Horizons: Re-Imagining Cultural Sustainability

25 Mar 2021

Horizons: Re-Imagining Cultural Sustainability

Thursday 25th March 2021


At A&B NI, our commitment as an organisation has always been to help sustain and strengthen the arts. Working with the sector on approaches to income generation is an important aspect of our work. 
The NI arts sector was already financially fragile before this pandemic, but there has always been active ambition around income generation and an appetite for exploring new income streams. Consequently, over the last few years, we have been exploring and researching models that would help arts organisations to achieve long term financial sustainability. 
On Thursday 25th March 2021, we are delighted to be presenting ‘Horizons: Re-Imagining Cultural Sustainability’, bringing together local and international speakers representing funders, UK trusts and arts organisations from Northern Ireland and beyond to discuss and debate how we create the change and culture shift required to build a stronger, healthier arts funding ecology for the longer term.  

Throughout the half-day conference we will be hosting a number of panels, discussing a range of areas, including income sources and risk, funder practice, adapting and strengthening business models, and transformative leadership. We will also be platforming a number of NI Arts organisations through a series of interviews/talks to share how they have adapted, stayed true to their values, purpose and artistic vision, and continued to engage their communities. 

We hope you can join us for these thought-provoking discussions as we look forward to how we can all build a stronger, more sustainable sector. 

This conference is open to all, free of charge.

Register now:



Clara Miller, President Emerita, Heron Foundation


Niamh Goggin, Director, Small Change (NI)

Phelim Sharvin, Associate Director, Community Finance Ireland

Deirdre Robb, CEO, Belfast Exposed

Margaret Henry, CEO, thrive

Eimear Henry, Cultural Regeneration Manager, Belfast City Council

Damien Coyle, CEO, University of Atypical

James Magowan, NI Development Officer, Association of Charitable Foundations

Mark Robinson, Director, Thinking Practice

Rachael Campbell-Palmer, Managing Director, The Black Box

Paul McEneaney, Artistic Director, Cahoots NI

Alan Lane, Artistic Director, Slung Low

Jo Wright, Music Development Officer, Arts Council of Northern Ireland

Maeve Monaghan, CEO, NOW Group

Moira Sinclair, CEO, Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Kieran Gilmore, Director, Open House Festival

Sian Mulholland, Youth Engagement Manager, Oh Yeah Music Centre

Martin Hylton, Artistic Director, Gateway Studio


With contributions from:

Ruth McCarthy, Artistic Director, Outburst Arts

Kwame Daniels, Founder, Bounce Culture

Benjamin Gould, Artistic Director, Commedia of Errors Theatre Company

Ray Giffin, Creative Director, The Duncairn Arts Centre


Supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland



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