Tuesday, 29 December 2009

flu in France

ok so I got carried away and sat outside in the winter sun and now im sicky bad no well.I have been spending the day in bed reading a book called a guide to happiness. It talks about humans search for happiness and so,eti,es we get this mixed up with pleasure. Two different things often what we get with pleasure does not give us happiness in the long run. Something to think about. Recoverng here with the flu.

So startng to think about next year what goals to set ,what challanges to fix wht things to get out of my life and what to encourage in. It,s always good to start the year with some good thoughts of change. Otherwise how would we ever get anything done. Time just rolls on I mean its coming up to ~twothousand and ten , do you remember where you were for ~the year two thousand? all the things you were going to do in the new millienium, has it been like that or have you drunk your way through?? always hopeing??? that some how everything is going to come together?? gotta set goals, gotta keep your eye on the ball, gotta keep your eye on the goals otherwise before you know it. Pow your on your death bed and its all over.

With that happy though I wish you bye for now. Travelling bad to Ireland tomorrow. Hope the flu has lifted by then. x

Monday, 28 December 2009

eating for Ireland

still eating almost non stop_ blue sky again. FUNNY what being in another country does for you. Today for the first time I realised that tooth picks started out as goose feathers. You cut off the end of the feather then make a little slice in it and hay presto. You can still buy them like that, sterilised thank god but weird all the same. Had a quick look on the Belly Telly website and see Iris Robinson has resigned, now there is progress for you...................who said NI is not changing?

Went to a French supermarket today lots of food as you might expect. Did I say food? again? food? food? I think a new year purge is required. but I,m not there yet. Ive been reading books while here. An interesting selection can,t say any more...need to go and eat again.

Sunday, 27 December 2009

French TV

I dont watch TV at home in Belfast so it,s wierd watching french TV the thing you really notice is the amount of Sex on it. Hardly half an hour does buy without someone getting their kit off. No matter what the story or programme and it doesnt matter at what time of the day four oclock no problem lets have a programme about half naked models so we can get lots of shots of their bare backsides.
Three oclock great lets put a programme on about anything as long as thier is sex in it. Mind you its been that long since I watched TV at home maybe thats what coronation street has turned into and I havent noticed???Im sure I would have read about it.

Took a walk among the olive trees today there is a walk around the village, they had their green nets out under the trees and were picking them one by one. Interesting to watch ,hard work but must be satisfying. There was also an antique fair on in the village lots of old french things_ or is that just the village. Have eaten my own weight in food so far. But still a few days to go so better loosen the waist bands.

Friday, 25 December 2009

food, food and more food

Something I am always asked is what do the french eat at Christmas? I cant speak for everyone but at my inlaws I ate today.

Champagne and olive cake (mother in law won prize for it at local competition)
foie gras and water cress with sweet toast with Juransson sweet white wine
Castrated cock (chapron) with cooked celery in a white sauce, chestnuts( instead of potatoes)with Chilled Chiroubles red wine
Cheese (five sorts)
Buche de Noel( a chocolate log) with Vino chocolato( chocolate flavoured red bordeaux)plus Chou a la creme
Coffee and Irish Christmas cake.

No wonder I needed a sleep afterwards.
Aparently the castrated cock_ as in male chicken makes it very tender and there are less nerves in the meat as the cock spends less stress trying to mate and chills out instead.Now there is an idea!

Blue sky today, nice to see. Crisp clear air.Joyeax noel. X chilling out now.

Thursday, 24 December 2009

Joyeaux Noel in France

So safely at the in laws what are the thoughts of France since last here. Well recession what recession? never seen so many people shopping in Paris. France is out of recession and you really notice people out shopping everywhere. Someone should Tell the house of Fraser to go to Printtemp, it might sort out some buying problems it has. It,s a bit like tights heaven. Beautiful clothes from all around the globe. On arrival in Nyons it was raining- thats never happened before and today we were out and about at the market, the smell of the food is enough to make you want to move here but at fifteen percent unemployment I dont think that is a good idea. Everyone is joyfully preparing for Christmas and as it,s France that means eating and eating lots of different things in small portions.

Oysters and champagne tonight a big meal is common on Christmas eve......eat,eat,eat.I feel as if I have put on a stone already.There is a grey sky which is odd it,s usually a bit crisper. Hopefully we will see a blue sky soon......................................bye for now.

Monday, 21 December 2009

Winter Solstice

Happy winter solstice..............................

belfast print workshop open late all week Belfast

Just a reminder that the www.belfastprintworkshop.org.uk opposite The Merchant is open until 7.30 every night this week call in or phone up for some gift certificates.

Friday, 18 December 2009

Merchant winter experience

Winter Experience

Leave winter at the door and enjoy welcoming open fires and sumptuous surroundings in the luxury of The Merchant Hotel. After check in enjoy an intimate dining experience in our magnificent Great Room Restaurant.

For £190 per room you can enjoy overnight accommodation in a deluxe bedroom with full breakfast and set menu dinner for two persons in The Great Room Restaurant. This is available throughout January 2010.


mulled wine and mince pies

Happy Christmas from all at OBG!

We would like to thank you for supporting OBG in 2009 and hope to see you in 2010 for our exciting new exhibition and education programme!

This Saturday, 19th December between 4pm and 6pm we are hosting a mulled wine and mince pies reception.

There will be Christmas carols on cello and violin with Belfast musicians Tom Hughes (The Lowly Knights, NI Soul Troop) and Clare Galway (The Winding Stair).

What better way to spend a cold December afternoon than with music, art and mulled wine!

All welcome, hope to see you there

OBG Christmas period

Ormeau Baths Gallery Christmas and New Year Holiday Arrangements:

Thursday 24th December – CLOSED

Friday 25th December – CLOSED

Saturday 26th December – CLOSED

Thursday 31st December 10am - 1pm*

Friday 1st January – CLOSED

Saturday 2nd January – CLOSED

* Last admission at 12.30pm

Regular opening hours (Tuesday – Saturday 10am – 5.30pm - last admission 5pm) will recommence on Tuesday 5th January 2010

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

smarter procurement programme Belfast

Smarter Procurement Programme

Helping your business open new doors

What is the Smarter Procurement Programme?

It is an innovative programme designed to help small businesses and social enterprises identify and take advantage of new sales opportunities in the public and private sectors. It aims to provide participants with the knowledge to respond to these opportunities to enable them to tender for contracts more effectively.

The programme will start in February 2010 and will combine 3 elements. These are:

· Procurement Diagnostic – to evaluate your readiness to enter into the procurement process.

· Five Procurement Workshops – designed to help you identify public sector opportunities, understand tender documentation, construct tender responses, develop consortiums and receive feedback on unsuccessful tenders.

· Individual Business Mentoring – to support you as you identify and respond to tender opportunities.

The council is investing heavily in this programme to support participating businesses to maximise growth opportunities.

The cost to you is only £100 + VAT (per participant).

To request an application form or discuss eligibility criteria contact Ruth Rea on 028 9050 0518 or email rearuth@belfastcity.gov.uk

Closing date for applications is Friday 29 January 2010

Monday, 14 December 2009

Christmas run down!!!

So hear we are again at that point in the year when we get to the Christmas count down. Tempers are rising energy levels are flagging shoppers are shopping and life goes on as it does. So whats going on in your life compared to last year??? What are you going to get rid of coming up to the summer solstice?? What do you want to encourage into your life in the coming year? Is it all very interesting? Christmas was always a time for me when life starts to take on a different scale of things. It is called the silly season down where I'm from as it's the time in the winter when reality is suspended and everyone lets their hair down, a time to reconnect with people and see whats good and not so good in your life, feel one year older -but not always necessarily wiser,..............As time goes on it shifts but it's certainly a time to reconnect with people, eat ,drink and be merry. Who ever merry is.

But this year as money is tight we all have to think about lots of other things as well........................what's important, what's not. Always a bit of an interesting one that.Do we really need more stuff? In some ways yes in some ways no. If you look at the Belfast shoppers you would certainnly think we do!!! and in alot of ways if you can't give at Christmas when can you give............?

Anyway lots of interesting things going on around and about the place.........join in the celebrations and participate in life after all it's going to be an interesting new year. You know it is.

Saturday, 12 December 2009

ards art collective

Sara Browns open studio open thus weekend 11-6 this weekend.
54 Deerpark Road Ardkeen, Bt22 1HG -straight down the portaferry road from Newtownards on your right hand side.

If you braved the fog to go down to Strangford on Thurday it was well worth the venture to strawberry fair. Sian had carol singers and traditional irish music-but not all together. It was a real cosy evening with lots of goodies to buy. Sian is opening everyday on the run up to Christmas and it's worth the treck. Go and have your unch in the Cuan,Spinaker or Lobster pot afterwards or before and enjoy the brisk sea air. I think they are doing santa up at castleward as well. Never been but I've heard its really magical.

Friday, 11 December 2009

walk around tour of OBG exhibition

There will be a walk around tour of OBG exhibition 160 of the University of Ulster on Saturday 12th December at 2pm by art critic and curator Professor Liam Kelly.

ni finalist for doodle for google competition.

There is a NI finalist for the doodle for google comp[etition if you vote for her she has a chance to become a regional winner and progress to the national final check on

gillian McCausland 14-16 age group
2nd down in 1st coloumn

click on image and if yiou scrool down you canread her name and read about her music heros.

Thursday, 10 December 2009

buy make sell !!!!!

Buy/Make/Sell: Global Programme

What is the Buy/Make/Sell: Global Programme?

