Thursday, 30 July 2009

August craft month NI

Tidal power on Strangford lough and the Commodore

Commodore of Portaferry sailing club and the tidal power trials in Strangford lough

Routen wheels

Routen wheels background

This is a bit of background info to anyone who looks at my piece in the Victoria square tonight and is wondering what on earth it is. I took these photos while sailing this year on Strangford lough . At the mouth of the lough is the Routen wheels which are a sailing hazzard, large whirlpools of water that can whip your boat in the opposite direction, or depending on the size of the boat drag you around in circles. Although I think the colours of the piece I got more from my recent trip to Ibiza, it's thatblue that is so important to your emotional well being on hliday.

see you later at Victoria square

It's still all systems go , see you later at Victoria square...level 1 look for the bricks.....(its in the old part above the kitchen bar)


FLAMENCO PENA with Felipe de Algeciras, Maria Teresa Connolly and students of FlamencoNI

Date: Sunday 02 August 2009

Doors Open: 7.00 PM Performance Starts: 8.00 PM

Admission: £7.00 Pay at Door

Venue: Black Box, 18-22 Hill Street, Cathedral Quarter, Belfast

World renowned dancer, teacher and choreographer Felipe de Algeciras will be performing in the Black Box as part of the Flamenco Pena of students from FlamencoNI on Sunday August 2nd.

Born in Algeciras Felipe started dancing at the age of 13. In his late teens he founded and became chief choreographer for “El Grupo Soleá”. He moved to London in 1991 where he performed at the Shaw Theatre. Following his debut in England Felipe has gone on to dance at Sadlers Wells, the House of Commons and has appeared with the English National Opera at London’s Coliseum. Felipe’s powerful footwork can be heard throughout the sound track for the film “The Mask of the Zorro” staring Antonio Banderas and most recently has launched his own company “Alma”. Felipe spent last year touring in Japan, Dubai, France and Austria but has now returned his native Algeciras, Spain where he continues to teach and perform.


Felipe de Algeciras will also be teaching a 4 day Intensive Flamenco Dance course from Friday July 31st until Monday, August 3rd. All classes will be accompanied by guitarist Lucas Gonzalez, who will also teach a one hour guitar class each day. A cajon class may also be offered (details of which have yet to be confirmed).

Felipe will teach 2 levels, Elementary and Intermediate. Each class will last 1 1/2 hours on all 4 days. On the Friday the Elementary class will start at 6 pm and the Intermediate class at 7.30 pm. On Saturday and Sunday the Elementary class will start at 12 noon and the Intermediate class at 1.30 pm. On Monday, the Elementary class will start at 4.30 pm and the Intermediate class at 6.00 pm.

The cost for each class will be 15 pounds per hour or with payment in advance (at least 48 hours) 50 pounds for all 4 days. With payment in advance (at least 48 hours) the cost for both classes for all 4 days is 100 pounds. Payment on the day of the course will be 15 pounds per hour.

For those who have never danced Flamenco before,, Maria Therese Connolly is also offering a taster class. The times for this class are Friday 5.00 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11.00 am and Monday 7.30pm. The cost is 8 pounds per hour or 30 pounds for all 4 days. Payment on the day of the course will be 8 pounds per hour.

The guitar workshop will be 1 hour each day and will be taught by Lucas Gonzalez. The times for this class are Friday 5pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am and Monday 7.30pm. The cost is 12 pounds per hour or 40 pounds for all 4 days. Payment on the day of the course will be 12 pounds per hour. Guitarists will also be able to sit in on the dance workshops and receive instruction from Lucas during the workshops.

All classes will be held at An Droichead Community Centre For more information or details please visit the website

quote of the day

Now much longer will you go on letting your energy sleep?
How much longer are you going to stay oblivious of the immensity of yourself?
Don't lose time in conflict;
lose no time in doubt-
time can never be recovered, and if you miss an opportunity it may take many lives before another comes your way again.

Bhagwan shree rajneesh

Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Free European circus..this Sunday

To all enjoyers of circus,

Belfast Community Circus School is very proud to present the Caravan of Creativity show, which will be part of our Summer Sundays.

The show is the finale of a pan-European youth circus project, which is hosted by the Belfast Community Circus School this year. Twenty eighth talented young people from Paris, Luxembourg, Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Tampere (Finland) and Belfast have been invited to take part in this project and will amaze you with their skills and showmanship.

