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 =>

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 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 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 and the campaign has a website at 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 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:§ion=RECEIVE.

Video streaming of NISP event

The Spirit of Ireland - the dissection of an 11billion Euro business model

The Video Presentation from the recent NISP Connect event – The Spirit of Ireland are now available to Watch Online.

Local industry experts met on 15th October 2009 to provide the Spirit of Ireland team with candid recommendations for the refinement of their business model and to help them identify their next steps in achieving the organisation’s goals. You can watch the event again here.

For Further information visit:
Spirit of Ireland

The event was sponsored by Abacus Professional Recruitment:

goolish Belfast-but in a good way

The Halloween Metro Monster Mash returns this year with a chilling collection of witches, ghosts and goulish characters!

Come along to the Halloween celebrations at Clarendon Dock (beside the former Seacat terminal) on Saturday 31 October. Street entertainers, fire performers and Halloween characters will be in action from 6pm with the main entertainment programme starting at 7pm.

UTV's 50th birthday
Special guest presenters from UTV will be helping the TV station celebrate its 50th birthday at the event.
Flash Harry
Star attraction at this year’s Metro Monster Mash will be Freddie Mercury impersonator Flash Harry who will be entertaining the crowd.
More than 40 street entertainers will keep revellers on their toes and looking over their shoulders throughout the evening.
The night ends with Northern Ireland's biggest fireworks display!
Free shuttle bus
Translink Metro has organised free ‘ghost buses’ to whisk little ghouls and goblins to and from the event – complete with special onboard fancy dress competitions, with prizes for the creepiest costumes.

Buses will leave Chichester Street for Clarendon Dock, dropping off in Corporation Square, every 15 minutes from 6pm – 8pm. Return shuttle buses will operate from Corporation Square to City Hall from 8.30pm – 9.30pm.

Monday, 26 October 2009

Hanna HOuse

Hanna’s House, the feminist peace building organisation would like to invite you to a seminar on: ‘Feminism and Peace building: why women matter’ which will take place on 5 November 2009 in the Clarion Hotel, Cork City.

The keynote speaker is UK woman journalist of the Year (2009), Lesley Abdela, who is also a women’s rights activist and gender adviser to the United Nations.

Panel speakers include:

Bronagh Hinds who leads DemocraShe, an organisation working domestically and internationally on women’s empowerment and leadership in democracy and peace-building;

Mary Kelly and Irene Williamson community activists and peace builders in Belfast linked with the Glencree Peace and Reconciliation Women’s Programme;

Colette Kelleher Director of the Cork Simon Community, and Board Member of the Cork Community Mediation Service and the ISCH.

Niamh Reilly Senior Lecturer and Co-director of the Global Women’s Studies Program at NUI Galway;

Siobhan Curran of Amnesty International Ireland and Chair of the Advocacy Working Group of the Joint Consortium on Gender Based Violence;

The aim of the conference is to promote a critical feminist analysis of post-conflict peace building initiatives, including United Nations Security Council Resolution 1325 on Women, Peace and Security.

Background information:

The seminar is one in a series of four exploring a feminist analysis of peace building. The aim of the seminar series is three-fold:

1. to open up dialogue between women in the North and the South about the legacy of the conflict;

2. To highlight the importance of women’s role in the transformation of Ireland to a peaceful and just society;

3. To create opportunities for women and men to discuss sexist attitudes, discrimination and exploitation and to engage in a dialogue about the creation of equal, non-violent partnerships both in the private and public spheres.

The first two seminars took place in Derry and Galway on the topics of ‘embracing diversity’ and ‘women’s right to security in the home, locally and globally’. The third seminar will take place in Cork on 5 November 2009 on the subject of ‘feminism and peace building: why women matter’; the fourth seminar will be in Dublin in the Spring of 2010 and will focus on feminist truth recovery. The project will culminate with a Summer School in 2010.

Hanna’s House, inspired by the suffragette and peace activist Hanna Sheehy Skeffington, is a feminist organisation working to provide a space for feminist activists, educators, and transformers to mobilise the collective energy of women to work towards the creation of a non-violent, just society that embraces diversity. For more information about our work please refer to our website at: or contact Shirley Graham, Peace Project Co-ordinator on 01-8786400.

To reserve a place at the Cork seminar: email or call 01-8786400. The seminars are free but places are limited. Refreshments and lunch will be served. Registration for the Cork seminar on 5 November in the Clarion Hotel will begin at 9.30am with a prompt start time of 10.30. The seminar is scheduled to close at 4pm.

Grow Global belfast

BEN Networking Event – Grow Global

Thursday 5th November 2009

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

Explore opportunities for your business outside Northern Ireland. This event will allow you to find out how to start trading globally; hear from companies who trade internationally and find out about the support available to businesses who want to export.

Our speakers for the evening include:

· Julie Taylor, Integrity NI – Global Sales: How do I start?

· Kenny Boyd, Nicola Russell Studio – Getting the most from trade fairs

When: Thursday 5th November 2009

Time: 5.30-8.30pm

Venue: The President’s Club (Directions:

Cost: FREE (Registration is essential to secure a place)

If you are interested in attending either of these events you must register in advance. Please contact Rhonda Lynn on 028 9027 0229 or email:

This event is provided free by Belfast City Council and the European Regional Development Fund.

Forthcoming enterprise workshops:

4th November – Starting a food business
11th November – Practical HR for business owners
2nd December – Setting up an EBAY shop

Friday, 23 October 2009

Free Tickets in Belfast

Great Unanswered Questions
Drama Theatre Stranmillis University College
October 2009

Last remaining tickets available for Great Unanswered Questions! Apply now to be sure you don't miss out.

