Saturday, 30 April 2011

Invitation from Causeway Museum Service

Information on an arts programme as part of conservation work on Coleraine's Market Yard below.

Street sign on the Market Yard. Image via Albert Bridge.

Causeway Museum Service would like to extend an invitation to amateur artists in any medium to take part in a unique project for the Market Yard, Coleraine. 
Photographers, painters, sculptors, writers and poets are all welcome. They will have the opportunity to observe and record a major heritage development and take part in a historic exhibition. 
The Market Yard was built in Coleraine in 1829 to take the thriving agricultural trade out of the town centre. For 150 years it was a commercial hub. It was also a meeting place where people met to trade stories and ideas. 
The Market Yard has been closed off and derelict for some time, but is about to undergo a rebirth. Conservation work on the structures will commence shortly to make the Yard accessible. Council are currently awaiting a decision on major funding to build a new museum and other facilities within the soon to be restored site. 
The conservation works programme will be making a technical record. However Causeway Museum Service would love to see how artists would observe and portray any aspect of the project before the conservation works commences. 
All amateur artists are invited to join a group which will have unique access to the Yard. All work produced will be eligible for selection for a major exhibition. 
An inaugural meeting will take place at Coleraine Town Hall Council Chamber on Thursday 12th May at 7.30pm . 
This will provide a chance to learn the background to the project and discuss ideas for the programme. 
Please contact us if you are interested in the project, even if you cannot attend the meeting.
John Hamilton on 028 7034 7235 or email [email protected]

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Interchange: 29th Apr - 21st May at Golden Thread Gallery

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Interchange, a new exhibition and series of events by the Forum for Alternative Belfast, begins at the Golden Thread Gallery in Belfast tonight from 6pm. The exhibition continues until 21st May.

More information: Golden Thread Gallery

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

The Irish Scottish Forum for Spatial Planning Centenary Conference at Queens University - 31 May

The Conference is free but advance registration is essential as places are limited. To register email your details to [email protected] before Monday 16 May 2011.

Conference schedule.... (Click to enlarge)

Monday, 18 April 2011

UCD School of Architecture Landscape and Civil Engineering and The Irish Landscape Institute Conference

UCD School of Architecture Landscape and Civil Engineering and The Irish Landscape Institute have organised a Conference for Friday 20 May in Dublin which will be of particular interest to anyone involved in the design, management and procurement of public realm. The conference is sponsored by the Goethe Institute and Diatec Digital.

Venue: The William Jefferson Clinton Auditorium, UCD, Dublin
Date: Friday 20 May
Time: 8.30 - 17.30

Passive House Training at South Eastern Regional College begins in May

The first ever certified course in the global leading energy efficiency standard, namely, the Passive House Standard, will be rolled out in Northern Ireland in May. The Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) is currently supporting two innovative Passive House schemes, one being the Dungannon scheme, (new build and retrofit) and a number of private Passive House projects are also in the pipeline. Some NIHE staff have themselves taken a course with the Passive House Academy -so this is your chance to get involved in the revolution and take a step ahead of the rest!

The course will be held at South Eastern Regional College (SERC) in their Ards Campus. It comprises an 8 Day Course on May 10th to 13th and May 31st to June 3rd, leading to the Certified European Passive House Designer qualification.

The link below provides further information:

Passive House guidelines:

(CITB registered companies are entitled to £65 per day assistance for the course)

Friday, 15 April 2011

Call for Submissions: RSUA Conservation Exhibition at PLACE

Deadline 06.05.2011

The RSUA and PLACE present an exhibition of conservation work by local practices from 5th September to 7th October 2011. This coincides with the NIEA European Heritage Open Days on 10th and 11th September, and offers the opportunity to promote conservation to a wider audience. We are seeking entries to the exhibition from those interested in exhibiting their schemes.

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For information on submitting your scheme, download the PDF info sheet: click here.

Call for submissions: Sterile Environment

Deadline 22.04.2011

Exhibition launching Thurs 2nd June at Catalyst Arts, Belfast. A joint Catalyst Arts and PLACE exhibition exploring the vitality, heritage and character of old and new Belfast. What is the city becoming? Are we protecting heritage adequately? Are we encouraging sustainable design and quality architecture? This art and architecture crossover exhibition explores the city of the past, present and future.
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Call for submissions
We want you to explore the threat of extinction of many of Belfast’s older buildings and the eradication of the heritage and character associated with the city that makes way for new buildings and a new way of living. We are seeking artists and architects to respond to the old and the new by submitting proposals by 12 noon on Friday 22nd April.