The Buy/Make/Sell; Global Programme is an innovative programme which aims to support small companies overcome the barriers in exploring and developing business in international markets by increasing the effectiveness of how they buy, make and sell their products or services.

Who should participate?
This programme is designed for Belfast based micro and small businesses in the Belfast City Council area that:

· Are not active Invest NI clients or currently have the ability to become an Invest NI client

· Are product or service based companies that wish to develop their international trade activity.

· Have a successful business with the capacity to grow

· Are not retail businesses

How much does it cost?

World Trade Centre Belfast is investing heavily in this Programme to support participating businesses to maximise growth opportunities.

The cost to you is only £250 + VAT [per participant]. This includes:

§ 6 workshops focusing on each aspect of international trade – delivered by people with extensive practical commercial experience.

§ 5 consultancy days with an experienced business mentor who has a proven track record in the field of small business development.

Interested…. What should you do now?

We are holding a breakfast information session on Thursday 7th January at 8.30am in City East, 68-72 Newtownards Road.

To register for this event or find out further information on this programme contact Ruth Rea of Belfast City Council on 028 9050 0512 rearuth@belfastcity.gov.uk or complete the online enquiry form at www.wtcbelfast.com/buymakesell

belfast accessories swap-great idea

Belfast Women of the World: Accessories swap, Tuesday 15th Dec 2009

Theme: Accessories swap (bring at least three items - jewellery / scarves / hats / gloves / belts / shoes (in good condition) or unwanted beauty products - nail varnish / handcream / makeup / bath stuff etc.
Venue: Ballynafeigh Community Development Association (see below)
Time: 7-9pm
Date: Tuesday 15th December 2009
Bring: Christmas nibbles to share

Access: Go to the side door in Candahar Street and use the buzzer (press top left - 1 - followed by bottom right - bell symbol beside small white tab) and someone will let you in. Aternatively, just ring Stephanie’s mobile (07989 380051).

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

gallery 73 opening Christmas exhibition

gallery 73 Christmas exhbition featuring work by
Gemma gallagher,Searh Campbell and Ryan Moffet.
Opening thursday 10th December 7-9pm

73 Royal Avenue. (opposite debenhams)

in assocition with brown mcConnell clark McKee and The John Hewitt.

never been in the gallery dont know what its like but Gemma got the print award at the RUA this year.

Winter Solstice

As we are coming up to the winter solstice on the 21st of December what is on your mind?? Traditionally it was a time when you let go of things for last year and added things for the new year, a three day period in order to shift the year. So this year what are you going to do/What do you need to take out of your life ?and what do you need to add? How has the year been for you? are you still headed in the right direction? have you even thought you have a direction. Is Belfast headed in the right direction? I was walking through town this morning along the Christmas market at the city hall-(any chance it could be fair trade next year) through the shoppers. Thinking about what has gone from Belfast's high street and what remains. The big wheel is still turning at the side of the city hall. While Victoria square is not full it certainly has added another dimension to Belfast. The cathedral quarter seems to have come of age, there is much more life around than even last year and soon it will be filled with the voices of all those Christmas party's.

The assembly is still up and running, there is still a threat of dissidents and as one person told me there is a new generation attracted to "the cause" as they have never lived through the violence of the past and all they see is "ex combatants" having all the power in their areas. (sad really) that what some people aspire to is being an ex combatant.

But each little crank of the wheel brings forth a wee bit more change, a different generation is starting to come into influence. Hopefully they will bring a different mind set with them?? is that possible? I've noticed alot of friends have moved back into Northern Ireland. Friends with open minds and open hearts, aware that there is different ways of living ,that you don't have to except the "box" that NI like to sometimes squeeze you into.

Every interaction you have with every human has an effect on the wider sphere, some businesses have closed and others have opened. I notice alot of vintage shops opening in Belfast. Charity shops are doing great trade, good to see. Technology still seems to be doing well. I went into the apple shop this morning and saw the next generation of humans demonstrating just how use full it's going to be to download something or other . I sometimes wonder if they down load their brains as well???? Are they looking after their spirits?? or is that something that they don't even realise they have??

What of my shift?? Art has taken it's rightful place in the for front of my mind. However just because it's there doesn't mean I have to get rid of my principles as well? do you really have to be bitchy and manipulative to get ahead ?? I don't think so. It's useful to believe in karma no matter what you are doing. It;'s been an interesting art year. I feel more of my self, people keep telling me just how much I have changed. But I don't think I have, I just feel that I no longer have to pretend I'm anything else other that what I am. A creative person.

Sad that in order to be taken seriously in Northern Ireland you have to conceal your creativity. What does that mean for society as a whole?Do you think that creativity is needed here?? I know I do.I was trying to explain the other day that I spent 14year working on development programmes in deprived communities and they asked me if I did art workshops??? They couldn't understand how someone with an art background could be a finance specialist, could inspire people to change their lives ,could help people believe in themselves and reach out for something better, all while keeping their politicians to account.Very important that one, after all they are making decisions on your behalf, or not as the case maybe. I noticed some budget cuts , real political work,required because they never got the water rates sorted out, ho hum one more step in another direction. Whens the next election???????While all this is going on people are eating and loving ,living and dying. One more revolution of the wheel of life. As it all never stays still. Some one asked me the other day does a certain person live their life in balance?? no was the answer. But they seem happy enough with that really.

Anyway enough of these ramblings just remember that every purchase you make over Christmas has an impact on the people in the chain of purchasing, where does the profit go??? each interaction you have makes a difference try and purchase sensibly.

Do you have any new years resolutions yet ? can you see them??are you ready for the winter solstice? or are you going to muddle your way through , did you do that beofr ?? did it work??

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Fuck buttons Belfast

great name for a band -no idea what they are like on at the black box www.blackbox.com ....................................

Art college Belfast- christmas fair

WEdnesday tomorrow the art college york street are having their annual sale from 4 to 7pm come and see what tomorrows artists are getting up to today. Always good for a nosey and some mad and interesting ideas. York street new building.

strawberry fair Strangford on Thursday

Strawberry fair is a craft shop/gallery situated in Strangford run by Sian Maxwell it's an Aladdin's cave of really good taste. It's more like a store you would find in New York than Northern Ireland. Locally produced goods and lots of fair trade items show that not only does Sian have taste but she also has a social responsibility streak in her.

In the run up to Christmas she is opening Thursday to Saturday 11-1 and 2-5pm but this Thursday she is having a special opening 4.30 -9pm where you can have a glass of punch and a leisurely shopping experience. At the back of the shop she has a gallery space and is starting to get a reputation for identifying certain artists that evoke a particular kind of inner spirit. Well worth the trip down in the run up to the winter solstic.

Monday, 7 December 2009

Is Hugh Mulholland sexist???

On Thursday night I went to 7 different gallery's in Belfast for late night art. I started off in the Ormeau Baths- there was to be a honorary doctorate given to Terance Flannigan. It didn't happen as he went into a coma the very same day but as I walked around the gallery and looked at 160 years-(THATS ONE HUNDRED AND SIXTY YEARS)a long time of Belfast art college history what really struck me about the exhibition that in 160 years there is only 2 women represented. I will have to go back and check again. As its 2 small pieces. Did I say SMALL PIECES.There is even a PIECE OF WEAVING designed by a man and weaving organised by a women. ???????????????????????? Does the ormeau Baths really think that this fits in with their equality policy?? Does the Art college really think that this fits in with their equality policy?.I believe Hugh Mulholland curated the exhibition ??? was he just so excited at the thought of getting back into the OBG that he forgot about all the women. Or maybe he's just sexist?????????? I wonder if the exhibition came in on budget?? or is that just another story??

There are a few other stories in the exhibition particularly in the painting section. I must go back and check again but I think that even in the classical drawing section alot of the nudes are of men. But I will have to check about that. I saw a few people writing away reporting on the event. I wonder if they picked up the bit about the women ???? probably not. Ho hum where are the guerilla girls when you need them.?????????

Engine room have a fantastic exhibition and selection of Belfast Artists, Miguel Martin in PS2 is a bit kinky, BPW is selling off the wall and a good all around art show. First Thursday out in your diary for the new year great crack and a good cross section of creativity on show.

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Place AAIi awards

AAI Awards 2009 at PLACE... Book Launch: Full Irish, Tues 15th Dec... Belfast Civic Trust AGM, Mon 7th Dec... Winter Wonderland sold out... Lots of new titles in the Bookshop...

AAI Awards 2009 at PLACE
Launch Night this Thursday 3rd December, 6-9pm @ PLACE
The finest examples of Irish architecture from the past year will be on show this December and January at PLACE, the Architecture and Built Environment Centre for Northern Ireland. The beautiful Università Luigi Bocconi in Milan by Dublin-based Grafton Architects and the Jig-Saw house extension by McCullough Mulvin are just two of the 28 award-winning buildings on show during the AAI Awards 2009 exhibition, continuing from December 4th 2009 until January 30th 2010.

Book Launch with Dr Sarah Lappin, author of Full Irish
Tuesday 15th December 5.30pm at PLACE
QUB lecturer Dr Sarah Lappin gives a talk on the themes in her new book Full Irish: New Architecture in Ireland.

