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Arts Council ACES Awards

17 artists from Northern Ireland have been announced as the latest recipients of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s ACES awards 2018-19, a National Lottery supported funding grant bestowed upon Northern Ireland’s talented emerging artists to allow them to develop their professional, artistic careers through the creation of new work.

Awards under the Artists Career Enhancement Scheme (ACES) are made annually to professional artists working in music, visual arts, drama, dance, literature and participatory arts and are among the most prestigious awards bestowed by the Arts Council.  The artists include two drama awardees, two visual artists, five musicians, five literature awardees, two community artists and a dance awardee.

In addition to receiving a bursary of up to £5,000 each, many of the 17 artists have been partnered with a professional organisation or leading artists, at home or abroad, to help each of them to deliver new creative work.  Some of these include; Maiden Voyage, Millennium Court, Spark Opera, Panarts/Belfast Nashville Festival and Belfast Exposed, among others.

Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented:

“These 17 artists are already established and highly regarded in each of their fields. The ACES awards are given in recognition of their work to date and to provide them with support to take their careers to that vital next level. The ACES programme has been running successfully now for nine years and addresses the need for on-going training and skills development within the arts sector.”

The 17 artists awarded ACES funding include:

Caoileann Curry-Thompson
Sarah Lyle

Community Arts
Duncan Ross
Joan Alexander

Visual Arts
Martin Boyle
Mirjami Schuppert

Dianne Cannon
Eoin O’Callaghan
Jack Warnock
Mary McCabe
Simon Murphy

Emma Must
Gail McConnell
Padraig Regan
Sheila Llewellyn
Shirley-Anne McMillen

Gary Rowntree-Finley

The Artists Career Enhancement Programme (ACES) forms part of the wider Support for the Individual Artist Programme (SIAP) which is administered by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland annually.  As part of its continuing commitment to supporting the development of individual artists, the Arts Council made 192 SIAP awards to individual artists in 2018/19 totalling £533K.  Visit www.artscouncil-ni.org for information on all funding opportunities.