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£1.5 million Arts Council National Lottery funding awarded to local projects

Wednesday 6th July 2016 at 3pm 0 Comments Arts & Disability , Arts & Health , Arts and Older People , Circus & Carnival Arts , Comedy , Community Arts , Craft , Dance , Drama , Intercultural Arts , International Arts , Literature , Northern Ireland Music , Traditional Arts , Visual Arts , Voluntary Arts , Youth Arts

Participants from Stage Beyond Theatre Company based in Derry-Londonderry. The company has been awarded £29,016 under the latest round of Lottery Project funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Image: Participants from Stage Beyond Theatre Company based in Derry-Londonderry. The company has been awarded £29,016 under the latest round of Lottery Project funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Fifty-four arts organisations across Northern Ireland are set to benefit from £1.5 million of Arts Council of Northern Ireland and National Lottery funding, to bring a series of high quality arts projects to people across the region.


The funding will be used by groups to support the development and creation of events, exhibitions, performances and workshops across all areas of the arts, including community arts, literature, visual arts, music and theatre.

Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said, "The Arts Council is delighted to support fifty-four organisations in delivering a wide-range of arts projects that will benefit communities across Northern Ireland. Lottery funding, worth £1.5 million, spread throughout the region will have a positive impact on the health and wellbeing of communities, individuals and artists, offering even more opportunities for people to engage with the arts.

Lottery funding has contributed vastly to the socio-economic and cultural growth of Northern Ireland and allows the Arts Council to support organisations that are bringing high quality, arts programming to all. This year’s awardees are no exception and include organisations such as Community Circus Lisburn, delivering youth and community-based programmes of tuition and skills development, through to The Irish Writers Centre who will focus on the development of the next generation of great writers. ”

Successful projects include:

Community Circus Lisburn

Community Circus Lisburn will increase the skills of existing and new members, aiming for excellence through the provision of high-quality circus tuition, major public performance opportunities and providing the opportunity for participants to achieve official certification as an emerging circus artist.  From hula hooping, tight-wire, clowning, unicycle, stilt-walking and juggling, Community Circus Lisburn is bringing people and communities together through the arts.

Stage Beyond Derry-Londonderry

Stage Beyond is a theatre company for young adults with learning disabilities. The company is made up of members from throughout the North West who already have shown a keen interest in drama and now the Derry-Londonderry group who brought Shakespeare to us on the street are back with a series of workshops leading to a production of Peer Gynt.  Peer Gynt will be showcased in the Millennium Forum, Derry-Londonderry, and Lyric Theatre, Belfast.  The project will also see the group work with a facilitator to deliver and extensive outreach programme in schools, colleges and day centres.

Irish Writers Centre

The Irish Writers Centre, based in Dublin, will help to develop the next generation of writers from Northern Ireland.  They will do this by rolling out aspects of its current programme to Northern Ireland through the provision of a range of services including: professional development for writers through training and career support; artistic support via masterclasses, residencies and networking opportunities for published writers; plus an education programme focusing on providing writing courses in communities to be led by professional writers from Northern Ireland. 


This innovative and cutting-edge multi-disciplinary, company will present the Conference of Birds, a spectacular choral, music and visual performance based on the famous 12th Century Persian poem The Conference of Birds. The piece will bring together a specially formed choir made up of 100 recent migrants, asylum seekers and established residents from Northern Ireland, a unique, specially formed professional 12-piece ensemble made up of 6 of Northern Ireland’s finest classical musicians and 6 international virtuosic performers from non-western instrumental musical traditions and 3 soloists from 3 different countries of origin.

The full list of recipients of Arts Council of Northern Ireland Lottery Project Funding 2016/17 include:

Organisation Name Grant Amount £ Location
174 Trust £50,000 Belfast
Abridged £13,500 Derry-Londonderry
Accidental Theatre Productions £14,830 Belfast
Accolade £17,240 Newry
Armagh Piper's Club £46,500 Armagh
Bbeyond £20,100 Belfast
Beam Creative Network £11,475 Donaghmore
Belfast Philharmonic Society £18,720 Newtownards
Belfast Photo Festival £30,000 Belfast
Beyond Skin £25,000 Belfast
Blackstaff Press Limited £11,040 Belfast
Booktrust Northern Ireland £15,000 Belfast
Bounce Culture £11,570 Derry-Londonderry
Brain Injury Matters £12,125 Belfast
Brassneck Theatre Company £36,555 Belfast
C21 Theatre Company Ltd £23,347 Bangor
Cahoots NI Ltd £19.500 Belfast
Carntogher Community Association £40,000 Maghera
Cathedral Quarter Trust £21,457 Belfast
Chamber Choir Ireland £33,117 Dublin 2
Children's Books Ireland/Leabhair Phaisti Eireann £13,100 Dublin 1
Community Circus Lisburn £16,000 Lisburn
CRAIC (Community Recreational Arts in Coalisland) £38,000 Coalisland
Creggan Education & Research Services (CERS) £33,975 Omagh
Donaghcloney Rural Needs Development Group £27,000 Donaghcloney
Dublin UNESCO City of Literature (on behalf of Dublin Book Festival) £14,100 Arklow
Dumbworld Ltd £34,885 Belfast
Eden Place Arts Centre £29,100 Derry-Londonderry
Festival of Fools £47,245 Belfast
Gasyard Development Trust £40,000 Belfast
Greater Shankill Partnership £56,383 Belfast
Green Shoot Productions £47,896 Belfast
Hard Rain Soloist Ensemble £30,000 Belfast
Irish Writers Centre £24,137 Dublin
Kids's Own Publishing Partnership Ltd £13,800  
Linen Hall Library £25,000 Belfast
Little Island Books Limited £15,000 Dublin 6
MACHA Productions £29.500 Belfast
MADD Music £27,750 Antrim
McCracken Cultural Society £16,940 Belfast
Newry Chamber Music £34,983 Newry
North West Carnival Initiative £34,780 Derry-Londonderry
Outburst Arts Festival £40,000 Belfast
Patrician Youth Centre £17,290 Downpatrick
PRS for Music Foundation £35,000 London
R-Space Gallery CIC £39,190 Lisburn
Rawlife Theatre Company £30,000 Ballynahinch
Sestina Music Ltd £21,540 Londonderry
Sliabh Beagh Development Association £53,975 Roslea
Stage Beyond Theatre Company £29,016 Derry-Londonderry
Strand Arts Centre £42,000 Belfast
Theatreofpluck £27,820 Belfast
Upper Springfield Development Trust £24,782 Belfast
Voice of Young People in Care £15,045 Belfast



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