Previous Projects

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 ran a series of creative workshops in The Arches Wellbeing & Treatment Centre in 2017.  The aim of these workshops was to offer a space within the health centre where people could relax and get creative either before or after appointments and a space where staff could take 10 minutes out of their day to unwind with a craft workshop.

This pilot programme has been continued by the East Belfast Community Developments Health Development and Connections Programme who can be found in the health centre regularly offering craft workshops and information.

Humans of East Project

The Humans of East 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  in 2016 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 Tree

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.


The Pop up Pharmacy

If you could give another person one great piece of advice what would it be?  What would you say to someone who is feeling a bit lonely or unhappy to cheer them up?

The Pop up Pharmacy project asked people to think about; What makes them happy? Where is their favourite place or thing to do in East Belfast and why?  What song or piece of music makes them happy?  What is their idea of a perfect day?  What is their favourite thing to eat?

Local residents were then encouraged to create and contribute pieces of art, craft and other small, meaningful items which were collated in a purpose-built pharmacy installation. When the People’s Pharmacy opened on Saturday 4th August 2017, (running in conjunction with the EastSide Arts Festival Fun Day), local residents were able to visit the pharmacy and receive a “prescription” created by another east Belfast Resident.


This project aims to; connect local individuals and community groups by working together on a joint project that introduces social prescribing in a fun way and raise awareness of health and wellbeing needs and opportunities through the arts and subtle promotion of the Take 5 message.

Some examples of what people contributed were; photographs, recipes, poems, stories, drawings, paintings and knitted or crochet gifts.  We received hundreds of these hand made donations and gave out nearly 300 prescriptions to people along with some information about local groups and health hubs.