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Artists can draw £5k grant

Artists of the future could get the chance to boost their careers thanks to a new £5,000 bursary scheme.

The Arts Council scheme is open to those working in music, visual arts, literature and participatory arts. They will have the chance to apply for a £5,000 grant to boost their careers by partnering with a professional organisation to deliver new work. Up to 13 artists could benefit between now and March.

The Artists’ Career Enhancement Scheme (ACES) will provide specialist mentoring and development opportunities, supporting career artists whose work is of a high quality, original, challenging and innovative. The money could, for example, help an artist show their first major exhibition, create a significant new literary work, enable a musician to reach new audiences or increase interaction with community artists.

Up to 13 professional partners have already pledged their support to the pilot scheme including The Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry at Queen’s University, Belfast, The Millennium Court Arts Centre, Moving on Music and the New Belfast Arts Initiative.

Roisin McDonough, chief executive of the Arts Council, said: “Individual artists are the lifeblood of the arts community but often help and support is required to enable them to develop their career potential.”

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