The Arts Council is the statutory body through which public funding for the arts in Northern Ireland, is channelled. The Council was established as a statutory body by the Arts Council (Northern Ireland) Order 1995 on 1 September 1995. It is funded via grant-in-aid by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) and is managed by a Board. Members are appointed by the Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure.
The members of the Council are: (as of May 2013)
Bob Collins (Chair)
Damien Coyle (Vice-Chairman)
Professor Ian Montgomery
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The Council provides leadership for the executive body, in particular in defining and developing its strategic direction, including the five year strategic plan. It monitors performance, in order to ensure that the Arts Council fully meets its aims, objectives and performance targets, and acts in a way that promotes the highest standards of accountability. The Council meets at least ten times throughout the year and publishes its Calendar of events plus the Agenda and Minutes of each meeting.
The Council conducts a great deal of its work through a number of business committees which then report back to Council. The membership and Terms of Reference of each of these Committees can be found here.
The day to day operation and management of ACNI is undertaken by the Council’s Executive under the direction of the Chief Executive.
Council members may claim expenses in relation to their duties, details of which may be found by clicking here.