Household is public art organisation that develops and shares inspiring and thought-provoking art projects with people in the public realm.
We produce activities for and with communities of visual artists, writers, curators, residents of – and visitors to –Belfast that take place across the city. Household focuses on telling untold stories, asking unspoken questions, and revealing hidden narratives through creative visual arts programming.
We have worked with emerging and established practitioners in creating new public projects in domestic spaces, city neighbourhoods, parks, empty offices, football stadiums, streets, and other unexpected places. In addition, Household organises events that encourage networking, shared learning and art sector development.
Our events have included the delivery of two art festivals (Household Festival 2012 & 2013) in over 80 domestic spaces and public sites in collaboration with over 170 artists and local organisations; a six-week art and residency programme across disused city-centre premises for the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival; a series of citywide interventions, talks, commissions and events in collaboration with local and international partners such as Belfast City Council, British Council, Arts Council Northern Ireland, PLACE (Belfast), Creative Time (New York), Art Angel (London); Checkpoint Helsinki, and creative practitioners for Out in the Open (2015); and a range of presentations, discussions, debates and get-togethers in Belfast and elsewhere in partnership with organisations such as the Irish Museum of Modern Art (Dublin) and the Visual Arts Workers Forum 2015 (Limerick).
Household was nominated for the prestigious Paul Hamlyn Breakthrough Award in 2013. Most recently, in partnership with Belfast City Council, we presented The Imagined City, a programme of public events considering the role of art and artists in urban environments. The Imagined City included new commissions from Belfast-based artists, and presentations, a masterclass and discussions featuring speakers such as Claire Doherty (Situations, Bristol), Sarah McCrory (Glasgow International), Alistair Hudson (mima), Kamiel Verschuren (BAD/NAC Rotterdam) and John Wakeman (East Street Arts, Leeds).