Our latest roundup of funding, support, opportunities, events, exhibitions and festivals for creatives
The Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, which has presented the best in local and international arts for over 20 years, has announced new Bursary awards for artists working in Music, Theatre, Visual Art and Literature.
Some of this work will be premiered at the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival in May 2024.
Deadline for Submissions: Friday 16th February at 5 pm
£5K Innovation Vouchers allow businesses or potential entrepreneurs to get expertise from a public sector knowledge provider, such as a University or College (NI and ROI) for your innovation project.
ArtsFest, was founded by Aimee Magee and Grace Fairley in 2019, it is a vibrant community arts project based in Belfast. Submissions will open in Feburary. There is no fee to submit. They accept all forms, including visual art, performance, video, audio, and written.
A free programme to help develop your idea and work towards making it a real product. Design Hub is a programme that guides you through the initial design development and validation process, helping you to take your idea from a thought to a credible concept!
You will have access to 10 free mentorship sessions with seasoned product development professionals. You will have the chance to access up to £3000 worth of funding that can be used with vetted local suppliers to support the development of your product through prototyping.
The British Council invites young people aged 18–30 to creatively express the concept of ‘Togetherness’ and the added value of collaboration on the topics of peace, democracy, equality, solidarity and sustainable development between youth in the UK and the EU. Create a piece of work of your choice – a photo, video, podcast, article, installation, painting etc. – and join our community of young people across the EU and the UK!
A jury panel consisting of representatives from the British Council, the European Movement International and the European Commission will select 16 entries that will feature in an exhibition planned to take place in London in May 2024. Winners of the competition will be invited to the final event in London in November 2024.
Closing date: 10th February
This free 7 week programme is for women who are not currently in employment – supporting you on how to make money by turning your creative ideas into a small business. If you’re interested in starting your own venture or to earn income from your hobbies, this programme will be perfect for you.
Date: Wed 7th Feb
Venue: Blick Studios Hill St
Date: Thurs 22nd Feb
Time: 7 – 8pm GMT
Date: Thurs 8th Feb
Time: 11:30am CST / 5:30pm UTC
Date: Tues 5th March
Time: 5:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Venue: PA Consulting Group
Are you an established ambitious company, planning to grow your business and in need of new funding? If so, this is your opportunity to register for a free InterTradeIreland Breakfast Workshop in Belfast in February
Date: Thurs 22nd Feb
Time: 08:30 am
Venue: Clayton Hotel Ormeau Avenue Belfast
Louise Gorman from Balanced Business Solutions will present a webinar with tips and advice on tax for artists. Topics will range from advice on the self assessment forms, record keeping tips, deductible expenses and more!
There will be a chance to ask questions at the end of the webinar presentation.
Date: Wed 21st Feb
Time: 03:00pm – 05:00pm GMT
Amy Anderson is the designer behind luxury linen brand Kindred of Ireland. This showcase, featuring a stunning selection of handmade garments, including bridal wear, is a celebration of past traditions and techniques being honoured and reimagined through the eyes of a contemporary designer.
Dates: 13th Jan – 9th Feb
Venue: Island Arts Centre
Craft NI have partnered with QEST to bring to you the QEST Northern Ireland Showcase Exhibition in February 2024.
The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) supports the training and education of talented and aspiring craftspeople through Scholarships, Emerging Maker Grants and Apprenticeships. Craft NI are delighted that by means of this joint exhibition, craft audiences in Northern Ireland will be able to see the work of 16 local Scholars glass, handloom weaving, luthiery, willow sculpture, wrought iron putter making and silversmithing.
Dates: 1 February – 22 March
Venue: Craft NI Gallery 115 – 119 Royal Ave, Belfast
Kickstarting their 2024 exhibition programme and the iconic Barbie doll’s 65th anniversary year, the Naughton Gallery are delighted to present ‘I’m Wearing Carlyle Nuera’, a solo exhibition by Barbie Signature lead designer Carlyle Nuera.
Dates: 11th Jan – 11th Feb
Venue: Naughton Gallery at Queen’s
Two-day creativity and technology festival
Dates: 29 February – 1 March
Venue: Portview Trade Centre in East Belfast
Belfast’s festival of ideas and politics
Dates: 18th – 24th March
Dates: Thu 7th – Fri 8th March
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