Household at the Maritime Mile Festival

Household at the Maritime Mile Festival

The Crew and their Captain

Request the pleasure of your company for dining and celebration honouring the lives and stories of the people of Sailortown, as part of the Belfast Maritime Festival.
Saturday 25th May 2019.

Free tasty treats, refreshments and food-related activities will be available from 2 pm till 5 pm.

THE CAPTAINS TABLE @ The Mission to Seafarers, Sailortown (Princes Dock Street)

Tastes of Sailortown adult cookery workshop – Little Italy

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 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.


Tastes of Sailortown – Free Cookery Workshops for Adults

Do you live in or near Sailortown and would you like to take part in two free evening cooking workshops at the Mission to Seafarers on the 8th and 15th of May (6-7pm)? You will learn about local ingredients, Sailortown’s flavours of the past and present, food preparation, and begin to create a signature dish.

Inspired by the flavourful stories told by Sailortown’s former residents and by what current residents want to eat, artist Thomas Wells has developed the Tastes of Sailortown, a series of workshops for participants of all ages. He has been working with young people at Clanmil Housing Association and together with food educator Clare McQuillan will deliver two free workshops in May for adults exploring food preparation and knowledge. Through the adult and children’s workshops, a ‘signature dish for Sailortown’ will be developed.

Get in touch with us at to book a place on the adult workshops, as places are limited. All materials will be provided and refreshments will be served. 

More information about Clare, Tom and the project can be found here


We are looking for a part-time Arts Administrator

Image: an installation by Tonya McMullan and Colm Clark at Household Festival 2013

Household Belfast invites applications for the position of part-time Arts Administrator (1 day per week)

We are looking for an enthusiastic, organised and committed individual to take on the role of part-time Arts Administrator, working closely with the Co-Directors, project staff and artists to support Household’s work. This role will be key in assisting the organisation in the delivery of our ambitious programme of events in Sailortown.

The Arts Administrator will be primarily responsible for supporting the administration of the organisation. You will support the smooth day-to-day running of the finance function and report to the Co-Directors. Your duties will include maintaining budgets, updating monthly accounts, booking venues, travel and accommodation, assistance with marketing, invoicing, and any other relevant administration-related activities. This is an exciting opportunity to take a pivotal role in a growing organisation and to bring your own unique skills to complement those of our small, hardworking and passionate team.

This is a one-year part-time position with a 3-month probationary period, with a possibility to extend to November 2021, subject to funding. Hours of work will be agreed with the successful candidate with a certain amount of flexibility built in, but your work will mostly be undertaken on Mondays to align with the wider team’s schedule. Applicants must live in or near Belfast, be able to work flexibly or from home, and be able to meet once a week (on a Monday) in Belfast city centre.

View and download the full job description here. The application deadline is Friday 17 May 2019 at 5 pm.

Please contact with any questions.


Image credit: Surrender Yourself, an installation by Tonya McMullan and Colm Clarke at Household Festival 2013

Re-Imagining Democracy event pitch

Household was part of the Re-Imagining Democracy event at the brilliant Imagine: The Belfast Festival of Ideas & Politics where together with the Sailortown Regeneration Group we successfully pitched for money towards a campaign video for the restoration of St Joseph’s Church.

Ruairí Ó Cuív talk at Ulster University

Cliona Harmey, ‘Dublin Ships’ (2015)

Household advisory panel member Ruairí Ó Cuív will give a presentation about his work at 1pm at Ulster University (The Art College).

Ruairí Ó Cuív is Public Art Officer with Dublin City Council since 2008, where he devises and implements the City’s first Public Art Programme. As an independent curator and arts consultant, he co-curated the public art commissions for An Post GPO 1916 centenary with Valarie Connor and for Terminal 2, Dublin Airport with Clíodhna Shaffrey in 2010. Previous public art curation includes the programme for Kerry County Council 2003-2008, Health Services Executive, Department of Education and Letterkenny Institute of Technology. Previously he was director of Temple Bar Gallery and Studios (1991-96), curator of exhibitions at the Douglas Hyde Gallery (1989-91) and Royal Hospital Kilmainham (1987-89). In 1982 he co-founded Ireland’s first professional art installation and transport company. He began his career as a History of Art lecturer and also as an archaeologist. His writing has been widely published.

Horror Inc Haunted House experience – The city will eat you alive

This Halloween, Household & friends and the Snailortown Crew kids present a haunted house experience like no other. Join us on Monday 29th October between 6PM and 9PM in St Joseph’s Church and let the city eat you alive at the Horror Inc Haunted House!

Tickets (limited amount available) for the Horror Inc Haunted House are £5 (adult over 18)/ £3 (child/teenager under 18) and can be booked online here via Eventbrite. Your experience will take 20 minutes. Suitable for children age 7+ (parental discretion advised). All children should be accompanied by an adult.

Once you book tickets you will be emailed a time slot. For more information please contact

This event is kindly supported by Sailortown Regeneration, NI Screen, Clanmil Housing Association, and Awards for All. A special thank you to Clare and Sean at Sean Greer Design.

On The Hairbus For Culture Night

For this year’s Culture Night Belfast, the Hairbus will be with Household from 3pm- 6pm in Sailortown. Come on board to get a temporary tattoo designed by Sailortown Crew kids, add some colour to your hair with coloured spray (also applied by the kids!) and have your portrait drawn. We also have live music performances from Junior Johnson and John McCormac.
The Hairbus will then be moving across to The Big Fish from 6.30pm to host a whole host of live performances during the evening.

Join us for the Sailortown Barra

Join us for the first Sailortown Barra, a weekend of free events in Belfast’s Sailortown neighbourhood on Friday 10th, Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August 2018, organised by Sailortown Regeneration Group and Household in partnership with Moving On Music, Clanmil Housing Association, The American Bar, New Lodge Arts Festival, and local residents, community groups and businesses.

For more details and the schedule click here.