The Arts Council of Northern Ireland appeared in front of the Northern Ireland Assembly’s Communities Committee on Thursday 1st July 2021 to discuss the ongoing impact of Covid-19 on the arts sector here.
Roisín McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council, was joined by other senior members of the Arts Council’s Executive to discuss the positive contribution the creative sector makes to the economy and society. Also under discussion was the pandemic’s impact, after over 14 months of lockdown, on income and revenue generation, employment, and the need for continued investment in the arts sector, as well as additional emergency funding needed for organisations and individual artists.
During the pandemic, the Arts Council reported they awarded an additional 3,370 grants to artists and arts organisations, totalling £26m. Members of the committee heard how, thanks to funding from the Department of Communities, these funds had provided a lifeline to artists and organisations whose income and work were devastated as a result of the pandemic.
The Arts Council discussion can be seen at the link below – The briefing starts at 1hr 58min.