Arts Care is a leading regional Arts, Health and Well-being Organisation based in Northern Ireland initiated in 1991 by the then Department of Health. Our organisation delivers a wide range of innovative and impactful participatory arts projects, arts events, performances and exhibitions into the heart of Health, Social and Community Care Services in Northern Ireland. Arts Care’s mission is to enable people in health and social care to transform their lives through participation in creative activities. Our aim is to enhance the quality of the service users, staff and community’s experience of Healthcare through participation in and access to quality Arts engagement. Our Key Objectives are 

  • To provide quality arts engagement to enhance Mental Health and Well-being. 
  • To transform clinical environments into ‘creative cared for’ spaces making them more friendly and welcoming

We operate a Arts Care Centre in Belfast with performance spaces, music and dance studios and gallery space. And we employ a network of ‘Artists in Residence’ and ‘Clown Doctors’ commissioned by  the 5 HSC Trusts. We also engage a number of Project Artists on specific projects across NI as requested by  a range of agencies such as Councils, Community Groups, and other Charities.

David Cochrane Chair

Barry Macaulay Chief Executive

Why Arts Care is supporting Boardroom Apprentice

We are in a process of transition with a new CEO in place and plans to expand the organisation including establishing a social enterprise. We have a number of long standing Board members who have hinted that they wish to retire and we are planning a recruitment drive for new Board members in March/April 2022. We feel this is an ideal time to host a Boardroom Apprentice as we seek to renew and enhance the diversity of our Board. We feel we can offer an excellent learning experience for an apprentice as we move into an exciting stage of development of our charity. We will provide support at mentoring via a Board buddy and our CEO. 

Location of Board and Committee Meetings

Arts Care Centre, 11-13 Bloomfield Ave, Belfast BT5 5AA

Frequency and timing of board/committee meetings

Board meetings take place every 2 months

We expect to establish an addition Board/Committee for our Social Enterprise during 2022-23

Date of Board Meetings (September 2022 – August 2023)

All meetings in 2022 are on Thursdays at 1030am to 1230am

14 April, 9 June, 11 Aug, 13 Oct, 8 Dec

(Meetings in 2023 TBC)

Committee of the Boards and meeting dates (September 2022 – August 2023)

TBC following establishment of Social Enterprise