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Showing posts with label Creative Industries Innovation. Show all posts

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]

Twitter:@B00M_Collective
Facebook: Boom-Studios


Thursday, 22 December 2011

New Routemaster hits the streets of London: NI Creative Industries at work


The new routemaster. Image via Magnus D on Flickr.

The new Routemaster is on the streets of London, designed by Heatherwick Studio and built in Northern Ireland by Wrightbus.

"This demonstrates in a very visible way the value of the Creative Industries as supported by the current Programme for Government," says PLACE Director Michael Hegarty. "Architecture and public spaces are also currently being designed here for cities such as Copenhagen."

Read More
Fast Code Design: "London's Futuristic New Double-Decker Bus Hits The Streets" (Dec 21st 2011)
Northern Builder Magazine: Profile of Hackett Hall McKnight Architects (Issue 2, 2011)

Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Creative Industries Conference Speaker Profiles

Our free Creative Industries Innovation conference is tomorrow, Wednesday 2nd March, so we have decided to include two speaker profiles today.

Creative Industries Innovation
Date: Wed 2nd March
Time: 9am - 4pm
Venue: Sonic Arts Research Centre
Cost: Free! Book now.

Picture by Anna Wotjun

Speaker Profile: Grainne Maher, Grainne Maher Millinery

Gráinne Maher, creates bespoke headwear, including couture hats, fascinators, tiaras and corsages. She also reworks and remodels vintage headpieces under the design label Pluck & Devour. Working from her home studio at Ravenhill, Belfast, Gráinne produces sophisticated pieces using classic shapes, hand-dyed feathers and antique embellishments. She also experiments with avant-garde styling and modern materials to achieve statement pieces that are not for the fainthearted.

Grainne Maher

After studying Music at Queen’s, Gráinne moved to Devon where she undertook a scholarship funded PhD at Dartington College of Arts researching the effect of corsetry and other body manipulating costume on the voice. This led to an increasing interest in fashion and ultimately to a period of study in Dublin on a range of millinery techniques. Having worked for many years as an artist in various disciplines; including performance art and installation, and with a background in fashion and consumer PR, Gráinne Maher brings together an array of interests and inspirations that feed her work.

To read more about Grainne’s background check out her interesting interview with the Belfast Telegraph here. Her website is located at www.grainnemahermillinery.com.


Speaker Profile: Dougal Sheridan, LiD Architects


LiD Architecture is an award winning architecture, urban design, and landscape practice engaged in practice, research and teaching, founded by Deirdre McMenamin and Dougal Sheridan. Their projects and academic publications are focussed on the application of landscape strategies in Architecture and Urbanism, and Critical Theory in relation to the appropriation of urban space.

Bird Watching Centre by LiD Architects

Dougal Sheridan is a Lecturer in the School of Architecture and Design, University of Ulster, Belfast and both principles are Visiting Fellows at the University of Queensland Australia, and work with the Building Initiative Research Group. Their work as architects, researchers and curators spans locations ranging from rural Ireland and New Zealand to the urban contexts of Belfast, Manchester, and Berlin and most recently in their competition-winning proposal for Dublin Docklands New Civic Square.

For more information on LiD Architects visit www.lid-architecture.net.

And that concludes our speaker profile series for the Creative Industries Innovation Conference. We hope you enjoyed the quick snapshot we provided of our guest speakers each day and would like to hear your thoughts on the profile series! Should we do it again? What would you like to see added to the profiles in future?


Book now for your last chance to get a free place at tomorrows conference!

Monday, 28 February 2011

Speaker Profile Five: Ciaran Mackel, Architect

Continuing our speaker profile series in the lead up to the free conference this Wednesday 2nd March ...

Creative Industries Innovation
Date: Wed 2nd March
Time: 9am - 4pm
Venue: Sonic Arts Research Centre
Cost: Free! Book now.

Ciaran Mackel is an architect in private practice who has been involved with, and design architect for, a number of successful award-winning projects, and has over 25 years experience in the profession.


