Showing posts with label Mackintosh. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mackintosh. Show all posts

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.

Sunday, 24 May 2009

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.