Welcome to the last CAW of 2012 and it has been a very active year in the world of Community Arts. At CAP we celebrated our 1st birthday, packed in two book launches, a fashion show and enabled over 3,500 participants enjoy our workshop programme and events. We provided support to artists and groups, delivered funding advice sessions, gave our newsletters a makeover and in the world of policy, responded to consultations, facilitated workshops and fed into the Youth, Community Arts and Intercultural Arts strategies produced by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
We also branched out partnering with Culture Night Belfast to deliver a community initiative bringing more community groups to Culture Night. We became the third partner of Art Take Part with Culture NI and Voluntary Arts Ireland. We hosted international cultural practitioners and co-initiated the City (Re)Searches Inquiry Process and brightened up Parliament Buildings at the NI Assembly Kid’s art competition.
But that’s enough about us!
Elsewhere, organisations and groups throughout the country facilitated thousands of participative community events and activities. In the wider arts world new galleries and venues have sprung up with Titanic Belfast, The MAC, Fab Lab, Ranfurly House Arts Centre and the CCA opening their doors in 2012. We had a myriad of festivals across NI including the first Disability Arts festival, Bounce and the first comedy festival, Belly Laughs.
With such an extraordinary number of big arts events, highlights include The 2012 Olympics which saw a great many festivals and events involving community groups and individuals in Northern Ireland. Culture Northern Ireland put together a fantastic retrospective which can be viewed here.
The eagerly anticipated programme for Derry~Londonderry was launched at Ebrington site, now the epicentre of the City of Culture celebrations. A giant inflatable Stonehenge graced the Grove Park in Belfast thanks to Young at Art. Culture Night increased to more towns and cities across the island with even more people attending than before, Artistic heads shared ideas and creativity at the All Ireland Arts Conference and ICAN Performing the Peace Conference and The Arts Council launched their new Intercultural Arts Strategy and funding programme and Belfast City Council their Cultural Framework.
On behalf of all the staff and board at Community Arts Partnership have a great break and see you all in 2013.