"In Full Irish author Sarah A. Lappin examines the nature of 21st century Irish architectural identity as it develops its own progressive, contemporary idiom. Illustrated with colour photographs and drawings, Full Irish includes more than 70 projects from Ireland's leading firms as well as its up-and-coming designers: Boyd Cody, Alan Jones, de Blacam and Meagher, Bucholz McEvoy, de Paor Architects, FKL Architects, Dominic Stevens, Grafton Architects, Henchion+Reuter, Hackett Hall McKnight, Heneghan.Peng, McCullough Mulvin, Hassett + Ducatez, MacGabhann Architects, O'Donnell + Tuomey, and ODOS Architects." - RIBABookshops.com

The book will be on sale at the event and Sarah will be signing copies. Admission is free but booking in advance is recommended! Email info@place.uk.net

Belfast Civic Trust AGM
The Annual General Meeting of the Belfast Civic Trust is to be held on Monday, 7 December 2009 at 5.30pm in Christchurch Inst

Guest Speaker: MARK HACKETT (Hackett and Hall Architects and the Forum for Alternative Belfast)

Music and Refreshments provided. Refreshments will be served after the meeting. All welcome.

Winter Wonderland SOLD OUT!
Many thanks to all those who snapped up places at our Winter Wonderland model-making workshops, which start this Saturday. Lots more model-making activities for all ages in the new year, keep an eye on the website and mailouts for info!

Belfast late night art

Thursday night if you have missed the www.belfastprintworkshop.org.uk opening it's back again for late night art www.belfastgalleries.com tomorrow night Thursday 7-9pm

at the QFT


Events still to come in Traveller Focus Week

The full programme is available online.

Some highlights:

1 December - Art and Photographic Exhibition, Art Gallery, Voluntary Service Bureau, 34 Shaftesbury Square, Belfast 10am - 12 noon.

1 December - Launch of DVD 'Through our Eyes' with Rev John Purcell and Jake Bowers, a teaching resource for secondary schools. Canal Court Hotel, Newry, BY INVITATION ONLY

1 December - 'Our People' exhibition by artist Eleanor Phillips and local Travellers. Waterside House, Oxford Island, 2pm. Exhibition there all week, then moves to Brownlow and Lurgan libraries.

Tomorrow, 2 December - New Opportunities for Travellers. The Southern Area Action for Travellers Project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund's Safe and Well programme; Southern Regional College's Transforming Communities Project, funded by the Big Lottery Fund's Live and Learn programme; and the Belong Project, funded by Atlantic Philanthropies. The event is aimed at providing Travellers with information on these major new projects. Island View room, Lough Neagh Discovery Centre, 10am - 2pm. Contact crice@equalityni.org or 028 90 500 673.

Thursday 3 December - Derry City Council reception for Travellers at the Guild Hall, hosted by the Mayor, Paul Fleming. Parlour, Guild Hall, 2pm.

Friday 4 December - Building Better Relationships to address Conflict. A workshop for Travellers, service providers and staturory agencies to explore ways to express and address conflict within the Traveller community. A constructive discussion involving experienced practitioners in both the North and South of Ireland. Malone House, Belfast 10am - 1pm. Contact derekh@anmuniatober.org

wee Christmas drink at the golden thread


Curated by Sarah McAvera

Thursday 3rd December from 6pm – 9pm

Glisten at the Golden Thread Gallery, the 2009 Christmas show.

Come start the festivities with us on Thursday 3rd December from 6pm – 9pm with an exhibition

including work by Sinead Breathnach-Cashell, Victoria J Dean, Sara Greavu, Sam McKee, Helen O’Hare,

Mary Mc Caffrey, Feargal O’Malley & Brendan O’Neill.

So come join us for a wee Christmas drink and a one night only performance by Sinead Breathnach-Cashell

& her Festive Flashers.

The exhibition runs until December 22nd 2009.

For more information contact : 84 - 94 Great Patrick Street, Belfast BT12LU.

E: info@gtgallery.co.uk ,W: www.goldenthreadgallery.co.uk T:02890330920

Monday, 30 November 2009

OBG on Thursday

The Private View takes place at OBG on Thursday 3rd December 2009 7pm – 9pm

The exhibition continues until 31st January 2010

University of Ulster 160 Years

OBG Events

Walk Around Tour 1849 - 1960

Saturday 5th December, 2pm, Free

With writer, broadcaster and historian Mike Catto

Walk Around Tour 1960-present

Saturday 12th December, 2pm, Free

With art critic and curator Professor Liam Kelly

Music and Art

Saturday 19th December 4pm – 6pm, Free

Come in from the cold and view the 160th Anniversary show to the accompaniment of instrumental carols led by Belfast musician Tom Hughes

Fashion Textile Workshop

Saturday 9th January 3pm – 5pm, £3

Customise your wardrobe for the New Year using cutting edge technology from Interface Research Centre at University of Ulster with Emma McClintock and Aoife Ludlow. Please contact OBG to reserve a place

In Conversation/ Max Clendinning and Mike Catto

Saturday January 16th, 3pm, £3

Seminal 60’s artist and architect Max Clendinning in conversation with writer, broadcaster and historian Mike Catto. Please contact OBG to reserve a place.

Life Drawing at OBG

Thursday 7th January and 14th January 7-9pm, £3

To highlight the elevated status life drawing had in the academies of art in the 19th and early 20th centuries, OBG invites you to two evening Life Drawing classes in the gallery with Sharon Kelly. Refreshments and materials provided. Please contact OBG to reserve a place.

OBG Screening

Art School Confidential (Director Terry Zwigoff 2006)

Friday 15th January 7pm, Free

*This film is suitable for ages 15 and over

Saturday Art Club: Art College

During University of Ulster 160th Anniversary there will be a series of workshops for children based around different departments at the Art College University of Ulster:

Saturday 5th December – Ceramics Workshop (suitable for 6-8’s)

Saturday 12th December – Textile Workshop (suitable for 8-10’s)

Saturday 19th December – Christmas Workshop (Family)

Saturday 9th January – Illustration Book Design (suitable for 11-13’s)

Saturday 16th January – Poster Design Workshop (suitable for 8-10’s)


To book a place on any of our workshops or talks or to join our kids E-newsletter please contact Ciara on chickey@ormeaubaths.co.uk or 02890 321 402

Sunday, 29 November 2009

Late night Art Thursday

Dont forget its Late night art again on Thursday www.belfastgalleries.com
the belfast print workshop opened their Christmas show and alive in the buzz there was an interesting selection of print. I think it was a nice idea to have different artists in residence prints on show as it adds another dimension to the whole selection. Looks excellent and the new technical manager Jessica Hollywood was introduced to gallery buying public..............I do think it's an excellent selection this year with a very high standard. So go and have a nosey.open seven days a week from noe to Christmas eve. www.belfastpritnworkshop.org.uk

wrong planet ????****

Do any of you know of anyone who is on www.wrongplanet.net ??????
it's an interesting site for those who are.

Friday, 27 November 2009

Trauma training info morning

Trauma Training Information Morning

The WAVE training programme is for those who wish to enhance the knowledge and skills required for those working or volunteering with traumatised individuals. Come along to our information morning to find out more.

Tuesday 1st December 2009 10.30am to 1pm The Art Gallery, St Patrick’s Centre, Downpatrick

good start to the selling season. Belfast

So lat night the4 belfast print Workshop opened their Christmas show and there was a great turn out and a good start to the festive season. Its open right up until Christmas eve and I think there is a lovely selection this year of past members and new members.

Tonight there is an opening on at the Golden thread 6 oclock. A solo show and another diary date is 10 December up at Malone House the annual Artitex show where Architects get to show what other work they can do starts 7.30.

Thursday, 26 November 2009

Continential market and belfast

The Christmas lights are on the festive spirit is in Belfast and life goes on as it does. It's nice to see the light on again in the city centre- was it really a year since the last time? Where od the years go?? do you plan them ? what have you achieved in the last year? has it been two steps forward and one step back?

I've noticed it's been a year of change for alot of people around the economy has shifted emphasis, getting people to think differently. People have had to think differently. I mean what really do you value?? Love, life, friendships? trust ,hope ,truth. Or none of the above. Funny how the old themes still keep coming out . Anyway I'm enjoying my residency in City East the weather has changed over Belfast and the autumn has set in for a change. It makes for an interesting atmosphere in the building. Great skys out across Belfast and lots of hope. Afterall everything is working out better than expected.Everthing is working out better than expected, everything is working out better than expected. It's a kind of mantra that does'nt go away if you keep saying it over and over and over. Anyway might see you at BPW Christmas show later if your going........bye for now.

Tonight in Belfast 26th November

Prints are the present

Annual Christmas Exhibition
Original works of Art
26th NOv - 24 th Dec

special lunch time preview 1-3pm

Exhibition opens 5-9 tonight Thursday 26th NOvember.

at Cotton Court,
Ground floor
30-42 Waring street
Belfast Bt1 2LD

First 100 recieve book valued at £14.99.

Over 40 artists exhibiting.come and see what all the fuss is about and participate in the only social economy gallery in Belfast.

Tuesday, 24 November 2009

BEN events

Belfast Entrepreneurs Network

The Belfast Entrepreneurs Network (BEN), run by Belfast City Council, brings businesses together to make new contacts, create business opportunities and share ideas, all in an informal environment. Our upcoming events are below.

Five Key Steps to Internet Business Success

Date: Thursday 3 December 2009
Time: 5.30pm - 8.30pm
Venue: Chinese Welfare Association
Speaker: Barry Lynch, Nifty Nosh
Cost: Free (registration is essential to secure a place)

Barry Lynch provides an insight to his unique business, niftynosh.com and outlines his five key steps to creating and growing a successful business on the web.