Colin Murphy returns to BBC Radio Ulster with a mission to unravel some of life's great unanswered questions with the help of a comedy chum and a few brainy friends.

For example, how fat do you need to be to be bullet-proof?
Why do we have eyebrows?
Why do men have hairy ears?

Tickets are still available for the following dates:

Recording on 28 and 29 October at Drama Theatre, Stranmillis University College, Stranmillis Road, Belfast, BT9 5DY

Doors open at 6.30pm
No admittance after 7.00pm
Minimum age 16

To apply for tickets, visit the BBC Tickets website or call the BBC Ticket Line on 0370 901 1227*.

We look forward to seeing you in our audience very soon.

Kind regards

BBC Shows, Tours and Events

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Iris Robinson on the stage at the grand opera house?

last night I saw a stunning performance from DV8 live on the stage at the grand opera house. The dance was about homophobia developed from interviews taken around the uk. It mixed religion, gender politics beautiful dance and quite simply I came away entralled. Why did I mention Iris Robinson? well in the theatre production part of the voice over was the radio interview from iris Robinson talking about how she thought being gay was an abomination. I actually remeber lying in bed listening to the morning show getting really annoyed with her. When it came on in the opera house the audiance gasped. You could feel people literally taking a sharp intake of breath. After the audio snippet of the radio it finished with a"and now the weather" and everyone laughed. I wonder if they did that in other places? is it just that we are so used to that kind of rant on the radio and then we all talk about the weather because we cant belive our ears??

After the production there was a question and answer session with the audiance over all what struck me was Peter Machett in the panel who said "the pope is gay" "there are very senior Ulster Unionist politicians that are gay and yet they were the ones that wanted to keep in the anti sodomy legislation. The audiance asked for names but he was'nt giving any way. All in all it was a fantastic night out. Its on tonight go and see it if you can. Theatre really is a fantastic way of quickly getting over issues that effect different sections of society and this was a brilliant way to do it..............well done Opera house for getting something actually worth while looking at for a change.

free Belfast

Great Unanswered Questions
Drama Theatre Stranmillis University College
October 2009

Last remaining tickets available for Great Unanswered Questions! Apply now to be sure you don't miss out.

Colin Murphy returns to BBC Radio Ulster with a mission to unravel some of life's great unanswered questions with the help of a comedy chum and a few brainy friends.

For example, how fat do you need to be to be bullet-proof?
Why do we have eyebrows?
Why do men have hairy ears?

Tickets are still available for the following dates:

Recording on 28 and 29 October at Drama Theatre, Stranmillis University College, Stranmillis Road, Belfast, BT9 5DY

Doors open at 6.30pm
No admittance after 7.00pm
Minimum age 16

To apply for tickets, visit the BBC Tickets website or call the BBC Ticket Line on 0370 901 1227*.

We look forward to seeing you in our audience very soon.

Kind regards

BBC Shows, Tours and Events

If you know of anyone else who may be interested in joining our audience, why not forward this to them by clicking here.

Thursday, 22 October 2009

drawing marathon

RHA Drawing Marathon Week: Call to Artists
The RHA School is delighted to present an open call to artists to participate in the fourth of a series of hugely successful drawing marathons. The drawing marathon will take place in the new drawing studio in the RHA. Places are limited to 30 artists and are aimed towards professional artists wishing to develop their drawing skills in a concentrated and informed environment, specifically looking at drawing from life models.

The Marathon will run from Monday Nov 30th–Friday Dec 4th 10am – 5pm.
The fee for the week is €200 per person. A Member of the RHA or specially invited artist will facilitate each day. Subject to demand a second week may be arranged from Dec 7th-11th.

Priority will be given to artists wishing to participate for the full week, however there are spaces available for artists wishing to participate for a selection of days, or one or a half day. The cost for one day being €50, half day (morning or afternoon session) €30.

Bookings can be made to the Academy Co-ordinator, Ciara Timlin
phone 01 6612558 email
RHA, Gallagher Gallery, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2

free belfast

BBC Introducing "United Nations"
17 November
Mandela Hall Belfast

Come along and join us as BBC Introducing in Northern Ireland, Scotland, England and Wales join forces to showcase the best in new music from around the UK in a free one-off event in Belfast!

BBC Introducing presenters Huw Stephens, Rory McConnell, Vic Galloway and Bethan Elfyn descend upon Belfast's Mandela Hall to present live music from four hotly-tipped new bands: Two Door Cinema Club; Pulled Apart By Horses, Twin Atlantic and Save Your Breath.

Recording on Tuesday 17 November at the Mandela Hall, Belfast, BT7 1NN.
Doors open at 7pm.

To apply for tickets, visit the BBC Tickets website or call the BBC Ticket Line on 0370 901 1227*.

We look forward to seeing you in our audience very soon.

Kind regards

BBC Shows, Tours and Events

If you know of anyone else who may be interested in joining our audience, why not forward this to them by clicking here.


DV8 grand opera house tonight

DV8 are on in the Granda Opera House tonight;;;;;;;;fantastic dance troupe.

starting a food business ?

Starting a Food Business

Wednesday 4th November 2009 9.45am-1.00pm

City East, 68-72 Newtownards Road, Belfast

If you are starting a food business then come along to our workshop to find out about legislation affecting food businesses and hear from a successful business owner.


9.45-10.00am Registration and Refreshments

10.00-10.30am How do I run a safe food business?

10.30-11.00am What Building Control regulations do I need?

11.00-11.25am What licences do I need to operate a food business?

