We are honoured to be part of ‘Thinking the Future for Radical Social Change: Dialogues on Theory and Practice’ this Thursday (6pm, 27th June), a symposium featuring an impressive lineup of speakers including Professors Peggy Phelan (Performance Studies, Stanford University) and Isabell Lorey (Queer Studies, KHM/EIPCP); Clare Bailey (Green Party Northern Ireland); Emma Campbell (Alliance for Choice); Clare Gormley (The MAC); and Sipho Sibanda (Housing 4 All NI and Refugees Welcome NI), organised by the interdisciplinary ‘Time/Temporality/Futurity’ Reading Group at Queen’s University Belfast, in partnership with The MAC.
In the present political moment questions about the present, the future and their link to radical social change are pressing worldwide. What will the future look like? How can we navigate to a better future in troubling presents? What are the possibilities for radical social change in the present? What possibilities does collective action for radical social change hold for the present and future? This event brings together politicians, grassroots political activists, artists, and academics to explore these questions. More information can be found here: https://themaclive.com/event/thinking-the-future-for-radical-social-change-dialogues-on-theory-and-pract
Image: ‘The Classroom’ by artist Arcmanoro Niles, which will be part of the exhibition On Refusal: Representation & Resistance in Contemporary American Art later this year in The MAC
We will be talking about Public Art, making maps and working with the participants of the superb StreetSpace workshops on Monday 17th and Tuesday 18th June at City Hall. The focus of this year’s workshops is the Clifton Gateway (Donegall Street, Clifton Street and Crumlin Road) in North Belfast. We will explore the complexity of this area and investigate the potential of these streets to provide fair, accessible and diverse places for people – important learning that can be applied in other city neighbourhoods, like Sailortown!
Maps produced by the workshop participants will be exhibited at PLACE from Thursday 20th June.
Join us for a wild garlic pesto and fresh pasta making workshop this Wednesday (6-7pm) in the Mission to Seafarers kitchen with artist Thomas Wells and food educator and forager Clare McQuillan. Find out more about Sailortown’s Little Italy connection and make and taste food with local and international ingredients inspired by the neighbourhood. This is a free event for people of all cooking abilities with limited places so get in touch at email@example.com to book your place
Italians settled in an around Sailortown in the latter half of the 19th century in search of work in the city. This area soon became known as Little Italy, and the people that lived there worked in the existing linen, bleaching and printing industries at a time when Belfast was one of the fastest growing industrial cities in the world. They also contributed unique artistic skills such as sculpturing and plastering, laid beautiful terrazzo floors, and opened Italian ice cream parlours. Though the Little Italy neighbourhood no longer exists, this community and its descendants have made an important contribution to Belfast.