Community Arts 2017

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 followed this with some outstanding Christmas performances including the Christmas Light Switch on at Parliament Buildings.

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

Artful Aging on the EastSide

A 12-week art project, delivered by EastSide Arts and supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland, aimed at breaking down isolation, loneliness and promoting well-being amongst older residents of east Belfast, is starting this week.  Taking place at the EastSide Visitor Centre, the free drop-in workshops include craft, creative writing, interactive music workshops and printmaking. Seniors that would like to try their hand at a new creative activity are warmly invited to attend one of the taster workshops.

Getting crafty at the EastSide Visitor Centre were (from left) artist Kirsty McGuinness from Redhead Thread, participant June Jordan and Jacqueline O’Hagan from EastSide Arts.

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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.  

Our workshops started in January with Walkway Community Associations Women's Group, East Belfast Alternatives Young Women's Group, Ballymac Friendship Centres Seniors Group and Hosford House.  We are excited to see the final showcase of this amazing work!

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.   

In February we will be running free, drop in storytelling sessions aimed at young children who are attending regular appointments at the CDC clinic in The Arches Wellbeing & Treatment Centre.