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 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.

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. 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.

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

Creative learning centres

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