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Saturday, 12 July 2014

summer of somewhereto_ Launch Party

55 High Street, Antrim, BT41 4AY
Tuesday 15 July, 6-8pm
FREE

For three weeks this summer, somewhereto_ will again take over a vacant retail unit, transforming it over three weeks into a free creative space for young people to use for enterprise, fashion, music, photography, art, events, and workshops. summer of somewhereto_ is a national festival, with six locations across the UK. On 15 July 2014, we will formally the launch the Northern Ireland space, located on High Street in Antrim, and shine a spotlight on homegrown talent from across the region. 

Tuesday, 3 June 2014

We're hiring!


PLACE is seeking a Creative Assistant to work with us on an exciting upcoming project. 

Are you interested in supporting the next generation of creative entrepreneurs? Do you have ideas for innovative ways to revitalise town centres? 

We are seeking a Creative Assistant to help with the delivery of a summer festival that brings young talent to amazing spaces. Based in Antrim town centre, ‘the summer of somewhereto_’ festival is part of a network of events popping up in empty shops across the UK to provide a platform for young creatives to develop and showcase their ideas. 
Candidates will have an interest in supporting young people to reach their potential in the areas of enterprise, arts, culture, and sport. You will have experience working on live events and excellent organisational and administration skills, as well as a passion to spread the word about somewhereto_

More information about the role, candidate criteria, and the application form can be downloaded here.

How to apply: Complete the application form and email it to [email protected] with Creative Assistant Application in the subject line. You can also return it personally or by post to PLACE, 7-9 Lower Garfield Street, Belfast, BT1 1FP. Application forms must arrive at PLACE no later than 10am Wednesday 18 June
Do I need to sign the digital application form?: No, but you will be asked to sign it if you are called for an interview. 
What happens after I submit my application form?: We expect to prepare a shortlist immediately, and will notify candidates of this as soon as possible. Interviews will be held on Monday 23 June. We will endeavour to reply to all those who apply, whether they are called for interview or not. Please note that we may receive a large number of applications, and we have a small staff team - so your patience would be appreciated.


What do I do if I have further questions?: Contact us on 028 9023 2524 or email [email protected] with Creative Assistant query in the subject line.



Friday, 16 May 2014

"My project to improve neighbourhoods and help break the cycle of homelessness"

Paul Loughran, second from left, runs the Regenerate NI project.
The first post on our new somewhereto_ NI blog comes from Paul Loughran, a 21-year-old student at Queen's University, whose project Regenerate NI seeks to improve neighbourhoods and tackle homelessness.

somewhereto_ is a UK-wide, Big Lottery funded project that helps young people aged 16-25 to access underused or vacant spaces. PLACE is the Regional Delivery Partner for the project in Northern Ireland.

Why the new blog? We see it as a place to profile and share the things we care about across Northern Ireland, from projects that interest us to emerging entrepreneurs, artists, performers, and leaders that we want the world to know about. We will also feature journalism, short stories, and reviews authored by the brightest young talent in Northern Ireland.

If you want to write for the blog, or you know of something you think should be featured on it, let us know by emailing [email protected]

Find out more: somewhereto_ NI blog

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Artists-in-residence Open Call | Writers and Photographers

22 July/ 31 August 2013 
Artists-in-Residence Open Call

somewhereto_NI are delighted to offer two artist-in-residence opportunities in the fields of writing and photography. 

The residencies are open to 18-25 year-olds, and will be based in Bangor, Co. Down as part of somewhereto_re:store, a youth-led takeover of an empty shop for a six-week period. 

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Vacant to Vibrant | Learning from elsewhere

We know that the problem of declining town centres and increasing vacancy and dereliction is not unique to Northern Ireland. It's a feature of post-industrial cities, where the displacement of the population into suburbs and commuter belts, the spread of out-of-town retailing, and questionable historic planning decisions converge to challenge the significance and survival of the town centre. So how has this been dealt with in other places that have experienced the same issue? 
Well, PLACE and somewhereto_NI placement student Senan Seaton Kelly has been on the trail of some of the most inspiring examples, from post-earthquake Christchurch NZ, to New York City, and back to Bristol.  