Shows will be held on August the 2nd in the Circus School at 2pm and 4 pm. There are no advanced tickets for sale, and seats are limited so we would advice you to come early!

We hope to see you all here!

Aaltje Cuperus

Belfast Community Circus School

23-25 Gordon Street



Tel: 0044 (0) 2890236007

Fax: 0044 (0) 2890434971

Summer Sundays

Sensational Street Theatre from across the world

Every Sunday in Cotton Court, Cathedral Quarter Belfast

Shows at 1pm, 2pm, 3pm & 4pm

More details at

belfast print workshop at Victoria Square

As I'm the chair of the workshop I have to put this in the blogg again
hope to see you tomorrow night for the opening of the new space

level 1 (under pizza express) look out for the bricks.............

come for music, food, wine and of course ART.............

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World Trade Centre next event

Register for our next WTC Workshop!
Negotiating your International Trade Terms
Date: Tuesday 25th August 2009
Duration: 9.15am – 1.00pm
Venue: Presidents’ Club, Midtown Center, 25 Talbot, Belfast

About this workshop
Do you know the difference between your 'FOB' and your 'CIF' and when they should be used?

When you are negotiating a price with an international supplier or customer you will need to be aware of the trade terms used. These 'Incoterms' are a uniform trade language that companies can use to represent the terms of a sale accurately.

Incoterms essentially deal with:

Costs: who is responsible for the expenses associated with transportation
Control: who owns the goods at a given point in the journey
Liability: who is responsible for paying for damage to goods during transit

This half-day workshop will equip you with the knowledge you need to better understand the terms of international trade.

Who should attend?
This cost-effective workshop is suitable for any business that is at an early stage in international trade that is involved in buying or selling products.

This workshop is for Belfast based companies.

(There may be a limited number of places available for companies outside the Belfast region. Please contact WTC Belfast first).

Number of Places
Only 12 places available on this workshop

£35 + VAT per person
Lunch is included

To Register
For more information and to register please visit our website and complete our online form.

Contact us
If you have any questions please contact Valerie Brown:
Tel: 028 9050 0518

mill at the mill

Cecilia Stephens Sara Brown Owen Crawford jane McCulla

Exhibition at Bishops Mill Portaferry

opening 31 July 7-9pm
Bishops Mill 9 Abbacy Rd
Co Down
Bt22 1HH

part of the creative pennisula- lots of art in Newtownards square all day Friday.

pride Belfast

lots of info on

New lodge arts opportunity

Volunteering Opportunities with New Lodge Arts
New Lodge Arts is looking for volunteers over the age of 16 to help out at art workshops and events. Volunteering opportunities include dance, drama, carnival arts, visual arts and film making workshops with children and young people from the age of 3 - 25 years as part of the Arts Academy and at events such as Xmas Factor and Celebrate New Lodge.

New Lodge Arts believe in investing in volunteers and supporting their development through the provision of a training programme in partnership with the Greater New Lodge CEP. This programme is designed to recognise the skills and qualities of volunteers and the positive role they play within the community.

For more information please contact:

Helen Coburn
Youth Arts Worker
New Lodge Arts,
Ashton Centre
5 Churchill Street
Belfast BT15 2BP
Tel: 02890 74 2255

Catalyst art sandcastle building competition

Catalyst Arts presents...
The 2nd Catalyst Arts sandcastle building competition
Saturday 1st August 2009
2.30-5.00 PM
NB: This event will be taking place at the old Easons building, 17 Donegall Street, Belfast, rather than at Catalyst Arts as last year. For more information contact us on 02890 313303.

Gerry gleason tomorrow night

Gerry Gleason - Selected Works 1984 - 2009

Exhibition Dates: Thursday 30th July - Saturday 29th August 2009

Opening Reception: Thursday 30th July 2009 1800hrs - 2100hrs

Artist Talk: Monday 3rd August 2009 @ 1400hrs

Gerry Gleason exhibition at Queen Street Studios Gallery highlights a cross section of Selected Works from 1984 – 2009. A great number of works by Gerry Gleason have not been shown for many years. It is QSS Gallery’s explicit aim to present a characteristic overview of the artist’s œuvre, which spans almost four decades. Gleason’s extensive output of paintings is worth being re-examined, the general validity and permanence of the issues expressed in the work make fascinating viewing.

