Connected is a brand-new programme of creative engagement and artistic collaboration rolling out in three of the borough’s major cultural venues in 2018/19. Co-funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Local Government Challenge Fund, the programme will provide new opportunities to build active creative partnerships between cultural venues, artists and local audiences. The Connected programme represents a new investment of £260,000 in the arts across the borough.
The FE McWilliam Gallery in Banbridge, the Market Place Theatre in Armagh, and the Millennium Court Arts Centre in Portadown are each delivering one of the three strands of this large-scale creative initiative.
Young people take a fresh look at linen in this year-long programme of creative collaboration from the FE McWilliam Gallery in Banbridge. The dynamic Linen Lab team of professional artists and designers share their experimental creative processes in schools and colleges as well as the gallery itself. The results of this extensive collaboration will be seen in an exhibition in October 2019.
Alleyways is a public art project where collaboration with the local community comes first. The location for the artworks is the minor streets and alleyways of Armagh City Centre. The artist chosen to lead this socially engaged project is Kevin Killen, an experienced maker of public art. He will be collaborating closely with locals – through talks, town tours, studio visits, research sessions, workshops and a pop-up exhibition at the Market Place Theatre.
The Millennium Court Arts Centre in Portadown presents a collaborative creative exploration of a place and its people. Working in close partnership with a team of artists, local audiences will have a range of opportunities to interact creatively with each other, gain new skills, creatively explore their personal experiences of their locality and see those experiences reflected in a gallery exhibition.
If you, your school or your community group would like to get involved in any aspect of this exciting new creative initiative, please contact Louise Rice, Community Arts Development Officer.