Setting up an eBay Shop

Date: Wednesday 2 December 2009
Time: 9.30am – 4.30pm
Venue: SureSkills, 58-60 Upper Arthur Street, Belfast, BT1 4GJ
Speaker: Michael Hughes
Cost: Free (registration is essential to secure a place)

Explore new markets for your small business. If you are a regular seller on eBay and have been thinking about opening an eBay shop for your business then this workshop is for you. Our facilitator, Michael Hughes will take you through all the steps to get you started and you will know how to open your very own eBay shop by the end of the day.

There are only 12 spaces available - eligibility criteria applies

These events are provided free by Belfast City Council and the European Regional Development Fund.

If you are interested in either event you must register in advance.

For further information please contact:

Rhonda Lynn
Telephone: 028 9027 0229
Email: lynnr@belfastcity.gov.uk

For more business events provided by Belfast City Council, visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/economicdevelopment

Monday, 23 November 2009

Continental market Belfast and lights switch on.

Celebrate the countdown to Christmas with our annual Christmas lights switch-on at Belfast City Hall on Tuesday 24 November.

Join Lord Mayor Naomi Long and guests including pantomime characters, a performance by Belfast Community Gospel Choir and children's TV favourites to light up the city.

Entertainment starts on stage at 7pm with special guest compere, former CBBC presenter Kirsten O’Brien. Bob the Builder and his team will be performing hits from his 'Never Mind the Breeze Blocks' album and fellow TV favourites
Fifi Forget-Me-Not and Bumble will 'Rock with the Tots'.

Christmas Continental Market
The Christmas Continental Market will return to City Hall from Tuesday 17 November to Saturday 19 December.

And there will be the usual selection of delightful aromas and tastes to tempt you from the wide variety of German, Irish, Russian and European market traders.

St George's Christmas Fair and Market also takes place on 6 and 7 December, offering a wide range of gourmet foods and festive crafts.

Santa's Postbox
Santa's Postbox is open in the grounds of City Hall from Tuesday 17 November to Friday 18 December 2009. So local children can make sure they get their lists to Father Christmas in plenty of time for the big day.

Every child who sends a letter will receive a personal response from the big man himself.

More information
For further details, including a full list of Christmas activities, please visit www.belfastcity.gov.uk/events or call the Belfast Welcome Centre on 028 9024 6609.

belfast Print workshop Belfast

Christmas show starts this Thursday from 5 oclock at the cotton court building opposite the merchant hotel. Lots of new work from the artists at the workshop.
Free giveaways 100 books to the first 100. etc etc etc.

Come and see what all the fuss is about.

Golden thread on Friday

Your invitation to the Opening Reception on Friday the 27th of November 2009 at 6pm - 8 pm.

In Two Minds x 3

Kevin Atherton

27th November 2009 – 9th January 2010

Gallery 1

Kevin Atherton’s exhibition at the Golden Thread Gallery Belfast brings together, for the first time in the same space, all three versions of his video journey In Two Minds.

The work, which was originally presented as a two monitor video installation at the Serpentine Gallery in London in 1978, was re-entered by Atherton in 2006 when he produced two additional versions of the work.

Additional Information

Part of a generation that pioneered video and performance art in Britain in the 1970s and early 1980s, Atherton (Manx, b. 1950) has performed a number of pieces that adapt the structure of the press interview or the Q&A session of the artist talk. The work, In Two Minds—Past Version (1978/2006), updates a piece done in 1978 by substituting a new set of answers. In this 2006 version, Atherton responds to the amusingly antagonistic questions posed to him by his twenty-seven-year-old self. The questions are about the work itself and concern the effectiveness of his idea—as well as the effectiveness of idea-based art in general. Frustrated, present-day Atherton not only justifies his intentions in creating a piece based on an internal dialogue, but also explains how the terms of the debate have changed, and how the piece has become more about life than just art. The work reveals not only how video art has technically changed in the interim, but also how the perception of video art has changed over the years, as it has become ubiquitous in contemporary art.

Opening Hours

Tuesday – Friday : 10.30 am – 5.30pm

Saturday : 10.30 – 4pm

Gallery Tours Available.

Admission Free.

Golden Thread Gallery,

84 – 94 Great Patrick Street,

Belfast ,


T: 02890330920



Upcoming Exhibition

Glisten at the Golden Thread Gallery, the 2009 Christmas show. Come start the festivities with us on Thursday 3rd December from 6-9 with an exhibition including work by Sinead Breathnach-Cashell, Victoria J Dean, Sara Greavu, Sam McKee, Helen O’Hare, Mary Mc Caffrey, Feargal O’Malley and Brendan O’Neill. The exhibition runs until December 22nd.


Allan Hughes

27th November 2009 – 9th January 2010

Gallery 2

This new audio/visual work, Nagraphobia, was developed from a series of investigations that map the process and effects of recording and dubbing dialogue in cinema and its duplicitous relationship with the image. The work takes references from Alan J. Pakula’s Klute (1971), Jane Fonda’s Radio Hanoi broadcasts and Jean Luc Godard’s Letter To Jane (1972) and examines the authority of the voice through a sequence of disrupted re-mediations of the material.

Additional Information

Allan Hughes is an artist based in Belfast and working out of Orchid Studios. His practice explores psychological relationships and responses to the recorded voice. In particular the voice synchronised to image and its predisposition to conditions of deceit and duplicity. Practicing primarily in video installation, Hughes' works continually renegotiate the extant hegemony within the audio/visual binary, focusing on the role of synchronization and its function as the imaginary object of our desire for a mediated homogeneity, when there is only the inevitable, heterogeneous production of meaning between image and sound. His work makes frequent reference to this heterogeneity in a range of thematic contexts and ultimately examines its impact on a wider vernacular of representation in audio/visual production.

Recent exhibitions of work have been shown at the Irish Museum of Modern Art where he has just completed the Artist’s Residency Programme, Mediations Biennale, Poznan, Poland; UNOACTU, Dresden; Novisibirsk State Art Museum, Russia and the Context Gallery, Derry. His works have also been shown in the London Art Fair; La Sala Naranja Valencia; Ormeau Baths Gallery, Belfast and the Beursschouwburg in Brussels amongst others. Hughes is currently in the final stages of completing his PhD in Fine Art at the University of Ulster. Further information can be found at www.allanhughes.com.

Friday, 20 November 2009

carbon trust free event


FSB event

Belfast South Branch November 09

Event Invitation - Thursday 26th November 7pm

Asset Protection and Generational Planning
At this FSB event, we have invited Chris Smith from Countrywide Legal Services to look at the sensitive subject of protecting your assets and business in the event of re-marriage, divorce or bankruptcy.

Don't forget to bring business cards and make the most of the opportunity to meet fellow business owners and exchange ideas. This has been a popular event with other FSB branches.

In particular Chris will cover:

1. How Can I Preserve My Business Assets For My Family?
Without appropriate Business Succession strategies –

Your Spouse/Partner and Children may not inherit your share of a business.
Business Partners may not be able to buy out the deceased’s share.
The Business may have to be sold and the proceeds become liable to Inheritance Tax.
Business Property Relief could be lost.
2. How Can I Protect Your Assets From Attack?
The assets you have created in life can be under threat from a number of areas –

Bloodline Planning: If you leave assets absolutely to your Children, they can be attacked in the future if the Children divorce/separate or go bankrupt.
Long Term Care costs: The Family Home can be forcibly sold to cover these costs and your liquid assets taken.
Inheritance Tax: The tax rate is currently 40% and can seriously deplete the assets you wish to pass on to the next generation.
3. How Can I Protect My Children’s Inheritance?
Without the correct Bloodline Planning –

Some or all of your Children’s or Grandchildren’s inheritance could be lost.
Assets not protected by a Trust face attack from
- Divorce/Separation settlements of future generations.
- Creditors or Bankruptcy claims.
- Further Inheritance Tax bills
Distributing assets absolutely to beneficiaries exposes these assets to risk.
4. What If Some Of My Assets Went To People I Didn’t Wish To Benefit?

If one of your Children’s marriage ends in Divorce, would you really want an ex in-law to walk away with 50% of the assets you left to your Child?
Should one or more of your Children get into financial difficulties, would you be happy that Creditors could potentially claim 100% of their legacy?
If your Spouse remarries and has more Children, would you want those issue to benefit equally from the legacy you left to Your Own Bloodline?
If your Spouse ends up in care, would you be happy that ALL of their savings and property could be lost to the costs of Long Term Care?
Inheritance Tax is charged at 40% on asset values over the Nil Rate Band (£325k), do you really want to make the Taxman one of your Principal Beneficiaries?
In this important seminar, you will hear some of the options that are available to place your assets into a protected environment. For all business owners - now more than ever – this is a must attend seminar!

To register
Registration 7:00pm

Event start time 7:30 pm

Location: Stormont Hotel, Upper Newtownards Road

Date: Thursday 26th November 2009

Cost: £10 for members to cover costs of refreshments & room hire -
£15 for non-members. The additional £5 will be refunded to
businesses that join the FSB on the evening.

To join us at this event, email info@segner.co.uk or call Stephen on 028 9188 9377.

We look forward to seeing you there
Best wishes

Nicki Bury
Chair, Belfast South

PS Don’t forget to bring your business cards!

Thursday, 19 November 2009

£7.50 day return to Dublin on the train

So the enterprise is back on track? is thgat a pun?? no well the bridge has been sorted and as a result you can now get all the way to Dublin in the train they are doing a special £7.50 day return or £4.99 one way. www.translink.com have a look

Queens street studio Belfast tonight

Queen Street Studios Gallery Presents

bold articles
Sara O’Gorman

Opening Reception: Thursday 19th November 2009 - 6pm- 9pm

Exhibition Dates: 19.11.2009 – 22.12.2009

Queen Street Studios Gallery, 3rd Floor, 37-39 Queen Street, Belfast BT1 6EA
Tel: 00 44 (0)28 90 24 31 45 Email: gallery@queenstreetstudios

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

BPW Christmas Extravangaza

So the printers in the workshop have been busy working away on their prints all year working on this working on that. Busy, Busy, busy and the result of which be popping out next Thursday at the Cotton court building.

