Arts Council Mentoring and Residency Programme for Minority Ethnic Artists

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has announced a new funding programme to support the work of minority ethnic artists and creative practitioners living in Northern Ireland. Thanks to funding from the National Lottery, £50,000 will be made available by the Arts Council this autumn to support the pilot scheme.

Through this new programme the Arts Council aims to create opportunities for specialized training, research, cultural exchange, networking and learning for individual artists, creative practitioners and arts administrators. Applicants may be eligible for awards of up to £5,000 each.

The Minority Ethnic Artists Mentoring and Residency Programme aims to help individuals at every stage of their career; supporting skills development and career pathways, inspiring excellence and increasing opportunities for young and emerging minority ethnic artists and creatives. The creation of the programme has been informed by the Arts Council’s Intercultural Arts Strategy and framed within its current business plan.

Applications to the Minority Ethnic Artists Mentoring and Residency Programme are now open and can be made online. Guidance Notes and the application form are available on our website here.  They can be requested in large print or other accessible formats if required.  Please contact us at if you need further help, including alternative language versions.

Please note, this programme will only fund proposals that will take place between 12 November 2021 and 31 October 2022.  All eligible expenditure must be incurred within these dates. The application process will close at 12 noon on 4th October, with decisions made on 12th November.

For application forms and guidance notes visit 

To read the full new release visit

Image: Anushiya Sundarlingam – Remembrance, Gold Leaf on Somerset Paper. Arts Council of Northern Ireland Collection