11.25-11.35am Refreshment break

11.35am-12.05pm Health and safety issues for food businesses

12.05-12.30pm Ruth Little from Rollo Pollo shares her experiences of opening a food business in Belfast.

12.30-1.00pm Lunch & one-to-one with speakers

Practical HR Issues for Business Owners

Wednesday 11th November 2009 9.45am-1.00pm

Workwest Social Economy Village, Belfast

This workshop will cover:

Motivating and maintaining staff
Handling redundancy/staff restructuring
New employment legislation
Department for Employment & Learning employment services

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: /028 9027 0229

Wednesday, 21 October 2009

First poppy

I saw my first poppy today,quickly in the lapel of a man in the street. It reminded me that another year s nearly over and what have we achieved? What has been achieved? On a big scale we still have Peace .Well a peace of sorts there was a car bomb that went off not too far away from where I live last week. Belfast city centre is buzzing loud and clear, as I write I hear an ice cream van outside ? thats a bit wierd? does it sell cigarettes as well? Who knows, who knows? what is it doing going around at this tme of the night? the city hall is reopened, the Ulster museum as well , the Ulster Hall refurbished. But what of the people what exactly has happened with them? have the people of Belfast changed at all?? How have they changed or are they still thinking along the same old lines?? it's hard to know really. I know some people who have moved here from other places, I know some people who have moved back here after escaping for a while and all along with each little shift up or down society changes bit by bit. Moving back and forward piece by piece.Bit by bit over and over it goes.

Have I changed any? well I've got a little bit older?? wiser?? who can say as I move up into my Birthday it feels good to be alive and a very interesting time to be living in Belfast. Seeing it develop and participating in it's growth, change, shift movement. Out of the gloom and into another being, a more confident way of being a more excepting way of being. Changed poised for movement, into another age. Place space time. I'm looking forward to the next stage. Watch out for the poppy's will your attitude to them change this year???

On another note I have a number of friends and relatives that are waiting for their partners to give birth all into different families all into different social structures. Is in their life time society in N.Ireland going to be very different to the one that I was born inoto???? I suppose it partly depends on who we vote in next year.oh will it be that time already????? ho hum.

In the meantime go and see something in the Queens festival to cheer you up and support all those amazing acts out there.

Sean Scully last night

Sean Scully opened at the Ulster museum last night. Wow.

On the edge video

Bronagh Lawson- on the edge

Tuesday, 20 October 2009

more on the 4th Plinth

Doing business in Turkey-(oh Christmas is coming)

Venue: Ramada Encore, Belfast

Time: 9.30am (registration) - 12.30pm

By the year 2050 it is predicted that Turkey will be one of the world's 10 largest economies. Currently there exists significant trade and investment opportunities for Northern Ireland companies, both now and in the long term, in virtually every sector in this emerging economy.

The Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Doing Business in Turkey seminar, on behalf of UK Trade & Investment to coincide with the visit to Belfast of Sarah Mooney, Head Investment and Trade, Istanbul.


09.30 – 10.00 Registration

10.00 – 10.05 Welcome & Opening Remarks
Eamonn Cavlan, NICC

10.05 – 10.35 Business Opportunities in Turkey
S Mooney, Trade & Investment Istanbul

10.35 – 10.55 Company Case Study
Paul Harding, Meltum Exports

10.55 – 11.15 Experiences of Turkey
Eamonn Cavlan, NICC

11.15 – 11.30 NICC Activity
Eamonn Cavlan, NICC

11.30 – 11.45 Invest NI Trade Support
Claire Gadd, Invest NI Trade Team

11.45 – 12.00 Questions & Answer Session

12.00 – 12.30 Networking Lunch

12.30 onward Pre-arranged one to one meetings
(please request in advance)

Sectors of Opportunity in Turkey

Priority Sectors

· Environment

· Water

· Ports

· Agriculture

Opportunity Sectors

· Airports

· Financial Services

· Education & Skills


For further information or to book your seminar place, please contact Catherine O'Loan on 028 9024 4113 or email

© Copyright 2009 Northern Ireland Chamber of Commerce

free Belfast-spread the word

Raw Money Gig
Oh Yeah Music Centre
Friday 6 November

The BBC Raw Money campaign teams up with BBC Radio Ulster's Across the Line at the Oh Yeah centre for a night of music with a message.

A host of brand new and established music talent will either play cover versions or alternative versions from their own repertoire on the subject of hard times. Captain Kennedy, Cat Malojian, Yes Cadets and Ciara Cowan will be among some of the special guests for the evening.

Advice on how to manage your personal finance will also be on hand.

Recording for broadcast on BBC Radio Ulster at the Oh Yeah Music Centre, 15-21 Gordon Street, Belfast, BT1 2LG, on Friday 6 November.
Doors open at 7pm.

To apply for tickets, visit the BBC Tickets website or call the BBC Ticket Line on 0370 901 1227*.

We look forward to seeing you in our audience very soon.

Kind regards

BBC Shows, Tours and Events

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all performances are free some contain nudity ***

At the Naughton gallery

Sandra Johnston
Thursday 22 Oct 6.30-7.30pm SEnate room Queens.

Jerzy Beres
Friday 23 October 12.30pm-2pm Queens Senate room.

Alistair MacLennan Friday 23 Oct 2.30-5.30pm Queens Senate commitee room.

Zbigniew Warpechowski
Friday 23 October 6-6.30 Queens Senate room

Jan Swidzinski Sat 24 October 3pm Senate room (lecture/talk)

Seminar discussion
Dr Slavka SveraKOVA
Wgat makes a good performance in a crowed and expanding culture?