QSS Gallery is located on the third floor of the Queen Street premises, adjacent to the QSS office.
Queen Street Studios Gallery
3rd Floor, 37 -39 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA

Gallery Opening Times: Mon – Wed 10am – 5pm
Alternatively you can arrange for an appointment outside gallery opening hours. Tel: 028 90 24 31 45 or Email:

Belfast printworkshop gallery sails into Victoria Square

the staff and volunteers at belfast Prinbt workshop have been working hard to get the space ready and their new exhibition at Victoria square.

All will be reveiled tomorrow night 7-9 level 1 ( below Pizza express) look out for the bricks..........................

30th July at 7pm.

BPWG are extremely excited and honoured to be the first art organisation EVER to have a gallery space in Victoria Square.!

This unique ‘happening’ continues until 31st August with the gallery space open during normal retail hours, which means late nights and weekends too! There will be lots of activity throughout the month with artists dropping by to talk about their work, educational workshops and printmaking kits available so you can test your artistic abilities and create an original print of your own!

Come along and get your original ‘Tall Ships’ souvenir. Also don't forget on the opening night there will be a £1000 prize awarded to the print that best captures the spirit of the Tall Ships Festival! All artworks exhibited will be available for sale...................................................

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Friday, 24 July 2009

Belfast signage system

Gone are the days when no one could find their way around Belfast..............
Belfast signage scheme shows
the way for other cities

An award-winning scheme designed to help visitors find their way around Belfast more easily, is literally signposting the way for other cities across the world to do the same.

Belfast City Council’s unique visitor signage scheme, which features signposts and information boards at a wide variety of key locations around the city, is being hailed as an example of best practice.

Council officials are now being invited to advise other cities on how they can implement similar schemes, to the benefit of their own tourism industries.
“With a record number of 7.1 million people visiting Belfast in 2008, the Council has long recognised that making it easier for people to find their way around is one way of making their stay more enjoyable,” explained Councillor William Humphrey, Chairman of the council’s Development Committee.

“To this end, the council developed a Cultural Tourism Visitor Management Plan, which is designed not only to help the council and the tourism industry meet the need of visitors to the city but also to encourage them to visit other parts of Northern Ireland.

“Signage has been central to the plan, and we developed some very innovative ways of making them both more appealing and more informative for visitors. These have included not only very distinct directional signs, but maps and three-dimensional illustrations of key buildings, to give people a greater feel for the space around them.

“By helping to make the city easier to navigate and understand, we are not only improving the experience of visitors to Belfast, but also helping our own residents – often just by revealing a previously hidden architectural gem to them,” said Councillor Humphrey.

The success of the signage scheme was endorsed at the recent Association of Town Centre Management (ACTM) Awards, when it won the ‘Centre Move’ category: this international award is designed to recognise projects or schemes which have done the most to improve the ease and quality of movement into and around city centres around the world.

“The award is a worthy testament to the hard work to all involved, from Belfast City Council, Belfast Visitor and Convention Bureau, Belfast City Centre Management and all our many partners in the public and private sectors, NGOs, voluntary organisations and charities in helping to make the experience of those visiting the city as enjoyable as possible,” said Councillor Humphrey.

“As a result of this award, and the subsequent hosting of the ATCM conference here in Belfast, the expertise of our officers is now being called upon by other cities, particularly elsewhere in the United Kingdom, who are looking to bring their own signage schemes up to the high standards we have set.

“We can be justifiably proud of this, and it is further evidence that Belfast is leading the field as a vibrant and growing visitor destination,” he concluded.

Portaferrys underbelly tonight

Now as anyone from Portaferry knows tonight is float night in POrtaferry where all the local pubs compete for the highly aclaimed po (chamber pot)the village takes on a carnival atmosphere and the crack is aways good,and for some bizarre reason the weather always stays good. So if you fancy seeing the underbelly of Portaferry tonight is the night...............;-) maybe see you there.

Thursday, 23 July 2009

the naughton gallery

Materila Morphology Helen Moore
thursady 6 August 6-9p,
Medical Biology Centre 97 Lisburn Road belfast

open 9-5 daily

also the art of forensic science
a series of talks on art forensic science and investigation

tHURS 13- fRI 14 aUG 6/30PM

Gerry Gleeson selected works At Queens Street studios

Opening reception Thurs 30th July 1800hrs-2100hrs

Artist talk Monday 3 Aug at 14.00

At Queens street studios 37-39 Queen street Belfast BT1 6EA 02890243145

should be interesting............................

