Artists given career boost with grants
The cream of Northern Ireland's up and coming artists have been given a boost with development grants from the Arts Council.
Some 20 have been announced as the latest recipients of the Arts Council's awards under the Artists Career Enhancement Scheme (ACES) awards 2016/17, a National Lottery supported funding grant aimed to allow them to develop their professional artistic careers and create new work.
In addition to receiving a bursary of up to £5,000 each, many of the artists have been partnered with a professional organisation or leading artists to help each of them to deliver new creative work.
Arts Council chief executive Roisin McDonough said while the artists are already highly regarded in their fields, the ACES awards will support them to take their careers to that vital next level.