Patrick J O'Reilly Supports #SaveCultureNI

Actor, writer and theatre director praises arts website for 'providing a place to everyone for marketing, reviews and discussion, which is crucial to the arts sector'

Belfast-based actor, writer and theatre director Patrick J O'Reilly has lent his support to the #SaveCultureNI campaign, after the Arts Council of Northern Ireland withdrew funding for Northern Ireland's most popular arts website.

Having starred in a number of sell-out Northern Irish productions in recent years – including Bruiser Theatre Company's recent adaptation of Cabaret and Big Telly's One Sandwich Short of a Genius – O'Reilly cites Culture NI coverage of his early work as essential in instilling confidence to pursue a career in theatre.

'Back in 2005, [Culture NI director] David Lewis reviewed Red Lemons' first production of Tart. That review opened up numerous pathways for us, recognizing us as theatre makers in Northern Ireland, giving us confidence to create new work, and assisted in future employment for both myself and other members of the company.

'Whether you are an emerging or established artist, Culture NI has always provided a place to everyone for marketing, reviews and discussion, which is crucial to the arts sector.

'If it was not for Culture NI, many artists like myself would not have had the opportunity to have had their work reviewed or presented on a larger platform. To lose such an important part of the art of the sector would be a great shame.'

Help save Culture NI by telling the Arts Council of Northern Ireland why you love the website using this online form. An email will be automatically sent to the Arts Council and the Department of Culture, Arts & Leisure.