National Lottery funding from Arts Council NI – 04 April 2019

So, as we had forecast, National Lottery funding from Arts Council NI has been reduced and most organisations across the sector have experienced some cuts to their programme capacity as a result. There have been very few uplifts (three in the dance sector, one in verbal arts) but sadly the biggest headline is regrettably that… Continue Reading

Brexit statement from Arts Matter NI

In light of the crisis surrounding the UK’s relationship with the EU and whether a deal can or will be agreed, the Arts Matter NI campaign has offered its voice via an agreed collective statement of members. STATEMENT 10.12.18 The Arts Sector in N Ireland, like many other areas of public and civic life, harbours… Continue Reading

ArtsMatterNI’s response to the consultation on Programme for Government

We welcome the opportunity to contribute to the establishment of a Framework for the new Programme for Government – 2016-2021. We recognise the aims, to tackle disadvantage through promoting economic growth; we are encouraged by the orientation which suggests collaborative working, where government will work with all sectors of society to deliver improvements in people’s… Continue Reading

Rally delivers results for the arts

Arts Matter NI is delighted and relieved by this week’s news that Carál Ní Chuilín, the Minister for the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, has been able to reinstate funds of £620,000 to the arts budget, part of the November Monitoring Round reallocation of funds. It was this most recent in-year funding cut that… Continue Reading

Open Letter to the Minister

Dear Minister Hundreds of people have answered the call in person to rally for the arts in Northern Ireland here today. Many thousands more have expressed their support through social media. We are alarmed and disturbed that an in-year cut has been made to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. This cut has been so… Continue Reading

Time to Act… or Sing, or Paint, or Dance…

Fight the Cuts in Arts Funding In the past number of weeks, we have learnt a lot about the current and future state of the arts in Northern Ireland. We learned that the DCAL Minister has removed £870,000 from the Arts Council at the same time as saying that she was not asking for any… Continue Reading

DCAL Minister Carál Ní Chuilín on BBC’s “The View” this evening (Thursday 8th October) discussing cuts to the arts

(Wednesday 5th August) DCAL Minister Carál Ní Chuilín has clarified the position regarding funding to the Arts Council NI. Addressing media reports that the Minister asked the Council to plan for budget reductions, the Minister said: “I want to make it clear that I have not reduced the Arts Council’s budget and did not ask… Continue Reading

ArtsMatterNI has been a quiet place of late…

ArtsMatterNI has been a quiet place of late, however with Culture Night #CNB15 just round the corner, and tremendous publicity not only for the arts but for our campaign generated by Culture Night folk (thank you Adam) perhaps the time is right to renew our conviction to advocate for more for the arts and raise… Continue Reading

ArtsMatterNI disappointed at funding decisions

27 March 2015 ArtsMatterNI disappointed at funding decisions #ArtsMattersNI is disappointed at the funding decisions made by the Arts Council for Northern Ireland (ACNI) and confirmed on Monday 23 March 2015. This is despite the 23,000 responses to the DCAL budget consultation opposing stringent cuts to the arts budget. The reduction in annual funding for… Continue Reading