Arts overview

As the lead Department for arts and creativity, the Department provides funding for the arts in Northern Ireland, sets arts policy and supports arts based initiatives. It is also the government lead for the creative industries. In addition, the Department provides guidance and direction on matters of Architecture and the Built Environment through its Ministerial Advisory Group.

Arts and creativity

Arts Council NI: The Department funds Arts Council NI to develop the arts in Northern Ireland

Arts Council Strategy aims to place the arts at the heart of social, economic and creative life in Northern Ireland.

Creative industries

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.

Architecture and the built environment

The Department’s policy on Architecture and the Built Environment for Northern Ireland incorporates an ambitious action plan endorsed by Government departments. The aim is to ensure best value for money from public expenditure whilst targeting capital investment towards enhancing the visual landscape and improving the quality of life now and for future generations.

Community Festivals Fund

The Community Festivals Fund was established in 2006. It supports communities to deliver culture based events which celebrate and positively promote their community. The Fund is administered and match-funded by local Councils.

Websites of interest

Creative learning centres

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