Noel Kelly



13p_Showreel-470x339[1]Support the Campaign - No More Cuts to The Arts

The draft budget for Northern Ireland 2015-16 is out now for public consultation. The document proposes a 10% cut to the budget for the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure. That translates as an 11.2% cut to direct public funding for the arts.

This is the biggest cut yet for the arts and culture sectors. It follows on the back of six successive cuts, including two this year alone, and would set the Arts Council’s budget back a decade to below 2005/06 levels.

No More Cuts to The Arts – Support ACNI’s Campaign


Belfast Open Studios 2014Calling all curators, critics, directors, and art writers – book now for the first Belfast Open Studios Industry Specialists Visits

Belfast Open Studios is a new Visual Artists Ireland initiative in partnership with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council, Suki Teas, and the studio programmes in Belfast. The event will take place from Wednesday, 22nd October 2014 to Sunday, 26th October 2014 during the Belfast Festival at Queens.

Belfast Open Studios presents an open invitation to the public to come see how artists work, to explore artistic methodologies and to have a glimpse into the creative processes that culminate in the artworks often shown in galleries, museums, art centers, artist led spaces and various venues. Many exhibitions show the end result of artistic practices, Belfast Open Studios invites the general public to see how visual arts practice takes shape on the ground.

The event will include a programme for curators, critics, directors, and art writers that is designed to raise awareness of the vibrant artistic practice that is currently taking place in our studio programmes. This is broadly based on the visit of 12 international curators to Northern Ireland that took place as part of the British Council, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, and Visual Artists Ireland’s programme during the Turner Prize. This was much lauded by artists, the curators, and the arts organisations visited and has led to many opportunities both at home and abroad.

The full programme will be published soon and includes:

    Calling all curators, critics, directors, and art writers – Belfast ...







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