We have been invited to present at the Contemporary Public Art in the Urban Landscape seminar, led by the Contemporary Art Society and Tate. We will provide an insight into our work in Sailortown and that of our partners, Sailortown Regeneration, and screened a selection of footage taken by Sol Archer during his multi-annual Sailortown residency. We are delighted to be joined by Starling Start and reunited with the indelible Daniel Jewesbury to discuss public art production in NI. The day’s sessions will include a range of presentations and case studies by speakers from across the UK such as Kirsten Dunne, Claire Doherty, Shani Ali, Georgina Bolton, Sophie Hope, Cara Courage and Sophia Hao.
Our artist in residence Sol Archer has just completed Year 2 of his project The production of daily life. Sol spent the summer and autumn in Belfast working on a series of workshops with intergenerational groups of former residents and young current residents. More information and recent images can be found on the The production of daily lifeProject page.
Still in development, The production of daily life has been funded to date by the Mondriaan Foundation, CBK Rotterdam, NI Screen, DAS and the Paul Hamlyn Foundation and supported locally by former and current residents, Sailortown Regeneration, Clanmil Housing Association and the Mission to Seafarers.
We were invited to contribute to the Valand Academy Future of Art in Perpetually Restructuring Cities symposium in Gothenburg this October. The programme included discussions, screenings, workshops, performances, and the opportunity to experience artworks installed in public spaces across the city, such as Next to You by Marika Hedemyr, and Eric Magassa’s work, Walking With Shadows, which part of the Goteborg Biennial 2019 and installed in the docks. We were in good company alongside fellow invited guests Donald Mitchell (Uppsala University); Feras Hammami (Gothenburg University); Gavin Murphy (Centre for Creative Arts & Media, Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology); Sara Brorström, Handelshögskolan (Gothenburg University); Caroline Cowley (Public Arts Officer, Fingal County Council); Benj Gerdes (Artist, Gothenburg); Sol Archer; Oli Mould (Royal Holloway, University of London); Theo Tegelaers (Curator, TAAK, Amsterdam) and Marika Hedemyr (Artist, Gothenburg) and others. We look forward to future collaborations, the next iteration of the research group, and exploring some of the new connections and contacts made.
Household will be taking part in StreetSpace 2020. StreetSpace is a research and teaching project set up led by Dr Agustina Martire at Queen’s University Belfast that seeks to understand the significance of local mixed streets, by analysing their physical, historical and experiential aspects. This multidisciplinary project aims to provide an alternative way of mapping, drawing, planning, preserving, developing and designing streets. In this studio, architecture students will work in collaboration with Household, Sailortown Regeneration, the Department for Communities and Belfast City Council to address the area of Sailortown in Belfast and its connection to the rest of the city. The studio aims to encourage students to understand the histories and memories of the place, and to explore ways of representing them, so as to address problems of vacancy, lack of cohesion, connection and coherence in a very significant area of the city.
StreetSpace will highlight on the one hand the importance of social justice and sustainability in the climate agenda, and on the other addressing the very pragmatic waterfront condition of the site. Local mixed streets are complex entities that connect diverse areas of the city. They have evolved slowly through history, but can be radically transformed by redevelopment. StreetSpace explores streets with a rich mix of uses, with complex histories and especially those that risk losing their distinctive identities.
Join us tomorrow on Sunday 11 August (3pm-5pm) for the screening of Dispatches from Futureland, a film by our artist in residence Sol Archer in the Mission to Seafarers in North Belfast’s historical Sailortown neighbourhood.
Dispatches from Futureland, set in the near future, quietly explores the automatisation of the docklands in Rotterdam and the simultaneous growth in global trade and loss of local jobs (experiences that resonate locally and are shared universally)
Northern Ireland Screen Digital Film Archive has curated a selection of local archive footage in response to the themes of Dispatches from Futureland.
This is a free event, all are welcome and we will provide refreshments.
Household wishes to appoint an evaluator to work with the small staff team whilst delivering Homeward Bound, a programme of participatory art activities in collaboration with local residents, partners and organisations in Sailortown, a historical Belfast neighbourhood.
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.