Showing posts with label Launch. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Launch. Show all posts

Monday, 1 June 2015

Belfast: Toward a City Without Walls - Thurs 11 June, 6pm - 9pm

Colourpoint Books invite you to the launch of Belfast: Toward a City Without Walls at The Red Barn Gallery. There will be an exhibition of photographs by Frankie Quinn and book sales and signings.

Thursday 11 June 2015, 6pm - 9pm at The Red Barn Gallery, 43b Rosemary Street, Belfast.

For more information or to RSVP please email [email protected]

The book can also be purchased from or from local bookshops.

Saturday, 24 August 2013

Launch of The Place-Making Podcast

Celia Spouncer at the entrance to Awakening the Narrows, her project to bring a vacant former guest house in Portaferry back to life. Celia is the subject of the first episode of our Place-Making Podcast. Photo: David Bunting, Images-NI.

Today, we're excited to be launching a new project: The Place-Making Podcast. The podcast has been developed by the creative team here at PLACE along with a dedicated group of volunteers.

We'll be reporting on the initiatives, organisations and individuals making better places around Northern Ireland. We'll meet architects and urban designers, planners and civil servants, councillors, lobbyists, campaigners, critics, artists...

Portaferry is the setting for our first episode. Photo: David Bunting, Images-NI.

I'd like to give a huge thanks to Celia Spouncer for being our guinea pig on the podcast: her project, Awakening the Narrows, makes for an unconventional, but hopefully compelling, first episode. Her story is all about the particular place she finds herself (the lovely town of Portaferry on the Ards Peninsula) and the impact she hopes to have there.

I'd also like to thank Rebekah McCabe and David Bunting who contributed their skills and creativity to the episode. And we'd like to extend a welcome to Anna, Nadine and Andrew who are getting involved as volunteers on the podcast. (If you're interested in getting involved, check out the volunteering page on our website:

You can stream the first episode of The Place-Making Podcast below, or visit the podcast homepage for lots more background information and photography from our visit to Portaferry:

Have a listen, and tell us what you think.


Thursday, 15 March 2012

Secret Laboratory opening in Derry - Friday 16th March

The Secret Laboratory runs at the Derry Playhouse until 26th March. Click the flyer above for more details.

Notebooks and Narratives: The Secret Laboratory
Exhibition Launch at The Playhouse, 5-7 Artillery Street, Derry/Londonderry

Talk by the curator Paul Clarke (University of Ulster) at 12pm.
Followed by the exhibition opening and reception at 1pm.

The Exhibition continues at The Playhouse until 26th March 2012.

The Secret Laboratory reveals the hidden world of the architect's sketchbook. Shown together as a selection of local, national and international architects - based in Ireland and Northern Ireland, the exhibition reveals the ideas, observations, thoughts and reflections that are often concealed in a drawer, a coat pocket or in the individual imagination of the architect.

Thursday, 10 November 2011

QUB Architecture Student Journal 2011 - launching at PLACE Thurs 17th Nov

Architecture Student Journal 2010-11 launch. Click the flyer to enlarge.

We are delighted to host the launch of this year's QUB Architecture Student Journal at PLACE next Thursday, 17th November at 6pm.

Admission free. All welcome.

Saturday, 19 June 2010

out of PLACE initiative will “enrich the city in the absence of retail”, says Michael Hegarty, Director of PLACE

Above: At the launch of out of PLACE in Belfast City Centre on Thursday were (L-R) Professor Bill Morrison (Chair of PLACE), Heather Carr (Arts & Business), Sammy Wilson MLA, MP (Minister for Finance and Personnel) and Mark Cunningham (Deramore Properties) - photography (c) Chris Neely

Press Release: 17th June 2010

PLACE, the Architecture and Built Environment Centre for Northern Ireland, has this week launched a new project called out of PLACE which seeks to make city centres fun, interesting and vibrant places to be - by taking over empty shop units.

Sammy Wilson, Minister for Finance and Personnel, opened the project, explaining: “The intention of this project is to bring life to parts of the city or other towns in Northern Ireland - in areas that may be struggling to find tenants to fill all the shops.” He went on to say that “it has a serious purpose in preventing a downward spiral of decline in once-thriving commercial areas.”

Michael Hegarty, PLACE Director said: “We now trade, socialise, relax, shop and meander through the streets of central Belfast mostly because we choose to. We can shop out-of-town or on-line, we can bank from home, work by phone and conduct our business with teleconferencing.

“The result of these changes in society is that there is less demand for city centre retail space than there was twenty years ago, and right at the time when people realise that they enjoy city centres. PLACE has now taken occupancy of a unit to show that other uses can enrich the city in the absence of retail, even if the absence is temporary.”

