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Shankill Arts Map Project Report

Contents

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Introduction to Beat Carnival and SAM

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What is your Dream for the Shankill?

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Project Overview

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Beat Carnival receives core support from principal funders Arts Council NI and Belfast City Council The Shankill Arts Map project is supported with funding from Halifax Foundation for NI, Belfast City Council, and The Enkalon Foundation

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Intended outcomes

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Contributing to Greater Shankill and other strategies

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Project Delivery

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Activities

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Progress

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Next Steps

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Project Findings: Information gathered in the consultations Further participant comment and recommendations

Project devised and undertaken by Beat Carnival supported by Greater Shankill Partnership

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Summary of Findings

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Project RECOMMENDATIONS : ACCEPTED at Convention

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Beat Carnival Artists working on this project

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Appendix A

Project Statistics

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Appendix B

Names on Database : people and organisations

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Appendix C

Map of Locations

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Appendix D

Great Words

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Appendix E

Photographs

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Appendix F

Women’s Group programme report

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Introduction to Beat Carnival and the Shankill Arts Map project-

Shankill Arts Map Beat Carnival has been committed to the development and delivery of Community Arts in Belfast for over 22 years.

A project to form as comprehensive a picture as possible of arts activities that happen in the Shankill area now – and to start to capture ideas that people have about what could happen in the future. The long-term goal is to increase neighbourhood collaboration, opportunities and resources for great creative arts activities in Greater Shankill.

Beat Carnival

is Northern Ireland's Carnival Arts company. Since producing its first carnival parades in 1995, Beat has been encouraging the City to think big about celebrating community life in ways that are ambitious and welcoming to all. Beat Carnival creates spectacular carnival events with a large scale of community participation. Beat began in East Belfast as The Beat Initiative, establishing an East Belfast Arts Centre in the former YMCA on the Albertbridge Road in 1993. From there, Beat created the first Belfast Carnival Parade in 1995. When the YMCA sold the building, Beat moved to a warehouse site behind Pitt Park at Ballymacarrett. One of the big, new projects initiated there was the annual East Belfast Lantern Parade, in 2003. In October 2008 Beat moved across the City and launched the Beat Carnival Centre in Brown Square, BT13. Artists create a wide range of carnival artwork there. Workshops and training programmes – from drumming to costume, dance to puppetry – are provided all year round, free of charge to participants. Every year Beat Carnival engages thousands of children, young people and adults in over 600 carnival arts activity workshops. Beat creates five, large-scale, outdoor events annually and around 35 smaller performances. The events attract over 250,000 audience. Beat Carnival Centre is highly regarded internationally and people have come to work with us from across UK, Ireland, Europe and from Brazil.

Making the Shankill Arts Map

• We invited people to participate in this project during February and March 2016. We said we wanted to speak with people in Greater Shankill who have any interest in arts and creativity, to ask about what is happening now and what people would like to see here in the future. • We offered arts workshops to groups, where we discussed those questions and made artwork to be part of a Shankill Arts Map display. Workshop sessions took place at groups’ own meeting places. Beat Carnival provided artists to run the sessions. • Questionnaires were used at group sessions and emailed to collect information. • If workshop sessions didn’t suit, we said we would still like to meet the group to discuss questions and maybe capture some of their own work in photos for the final Shankill Arts Map display.

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Project Report

Responses to the question:––

More beauty.

To create – with the community.

A disco every day of the week.

To learn more and really do something different.

To make the Shankill better, fully inclusive – so that everyone, all age ranges and backgrounds, is welcome and it gets better.

The Shankill will be brightened-up and we will live in a world without limits.

There will be lots of participatory arts programmes, real skill development with a focus on artistic excellence, large-scale works

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with considerable community involvement and more work being carried out to link the North and West communities. •

Creativity and exploration happening just for the sake of it alone. (Everything doesn’t have to be focused solely on big goals.)

We will be more ambitious and art here will provide a platform that will encourage more international involvement as well as tourism.

Portals of opportunity, programmes that actually work.

People will have confidence… to create a dream!

More Art! More singing, music, photography, woodwork, decorating the yard, being social - being together.

Groups working together to develop large-scale events.

Art that is relevant to the issues & interests of the Shankill community, with someone specifically working to co-ordinate activities.

Art will provide a signature for the Shankill!

