Troubles Art Community Engagement Programme – 23 Jan

Funeral of a Victim (1969) Gladys Maccabe. BELUM.U2017.1 © The Gladys Maccabe estate

Art has often provided the most profound and critical responses to conflict. The Troubles in Northern Ireland are no exception.

National Museums NI has selected a range of challenging and evocative artworks from its collections to go on tour, starting at Nerve Visual, Ebrington, Derry~Londonderry, in January 2019.

Registration is now open for a free programme to further explore the exhibition and its subject matter. Over a six week period you will:

  • Meet the artists behind the artworks
  • Visit the Ulster Museum in Belfast
  • Watch and review exclusive film screenings
  • Learn creative writing and make your own art

Duration: Six weeks beginning January 23rd
Time: 1pm – 4pm (including a 10am – 5pm visit to Belfast)


Contact Community Engagement Officer Donal McAnallen – or 028 9039 5083 / 073 9379 8887

About the programme

Troubles Art is a 26-hour programme spread over approximately six weeks, starting on Wednesday 23 January and running up to early March. Workshops will usually be held on Wednesday afternoons. Participation is free, refreshments are provided, a bus-trip to the Ulster Museum and potentially other venues are also provided for free, and there are no barriers to involvement. All we require is that participants do their best to attend all the sessions.

The first cycle of the programme is nearing completion and has proven very enjoyable and enlightening for the participant group. Activities include the trip to the Ulster Museum, guided tours of various local museums, artist-led workshops, a film-screening, a creative-writing workshop, and a textile-art creative workshop.

Here are a few comments from participants on the first cycle of the programme:

  • “This creative exploration of collective heritage has helped develop a greater understanding of our city’s past and present, by provoking self–reflection, and providing access, to not only, artefacts but unlocking the power of art through sessions with local artists. All on our doorstep and all free.”
  • “I have enjoyed this programme very much. As someone who has lived through ‘the troubles’, I was initially reluctant to revisit that period knowing it would evoke memories. I am so glad I did. It was such a privilege to get up close and begin to ‘unpack’ such diverse artworks and to engage with the artists, to hear their unique perspective and learn what was the inspiration for a particular work and to begin to understand the process involved in the design and execution of the work.”
  • “The Troubles Art programme allowed me to meet a group of people from across the age and community spectrum. The group bonded together over a number of weeks, displaying a keen interest in the range of programme of events organized. The visits to the various museums sparked memories, expanded our knowledge and allowed us to express comment on our hopes for the future.”

Making the Future is a project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).

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New Belfast Community Arts Initiative trading as Community Arts Partnership is a registered charity (XR 36570) and a company limited by guarantee (Northern Ireland NI 37645).Registered with The Charity Commission as New Belfast Community Arts Initiative - NIC105169.