Arts Council highlights cost of living crisis for NI arts sector

A recent assessment by the Arts Council of the impact of rising energy and living costs concludes that the arts sector in Northern Ireland faces additional costs of more than £12 million by the end of this financial year.

The data, collected from across the Arts Council’s portfolio of annually funded organisations, reveals that arts organisations could be facing a 147% increase in the costs of lighting and heating their venues and premises. While there is uncertainty surrounding how energy costs will impact on households and businesses in Northern Ireland, Art Collectives and Studio Groups look particularly vulnerable, with one organisation already spending as much as 35% of their entire budget on heating and lighting.

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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.