Apga 2024

An APG, All-Party Groups, provides a forum by which MLAs and outside organisations and individuals can meet to discuss shared interests in a particular cause or subject. The difference between an APG and APPG, is that an APG is relevant to Stormont and the Northern Ireland Assembly. To see more about what APG’s are and what the current APGs are Visit the Northern Ireland Assembly page on All Party Groups.

An APPG, All-Party Parliamentary Groups, are informal cross-party groups that have no official status within Parliament. They are run by and for Members of the Commons and Lords, though many choose to involve individuals and organisations from outside Parliament in their administration and activities. The difference between an APPG and APG is that an APPG is UK wide and aims to incorporate the needs at both a national and local level. To read more about APPGs visit The UK Parliament Website or to find out more about the APPG for Theatre, visit UK Theatre’s APPG on Theatre page.


Prior to the formalisation of the APG, a Cross Party Group, led by Clare Bailey (Green Party), was set up to provide a forum to facilitate cross party discussion and co-operation relating to the Arts, and to demonstrate the value to our economy and society by raising the visibility of the Arts in the Assembly. Theatre and Dance NI were secretariat, providing organisational, staff, time and strategic support. The Cross Party Group led to the creation of the current All Party Group on the Arts.

Chairperson: Sian Mulholland (Alliance; North Antrim)

Secretariat: Niamh Flanagan, Executive Director, TDNI


Caral NĂ­ Chuilin; Sinn FĂ©in, North Belfast
Claire Sugden; Independent Unionist, East Londonderry
Danny Donnelly; Alliance, East Antrim
Diane Forsythe; DUP, South Down
John Blair; Alliance, South Antrim
Kate Nicholl; Alliance, South Belfast
Kellie Armstrong; Alliance, Strangford
Mark H Durkan; SDLP, Foyle
Matthew O’ Toole; SDLP, South Belfast
Nuala McAllister; Alliance, North Belfast
Paul Frew; DUP, North Antrim
Paula Bradshaw; Alliance, South Belfast
Sorcha Eastwood; Alliance, Lagan Valley

For the full name and information on the All Party Group on the Arts, visit the Arts APG page on the Northern Ireland Assembly website.


APG on the Arts: Meetings