Jan Swidzinski Saturday 24 October 6pm Queens Senate room.

These are a once in a lifetime chance to see actuations and peformances by artists who have revlolutionised international art pratice over the last 60 years.Sounds interesting.

Search for creative talent !!!

Search on for creative talent
Published:16th Oct 2009
The British Council is searching for the nation's top entrepreneurial talent in music, fashion design and publishing.

As part of its UK Young Creative Entrepreneur Awards, six people in each sector will be chosen to go on an international tour specific to their chosen category to compete for the top title.

Each group will visit a different country to enhance their knowledge of the local market and industry structure.

While on tour, contestants will be able to network as well as develop their profile within their sector.

After the tour finishes, a winner will be chosen from each category and will be awarded £5,000 to invest in their chosen project in the country they visited.

Music finalists are to be flown to China, fashion contestants to Indonesia and those within the publishing category will visit South Africa.

To apply, applicants must have at least three years professional experience and must also be aged between 25 and 35-years-old.

Hopefuls have until November 30th to enter.


Go and see the exhbition in Ps2 Florian is originally from Austria and now based in the new ad hoc studios and has done an amazing sound installation I took a friend of mine from London in and he had an out of body expereince in it.How exactly ? well he invites the viewer to listen into different recordings and when you stop listening to them and take them off your preception is changed a great deal. It's hard to explain what I mean but it makes you realise just how altered our different states are dependant on what we listen too. We are used to putting on music to change our perceptions and emotions but not recordings of ambiant noise to do the same thing.
Ps2 is in the Catherdral quarter opposite Belfast exposed and open most afternoons. You have to knock on the window to get in but please do its well worth a visit. It made me think just how important art is to help people change their perceptions of the world.

The Royal society lecture

The Royal Society Lecture

The Challenges of Global Biodiversity Loss

An address by guest speaker

Professor Georgina Mace FRS

Imperial College London and Fellow of the Royal Society

Wednesday 25 November 2009 at 6pm

The Great Hall, Lanyon Building

Queen’s University Belfast

As demographic pressures and consumption levels increase, biodiversity decreases, and the ability of the natural world to continue delivering the goods and services on which humanity ultimately depends may be undermined. In 2010 the world’s governments will examine progress made against a target set in 2002 to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss. It is now almost certain that this target will be missed. In this keynote lecture, Professor Georgina Mace will examine the information around biodiversity loss, including what we know about the causes and likely future trends. Most importantly, she will examine why biodiversity loss matters, and what we should do about it.

Georgina Mace is the Director of the NERC Centre for Population Biology at Imperial College London where she is also professor of Conservation Science. Her research interests focus on species extinction, the assessment of biodiversity change, biodiversity indicators and the consequences of biodiversity loss for people and environmental processes. She is also the Deputy Chair of Diversitas (an international programme in biodiversity science) and President of the Society of Conservation Biology. In 2002 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society - the UK’s national academy of science.

To register for this free event (flyer attached),
contact Carol at or 028 9097 1139.
Early registration advised. Reception from 5.30pm for address and Q&A at 6pm

nitechblog check out where the Mobile Monday Mmoney is

Monday, 19 October 2009

James Millar Solo exhibition

James Millar solo exhibition
Quails Gallery - 13-15 Newry Street, Banbridge BT32 3EA
Opening Saturday 17th October (artist will be on site between 1 - 2pm) exhibition continues until 31st October 2009
Mon - Sat 9am - 5.30pm

James is interested in sex and religion......................not necessarilarly in that order.

Cinemagic talent lab

bridging the border

Bridging the Border Seminar & Partnering
Dublin - 28 October 2009

The Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry, Dublin.
Have you considered partnership as a means to achieving sustainable business growth?
Could your business benefit from a partnership with a business partner across the border?

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, both across the Island and further afield. The way to the Global Market for your company might well be through finding the right partner and “Bridging the Border”.

In addition to companies from Northern Ireland & Ireland we also invited participants from Scotland. Furthermore we are also welcoming a representative for US companies!

To hear all about the processes involved, the various support programmes dedicated to North-South & East-West collaboration, and to meet potential partners, come to our seminar and partnering event on Wednesday, 28th October – it may be the beginning of a new phase in your company’s development.

Enterprise Ireland, Invest Northern Ireland, and InterTradeIreland, have teamed up to host this event, and we aim to provide detailed information for you on available support programmes.

There will also be opportunities for meetings with agencies, and for one-to-one meetings with potential business partners, after a brief matching process between participants during the morning session.

Even if you attended our last event, this event may be of further interest. The presentation on Technology Transfer & Licensing will be of great value to those considering technology partnerships as a way forward.

We will also present global opportunities for partneringin the UK, Europe and USA

Admission is FREE but numbers are limited. Click here to REGISTER

Enquiries to Debbie Nolan on +353 1 7272587 or email:

free business breakfast

Date: 10 November 2009, Venue: Belfast City Hall
Time: 7.45am until 9am
Cost: Free
This is a free breakfast event for businesses as a follow on from last year’s European Health and Safety Week, when a number of inspections were carried out and three very successful risk assessment training seminars were held to support businesses in carrying out assessments.
This event is the next step for those participating businesses and also a chance for other businesses to see what health and safety support is available locally, especially from the council.
There will be a number of short presentations and exhibition stands on a wide range of issues.
Tours of City Hall will be available at 7.30am and 9.15am. For booking details & more information visit our website
Gillian McEvoy

Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Ps2 sound installation

Florian Hollerweger: ‘24/7’, sound installation.
Opening: Thursday 15 October 2009, 6-8pm

In the last two weeks, the Austrian sound artist Florian Hollerweger has set up an electro-acoustic installation, a non stop recording system of everyday-and-night voices and sounds. He uses a 'dummy head' with microphones embedded into its ears, which continuously record the soundscape in the space.

