Community Arts 2016

Humans of East Belfast Exhibition in Positive Ageing Month

This project brought together groups of different ages and backgrounds to work on a collaborative pier documenting the thing which makes east belfast such a great place to live - the people who live there! Drawing inspiration from the well known "Humans of New York" photo blog, humans of east Belfast captured portraits and stories from a wide mix of people who live in the area and make up the communities it holds. 

The Human's of East Belfast Exhibition appeared as a part of this years Possitive Ageing Month and was displayed in The Black Box from 6th - 31st October.  CLICK HERE to view the exhibition online!

A special thank you to Carrie Davenport and the artists involved.

Lagan Village Wishing Trees

In association with ArtsEkta, EastSide Arts hosted summer workshops with Lagan Village Youth Group looking at themes of wishes, hopes and dreams.  The group at Lagan Village created a beautiful Wishing Tree which will was planted in Botanic Garden as a part of the Belfast Mela this summer.  The tree has now returned to Lagan Village Community Centre and will remain there for everyone to see.

EastSide Choir

We had a great time with the new EastSide Choir during the summer with our first major performance in St Patrick's Church Ballymacarrett as a part of #ESAFest16!

We are looking for new members to join our amazing team this Autumn as we gear up for some local Christmas Concerts. So if you enjoy singing and want to get involved please get in touch with Jacqueline today!

Highlights at Home

This year we took some of our festival bests to local care and fold homes all around East Belfast and brought a little bit of the festival to the homes of people here.  This was one of the highlights of this years festival and we had a great time putting it together.  We would like to thank all the artists involved; Anthony Toner, Ronnie Greer, Sam McCready, Joan McCready, Kaz Hawkins and Duke Special who all generously gave up some of their time to make this happen.  

A big thank you also goes out to all of the homes who opened their doors so warmly to us; Sydenham Court, Mullan Mews, Dean Crooks, Inverary Fold, Loopkand Fold and Brae Valley House, we really enjoyed your company


The HOME Project 

In 2016/17 Eastside Arts will be working in association with Terra Nova Productions to develop The HOME project.  This programme will give 4 emerging artists the opportunity to be mentored with the aim of developing a new intercultural piece based on the theme of HOME in East Belfast. The project will also engage 4 local communitiesor families living in the East, both from indigenous and new communities, who will work alongside the artists.

Creative Wellbeing 

In an initiative supported by the Public Health Agency through the CLEAR Project, EastSide Arts, in partnership with the Belfast Health & Social Trust are running creative workshops in The Arches Wellbeing & Treatment Centre.  We hope to create a space of relaxation and stress relief to people using the centre, both staff and patients and even possibly to spark a little creativity!

We kicked off with our Crafty Mornings before Christmas, making decoupage stars & hearts, Christmas decorations and stitched poppies.  We have had a variety of people joining us, both young and old and everyone has gone away with something that they have made!  

In the new year we will be starting our weekly storytelling workshops for children so watch this space for more information!




EastSide Arts Festival 2016

We had some amazing events during the festival last year! We created a circus team with Streetwise Community Circus, we had a craf-tea time making tea cup pin cushions with Redhead Thread in Canteen, we celebratd some amazing local talent, heard some great storytelling with Fighting Words and even enjoyed a 1960's themes retro night with the Belfast Ukelele Jam.  After such a successful summer we are already planning for this nextr year so watch this space!