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Project Overview-

Greater Shankill Arts – A Mapping Exercise

Greater collaboration, opportunities and resources for great creative arts in Greater Shankill – is what this project is aimed at. In the project, wide-ranging community consultation carried out using arts activities has enabled Beat Carnival to compile information on arts activities that happen in the Shankill area. More importantly, the project has stimulated ideas about what should happen in the future. (Beat Carnival Centre is in Brown Square, Greater Shankill.)

The project’s intention • • • • • •

To provide knowledge of current arts activity in the Greater Shankill area (a database, a report and a display of activity) To identify willingness and aspirations for future arts activity and events To increase awareness of capacity issues that should be addressed To produce recommendations from the project findings that will be agreed at the 2016 Shankill Convention. To motivate cooperative movement to a next stage, which will be devising a plan for Shankill Arts Action, 2016 - 2020. A Shankill Arts Action Plan will be adopted in the Greater Shankill Partnership’s Neighbourhood Renewal Plan.

We want to support the initiatives of the arts sector and community development sector in Greater Shankill. We wanted this consultation programme to encourage the Greater Shankill community and the artists and activists who are delivering creative benefit to the area. Beat Carnival and Greater Shankill Partnership wanted to work together throughout the project. The intention for the end of the mapping exercise was to present the project and have final public consultation at the Annual Shankill Convention. The arts mapping consultation exercise would inform the 2016 review of the Neighbourhood Action Plan.

GREATER ‘sizeable, impressive, admirable, distinguished, substantial, significant, considerable, prominent, leading, above average, magnificent, excellent, exceptional, extraordinary, special, far-extending, including adjacent areas, high ability, high quality, appreciable, serious, essential, crucial, critical, pivotal, vital, important, most important, a title for something important…’ – See more words associated with Greater, in Appendix D, page 36.

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Aiming for: Greater collaboration, opportunities and resources for great creative arts in Greater Shankill Contributing to Shankill area strategies This mapping project links to Belfast City Council Cultural Framework, Arts Council Ambitions for the Arts 2013 - 2018, Greater Shankill Neighbourhood Renewal Area Action Plan, Greater Shankill Strategic Regeneration Framework and other strategies. The Action Plan that will follow from this project will be adopted within the Creative Community priority of the Quality Of Life agenda in the reviewed Greater Shankill Neighbourhood Renewal Area Action Plan (Neighbourhood Action Plan). Arts and the Greater Shankill Children and Young People’s Zone The Greater Shankill area was designated a ‘Children & Young People Zone’ (The Zone) on 4th September 2014 by the Community Convention. The Zone is the culmination of 20 years work & is committed to transforming the lives of this generation of Shankill’s children & young people. The Zone’s vision is one in which ‘All our children & young people (5968 at the last count) will be realising their potential & shaping their future’. The Zone’s Mission is to support every child on that journey….one at a time for as long as it takes. If the Zone was 20 years in the making, it will take 20 years for it to realise its vision. Creativity is a key to releasing potential. The Arts are key to creativity and will be central to the Zone’s mission and to the pathway many of our children and young people will take in realising their potential… through music, dance, drama, art, film, photography and other forms of expression and for some, through employment in the growth creative industries. One early ‘Arts win’ for the Greater Shankill Children & Young People Zone is El Sistema, described as ‘A visionary global movement that transforms the lives of children through music - a model for social change’. El Sistema was born in shanty towns of Venezuela in the 1970s, since when 100,000’s of the poorest of children have had their lives transformed through this system of teaching classical music. It has been brought to Belfast by the Venezuelan Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra, Rafael Payare, himself a ‘graduate’ of El Sistema – and brought to the Shankill by the Zone with the Orchestra working in two local schools with P1 and P2 classes: the start of something special!

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Project Delivery and Next Steps-

Activities • •

Meetings with community representatives and activists. Consultation with individuals and groups who have an interest in and knowledge about arts activity and resources in Greater Shankill. Arts workshops for consultation, gathering information and discussing opinions. Discussion and questionnaires were used to collect information and feedback. Groups worked on various themes using visual arts and sometimes drama. Activity contributed to artwork for the Project Display. Groups worked on elements of a Shankill Arts Banner as an arts piece to display along with photographs and various formats of Shankill Arts Maps. This work created by participants and artists during the project was in the form of drawings, painting, prints, photographs, costume and food. Report and Display. Information recorded and a report written. At the project’s conclusion there will be a display of the project results and adoption of recommendations for future Shankill Arts Action. Report on SHANKILL ARTS MAP (SAM) project. th Contact: David Boyd Beat Carnival 11-47 Boyd Street Belfast BT13 2GU Report: 6 June 2016