Through different delays the sounds are played back again on various headphones. Each of them allows the visitor to 'listen back' to different moments of the acoustic history - a few seconds, a couple of hours, an entire week ago.
Florian Hollerweger’s work allows us to reflect on the threat of public and private surveillance, but also the poetic potentials of sound and memory.
It oscillates between control, secrecy and the temptation to ‘listen in’ and the importance of recollecting sounds as an aspect of constructing memory.

Or- as Hollerweger writes more playfully: ‘In this experiment you are not just the listening observer but also the listened-to performer. So make sound! Leave messages for strangers! Propose to your girlfriend and send her over the next day to hear it! Come out and play!’

24/7 continuous till 24 October 2009

Opening hours: Tues - Sat 1am -6pm

For more information see:


Contact: ; 07733457772

PS²is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Please forward to any interested party.

belfast print workshop new exhibition

‘Soulscape’ from Engramme, Quebec – Group Exhibition

Exhibition Starts: 16th October 2009

Late Night opening: 22nd October

Exhibition runs until: 21st November 2009

Canadian Art Gallery Leaves Imprint On Belfast Print Workshop

As part of an international art and cultural exchange Belfast Print Workshop have brought the feel of Quebec to the Cathedral Quarter. Engramme is a print studio and art gallery, very much like our very own Belfast Print Workshop, and last year they produced a memorable and significant artistic project to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the city of Quebec. This exciting exhibition has now come to Belfast!

Engramme’s goal for this exhibition was to capture and preserve the memories of printmaking artists who have visited Quebec and artists who want to explore the city with their imagination. The concept behind the exhibition was to create “a meaningful artistic heritage around the event’s theme of encounters.”

The 400 miniature prints in the exhibition enable the audience to illustrate and to stimulate their recollection of such “encounters”, whether real or imaginary. To achieve this goal they accepted entries from artists not just from Quebec City but also the work of artists from across Canada and around the world.

For over 35 years, Engramme, just like Belfast Print Workshop, have been involved in an annual collaboration with artists of varying artistic and geographic backgrounds. These “encounters” have facilitated a vast assortment of exchanges with a complex and rich network of cultural and artistic inspirations for everyone. The imaginary journeys and the recollections suggested in the exhibition’s works come together to create a surprising patchwork of unusual perspectives on Quebec City. This medley of original artworks provides a comprehensive vista of the city’s history, epitomizing the relationships between Quebec City, its residents, and its visitors. The title of the exhibition ‘Soulscape’ intrinsically intertwines the concept of a portrait of the city’s appearance and an attempt to capture the very Soul of Quebec itself.

Place update

Talk by Tom Woolley presented by Belfast Civic Trust

'Tom Woolley: Sustainability in Buildings'
Wednesday October 21st @ PLACE, 5.30pm

The Belfast Civic Trust invite you to a talk entitled Sustainability in Buildings by Prof. Tom Woolley, Architect and member of the Ministerial Advisory Group on Architecture and the Built Environment.

Admission free - refreshments served. Book now! Email or call 028 9023 2524.

Facing the future...
Belfast Exposed - Thursday 15th Oct

'Belfast Salon: Facing the Future'
Thursday October 15th @ Belfast Exposed gallery, 7 - 9pm

As the economic crisis threatens to further downgrade Belfast’s metropolitan ambitions, has the time come for the city to ditch the fixation with its troubled past and face the future?

Speakers Claire Hackett, Derek Poole, Ciaran Mackel, Dr Dominic Bryan, Arthur Acheson, Dr Kevin Bean, Pauline Hadaway (Chair)

Booking For booking information please contact Belfast Exposed on 028 9023 0965 or email

Venue Belfast Exposed, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2FF

...and digging up the past
PLACE - Thursday 22nd Oct

12pm: Archaeological Walking Tour with Ruairí Ó Baoill
6pm Dig Seminar
Thursday October 22nd @ PLACE

Join PLACE for a day of archaeological exploration to find out what's under our feet and what made Belfast the city it is today:

At 12pm, Ruairí Ó Baoill of the Centre for Archaeological Fieldwork at QUB will lead an archaeological walking tour of Belfast, exploring the history of the city from its beginnings as a small settlement to the present day. (Please note: Tour leaves at 12pm sharp, lasting 1 - 1.5 hours; limited numbers - book in advance to avoid disappointment.)

Then, at 6pm Archaeologist Audrey Gahan (Gahan & Long) talks about the finds and features of the former Sirocco Works site in East Belfast, and leads a discussion on archaeological excavations that happen as a result of urban development and construction, including how individual artifacts and a site’s history can be integrated into a building’s design and function.

Both the walking tour and the seminar are free but booking in advance is recommended – call us at PLACE on (028) 9023 2524 or email

Installation launching in November at PLACE
'The Urban Environment - Mirror and Mediator of Radicalisation?'
Launch Thurs 5th Nov 6-9pm; Runs Nov 6th - 28th 2009

PLACE presents an installation based on research by Dr. Ralf Brand and his team at the University of Manchester, investigating the complicated but fascinating relationship between the urban environment and socio-political conditions in cities with different types of conflict: Belfast, Beirut, Berlin and Amsterdam.

