Arts Council awards over £1m of National Lottery funding to support arts organisations

FORTY-TWO arts organisations across Northern Ireland are set to receive over £1 million of Arts Council of Northern Ireland National Lottery funding to bring a series of high-quality arts projects to people living through the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Lottery Project Funding will be used to support the development and creation of year round arts activities and events, many of which will be online and socially distanced, through literature, drama, visual arts, music and community programming.

Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented:

“Thanks to National Lottery players, over £1m of arts funding will directly benefit communities across Northern Ireland. This vital source of funding will once again allow our core arts organisations to continue their work this year, reaching out to the hearts of towns and cities across Northern Ireland, providing quality arts experiences and arts programming for all.

“We are living in the most challenging of times but our arts organisations remain committed, creative and resilient in their approach. Many are now looking at moving tuition, performances and activities online, while others are exploring other ways to continue their work within current government guidelines.

“Our key arts organisations have been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. This funding will provide some level of stability and continuity for the year ahead but there is still much to do if we are to ensure the survival of this important sector into the future.”

Today’s announcement, while welcome news, is set against a backdrop of a massive loss of income by arts organisations, estimated to be at least  £17.5 million this year alone, and has had a devastating impact on all who work within the sector.

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