PLACE is responsible for the delivery of somewhereto_ in Northern Ireland. somewhereto_ is a UK-wide, Big Lottery funded project that helps young people aged 16-25 to access underused or vacant spaces. somewhereto_ creates opportunities for young people to find new platforms for their talents, build networks of peer support, and obtain skills endorsement to help them to pursue the things they love in enterprise, art, culture, and sport.
somewhereto_ matches young entrepreneurs, artists, performers, any young people who want to connect with a growing movement, with amazing spaces all across Northern Ireland and the rest of the UK. Online or offline, from castles to community gardens, somewhereto_ is about creating opportunities for young people through opening up space for them to use.
We have worked with illustrators, film makers, landscape architects, graffiti artists, athletes, musicians, and designers, helping them to find and access the space they need to achieve their goals. We provide support, access to insurance, information and mentoring, funding advice, media and PR opportunities, and a connection with hundreds of other young people across the UK who have progressed their ideas through their involvement with somewhereto_.
We also create bespoke events, working in partnership with local and national partners to showcase and celebrate the best young talent across a range of activities and disciplines. There are regular opportunities to get involved in these events, as an active participant, volunteer, artist-in-residence, performer, or audience member.
These opportunities are shown below, along with a selection of past projects. We're open to hearing ideas for new projects all the time. To find out more about how to get involved, whether you're a young person with an idea or someone with a space you'd like to offer, email email@example.com
somewhereto_ received a £7m grant from the Big Lottery Fund to support its UK-wide expansion to 2016
somewhereto_ is delighted to support RE-NARRATE - emerging artist Ashley Widman’s most recent body of work. The show comprises a short series of drawings and sculptures inspired by the viewing of a random Youtube clip of traditional bullfighting. In these pieces she explores how, despite efforts to preserve the truth of a story, it can so easily come apart. Recombining such fragments creates a new and unfamiliar narrative, opening the door to numerous possibilities.
RE-NARRATE is exhibited in the Office of Important Art courtesy of Young At Art, one of Northern Ireland's leading children's arts not-for-profit companies and home of Young at Art Events and the Belfast Children's Festival.
RE-NARRATE is sponsored by ThinkBig, an initiative by O2 to invest specifically in the ideas of young people, giving them a platform and a voice.
The show will be displayed at the Office of Important Art in Castle Court Shopping Centre.
Opening night is Thursday 7th August at 7 - 9 pm, continuing Monday - Saturday 8th - 13th August at 11 - 5pm. Last viewing is on Thursday 14th from 2 - 5pm.
RE_NARRATE Volunteer Opportunities:
Volunteers (ages 18 - 25) needed to help set up and maintain a small space in Castle Court Shopping Centre for upcoming exhibition. Looking for those who are available during the dates of 6 - 15 August and willing to lend a hand in any of the following areas:
- installing and de-installing various paper works
- invigilating the show itself
- greeting visitors and providing them with more information on the
- show, Young at Art and somewhereto_
- keeping the space clean and clutter-free
This is a great chance for anyone interested in the arts to gain some experience on what goes into creating an exhibition, as well as the chance to establish connections with members of the art world and with likeminded peers.
If interested email: firstname.lastname@example.org
somewhereto_ at European Heritage Open Days
13-14 September 2014, Across Northern Ireland
Every September, European Heritage Open Days unlocks some of Northern Ireland's most treasured places.
Last year, we teamed up to bring brilliant Bangor-based parkour athlete Samuel Lemon to Saint George's, a 200 year-old Church in Belfast's city centre, where he wowed passersby with his acrobatics. This year, we're partnering again and we want ensure that our oldest buildings come alive with some of our youngest talent.
If you're aged between 16-25, we're offering free access to stunning built heritage across Northern Ireland as a backdrop to your music, dance, BMXing, theatre, film, crafts, visual art, parkour, or spoken word.
Click here to fill out the simple online form and we'll be in touch to help match you up with your dream space.
somewhereto_ & Creativity Month
I Am Illustrator! Live Illustration and Symposium | 27 - 31 March 2014 | CastleCourt, Belfast
I Am Illustrator! is a youth-led live illustration event taking place in CastleCourt, Belfast. The event is a collaborative, room-sized drawing involving 7 young illustrators, including somewhereto_ creative assistant Conor Busuttil. The event will take place from 27 - 31 March and is open to the public each day from 11am to 4:30pm.
I Am Illustrator!: Symposium | Monday 31 March, 11am - 4pm
Creative Industry leaders from across the island of Ireland discuss their career progression and offer advice to illustration graduates about how to access engaging and rewarding work in their chosen field.
Featuring Paul Ryding (Association of Illustrators), Shauna Dunlop (Emain Publications), Andrew Whitson (Guild of illustrators), Blair Bailey (Independent Illustrator), Emma Byrne (O'Brien Press), and P.J. Holden (comic book artist - Judge Dredd, Hellboy).
Game of Thrones Parkour (Parody) | March 2014
In March 2014, we brought four parkour athletes from across Northern Ireland to be filmed in a Game of Thrones style in Dunluce Castle on our stunning North Coast.
Featured in the video are:
Huge thanks to Northern Ireland Environment Agency for providing the location and to the Spotlight team for a brilliant production.
If you would like to get access to an equally amazing location for your idea, get in touch. Email email@example.com for more information.
somewhereto_grow your business | young creative entrepreneurs at Christmas Markets
In the run-up to the Festive Season 2013, we gave four young creative entrepreneurs the opportunity to sell their beautiful items at a Christmas Fair in East Belfast.
Martina Scott, Emma Jackson, Euan Lansdell, and Conor Busuttil filled their stalls with gorgeous handmade wrapping paper, greeting cards, gift tags, and customised cushions covers.
If you're interested in how somewhereto_ can help you find a place, big or small, to help you grow your business or make an idea a reality, sign up here or get in touch with firstname.lastname@example.org
somewhereto_ at European Heritage Open Days 2013
For a weekend each September, European Heritage Open Days unlocks some of Northern Ireland's most treasured places, and this year they teamed up with somewhereto_ to offer an opportunity for some of our youngest talent to takeover our oldest buildings.
Samuel Lemon and a group of free-runners from Bangor took over St George's Church on High Street in the heart of Belfast on Saturday 14 September to perform urban gymnastics in and around the Grade A-listed building.
Get in touch with email@example.com to find out how you can get free access your dream space
somewhereto_3D / September 2013
"If nothing else what is our connection to things, possessions and the natural world?"
For Culture Night Belfast 2013, somewhereto_NI teamed up with Platform Arts to present an exhibition of three-dimensional work. Following an open call, the decision was made to showcase a single artist - recent MFA graduate, Shelby Woods.
East Belfast Fence Art / August 2013
PLACE, somewhereto_ and The East Belfast Arts Festival facilitated a Fence Art project by artist Jane Butler with the Lower Castlereagh Community group and Avoniel Community Gardens.
Jane worked with young people to create an interactive, public installation on the site of the Community Gardens. Through a series of workshops, and with help from the local youth Jane collected plastic bottles and recycled them into a vibrant installation utilising the fencing around the Community Gardens.
somewhereto_re:store [the high street heist], Main Street, Bangor, August 2013
somewhereto_re:store / July & August 2013
somewhereto_re:store [the high street heist], was a youth led high street take-over of six disused shop spaces across the UK during July and August 2013. The campaign was a chance for young people to showcase their talents, kick-start their businesses and reconnect with their communities by taking over some of the empty shops across the UK – demonstrating the power of alternative uses of vacant shops to bring life and energy back to town centres.
Throughout the month of August, somewhereto_re:store occupied the former Woodsides building on Main Street in Bangor, Co.Down. The huge former department store was used by young people to develop ideas and acquire new skills. Throughout the campaign, they worked alongside the somewhereto_Northern Ireland team to co-produce an art gallery, fashion concept store, meeting space, urban design academy, photography studio, pop-up cinema, and live music venue, and much more.
The Open Source / April 2013
Following the success of the 2012 Open Source, PLACE and Seedhead Arts returned to the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival to create a unique creative space at 25 Donegall Street. The success of The Open Source is due to the spirit of collaboration and collectivism; it is programmed and venue-managed by a team of volunteers. The space itself was donated free of charge. Everything that took place in the space represented a donation of time and creativity, and was in turn offered to the public free of charge.
The 2013 programme included performances, gigs, talks and workshops and was a fantastic opportunity for creative people to reach new audiences or to try something for the first time in a supportive and friendly environment.
This is the Place | Photography from the Ground up / Oct - Nov 2012
We are all familiar with images that show the important monuments and landmarks of our built environment. Other, less remarkable features of the places we live also have important significance in our daily lives - the bus stop closest to our house, the park bench we go to on our breaks, a piece of graffiti we pass every morning.
At the end of October last year, PLACE, somewhereto_NI, and Belfast Exposed put out a call for submissions for a competition called This is the Place | Photography from the Ground Up. We invited young people from across Northern Ireland to show us their places as they see and experience them. We had a fantastic response representing a broad interpretation of the brief and displaying an incredibly high standard of young talent.
The standout winner was Michael Barwise, a 23 year-old artist from Derry~Londonderry, whose strikingly rich slow-exposed capture of a lamppost by the Lecky Flyover in Derry~Londonderry demonstrated the personal connection to place and the unsung objects of the built environment in a way that responded beautifully to the competition brief.
On the panel of judges was Pauline Hadaway, director of Belfast Exposed; Damien Duffy, artist-in-residence and education programme co-ordinator at Void Derry; and Brian J Morrison, Belfast-based artist and lecturer in photography at the University of Central Lancashire.
The Open Source / April 2012
For eleven days during the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival ‘The Open Source’ occupied the vacant ground floor of the impressive Art Deco Sinclair House. The project provided around 80 hours of free performance, music, workshops, and more. Open Source demonstrated how culture and the arts can bring life to an empty space in Belfast city centre. This project was managed by PLACE, somewhereto_ and Seedhead Arts.
somewhereto_Film | Eurydice by Ian Templeton
Ian Templeton was studying for his MA in Film and Visual studies when he approached us with his self-written screenplay for a short film retelling the Greek tragedy of Eurydice in a modern context.
The project was incredibly ambitious, had a cast and crew of over twenty, a budget of zero, and required access to multiple locations, including a subterranean setting to evoke the Underworld of the story.
We worked with Ian to negotiate with spaceholders, securing permission for him and his crew to access five stunning locations in, around, and under Belfast.
The production stills featured here demonstrate the strength of Ian's vision for his film, and showcase the beautiful spaces he was able to access through somewhereto_.