Friday, 15 March 2013

Graduate Opportunity at PLACE - Project Assistant: somewhereto_

PLACE have partnered with the Graduate Acceleration Programme to offer graduates the opportunity to improve their employability through mentored graduate-level work experience. The GAP scheme is delivered by Business in the Community and supported by the Department for Employment & Learning. 




Project Assistant: somewhereto_
For more information on somewhereto_ visit www.somewhereto.com.

This is primarily a marketing and communications role with a significant element of youth engagement. You will be promoting somewhereto_, managing the somewhereto_ database, creating exciting new content for social media, liaising with young people and space holders and marketing and managing somewhereto_ events.

The somewhereto_ Project Co-ordinator will mentor you throughout the placement to help develop your skills in - event planning, project management, marketing and promotion, communication and team work, arts management and report writing.

Essential skills for this position include - excellent verbal and written communication, marketing-related 3rd level qualification, demonstrable organisational skills and a proficiency using IT equipment and software, particularly MS Office. 

Desirable requirements include - experience of the NI youth sector, access NI check, experience of documenting, evaluating, and creating reports and a proficiency across a variety of social media platforms.

This is a graduate work experience position and GAP terms and conditions apply - see www.gapni.com.

How to apply

Contact your local Job Centre or Jobs and Benefits Office to determine eligibility and to make the necessary referral arrangements. For further information contact the GAP team on [email protected] or call (028) 9046 0606.

Monday, 14 January 2013

This is the Place | announcement of prize winners

At the end of October last year, PLACE, somewhereto_NI, and Belfast Exposed put out a call for submissions for a competition called This is the Place | Photography from the Ground Up. We invited young people from across Northern Ireland to show us their places as they see and experience them. We had a fantastic response representing a broad interpretation of the brief and displaying a high standard of young talent.  

Just before we broke for Christmas we got together to select the winners with our panel of esteemed judges - Pauline Hadaway, director of Belfast Exposed; Damien Duffy, artist-in-residence and education programme co-ordinator at Void Derry; and Brian J Morrison, Belfast-based artist and lecturer in photography at the University of Central Lancashire.

Pauline, Damien, and Brian skillfully went through each submission, evaluating the image on a range of criteria, including interpretation of the brief, subject matter, and composition, before coming to a unanimous decision on first, second, and third places.

We are delighted to announce that the winners are...

Tuesday, 30 October 2012

Photography competition


This is the place
Photography from the ground up

Are you aged between 16-25 and interested in photography?


somewhereto_NI, in association with PLACE and Belfast Exposed are delighted to announce a unique photography competition that invites young people to show us their local places as they see them.


We are all familiar with images that show the important monuments and landmarks of our built environment. Other, less remarkable features of the places we live also have important significance in our daily lives - the bus stop closest to our house, the park bench we go to on our breaks, a piece of graffiti we pass every morning.

This is the place: Photography from the ground up invites submissions that capture your personal relationship to the spaces in which you live, work and socialise.

As well as exciting prizes for the overall winner and two runners-up, 10 finalists will have their entries featured in a limited edition publication. Selected entrants will also have the opportunity to be part of an upcoming exhibition to be held in Derry-Londonderry later in 2012.

No experience is necessary to apply, and we encourage submissions that take advantage of the variety and accessibility of photographic devices, such as camera phones, photo apps, and both digital and analogue formats.

Give us your best shot!

The deadline for submissions is 5pm on 10th November 2012
All entries are subject to the competition terms and conditions.


Submit an image >>

Thursday, 7 June 2012

Call for Community Partners: somewhereto_ NI




To ensure we reach young people and space-holders across Northern Ireland, somewhereto_ NI would like to hear from individuals, groups, and organisations who are interested in supporting this project at the community level.


somewhereto_ is an initiative of the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games Legacy Project, run by Livity UK in media partnership with Channel 4 Education. Its aim is to liberate spaces for 16-25 year-olds to do the things they love within the arts, culture, and sport.

Co-ordinated in Northern Ireland by PLACE, somewhereto_ works with young people and space-holders to provide lasting impact by supporting local talent and encouraging creative use of underused spaces.

Want to host an information night in your area? Contact Rebekah at [email protected] or call (028) 9023 2524.

www.somewhereto.com

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 www.somewhereto.com to see the projects that teams across the UK have been working on.

