A coming of Age - The shared legacy of Community Arts Forum and New Belfast Community Arts Initiative
Closing date: 24 Apr
“Community art is a process of harnessing the transformative power of original artistic expression and producing a range of outcomes: social, cultural and environmental. Looked at politically, socially, culturally and/or economically, community arts aim to establish and maximise inclusive ways of working, providing an opportunity for communities and their participants to continue to find ways to develop their own skills as artists and for artists to explore ways of transferring those skills. Through this process, community arts aim to maximise the access, participation, authorship and ownership in collective arts practice.”
This publication offers an insight into the context, development and formation of the Community Arts Partnership, the newly merged re-organisation of Community Arts Forum and New Belfast Community Arts Initiative.
A coming of age was originally published in April 2011 and amended April 2017.
Last update: 23rd June 2021
Minister Launches Community Arts Partnership
Closing date: 27 Oct
The Community Arts Partnership (CAP) was officially launched at its new offices in the Cathedral Quarter by Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure, Carál Ní Chuilín. The launch represented the coming together of New Belfast Community Arts Initiative and the Community Arts Forum – two of the leading community arts providers in NI.
Community Arts Partnership will now offer the widest range of workshops, activities and events, including dance, drama, craft, sculpture, fashion, verbal arts and digital media for individuals, schools, groups, organisations from all backgrounds and communities across Northern Ireland. Importantly, CAP will also take the lead as advocate and information provider to the community arts sector.
Director of CAP, Conor Shields said: “The launch of Community Arts Partnership signifies another staging point, another era in the development of community arts. The newly merged re-organisation will continue to develop creative opportunities for artists, communities and individuals and do all it can to champion community arts through advocacy, research and promotion.”
Speaking at the launch of Community Arts Partnership, The Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure, Carál Ní Chuilín emphasised the importance of accessible arts provision in local communities. She added:
“Community based activities provide so many opportunities for local areas. One of my Departmental priorities is to continue to promote social interventions including community based arts. The Community Arts Partnership can maintain and strengthen provision of community arts in the North of Ireland and beyond.”
Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive of Arts Council Northern Ireland praised the ongoing work and success of the community arts sector in post-conflict Northern Ireland.
“Community arts play a pivotal role in Northern Ireland’s journey towards a shared future based on tolerance, understanding and mutual respect. The community arts sector in Northern Ireland has flourished over the last 15 years and now sets the standard for community arts practice internationally. The Arts Council remains committed to supporting the development of the sector and enhancing opportunities for local communities to engage with the arts.”
CAP board member and playwright Martin Lynch said:
“Whilst many of us were very saddened to see the demise of the ground-breaking Community Arts Forum, it is terrific to know that at least a dimension of its work will continue in the form of the Community Arts Partnership. But more particularly, I am delighted to know that the pioneering work of the New Belfast Community Arts Initiative will not only continue but will be strengthened and enhanced by the creation of the new organisation. I wish Conor Shields, the Board and his fantastic staff all the best for the new, exciting era.”
Last update: 27th October 2011
Belfast Bloom - Landmarks Project
Closing date: 03 Nov
Project artists have worked with a variety of groups across Belfast to explore different concepts of environment both global and local. They looked at identity and the communities’ relationship within their own areas. The project hopes to establish the importance of diverse communities needing to support each other for a healthy social environment whilst recognising that the same is required for the sustainability of our natural environment.
The sculpture is being constructed from 12 components that make up a 2.4 meter diameter sphere Ten ‘flowers’ of equal size have been developed by ten diverse community groups across Belfast. These groups include; under and over 16, older people’s, Irish language, disability, ethic minority, travelers and groups from socially deprived areas. Each of the groups developed relief imagery in clay on identical flower templates that will be cast in aluminum and come together as the final piece.
The top of the sphere will have a slightly recessed structure in the shape of the flower. This inset structure will house a membrane and contain planted sedums/alpines that will flower and add colour in different seasons and will be designed to retain the necessary amount of water needed to maintain growth. The petal area at the base will support the installation of the structure and allow for additional planting.
At present we are finishing the culmination of two year’s project work and fabrication with our Belfast Bloom sculpture. Landmarks 2011-2012 starts fresh with an initial phase bringing project artists and groups together for the first time. Each group/project artist will have a small budget to produce a piece of art in public for their immediate location/community/school.
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