Northern Ireland

Artists to receive £80,000 grant to create projects using digital technology

The funding has been awarded by the Arts Council NI.

Dance choreographer Eileen McClory is among the artists who will receive funding
Eileen McClory Dance choreographer Eileen McClory is among the artists who will receive funding (Brian Morrison/PA)

Eight Northern Ireland artists are to receive funding of almost £80,000 to create new projects using digital technology.

The eight artists include Jordan Burns, Ekaterina Solomatina, Grainne Taylor, Michael Edgar, Conan McIvor, Sinead O’Neill-Nicholl, Eileen McClory and Cat Brogan.

The funding is part of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s National Lottery Individual Artists Digital Evolution Awards, a programme supported by Future Screens NI.

The awards aim to support those artists who are making digital art for the first time or are working with digital or immersive technology in a novel or innovative way.

The projects the artists will work on will include the creation of a fully immersive, live performance that will take place in a Belfast city centre venue and combine live music with virtual reality and an augmented reality (AR) game that invites children’s imagination into the real world of grown-ups.

Karly Greene, director of Strategic Development & Partnerships, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said: “The programme will support these artists in the creation of art using digital and immersive technologies and will also help them develop skills in using these new technologies.

“This programme reflects the Arts Council’s commitment to encouraging innovative practices that cross artform boundaries and build digital capabilities within the Northern Ireland arts sector and I look forward to experiencing these exciting, ambitious projects as they develop.”