Ballykilner in Belfast


18 Donegall Street
Belfast BT1 2GP


Installation and documentation of a creative community initiative in Ballykinler, Co. Down
Opening: Friday, 24 July 2009, 6-8pm

With its seaside location and the Mourne Mountains as a backdrop, the small village of Ballykinler in Co. Down seems idyllic. Unless you take a wrong turn and end up at the gated compounds of a long established British Army site? A complex situation, not just for the two different spellings of its name on road signs.
How do you live there as a young person? How do you make changes or at least influence the social infrastructure? And where does art fit into all of this?
Anne-Marie Dillon, artist and co-founder of the Ballykinler Creative Forum and the initiator of many activities in her home village, brought together a group of young people to work on small projects, to have fun and to kickstart a process of creative engagement with the social and built environment.
Bus stop was originally built outside a disused school in the centre of the village. The Creative Forum has argued for years that this should be used as a community arts centre- a recent request was again refused. The installation highlighted the fact that there isn’t a sheltered bus stop and the direct action revealed the lack of social provision, the divisions in the village and the opposition to a proper bus stop from parts of the community in fear of anticipated vandalism.
For PS², the bus stop is re-assembled together with a personal documentation of the history of the Creative Forum; its past projects, the community structures, stakeholders and fractions, struggles, achievements and set backs. A history of an initiative which set out to provide social and creative activities for the small village in the past ten years; from ad hoc child care to youth disco’s, from shopping tours for elderly people to water sports for the youth. What distinguishes these social activities from other initiatives, is the strong artistic element which makes these events into happenings or performances.

This project is seen in connection with an ongoing programme by PS² of art initiatives in a rural context. How difficult it is to introduce art and creativity into a smaller town or village in Northern Ireland, is exemplified with this initiative by the Creative Forum in Ballykinler. It shows the wide gap between urban and rural conditions in terms of cultural provision, desires and political preconceptions.

Exhibition continuous till 9 August 2009
Opening hours: Wed-Sat 1-5pm, Sun 10am-4pm, Late Night Art 1-9pm

For more information see or contact 07733457772

PS²is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. ‘Late Night Art’ and ‘Open Sundays’ are funded by Belfast City Council.

Please forward to any interested party.

BEN event August

Belfast Entrepreneurs Network

The Belfast Entrepreneurs Network (BEN) brings businesses together to make new contacts, create business opportunities and share ideas, all in an informal environment.

Networking event - Make PR Plain Sailing

Date: Thursday 6 August 2009
Time: 5.30pm - 8.30pm (includes refreshments)
Venue: The Nomadic, Hamilton Dock
Cost: Free

What is PR and how do I use it? Jennifer Maguire of Core Communications will be looking at planning a PR strategy for your business and creating a press release that will grab the media’s attention.

Jennifer’s discussion will take place in the unique location on board The Nomadic at Hamilton Dock. The Nomadic returned to Belfast in 2006 and is now the last floating link to Titanic and the White Star Line fleet of ships, a truly unique and authentic piece of Belfast’s ship building legacy.

Follow-up workshop - Practical PR for Your Business
Date: Thursday 20 August 2009
Time: 6pm - 8pm (includes refreshments)
Venue: Ormeau Business Park
Cost: Free

Following on from the PR networking event, this practical workshop will show you how to identify and create PR opportunities to raise the profile of your business at low cost.

How to register
To register for either event, please contact:

Rhonda Lynn
Enterprise Officer
Telephone: 028 9027 0229

Places at the events are strictly limited. Please only register if you can actually make it to the event.

More information
For more BEN events, please visit

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

RUA deadline this Friday

belfast pride launch 25 July black box

for all the details

world trade centre event

Wednesday 12th August 2009
Time: 9.30am – 11.00am
Presidents’ Club, Midtown Center, 25 Talbot, Belfast
Theme: Bidding & winning international contracts

Come along to the next WTC Belfast networking event and not only will you have the opportunity to meet like-minded people but you will also find out about international contract opportunities.

Guest speaker for this event will be Ciaran McLogan, International Project Manager with Tribal Helm.

Tribal Helm, a management and accountancy firm based in Moira have experienced rapid and sustained growth due to their success in bidding and winning international contracts. Such contracts have been won with the World Bank, United Nations and the European Commission in countries such as Bangladesh, Serbia, USA and the Carribean. Learn how the company went from being a small player in consortium bids to becoming leader in bids for international contracts.