WE have lots to give away on the opening night including dinner for 2 at Cayenne 100 books normal retail price £14.99 and so say nothing of the odd mince pie.

Oh my god is it that time already for the moince pie?????

Many people were sceptical when we opening the gallery saying it would never last but here we are still in existance, still giving local artsits an opportunity to sell their work for less commision than purely commercial gallerys, still managing to inspire people inot the love of print, still here after all these years.

So if you are interested in seeing what all the fuss is about join us next Thursday

Open for preview in the afternoon with a big bash in the evening.

see you there.

poems for a sunday afternoon

Aspiring poets, writers, literature enthusiasts and anyone who enjoys the written word are invited to come along to Down Arts Centre on Sunday 22 November at 2.30pm for an afternoon of poetry and music.

Come in from the cold and spend a lazy Sunday afternoon in relaxed surroundings, listening to a selection of new poems and prose read by local writers, and familiar favourites from established authors. If the mood takes you, join in by reading a piece of your own work, or perhaps your favourite poem. Singers / song writers most welcome.

Write! Down (local collective of writers and artists) and Down Arts Centre present the first in a series of events that celebrate the written word. If you enjoy words in all their forms (poems, stories, songs) please join us for some featured readings, music and a friendly space to perform your own work. All welcome!

For information (admission free) contact Down Arts Centre box office on 028 4461 0747. For full details on autumn events throughout the district, download the Ultimate Guide at www.downartscentre.com . More information about Write! Down from writedown2005@yahoo.co.uk

Monday, 16 November 2009

Mind on health

I was looking at what I was putting on the website this time last year and alot of it has the same relevance.


QFT tonight belfast

Dont forget tonight it's QFT £3 a film, go on your know you want to.

all aboard the civil partnership train

The Belfast to Dublin railway line has reopened and you are invited to join us on the Civil Partnership Train departing Belfast at 12.35hrs for Dublin on Saturday 5th December.

The Civil Partnership Train is a civil rights initiative inspired by the landmark Belfast to Dublin ‘Contraceptive train’ of 1971 and the historic ‘Peace train’ of 1989. According to Dr Richard O’Leary of the Civil Partnership Train “The purpose of the Civil Partnership Train is to highlight the second class legal status of gay and lesbian couples in Dublin compared to Belfast, a situation which will continue unless the Irish government’s Civil Partnership Bill is upgraded”. Supporters include the Revd. Chris Hudson and Irish Senator David Norris, both of the earlier Peace Train movement.

Earlier this month the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs, Micheal Martin, called on the political parties in Northern Ireland to implement fully the Good Friday Agreement. However, according to Dr Richard O’Leary “The Irish government has not kept up with Northern Ireland as regards human rights protection in relation to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender persons, and especially on Civil Partnership legislation which Northern Ireland introduced four years ago”. Dr O’Leary added that “Since 2005 gay and lesbian couples whose UK Civil Partnership is recognised in Belfast are decoupled when they arrive at the Irish border town of Dundalk, as their UK Civil Partnership is not recognised by the Irish government”.

The four objectives of the Civil Partnership Train are to encourage the Irish Government to:

IMPLEMENT fully the Good Friday Agreement in the Republic of Ireland and to meet its commitment in the Agreement to provide in the Republic “at least an equivalent level of protection of human rights as will pertain in Northern Ireland”.

UPGRADE the Civil Partnership Bill to provide parenting rights for gay and lesbian couples equal with those in Northern Ireland.

INCLUDE in the Bill recognition of widowed same-sex partners who obtained their Civil Partnership overseas or in Britain or Northern Ireland since 2005.

STOP the proposed amendment to the Bill for an anti-gay opt-out on the grounds of ‘Christian conscience’. The proposed opt-out was not conceded in Northern Ireland.

You can support the objectives above by travelling with us on the train departing from Belfast to Dublin on Saturday 5th December 2009 at 12.35hrs, which we are describing to be a Civil Partnership Train

For persons beginning the journey from Belfast:

Book your own tickets individually as a normal journey by going to the NI railways website www.translink.co.uk and selecting the 12.35hrs train to Dublin (you can suit yourself as to the return journey time although most of us will return on the 19.00hrs train from Dublin). BOOK NOW – there are currently very cheap day return fares available at £7.50 return, but these may soon be sold to other travellers on the train. Booking on line gives you a voucher to be redeemed for a ticket at the train station on the day of travel. Once you have bought your voucher/ticket on the internet, please let us know on civilpartnershiptrain@gmail.com so that we will have some idea of the number of supporters who will be travelling on the ‘Civil Partnership’ train with us. On the day itself, please Assemble at Belfast central station at 11.45hrs. CP train supporters should first occupy the unreserved seating in the carriage behind the dining car.

For persons beginning the journey in Dublin:

Book your own tickets individually as a normal journey by going to the Irish rail website www.irishrail.ie and selecting the 9.35hrs train to Belfast and the 12.35hrs train returning from Belfast. BOOK NOW – there are currently cheap day return fares available at E20 return, but these may soon be sold to other travellers on the train. Once you have made your booking, please let us know on civilpartnershiptrain@gmail.com so that we will have some idea of the number of supporters who will be travelling on the ‘Civil Partnership’ train with us.


While these should be valid as for any normal individual journey, they do not guarantee access to a particular train if that train is full. Therefore, at the very least persons hoping to use a Free Travel Pass are advised arrive early at the station on the day of departure to purchase a ticket.

Tell your friends – LGBT and heterosexual...bring your friends and family

....circulate this invitation to others

We look forward to seeing you

Dr Richard O’Leary

The Civil Partnership Train Contact persons

c/o Changing Attitude Ireland Dr Richard O’Leary

1 st Floor Old War Memorial Building Revd. Chris Hudson

9-13 Waring St Canon Charles Kenny

Belfast BT1 2DX UK Mob. +44(0)7816462107

e-mail: civilpartnershiptrain@gmail.com

For further Announcements see www.changingattitudeireland.org

Saturday, 14 November 2009

How many weeks to Christmas?

No matter how often you push it away Christmas keeps coming every year over and over.
When I used to run training on dealing with your finances no matter what time of the year it was I used to ask. Who has bought all their Christmas Presents and there was always one person,no matter what time of the year it was that had already bought everything. Yet many at this time of the year get into debt. Why is it? I suppose it all depend on our learned behaviour to do with money. What we learnt growing up, how we saw people around us dealing with money. How we learned to deal with money growing up effects us as adults. When i do the training for the FSA I always start by saying I'm an artist. That shocks them somewhat because they think how can an artist know about money? why should an artist be telling me something about money? Well sometimes I get confused myself but someone told me that what I do is prove that everyone needs to know about money. No what what you do and no matter what your career is or not you have to be able to deal with money on a daily basis and if you deal with it badly and make lifestyle choices that reflect this then it has a knock on effect on your life.

So in thinking about Christmas, dont get into debt. Think about the long term implications of your actions what you are spending your money on? Why you are spending your money on it? Is it to boast? to make up for things you have done in the year? I remember a women in one of my classes who spent £1500 on each of her 2 children every year. She could not afford this and often carried on the debt from the previous year in order to deal with it. I used to wonder what it was that these children were being taught about life? live above your means for a quick fix, pay it off later- if ever. I just walk around toy shops and wonder whats it all for?? Cheap toys made in dodgy conditions on the other side of the world imported at great cost to the planet to be bought by harassed parents, trashed in two weeks or left after the batterys run out? What is the point???? Is this what Christmas is all about?? me thinks not.

So in your Christmas shopping list think about the impact of your purchasing habits. If you can't afford it -dont. If you feel bad about it,well at least by explaining to the next generation why this is the case it might teach them a lesson about economics, The realitys of life and the big bad world out there. Happy Shopping.;-) or not as the case maybe.;-)

nice to see the sun today

Autumn always good to see the sun out and about after the rain here in Belfast make the most of it . It will we away again soon.
..................oh the joys of the irish weather.

Friday, 13 November 2009

look what they are doing to the merchant


Merchant shopping experience??

Winter Shopping Experience

From the 1st of November to the 31st of January you can chase away the winter blues with a little retail therapy and a sumptuous stay at The Merchant Hotel for only £230.

We are ideally situated a few minutes walk from the main city centre shopping areas featuring everything from gorgeous designer boutiques to vintage clothing, art and antiques. Ask for a shopping map on check-in.

The shopping experience package includes one night's accommodation with breakfast and complimentary upgrade to one of our main suites*.

*Subject to suite availability at the time of booking, prepaid at the time of booking, no changes or amendments permitted. Not valid for check-in Saturday evening.

quote of the day

The shortest way to do many things is to do only one thing at once.
Samuel Smiles

oh er what alot on.

Businesses get set for Global Entrepreneurship Week

Belfast City Council is holding two events later this month in support of the development and sustainability of the small business sector.

‘Finance Your Business Conference’ will take place on Tuesday 17 November at Belfast Castle (9.30am- 2pm) and ‘Spinning the Wheel’, which is aimed at young entrepreneurs from across the city, will take place on Wednesday 18 November at Belfast Big Wheel (1.30pm-3pm).