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Aiming for: Greater collaboration, opportunities and resources for great creative arts in Greater Shankill What happened, what did the project find? A programme of research, consultation and artistic engagement with community participants gathered information on arts activity and resources that exist in Greater Shankill and discussed ideas and aspirations for future development. A database of arts stakeholders has been compiled. This is open for additions and ongoing update. Project findings are described in a report and visually expressed in arts work produced at the programme’s community workshops. Recommendations arising from the project propose a next stage of forming a 2020 Shankill Arts vision and action plan. This process would identify strategic arts developments to encourage, attract, nurture, promote and retain creativity in the Greater Shankill area. As well as increased participation activity, another desire that has been expressed is to attract greater audiences of both residents and visitors to experience enhanced or new arts initiatives that people will be proud of, in the next years from 2016 to 2020. It has been clear in project discussions that having a well-functioning arts infrastructure in the area is regarded as important for effective delivery of increased arts activity here. The project found widespread willingness among individuals and groups to be part of a collaborative, ‘joined-up’ approach to developing plans for the future.

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72 organisations and venues were identified and contacted. 35 groups responded and had involvement. 206 people were involved. 38 group consultation processes took place with 28 of the organisations (group representatives and participants). 20 sessions used visual arts activities to engage with a variety of ages and arts interests. 18 were discussion sessions. 46 key individuals/representatives participated in individual discussion: i.e. community and cultural activists, group-interest representatives, senior youth and education workers, professional artists. 1 Informal public consultation activity took place early in the project to generate interest. This was a Sketching Shankill Day with artists doing outdoor sketching on the Shankill Road. Some groups undertook a number of sessions, developing their discussion and a final product or event. For example: one of the consultation groups, women from the top of the Road around the Twadell, Woodvale and Springfield areas came together, meeting for the first time, and they organised discussion sessions on the subjects of commemoration and celebration. At the sessions they decided to create a project event on a First World War theme, looking at the changing role of women100 years ago. Costume from the period was created for the event; there was a talk and a photo display; and a lunch featuring wartime recipes. The women now intend to compile a recipe book. Feedback including questionnaire answers has been gathered from programme participants. Licence to print an area map has been obtained and the map edited to display the locations of arts activity venues and key arts stakeholders in Greater Shankill. A Shankill Arts Banner has been created and Project Report & Recommendations produced.

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Next Steps • • • •

There will be a SAM Project presentation, exhibition and further public consultation at the annual Shankill Convention in the Spectrum Centre. (6 June 2016). Recommendations will be presented at the meeting and a Shankill Arts Forum proposed. The purpose of the Forum would be to develop a collective Shankill Arts Vision and a Shankill Arts Action Plan that will deliver the agreed outcomes of the Neighbourhood Action Plan. The Shankill Arts Map database will be expanded on an ongoing basis, adding information that is not yet there and to update details.

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Project Findings: information and opinion gathered by the consultation programme-

Billy Drummond – Shankill Alternatives Shankill Alternatives works predominantly with 10-24 year olds to create a range of murals, exhibitions, photography, video and dramatic arts. The groups explore a range of issues that are self identified and projects operate with a variety of partnerships (ie. Shankill Area Social History Group). They publicise using a range of existing contacts to recruit groups of young people and advertise regularly through schools, word of mouth and Facebook. What is your Dream for the Shankill? •

Groups working together to develop large scale events, timetabling events to create a local festival. Art needs to be made more relevant to the issues & interests of the Shankill community. To do this properly necessitates someone specifically working to coordinate activities.

