Support for the Individual Artist Programme
ACNI Collection Acquisitions
Visual artists who:
(a) have made a contribution to artistic activities in Northern Ireland for a minimum period of one year; and
(b) are domiciled in Northern Ireland. Broadly speaking, you are domiciled in the country where you have your permanent home. Domicile is distinct from nationality or residence. You can only have one domicile at any given time. For a fuller definition of Domicile, please consult the Inland Revenue website (www.inlandrevenue.gov.uk).
Note : Works by artists from Northern Ireland but not currently domiciled in Northern Ireland may be considered in exceptional cases. The Arts Council will also consider accepting gifts to the collection. Prior to accepting a gift, the work will be assessed against the same criteria as for purchase.
Artists who submitted work in 2004, whether successful or unsuccessful, are not eligible to submit again in this round.
Special priority will be given to artists whose work is challenging and innovative. Both established and emerging artists will be considered.
Works in all media will be considered including
painting, sculpture, crafts, prints, photography and new forms of
art, for example video.
Whilst the Arts Council of Northern Ireland will make every effort to protect work submitted, insurance is the responsibility of the artist.
This committee will be made up as follows: Two members of the board of the Arts Council; the Arts Development Director with responsibility for visual arts; the Visual Arts and Crafts Officer; and two external advisors drawn from the Arts Council’s central listing of advisors. The external advisors members of the board of the Arts Council will change every two years to ensure fresh input and views.
Work will be assessed against the following criteria
prior to purchase:
The Arts Council through its acquisition policy is not intending to develop a comprehensive collection of art from Northern Ireland. It does not have the capacity or resources to maintain works on a long-term basis. Therefore, it intends to gift works after a 3-5 year period to relevant institutions in Northern Ireland, through an open application procedure. Artists will be informed of the outcome of the gifting of their work.
The Arts Council’s acquisitions will be fully documented on its website, the artwork will be displayed in its offices, and in the offices of DCAL, and a small touring show of new acquisitions organised on an annual basis. Other measures to promote and showcase acquisitions will be explored.