Ciaran Mackel

Ciaran has been architect-assessor on a number of high profile architectural competitions in recent years following his role as Arts Council Lottery panel member, Architectural Policy panel member, and as creative advisor on the built environment to the Imagine Belfast 2008 project, Belfast’s bid for Capital City of Culture 2008.

Ciaran is actively involved in PLACE and also serves on the Boards of a number of community and arts organisations. Ciaran is currently an associate senior lecturer in the School of Architecture and Design at the University of Ulster and is also an architectural advisor to the Ministerial Advisory Group to the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure. [Click here to view the recent report on the first three years of MAG]

Ciaran is also founder member of the think-tank / do-tank, the Forum for an Alternative Belfast. Forum for Alternative Belfast aims to facilitate the development of workable ideas about how Belfast can be developed for all its citizens as well as for visitors. It aims to encourage debate about how we can influence and affect changes to the built environment. It seeks to explore how the mistakes of the past can be addressed and it wants to look imaginatively at opportunities for the future.

Friday, 25 February 2011

Speaker Profile Four: Peter Kelly, Editor of Blueprint Magazine

Continuing our speaker profile series in the lead up to the free conference next Wednesday 2nd March ...

Creative Industries Innovation
Date: Wed 2nd March
Time: 9am - 4pm
Venue: Sonic Arts Research Centre
Cost: Free! Book now.

Peter Kelly

Peter Kelly is acting editor on Blueprint, the leading magazine of architecture and design. A regular public speaker and chair of architecture and design events, he has contributed to numerous art, architecture and lifestyle magazines, and has been a visiting critic and lecturer at international academic institutions including the Architectural Association and the Rural Studio.

Blueprint Magazine
Blueprint Magazine launched in 1983 as the first magazine to cross the boundaries between design and architecture. Following the magazine’s relaunch in September 2006, it was described by The Observer newspaper as the ‘design bible’. Blueprint’s award-winning design sets it apart from other magazines. Published monthly, it is produced in large format, with photography and illustration of the highest standard. The magazine takes a parallel approach to the different design disciplines, reflecting a belief that fashion, product, furniture and architectural design can share ideas. Blueprint aims to use the subject of design to reveal the workings of society. The magazine is about the important role that design and architecture can play in shaping the world.

For more information visit: www.blueprintmagazine.co.uk

Thursday, 24 February 2011

Speaker Profile Three: Pearse Moore, Chief Executive of the Nerve Centre, Derry

Continuing our speaker profile series in the lead up to the free conference next Wednesday 2nd March ...

Creative Industries Innovation
Date: Wed 2nd March
Time: 9am - 4pm
Venue: Sonic Arts Research Centre
Cost: Free! Book now.

The final conference looks at the broader picture of the creative industries in Northern Ireland, and their impact on the wider stage. We explore the imaginative work of businesses and individuals active in NI, the crossovers between the different creative industries, the knock-on effects for other industries, and what can be done to foster a culture of creative work in Northern Ireland.


The Nerve Centre, Derry


Pearse Moore is Chief Executive of the Nerve Centre in Derry. The Nerve Centre is considered one of the UK's most dynamic and innovative multimedia centres. During his time at the Nerve Centre, he has overseen several large multimedia projects and most recently established Magazine Studios which houses their Moving Image Archive, Creative Learning Centre and The Hub, a creative industries support centre. Pearse has also produced several short films for BBC, British Screen and UTV including the Academy Award nominated DANCE LEXIE DANCE (Live Action Drama) and BAFTA nominated animation The Crumblegiant. Pearse has sat on numerous boards including Moving on Music, NI Skills Panel for Film and TV, ACNI Lottery Committee and was a founding director of the NI Music Industry Commission.


