts online

Wednesday 28th July 2021 at 12pm 0 Comments

As more and more artists and arts organisations from Northern Ireland go digital to connect with audiences at home, the Arts Council has rounded up just some of these fantastic cultural things to do online, much of it supported by the Department for Communities and National Lottery funding.

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Our Current Projects

Curtain Up on £12.2 million Grand Opera House Restoration

The £12.2 million restoration and development of the Grand Opera House in Belfast has been completed, allowing the Grand Opera House Trust and its Chief Executive to plan for its full reopening in line with the recovery from the covid-19 pandemic. The results of the restoration project were unveiled to key stakeholders and media on Thursday 10 June, and the Theatre will reopen to the public with bookable Theatre Tours in July. These tours will precede the full reopening of the Theatre for performances later in the year, subject to the covid-19 public health guidance at that time.

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