Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Funding and Development Agency
for The Arts in Northern Ireland

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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 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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Arts Council announces £6.9m emergency funding to individuals working in the Creative Economy in NI

Wednesday 24th February 2021 at 3pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, on behalf of Department for Communities (DfC) and in collaboration with Future Screens NI, has announced details of 1,562 individuals working in the Creative Economy, who are set to benefit from £6,910,794 of emergency funding.

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What’s on in the Arts online

Wednesday 24th February 2021 at 6pm 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

First NI Writers Day will Celebrate Home-grown Talent

The Royal Society of Literature has joined with the Arts Council to celebrate Northern Irish writers and writing as part of the first NI Writers Day on Tuesday 23rd March. The free online day of events, will shine a spotlight on our acclaimed poets, playwrights and authors.

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