Both events are also being held as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). GEW which runs from 16-22 November is a worldwide initiative where business people and budding entrepreneurs meet to network, develop new skills and be inspired. Last year, there were 24,966 events and activities run in 77 countries across the globe with more than 3 million people attending the events.

Finance Your Business Conference is open to small businesses in Belfast in all stages of development. A series of workshops will cover topics including ‘Key skills for surviving tough economic times’, ‘Business finance for beginners’ and ‘Show me the money: Sourcing business finance’.

Businesses will be able to put their financial questions to a panel of bankers and financial experts. Guest speaker is Angela McGowan, Chief Economist with the Northern Bank, who will provide an overview of the current economic situation and forecasts for future recovery.

Spinning the Wheel will give budding young entrepreneurs the opportunity to meet ‘real’ business people and get advice on running their own enterprises from a range of business support agencies.

This networking event is aimed at entrepreneurs aged 18-30 years and will take place on board the Belfast Wheel.

Both events are provided free of charge by Belfast City Council and the European Regional Development Fund. However registration is essential as places are limited.

For further information or to book a place on either event, please contact Rhonda Lynn, Belfast City Council Enterprise Officer on 028 9027 0229 or email lynnr@belfastcity.gov.uk

Thursday, 12 November 2009

ad hoc tonight Belfast

Ad hoc tonight have an opening on in kent street
Belfast there is an interesting mix of artists.........some more established than others.

quote of the day

the greater the contrast
the greater the potential.

Great energy only comes from a correspondingly
great tension between opposites

Cg Jung

Wednesday, 11 November 2009

quote of the day

things do not change we change

Henry David Thoreau.


Catalyst Film Club- Basquiat Thursday 12 Nov, 8pm
Catalyst Film Club- Basquiat
Thursday 12th November 8pm

This Thursday as part of November's Catalyst Film Club, we'll be treating you to a showing of Basquiat, Julian Schnabel's biopic of the celebrated New York artist.

Starring Jeffrey Wright as Basquiat and David Bowie as Andy Warhol, it charts Basquiat's meteoric rise to fame which ended with his untimely death at the age of 27.

Come along and enjoy the film in the cosy confines of the Catalyst gallery for the1980s themed price of £1. Popcorn and beer will be available for your delight.

Next week 19th of November: Doctor Strangelove (Stanley Kubrick)
Thursday 26th of November: Delicatessen (Jean-Pierre Jeunet)

Can you believe it?

So can you believe it's the 11th of November already? where do the years go? Bit by bit they drip away. Anything different happening in Belfast? well I've noticed the difference in the people about people are a bit more concentrating on the things that are important to them. There is less money around and so relationships are more important. The people who have worked on their Karma and built good relationships are not as stressed as those among the population that have focused on greed and getting one over on people. You can see it in their faces. As there was such a concentrating on money and property and all the less important things in life, this new age maybe will bring in a more enlightened spirit of people. Maybe people will stop to consider that ever action that they take has an impact on those around them. Can you imagine for an instant a place were people always nice and considerate to each other? Imagine what a difference it would make to your daily existence. If you thought about everything you purchased-where it comes from the impact it had on those along the chain of people involved, the environment.Imagine just what a shift in consciousness that would take in society and the result it would have?

Would we be any better off for it? well the planet would be thats for sure and people too. Someone was saying it was election time again next year..............here we go again. blah, blah, blah

Tuesday, 10 November 2009

Place and Children- looks good

Create your own piece of a Winter Wonderland at PLACE this December!

PLACE presents its Winter Wonderland Model-Making Family Workshops! Strictly limited places available on Saturday 5th, 12th or 19th December for primary school-age children to construct and bring home their self-designed Christmas Crib, Santa’s Grotto or Snow Palace.

Workshops start at 10.30am and last 2 hours - children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Please wear old clothing or bring an apron if you have one - it might get messy! Materials will be provided. Each child can bring their model home.

Places are very limited. £4 per child (parent/guardian goes free).
Book now! Call PLACE on 028 9023 2524 or email info@place.uk.net

The details...

Saturday 5th December, 10.30am - 1pm
Saturday 12th December, 10.30am - 1pm
Saturday 19th December, 10.30am - 1pm

£4 per child (parents/guardians go free) - materials provided
Payment accepted by cash or cheque

Workshop Location
PLACE, 40 Fountain Street, Belfast BT1 5EE

Workshop Facilitator
Jane Larmour

Booking Contact
Conor at PLACE

028 9023 2524


Free courses in January


161-163 Duncairn Gardens Belfast BT15 2GE Tel 028 9074 9810

email: admin@womenstec.com

The ETC project offers unemployed women a unique opportunity to gain skills in a non traditional discipline

There are courses available in Joinery, Plumbing, Tiling, Electrics Wallpaper Hanging and ICT. You will also receive Personal Development training, First Aid training, Manual Handling and go on site visits.

Commitment would be two mornings per week, 10am-1pm for 10-12 weeks. All our tutors are female and fully qualified in their trade.

· Free crèche available on request.

· Childcare allowance and travel expenses.

· Open now for recruitment in January 2010

If you are thinking of getting back to work and want to learn new skills give us a call on

028 9074 9810 or

email admin@womenstec.com

on tomorrow in Belfast

Practical HR Issues for Business Owners

Wednesday 11th November 2009 9.45am-1.00pm

Social Economy Village, Workwest

9.45-10.00am Registration & refreshments

10.00-10.45am Motivating and maintaining staff

10.45-11.25am Handling redundancy/staff restructuring

11.25-11.35am Refreshment break

11.35am -12.00pm New employment legislation

12.00-12.30pm Department for Employment & Learning employment services (Patricia Davidson, DEL)

12.30-13.00pm Lunch & one-to-one with speakers

This event is provided free by Belfast City Council and the European Regional Development Fund. Registration is essential as places are limited.

To register please contact Rhonda at Belfast City Council: lynnr@belfastcity.gov.uk /028 9027 0229

Monday, 9 November 2009

Graham Gingles

. Graham Gingles / New Work
Enigmatic Northern artist Graham Gingles will exhibit at the Peppercanister Gallery in November 2009. Graham Gingles will exhibit drawings and paintings on idiosyncratic themes to supplement his intricate and mysterious wall-hanging box sculptures which have philosophical concerns at their core. Since he first exhibited at the Hendriks in Dublin in the 1980’s his reputation as a complete original has spread internationally, and he has exhibited in Britain, Ireland, Italy, the USA and Canada, to exceptional critical appreciation. This will be his 3rd solo exhibition at the Peppercanister Gallery.
The show will be formally opened by Brian McAvera, Writer & Critic.

Further information available from Antoinette or Bryan at 01 6611279 or on our website at www.peppercanister.com
PEPPERCANISTER GALLERY 3 Herbert Street / Dublin 2 / Ireland t: +353 (0) 1 6611279
Opening Hours: 10.00am - 5.30pm Monday - Friday 10.00am - 1.00pm Saturdays Closed Bank Holiday weekends.

Friday, 6 November 2009

wow and in Belfast

Visiting Fellow in the Creative Industries

Keynote Address
Tuesday 24 November 2009

Brian Freisinger
Senior Technical CG lead at ImageMovers Digital

“The brave new world of the Visual Effects Industry”

Belfast City Council in association with Queen’s University are hosting the visit of visual effects expert, Brian Freisinger, to Belfast as part of a partnership initiative to support the development of the Creative Industries in Belfast. Brian is based in California, and is recognised as a leading light in the film and digital media industry.

For the last ten years, Brian Freisinger has been involved with the visual effects industry in a variety of positions, most recently as a supervisor at Disney's ‘ImageMovers Digital’, which just released its first film A CHRISTMAS CAROL, (written and directed by Robert Zemeckis) a fully animated version of the classic film in stereoscopic 3D.

Prior to working at ImageMovers Digital, Brian worked at a variety of companies such as Weta FX in New Zealand, Digital Domain, ESC FX, Zoic, and Manex VFX.


His television work includes BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, CSI, and a variety of pilots, as well as national broadcast commercial spots for clients such as Lexus and BMW.
In addition to his work in traditional film and television, Brian has spent the last year and a half working as a consultant, as well as a developer for a variety of "new media" applications, such as iPhone applications, real-time 3D solutions, and a variety of other techniques to deliver high quality visual experiences with non-traditional approaches.

Drinks Reception at 5.30 p.m. in the Great Hall, Lanyon Building, Queen’s University, followed at 6.00 p.m. by the address by Brian Freisinger.

If you would like to attend this event, please RSVP to Brenda Carabine at brenda.carabine@qub.ac.uk or 028 9097 1153.

There are a limited number of seats available so we will be allocating places on a first come first served basis.

For further information on Belfast City Council’s support for the creative industries, please contact Brendan McGoran at mcgoranb@belfastcity.gov.uk

How to sound good naked

How to sound good Naked (great title)

Tasmin Little was already being hailed as one of the finest violinists of her generation when in 2008 she turned the music industry on its head with her trail-blazing project The Naked Violin, in which she offered free downloadable works for solo violin in a bid to encourage newcomers to classical music.
The Naked Violin Tour, is brought to you courtesy of Moving On Music, and while there will be some flexibility within the programme between venues, pieces by Bach, Bartók, Eugène Ysaÿe and Paul Patterson will all be included.