Emma Hawthorne – Artist (Spectrum Artist Studios) Emma has worked from her Shankill Studio for three years, and benefits from access to affordable space, as well the networks and opportunities from the Spectrum Centre itself. Regular arts participation includes the Saturday Morning Art class for adults; 'Bish Bang Pow' superhero workshops at Glenbank Nursery School, and a St. Patrick's Day cross-community photography project between St. Clares and Glenwood Primary Schools. For Emma, it’s important as an artist to establish a positive reputation with the community: “As a studio collective, we have regular conversations concerning what we have learnt as individuals and as a groups about our area here. My own personal artwork and facilitation work grows from word of mouth, social media, email, text, phone calls, written and printed literature. As a studio group, we have learnt that emails are often not read - many people on the road do not use email or cannot establish an email account - and have found social media to be a much better publishing tool. Leaflets and posters are also effective. In terms of new growth, face to face conversations and discussions are invaluable. We have found people in general appreciate seeing a face, informality and approachability. Our drop-in system at the studio works well in this respect.” Families Beyond Conflict Young Mums Group All participants expressed a strong awareness of the Spectrum Centre as a venue for arts activities for younger participants, they had little or no recollection of other venues on the Shankill itself, with no forthcoming knowledge of other groups that participated in arts activities in the area. The Spectrum was discussed in terms of arts provision for children, and as a well respected resource the young mums were able to identify weekly and half term activities that took place over the year, stating that the children enjoyed it and were keen to continue arts activities. The group did not take part in any arts activities in the Spectrum Centre themselves, although they were committed to craft activities within the FBC, and keen to progress their skills within a larger group.“ I don’t even know all the neighbours in my street. It’s all changed now, you don’t necessarily have your family close-by, and there’s less flow between the houses physically as well as communication. It’s not as safe for the children either. I’m afraid of the use of drugs in the area, and the look on peoples faces when you talk Report on SHANKILL ARTS MAP (SAM) project. th Contact: David Boyd Beat Carnival 11-47 Boyd Street Belfast BT13 2GU Report: 6 June 2016

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Aiming for: Greater collaboration, opportunities and resources for great creative arts in Greater Shankill to them. We used to do a lot with other groups, make tapestries and commemorative pieces, especially at Christmas time – it generated a better feeling, the community working together, we just have to do that – and be willing to work together again.” What is your Dream for the Shankill? • • • • • •

For there to be more to do in the community to bring everyone together. To become the way it used to be. For much needed shops on the road and more information to be put out there for all age groups. I would like to see more things for children. Seeing more things for children and women groups. More art for all to enjoy and more shops.

Glasshouse Women’s Art Group Glasshouse Women’s Art Group are relatively new, with 8-10 members attending regularly. The group was born from a funded arts workshop in the Women’s Centre. When funding was lost the group stayed together and now predominantly work from the Shankill Library and the MAC. They specialise in visual arts and crafts and are particularly keen to learn new techniques and explore other areas of Drama, Music and Dance. As a group they have a great deal of respect for facilitators, they value learning new skills and would like to see more opportunities for this, as well as better/ accessible funding, and where to find art tutors in other media. They enjoy the social aspect of arts activities, fighting isolation and ‘getting them out of the house’ are their main reasons for meeting. All are keen to work with other groups as well as in a cross-community context, they agree that some form of leadership is required to help them achieve their goals of more ambitious projects – such as having a large scale exhibition to advertise the work they do. Peace and Prosperity is a phrase repeated throughout the feedback from all participants. What is your Dream for the Shankill? • • • • •

To learn more and really do something different. More arts, drama and music for the Shankill. Peace and Prosperity… Lots of different activities for people of all ages and backgrounds. To embrace all cultures and art and to have more funding for projects.

Hammer Community Centre Youth Club 7-11 year olds who meet every Wednesday for a variety of cooking, sports and arts activities. The groups are pro-active in the area, and between them compete in gymnastics, football and dance, drama and quizzes both inside the Hammer and in the Spectrum Centre as well as school. Most joined the Hammer after the annual summer scheme – they can create more mess in this venue than they would get away with at home. They also benefit from visits by jumping clay, ceramics and drama groups, and most are involved in a church group or other school activity. They are interested in drama, messy art and quizzes, they want to make more friends and have fun – stating that ‘art can Report on SHANKILL ARTS MAP (SAM) project. th Contact: David Boyd Beat Carnival 11-47 Boyd Street Belfast BT13 2GU Report: 6 June 2016

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Aiming for: Greater collaboration, opportunities and resources for great creative arts in Greater Shankill make the streets more colourful.’ To do this – they would like to have more fun days and open days, dedicated time to really work on bigger projects and invite more people to join. They say there is nothing they won’t do, they’ll give anything a go. What is your Dream for the Shankill? • •

