Arts Council awards almost £1.2 million National Lottery funding to local projects

Forty-seven (47) arts organisations across Northern Ireland are set to benefit from almost £1.2million of Arts Council of Northern Ireland National Lottery funding, to bring a series of high-quality arts projects to people across the region.

The funding will be used by groups to support the development and creation of events, exhibitions, performances and workshops across all areas of the arts, including community arts, literature, visual arts, music and theatre.

Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, stated,

“I am delighted to announce we are awarding almost £1.2million of National Lottery funding to arts projects that will bring a high-quality, diverse programme of activities to communities across Northern Ireland. National Lottery funding helps make extraordinary things happen and touches the lives of many individuals, families and communities; capturing the imagination of Northern Ireland through great arts activities.

Indeed with the National Lottery approaching its 25th birthday in November 2019, we can look back on an amazing arts legacy here in Northern Ireland. We have seen many fabulous projects come to fruition, for example, the Building Peace through the Arts Programme, replaced signs of sectarianism and racism with innovative public art, through to the successful capital programme that built arts centres and theatres at the heart of towns and cities across NI, as cultural anchors for regeneration and creativity.”

Over the last 25 years, National Lottery funding has contributed vastly to the socio-economic and cultural growth of Northern Ireland. It is a vital source of funding that allows the Arts Council to support organisations that are bringing quality arts events and programming to all.

The relative decline in National Lottery funding over recent years has meant that, consequently, the demand for the annual National Lottery Project Fund exceeded the available resources – the Arts Council was simply unable to fund all eligible work.

This year the Arts Council received 61 applications requesting over £2.25M and unfortunately not all applicants could be funded. Among the 47 successful applicants offered National Lottery Project Funding in 2018-19 were:

R-Space Gallery in Lisburn has been awarded £47,000 to support their annual visual arts programme and accessible learning activities.It will also support major commissions of artwork including a light installation by local artist, Robin Price, as part of the wider Festival of Light in Lisburn city this autumn-winter.

Obon On The Foyle has been awarded £25,000 to support an outreach programme of workshops in taiko drumming, manga art and Japanese dance in Derry, Claudy, Whitehead, Carrickfergus plus a collaboration project to bring internationally renowned taiko artist, Shogo Yoshii, and his performance group from Tokyo to Derry to work with local musicians and perform at the Obon On The Foyle festival.

The internationally acclaimed, Armagh Pipers, has been awarded £46,500 to support the 53rd year of their annual education & tuition programme.The Armagh Pipers play a core role in the traditional arts sector in Northern Ireland; promoting access to high quality music tuition, year round audience building and connecting the local piping fraternity with international musical networks of the highest calibre.

The 174 Trust, which manages the Duncairn Arts Centre in north Belfast, received £ 50,000 to support their annual programme of events and workshops plus a salaried post.The venue has delivered a high level of artistic growth since opening in 2014 and has firmly established itself as one of the most popular and successful arts centres in Belfast.

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