Thursday, 26 April 2012

somewhereto_ shoot a short film



Young film-maker Ian Templeton needed somewhere to shoot his first short film, entitled The Chair.

He got in touch with us and working with a local estate agent, we were able to find him an empty house which was perfect for the film he wanted to make. See the results above, or watch it on YouTube.

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Ian's project was enabled by somewhereto_, a movement to liberate underused, disused and empty spaces in the UK and get everyone thinking creatively about their communities. somewhereto_ is run by PLACE in Northern Ireland, and 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.

Saturday, 21 April 2012

Sandy Row: A Vision

Click the poster to enlarge
A group of final year Architecture students at Queen's University Belfast have assembled an exhibition showcasing their project work on Sandy Row in Belfast.

With the help of PLACE and somewhereto_, the students are exhibiting their work at the Art Tank at Gental Dental Care, Lisburn Road, for one night only on Thurs 3rd May from 6-9pm.

All are welcome to attend. See the poster above for more information.

Friday, 10 February 2012

somewhereto_ Share your Vision: A Retrospective

A piece of student work that featured in the presentation.
Last Saturday PLACE held its first student participation event called Share your Vision. The day began with some light refreshments and a brief presentation by some of the PLACE interns and volunteers (Anna Skoura, Gary Potter & Ailish Killilea), giving some insight into the workings of PLACE and some of their own work.

Students participating discussed some of their own projects and interests in the built environment and design. Also present was Mr. Arthur Acheson, of Boyd Partnership and Chair of the Ministerial Advisory Group, who encouraged debate on design and addressed design concerns in Belfast and Northern Ireland. This informal debate led to some interesting thinking and many intriguing discussions.

Share your Vision aims to:
  • provide a platform where student projects can be viewed by the wider public
  • promote discussion about the built environment
  • to offer the PLACE Blog as an outlet for new ideas

Due to the success of the event and PLACE's desire to encourage student discussion on architecture and the built environment, there will be another Share your Vision event coming soon...watch this space.

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PLACE is the Northern Ireland Regional Coordinator for somewhereto_, a nationwide project to help young people find the space they need to do the things they love within sport, culture and the arts. Run by Livity, in partnership with Channel 4, the project is funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity set up to help build a lasting cultural and sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games across the UK.

Do you need somewhereto_ do the things you love? Get in touch with us...

Tweet us: @somewhereto_NI
Phone: 028 9023 2524

Thursday, 26 January 2012

somewhereto_ Share your Vision

Lord Kitchener by Alfred Leete, image by Anna Skoura, poster by Ailish Killilea.

CALLING ALL STUDENTS! PLACE needs YOU to Share your Vision.

Is there a topic or project you think people should know about? Something within the built environment realm you feel passionate about? Then you should think about our student participation, somewhereto_Share your Vision, event being held at 12:00 on Saturday 4th of February at PLACE.

This is an opportunity for students to share their vision for the future of architecture and design. Whether it's a project you have worked on or a certain built environment topic you would like to discuss, we would encourage you to take part.

Come along and get to know some of the interns and volunteers at PLACE. Bring along any materials you think may illustrate your chosen subject. Refreshments provided.

If you are interested please RSVP Ailish on [email protected]

When?: 12:00pm, Saturday February 4th.
Where?: PLACE, 40 Fountain Street, Belfast. BT1 5EE.

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PLACE is the Northern Ireland Regional Coordinator for somewhereto_, a nationwide project to help young people find the space they need to do the things they love within sport, culture and the arts. Run by Livity, in partnership with Channel 4, the project is funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity set up to help build a lasting cultural and sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games across the UK.

Do you need somewhereto_ do the things you love? Get in touch with us...

Tweet us: @somewhereto_NI
Phone: 028 9023 2524

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

somewhereto_ plant a community allotment

Recently Andy Kenny, a Masters in Landscape Architecture student, got in touch with us looking for somewhereto_ plant a community allotment. Andy and a group of several more young people from the University of Ulster Architecture Department completed the project in the past few weeks. Here, he tells us how they got on...

Starting to dig in East Belfast. Photo by Andy Kenny.

