The Arts Council of Northern Ireland today (Friday 12th January) opened the public consultation on its proposed new 10-year Strategy, 2024-2034. The strategy was developed over the course of 2023, including five months of extensive engagement with artists, arts organisations, key representatives across government, businesses and the wider public sector. The general public now has the opportunity to respond to the Arts Council’s plans for the coming decade, through the consultation, which runs until Friday 5th April 2024.

The Arts Council, which is responsible for developing and championing the arts in Northern Ireland through investment and advocacy, supports hundreds of artists, organisations and venues throughout the year, distributing over £20 million of arts funding from the Department for Communities and The National Lottery. This funding creates opportunities for more people, from all backgrounds and communities, to enjoy and take part in the arts.

Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council, announcing the opening of the public consultation on the draft strategy, said:

“Through our new 10-year strategy, the Arts Council is setting out our ambition to reinforce the role of the arts in Northern Ireland’s future, a future where artists can thrive and their unique contribution is properly recognised and celebrated. Having worked so closely with the arts sector in developing this strategy, we’re confident that we have here a long-term roadmap that is ambitious, but realistic, and charts the best possible course to a flourishing of the arts. Given that the arts touch so many areas of our daily lives, we do hope that the public will now engage with the consultation and let us know what they think of our plans!”

The public is asked to give their views on the new strategy. This includes, where relevant, submissions on The Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) of the draft strategy on Section 75 groups.

The Arts Council plans to publish the final strategy in spring 2024.

The consultation survey is available on the Arts Council’s website, alongside the new 10-Year Strategy, the Equality Impact Assessment (EQIA) and all associated documents, click here.

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is committed to making information available in large print, Braille, audio, and Easy Read and will endeavour to provide information in languages other than English, as well as British and Irish sign language, on request. If you have a disability which affects your ability to complete the online consultation survey, please contact the University of Atypical (UoA). The UoA provides tailored advice and support to D/deaf, disabled and Neurodiverse artists.