Proposed art projects focusing on the the Derry’s ghostly past and a new drama by young people with learning difficulties have secured funding .
Several other Derry-based organisations are also among the 54 across the north allocated a share of £1.5m by the Arts Council.
The ‘City of Bones’ project has been proposed by the North West Carnival Artists. It will explore Derry’s haunted heritage and cultural traditions surrounding death, through carnival arts.
A moving performance will now be developed by the organisation, featuring costumed performers, large props, illuminated sculpture, music, movement, dance, drama, circus and street performance.
Award-winning Theatre Company for young people with learning difficulties, Stage Beyond, meanwhile have also secured funding.
The Derry company provides artistic training by leading arts professionals, and plans to develop workshops and performances in the newly amalgamated Foyleview and Belmont special needs school.
Stage Beyond will produce a show piece for the new school opening and will co-produce workshops for young people aged from eight to 17.
They will also develop a touring production and will offer promenade performances throughout the city.
Other local organisations benefiting from the new funding include Dog Ears Ltd for their next Humdinger! festival, Carntogher Community Association for their arts project, and Eden Place Arts Centre, who plans to host 10 exhibitions this year, along with the Gasyard Development Trust’s Bluebell Arts Project.
Roísín McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said they were “delighted” to support these organisations.