Thursday 25 March 2021 12–5pm

Arts & Business NI are delighted to be presenting ‘Horizons: Re-Imagining Cultural Sustainability’, bringing together local and international speakers representing funders, UK trusts and arts organisations from Northern Ireland and beyond to discuss and debate how we create the change and culture shift required to build a stronger, healthier arts funding ecology for the longer term.

Throughout the half-day they will be hosting a number of panels, discussing a range of areas, including income sources and risk, funder practice, adapting and strengthening business models, and transformative leadership. They will also be platforming a number of NI Arts organisations through a series of interviews/talks to share how they have adapted, stayed true to their values, purpose and artistic vision, and continued to engage their communities.

This event is FREE to all.

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Keynote: Clara Miller, President Emerita, Heron Foundation


Niamh Goggin, Director, Small Change (NI)

Phelim Sharvin, Associate Director, Ulster Community Investment Trust

Deirdre Robb, CEO, Belfast Exposed

Margaret Henry, CEO, thrive

Eimear Henry, Cultural Regeneration Manager, Belfast City Council

Damien Coyle, CEO, University of Atypical

James Magowan, NI Development Officer, Association of Charitable Foundations

Mark Robinson, Director, Thinking Practice

Rachael Campbell-Palmer, Managing Director, The Black Box

Paul McEneaney, Artistic Director, Cahoots NI

Alan Lane, Artistic Director, Slung Low

Jo Wright, Music Development Officer, Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Maeve Monaghan, CEO, NOW Group

Moira Sinclair, CEO, Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Kieran Gilmore, Director, Open House Festival

Sian Mulholland, Youth Engagement Officer, Oh Yeah Music Centre

Martin Hylton, Artistic Director, Gateway Studio

With contributions from:

Ruth McCarthy, Artistic Director, Outburst Arts

Kwame Daniels, Founder, Bounce Culture

Benjamin Gould, Artistic Director, Commedia of Errors Theatre Company

Ray Giffin, Creative Director, The Duncairn Arts Centre