Arts and creativity
Arts Council NI: The Department fund Arts Council NI to develop the arts in Northern Ireland
Arts Council Strategy 2013-2018: Entitled Ambitions for the Arts, it aims to place the arts at the heart of social, economic and creative life in the north of Ireland.
Arts Infrastructure: the Department aims to enhance the quality of the infrastructure, increase participation in and improve access to the arts.
The sector ranges from television to crafts, advertising to architecture and music to fashion design. The common thread is that the activities they pursue have their origin in individual creativity, skill and talent. Recent estimates indicate that some 36,000 people are employed in the creative industries in Northern Ireland.
Architecture and the built environment
The Department published a policy on Architecture and the Built Environment for Northern Ireland. The policy incorporates an ambitious action plan endorsed by Government departments. The aim is to ensure best value from public expenditure whilst targeting capital investment towards enhancing the visual landscape and improving the quality of life now and for future generations.
- Architecture and the Built Environment Policy
- Ministerial Advisory Group on Architecture and the Built Environment
Community Festivals Fund
The Community Festivals Fund was established by the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure in 2006. The main purpose is to improve the capacity of Community festivals and make them less reliant on public funding, by providing support and training, as well as funding towards the events.
Websites of interest
- Arts Council
- Culture NI
- Grand Opera House
- Lyric Theatre
- The Metropolitan Arts Centre (MAC)
- Crescent Arts Centre
- British Council
- Ulster Orchestra
- Digital Circle
- Craft NI
- Invest NI
- Creative and Cultural Skills
- Creative Skillset
- NI Design Alliance