Monday, 23 February 2015

Photo Diary Urban Photo Walk with Aidan Mc Grath

All ages and experiences were invited to join Aidan McGrath, a partner in McGonigle McGrath Architects, for an urban photo walk through central north Belfast on Saturday 14th February 2015. 
With some of Belfast’s best known heritage buildings as the backdrop, participants were guided through the various techniques required to create stunning architectural images. Participants were invited to bring camera phones, disposable cameras or digital cameras.

Photograph by Jan Hodgen

Photograph by Jan Hodgen
Degradation Porn, Photograph by Aidan McGrath
Photograph by Johanna Leech
Photograph by Johanna Leech
The acceptable face of banking, Photograph by Aidan McGrath

Photograph by Janet Holland

Underpass, Photograph by Janet Holland

Aspire, Photograph by Clive Moore

The good, bad & ugly, Photograph by Clive Moore
Old Belfast Reflection, Photograph by Karen Gray

Up the Workers, Photograph by Karen Gray
Photograph by Esther McGuickan
Old reflected in new, Photograph by Esther McGuickan

Photograph by Blayne Fulton

Photograph by Blayne Fulton

This walk was part of PLACE’s City Saturdays programme, supported by Belfast City Council Arts & Heritage Small Grants.

PLACE join Family Friendly Belfast 2015 with free Urban Walks

PLACE are part of this years Family Friendly Belfast initiative. We'll be offering 8 free Urban Walks suitable for the whole family this March. Full details below:

Urban Photo Walk

All ages and experiences are invited to join PLACE on a walk through central Belfast. With some of Belfast’s best known heritage buildings as the backdrop, participants will be guided and encouraged to create stunning architectural images. Participants are invited to bring digital cameras, camera phones or disposable cameras. Photos from the walk will be shared online.

Saturday 7 March, 11am
Sunday 8 March, 1pm
Saturday 14 March 1pm
Sunday 15 March 11am

Departs PLACE, 7-9 Lower Garfield Street, BT1 1FP. Walk lasts 1 hour 15 minutes. Suitable for the whole family. Maximum 15 people per walk.

To book, please visit, or email [email protected]

PLACE Urban Photo Walk

Urban Explorers

The whole family are invited to explore Belfast city centre. The city's architecture presents a wonderful array of special features waiting to be discovered. Elephants, dolphins, cherubs and harps - become an urban explorer, 'look up', follow the clues and uncover Belfast's wealth of architectural gems.

Saturday 7 March, 1pm
Sunday 8 March, 11am
Saturday 14 March 11am
Sunday 15 March 1pm

Maps and clues can be collected from PLACE , 7-9 Lower Garfield Street, BT1 1FP at the start times advertised. Suitable for the whole family.

No booking required.

Urban Explorers

Competition: The Unbearable Lightness of Beeing

We’ve had so many inspiring entries from green designers for our competition - The Unbearable Lightness of Beeing. We’ve decided to open things up a little - what beautiful imaginative objects can you create to support pollinators and biodiversity on a small scale? Stay tuned for some inspiration from all corners of the world!

Remember the winners will get their own printed design to take pride of PLACE in their school, community garden or city space. The best entrants will be exhibited in our Belfast city centre space.

Get designing! The deadline’s March 6th 2015. Full details available at

Full competition details at

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Boom! Collective & Studio repurpose vacant building in Bangor

Boom! Collective & Studio have repurposed the top floor of the former Clinton Cards building on 80 Main Street, Bangor, transforming it from vacant to vibrant. Three creative practitioners, Marianne Kennerley (Multi-discipline designer), Katie Mitchell (Garden designer/illustrator/photographer) and Jo Hatty, (Scultptor/artist) were inspired by their residencies at Project 24 and joined forces to create a workspace of their own for freelance local creatives. 

Boom! Collective & Studios is set up as a social enterprise with five studio spaces and a gallery space, a materials co-op and a creative reference library. They aspire to be a base for the creative industries to meet and share experiences in the heart of Bangor and through repurposing this vacant building, to assist in regenerating the town centre.

Wee Residencies....

Over the 13th,14th, 15th of March, Boom! Collective & Studios are opening their doors and inviting applications for its first Wee Residencies.
Wee Residencies is a collection of sixteen creative residencies taking place in the newly established Boom! Studios. Along with a symbolic funding of £2.00, Wee Residencies will provide access to a Boom! space for a period of 2 hours at an allotted time over the weekend with the outcomes exhibited in the Boom Gallery.

