The Imagined City


The Imagined City is a public programme of talks and events curated by Household in 2016 that considers the role of art and artists in urban environments.

As part of the Belfast City as a Gallery initiative, Household invited artists Paddy Bloomer, Charlotte Bosanquet, Colin Darke, and Aideen Doran, to imagine four public artworks tracing a route from West to East Belfast on The Imagined City bus tour.

Living & Working Economies: Artists in the City was an afternoon of talks by Kamiel Vershuren, artist and founder of the NAC foundationand Jon Wakeman, director of East Street Arts, at Lawrence Street Workshops examining how artists can establish new ecologies for living and working in cities by looking at relationships between space, geography and urban renewal.

International to Local: UK Case Studies considered radical artistic, curatorial and institutional approaches to working internationally but remaining embedded locally with contributions from Alistair Hudson, Director of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, and Sarah McCrory, Director of Glasgow International.

Household and other members of the art sector joined Claire Doherty, Director of Situations – the renowned Bristol-based organisation dedicated to commissioning and producing imaginative new forms of public art – for Behind the Scenes: Commissioning Public Art, a Public Art Masterclass at Ducairn Arts Centre.


Funding, support and acknowledgement more…

The Imagined City programme and City as Gallery is funded by Belfast City Council.

Programme design by Tom Hughes. All images by Simon Mills.