Andy, tell us a bit about yourself

I am a graduate of 3D Design and have recently obtained a Master’s Degree in Landscape Architecture. I have also been involved in engaging the public and community with projects including “Urban Playground”, Belfast 2008 at the Pothouse Bar, been a resident at “out of PLACE”, TransBelfast 2010 and Culture Night 2010 where I produced green interventions in the City Centre.

One of the completed allotment boxes. Photo by Andy Kenny.
Through my course in Landscape Architecture at the University of Ulster I worked with “The Science Shop” where I designed a community based project. In my thesis I explored digital technology and community planning in Northern Ireland that achieved two awards.

Why did you need a space?
The project with somewhereto_ was a continuation of “The Science Shop” community design proposal in East Belfast. From studying the research carried out by the East Belfast Partnership I believed there was a need for improvement in the areas of Education, Employment and Health of Ballymacarrett and surroundings areas in East Belfast. With the removal of Secondary and Primary schools as well as the Metropolitan College in July 2011, there is now an important opportunity to give education to the local people in the area.

Up a tree in East Belfast. Photo by Andy Kenny.
Urban agriculture would give the local people a chance to learn and gain ‘hands on’ experience. This would be linked in with local community centres and the local people with the potential of myself and others promoting growing allotments and guerrilla gardening. This would hopefully lead to a new community and provide the local people with the opportunity and confidence to get skills and employment. By the means of fresh foods available in a local context it would also create a healthier lifestyle. Also, with the simplicity of growing fresh food and the benefits of eating them it would increase the health of the local people at a low price.

The team at work. Photo by Andy Kenny.
What were your plans?
The creation of the community allotment/orchard would be through the help of the local community, somewhereto_, PLACE, East Belfast Partnership and eight Architecture students from the University of Ulster. It would be designed and constructed as a community allotment and maintained by the local people in an area of unused land owned by the NIHE on the Belmont Road.

Mucky hands! Photo by Andy Kenny.
How did the plans work out?
The design and construction of the project was successful with the students engaged throughout the process. Fruit trees were planted, planter beds were established, compost bins were constructed on site and filled. To promote the project, bird boxes with the somewhereto_ logos were placed around the site and in other potential areas.

Bird boxes at Edenvale Crescent. Photo by Andy Kenny.
The project has the potential to be continued in other areas of the city of as the allotment spaces are in high demand in Belfast. There is also great potential to expand the project with over 107 hectares of potential land in the city centre alone, according to figures from the Forum for Alternative Belfast. It is clear that the local community are interested in the project - people have been contacting me by phone, email and Twitter.

A presentation of the work is on display in the weePLACE cabinet at PLACE from 1st - 21st December, and Seed bombs and information sheets can be collected. Follow the journey of the project on Twitter: @GrowingBelfast

- Andy Kenny

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PLACE is the Northern Ireland Regional Coordinator for somewhereto_, a nationwide project to help young people find the space they need to do the things they love within sport, culture and the arts. Run by Livity, in partnership with Channel 4, the project is funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity set up to help build a lasting cultural and sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games across the UK.

Do you need somewhereto_ do the things you love? Get in touch with us...

- Tweet us: @somewhereto_NI
- Phone: 028 9023 2524

Tuesday, 4 October 2011

PLACE Pocket Park at Culture Night Belfast 2011

This year in the Cathedral Quarter of Belfast, as part of Culture Night, PLACE creatively adapted several on street parking spaces into a small ‘Pocket Park’ inspired by the international Park(ing) Day

'Pocket Park' - part of Culture Night Belfast 2011.

The ‘Pocket Park’ aimed to highlight the lack of quality urban open space within Belfast, green and otherwise and to raise an awareness of the spatial opportunity cost that occurs when private cars are brought into the city centre.


Tuesday, 14 December 2010

PLACE appointed as regional delivery partner for somewhereto in Northern Ireland


PLACE Architecture Centre has been appointed as the Northern Ireland partner to deliver regional outreach for somewhereto, an Olympic Legacy project. PLACE is one of 6 partners around the UK appointed during the first wave of recruitment to connect 16-25 year olds and space-holders.

somewhereto is a key project of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad, with a focus on the arts, culture and sport, and is funded by Legacy Trust UK, an independent charity set up to create a cultural and sporting legacy from the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games across the UK.