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Ace awards to help Northern Ireland arts talent

Seventeen creatives from Northern Ireland have been announced as the latest recipients of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s ACES awards. Back row (l-r) are ACES artists Jack Warnock, Eoin O’Callaghan, Sarah Lyle, Shirley-Anna McMillan, Joan Alexander, Duncan Ross, Gary Rowntree-Finley, Gail McConnell and Caoileann Curry-Thompson. Front row (l-r) are Mary McCabe, Emma Must, Dr Damian Smyth from the Arts Council and Simon Murphy
Seventeen creatives from Northern Ireland have been announced as the latest recipients of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s ACES awards. Back row (l-r) are ACES artists Jack Warnock, Eoin O’Callaghan, Sarah Lyle, Shirley-Anna McMillan, Joan Alexander, Duncan Ross, Gary Rowntree-Finley, Gail McConnell and Caoileann Curry-Thompson. Front row (l-r) are Mary McCabe, Emma Must, Dr Damian Smyth from the Arts Council and Simon Murphy
Lauren Harte

By Lauren Harte

The cream of the province's up and coming artists have been given a boost with development grants from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

A total of 17 artists are the latest recipients of the ACES awards 2018-19.

In addition to receiving a bursary of up to £5,000 each, many of the artists have been partnered with a professional organisation or mentors to help them deliver new creative work.

Arts Council chief executive Roisin McDonough said that while the artists are already established and highly regarded in each of their fields, the ACES awards will support them to take their careers to that vital next level.

The ACES programme has been running successfully for nine years and addresses the need for ongoing training and skills development within the arts sector.

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