There is no cost to attend this event but companies must register online.
First come first served basis.

A light breakfast will be provided.

To register:

Online: To register online for this event please click here.

Tel: Contact Valerie Brown on 028 9050 0518


Bridging the border event

Bridging the Border Event - Dublin

Date : Wednesday 28.10.09

This event will focus on cross border business opportunities available to companies.

Opportunities are available for licensing agreements, commercial agreements, subcontracting, technical cooperation, and business partnerships in general.

Many companies are already enjoying the rewards of North/South partnerships and there are new opportunities in all sectors to be exploited. The way to the Global Market for your company might well be through finding the right partner and “Bridging the Border”.

Speakers will include InterTradeIreland, EnterpriseIreland and Invest NI who will provide information on the various supports available. There will be opportunities for companies to meet with the agencies and one-to-one meetings with potential business partners will also be facilitated.

Who should attend?

• Businesses on the island seeking information relating to collaborative opportunities;
• Businesses seeking information in relation to innovation and the effective use of innovation; and
• Businesses on the island seeking information on funding available to support collaboration both on the island and within Europe.

Location : Dublin

Patricia Seery
+353(0)1 727 2305

Marion McAneney
+44 (0)28 3083 4131

meet the food and Tourism buyer event

Now recruiting for ‘Meet the Food & Tourism Buyer’ Event, Belfast, December 2009

Avail of the opportunities to meet large food and tourism buyers by registering for Network and Getwork. The Network and Getwork team invite businesses from Republic of Ireland to register for the opportunity to attend Meet the Food and Tourism Buyer Event to be held in Belfast on December 3rd.
If you would like to meet the decision makers within:
· Large Multiples,
· All-island Food Groups and
· Hotel Groups
then this event is for you.
We can guarantee that key decision makers from all of these sectors will be attending this event. The participating Network and Getwork companies will get exclusive time to pitch individually throughout the day and also enjoy a lunch and participant to participant networking.
The whole event will be designed and crafted to ensure maximum results for those taking part. We recognise the strengths that exist in the region. This Meet the Food and Tourism Buyer is about building upon these strengths to ensure liquidity for Irish business in the future. The main aim will be about early engagement of suppliers, setting up further business development meetings and making sales.
Recruitment for this event will close at the start of October. The event will be held as follows:

Venue: Waterfront Hotel, Belfast
Date: Thursday, December 3rd, 12:00 to 17:30

Please contact Sam Bowman on 01 6447223 or

I'm back from Ibiza

Sorry for the interuption in writing but I've been getting my head showered in Ibiza, I know you would think I'd know better at my age but it was great to have a bit of sun, I've been trying to catch up since coming back BPW have their opening in Victoria square next week Thursday so it's all systems go for the exhibition.

If you are interested to see what the theme nautical brings about in the members then put it in your diary next Thursday it's in the unit above the kitchen bar on the food floor beside Mc Donalds. I think it's 7 oclock but will let you know nearer the time.

Anyway I'm moving into my artist in residency opportunity at the moment getting the studio ready as well so who said JUly is a quiet month???? Anyway I will forward a few bits of info I got sent when I was away and then cathc up better soon. Bye for now

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Golden thread tonight Belfast

Golden Thread Gallery hosts built environment debates

To accompany their current exhibition Unbuilt, Golden Thread Gallery in Belfast present two discussions on built environment themes in the community, the first of which is tonight at 6pm!

Thursday 9th July 2008, 6pm
John Reid (Robinson McIllwaine Architects), Dessie Donnelly (People's Participation & Rights Project) & Manus Maguire (Cliftonville Community Regeneration Forum)
A discussion examining local residents’ participation in social housing and redevelopment schemes and asking whether they can influence planning and policy.

Saturday 25th July 2009, 2pm
Declan Hill & Mark Hackett
2020 City Living – Where do I get my pint of milk?
A debate looking at urban planning and discussing possibilities for city-centre Belfast.