The Nerve Centre is a purpose built 15,000sq ft building officially opened in 1999. Housed in this state-of-the-art building are a live music venue, cinema, edit suites, rehearsal and recording studios, and an in-house film production company. The Nerve Centre currently has over 100,000 people benefiting from its various events, programmes and projects. From the outset the Centre attracted significant media attention for its innovative policy of combining art form and activity. More recently the centre has expanded to include the development of Magazine Studios, a 18,000 sq ft facility which was a former youth hostel next door. The Magazine Studios was built over four floors and includes the Northern Ireland Archive of Moving Image; a cinema and computer suite that houses the Northern Ireland digital film archive and the Centre’s own North West Film Archive - And that’s just the ground and first floor! Above this is the Nerve Centre’s Creative Learning Centre which provides educational support to teachers and programme provisions for pupils and resource development and a creative arts support centre - four edit suites and ten offices - which provide audio post production facilities for TV and film. It is clear to see why the Nerve Centre is considered one of the UK's most dynamic and innovative multimedia centres.

For more information visit www.nerve-centre.org.uk

Book now for next weeks free conference!

Wednesday, 23 February 2011

Speaker Profile Two: Sara Graham, Creative and Cultural Skills NI

Continuing our speakers profile series in the run up to our free conference next Wednesday, 2nd March...












Sara Graham is the Northern Ireland Manager at Creative & Cultural Skills, the institution objected on tackling the skills needs of the UK within the creative sector, including: Craft, Cultural Heritage, Design, Literature, Music, Performing Arts and Visual Arts.

Creative & Cultural Skills is the Sector Skills Council, licensed by the Secretary of State for Education and Skills. SSCs receive public investment and engage with government departments across the UK. This enables organisations and employers, via SSCs, to have a far greater impact on policies affecting skills and productivity. The organisation’s key goals are:
- reducing skills gaps and shortages
- improving productivity, business and public service performance
- reforming learning supply, making courses and qualifications relevant to industry
Creative & Cultural Skills Department works directly with employers providing information, education and training, promoting work within the creative sector.

For more information visit: http://www.ccskills.org.uk/


Programme for the Creative Industries Innovation Conference

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Programme for the final Conference in our Creativity & Innovation series.
Free, limited spaces available - book today. 

Tuesday, 22 February 2011

Conference 2nd March: Creative Industries Innovation

It’s our final conference in the series and it’s free for everyone!

Date: Wed 2nd March
Time: 9am - 4pm
Venue: Sonic Arts Research Centre
Cost: Free! Book now.

The final conference looks at the broader picture of the creative industries in Northern Ireland, and their impact on the wider stage. We explore the imaginative work of businesses and individuals active in NI, the crossovers between the different creative industries, the knock-on effects for other industries, and what can be done to foster a culture of creative work in Northern Ireland.

Image via Flickr user Andy McMillan

Biographies

In the lead up to the final conference next week we will be taking a look at a different speaker each day on the PLACE blog. Each day until the 2 March we’ll provide a brief biography of the selected speaker. As the venue for the conference is the fantastic Sonic Arts Research Centre [SARC] we felt it was fitting to start our biography series with Pedro Rebelo, SARC Director of Research, who will be speaking on the 2 March. 



Biography One: Pedro Rebelo, SARC Director of Research

Source: http://images.apple.com/uk/pro/profiles/

Pedro has been awarded a PhD in composition from the University of Edinburgh and is currently Director of Research at the Sonic Arts Research Centre and Chair of the Sonorities Festival of Contemporary Music.

Pedro is a composer/digital artist working in electroacoustic music, digital media and installation. His approach to music making is informed by the use of improvisation and interdisciplinary structures. He has been involved in several collaborative projects with visual artists and has created a large body of work exploring the relationships between architecture and music in creating interactive performance and installation environments. This includes a series of commissioned pieces for soloists and live-electronics which take as a basis the interpretation of specific acoustic spaces. In the duo laut with saxophonist Franziska Schroeder he investigates the extension of interfaces and control in interactive performance practices. His electroacoustic music is featured in various CD sets (Sonic Circuits IV, Discontact III, Exploratory Music from Portugal, ARiADA). His audio-visual work "lautomata.3" has recently been awarded the Special Recognition prize from the CynetArt Festival, Dresden.

Pedro conducts research in the field of digital media, interactive sound and composition. His writings reflect his approach to design and composition by articulating creative practice in a wider understanding of cultural theory.


More about Pedro Rebelo and the Sonic Arts Research Centre: www.apple.com/uk/pro/profiles/sonicarts/