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Northern Ireland artists receive Aces awards to boost burgeoning talents

Damian Smyth (centre), head of literature at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, with Aces awardee writers Scott McKendry and Dawn Watson
Damian Smyth (centre), head of literature at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, with Aces awardee writers Scott McKendry and Dawn Watson
Claire Williamson

By Claire Williamson

Fourteen artists have been announced as the latest recipients of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland's Aces awards.

The National Lottery supported funding grant is bestowed upon Northern Ireland's most talented emerging artists to enable them to develop their professional, artistic careers through the creation of new work.

Awards under the Artists Career Enhancement Scheme (Aces) are made annually to professional artists working in music, visual arts, drama, dance, literature and participatory arts. This year's awardees includes five literature awardees, four musicians, two visual artists, one drama awardee and one dance awardee.

In addition to receiving a bursary of up to £5,000 each, many of the 14 artists have been partnered with a professional organisation or leading artist to help them deliver new creative work.

Chief executive Roisin McDonough said: "The Aces awards are given in recognition of their work to date and also to provide financial support to take their careers to that vital next level."

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