Venue: Golden Thread Gallery, 84-94 Great Patrick Street Belfast, BT1 2LU
Tel: 028 90330920 Email: Web: www.goldenthreadgallery


Interesting to see how the orange parades are being rebranded as orangefest-one more set on the road to some kind of change, there are certainly more people around the City and lots of tourists out and about. It's part of Belfast city of festivals stuff that the council are leading. in the brochure it says
"an increasingly inclusive celebration of our culture and hertitage for all that is an absolute kaleidoscope of pageantry,music and colour that cannot be missed."

e mail the other thing I have noticed is that there are different kinds of flags up. The confererate flag is very prevelant in East belfast and from what I can tell the lone star of texas???/ must be trying to link to all those Ulster Scots in the US or just trying to encourage people to buy more flags??? who can tell. Someone said to me the other day, oh was it drumcree last weekend? I forgot all about it, now thats waht I call progress...............and the wheels of NI keep turning.

Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Innovation fund for local tourism businesses

The Tourism Innovation Fund has been launched to encourage local businesses to attract more visitors to Northern Ireland
The overarching objective of the Tourism Innovation Fund is to help local businesses develop projects that will boost tourism in Northern Ireland and in turn increase the revenue derived from tourism. The main aims of the Tourism Innovation Fund are to enhance the growth, quality, competitiveness and sustainability of tourism in Northern Ireland by stimulating product development and improving the visitor experience.

Funding project themes
Funding will be considered under three main project themes:

Visitor Servicing Initiatives - to present unique, individual and compelling experiences for visitors to Northern Ireland
Planning and Development - to develop potential product innovation projects
Accreditation Schemes - to raise and improve quality standards
Who can apply for funding?
The private sector, including companies and other legal entities and individuals are eligible to apply. The entity should be able to demonstrate it can be categorised as a small or medium-sized enterprise (SME).

Public sector organisations, including commercial and non-commercial semi state organisations and local authorities are eligible to apply for the funding. So too are voluntary or community organisations.

In assessing all projects, emphasis will be laid upon the consistency of how well the proposal fits within the Northern Ireland Tourist Board's (NITB) corporate priorities. The NITB have also outlined examples of ineligible projects. Download details of the Tourism Innovation Fund guidelines and criteria from the NITB website (PDF, 24.7MB) - Opens in a new window.

How much financial support can I expect?
The financial assistance depends on what sector your business operates within. The following thresholds apply:

private sector - financial assistance up to 50 per cent of project costs, with a minimum grant of £20,000 and a maximum of £150,000
public sector - financial assistance up to 75 per cent of project costs, with a minimum grant of £20,000 and a maximum of £150,000
voluntary or community sector - financial assistance up to 75 per cent of project costs, with a minimum grant of £20,000 and a maximum of £150,000
How can I apply?
The application process comprises two stages and must be completed online. For the initial stage applicants must download and complete the Tourism Innovation Fund application form that can be located on the EU Grants website. Find the Tourism Innovation Fund application form on the EU Grants website (registration required) - Opens in a new window.

The deadline for application forms is 17.00 on Friday 14 August 2009.

strangfords got talent ????

after the highly sucessfull Portaferrys got talent ( you had to be there )
Strangford are now going to see if they can match it

6pm Thursday 9 July 2009 In the square............if you want to see what crack really is in NI you should attend.

car boot sale 11am on the Quay

summer group show

Not been to this gallery
groundfloor gallery
188 Kingsway
Bt17 9AD

show until 23 July 09
opening wed-sat 10am to 5.30pm

over 60's art awards

spitalfields sculpture prize
£45,000 commissioning prize

short term aid to retain staff

Short Term Aid Scheme
Financial help for your business
The Short Term Aid Scheme launched by Invest Northern Ireland aims to provide eligible businesses with financial assistance to enable the retention of key staff while businesses plan, and where necessary, restructure for the future so they are ready to take advantage of the upturn.

Who can apply?
The Short Term Aid Scheme is open to small, medium and large businesses in the manufacturing and tradeable services sectors which were not in difficulty prior to 1 July 2008 and which, although fundamentally viable, are experiencing short term difficulties.

To be eligible for the scheme businesses must also be able to meet or have the potential to meet both the following criteria by 31 December 2010:

total sales of over £100,000 per annum
sales outside Northern Ireland greater than 25 per cent of turnover or greater than £250,000 per annum
Businesses eligible to apply must also be able to demonstrate a need for support and any actions already taken to address its current difficulties.

How does the support work?
The Short Term Aid Scheme is available from 1 June 2009 until 31 December 2010. The maximum support available per business is €5000,000, or approximately £450,000 at the current exchange rates, less any other De-Minimis Aid offered between 1 January 2008 and 31 December 2010.