For more information, including the Artists Brief please contact: [email protected]

Facebook: Boom-Studios

Friday, 13 February 2015

QUB School of Planning Seminar Series 2015

The Queen's University School of Planning seminar series:

Economic Crisis, Policy Responses and the Resilience of Regions: Insights from Europe
Time: 1.00pm, 24th February 2015
Venue: David Keir Building (03/005), QUB, Belfast

Prof Gillian Bristow is Professor in Economic Geography in the School of Geography and Planning in Cardiff University. She has research interests in the areas of regional economic development; regional economic resilience; local and regional competitiveness; devolution finance; regional economic change and restructuring; and the evaluation and analysis of UK and EU public policy in relation to regional and rural development objectives. For more details about Gillian click here.

Waterfront regeneration in Australia: local responses to global trends in re-imagining disused city docklands
Time: 1.00pm, 26th March 2015
Venue: David Keir Building (03/005), QUB, Belfast

Prof Susan Oakely is an urban sociologist. Her current research is a study of redeveloping disused urban docklands which examines the relationship between urban planning, governance and urban renewal of brownfield sites. For more details about Susan click here.

How do businesses experience the planning process?
Time: 9.00am - 11.00am, 26th March 2015
Venue: David Keir Building (LG/024), QUB, Belfast

An interactive session including a mix of presentations and discussion on how business and the economy can benefit from the planning process. It will also explore the role of planning in economic development more generally, for example by encouraging business investment. Practical examples will be provided by guest speakers Richard Hunter, R Robinson & Sons, Anne Donaghy, Chief Executive of Mid and East Antrim District Council and Michael Worthington, Pragma Planning. For more details contact Ruth McAreavey.

Property Development
Time: 10.00am - 11.00am, 23rd April
Venue: David Keir Building (LG/024), QUB, Belfast

This session will examine the role of planning in the property development process Practical examples will be provided by guest speaker David W.S. Law; WJ Law & Co LLP. For more details contact Ruth McAreavey.

Regional Development
Time: 10.00am - 11.00am, 30th April
Venue: David Keir Building (LG/024), QUB, Belfast

This session will examine Regional development and European funding in Northern Ireland: Exploring the economic development opportunities from membership of the European Union. Practical examples will be provided by guest speaker Andrew Winter; European Support Unit, DETI. For more details contact Ruth McAreavey.

Cultures of compliance: planning enforcement in areas of high immigration
Time: 3.00pm, Wednesday 6th May
Venue: David Keir Building (03/005), QUB, Belfast

Dr Neil Harris is a Senior Lecturer in Statutory Planning whose research focuses on using conceptual frameworks to better understand the instruments and operation of the statutory planning system. For more details about Neil click here.

Liveability - challenges and opportunities for our urban lives

Time: 1.00pm, Tuesday 19th May 2015
Venue: SPACE School Boardroom, QUB, Belfast

Ciaran Cuffe is an architect and planner. He has worked on master-planning projects in Ireland and abroad. He held public office for twenty years as a councillor, TD, and most recently Minister of State with responsibility for planning and climate change. His interests lie in urbanism and low carbon opportunities in construction and mobility. For more details about Ciaran click here.

Spectrum Centre launch Furtive Arts: A Crowd Funding Initiative

The Spectrum Centre have launched a new crowd funding initiative: Furtive Arts.

Targeted at residential homes, supported housing, sheltered accommodation, and day centres, Furtive Arts aims to engage older people and people living with dementia to participate in a series of art-based workshops. These will be an arena for creativity, expression, learning, fun, reminiscence, and enjoyment. The practical outputs will be art work which will be installed for public benefit.

Positively highlighting the creativity of older people and changing perceptions about people who live with dementia, Furtive Arts will bring art to the heart of the community, brightening and enhancing public spaces.

For more details, please visit:

The campaign went live on Wednesday 28 January and runs until Thursday 5 March.

Monday, 9 February 2015

KidsSpace Victoria Square and CastleCourt 20-21 February & 21 March

In February and March, Belfast Healthy Cities will host KidsSpace at Victoria Square Belfast and CastleCourt Belfast. The free events are designed to give children freedom to shape their own uses of the space. Activities offered are intended to spark ideas and encourage children’s own creativity and will include

  • Active Space-  make your own smoothies on our smoothie bikes
  • Creative Space-  artists to engage children in creative activities, including junk art and traditional toys
  • Free Spacemaking your own fun with giant building blocks and super-sized games.

For further information visit or follow @belfasthealthy

KidsSpace is open to children of all ages and abilities who must be accompanied by an adult.  The event is supported by Public Health Agency, as part of the Family Friendly activities, co-ordinated by Belfast Health Development Unit.

Monday, 2 February 2015

ArcSoc Lecture: Professor Peter Salter - Thurs 5 February 2015, 5:30pm

ArcSoc present a talk by Professor Peter Salter (Welsh School of Architecture, Cardiff) on the recent construction of 4 houses at Walmer Yard in London, a project that explores the relationship between compactness and quietness.

The talk takes place on Thursday 5 February at 5.30pm at the David Keir Building, Stranmillis Road, Belfast. Admission is free for ARCSOC members and £3 for non-members.