Showing posts with label Open Call. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Open Call. Show all posts

Wednesday, 4 January 2017

Living in Belfast: A study in housing - Open Call for exhibition proposals

PLACE and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios 

Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios and PLACE are pleased to issue an Open Call for proposals for an artwork on the theme of ‘housing’.
Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios is a UK based architectural practice whose urban planning and architecture are deeply engaged in how cities evolve, support communities and prosper.  The practice works on a broad range of projects which focus on design excellence and the practical issues of knitting together fractured cities, addressing climate change, and supporting the development of sustainable educational buildings.   The 38 year old practice currently employs over 200 staff, focusing on education, master planning, housing and urban design. 
PLACE is an independent not-for-profit organisation dedicated to promoting great architecture, design and planning in Northern Ireland. Our purpose is to create a better place to live, work and play. We work with various types of organisations, institutions and government department across Northern Ireland to encourage high standards of design and engineering, and increase public engagement with their built environment to promote community development and healthier societies.

Belfast has development potential unlike any other UK regional city.  This allows the city to reinvent itself but the reasons for its development potential also present a distinct set of problems; the models applied to foster the development of other cities may be applicable in part but significant issues associated with transport, land values, tenure and government structure present the need to create bespoke solutions.
The wheels of government have successfully delivered or facilitated major projects such as the Titanic Quarter, Victoria Square and, in the near term, the Ulster University’s Belfast City Campus.  Equally, there are projects which are challenging to deliver owing to the economic context.  All of these projects are large in scale and therefore, should they fail to be realised, impact large areas of the city.
‘Iconic’, ‘landmark’ and ‘gateway’ projects dot the city but the background fabric of the city itself is anemic.  While there are pockets of the city which capture a sense of vibrancy and are constantly active, the city generally appears to be tentatively occupied and used solely to support office workers or spots of night time economy including restaurants, bars and theatres.  Missing in this equation is organic residential development around historic cores and new residential development appropriate to create a city.  The missing piece of Belfast’s puzzle is dense residential development typical of urban environments.
We are interested in exploring the issues which have frustrated urban living in Belfast and the opportunities that supporting a vibrant urban centre can bring to the city and region.  Clearly defining the development and architectural typologies that can successfully infuse the city with both small and large scale residential development is the focus of FCBS Belfast study on residential development in the city. There are plenty of landmarks, we just need a place to live.

Open call
We are asking for proposals for an artwork reflecting the ‘housing’ themes and interests outlined above. The selected entrant will receive £750 to be used to develop and realise the artwork. The artwork will be exhibited in the FCBStudios Belfast offices in Spring 2017.

Please submit a PDF including:
 - Name, email, phone number and postal address
  - A written description of the proposal (500 words to include an outline of the idea and description of the exhibition contents). The work can be new or existing.
  - Given the nature of the brief, familiarity with the local context, Belfast in particular, is recommended. Please include a short statement (150 words) on your connection and experience of Belfast.
 - A budget breakdown.
 - Up to 5 images or material to support the proposed idea (optional).

Additional info:
 - The medium can be of any suitable to the environment (images of the office available on request). Please be aware however that this space is adjacent to the main office environment so the inclusion of flashing / bright lights or sound etc. would not be deemed suitable.
 - Groups and collectives can apply.
 - Catering for the launch event will be covered separate to the £750.
 - The exhibition run and dates will be decided in conversation with the selected individual/group.
 - The exhibition space will be open to the public during office hours.
 - A selection panel will consist of members from FCBS, PLACE and the visual arts sector in Belfast. Feedback on unsuccessful proposals will be at the discretion of the panel.
 - There is no fee to enter.

Please send proposals to Brighdín Farren, [email protected] by 5pm on 20th January 2017. 

Monday, 3 September 2012

Open call: Urban Exquis II - a cinematic installation in New York

A call is open for film-makers, artists and architects interested in contributing to a cinematic installation in First Park, Manhattan.

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Thursday, 31 May 2012

Call for submissions: weePLACE exhibition cabinet

We are seeking proposals for exhibitions in our weePLACE exhibition cabinet.

weePLACE is our mini glazed exhibition cabinet at PLACE. Through an occasional open call (usually twice a year) we invite artists, photographers, architects and anyone with an interest in the built environment to submit work for public display for a one month slot.

