‘go beyond art’ begins

Today, we met students from Ulster University for the first time to provide an introduction to our go beyond art student module, an introduction to Household, and a brief history of the Situationists International and exemplary international public art practices.

Our introduction included a short history of the Situations and examples of how such practices can provide new ways of resisting the status quo and freely interacting with public and urban spaces as well as being co-opted by market capitalism.

The presentation on exemplary public art practices covered definitions of public art, different ways of showing artwork ‘in ‘public’ and included examples of work by artists such as Liam Gillick, Maddie Leach, Melanie Manchot, Susan Philipsz, lya Kabakov, Oscar Tuazon, Harrell Fletcher and Miranda July, Assemble, and Jeanne van Heeswijk, amongst others.



Image: ‘Memorial to Loss: Freedom in a Carceral State. The program was the culmination of a series of planning meetings between AEA and Philadelphia Assembled (PHLA)’, Philadelphia Assembled, a long-term public art project by Jeanne van Heeswijk.

Echoes of Sailortown

As part of BFI’s Coast-to-Coast programme, Household and The Sailortown Regeneration Group will temporarily reanimate St Joseph’s Church on Belfast Culture Night 2017. We will screen edited footage from the Northern Ireland Screen Digital Film Archive to provide a brief glimpse of Sailortown’s rich history in the derelict church which was once at the heart of the local community.

St Joseph’s Church, located on Princes Dock Street, was closed by the Catholic Church in 2001, despite a parishioners’ campaign to keep it open. The building is now owned by the Sailortown Regeneration Group with plans to redevelop it as a culture, heritage and community venue to showcase the Sailortown area’s maritime and industrial history.


The Sailortown Regeneration Group act as a community hub for the residents of Sailortown, North Belfast, from their campus on Garmoyle Street. They regularly campaign on issues which affect Sailortown’s community and development.

Coast-to-Coast is a major film culture and archive programme – part of the British Film Institute’s Britain on Film project – that aims to highlight selected treasures from regional and national archives.

Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive is a free public access resource for teachers, students, historians and anyone who has an interest in moving images. Spanning from 1897 to the present day, the films in the Digital Film Archive cover aspects of life in Northern Ireland and includes everything from dramas to documentaries, newsreels and features, animation to amateur footage. This event showcases Britain on Film material courtesy of Peter Martin, the UTV Archive, National Museums NI and PRONI. Enjoy watching local archive and find out more at

Britain on Film – Our stories. Our Lives
Uncover extraordinary treasures as the film and TV archives of the UK are opened up for the British public to enjoy. Including professional and amateur footage, the 1,000s of newly digitised film and TV titles paint a moving and intimate portrait of British life spanning 100 years. Everyone in the UK can search BFI Player for their personal histories, watch newly digitised films on DVDs and enjoy special Britain on Film screenings and events across the UK. Britain on Film is supported by Unlocking Film Heritage awarding funds from The National Lottery.

Household at Being In Public | Encounters | Outer Place / Inner Space | International Symposium

We will be part of the ‘Being In Public – Encounters | Outside Place / Inner Space’ International Symposium panel discussions organised by Bbeyond Belfast on 5th April at University of Ulster, Belfast.

The Symposium will investigate the interconnected role of the performative collective/action and the citizen in the making and changing nature of public space/s and thereby changing and transforming individual citizens themselves.

Speakers include Kim Gurney, Cherie Driver, Sandra Johnston, Chumpon Apisuk, Guy Sioui Durand, James Hennessey, and Marita Bullmann.

More information can be found here

Save Cathedral Quarter!

Save Cathedral Quarter!

Castlebrook Investments intend to develop lands within Belfast City Centre bound by Royal Ave, Donegall St, North St, Garfield St & High St as part of The Belfast City Centre Regeneration Proposals (see this link for more details: The current plan threatens the existence of the very people and places that make this part of the Cathedral Quarter unique – its residents, tenants, businesses, cultural organisations, artists, and individuals – and its historical built environment. It will displace or destroy these stakeholders and infrastructures to create yet another soulless generic shopping experience that is supposed to make Belfast “a world leading destination”. 

We already have enough car parks, department stores and boutique hotels. Investment is needed in the area but it should not eliminate what currently makes it great, vibrant, and idiosyncratic. Make yourself heard and demand something that better serves the public interests of the city and its users (not just the private sector!) Email the developers and tell them why. Responses should be sent to Ciaran Hagan at Savills, with the subject line Castlebrooke Investments/ Belfast City Centre Regeneration Proposal.

Object to the plans by using this response before the 3rd of April: