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

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Lyric Theatre unveils Spring 2017 line up

Friday 20th January 2017 at 3pm 0 Comments

The Lyric Theatre announced its new Spring Season programme and 2017 Writer-In-Residence last night at an event which involved new music from Duke Special, Ursula Burns, Kyron Burke, and a performance from Conor Mitchell and Abigail McGibbon.

Christina Nelson and Alan McKee star in Sinners, one of the highlights from the Lyric Theatre's Spring 2017 programme Image: Christina Nelson and Alan McKee star in Sinners, one of the highlights from the Lyric Theatre's Spring 2017 programme
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Bringing new life to opera in Northern Ireland

Thursday 19th January 2017 at 3pm 0 Comments

Northern Ireland Opera is about to bring the black comedy Powder Her Face to the stage of the Lyric Theatre in Belfast. It’s the last production that will directly involve their artistic director Oliver Mears who heads off to London shortly to take up the reins as director of opera at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden. Guest writer, Alan Meban caught up with Oliver to find out more about the production and to reflect on his time with the company. 

Soprano, Mary Plazas, in rehearsals ahead of her performance as the dazzling Duchess of Argyll in Northern Ireland Opera’s, Powder Her Face Image: Soprano, Mary Plazas, in rehearsals ahead of her performance as the dazzling Duchess of Argyll in Northern Ireland Opera’s, Powder Her Face
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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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