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Culture News February 2021

Culture News



Audience Development

 North West update

Audience Development NW report  is  available on the DCSDC Grant Aid Homepage This report and presentation will highlight current trends and elements Council are working towards. Useful information for all applicants applying to  DCSDC Council Grant aid. 


DCSDC Grants Aid

 Closing date:

Friday 19th February 2021  at 3.00pm

Derry City and Strabane District Council Grant Aid Awards  call for applications

Access Programme for Cultural Organisations

· Artist & Cultural Practitioner Award

· Community Festival Fund

· Cultural Organisation Fund

· Headline Events Fund

· Heritage Animation Fund

· Policing & Community Safety Partnership (PCSP) Small Project Support Programme

Closing date is on 19th February  at 3pm so check out the website link now.

Colmcille 1500 Grant Scheme

A grants scheme as part of Colmcille 1500 commemorations is open for applications until Friday 19th February 2021. It is part of a programme for the year being coordinated by Donegal County Council and Derry City & Strabane District Council, with grants of €2,000 or £1,800 available for community projects.Further details at:



John Hewitt Society

Summer School of Literature & the Arts Festival

The John Hewitt Society is pleased to announce that their flagship event the John Hewitt International Summer School of Literature & the Arts Festival (JHISS) will take place this year from Monday 26th July to Friday 30th July 2021, at our festival base in The Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre, Armagh  for further information 


Abridged 0 - 68: Trivia

Submission Call

 Deadline is 28th Feb.

Abridged is at the crossroads looking for poetry and/or art submissions on our frenzied search for certainty, our faith in wild theories driven by fear or fury and the impossibility of belonging. You can send up to three poems and five pieces of art. Submissions should be sent to with poetry being in MS Word or similar format and art in JPEGs or similar. Put your name and info on the email otherwise we might think it’s spam .There is no fee for submitting -check out our website for info.


NW Carnival  alternative Spring Festival.

In place of the Spring Carnival this March,  North West Carnival are seeking your support to help save spring and spread a little sunshine.  If you can knit or crochet  we need your help  in creating a multitude of flowers to decorate Shipquay Street as part of our alternative Spring programme.   NWCI will provide a simple pattern and materials.  So to take part please contact us by leaving a message on North West Carnival Initiative facebook page or email or  phoning  jim T; 02871 414243.


Arts and Business

 Investment programme

Deadline 11th February 2021

Through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland funded Investment Programme, Arts & Business NI invests in mutually beneficial partnerships between business and the arts.They aim to increase private sector investment into the arts by supporting arts organisations in developing sustainable relationships with business.Check t eligibility criteria,etc in the Investment Programme Guidelines

The Ideas Fund

The Ideas Fund – a grants programme that will enable the public in the Derry & Strabane Council area to think about, develop and test ideas to help improve mental well-being.        

If you have an idea that you think could help address a particular need in your community that relates to mental wellbeing and are keen to collaborate with researchers, we want to hear from you. Check  the website for more detail.

 Do you work with children and young people aged 3-24years?

Our Generation – Noontime Knowledge Info Sharing Session for Arts/Sports sector


Co-operation Ireland will host a Noontime Knowledge Sharing Info Session for the Our Generation programme for the Arts/Sports Sector on 9th March 2021 at 12 noon.      OUR Generation, is a PEACE IV Project focused on promoting positive mental health & building emotional resilience of children & young people aged 3 – 24 years and building capacity of their key contacts. The programme is delivered across  5 Urban Village areas and the border corridor in Northern Ireland and the border counties of Donegal, Cavan/Monaghan and Sligo/Leitrim in the Republic of Ireland.      The Noontime Knowledge Sharing session, on OUR Generation Project, the opportunities available and how the programme can help support the work you do. Register to receive the Zoom link to join the session.  09/03/21: Sports/Arts Groups  via      For more Information, Claire Heaney-McKee - T:07513870237 Colm Fanning - T:07852115118

