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Covid Recovery Programme for Arts Organisations NOW OPEN
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, on behalf of the Department for Communities (DfC), has opened online applications to the Covid Recovery Programme for Arts Organisations (CRPAO). The new funding scheme is part of a wider funding Covid Recovery Programme, co-designed with seven sectoral bodies.

This programme is open specifically to arts and cultural organisations whose primary work is based in Northern Ireland. Its purpose is to reduce or remove organisations' operating deficits. These are deficits which have arisen in the 2021/22 financial year because of the long period of lockdown experienced by the arts and cultural sector during the pandemic.

See also: 'NICVA Information Sessions', below.
 
 
Funding News
Covid Recovery Programme for Arts Organisations
Grants up-to £50,000 to reduce or remove operating deficits in eligible organisations, which have arisen in the 2021/22 financial year because of the Covid pandemic. Online applications close at 12noon on Friday 28th January 2022, with decisions expected by the end of March 2022.

Organisations Digital Evolution Awards
Grants of up-to £10,000 to provide arts organisations from NI with skills in the use of digital technology to create digital art. Online applications close at 12 noon on Monday 14th February 2022, with decisions expected by Monday 4th April 2022.

Creative Industries Seed Fund
Grants of up-to £25,000 to to assist arts organisations, entrepreneurs, and creative businesses to undertake projects that contribute to the growth of the creative industries and unlock future income generation. Online applications close at 12 noon on Monday 28th February 2022, with decisions expected by Friday 15th April 2022.

If you need to contact a member of staff, the Arts Council's staff list is available on our website, here.

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NICVA Information Sessions: DfC Covid Recovery Programme for Organisations 2022
The programme has been co-designed with seven sectoral bodies, including the Arts Council, which will deliver the scheme (see above: Funding News - Covid Recovery Programme for Arts Organisations).

NICVA is holding two online information sessions on the Covid Recovery Programme for Organisations 2022, with representatives from each of the delivery bodies.

The first session was on 10th January 2022. Session two is on 12th January 2022 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm. The content is the same for both sessions, so you only need attend one.
 
 
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Arts Council opens new £40,000 Organisations Digital Evolution Awards programme
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland today (Monday 10th January) opened a new funding programme which aims to provide arts organisations from Northern Ireland with skills in the use of digital technology to create digital art.  

The Organisations Digital Evolution Awards, worth £40,000, from The National Lottery, offers arts organisations the opportunity to apply for grants of up to £10,000 each for proposals that will take place between 4 April 2022 and 28 February 2023. Online applications close at 12 noon on Monday 14th February 2022 with decisions expected by Monday 4th April 2022. 
 
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Arts Council opens new £100,000 Creative Industries Seed Fund
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, in collaboration with Future Screens NI, today (Monday 10th January 2022) opened a new funding programme which aims to develop partnerships that will use the arts within new and emerging digital, immersive technologies to expand the possibilities of how the arts can be distributed and utilised in new and innovate ways. 

The Creative Industries Seed Fund, worth £100,000, from The National Lottery and Future Screens NI, offers applicants the opportunity to apply for grants of up to £25,000. 

To support prospective applicants to the programme, the Arts Council, together with Future Screens NI, will host two online webinars on 25th and 26th January 2022, to enable applicants to explore their ideas with industry experts. Registration in advance is essential and you can find details of how to attend on the Arts Council website here.
 
 
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Updated COVID-19 regulations and guidance: Entertainment, leisure activities and cultural attractions
Since 26th December the coronavirus regulations prohibit nightclubs from opening and, with the exception of weddings and civil partnerships, dancing is not permitted in hospitality venues.

Outdoor and indoor visitor attractions are permitted to open and are subject to the requirements on gatherings to determine the maximum numbers permitted access.

You will be required by law to provide proof of COVID-19 status before entering a cinema, theatre, a conference, an exhibition or indoor premises being used for the purpose of a performance, recording or rehearsal.

Click here for more information on Coronavirus regulations and guidance and what they mean for you.

Click here for the current regulations on the Department of Health website.
 
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What's On in the Arts
The Arts Council has rounded up fantastic arts and culture events to enjoy online and in person, supported by the Department for Communities and National Lottery funding.

New highlights include:
Concert for Musicians At Risk at The Duncairn Centre Belfast, 29th January, with limited audience and live stream; supporting the Campaign to Protect Afghanistan's musicians. Headlined by Yusef Mahmoud.

CCA Derry~Londonderry presents 'Ferox', its first exhibition of 2022 and artist Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh's most extensive solo show to date (14 Jan - 12 March).

4 Corners Festival: Common Ground Common Good (30 Jan - 6 Feb). 10th anniversary of the festival designed to entice people out of their own 'corners' of Belfast City, through discussion, music, prayer, drama, poetry and storytelling.
 
 
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New Children's Writing Fellow for Northern Ireland
Award-winning author and illustrator Paul Howard has accepted the post as the new Children's Writing Fellow for Northern Ireland at the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen's University Belfast. 

The Fellowship was created as part of Queen's University and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland's joint ten-year Seamus Heaney Legacy project supported by the Atlantic Philanthropies. 

Paul Howard has collaborated with some of the greats of children's literature, such as Allan Ahlberg, Michael Rosen, Geraldine McCaughrean, Anne Fine, Trish Cooke, Martin Waddell and John Boyne, and won numerous awards including a Blue Peter Award for 'The Bravest Ever Bear' and The Primary English Award for 'The Year in the City'.
 
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Creative & Cultural Skills:
Free online Fair Access Sector Support Training
Introduction to Apprenticeships
Tue 18th Jan, 10am - 11.30am | Book now

A Manager's Guide to Apprenticeships
Tue 25th Jan, 10am - 1pm | Book now

A Best Practice Guide to Recruitment
Tue 1st Feb, 10am - 1pm | Book now

Understanding Volunteering
Thu 10th Feb, 10am - 11.30am | Book now

Working with Freelancers 
Wed 16th Feb, 10am - 11.30am | Book now

Introducing a Workforce Recruitment Policy 
Thu 24th Feb, 10am - 11.30am | Book now
 
 
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Cities Fund for Culture launched
Culture Next cities network has launched the pilot edition of the Cities Fund for Culture, an alternative financial mechanism for European cooperation in Culture. Ten European cities, including Belfast, are contributing to a joint fund offered, through an open call, to European artists interested in working together to share their Visions for Culture in a Sustainable Future.

Culture Next will select seven European artists to work individually or collectively and share their visions for culture in today's changing world. You are invited to apply before 25th February 2022 to be selected as one of the seven and to receive 2.000 euro (gross) to create a digital or non-digital artwork sharing your vision for culture. The artworks will be hosted and promoted by all 26 member cities of the Culture Next network. 
 
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Artist of Month: Mantas Poderys
'Self Portrait at the age of 28' (pastel on paper, 2018) is part of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Collection. The work was created 10 years after a series of self-portraits by the artist won the Texaco art competition, at a time when Mantas Poderys wanted to make a return to portraiture with new works of light and shadow. This piece won the Young Artist of the year KPMG award at the 139th Royal Ulster Academy annual show, and the Prince of Wales Award for Portrait Drawing at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition in 2021.
 
 
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Arts Council COVID-19 advice
Keep up to date with the latest Coronavirus updates from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, including a list of potential funding sources which might be helpful to artists and arts organisations at this time. We will update this list as we go along. 

If you know of any other sources, please contact us at and we will share with the sector.
 
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