PLACE has a rich programme of activity to fill this space over the coming months. A vibrant mix of uses will encourage greater understanding of the city and its buildings and make the connection for people into the debate around how our city works. Some events will include debates, exhibitions, children's projects and festival uses - all freely and directly accessible by the public. This will highlight the unit location and encourage commercial operators to take over occupancy, in turn helping develop the commercial role of the city centre.


Notes to Editors
- The first out of PLACE unit is made possible because of a partnership between PLACE and Deramore Properties, supported by Arts & Business NI. Other partners include Belfast City Council, Belfast City Centre Management and the Department of Finance & Personnel.

- The first out of PLACE unit is on Castle Lane, Belfast (next to Cornmarket)

- PLACE will be programming architecture events and cultural activities at Castle Lane throughout Summer 2010.

- PLACE is the Architecture and Built Environment Centre for Northern Ireland. The name is an acronym for Planning, Landscape, Architecture, Community and Environment, and these are the key areas PLACE investigates with its year-round programme of exhibitions, workshops lectures, community engagement projects and education programme.

For further information contact PLACE:
t: 028 9023 2524
e: info[AT]placeni[DOT]org

Friday, 26 February 2010

QUB ARCSOC Journal Launch - photos from the night!

Photos above by David Rushe.

The journal is now available for sale in the PLACE Bookshop for £4.

Friday, 19 February 2010

Wed 24th Feb @ PLACE: QUB ARCSOC Journal Launch

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QUB ARCSOC Journal launch
Wed 24th Feb, 7pm

Next Wednesday, PLACE will host the launch of the QUB ARCSOC Student Journal of Architecture. The new publication explores the theme of Identity expressed in the studio and written projects of students in the School of Architecture in Queens University. The Journal has been compiled, edited, written and produced by QUB Architecture students with the support of the School of Architecture.

The aim of the journal is to give students a stronger sense of identity within the University and within the wider architectural community; particularly important in providing and strengthening a forum for peer learning, for cross-cultivation and for cross-communication across all years. At present there is a void in this area, with no facility to express and develop this common identity and inter-relationship. The journal will provide a platform with the intention of filling this void and become a fantastic forum, not just through reviewing work but also through its compilation throughout the year. What makes this publication unique is the central underpinning that the journal it is a publication for students by students from the cultivation of studio and written work, to its writing and to its publication.

The new journal showcases work from both Undergraduate and Postgraduate students and aims to create a platform within the school for a new dialogue amongst the students and the wider architectural community. Addressing the theme of Identity in the first issue of this journal defines, quite clearly, both it and its purpose. It is the first chapter of what will become a continuing story at Queen’s University, contributing to the architectural students’ lives a compendium of their collective work and aspirations.

Admission: Free
- Refreshments served
- Copies of the journal will be on sale on the evening for £4 (or £3 for ARCSOC members) and afterwards in the PLACE Bookshop
- All welcome!

Friday, 5 February 2010

Launch night: The Secret Laboratory

Thanks to everyone who came along to the launch of Notebooks And Narratives: The Secret Laboratory. Pictures below by Amberlea (give them a click to enlarge)

The covers come off


View along the cabinets

Niall O'Hare (left, exhibition design & build) and Paul Clarke (exhibition curator) take a last minute check of the installation

First visitors

The crowd builds...

...and builds

Paul gives an introduction to the exhibition to the visitors

PLACE thanks Paul, Niall, the UU team and all the architects whose work is on show for their hard work putting the exhibition together, Colm for his wizardry with electrics and Sara and Eimear, our volunteers, for making the launch night a success!

The exhibition runs until Sat March 27th. Pay us a visit at 40 Fountain Street!

Friday, 5 June 2009

FAB launch night and Late Night Art at PLACE

Forum for Alternative Belfast launch night at the Black Box

Mark Hackett, of Hackett Hall McKnight and the Forum for Alternative Belfast, introduces the concept of the Grey Doughnut at last night's launch - photo by Amberlea Trainor

Last night saw the PLACE-sponsored launch of the Forum for Alternative Belfast at the Black Box in Belfast's Cathedral Quarter. The launch saw a great turnout, with presentations on the Forum's key areas of interest by its members, followed by a discussion panel led by Shane O'Toole.

More on the Forum from the BBC News site:

"We feel there are a lot of vacant sites left close to the city centre, and we need to concentrate on rebuilding that centre and its connections to the wider communities where people live.

"You've still got a city centre which is pretty empty at night, and even with 15 years of boom we haven't solved problems like the Westlink - it divides the city from its city centre.

"We're talking about simple things.

"A city doesn't feel safe if you're walking past a vacant site, especially at night, and that's still the characterisation of much of Belfast city centre," he said.