Congratulations to Sara Greavu & Ciara Phillips

It’s Not For You We Did It, 39th EVA International (indefinite) has been listed in Frieze as one of the top ten virtual shows to stream in the UK and Ireland:

“Led by curator Sara Greavu and artist Ciara Phillips, this extraordinary research project focuses on the role photography played in Derry, Ireland, in the 1980s and ‘90s, against the backdrop of the Troubles. Where much discourse in the UK on this historical moment is often reduced to crass binaries, reinforcing stereotypes of subservient women, drunken, impotent men and sentimental nationalism, this project goes a long way to setting the story straight. While, in Britain, workshops such as Sankofa Film and Video Collective as well as Black Audio Film Collective were emerging to democratise the process of filmmaking and amplify marginalised voices, on the other side of Irish sea, collectives such as the Derry Film and Video Workshop and Camerawork Derry similarly used the camera to document overlapping political tensions. Each photograph from this period tells a different story about someone’s lived reality, penetrating the intersection between gender, class, the Irish ‘national question’ and legacies of imperialism”. MIMI CHU IN CRITIC'S GUIDES | 18 JAN 21 Frieze

Appointment of Chair, Vice-Chair and Members to the Board of the Arts Council NI

Communities Minister Deirdre Hargey has appointed Mr Liam Hannaway as Chair and Mr William Leathem as Vice-Chair of the Arts Council NI Board.

She has also appointed the following individuals as Board Members:

·         Mr Paul Boyle

·         Mr Paul Brolly

·         Mr Joe Dougan

·         Mrs Laura McCorry

·         Dr Gearoid Trimble

The appointments are effective from 1 February 2021 until 31 January 2025. Mr Hannaway previously served as an Arts Council NI Board Member from 1 July 2020 to 31 January 2021.

Check the link for more details and biographicals.




Are you planning activities or events for older or family audiences in the coming months?

 Donegal County Council & Derry City and Strabane District Council are looking to do scoping out of planned activity aimed at older people and family audiences from May onwards.

 We know planning is extremely difficult but we’re keen to get a sense of what you might be hoping to deliver.

Together we are planning to pull together programmes which highlight and promote older people and family activity across the North West.

We aim to include every-day activity on offer as well as one off events and initiatives. It is hoped that there would be a range of activity which would see audiences move around to try something new.

It would be great if you could give us a flavour of anything you will or might be planning to do. Some outline detail would be great, you can get us on

Many thanks

Ubuntu Festival Review – Share Your Thoughts, Shape the Future

16th February ‘21 12noon to 2pm

You are invited to share your thoughts and help shape the future of the Ubuntu Festival by taking part in an online Ubuntu Consultation Workshop.

Since 2013, the Ubuntu Festival has celebrated the vibrant, multi-cultural diversity of our local community.

Derry City and Strabane District Council is taking the opportunity to reflect on the success of the festival – and explore how we can build on this for future years. If you have access needs to enable  you can comfortably and confidently take part in the workshop, please do contact Janice at or on 07960978257.


The workshops are free, but you need register:

via  the eventbrite link.

Thrive NI -Culture Beyond Covid for Heritage - Results Webinar

Thursday 18th February at 14.00


Cost: Free

Following on from their Culture Beyond Covid audience research, Thrive NI will present the findings from their research with museums, built and natural heritage organisations.

The survey research aimed to assist these organisations to discover: 

- How they fit within their visitors’ lives before and during Covid;

- How visitors felt about coming back; and

- What part online will play in visitors’ heritage experiences in the future.


In this webinar, Thrive NI will share findings and discuss what’s next for the NI Heritage sector.

Where: Zoom – we will send you a link after registration. Please note that this event will be recorded.

Causeway Coast and Glens Invitation to Tender - Street Art Project

 Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council are planning a street art project in six town centres. This is one of a series of projects being funded by the Dept. for Communities Town Centre Recovery and Revitalisation programme.

 An Invitation to Tender for Project Management Services is now live on the Council webpage at this link: