Previous Statements

TOF-1610-2020 Retention of Emergency Funds for the Arts Sector

In the last weeks, having had a meeting of the steering committee, the ArtsMatterNI campaign wrote to the minister for communities, Carál Ní Chuilín asking that all available funding allocations be retained for the arts sector (see our letter below). The Head of Arts and Creativity in DfC, Debbie McKibben, came back to us this morning… Continue Reading

Arts Matter NI – Letter to Minister Carál Ní Chuilín – Department for Communities regarding Chancellor’s £1.57 billion funding for the arts

Minister Carál Ní Chuilín Department for Communities Causeway Exchange Belfast via email 7th of July 2020 RE: Retention of Emergency Funds Dear Minister Ní Chuilín On behalf of the steering group of Arts Matter NI may we congratulate you on taking up your new post and indeed renewing your role in the stewardship of… Continue Reading

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

Arts Matter NI Press Release – 1st May, 2018

NEWS RELEASE *** NEWS RELEASE *** NEWS RELEASE *** NEWS RELEASE *** Members of the campaign steering subgroup would like to draw attention to a recent, newly declared interest by the chairperson of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, John Edmund. ACNI’s register of interests 2018/19 shows an entry for April detailing: “Assignment for the… Continue Reading

AMNI statement 10.4.18

Today has been a much anticipated and dreaded one. For some among us the worst possible outcome has been delivered today, with organisations being cut totally from the AFP  – we know of a handful so far. For others, it may have been less of an upheaval. To all those colleagues and friends whose livelihoods… Continue Reading

Statement – 5th February

    Members of The Arts Matter NI campaign are deeply concerned to read unconfirmed reports in the Belfast Telegraph (2nd February) of “no confidence votes and walk-outs in opposition to the Chair John Edmund”, by the majority of the Board of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Given the Arts Sector’s profound anxiety about… Continue Reading

ArtsMatterNI response to ACNI Board Members’ Statement

ARTS COUNCIL OF NORTHERN IRELAND BOARD MEMBERS’ STATEMENT As Board Members of the Arts Council, we are aware of the comments made by the Chair of the Arts Council at the Arts and Business Awards event last week. His comments do not reflect any discussion or position which had been agreed by the Arts Council… Continue Reading

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