Early Stage Finance for Your Mobile Business (Idea)

No we are not talking about chip vans
Early Stage Finance for Your Mobile Business (Idea) - Monday 19 October at the Black Box Cafe.
Ever wanted to ditch your day job and create your own mobile business, based on a great idea you've had for ages? Yet you don't know where to get the money?
Come listen to our speakers (from NI & Silicon Valley) who will present to you real financing possibilities:
• David Kirk of ITLG, Business Advisor & Private Investor
• Philip Wilson, CEO MatchMedia
• "Global Starts" Representative, Invest NI
• E-Synergy Representative
Start at 5:15pm for networking.

Innovation lecture Queens- all welcome


as part of the InterTradeIreland All-Island Innovation Programme

Open Innovation

- a New Paradigm for R&D

presented by

Professor Henry Chesbrough
Open to All

To confirm your attendance for this free event,

please contact Paul Cochrane at or telephone 028 9097 2575

Director of the Centre for Open Innovation

University of California, Berkeley

Tuesday 10 November 2009 (6.00pm)

The Great Hall, Queen’s University Belfast

The concept of Open Innovation advocates that companies can no longer keep their own innovations secret. The key to success is creating an open platform around your innovations so your customers, your employees and even your competitors can build upon them. Only then will you create an ongoing, evolving community of users, doers and creators.

Tuesday, 13 October 2009

Quiet City at the Engine Room

new paintings by Sam fleming
@ the engine room gallery
414 newtownards Road belfast T 02890455184

Opening hours 10-4 Tuesday to sat. Continues until Saturday 31 October.

Funny after living in East Belfast all these years you can really see it in the paintings. Especially that feeling down in Sydenham that the planes are far too close for comfort. Flying low over head. I see touches of Monet in it but it's very East Belfast.In a glistening kind of way.

women on the move

Please find below details of our next Women on the Move event and would appreciate if you could pass on to anyone who might be interested.

Event title: Storytelling - A Vital Business Communication Tool
Date: Tuesday 20th October 2009
Time: 7pm - 8.30pm
Venue: Leighinmohr Hotel, Ballymena
Speakers: Liz Weir (professional storyteller and writer) and Colin Nesbitt (business consultant)
Cost: Free to members, £5 non-members (includes light supper)

If you have any more queries or want to book a place don't hesitate to get in touch at

Monday, 12 October 2009

Thursday in Belfast at Ormeau Baths Gallery

Ormeau Baths opening

Exquisite Corpse

A new exhibition at Ormeau Baths Gallery (16th October – 21st November)

Opening Thursday 15th October 7pm-9pm

President of Ireland this morning

Well it's not every morning you wake up and are invited to go and see the President of Ireland at the dockers club in North Belfast. But this morning was just such a morning she was there to see the SHIP project. The dockside friendships building a shared future on past memories Exhibition.

The project came about from an acknowledgement that many of the older dockers belonging to the club had fantastic stories to tell but slowly as they died their stories were dying with them. So the dockers club decided to collect the stories and build an exhibition and a series of books. Strange going into the club, the curtains were drawnn the lights were on, it was hard to remember that it was 10.30 in the morning. Lots of people were gathered to listen to the President but before she came. The compare started to identify people in the crowd and ask for a round of applause for them. It was getting so that I thought he was ging to name everyone individually. YOu could tell he was used to the job and at any moment I thought he was going to burst into song(that came later). The president came in with her husband and at once started to walk around the crowd and I got my third presidential handshake. One for Clinton, one for Mary Robinson now Mary McAleese. Quick on her heals was her husband who smiled and shoke hands as well.

Liam Quinn the chairman of the project spoke highly of the president and the background to the project before the President herself spoke, she talked about her memories of the dockers from her expereince of being brought up in Ardoyne and her friends who fathers worked in the docks. She spoke of the ability of the club to leave politics at the door for the last 30 years and it's ability to survive because of it and she spoke of the importance of keeping the memories alive of the previous generations.
After a presentation and a song off (she didnt sing it was a dockers song)she went in the ministerial cars to the Colloden
for some talks. As I said my thanks and goodbyes I walked around to where I'd parked my car and noticed that the ministerial cars had been blocked by a Belfast City Council refuse collection lorry. Always something to delay things in Northern Ireland is'nt there ?? Some blockage or other getting in peoples way. But things are changing you could here it in the jokes in the club. The compare introduced one man by saying this is the man that arrested me once...............but thats so long ago. Maybe the time of whatever you say say nothing is over??

Sunday, 11 October 2009

Mary McAleese

Going to see Mary McAleese tomorrow President of Ireland tomorrow morning been invited to SHIP commerative exhibition..............................interesting

arts council ie initiative

An Arts Council Initiative

Exhibition: 14 - 21 October; Conference: 15 October

Vital Signs is a programme of arts and health events taking place in Dublin in October 2009. It includes a one-day conference in the Royal College of Physicians on October 15, a national exhibition in five venues in Dublin 8 from October 14 - 21, and a series of opinion pieces about arts and health practice. Vital Signs is an Arts Council initiative, developed and delivered in association with Create, the national development agency for collaborative arts.

Please see for full details of the Vital Signs programme. You can also email Mathilde Veldt at or telephone 01 6180250.

Conference: 15 October

The purpose of the Vital Signs conference is to bring artists, project managers, healthcare staff, service users, researchers and policy makers together to explore the opportunities and challenges of arts and health practice in Ireland today, and to identify effective ways forward in terms of policy, strategy and partnership.

The conference will be chaired by poet, playwright and RTÉ radio presenter Vincent Woods and will focus on the areas of arts participation, architecture, medical humanities and public art practices in healthcare contexts. It will also explore: the opportunities and challenges for artists working in healthcare settings; the value of arts and health practice; the immediate needs of the sector and the way forward. There is no cost for attendance. Places are limited.

