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Funding for leading NI creatives

17 artists from Northern Ireland have been announced as the latest recipients of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s ACES awards 2016/17, a funding grant bestowed upon Northern Ireland’s most talented emerging artists to allow them to develop their professional artistic careers.

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Heaney legacy honoured thanks to National Lottery funding

County Down based children’s author Myra Zepf has been appointed as the first Children’s Writing Fellow, a prestigious new position created in honour of Seamus Heaney and his contribution to literature.

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The Arts Council of Northern Ireland awards money from The National Lottery, as well as Government funds. Their grants enable artists and arts organisations to deliver projects which contribute to the creation of a flourishing arts sector.

As well as supporting the development of new art projects, they also ensure that the arts are brought within the reach of everyone by funding work that encourages as many people as possible to engage in the full range of creative activities.

Since the introduction of National Lottery funding, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland has invested in improving the network of arts venues across the region, with the result that there is now a purpose-built arts facility within 20 miles of every citizen of Northern Ireland.

To find out more about the Arts Council of Northern Ireland visit their website.

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