Campaign Supporters

Listed here are some of the organisations and individuals who are supporting the ArtsMatterNI campaign.

ACK Productions Ltd – ACK Productions Ltd is a specialist hire company, installer, systems integrator and reseller offering a wide range of theatrical equipment and services tailored to suit the needs of schools, theatres, venues and live events.

Aisling Ghear/Culturlann – Cultúrlann celebrate our cultural traditions and foster them through classes, workshops and performance.

An Droichead – Is eagraíocht Gaeilge muid a chuireann teanga agus cultúr na nGael chun cinn trí oideachas, ealaín, seirbhísí teaghlaigh agus pobail, agus obair fhor-rochtana. An Droichead is an Irish language organisation that promotes the development of Irish language and culture through education, arts, family & community services, and outreach work.

Andersonstown Music School – Formed in 1991, Andersonstown Traditional & Contemporary Music School is a community based music project that provides opportunities for everyone to participate in music classes and activities throughout Belfast. We have gained a reputation for excellence, and there is an enthusiasm and commitment from both teachers and pupils that will ensure continued success. The school is committed to ensuring that our activities are accessible to people of all ages and abilities.

Array Studios – Array studios was established in 1994 by a group of early career artists intent on making a difference to the world of visual art in Belfast. Over the past 20 years Array has seen a vast number of artists come through the doors, some stay for a short while others settle in for longer.

Arts and Business NI – Arts & Business NI knows that when business and the arts work together in truly mutual partnership, both become stronger with the results benefiting our society in far reaching and tangible ways.

Arts and Disability Forum – Developing and promoting disabled and deaf artists

Arts for All – Based on the York Road since 2000, Arts for All has been a bedrock of community arts in north Belfast for 15 years. The core of the organisation’s work is to offer opportunities for participaton in the arts to suppoprt community development, education, community relations, personal development and social cohesion.

ArtsEkta – Arts Ekta aims to help shape an inclusive society by promoting dialogue and interaction between different cultures and communities living in Northern Ireland

Beat Carnival – Beat Carnival is an independent arts company comprising the Beat Initiative charity and a social enterprise, Beat Trading, which raises income for our charitable activities. Our role is to create and produce carnival arts, organise and direct performances, train and develop artists and encourage community participation and ambition.

Belfast Community Circus School – Belfast Community Circus commits to “Transform lives and communities through the power of circus arts and street theatre”

Belfast Exposed Photography – Belfast Exposed is Northern Ireland’s principal gallery of contemporary photography, commissioning, publishing and showing work by artists and photographers from Northern Ireland and across the world.

Belfast Film Festival – The Belfast Film Festival began in 1995 as part of Féile An Phobail and has developed hand in hand with the evolving culture of film patronage and filmmaking in the city.

Belfast International Arts Festival – Belfast International Arts Festival, formerly known as Belfast Festival at Queen’s, is the city’s longest running international arts event.

Belfast Music Society – The Belfast Music Society was founded in 1921 to promote the performance and enjoyment of classical chamber music.

Belfast Print Workshop – As a membership-focused atelier, BPW provides a fully equipped and purpose-built studio with year-round access for a capacity of 100 artists.

BelfastTrad – BelfastTrad started out as “Belfast & District Set Dancing and Traditional Music Society” in 1990. Organised by a small cohort led by set dancer and teacher Mary Fox, it was formally constituted in 1991.

Big Telly Theatre Company – Big Telly is the longest established professional theatre company in Northern Ireland and is a recognised charity.

Brambles Creature Show – I am an Illustrator based in Belfast. I create products based on my illustrations which range from jewellery to stationary.

Bruiser Theatre Company – Bruiser Theatre Company is one of Northern Ireland’s most vibrant and successful arts organisations. Founded in 1997 and based in Belfast, Bruiser produces theatre that is exciting and innovative, down to earth and accessible to all.

Cahoots NI Ltd
www.cahootsni.comCahoots NI is a Belfast based theatre company producing boldly innovative work for children and their families. Our distinctive style combines magic and illusion, physical theatre and original music.

Catalyst Arts – Catalyst Arts was formed in 1993 in response to what was seen as a cultural vacuum. It is Belfast’s primary artist-led organisation. In accordance with its constitution it is run by unpaid volunteers, and seeks to adopt a poly-vocal strategy towards the promotion of contemporary art practices by large selection of artists and projects from the widest possible range of disciplines.

Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival – The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival was established in the Autumn of 1999 with our first festival taking place in May 2000. The festival was an attempt to regenerate the north city centre through arts and culture, an area which had fallen into some dereliction over the preceding decades.

Centre for Contemporary Art – Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) fosters a wide range of artistic, curatorial, and critical practices through five programme streams: research and production, exhibition-making, public programmes, publishing, and residencies.

Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann – Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann is the largest group involved in the preservation and promotion of Irish traditional music.

Commedia of Errors Theatre Company of Errors Theatre Company use Commedia dell’Arte to bring life to both new writing and modern adaptations of classic texts. We make work that is inclusive, entertaining and above all, funny. We also provide training to professionals, amateurs and schools in this highly expressive, physical and comedic style and other styles of theatre.

Community Arts Partnership – Community Arts Partnership takes the lead in the promotion, development and delivery of community arts practice in Northern Ireland.

Craft and Design Collective – The Craft & Design Collective is an independent not-for-profit craft development organisation dedicated to the celebration, support and promotion of excellent Craft, Applied Art and Design.

Craft Northern Ireland – Craft Northern Ireland, is the sector-lead body for the promotion and development of the design-led contemporary craft industry in Northern Ireland.

CRAIC – The Craic Theatre and Arts Centre is dedicated to providing quality live theatre productions, music events and the promotion of the arts in all its forms.

Creative Exchange – Creative Exchange is a charitable visual arts collective based in East Belfast. We provide artist’s studio space and contribute to the development of visual arts through an annual visual arts programme.

Crescent Arts Centre – The Crescent is a diverse community arts centre which has served the population of Belfast and beyond with a wide range of arts and cultural activities for over 30 years.

Culturlann McAdam O Fiaich – An Ghaeilge tríd na healaíona, na healaíona tríd an Ghaeilge – The Irish language through the arts, the arts through the Irish language

Dance Resource Base – Dance Resource Base provide practical facilities, resources and services for those involved in dance and advocate to raise the profile of the art form.

Digital Arts Studios
Digital Arts Studios – DAS promotes the convergence of art and technology and provides invaluable access to the resources essential to the production of and engagement with digital arts. It provides access to digital imaging and audio equipment and software and delivers training in their use.

Down Community Arts Ltd
Down Community Arts Ltd – We programme workshops in a spectrum of art forms including visual arts, dance, music, crafts, across the Down area and beyond.

DU Dance – DU Dance (NI) is a professional dance development company based in Belfast and working across the island of Ireland, the UK and internationally.

Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre – Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre creates artistic work that endeavours to say something about the world in which we live. Led by Artistic Director Dylan Quinn, the company is committed to producing new exciting dance and physical theatre performance work that is informed by the social, political and cultural world around us.

Dumbworld Ltd – Dumbworld makes work that is to be found at the intersection of music, image and words including film, opera, documentary, oratorio, animation, public art installation, performance pieces, theatre and curatorial projects. Dumbworld creates artistically ambitious and exciting pieces that involve working closely with significant practicing professionals as well as people all ages, experiences and backgrounds.

East Side Arts – EastSide Arts is a wholly owned subsidiary of EastSide Partnership, a regeneration organisation that has been working in east Belfast for more than twenty years. Our mission is to Inspire EastSide residents and visitors by celebrating east Belfast, nurturing creative talent and delivering excellent programmes and events.

Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company – Echo Echo creates touring, site and event specific productions, a festival of dance and movement, a programme of artistic residencies, performances by visiting artists and companies, and a wide variety of participatory projects with a broad range of groups and individuals.

Exit does Theatre – Exit does Theatre‘s objectives are to advance education and promote arts and culture, in particular the performing arts.

Féile an Phobail – Féile an Phobail was established in 1988 as a direct response to the conflict in the north of Ireland. Its purpose was to celebrate the positive side of the community, its creativity, its energy, its passion for the arts, and for sport.

Flax Art / Orchid Studios – Flax Art/Orchid Studios operate as one organisation providing a portfolio of subsidised studio provision for the needs of emerging, mid-career and established artists.

Glasgowbury – We are an example of how a simple, mad idea can become a reality and grow to something really special. It’s taken a lot of time, energy and passion to fulfil but here we are with a thriving resource in a small rural town using creativity as the means to make a difference in people’s lives.

Golden Thread Gallery – Golden Thread Gallery (GTG) is a medium-scale, publicly funded, contemporary art gallery based in Belfast that is recognised as having charitable status. It provides a welcoming space for the public to engage with contemporary visual art, and has grown steadily since it was founded in 1998.

Greater Shantallow Community Arts / Studio 2 Derry / – Our Mission is to place the arts at the heart of our social, economic and creative life. We, as an organisation, seek to engage, positively and creatively, with society, by means of the arts.

Green Shoot Productions
greenshootproductions.orgGreen Shoot Productions is dedicated to commissioning and producing new writing for the stage to the highest possible standards.

Guildhall Press – Guildhall Press is a constituted non profit quasi-charity organisation whose primary objective is the creation, development and promotion of the literary and visual arts from a community perspective.