Please see for full details of conference programme.

Exhibition: 14 - 21 October

The Vital Signs exhibition is curated by Michelle Browne and is the first national exhibition of its kind. Vital Signs features fourteen artists from around the country and includes: Dominic Thorpe, Helene Hugel, Marie Brett, Charlotte Donovan, Jennie Moran, Seamus McGuiness, Denis Roche, Danny McCarthy, Paul Maye, Cathy Henderson, Mark Roper, Ger Wolfe, Paul Gregg and John Tunney. The exhibition takes place from October 14 - 21 at the National College of Art and Design Gallery, Foley’s Pharmacy on Thomas Street, St. James’s Hospital, St Patrick’s University Hospital and Dr. Steevens’ Hospital. The exhibition trail takes approximately one hour to complete.

what changes ?

Friday, 9 October 2009

What of the on the edgers ? and Belfast

Well stop press the news is that Tonya McMullan has been offered a solo exhibition in Serbia? Who would have thought? In the contemporary art museum. So that's excellent news. Wait here for more information.............................. so I was reading in the times newspaper during the week that there is a great worry that NI is going to erupt in volance. Funny as on the peace line you dont get that feeling at all , at all. It's pretty calm, I did hear that Hilary Clinton is coming over on Saturday and Mary McAleese is being around and about. I got an invite to see her Monday. Always good to see the great and the good..............around and about. So the papers will be full with it all of people coming to save the poor people of Northern Ireland from distruction. have you heard this all before??? I have.

I suppose it would be good to get your hand shaking done in the media so that you could claim responsability afterwards so having brought NI back from the brink???

Funny, here on the peace line it's raining a bit, people are in a Friday night mood and life goes on........................................

Shell Springboard Open for entries

The Shell Springboard Awards programme 2009/10 is now open for entries.
Shell Springboard provides a financial boost to innovative, low carbon business ideas from across the UK. £40,000 is awarded every year, no strings attached, to eight businesses with an innovative product or service that will lead to greenhouse gas emission reductions and is commercially viable.

This year, the deadline for applications is midnight on Friday 6 November 2009 and awards will be made in early 2010. Judging will be carried out by three regional panels of independent experts.

Up to two businesses from each region will then meet a national judging panel prior to the announcement of an overall UK winner.
More information and detailed terms and conditions for the awards can be found on the website
If you would like Shell Springboard to come and present to your organisation or network, please contact Jenny Marsden on 020 7934 8698 or

Wednesday, 7 October 2009

Bronagh Lawson presents Tonya Mcmullan

back with a vengence

Ok so that was a nasty flu but now I'm back on track with only a bit of a cold and a cough. Nsty nasty, tempreture went up to 37 not quite swine flu level of 38 but it was getting there. Anyway it gets all the nastyness out of you-or so they say. On the edge exhibition still ongoing, still getting request for annointments( I mean appointments) RUA exhibition on until 1 Nov it's all go. All go.

Tuesday, 6 October 2009

This time last year?

I WAS LOOKING AT MY POST FOR THIS TIME LAST YEAR what was going on? has Belfast progressed? yes. HOw well in lots of ways I think, in the high level side of life there are talks about handing over policeing and justice to local representitives, the water charges has not been brought in so there is a knock on effects budgets have to be cut, not popular . Maternity services are being cut as there is not enough funds in the kitty to provide for all the babys being born. NI is finally seeing things that only ever happened in the UK cuts in services. Lower down the food scale Belfast is Buzzing(not just in a marketing sense) the night life has returned and while budgets are tight people are still out enjoying themselves. Art has come from everywhere, people are connecting,alliances are being made. Relationships started, others complete their cycle, babies being born, structures changing, others staying the same. People coming back to live in dear wee NI to try again at living here. Life goes on.Another turn on the wheel another cycle of change, another step into something else. Just leave the begrudgers behind.Encourage them to move on. On step on.

Miserable being sick ?

Why is being sick so miserable? I suppose it comes with the season. A chill is in the air the leaves are turning the nights are drawing in but are we leting it bother us in Belfast? No way the reason being that quite simply there are so many things to do. A friend of mine brough a grup of school kids to culture night to see all the art , they usually go to newcastle or Dublin but they say now what is the hassel when there are so many things to see right here at Home to get you excited. So is'nt that progress? of coarse it is even 2 years ago it was hard to say that. Funny how it goes all this vibrancy stuff. I'm still ill trying to get rid of the cold but the feedback on the exhibition has been good so far, I think I have just about recovered and my brain is already ticking over on the next thing to be working on.

People are still making appointments to see the exhibition so thats good there is still time. 079 847 847 35. See you soon.


Monday, 5 October 2009

free tickets

The Friday Show
BBC Blackstaff House
October & November 2009

The weekend starts here!

Come and be a part of The Friday Show - BBC One Northern Ireland's new entertainment show with Eamonn Holmes and our own west-end star Rachel Tucker ("We Will Rock You" and "I'd Do Anything").

Join us for a night of fun featuring celebrity guests, top musical performances, stand up comedy and many more surprises including the possibility of winning a £5,000 cash prize!

Recording in Studio A, BBC Blackstaff House, 62-66 Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7BB, on the following dates:

10 October *pilot show not for broadcast (please note there will be no cash prizes at this recording)

17 October
24 October
1 November

Further dates will be announced later.

Doors open at 6.00pm.

