About: PLACE's newest project explores the history of traditional signwriting, its historic applications, its recent resurgence and the techniques involved. Young people from the digital generation (aged 18-25) will engage in a series of tours of ‘ghost signs’ around Belfast, meet former practitioners of the art-form, visit collections, undertake workshops and produce examples of hand-painted signage for exhibitions in PLACE and beyond.
We are currently developing a website which will act as an archive for ‘ghost signs’ around Belfast, and have also set up Instagram and Twitter accounts for the project. If you spot hand-painted signage, please send them to us (with your details so that we can credit you!) through these platforms and we will share them.
Call for participants:
Who: PLACE is inviting expressions of interest from members of the digital generation, aged 18-25, to take part in a project which explores the heritage, skills and applications around handwritten signage in Belfast.
Where: The project will take in locations around the city, as well as workshops hosted by PLACE, University of Ulster and PRONI. Exhibitions will happen at PLACE, with the possibility for outcomes to be displayed elsewhere in Belfast.
What: The programme is designed to increase awareness of authenticity and character in our streets, by both participants and the public. Reviving such a lost practice is an opportunity to conserve not just skills, but also unique urban identities and visual culture.
How: You will get involved in activities including: talks, tours, sketching workshops; sign-painting masterclasses and the development of an online archive featuring examples of existing signs throughout Belfast and those that are created during the programme.
Sign-spotting tours will take place throughout the city at major junctures including Antrim Road, York Road, Newtownards Road and Falls Road
Talks, workshops and a final exhibition
Participants will access archival material through visits to private collections and the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland.
When: The programme will run for 4 months, from September to December 2018.
Expressions of interest are currently being sought, please click HERE to apply.Deadline for applications: 9am, Monday 16 July. Further information: email@example.com | 028 9023 2524 | www.placeni.org
Call for volunteers:
We are currently seeking a small group of enthusiastic volunteers to help the PLACE team to research and deliver this project.
Skills: We’re particularly interested in hearing from you if:
You have skills in photography, graphic or web design
You are interested in developing your skills in working on heritage projects
You are interested in developing your skills in working with young people
You are reliable, organised and committed
Timescale: The project will take place from August - October 2018. Sessions will take place 2-4 times per month during this period. Sessions could be defined as an afternoon or evening per week (probably Wednesdays).
Volunteering on this project is hands-on and a big commitment, but feedback from our volunteers on other programmes has told us how much it has enhanced their own understanding of the places in which they live, and developed their skills in unexpected ways, as well as how rewarding it was to support young people.
Expenses: Reasonable travel expenses and lunch costs will be covered.
Apply: To volunteer, email Jane: firstname.lastname@example.org telling us a little bit about your interests and why you’d like to be involved before the deadline of Monday 23 July. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any questions!