Mervyn Smith and Hannah Anderson, Community artists recognised with Arts Council legacy awards

Mervyn Smyth, Community Engagement Manager at Belfast Exposed Photography and Hannah Anderson, circus artist, have each been awarded £5000 career development awards by the Arts Council, presented in memory of Anne O’Donoghue, Director of Play Resource Warehouse, and Mike Moloney, co-founder of the Belfast Community Circus School.

The awards were established as part of the Arts Council’s continuing commitment to support artists and create a sustainable arts sector. Mervyn will use the funding to develop his skills working with people in the mental health sector using photography and Hannah will travel to Mexico for a six-month residency with a leading aerial performance company.

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