We're seeking new exhibits from emerging and established artists, architects, youth and community groups, film-makers and more. Work can be in any medium. The theme of the work is open, but should be broadly related to architecture, urban design, public art and/or the built environment.

Closing date
15th June, 5pm

How to submit your proposal
Please download the full call for submissions for details [PDF, 67kb]

Saturday, 19 May 2012

PLACE Internships - Summer 2012

PLACE is a small but busy Charity working to promote quality in architecture and urban design for all of Northern Ireland. Our Internship Programme offers students, graduates and other interested people the opportunity to be a part of the PLACE team.

Photo by Robin Cordiner.

Current vacancies:
Urban Design Summer School: Assisting PLACE Staff with the planning, promotion and delivery of our 5-day Urban Design Summer School. (Applicants should be available for the dates of the Summer School, 6th-10th August.)

Research: Helping prepare background research for various PLACE documents, articles and projects.

Marketing and Communications: You will work with PLACE Staff on all aspects of marketing and communications, including public relations, press releases and the use of online social media and digital media to promote PLACE and facilitate discussion with the general public.

PLACE Internships are voluntary, for a minimum 2 month period between mid-June and September 2012 and can be full or part time (suggested 3 days per week). Out-of-pocket expenses (for spending like public transport, car parking and lunch) will be covered.

Closing date for applications: No later than 5pm on Friday 8th June 2012.

Interns will be based at PLACE in Belfast City Centre, and there may be occasional travel to other parts of Northern Ireland. Interns will be supported by PLACE Staff. There may be some elements of training provided but we welcome applicants with the knowledge and initiative to work on their own.


How to apply
Please email your CV and outline what you would bring to the team and what you expect to gain from the position, to [email protected] no later than 5pm on Friday 8th June 2012. No applications received after this time can be considered. Please title your email with ‘PLACE Internship’ and the position you are applying for.

Selection will be made on the basis of your ability to contribute to the organisation and your commitment to gaining a valuable and meaningful work experience. Internships are particularly suited to students and graduates in areas of relevance to the built environment or the particular roles outlined above. No particular qualifications are necessary.

We aim to reply to all applicants by email, whether successful or not. Shortlisted applicants may be invited to interview for their position.

If you have any queries regarding the internships or the application process, please contact us at PLACE: phone 028 9023 2524 or email [email protected]

Find out more about PLACE on our website:

Friday, 18 May 2012

somewhereto_ champion call-out

somewhereto_ champion call-out
Deadline 15th June

PLACE and somewhereto_ NI are currently recruiting project champions to assist in the delivery of the somewhereto_ project across Northern Ireland. somewhereto_ is a movement to liberate underused, disused and empty spaces in the UK and get everyone thinking creatively about their communities. Run by Livity, in media partnership with Channel 4 Education, somewhereto_ is funded by Legacy Trust UK, creating a lasting impact from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK.

A somewhereto_ project champion will be an enthusiastic facilitator with a passion for youth community arts, and will be comfortable taking a leadership role in group settings. Experience is preferable but not essential and you will ideally be between 16 and 25 years old. Training and guidance will be provided by PLACE. Your out of pocket expenses will be covered.

This role presents an opportunity to develop new skills, meet new people, and contribute to the growing somewhereto_ movement across the UK.

To apply to be a somewhereto_ champion: Send a CV and outline why you'd be a good champion to Rebekah McCabe at [email protected] or call 028 90232524 no later than 5pm on 15th June.

Check out to see the projects that teams across the UK have been working on.

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Current volunteering opportunities at PLACE

Photo by Robin Cordiner.

Here at PLACE, our volunteer team are involved every day, in all sorts of ways: greeting visitors, setting up exhibitions, researching and writing for the blog and much more. We want to encourage more people of all ages to get involved with the organisation, and to help us develop our projects across Northern Ireland.

We have a number of current opportunities:

Cardboard Cities at Belfast Children's Festival
We're excited to be working with the Children's Festival again this year. Using freestanding pieces built from cardboard and adding their own extra features, visitors of all ages can adapt and rebuild the city as often as they wish.

When? Venue setup 2nd - 8th March; Event daily 9th - 16th March; Take-down 19th- 20th March
What would I be doing? Helping prepare the venue, and facilitating the workshop during the Festival.
Location: Belfast
Other info: Expenses paid. Training involved.
Interested? Email conor[at] with Cardboard Cities in the subject line.
Deadline: 25th Feb, 5pm


somewhereto_ volunteers
PLACE is the NI Regional Coordinator for somewhereto_, a project finding spaces across the UK for 16-25 year olds. somewhereto_ has been funded by Legacy Trust UK, creating a lasting impact from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games by funding ideas and local talent to inspire creativity across the UK. Our volunteer scheme is open to 16-25 year olds across NI.

When? Places available immediately, continuing throughout Summer 2012.
What would I be doing? Helping other 16-25 year olds who need to find space. Networking and promotion. Day-to-day support.
Location: Centrally in Belfast but also other locations across NI.
Other info: Open to ages 16-25 only. Expenses paid. Personal development reward scheme.
Interested? Email conor[at] with somewhereto_ in the subject line.
Deadline: Rolling


PLACE Blog Team
The PLACE Blog team investigate urban issues near to their heart. We are looking for more dedicated, enthusiastic and insightful people to investigate their urban environment and its systems. Whether you're a budding reporter, photographer or film-maker - or just someone who's passionate about architecture, urban design or rural design - we want to hear from you.

When? Flexible dates and times. Long term and short term projects available.
What would I be doing? Producing blog posts with support from PLACE staff alongside other members of the blog team.
Location: Centrally in Belfast but also other locations across NI.
Other info: Expenses paid. Some training available
Interested? Email conor[at] with Blog Team in the subject line.
Deadline: Rolling

If you have any questions, contact us.

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]

Saturday, 11 December 2010

Life Between Buildings - Gorey, County Wexford

Call for Ideas and Research

Student Paul O'Brien's concept for a drive-in in Gorey, County Wexford

Life Between Gorey’s Buildings
Open Call For Innovative Ideas and Research

STUDENTS zine a new Irish Contemporary Art Zine has collaborated with a recent pedestrianisation initiative in Gorey, Co. Wexford called Pedestrianise Gorey Main Street. Pedestrianise Gorey Main Street’s core aim is to show that there is support within the local for more pedestrian friendly streets. Its page that can be found on Facebook has received an overwhelming amount of support and encouragement, because of this we at STUDENTSzine have decided to issue an open call for innovative ideas and research titled Life Between Buildings.

Life Between Buildings
Life Between Buildings believes that towns across Ireland should open up, invite and include people in their development, having different activities and possibilities and thereby ensuring multiplicity and diversity. With this open call Life Between Buildings wants to encourage, support and promote the ideas, capabilities and problem solving abilities of Artists, Architects and Urban Designers in developing innovative research projects and sustainable solutions.

What we are looking for are creative ideas that encourage pedestrian / bicycling friendly streets that could be applied within the town of Gorey, whether interesting new street design or layout to possible events that could take place there. Let your imagination and creative abilities go wild.

All ideas submitted will be uploaded to the online gallery on

If you are not familiar with the town-space of Gorey you can place yourself directly within the town by checking out google maps  and searching “main street, gorey, Ireland.”

About Gorey
Gorey is the principle town in north County Wexford situated 52 kilometres north of Wexford Town. It is linked to the towns of Wexford and Enniscorthy by the N11/M11 National Primary route, which also links the town with Dublin and other urban centres along the eastern coast. The town itself is 95 kilometres from Dublin. The Strategic Planning Guidelines for the Greater Dublin Area show the Greater Dublin Area extending as far south as Arklow, which is identified as a 'Large Growth Town II’. The completion of the Arklow by-pass has improved its accessibility to the capital and has put Gorey - only 16 kilometres south of Arklow - within commuting distance from the larger employment centres of the Dublin Region. (Local Area Plan 2010, P. 5)

The vibrant Gorey area has always had a strong history as a market town and is now one of the most popular and sought after areas in which to live. With the completion of the new bypass Gorey has become a town that can lead the way in progressive pedestrian / bicycling friendly initiatives.

We at STUDENTS zine and Pedestrianise Gorey Main Street are looking forward to your new and exciting ideas and proposals.

Any individual, collective, school, college or university eligible to apply:
To get involved
Please submit all works to [email protected]

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