In Your Space (NI) Ltd – In Your Space Circus, based in Derry, is the Northwest’s leading Circus and Street Theatre Company. We are responsible for such amazement as; Carnival of Colours, the Wonder Windows in Derry/Londonderry (you might have seen at Christmas) and many of the crazy circus characters and shows you see across N.I.

Irish Pages: A Journal of Contemporary Writing – DUILLÍ ÉIREANN is iris dhébhliantúil é, a chuirtear in eagar i mBéal Feirste agus a fhoilsíonn ar chomhfad, scríbhneoireacht as Éirinn agus thar lear. IRISH PAGES is a biannual journal, edited in Belfast and publishing, in equal measure, writing from Ireland and overseas.

Josephine Conlon – Josephine Conlon is the proprietor of Belfast Energy Therapists.

Kabosh Theatre – Founded in 1994, Kabosh is committed to challenging the notion of what theatre is and where it takes place.

Kids in Control – Kids in Control is a professional theatre company that values children and young people of all abilities and backgrounds without discrimination, recourse to selection procedures or auditions.

Maiden Voyage (NI) Ltd – Maiden Voyage is an artist-led commissioning company working with local, national and international collaborators. We have a reputation for producing distinctive dance performances and programmes that stimulate and enrich audiences and participants.

Moving on Music – Moving on Music is the leading promoter of jazz, folk, roots, traditional, classical and ‘other’ music in Northern Ireland. Established in 1995, we are an independent, not-for-profit organisation and registered charity.

New Lodge Arts – New Lodge Arts strives to provide opportunities for people of all ages to actively engage with and to participate in a wide range of range of art forms that they would not otherwise be exposed to.

Northern Visions Ltd – NVTV, also known as Northern Visions Television, is a local public service community television station based in the city of Belfast.

Oh Yeah Music Centre – The Oh Yeah music centre is a former bonded whiskey warehouse in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter, Belfast’s cultural district.

Open Arts – The mission of Open Arts is to engage with disabled people in delivering high quality activities and events across a range of art forms.

Open House Traditional Arts Festival Ltd – Open House Festival was established in Belfast in 1999 and moved to Bangor in 2013. It has been organically grown and tenderly looked after by two local people, Kieran Gilmore and Alison Gordon, who are still at the helm.

Panarts – Concerts, Showcases and Workshops on The Art of Song Writing

Paragon Studios / PS²
www.pssquared.orgPS² = Paragon Studios / project space –[pssquared], is a small artist collective, with studio space in the centre of Belfast.

Photo Works North/Source Photographic Magazine
www.source.ieSource is a quarterly photography magazine, available in print and as a digital edition, published in Belfast, Northern Ireland. We publish emerging photographic work and engage with the latest in contemporary photography through news, thoughtful features and reviews of the latest exhibitions and books from Ireland and the UK.

PLACE – PLACE is an independent, not-for-profit organisation dedicated to the making of great places across Northern Ireland.

Play Resource Warehouse – As a registered charity we collect non-toxic waste materials from industry and redistribute them for free to over 2,500 groups and organisations working with children, young people, and community groups all over Northern Ireland.

Portadown 2000 (Millennium Court Arts Centre) – Millennium Court Arts Centre houses two purpose-built gallery spaces and has been described as one of Northern Ireland’s premiere art spaces.

Prime Cut Productions Theatre Company – Prime Cut Productions is at the forefront of contemporary international theatre across the island of Ireland.

Quotidian – Word on the Street Limited – Words have power. We want a poetry jukebox in Belfast to affirm life and enrich our city with poetry as an alternative to words of hatred, sectarianism, racism, sexism and bigotry.

QSS @ Bedford Street – For 34 years QSS has been the largest provider of studio spaces in Northern Ireland. Our Vision is to promote, improve and advance public education in the arts and to stimulate public interest in the Arts for the benefit of the community.

Replay Theatre Company  – Based in Northern Ireland, Replay Theatre Company makes innovative, quality work for everyone under the age of 19.

Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association – The Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Northern Ireland Branch (RSPBANI) is a governing body to oversee Pipe band competition in Northern Ireland. We represent approximately seventy pipe bands in full membership of the association in Northern Ireland and over three thousand individual members.

Royal Ulster Academy of Arts – The Royal Ulster Academy is the largest and longest established body of practicing visual artists in Northern Ireland.

St. Louise’s College (Dance Department) – St. Louise’s Comprehensive College is located on the Falls Road, Belfast.

St Mary’s College Derry
www.stmarysderry.comSt. Marys College / Coláiste Mhuire is an all-girls secondary school in Derry.

Sestina Music
www.sestinamusic.comSestina is a vocal ensemble based in Belfast made up of young singers who have been hand-picked at the beginning of their professional careers.