The Great Hall, Magee Campus....................Market Place Studio Theatre, Armagh
University of Ulster, Derry.............................Fri 4 Dec, 8 pm
Thu 3 Dec, 8 pm..........................................Tickets: £11.70/£9.80
Tickets: £15/£10..........................................Box Office: 028 3752 1821
Box Office: 028 7126 4455...........................Click here to book online

Promoted by Music 55-7 in...........................Promoted by Music in Armagh in
association with University of Ulster..............association with Market Place Theatre

9 to 5 residency T Ps2 some great names


18 Donegall Street
Belfast BT1 2GP

'9 to 5 residency'-
a daily changing use of space.
3 - 16 November 2009

This project is the result of an open call for a series of one day residencies in PS².

Artists, architects and creative practitioners were invited to sent in a proposal, how they would use the space between 9am and 5pm; for performance, research, office work, hide out, craft workshop, studio, cinema, museum, living room, shop or observatory…

The proposals received were all very different, surprising and intense. They play with the notion of a semi private/public space, the relationship to passers-by and the exposure to the street. They address the question, how an activity shapes a space and how the environment shapes the activity- may it be a yoga class, research into Spanish Art History or drawings with tape.

Sarah McBride

Site specific work/ wooldrawings/


Michael Hanna

Proposal 2: cardboard box exchanges

Fionnuala Doran
Production of ideas

Laura Graham
Prophesy- oracle performance

Kevin Walsh


John McKeown/

Pita Munita
Cellbiology/time based work& music

Anne Marie Taggart

Multi covered

windows as film screen

Jane Butler

Tape drawing- process & performance

Aideen Doran
Research space: Spanish art history

Catherine Roberts

Studio recreation: cast pigeons

Alissa Kleist

Flatpack construction/

space experimentation

Saturday evening
Tonya McMullan
Time and time again
Filmprojection of watching eyes


Acitore Z Artezione/

William Artt
8hr production: red dot

‘9 to 5 residency’ follows the bureaucratic pattern of a working day and imitates the ritual of opening hours in galleries and museums.
Art production and art distribution however doesn’t follow the same pattern. Creative processes normally require private space and individual time schedules. All residencies will therefore have a performative and staged layer, but will still give an insight into the work process, the various set-ups of a workplace and of course the individual work.
For more information see www.pssquared.org/9-5residency.php or contact 07733457772.

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am – 5pm.
PS²is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Please forward to any interested party.

everything you needed to know about cross border


Thursday, 5 November 2009

tonight at Golden Thread


Keith Winter

Project Space

Opening 6pm 5TH – 21st November 2009

Curated by Sarah McAvera

Scopophobia is an exhibition investigating the nature of the city as a personality, like a vast robot, like a wild bushfire, countless faceless buildings tended to by immigrant workers, the advancement of density without apology, the imaginings of a future unknown.

With salutes to Piranesi, Malevich and the Constructivists Winter tussles with perspective, order and obedience to gravity. A construction is setup whereby the viewer is placed within a space but removed from a clear sense of scale, reference or the legibility of distance. A subtle political reference is a comment both on a global and a local sense of void and identity with having no nationality.

Keith Winter lives and works in Belfast. He has recently exhibited in Brisbane, New York and Bahrain.

Upcoming Shows include 'Obituaries' group show in Brooklyn, New York (Nov 2009) and 'The Red Hand' installation at the Arc 2009 Brisbane Biennial, Brisbane (2009).

Upcoming Exhibitions

Gallery 1: In Two Minds - Kevin Atherton

Gallery 2 : Nagraphobia - Allan Hughes

27th November 2009 until 9th January 2010

Open: Tuesday – Friday 10.30 – 5.30pm and Saturday 10.30 – 4.00pm


84 – 94 Great Patrick Street, Belfast. BT1 2 LU

T. +44 (0) 2890330920 E. info@gtgallery.co.uk W. goldenthreadgallery.co.uk

Tours available by arrangement.

tonight at Golden Thread


Keith Winter

Project Space

Opening 6pm 5TH – 21st November 2009

Curated by Sarah McAvera

Scopophobia is an exhibition investigating the nature of the city as a personality, like a vast robot, like a wild bushfire, countless faceless buildings tended to by immigrant workers, the advancement of density without apology, the imaginings of a future unknown.

With salutes to Piranesi, Malevich and the Constructivists Winter tussles with perspective, order and obedience to gravity. A construction is setup whereby the viewer is placed within a space but removed from a clear sense of scale, reference or the legibility of distance. A subtle political reference is a comment both on a global and a local sense of void and identity with having no nationality.

Keith Winter lives and works in Belfast. He has recently exhibited in Brisbane, New York and Bahrain.

Upcoming Shows include 'Obituaries' group show in Brooklyn, New York (Nov 2009) and 'The Red Hand' installation at the Arc 2009 Brisbane Biennial, Brisbane (2009).

Upcoming Exhibitions

Gallery 1: In Two Minds - Kevin Atherton

Gallery 2 : Nagraphobia - Allan Hughes

27th November 2009 until 9th January 2010

Open: Tuesday – Friday 10.30 – 5.30pm and Saturday 10.30 – 4.00pm


84 – 94 Great Patrick Street, Belfast. BT1 2 LU

T. +44 (0) 2890330920 E. info@gtgallery.co.uk W. goldenthreadgallery.co.uk

Tours available by arrangement.

Wednesday, 4 November 2009

Late night Art Thursday

Dont forget it's late night art again this Thursday all the fun and wonder of the creativity of Belfast.


warm moving bodies

that got your attention...........
Warm Moving Bodies at OBG!!

Thursday 5th November

7pm-9.30pm, Free

As part of Late Night Art, OBG is hosting a special event to accompany the current exhibition.

Witness the results of three games of Exquisite Corpse adapted for sound, moving image and drawing and played out by a host of local artists. For one night original artwork created using the principles of Exquisite Corpse will be presented throughout the gallery with opportunities for visitors to interact and create throughout the evening. Organised by Ryan Darragh (Oscillations Festival) this evening promises to be full of the unexpected artistic collisions and chaotic harmonies you can expect from a game where unpredictability is the main event.

Strategy Business Initiative

Strategy in Business Initiative
About the initiative
The initiative helps small Belfast-based businesses to develop the practical skills necessary to think strategically and to develop realistic plans for future growth.

The Strategy in Business Initiative involves a combination of practical group skills development workshops which have been designed to help participants tackle the practicalities of building and sustaining their business.

Each participant is also allocated an experienced business consultant whose role is to help the participant address barriers to growth and to assist in moving the business forward towards clearly defined goals.

This initiative is currently open for recruitment. For further information or an application form contact Barry Rooney below.
Contact information

Monday, 2 November 2009

Women in Business enterprise day

Women in Business invite you to join them in celebrating Women’s Enterprise Day in the beautiful surroundings of Belfast Castle on Wednesday 18th November from 12 noon-2pm. Light lunch and refreshments.

Women’s Enterprise Day, is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, a worldwide movement of entrepreneurial people. It’s been running annually in the UK since 2004 and in that time over 25,000 events have been attended by over 2 million people. Women in Business are delighted to be part of this initiative and welcome you along to celebrate your entrepreneurial success.
Our keynote speaker is Inez McCormack

Inez McCormack, Chair of the Participation and the Practice of Rights
Project. Inez is one of the most influential civil rights leaders in
Northern Ireland today. Ms. McCormack played a critical role in the
1998 Good Friday Peace Accords and continues to advocate for equal rights and fair labor practices for women and minorities as the director of UNISON, the largest trade union in the United Kingdom.
Inez McCormack is a founding member of the Vital Voices Global Advisory Council and continues to contribute to Vital Voices summits, programs & trainings in Northern Ireland and abroad. In 2002, Vital Voices honored Inez at the Global Leadership Awards in recognition of her tremendous achievements. She is profiled in the documentary play Seven, and travelled to New York for the play's premier.

As well as this inspirational speaker, we have as usual Facilitated Networking, and with our last two events being very successful with over 70 delegates in attendance, remember to bring along your business cards.
We also have “2 Mins of Fame“, WIB Free Stand opportunities where you can exhibit your product or service and our new WIB Promotions Table which allows Members to put out literature on their service or business.

WIB members please reserve your place online.
Free to WIB members/£10.00 to non members

Nicki Bayes
T: 0845 6076041
E: nicki@womeninbusinessni.com
W: www.womeninbusinessni.com

Women in Business enterprise day

Women in Business invite you to join them in celebrating Women’s Enterprise Day in the beautiful surroundings of Belfast Castle on Wednesday 18th November from 12 noon-2pm. Light lunch and refreshments.

Women’s Enterprise Day, is part of Global Entrepreneurship Week, a worldwide movement of entrepreneurial people. It’s been running annually in the UK since 2004 and in that time over 25,000 events have been attended by over 2 million people. Women in Business are delighted to be part of this initiative and welcome you along to celebrate your entrepreneurial success.
Our keynote speaker is Inez McCormack

Inez McCormack, Chair of the Participation and the Practice of Rights
Project. Inez is one of the most influential civil rights leaders in
Northern Ireland today. Ms. McCormack played a critical role in the
1998 Good Friday Peace Accords and continues to advocate for equal rights and fair labor practices for women and minorities as the director of UNISON, the largest trade union in the United Kingdom.
Inez McCormack is a founding member of the Vital Voices Global Advisory Council and continues to contribute to Vital Voices summits, programs & trainings in Northern Ireland and abroad. In 2002, Vital Voices honored Inez at the Global Leadership Awards in recognition of her tremendous achievements. She is profiled in the documentary play Seven, and travelled to New York for the play's premier.

As well as this inspirational speaker, we have as usual Facilitated Networking, and with our last two events being very successful with over 70 delegates in attendance, remember to bring along your business cards.
We also have “2 Mins of Fame“, WIB Free Stand opportunities where you can exhibit your product or service and our new WIB Promotions Table which allows Members to put out literature on their service or business.

