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SIAP 2016 in Focus: The Mike Moloney Award

Tuesday 26th July 2016 at 10am

In 1985, Mike Moloney and Donal McKendry founded the Belfast Community Circus School as a tool for personal development and creative expression for young people. Sadly, Mike Moloney passed away in 2013, but he left a legacy forged by an unfaltering belief in the value of the arts in impacting positively in the lives of young people.

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Circus performer, Chris McAuley was the first recipient of the Mike Moloney award in 2015. He is currently on a 12-week residency in Brazil.

SIAP 2016 in focus: The ACES award

Monday 25th July 2016 at 3pm

The Artists' Career Enhancement Scheme (ACES) award aims to deepen the developmental impact of Arts Council’s support for artists, with a targeted package of training, mentoring and support provided for successful applicants. 

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Pictured left to right are ACES awardees, musicians, Fionnuala Fagan and Brigid O'Neill.

Artist of the Month July 2016 - Victoria Bentham

Wednesday 6th July 2016 at 9am

Victoria Bentham is an emerging ceramist, who has exhibited her work widely within the local Craft sector, since graduating with Fine and Applied Arts degree at the University of Ulster in 2012.

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Percepito Memoriae by Victoria Bentham is currently included within the collection of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Artist of the Month June 2016 - John Rainey

Friday 10th June 2016 at 9am

John Rainey is a sculptor based in Northern Ireland, working mainly with 3D print technologies and ceramics. He completed a Masters at the Royal College of Art, London in 2012.

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'Love in the Time of Artifice #6' by John Rainey

New exhibition traces the social history of the River Farset

Friday 20th May 2016 at 11am

Acclaimed visual artist Rita Duffy has unveiled her latest exhibition featuring 22 illustrations inspired by the river upon which Belfast City was build. 

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Artist, Rita Duffy, pictured in the Dillon Gallery at Culturlann MacAdam O'Fiaich on the Falls Road in Belfast

Artist of the Month May 2016 - Brendan Jamison

Wednesday 11th May 2016 at 1pm

Brendan Jamison is a sculptor based in Northern Ireland, who has achieved international recognition for his practice

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Sir Henry Tate's Mausoleum by Brendan Jamison

Blog: Ciara O’Neill - From Belfast to Nashville and back

Thursday 28th April 2016 at 10am

Singer-songwriter Ciara O'Neill was announced as one of the Aritst Career Enhancement Scheme (ACES) award recipients for 2016 last Autumn. Ciara has used her award to help develop a new album and to travel to the home of country music, Nashville, Tennessee. Ciara has prepared a short blog following her most recent trip. 

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Ciara O'Neill pictured at her album Launch at the Belfast Nashville Songwriters Festival with John Conway on Double Bass

Artist of the Month April 2016 - Michael Hanna

Tuesday 5th April 2016 at 10am

Michael Hanna is a conceptual artist who works with sculpture, video and installation. He has shown his work in a range of local and international exhibitions and is a recent participant of the Creative Europe ‘Corners’ programme.  

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‘Short films about Learning’ is a single channel video installation, based on images from Belfast Exposed’s photographic archive.

Artist of the Month March 2016 - Samantha Moore

Wednesday 9th March 2016 at 3pm

Samantha Moore is a silversmith working in Northern Ireland, who graduated from the University of Ulster in 2011 with a Masters. Her work has received growing recognition through showcase in national exhibitions and private commissions

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Artist of the Month December 2015 - Joanne Proctor

Wednesday 2nd December 2015 at 11am

Joanne Proctor is an early career visual artist living and working in Northern Ireland.  She has shown her work in a range of regional and national exhibitions.

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Drawing Breath by artist Joanne Proctor

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