The Imagined City

Various locations across Belfast
March – December 2016

The Imagined City was a  year-long public programme of talks and events curated by Household that considered the role of art and artists in urban environments.

As part of the Belfast City Council City as a Gallery initiative, in partnership with PLACE (Planning Landscape Architecture Community Environment), Household invited artists Paddy Bloomer, Charlotte Bosanquet, Colin Darke, and Aideen Doran and researcher James Houston to imagine public artworks tracing a route from West to East Belfast on The Imagined City bus tour (more information here)

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 the artist-led space Lawrence Street Workshops. Together with our invited speakers and audience, we examined how artists can establish new ecologies for living and working in cities by looking at relationships between space, geography and urban renewal (more information here)

International to Local: UK Case Studies considered radical artistic, curatorial and institutional approaches to working internationally but remaining embedded locally. Presented at the Ormeau Park Bowling Green in South Belfast, the presentations included contributions from Alistair Hudson, Director of Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, and Sarah McCrory, Director of Glasgow International and a Q&A (more information here).

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 and public conversation at Ducairn Arts Centre in North Belfast (more information here)

The Imagined City was delivered in partnership with Belfast City Council. The research and findings resulting from this programme were incorporated into a report that included sector-specific recommendations.

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

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