Category: News

DCC Arts Office Information Session | Preparing a proposal as part of a consortium for potential Artist Studios within Royal Canal Park

Dublin City Council’s Arts Office is assisting the Ballymore Group to access expressions of interest from individuals, groups, organisations or consortia interested in exploring the possibility of occupying one or more properties for Artist Workspaces / Studios use within Royal Canal Park, Dublin 15, D15 DKW4.

This call for Expressions of Interest is an exploratory process and is open to artists who are part of a consortium who wish to set up studios. VAI will host a briefing session that is designed for individual artists or artist collectives who may wish to come together and form a consortium to make … Read the rest

Social Welfare Scheme for Self-Employed Artists extended to wider Creative Community

Ministers announce extension of Social Welfare Scheme for Self-Employed Artists from September. The Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Josepha Madigan TD and the Minister for Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Regina Doherty TD, have announced the extension of the scheme on a permanent basis to self- employed artists including those working in the performing arts, film and architecture. An initiative of the Creative Ireland Programme, a pilot of the scheme for visual artists and writers was announced by an Taoiseach Leo Varadkar in June 2017.

The expanded scheme recognises the unique creative circumstances of artists in receipt of … Read the rest

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

Forty-seven 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.

In a press release the Arts Council NI stated that the relative decline in National Lottery funding over recent years has meant that, consequently, the demand for the annual National Lottery … Read the rest

Productive Friction


It’s about four in the afternoon: I’ve just bothered someone in an office to buzz me up to the first floor; I ascend a grand Georgian staircase, lined with Rothko posters; I wait while they switch everything on; and now I’m watching a stage eat itself. There are four metal scaffolds with stage lighting, mirrored in quadrants, cyclically contracting then expanding, like industrial foliate. Out of the corner of my eye, I notice that a progress bar has appeared at the top of the … Read the rest

NI Political Parties: Arts Policies 2017

March 2nd is the fast approaching date for the next set of Stormont elections. We recently wrote to all the main political parties asking about their policies for the arts. We also collated existing published information and researched new manifestos to come up with this list of party positions towards the arts in Northern Ireland.

This email was sent to all the main political parties standing in the March 2nd 2017 Assembly elections.