Artsland (Challenge Fund)

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About Artsland

Artsland was an arts and culture initiative which helped to develop skills within the sector, promote positive health and well-being and raise awareness of traditions from a bygone era through arts, crafts and performance.

Artsland,  co-funded by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland‘s lottery fund was delivered under three themes; ‘Arts for All’ concentrating on health and well-being, active ageing and inclusion; ‘Multiple Identities’ focusing on musical cultural traditions and ‘Loughs, Bogs & Mountains’ addressing rural arts, traditional skills and the environment. The programme, which ran from September 2017 until January 2020, was delivered in partnership with a number of organisations including South West Age Partnership, Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association (NI) and Dún Uladh – one of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann’s seven regional centres, Sliabh Beagh Arts, An Creagán and a number of other venues, local organisations and individual artists.

Artsland made a total investment of £250,000 across the district, each of the programme themes provided a series of arts, crafts, performance and training workshops and activities for various groups in local communities. The activities resulted in the creation of new artworks, development of new skills and expertise, exhibition and performance opportunities and increased capacity across the arts and cultural sector in Fermanagh and Omagh.  Artsland also delivered an Artist in Residence initiative, bringing distinguished artists into the district to undertake a wide range of activities engaging with local schools, businesses, community groups and artists.  There was also support for local artists including an unprecedented opportunity for an artist to undertake a residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris, with prospects of making European and International connections.  Finally, a programme of technical and theatre training to0k place across the district for local voluntary, community and amateur drama groups and young people.

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Activities delivered to date through the Artsland programme have been GIS (Geographic Information System) mapped and can been seen here.

For more information please see the Arts & Culture Facebook page contact the Arts Service at or 0300 303 1777.

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