Showing posts with label Out of PLACE. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Out of PLACE. Show all posts

Thursday, 9 August 2012

PLACE Urban Design Summer School Day One | Public Art

The PLACE Urban Design Summer School is a week long event for 14 - 20 years olds to explore architecture, design, public art, sketching, photography, urban history and more! The week offers the 27 young people registered a chance to learn about the built environment through exciting workshops, fascinating tours and more!

The Summer School is a part of 'out of PLACE' in Ireland's tallest building, The Obel. With support from Karl Group and McConnell Property PLACE are occupying the ground floor with fantastic views over-looking the River Lagan until September. Out of PLACE will also host the 'Secret Laboratories' exhibition and the 'RSUA President's Medal: The Shortlist' exhibition.

Let's see what everyone got up to on day one with a particular focus on Public Art...

Tuesday, 3 May 2011

Practical steps to revitalise our towns and city centres

Minister Sammy Wilson joins PLACE, Arts and Business and Deramore Properties for the launch of out of PLACE in June 2010. L-R: Bill Morrison, PLACE Chair; Heather Carr, Arts & Business; Mark Cunningham, Deramore Properties. Photo (c) Chris Neely.

PLACE Director Michael Hegarty highlights the success of last summer's out of PLACE initiative in Belfast City Centre, and calls for renewed energy in battling against urban blight and decay caused by vacant shop units.

Practical steps to revitalise our towns and city centres
Michael Hegarty
Director, PLACE Architecture and Built Environment Centre

3rd May 2011

Our city centres are where we interact as a society. In the past we needed our city centres for trade and everything from pigs to pennyfarthings were exchanged and bartered on the streets and in the shops.  Victorian Belfast had Doctors, Solicitors, Haberdashers, Butchers, Bakers and Candlestick Makers occupying individual buildings making the city diverse and vibrant. The centre of Derry from the 1940's to 1960's had the multinational crews of warships mingling with livestock markets, grain deliveries, opera-house goers, shoppers and traders.

We now trade, socialise, relax, shop and meander through the streets of central Belfast or Derry mostly because we choose to. We can shop out-of-town or on-line, we can bank from home, work by phone and internet, and conduct our business with teleconferencing. The result of the changes in society is that there is less demand for city centre retail space than there was twenty years ago. This is right at the time when people realise that they enjoy city centres. People enjoy interacting with each other in vibrant city centres and it is important that Belfast, Derry and our market towns retain the best of what they have while taking advantage of new opportunities.

Tuesday, 31 August 2010

Summer at PLACE

As the sun shines on the last day of August we take a look back over our packed summer-schedule at PLACE.

Miguel Martin kicked off the proceedings at the Out of PLACE unit with his ghoulish adaptation of Belfast’s Corn Market, the first in the ‘Paint by Numbers’ series - members of the public were then invited to colour in and bring life to Miguel’s outline. Ryan O’Reilly was up next with his graphic ‘Day or Night’ and architect Eva McDermott’s interactive installation ‘Home’ concluded the series of live paintings - thanks to all the artists and members of the public who contributed!

Janis Steadman then gave us all green finger fever, helping young and old to make use of old roller boots, hats and even an old pram through planting. Once the planting was complete we took our moving garden through the city ending with a tea party at a secret location. Continuing on the garden theme, Andrew Kenny took up residency in Out of PLACE creating miniature hanging planted sculptures which then were distributed around the city and given new homes by members of the public.

Out of PLACE was not only host to the visual arts this summer; local talent Escape Act with the help of The Streetwise Samba Band lead a merry troupe of revellers through Belfast city centre. After a crash course in the basics, members of the public were ready to join the band and get the streets of Belfast pumping with music - no parades commission necessary! Escape Act then preformed an intimate gig in the Castle Lane unit attracting hoards of curious shoppers into what was once a deserted shop unit.

On a more serious note, PLACE also held a series of lunchtime discussions and lectures. Supported by Bagel: Bagel, our lunchtime visitors included Naomi Long (MP), architect Ciaran Mackel, Italian architecture collaborative Stalker, Bernard Clarke of Translink and many many more. We discussed issues of design, policy and community engagement throughout the three talks, ‘Reconnecting the City’, ‘Walking for a U-turn’ and ‘The Road to Nowhere’. Again our thanks go out to all the speakers who kindly attended.

Throughout the summer PLACE continued to deliver its weekend architecture walking tours including , ‘Belfast Churches’, ‘Art Deco Tour’ and a tour of Donegall Square. You can also still visit the Contested Spaces exhibition until 2nd October in PLACE, comprising a series of digital sculptures created by members of the Frank Design team.

Thanks to everyone who took part in our fun-filled summer schedule and we hope to see you all at our many upcoming autumn and winter events!

Friday, 30 July 2010

Hanging Sculptures

Over the past 2 weeks Andrew Kenny was resident in out of PLACE, creating hanging sculptures. These sculptures are small, beautiful and most importantly mobile. Andrew and his team then hung the sculptures around Belfast city centre on Thursday 22nd encouraging members of the public to adopt a sculpture and take it home!

Andrew is currently studying Landscape Architecture. He has a keen interest on urban landscape and the effect of transient greenery.

Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Contested Spaces

Contested Spaces at out of Place: An exhibition of sculptures created using a broad range of digital technology and composited into filmed settings around the city of Belfast, Northern Ireland. The five 'digital' sculptures aim to create debate around the notional value of these spaces, their perceived ownership, and the degree to which that ownership affects the attitudes of those that use them.The project was conceived by the design company Frank, and each of the five sculptures created by different members of the studio's design team. The exhibition will run from 5th - 31st August, and we would love you to join us for the preview on Thursday 5th August 6pm - 9pm.

Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Reconnecting the City

Wednesday August 4th sees the first in a series of lunchobox talk, beginning with 'Reconnecting the City' in assocaition with Feile an Phobail. This discussion, chaired by Mairtin O Muilleoir will highlight current work aimed at reconnecting parts of the city and reconnecting people to the city-making process alongside speakers Gerry Adams MP, Naomi Long MP, Ciaran Mackel and Geraldine McAteer. Admission is £5 including lunch provided by Bagel:Bagel. Advance booking required, contact [email protected] or call on 028 9023 2524.

Friday, 23 July 2010

Paint By Numbers - Eva McDermott

Thursday 22nd July saw the completion of Eva McDermotts paint by numbers creation (Home). The Work explores the fabric of the city, inviting visitors to explore the meaning of Home, providing an insight into the domestic dwellings that comprise our great city.

Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Eva McDermott - Home

Work has started on the final installment of Paint by Numbers at Out of Place, Eva McDermott's Home. The public launch will be Thursday 22nd from 5pm-7pm, come along and colour in until Saturday 24th!

Lantern Workshop 21st July

Thanks once again to Janis Steadman who helped both young and old create some masterpieces for the garden. The lanterns are now all complete and ready to illuminate Belfast!

Tuesday, 20 July 2010

Lantern Making tomorrow at out of PLACE!

Join Janis Steadman again tomorrow morning (Wed 21st) for her third and final garden lantern-making workshop! At the end you will be able to take home your lantern to add some architectural merit to your garden or terrace this summer.

Book online, phone 028 9023 2524 or email [email protected] or turn up tomorrow morning! See a map of the venue here.

Saturday, 17 July 2010

Moving Garden 17th July

Belfast city centre flourished today as a moving garden made its way through the city ending at a secret location. Many thanks to Janis Steadman who held an insipring and colourful gardening workshop and led the procession.

Saturday, 10 July 2010

Paint by Numbers Week 1: Miguel Martin's Meat Street

Miguel and his public collaborators had a lot of fun this week!

Miguel's completed outline:

The eager public gets to work:

Miguel Martin outside the out of PLACE shop unit, with members of the public putting their own stamp on his Paint by Numbers piece:

Next up to the drawing board:

Tues 13th - Sat 17th July, 10am-4pm
Ryan O'Reilly's Day or Night
In an ongoing project called 'Day or Night', Ryan has been documenting and creating work inspired by remnants of signage and typography found amongst the redevelopment of the city. For 'Paint by Numbers', Ryan will invite visitors to explore the variety of lettering and geometric patterns to be found in our urban environment and create a collaborative collage based on these forms and fragments.

Public launch: Thurs 15th July, 5-7pm

RSVP via the Facebook event here

Or find out more on the PLACE Homepage:


Mon 19th - Sat 24th July, 10am-4pm
Eva McDermott's Home
The beating heart of Belfast isn’t City Hall, the Cathedral Quarter, Victoria Square; it lies in the rows and rows of red brick terraces that fan out across Belfast, housing the lifeblood that animates the city. Each home is different. It can be just bricks and stone or a welcome refuge. It can provide shelter, protection and security. It can be so empty. It can be a place to belong or a place to leave. This image will look behind closed doors.

Public launch: Thurs 22nd July, 5-7pm


Paint by Numbers is part of trans urban arts festival 2010:

out of PLACE: a vacant shop unit transformed into a hub for architecture events with children’s workshops, panel discussions and walking tours, as well as music, art installations, and more this summer!

Thursday, 1 July 2010

Saturday, 26 June 2010

Saturday 3rd July, 11am - Belfast Art Deco tour!

PLACE Architecture Tours

Click the flyer above to enlarge

Belfast: Art Deco
Walking Tour
Sat 3rd July 2010, 11am

Explore pre-war Belfast’s icons and hidden gems with our tour guides!
Departs out of PLACE, 9 Castle Lane (opposite Lush & Starbucks)

Strictly limited places available. To book: email [email protected] or phone 028 9023 2524.

Adults £5
Concessions £3
Under-12s free!

Please wear comfortable footwear, and bring an umbrella in case of rain. Payment by cash or cheque (made payable to PLACE), preferably in advance of the day. Please arrive in good time - tour departs at 11am sharp! Tour will last approx. 1 hour.

Please note the earlier start time of 11am and the change of departure point: all tours will now depart out of PLACE, which is located at 9 Castle Lane (beside Cornmarket and opposite Lush & Starbucks - see a Google map) at 11am.


And coming up on 24th July @ 11am, Belfast Churches - Architecture Walking Tour. More details soon!

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

Thursday, 17 June 2010

out of PLACE on Arts Extra

Ahead of this morning's out of PLACE launch (see more info here), Dan Thompson of the Empty Shops Network and Amberlea Neely of PLACE spoke on last night's Arts Extra (the piece is at the beginning of the show).

Also note that today's launch is at out of PLACE on Castle Lane, rather than PLACE on Fountain Street as mentioned on the show.

BBC iPlayer: Arts Extra, 16th June 2010