Financial assistance will be offered to eligible businesses by way of a grant for salaries to maintain key skills within their workforce. There will be three rates for grant support:

80 per cent for small businesses
70 per cent for medium sized businesses
60 per cent for large businesses
Application form and further information
You can access the application from and further information on the Short Term Aid Scheme using the links below:
go to

Belfast at 5 today

Work in Progress - Harri Pälviranta, Wed 8 July, 5pm

This is a free event - no need to book, just turn up.

Harri Pälviranta (b. Tampere, 1971) has a BA in photography and an MA in Mediescience from Turku Arts Academy and has studied political science and philosophy at Tampere University in Finland. He is currently working on a PhD. at the University of Art and Design in Helsinki.

Pälviranta's first solo exhibition was about men, their roles and identity. For his graduation project at the Arts Academy of Turku, he presented photos of World War II combat fields and other sites of violence under the title Badscapes. He continued to explore the connections between the world of men and violence in the 2007 exhibition Battered. Pälviranta found his subjects when he accompanied the police in Turku in their investigations of violence at night. Apart from taking photographs, Pälviranta also writes about photography.

at belfast exposed

2 quotes today

do not let the world squeeze you into it's mould
JB Phillips

quote of the day

Everything is working out better than expected.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Ngaire Jackson gets on Travalger square plinth

Ngaire Jackson (my sister) has got a spot on the travalger square plinth for August.
Ngaire is an artist based in Lisburn Art centre with my other sister Clare lawson they are working in Lurgan at the moment working on revisioning one of the estates.

Ngaire went to art collage as a mature student after initially trainng as a legal secretary. After graduating from her MA she has woking hard in the Lisburn area with public sculptures and festivals. I look forward to seeing what she does.

beautiful in Portaferry

Nice to see so many tourists around in Portaferry, if the weather was like this all of the time you would never go anywhere else. The sailing continues this week with the bar bouy race Thursday and Strangford lough regatta Friday. Strangford festival is on Friday. If you want to see the start of the race on Thursday go down about 5 o'clock to see the lough filled with boats as they all race out to the bar bouy at the mouth of the lough.

Who knew life could be so exciting?

Friday, 3 July 2009

New late night Art convert belfast

Brendan and the golden trolley Queens Street Studios Belfast

Late night art Belfast last night

I was not going to go to late night art last night because I have too much on and too much going on but decided to take the time to go and see as it's important to take the time for Art in your life. I took Tonya from Solo who was over from Edinburgh and her friend Martin who was literary "off the boat" first time in Ireland.
First they went to Belfast Exposed and were really impressed with which the speed of the exhibition about racism was put on in the gallery particularly with respect of the recent events.

After a quick drink in the John Hewitt it was over to the Golden thread, it was the first time I have seen the unbuilt exhibition on in the gallery and I have to say Architecture exhibitions are often boring but what was interesting was it shows you what can happen when you let artists look at the medium. What strikes me about the first gallery is that there are lots of modern iconic building that have never seen the light of day in NI , is the the planners? the lack of political will? the mentality of the population? why, why, why. Then we have information about Craigavon, interesting propaganda that was in the newspapers at the time about it " new life" . There is a good video from residents that moved there. But something resonated with me, because of the planning policy's that went on at the time all sorts of problems happened in Craigavon and because of that my two sisters Ngaire Jackson and Clare Lawson of Red Apple arts are doing a big project on one of the estates in order to bring back some community co-hesion through Art, sculpture, community gardens etc, etc, etc. So one bad planning policy developed a certain kind of society and then more money has to be thrown at the problems years later.

In gallery 2 I love the way the motorway has been mapped out on the floor and the discussion of slum clearing on the planning maps, where did all those people go? Flats? Craigavon ? where are there decdendancs now? Was it a concious planning decision to cut off West Belfast from the city centre? who made the decision? who was in power at the time ? who voted form them to be in power? who could vote? and on and on the cycle goes.

Miguel Martin had a beautiful drawing of sentimental things that people brought into the project space. The things were housed in little cardboard box houses on the floor, little keepsakes hidden away just like in real life. Special but only to those who know the history. Miguel is based in Belfast platform for the Arts.