To submit your work
Please send the following to to [email protected] with "Sterile Environment" in the subject line
- CV (one A4 Page)
- Artist's/Architect’s statement
- Up to five images of your work/link to your website

Wednesday, 13 April 2011

PLACE Study Trip to Derry-Londonderry, 5th April 2011

Oonagh Baxter, one of our volunteers at PLACE, talks about our recent visit to Derry...

PLACE Study Trip to Derry-Londonderry, 5th April 2011

A recent visit to Derry-Londonderry offered insight into the exciting opportunities presented by cultural regeneration. A walking expedition, guided by PLACE director Michael Hegarty, provided a whistle-stop tour of some of the cultural enterprises established within the city.

The walk weaved its way through the streets and walls of Derry and took in symbols of its divided past, from the churches to cathedrals, murals to graffiti and structures of protection and defence. However, clearly evident was the emergence of a new cultural identity and a recognition that city’s future should be shaped but not determined by its past. Social and economic investment in the city’s cultural capital has culminated in Derry receiving the eminent status of City of Culture 2013; an opportunity to celebrate the distinctiveness rather than the division of Derry’s culture. The tour quickly uncovered a scattering of cultural gems, from Culturlann, Void and the Museum of Free Derry, the walk led us around the walls past the first Derry Presbyterian Church, Apprentice Boys Memorial Hall and St Columb's Cathedral as well as offering views of new additions to the cultural mix including the Craft Village, Playhouse and Verbal Arts Centre. These initiatives have injected new life into historic buildings and opened alternative channels for creating connections between past and present.

Walking Tour Route: Anti-clockwise from top left
The day began with breakfast in the buzzing Irish language centre, Culturlann. Manager Donncha MacNiallais provided a tour of the building and its facilities which provides a centre for the celebration of Irish language and its cultural links to music, dance and education.

Next stop was Void, an artist-led contemporary art space in the basement of the old city factory. Excavation of the original floorspace has created a unique usable space that houses two galleries, six studios, conference room and education area. This has enabled Derry to attract and display contemporary art of international repute.

The tour was then led towards the infamous Bogside to the Museum of Free Derry, a social economy initiative which shares the area’s difficult and troubled past focussing on the civil rights era of the 1960s and the Free Derry/early troubles era of the 1970s.

We were treated to a tour of the impressive Playhouse & Context Gallery by Niall McCaughan. The building houses an array of arts and activities including gallery space, workshops, dance hall, theatre as well as the Lilliput Theatre Company, Ireland’s foremost theatre company of people with learning disabilities. The context gallery offers a vital platform for the promotion of emerging Northern Irish and Irish artists and we were fortunate to meet and chat to exhibiting artist Locky Morris.

The tension between Derry’s divided past and a shared future was strongly depicted in Antony Gormley’s contemporary sculpture which consists of two identical figures standing back to back facing opposite directions yet inextricably connected.

Lunch was provided in the Blooms café of the Verbal Arts Centre, a centre for the promotion of the written and spoken word. The centre is housed in the beautifully refurbished First Derry School located in a prime position along the city’s walls. The centre’s many initiatives seek to offer discourse for the celebration of commonality and diversity.

The tour concluded at the former Ebrington Barracks, a major development opportunity offering potential for culture-led regeneration. Caoimhin Corrigan, Cultural Broker for ILEX, outlined the opportunities and challenges facing the city as it approaches City of Culture 2013.

These developments clearly demonstrate the optimism within the city and the desire for Derry to establish its reputation as a vital space for the celebration, promotion and sharing of arts, history and culture. The forthcoming City of Culture 2013 offers a great platform for the city to transform its divided political history into a shared cultural future.

Friday, 8 April 2011

Our April - July programme has launched

We've just received delivery of our new programme, featuring exhibitions, lunchbox talks, tours, films and more. We'll be distributing it to various arts venues and cafes early next week and of course there will be lots of copies here in PLACE too. You can also view it online above. See you at a PLACE event soon.

PLACE visit to Derry

PLACE visit to Derry, a set on Flickr.
On Tuesday 5th April 2011 PLACE visited Derry to see how arts organisations are preparing for the 2013 UK City of Culture. Together with Down District Council we toured various organisations on a day long visit which culminated in a presentation by ILEX to update PLACE on progress with Ebrington Barracks.