Sole Purpose Productions – Sole Purpose Productions exists to use the discourse of imagination to investigate and illuminate social and public issues.

Spanner in the Works Theatre Company – Spanner in the Works Theatre Company (SITW) was established in Belfast in September 1998 and is led by Artistic Director Patricia Downey – an accomplished director and writer with twenty years experience in theatre and workshop facilitation. SITW specialises in working with women, young people / schools and people with disabilities to explore a range of social concerns through the medium of drama.

Stendhal Festival of Art – Our vision is to drive growth in arts participation and the many beneficial outcomes this can bring to individuals and communities.

Sticky Fingers Arts – Sticky Fingers was established in 2002, as the first dedicated arts program for very young children in Northern Ireland. Since then we have worked directly with over 100,000 children, creating magical arts events across Ireland, visiting schools, playgroups and special needs settings to create new ways of engaging with young children.

Streetwise Community Circus – S.C.C.W. aims to make circus skills accessible to people throughout Northern Ireland – irrespective of gender, age, disability, or economic, religious or cultural background.

Terra Nova Productions – Terra Nova Productions is Northern Ireland’s only professional theatre company to place intercultural work at the core of what we do.

TheatreNI – TheatreNI, a merger of The Northern Ireland Theatre Association (NITA) and the Ulster Association of Youth Drama (UAYD).

Thrive Audience Development (NI) Services Ltd – We believe that culture can transform lives and that everyone should have access to this opportunity. To achieve this, we help cultural organisations know and grow their audiences.

The Armagh Rhymers – Established in the late 1970s, The Armagh Rhymers are Northern Ireland’s oldest professional theatre company.

The Black Box Trust – The Black Box is housed in a Grade II listed building on Hill Street in the Historical Cathedral Quarter of Belfast, originally constructed c. 1850 and converted into its current usage as an arts venue in 2006.

The John Hewitt Society – The mission of The John Hewitt Society is: to promote literature, arts, and culture inspired by the ideals and ideas of the poet John Hewitt.

The Lyric Theatre – The Lyric Theatre in Belfast makes a unique and vital contribution to the community as the only full-time producing theatre in Northern Ireland.

The MAC – The MAC is a cultural hub and since opening in 2012 has quickly become a beacon for the ongoing regeneration of Belfast.

Tinder Box Theatre Company – Tinderbox is dedicated to new writing for the theatre, the playwrights who create it, and the artistic environment in which its work takes place.

Ulster Theatre Company – Between 1983 and 1987, Michael Poynor was the first Artistic Director of the Ulster Youth Theatre Company, set up by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to offer pinnacle training via an annual province-wide selection process to talented young people between the ages of sixteen and twenty two.

Ulster Youth Choir – Ulster Youth Choir was established in 1999 to provide the best of Northern Ireland’s young singers aged 14-24 with the opportunity to sing together to the highest possible standards receiving training from some of the best choral and vocal practitioners from throughout the UK and Ireland and is now regarded as one of Northern Ireland’s leading artistic and educational organisations.

Ulster Youth Orchestra – The Ulster Youth Orchestra was founded in 1993 and provides a unique musical experience for Northern Ireland’s most promising young talent.

Ulster Orchestra – To enrich people’s lives regionally, nationally and internationally through excellence in performance, education and community engagement, and creative collaborations across the arts.

Voluntary Arts Network – Voluntary Arts works to promote and increase active participation in cultural activities across the UK and Republic of Ireland.

Walled City Music Trust – Walled City Music was founded as Walled City Music Festival in 2008 by its Artistic Directors Dr Cathal Breslin and Dr Sabrina Hu, with the aim of bringing outstanding classical music making to the heart of cultural life in Derry.

Waterside Theatre Company Ltd – The theatre performance programme currently includes drama, contemporary dance, ballet, live music, comedy, children’s theatre as well as traditional/cultural events.

Wheelworks – WheelWorks is a youth arts organisation working with children and young people aged 4 – 25 who may not otherwise have access to high quality artistic activity.

Young at Art – In addition to being the creator of the annual Belfast Children’s Festival, Young at Art engages with children and adults through a host of engagement programmes, the Young at Art Events agency, professional training, special ticketing schemes, resources, and support for developing theatre for young audiences.

Visual Artists Ireland – Visual Artists Ireland: The Representative Body for Professional Artists. It provides practical support to visual artists in all art forms throughout their careers. It provides services, facilities and resources for artists, operates an artistic programme and acts as an advocate for the interests of artists.

Campaign Signatories

Accidental Theatre

Audiences NI (now Thrive)

Belfast Exposed

Culture Night Belfast / SeedHead &

Golden Thread

Grand Opera


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