Next onto Belfast Print workshops gallery with predominately blue exhibition, It's my image on the poster from a print called what the fairy left behind, inside it interesting to see what just the colour blue can do in an artists mind. Great to see lots of sales. But maybe I'm biased because I'm the Chair of the organisation.

Over then to PS squared ( in the blue picture up above) were Catherine was on overdrive she always has something to eat there which I think is nice.crazy after being there from yesterday morning, good to have the space really doing something different now.

Next it was off to Queen Street studios, edge past the bingo players outside and it was up the stairs for your exercise to visit Brendan and the golden trolley( good title for a film) Gary Shaw is showing at the gallery and it says something that I went back a second time to visit it the "meanderings" still work, while there I was talking to a guy who was first time at the Late night art and was raving about it, his brother bought one of the paintings and at £50 - £250 they are very reasonable. It was great to see another convert to the joy of art. Lastly be was to the Black box for the end of tour get together and Catalyst art with there music, great pizza and good conversation.

So what did everyone think that went ? well I was delighted I went out because I wasn't going to , Tonya was pleased to visit some of the galleries that she had not before Martin from Edinburgh felt he was right in the heart of the "happening" of Belfast and we all had a great evening. So that's a few more converts to late night Art. May more continue. Brendan at Queens streets studios is talking about doing something special with his trolley next time and the other thing I noticed is that there are still lots of people in Belfast, other years everyone leaves because they don't want to deal with any hassle where as this year people are hanging around. Great to see and another wee change in Northern Ireland.

Thursday, 2 July 2009

Whats really going on in East Belfast

belfast Galleries tour including BPW

Belfast Galleries

Belfgast galeries LATE NIGHT ART

Late night art tonight

Raster Noton

Black Box Cafe, 7.00pm

“raster-noton . archiv für ton und nichtton” is meant to be a platform — a network covering the overlapping border areas of pop, art and science. emerged from the fusion of the two labels rastermusic and noton (in 1999) they realize music projects, publications and installation works. common idea behind all releases is an experimental approach — an amalgamation of sound, art and design.

so far the catalogue of the label consists of about 70 releases. most of the projects follow the concept of a series with contributions by very different artists such as, william basinski, alva noto, ivan pavlov aka coh, ryoji ikeda, ryuichi sakamoto or carl michael von hausswolff.

olaf bender and carsten nicolai run raster-noton. the label is based in chemnitz / germany.

We will be showing thier CD designs, print and audio visual works.

Continues through to July 30th

Aisling O'Beirn

Boom or Bust Pub Quiz

Rose and Crown Bar, Ormeau Road

Quiz Starts 9.00pm

Aisling will host a pub quiz with a local feel relating to Belfast, Entrants will get a free poster and there will be a prize for the winning team.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Catalyst arts out and about again.

Catalyst Arts
Capitalyst Arts

One night, Three events.

2nd July 2009

Evelyne LeBlanc Rouberge

Chinese Welfare Centre, 7.00pm

Evelyne Leblanc-Roberge- Wet Markets

How do we occupy or define our personal space? What is the relationship we have with our city, our home and the architecture that defines that space? Evelyne Leblanc-Roberge’s photography is an exploration of urban geography, the tension between public and private space and its impact on the individual narrative. Through the media of digital colour photography, collage and online media, Canadian artist Evelyne Leblanc-Roberge explores the impact of urban landscapes on identity, and invites viewers to observe each mise-en-scene and recreate their own narratives.

In 2008, she spent 7 months in China where she continued working along these lines. In her exhibition Wet Markets Evelyne presents a personal journey, underlining the small details that caught her eye over there. This is a collection of observations in and on China in construction, in transformation, with all the tensions between tradition and modernity, wealth and poverty, urban/rural, the ephemeral and the perpetual.

Golden thread Thursday

I Spy

Duncan Ross and Miguel Martin

Thursday 2nd July 2009

6pm - 9pm

Project Space

Golden Thread Gallery

Looking, watching, waiting, gazing, glimpsing, peeking, peeping, glancing, staring, observing, surveying, viewing, inspecting, examining, guarding, minding,

Featuring Duncan Ross and Miguel Martin, I Spy invites us to watch the watcher, observe those observing us and glimpse into alternative visions and versions of our lives. Ross’s animation and Martin’s sculptural forms challenge the voyeuristic nature of viewing and our relationship to what we view. The exhibition opens on Thursday 2nd July and continues until Sunday 19th July.