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New Resilience Programme launched for large arts organisations in Belfast

25 Jun 2018

Partners Belfast City Council and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland have launched the Resilience Programme, an 18-month development initiative aimed at supporting large-scale Belfast arts organisations to adapt and change as the city grows.

The Resilience Programme has been jointly developed by Belfast City Council and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland through its National Lottery funds. The programme will work with a number of Belfast based arts organisations that have citywide reach and only those organisations that are in receipt of Arts Council of Northern Ireland Annual Funding and Belfast City Council Core Multi-annual Funding (CMAF) are eligible to apply.

Participating organisations will benefit from a customised support programme including one-to-one coaching, masterclasses and peer learning. Arts organisations will then develop a change management plan to help them identify new opportunities for future development. Financial assistance may also be made available to support organisations as they implement their new plans.

Councillor Donal Lyons, Chair of Belfast City Council’s City Growth and Regeneration Committee, said: “Our long-term vision in The Belfast Agenda is for a city re-imagined and resurgent: a great place to live; a magnet for talent and business and admired around the world. Belfast is an emerging creative and cultural hub and has a growing reputation as a city which is transformed and welcoming - and much of that is due to our vibrant and varied culture and arts offering.

"Our core-funded arts organisations attract audiences of just under four million people year on year. Many of these organisations have been bringing joy and creativity to Belfast for decades. That they continue to thrive is essential to our vision for Belfast, and I’m very pleased that council is part-funding this initiative which is aimed at helping arts organisations become more resilient to social, economic and environmental changes.”

Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented, “The Resilience Programme is an important initiative supporting change for some of Belfast’s key arts organisations, arming them with the skills, knowledge and training needed to adapt and thrive in Belfast’s fast changing social and economic environment.

"The arts sector here is a major contributor to the economy, generating £281m annually, as well as being a major employer of 44,000 people. It's vital that the Arts Council supports and strengthens the sector in partnership with Belfast City Council, not just to ensure citizens and visitors are able to access great art and be inspired in doing so, but to ensure they can participate too, benefitting from the sense of wellbeing that the arts bring to all.”

The Resilience Programme is delivered by Full Circle Management Solutions. It is now open for applications and will close on Friday 31 August at 12pm.

Visit for further information on how to apply.

Resilience programme for arts organisations