Temple 2015

Arts and Age 2015

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Artist of the Month - Colin Watson

Creative Europe Desk UK - Northern Ireland

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Showcasing past work, and giving a flavour of what's to come ths year, check out this lovely video from @ArtsEkta ow.ly/L1j0L

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North South Touring and Dissemination of Work Scheme Re-opens for Applications

Wednesday 1st April 2015 at 4pm 0 Comments

Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Arts Council / An Chomhairle Ealaíon announce fourth opening of applications for the North South Touring and Dissemination Scheme, open from Tuesday 7th April 2015.

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Three of Northern Ireland’s Leading Galleries Join Prestigious Tate Initiative

Friday 27th March 2015 at 2pm 0 Comments

Three of the region’s leading galleries, Golden Thread Gallery,the MAC, both in Belfast and the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) Derry-Londonderry, have been chosen by Tate to join Plus Tate, the contemporary visual arts network, which is expanding by sixteen institutions.        

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New resource launched to develop dance audiences

Friday 27th March 2015 at 11am 0 Comments

ATTENDANCE is a new dance audience development campaign driven by Dance Resource Base and partner dance companies, festivals and venues. It hopes to inspire existing audiences to enjoy even more types of dance, and to help new attenders take a leap and try their first event. 

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The Arts Council Collection

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland Collection is now available to view online featuring over 350 artworks.

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