The Forum has a number of short-term projects which they think could change aspects of the city.

• Give incentives to developers to redevelop Garfield Street in order to link North Street to Royal Avenue

• Redevelop North Street arcade to link Donegall Street to the city centre

• Take down the wall which cuts through Berry Street (beside Castlecourt) to link the square in front of Kelly's Cellars more openly to Royal Avenue

• Have a city centre-wide speed limit of 20mph

BBC News: Imagining a new vision of Belfast

Late Night Art at PLACE: Non-Iconic Mackintosh and Robin Cordiner

Gordon Ash of Keppie Design introduces the Non-Iconic Mackintosh exhibition for the Late Night Art tour group - photo by Amberlea Trainor

Meanwhile, back at PLACE we had Late Night Art for June, with an introduction to the Non-Iconic Mackintosh exhibition by Gordon Ash of Keppie Design, and the launch of weePLACE003 - a selection of prints by Belfast artist Robin Cordiner: more on those projects from the PLACE website.

Friday, 22 May 2009

Launch night: Non-Iconic Mackintosh

David Stark, Managing Director at Keppie, introduces Non-Iconic Mackintosh

PLACE welcomed members of the international Keppie Design team and guests to launch the new exhibition Non-Iconic Mackintosh last night.

Press release:

Leading Belfast based architecture practice Keppie Design today launches a brand new exhibition of the works of Charles Rennie Mackintosh entitled Non-Iconic Mackintosh: the Real Charles Rennie Mackintosh? Housed at Belfast’s PLACE, the Architecture and Built Environment Centre for Northern Ireland, the exhibition opens to the public on Friday 22nd May and runs to Saturday 27th June.

Non-Iconic Mackintosh will showcase some of the less well known work by Charles Rennie Mackintosh when he was part of the Keppie architectural practice for 24 years, as well as some of his famed projects that earned him the title of 'pioneer of modern design'.

As well as a collection of original drawings, the exhibition will feature the first public viewing of a specially designed Mackintosh bust by one of Scotland’s most acclaimed sculptors, Andy Scott. Andy also designed Belfast’s iconic Thanksgiving Square Beacon.

Neil Whatley, associate at Keppie’s Belfast office said: “We’re delighted to host the Mackintosh exhibition here in Belfast and pleased to partner with PLACE. We’re seeing a number of exciting projects in Belfast and Northern Ireland at the moment - it’s an important time in the resurgence of the province, with the promise that continued public spending will take the bite out of the recession.”

David Stark, director at Keppie and Mackintosh expert added: “Charles Rennie Mackintosh was undoubtedly one of the world’s most influential architectural designers and we are proud that he is part of the Keppie legacy. This exhibition will shed light on some of the works not immediately recognised as Mackintosh designs. We hope Belfast enjoys the exhibition as we at Keppie have enjoyed supporting it.”

Amberlea Trainor, manager at PLACE said: 

“We are delighted to present this exhibiton at PLACE and are excited about sharing the lesser known Mackintosh works with the public of Northern Ireland.”

Keppie Belfast advised on the design of the Cancer Centre for Northern Ireland on Lisburn Road, was the architect for the Springvale Centre for the University of Ulster and is currently involved in the delivery of health and care centres in Ballymena, Larne and Carrickfergus as part of the PCCI Framework.

PLACE is located at 40 Fountain Street, Belfast. For more information visit

The exhibition runs from Friday 22nd May - Saturday 27th June 2009. PLACE opens late on Thursdays until 7:30pm, and a special Late Night Art public launch event will take place on Thursday 4th June from 6 - 9pm.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh & Co., a book by David Stark, Managing Director of Keppie is available to buy now from the PLACE Bookshop.

Photos by Amberlea Trainor.

Thursday, 2 April 2009

Launch night: Joan Alexander and Fergus Jordan

Thanks to everyone who came along to last night's Late Night Art, where we launched Joan Alexander's Home Front, and the first weePLACE exhibition, Fergus Jordan's study of artificial light in the urban landscape.

Pictures by Amberlea.

Friday, 20 February 2009

Launch night: FABRICATION

We had a really nice launch night for Girli Concrete's FABRICATION at PLACE last night. Thanks to all who attended. If you missed the launch, we have special late opening hours for the next Late Night Art (Thursday 5th March), and the exhibition runs at PLACE until Saturday 14th March!

Photos by Ruth and Amberlea.

Friday, 6 February 2009

Launch night: "your space or mine?"

A big thank you to everyone who braved the blistering cold for Thursday night's launch of your space or mine? here at PLACE.

Photos by Amberlea Trainor.

your space or mine? runs at PLACE until Saturday 14th February 2009. All welcome.