* Please note that the minimum age for attending this show is 18 and ID will be required.
* By agreeing to be in the audience you acknowledge that you may be seen on television and may be selected to play games for prizes or to be featured in items. If you do not want the chance of being selected then please notify the Audience team upon arrival at the studio.
* If you are allocated tickets, you will be sent full terms and conditions in advance and we ask that you read these before attending the recording.
* BBC Employees, their close relatives and anyone connected with the show may apply to be in the audience but will not be able to participate in show features or competitions.

To apply for tickets, visit the BBC Tickets website or call the BBC Ticket Line on 0370 901 1227*.

We look forward to seeing you in our audience very soon.

Kind regards

BBC Shows, Tours and Events

If you know of anyone else who may be interested in joining our audience, why not forward this to them by clicking here.

Bronagh Lawson presents Paul Moore Belfast

young awards

Bronagh Lawson presents Michael Hart Belfast

ben event

BEN Networking Event – Business Question Time

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

This event is aimed at giving you the chance to question the experts and gain advice from a panel of business professionals. The Event will be hosted by BBC Radio Ulster’s Eddie O’Gorman.

When: Thursday 8th October 2009

Time: 5.30-8.30pm

Venue: BARA Room, BBC Blackstaff Studios

Host: Eddie O’Gorman

Panellists: Ian Murphy, Managing Director Clients Group and Entrepreneurship, Invest NI

Lester Manley, Manley’s Branding and Marketing Expert

Ian Jordan, Director of Business Banking, Ulster Bank

Philip Wilson, Internetsense, Social Media & Networking

Cost: FREE (Registration is essential to secure a place)

If you are interested in attending this event you must register in advance. Please contact Rhonda Lynn on 028 9027 0229 or email:

black box Belfast

black box have their new info sent out one that caught my eye was " I love you, your perfect, now change" Himmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm do you know of anyone who might think a bit like that?

Bronagh Lawson presents Caithrin Scofield Belfast

Bronagh Lawson presents Ngaire Jackson Belfast

On the edge photies

quote of the day

Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself."
George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

still on


An exhibition of Belfast-based contemporary artists working in the Platform Studios.

1st - 9th October 2009

Opening on Thursday 1 October 6-9pm

Platform, 1 Queen Street, Belfast

Belfast Platform for the Arts, a newly established gallery and studio space, is pleased to announce its first annual Studio Members Exhibition. The exhibition will showcase new and diverse work from artists who are currently engaging in contemporary art practice in Northern Ireland.

The exhibition will feature new work from Rachael Campbell-Palmer, Mairead Dunne, Fiona Goggin, Jenny Keane, Kenny Matheson, Gareth Martin, Miguel Martin, Christopher McCambridge, Fiona Ní Mhaoilir, Anne Quail, Catherine Roberts, and David Turner.


Come along to the launch night of Xavier Ribas: Habitus
Wednesday October 7th, 6 - 8pm @ PLACE; 7 - 9pm @ Belfast Exposed

Part of the Belfast Festival at Queen's, PLACE and Belfast Exposed present Habitus by Xavier Ribas.

Showing at PLACE, MMDCCLXI A.V.C. is a triptych showing archaeological remains of a pre-Christian necropolis and Roman villa located in the underground car park of a shopping mall. Removed during the works, these significant archeological finds were later relocated to the car park’s lower deck, some twenty metres below the level of their first discovery, a sudden descent equivalent to thousands of years of subsistence in pre-modern conditions.

Runs: Thurs 8th - Sat 31st October 2009 (continuing until 24th Nov @ BX)

More info: PLACE Website

Habitus: Special events at PLACE
'Connecting Spaces'
Wednesday October 7th @ PLACE, 6.45pm

Beginning in PLACE’s gallery space, local architect Ciaran Mackel will lead a 20 min walk to Belfast Exposed, discussing how the city centre and peripheries have changed over time and giving us an alternative view of our contemporary city.

Come along for the launch at 6pm and join the tour at 6.45pm.

Thursday October 22nd @ PLACE, 6pm

Archaeologist Audrey Gahan (Gahan & Long) talks about the finds and features of the former Sirocco Works site in East Belfast, and discusses archaeological excavations that happen as a result of urban development and construction, including how individual artifacts and a site’s history can be integrated into a building’s design and function.

Both the walking tour and the seminar are free but booking in advance is recommended – call us at PLACE on (028) 9023 2524 or email

weePLACE007: Belfast Guerrilla Architects
October 7th – 31st 2009

Continuing the weePLACE series, the Belfast Guerrilla Architecture team present a video of one of their recent interventions in the back alleys of the city’s Holylands.

Guerrilla Architecture Back Alley Installation, Holylands, BELFAST
Approx. 5 minutes

New on the Blog

A-level art student Ellen Warwick talks to James Hughes about his techniques, influences and subject matter of his photography - view James's responses here! Congratulations are also due to Niamh Madden, who James selected for the best comment for his show. Niamh wins an A3 print from the show!

Friday, 2 October 2009

sick today and RUA opening

There has been that much going on that I have finally stopped and caught the flu, thought I be better by today but went out last night to RUA opening as it was the first time I was in the exhibition and thought I should make the effort. So it's in the Northern bank buildings and they have done a good refit in the building and I think it shows another step in the right direction for the RUA. I want to go back and have another look which is a good sign. Great to see some more crochet out there and a good selection of a certain area of Art in Northern Ireland. I got my what the fairy left behind print in and think it's quite beautiful there up on the wall kinda there but not there..........a wee bit like the fairys.
Late night art was on again last night and it's really good to see it really working so many people out and about. Me I had to go home to bed ;-(. Cough cough dont want to spread the germs.