Creative Bug Arts Services

Community Arts Partnership began in 2011 out of the merger of New Belfast Community Arts Initiative and Community Arts Forum, two major organisations at the forefront of community arts in Northern Ireland. Community Arts Partnership is committed to championing community arts in the belief that they can positively transform our society.

We support and collaborate with community groups, schools, artists, community arts organisations, arts centres and other organisations in Northern Ireland and beyond.

We design and implement projects right across Northern Ireland, developing partnerships and networks at local, national and international level.

We offer a platform for policy consultation and development.

We develop creative opportunities for communities, organisations, artists and individuals through:

  • Arts workshop programmes
  • Arts workshop services
  • Advocacy
  • Information Services
  • Research Services
  • Platforms for networking and engagement
  • Lobbying and campaigning
  • Professional training
  • Programme for Intercultural Arts Support (PICAS)


The Creative Bug

Community Arts Partnership uses public funding to offer a core workshop programme free of charge to disadvantaged groups/communities with limited resources for arts activities.

We can create any project, of any size for you and your organisation or community.

Our arts workshop services on a fee-basis allow us to further promote interest and participation in the arts to a wider audience.

As in core arts programme, the workshops offered on a fee basis span across different art forms including visual, verbal, carnival and performing arts, traditional and digital media, and fashion;

  • are developed and delivered at very high standards;
  • are participant-led and are tailored to accommodate the needs and interests of groups and individuals of all ages and abilities, and with different cultures, backgrounds, and lifestyles;
  • contribute to personal development;
  • empower communities and contribute to social cohesion;
  • promote participation and enjoyment of the arts;
  • are facilitated by professional artists with expertise in a spectrum of disciplines and a wealth of experience in working with community groups and schools;
  • encourage partnerships and

The format of the workshops can vary to suit participants’ needs and expectations – from short workshops such as taster sessions or those for public events, to a series of workshops for medium and large scale projects, such as art in public, film production, theatre performance, mural making and creative writing programmes.

Our art workshop services have been successfully delivered to schools, community groups, and arts, voluntary and public organisations and have been commissioned by Local Councils, Housing Associations, Pubs and Clubs, Festivals, Hospital Trusts and of course community-based organisations.

To find out more contact Julianne Skillen

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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.