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ISLAND Arts is delighted to announce that up to 31 March 2023, the council is investing over £104,000 in Arts & Cultural delivery across the council area. Financial support of £22,547 is for arts and cultural grants and £3,000 in arts bursaries to develop and support local artists, arts organisations and companies working in the arts and cultural sector and a further £78,575, co-funded by the Department for Communities, for city-based constituted community groups to develop their own arts and cultural events and festivals, all of which seek to develop our city as a cultural destination and place to live and work.

Awarded Grants include:

Individual Artists

  • Grainne Kielty |  'Usable Artworks' Royal blue meets grassy green... what a beautiful pear! | Solo Exhibition
  • Clinton Kirkpatrick | Creation of new artworks for solo exhibition 
  • Andrea McCullough-Alderdice | Primary 7 Personalised Pots! | Memento of their time at Primary School 
  • Andrew Joseph Milligan | Ulster Youth Orchestra Summer Residential Course 2022 
  • Anushiya Sundaralingam | Nilam (Blue) Solo Exhibition | Celebrating the Queen's past connections with Sri Lanka

Arts Organisations

  • Baillies Mills Accordian Band | Music tuition for new members
  • Lagan Valley Patchwork Guild | April 2022- March 2023 | Textile Workshop Programme
  • Lisnagarvey Operatic and Dramatic Society | 'Come to the Cabaret!' Theatre Production

Making Art in Communities (MAC)

  • Annahilt and Magheraconluce Community Association | Harry's Corner | Restoring a ''We Grey Fergie'' Tractor and making it a floral centrepiece for Annahilt village
  • Dromara and District Community Art Group | Drawing in Dromara | Art Classes
  • Moneyreagh & District Community Association | Paintbox Art Group and Craft and Grow, Knitting, Crochet | Art & Craft Workshops