Public Funders

Department of Culture Arts and Leisure NI

The Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL) is responsible for arts and creativity, museums, libraries, sport, inland waterways and inland fisheries, linguistic diversity, archives and for advising on National Lottery distribution in Northern Ireland.

DCAL’s mission is to deliver economic growth and to enhance the quality of life in Northern Ireland by unlocking the full potential of the culture, arts and leisure sectors.

Its work is organised by a Departmental Board which meets on a monthly basis to examine and take forward the Department’s strategic aims and objectives, manage Departmental resources and monitor performance objectives.

It also sets the Department’s standards and values, maintains a transparent system of prudent and effective controls, assesses and manages risks and leads in organisational development.

Derry City Council

Derry City Council was an enthusiastic supporter of the city’s bid to become UK City of Culture 2013. Leisure and culture forms a key part of the council’s strategy to help communities come together to share a sense of identity.

The council views the successful City of Culture bid as an outstanding achievement which is just the beginning of a new story for the region. It sees it as a new chapter in the city’s journey from plantation to peace and it will have a legacy which will last for generations.

Arts Council of Northern Ireland

The Arts Council is the development agency for the arts in Northern Ireland, providing the main support for artists and arts organisations throughout the region through a range of funding opportunities.

It distributes public money and National Lottery funds to organisations and people who develop and deliver arts programmes across all of society.

The Arts Council’s vision is to ‘place the arts at the heart of our social, economic and creative life’.

Ilex Urban Regeneration Company

Ilex was established to promote the physical, economic and social regeneration of Derry~Londonderry. It has specific responsibility to manage and redevelop the former military basis of Ebrington and Fort George.

It is the company responsible for bringing the Peace Bridge which links the public space at Ebrington to the city centre to Derry~Londonderry.

Ilex is an urban regeneration company which was set up by the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister and the Department for Social Development in Northern Ireland to plan, develop and sustain the economic and social regeneration of the Derry City Council area.