WIB members please reserve your place online.
Free to WIB members/£10.00 to non members

Nicki Bayes
T: 0845 6076041
E: nicki@womeninbusinessni.com
W: www.womeninbusinessni.com


It's hard to describe how I feel today except that by the vast interconnectiveness of all lifeforms on earth. I have a strange connectiveness to my inner self and the warm glow of understanding................

Bill of rights for Northern ireland?

At 2.30pm on Tuesday the 3rd of November the Assembly will be debating a motion regarding the Bill of Rights. The full text of the motion is included below.

Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission

That this Assembly considers the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission’s advice to the Secretary of State “A Bill of Rights for Northern Ireland” as incompatible with the provisions of the Belfast Agreement; notes with concern that the report’s proposals would undermine the democratic role and authority of this Assembly and the Parliament of the United kingdom; and urges the Secretary of State not to implement the report’s recommendations.

[Mr T Elliott]
[Mr D Kennedy]
[08 September 2009]

This debate comes at a hugely important time for the Bill of Rights and will show clearly where the different political parties stand on the issue. We are determined to show both elected representatives and the members of the media who will be present, the breath of support the Bill has and its importance to communities across Northern Ireland.

Having large numbers of Consortium members present in the Public gallery in Stormont on the day would show the support that exists for a Bill of Rights and we would therefore encourage you and your colleagues to attend the debate. We would be only too happy to provide any assistance in facilitating this.

We would also encourage members to write to their local MLA’s, particularly those proposing the motion in advance of this debate, highlighting the importance of the Bill of Rights. We can provide help in drafting a letter if required.

As ever for planning purposes we would appreciate you informing us of any actions you take.

Yours Sincerely,

Donal Lyons

Donal Lyons

Campaign and Administration Assistant

Human Rights Consortium

Cathedral Chambers,

Third Floor,

143 Royal Avenue,


Tel - 028 90 313 780

Mobile - 078 4677 0144

Website - www.BillOfRightsNI.org

Friday, 30 October 2009

great music Belfast


Peace walls Belfast

Launching next Thursday: The Urban Environment: Mirror and Mediator of Radicalisation?
Launching Thursday 5th November, Late Night Art, 6-9pm @ PLACE
Continues Friday 6th - Saturday 28th November 2009

An exhibition presenting new research on architecture and sectarianism launches next Thursday night at PLACE. The Urban Environment: Mirror and Mediator of Radicalisation? looked at Belfast, Berlin, Beirut and Amsterdam, and asked how polarisation in these cities affects, and is affected by, the built environment.

Dr Ralf Brand, who leads the research project at the University of Manchester, said: "There's no doubt that great strides have been made in Northern Ireland, politically, but in terms of the urban fabric, considerable problems remain. Our study shows that in areas of conflict, there are very few neutral features in a city. In other words, we have seen many examples of how architecture can inadvertently make things worse. But the good news is that architecture can also make an important contribution to the resolution of conflict. This doesn't mean there's a quick fix to the problem, but professionals from planners to engineers need to be more aware of the importance of architecture to urban conflict."

Everyone is welcome to the launch which takes place next Thursday evening from 6-9pm, as part of Late Night Art for November. Refreshments will be served.

More info on the PLACE Website: click here.

Architek10 launch their eStudio
Architek10, a student architecture society, have launched their eStudio, a new online resource featuring articles, interviews and discourse on architecture.

The society introduce their work on the PLACE Blog: click here.

The eStudio is well worth checking out - the first edition of the newsletter features an interview with architect Ciaran Mackel on launching his new firm during a recession, Paul Clarke on sketchbooks, articles on the "ideal home" and wabi-sabi, and more.

NI Design Alliance

Time: November 3, 2009 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
Location: Ulster Hall
Street: Bedford Street
City/Town: Belfast
Event Type: launch
Organized By: NI Design Alliance

Creative & Cultural Skills has been working with designers to establish a NI Design Alliance with the vision of promoting professional standards and developing skills that will keep NI design a step ahead in global markets. This is a significant development for the NI design industry and this launch presents a key opportunity for designers to hear first hand why this is important for business and how to get involved.

Jonathan Sands has been greatly involved in the UK Design Skills Alliance campaign. Jonathan is Chairman of Elmwood, the international brand design consultancy famous for winning more DBA Design Effectiveness Awards than any other consultancy ever! With offices in Asia, North America and mainland Europe, Jonathan’s work takes him all around the world. Elmwood’s clients include ASDA, BBC, Durex, The COI, Glasgow 2014, McCain, Royal Mail, Nestle and Nike, to name but a few. In the last five years the consultancy has been the recipient of over 100 national and international design awards. Jonathan is a former Chairman of the Design Business Association (1995 – 97) and has been a council member of the Design Council for the last ten years.

Jonathan will talk about why he believes skills are important based on his personal experience of building Elmwood over the last 25+ years to become “The World’s most effective brand consultancy” and a Sunday Times top 100 company to work for. He will talk about how investing in people has made Elmwood the company it is today and what he believes are the skills people should be investing in to compete in the future.
This is a unique event for NI designers and one not to be missed!

You need to register at Digital Circle to be able to register for this free event => http://digitalcircle.ning.com/main/authorization/signUp?

Thursday, 29 October 2009

Yesterday in Belfast

I took a dander into Belfast yesterday forgot it was half term, so there were Childfren everywhere, in their new hair cuts out and about shopping and looking. It's funny when you dont have children some holidays pass you buy. While everyone else is looking for things to occupy their childfren over the break, you forget it even happens.
Anyway as I walked along I thought about the schools that all these childfren are going to , what are they being taught? who do they socialise with? is there any intergration in their lives of different religions? IS that goign to have an impact long term on their lives? who they have their first crush on,if they finfish school. I was talking to a man who had gone to school in a loyalist area of Belfast and he was saying that when he was at school if you did music you were a TARGET, you had to move out of class half an hour before everyone else, just to give you a head start or you would get beaten up. He went on to play the drums in a skinhead band. Lost out in alot of his education. Has gone back to education as an adult, gone right through from doing literacy to lots of different courses.I cant help thinking that if we didnt have segragated schools he wouldf not have had the same experience.He would have had an opportunity to mix with different people and life might have been a bit different for him.

So when all you mummys and daddys think about how you dont want your childrens school to be properly integrated. Think about society as a whole or maybe you dont care. Maybe you just want your children to do well and you have no social concious at all.

Richard dawkins on why science is art?


Wednesday, 28 October 2009

Royal Ulster Academy Exhibition

Still one week left of Royal Academy Exhibition at Northern bank buildings
http://rua.webcorona.com/exhibiting_artists09.php see what the fairy left behind...................if anything

quote of the day

the artists need to step into the unknowen is fraught with risks,but it is on such a step that the power of art rests"

Semezdin Mehmedinovic Sarajevo blues 1992

Queens festival nearly over

Queens festival is nearly over but there is still the weekend to run . I went to see Black Milk last night at the Brian Friel theatre, I found it deeply disturbing, it was set in a Russian railway station but all the actors spoke with Belfast accents one might have thought that one was in any number of places in Belfast. A story of getting one over on other being mean to other human beings, getting pregnant, thinking money is the be all and end all of everything??
Do you know people like this? I do. Ive come across far too many of them. Especially the mean part, being mean at other human beings expense and for what? a quick thrill, a sense of getting one over. Why ?? I've often wondered why? I've noticed it most often in people who have low self esteem who are easily manipulated by others. I'll not name any names...........................The outburst festival comes soon www.outburstarts.com 12- 21 NOvember....................why not go?.

Peace 111 is open for applications


Tuesday, 27 October 2009

Mary Robinson for EU president?

A citizens campaign has been started to propose former President and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Mary Robinson, for the new post as President of the EU. The choice will be made by the EU Council, i.e. the representatives of the member states.

This campaign started on Monday 5 October.

Within days over 2,500 people had joined the Facebook group and coverage began appearing in blogs and news sites accross the internet. We have received support from all over Europe (and beyond) and there is a real sense of excitement and potential.

The selection of Mary Robinson would send a signal that the EU is concerned about social exclusion, racism and the protection of human rights and the new President would hopefully be able to exert some influence on EU policies both within Europe and in the wider world.

The candidate most mentioned at the moment is Tony Blair, who would not send out those signals. The EU leaders meet on 29th October and while the appointment will not be decided on then, the discussion abut the post will begin in earnest.

We need to keep the momentum going however so we appeal to each person to pass on the links and information to your friends and any networks you are in. There is a petition to sign at www.maryrobinson.eu/petition.html and the campaign has a website at www.maryrobinson.eu where you can also sign up and add to the list of supporters on Facebook.

the big 30

Were you born in 1979 and want to double a donation?

The Big Three Oh! is a special birthday party where local 30 years olds will donate a pound for each year of their life.

The first 100 donations will be matched by the Community Foundation and the total will be offered as cash awards to local voluntary and community organizations.

Donors will be invited to a ‘fun and philanthropy’ party at the Black Box at the Black Box in Belfast’s Hill Street on November 25 and will have the chance to choose where their money is allocated.

If you want you to take part, simply print out attached form, (pictured below), complete your details and return to the Foundation.

Click on http://www.communityfoundationni.org to find out more.

Were you born in 1979 and would like to secure funds for a local community or voluntary organization?

Then you can apply to the Big Three Oh Fund.

You must have been born in 1979 and be willing to pitch the case for your chosen organization at the event on November 25.

Click on this link to apply: