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The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has commissioned survey-based research to identify the needs of freelance artists in theatre and dance. These are artists who are developing, creating and producing small to mid-scale work on an independent basis. The Freelance Practitioner Research Report, published today (8th September 2021) highlights the vulnerability of freelancers working in Northern Ireland, which has been exposed and brought into sharp focus by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, in collaboration with Future Screens NI, today (Tuesday 10th August) opened a new funding programme which aims to provide individual artists from Northern Ireland with skills in the use of digital technology to support sustainability in the context of Covid-19.
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland today (9th August 2021) published a report setting out the key changes in legislation affecting creative workers and arts organisations travelling or trading with EU counterparts.
Arts Council Chief Executive, Roisín McDonough, welcomes the news that theatres and concert venues in Northern Ireland can reopen from 27th July 2021. “The announcement yesterday by the Executive in relation to the reopening of theatres and arts venues is to be welcomed as an important step forward for the arts sector to begin to return to some sort of normality.
Roisín McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, was joined by other senior members of the Arts Council’s Executive to discuss the positive contribution the creative sector makes to the economy and society. Also under discussion was the pandemic’s impact, after over 14 months of lockdown, on income and revenue generation, employment, and the need for continued investment in the arts sector, as well as additional emergency funding needed for organisations and individual artists.
The £12.2 million restoration and development of the Grand Opera House in Belfast has been completed, allowing the Grand Opera House Trust and its Chief Executive to plan for its full reopening in line with the recovery from the covid-19 pandemic.