CAP’s Community Arts projects 18-19 open for applications – closing 31 May

Trash Fashion Show 2018 at St. Anne’s Cathedral

Community Arts Partnership’s annual application process for our Community Engagement Programme is now open.

The Community Engagement Programme, open to community groups right across Northern Ireland, is extremely wide ranging, making available free of charge, workshops in film-making, animation, carnival arts, ceramics, the ever popular eco-friendly Trash Fashion, visual arts, music, dance and drama.

CAP especially encourages applications from communities in areas experiencing high levels of deprivation or who feel that they are marginalised and facing greater challenges in life.

The programme offers participants workshops facilitated by highly skilled professional artists. We bring the workshops to participants, conducted in a familiar environment in a way which is accessible, friendly challenging and fun.

Conor Shields, Community Arts Partnership’s Chief Executive said,

Over the last 18 years, over 1,400 community groups, and many tens of thousands of people, have participated in our creative programmes.

We insist that access to the Arts is a fundamental right and so our aim is to remove as many barriers as possible to getting creative, offering a fully-inclusive, fully-funded programme, at no charge to any community organisation which wants to apply. At CAP, we are always looking for new opportunities to understand how we can assist community organisations get CAPtivated by the arts.

Our programme is of the highest quality; we consistently score top marks for our projects from our participants and we receive fantastic feedback from Arts Council of Northern Ireland assessors and from artists and facilitators supporting the projects.

Our starting point is to help groups that don’t normally get artistic opportunities, especially in a period where funding for the Arts is in dramatic decline. We encourage any group from any community to apply, and we are particularly interested in areas where people feel marginalised or are experiencing deprivation.

This year we are asking groups to tell us about their musical ambitions as well, as we are aiming to forge new opportunities for adults across the region, to engage with developing their musical skills in a new creative partnership between CAP and the Ulster Orchestra’s community music programme.  We encourage groups to tell us how we might help them realise their artistic potential across all sorts of art forms and settings. Please get on-board.”

Julianne Skillen, CAP’s Development Manager said,

We would like to encourage groups to apply to this year’s Community Arts Partnership’s project programme. It’s a fantastic opportunity! Whatever your group’s focus: women, young people, older people, inter-generational, black and minority ethnic, intercultural, LGBT, mother and toddler, disability support or a new arts or drama collectives, CAP arts projects are here for you.

If your group is newly established or you’re from a community centre with years of experience; if you want to try out something new or to develop your group’s experience of accessing, authoring and owning their art practice, CAP is offering an exciting opportunity to get together, to express yourselves and above all create and have fun.

Our organisation has a range of projects, from literature and verbal arts in schools and communities, visual arts, sculpture, to carnival arts, animation and film, all delivered with CAP’s commitment to helping those who are most disadvantaged get access to artistic activities. Our projects are delivered with the highest standards of teaching combined with workshop programmes which are best practice in our field.

I’m available to give organisations any advice needed in completing application forms and I look forward to hearing from you all and working with you soon.”


Please read the eligibility criteria before applying

eligibility criteria (doc)

and then apply through one of these three ways:

apply online   

If you need any assistance please contact Julianne at or by phone on 028 90 923493.

Closing date for applications: Thursday 31st May at 5pm

Thanks to our funders, principally the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, CAP is able to offer access to a considerable programme of projects but places are limited, so CAP suggests that groups apply promptly and correctly.


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New Belfast Community Arts Initiative trading as Community Arts Partnership is a registered charity (XR 36570) and a company limited by guarantee (Northern Ireland NI 37645).Registered with The Charity Commission as New Belfast Community Arts Initiative - NIC105169.