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Artist of the Month September 2016: Scott Benefield

Tuesday 6th September 2016 at 9am

Scott Benefield is an established craft-maker, who specialises in glassmaking.  In 2015 he was granted the Rosy James Memory Award by the Arts Council NI. 

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'Pinwheel Vase' by Scott Benefield illustrates the artist's interest in 16th century Venetian glassblowing.

SIAP2016 in Focus: Anne O’Donoghue Award

Tuesday 2nd August 2016 at 3pm

The Anne O’Donoghue Award aims to support formal or informal courses, mentoring, coaching, supervision, research and/or cultural exchanges with other arts and cultural managers on a national or international level.

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Cath McBride, Company Manager, In Your Space Circus School pictured centre was the recipient of the first Anne O'Donoghue award in 2015

Artist of the Month August 2016: Ian Cumberland

Tuesday 2nd August 2016 at 12pm

Ian Cumberland is an established painter based in Northern Ireland, who has received national acclaim for his portrait work in recent years. 

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'Just to Feel Normal' by Ian Cumberland is currently featured within the collection of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland

SIAP2016 in Focus: General Arts Awards

Friday 29th July 2016 at 9am

General Arts Awards offer artists funding of up to £3,000 for specific projects, specialised research, personal artistic development and certain materials/equipment. 

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'Interferences' - Alberto Maserin

SIAP 2016 in Focus: Major Individual Awards

Wednesday 27th July 2016 at 11am

Major Individual awards are intended to create the circumstances in which established artists with national/international recognition may develop extended or ambitious work. 

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Playwright Jimmy McAleavey is pictured in his specially constructed writing bed ahead of working on two new productions

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

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