Cultural Connectedness Exchange Network

The Cultural Connectedness Exchange Network (CCEN) is an unincorporated association of Irish and Northern Irish artists and creatives, cultural providers and commissioners, collaborating for better representation. It currently has 30 members, ranging from cultural organisations, individual artists and Embassy representatives.


As part of the 2020 Liverpool Irish Festival, a Cultural Connectedness Exchange was held to introduce Irish and Northern Irish artists to Irish and Northern Irish cultural commissioners and providers (mainly in England), to determine

  • the needs of Irish and Northern Irish artists (particularly those working in England or with England-based organisations)
  • barriers they were facing post-Brexit and during Covid-19
  • how cultural providers/commissioners could provide value/service in relation to Covid-19/Brexit.

This initial meeting has progressed to a (roughly) bi-monthly network meeting. it developed this paper (LINK) to start identifying needs and issues facing Irish and northern Irish creatives in Britain and to pose questions we want to take up with change makers. The aim is to meet and work together to create a positive, representational network that supports and promotes Irish and Northern Irish arts and culture in England (and Britain more widely) using its membership. The Network will also develop information toolkits to help people access information and funding, which will be linked to below.

We intend for this to become a valuable network to any Irish or Northern Irish artist wanting to work in public art delivery as well as to cultural providers and commissioners who focus -or could focus- on Irish and Northern Irish work.

CCEN is still young and welcomes new additions. If you need any further information -or want to join- please contact the Liverpool Irish Festival Director, Emma Smith, on [email protected]

To watch previous sessions, please visit the Cultural Connectedness Exchange events listed on our past event page which you can find here.

Future meetings

20 July 2021, 26 Oct 2021 (as part of Liverpool Irish Festival) and 14 Dec 2021.

Previous meetings

See recordings of each of our previous sessions, using the followng links:

How to join

To ensure you receive meeting invites and updates about the network, it is important to sign up. We ask all members to confirm that they
a) are happy to join (this means committing to regularly attending bi-monthly meetings and taking on actions that help drive the network on)
b) will share their email address with other signed-up members s the network can communicate with itself; and
c) understand they can leave the group, but what has already been transmitted between members cannot be revoked.

If you agree to these principles, please use this link to sign up.


These lists are not exhaustive and will grow as the network develops and more time can be invested. They are quick starter to finding information on funding for and commissioners of Irish and Northern Irish work (primarily in England or (all) Ireland).

Quick links to arts funding in England

  • Arts Council England project grant funding (remember – to access Arts Council England funding you must use their portal, known as Grantium. You have to register for this and approval of your registration can take 10 days.) Link.
  • Arts Council IrelandLink.
  • Arts Council Northern IrelandOrganisations and individuals links.
  • British Council – this link is for visual arts funding, but there are others. Mine the site for more!
  • Culture Ireland – funds travel, accommodation and per diems, but not artist fees – link. The aim is to promote the presentation of Irish arts internationally.
  • Government of Ireland – multiple funds generated from the Emigrant Support Programme.
  • National Lottery Reaching Communities – regional funding and multiple levels – link. Check your eligibility first, using their online checker.
  • National Lottery Heritage FundingLink.

England’s leading Irish arts and culture organisations

Cultural Connectedness Exchange Network member representation

Our membership represents organisations including

  • Birmingham Irish Association
  • Éirephort
  • #IAmIrish
  • Irish Arts Foundation
  • Irish Embassy
  • Irish Film Festival London
  • Irish In Britain
  • Kabosh Theatre
  • Learpholl Conradh Na Gaeilge
  • London Irish Centre
  • Luton Irish Forum
  • Manchester Irish Language Group
  • Maskell Media
  • The Sound Agents
  • Vital Exposure
  • Wake The Beast

and numerous independent practitioners. This is a growing list of collaborators, positive advocates of Irish and Northern Irish creative production and producers.