More drama, art classes, discos and sports More fun on the Shankill

Heel and Ankle Heel and Ankle have been running since 2014 – an amateur theatre company with big ambitions and a loyal base of 16 actors and writers. Many of the group joined through social media or word of mouth, they knew about it from their existing contacts rather than through emails of paper advertising. Most contribute to other arts groups/ activities in the area, for example the Shankill over 50’s Forum, Alive Choir, Writers Groups across Duncairn, the Spectrum Centre and Shankill Library… For the older members it’s good to be around the younger generation ‘their enthusiasm rubs off’, many stated that meeting new people was their main reason for joining, it’s a fun activity and, for a few, a professional career interest. The group have a long track record of working across communities, and are keen to continue their partnership with Dublin based ‘Rough Diamond.’ As a whole, the group would love to perform to a bigger audience – and are keen to involve more people in their Christmas production this year. What is your Dream for the Shankill? • • • • • • • • •

Regeneration, housing, jobs. The growth of the area and Heel and Ankle Community Theatre Company. The return of the Community Radio Station. To be a place with lots of activities for everyone with different talents eg. Sports, acting, dancing, science etc., and for it to be a place that isn’t only known for its accent, bands and language. Also not as scary. To have an arts centre that embraces all forms of art. And to receive funding from the arts council – to expand and encourage people to join us in our group to act. Inclusion, awareness of what’s happening, openness, appealing to people from other areas to come to the Shankill and the Spectrum. Friendliness – making people more open to the arts, not afraid. To be more acting and animal things. To be more kid acting stuff. To be more concerts in summer. More arts in summer. For the area to be more incorporated in to all forms of art, to improve confidence in our young people. A local Playhouse. A theatre for new playwrights from the Shankill – getting local work out there and encouraging everyone to come together to take part. To have a centre where drama, dance and singing – any kind of arts – are all under one roof (our kids need this). To develop cross community projects that are devised by and for the group – to travel and tour across Belfast.

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Aiming for: Greater collaboration, opportunities and resources for great creative arts in Greater Shankill Hemsworth Court "In the old days more people went to dances than football matches." • We went to picture houses: The Ranch on the Crumlin Rd, The Forum in Ardoyne, The Windsor in Donegall St, The Park in Oldpark, The Majestic on the Ormeau, The Alhambra, The Central aka The Flea Pit, The Getty & The Ritz in town. The Stadium was on the Shankill on the corner of Tennant Street. Wee Joe’s was also on the Shankill. • We went to dances everywhere including the Floral Hall with its revolving stage and the Pally in Portstewart. • Margaret was in an all girl pipe band the Faulet Girl Pipers and Irene's husband played in the Salvation Army band. Bobby was a busker and Eddie played the bagpipes. • We went to social clubs and Orange halls and a bar called the Pony Club. "We'll do anything, we'll go anywhere." • • • •

We’d like to act as Ambassadors, go to other groups and invite groups here, get to know them, include them, make friends, establish links. We want to see more artwork on the Shankill. We like the new artwork and it looks better for the tours that come round. We’d like to see street parties, a big dinner on the road, a tea party, distance dancing (dancing around buildings or squares/courtyards), getting together at the swimming pool or a festival parade. We’d like to see a map of the old Shankill on the road, with a timeline going back to the time of St Patrick or earlier and right up to the present day. We’d like to brighten up the place with themed visuals and murals on old shop fronts or derelict spaces – ones that reference what that place used to do or be, for example pictures of lots of shoes to brighten up the front of an old shoe shop.

Ian McLaughlin – Lower Shankill Community Association Ian is LSCA Project Manager. Lower Shankill Community Association have been at the forefront of re-imaging in Lower Shankill. The organisation has facilitated the removal and/or re-imaging of several paramilitary style murals in Lower Shankill to be replaced by murals and other forms of artistic expression that promote and raise awareness around social issues, racism and sectarianism etc. LSCA led an initiative that saw over 2,000 linear metres of paint removed from kerbstones in Lower Shankill. LSCA have held workshops and site visits that incorporate and promote artistic expression. •

LSCA feel there is massive potential for arts development in our catchment area. But there needs to be more done to encourage this. Quite often there is a mindset within areas of high multiple social deprivation, like Lower Shankill that the arts are not for them. It is that trend and mindset that we want to combat – and that we have begun to combat through our re-imaging projects and artistic workshops etc. The biggest problem that needs addressed? Accessibility to the arts for the wider populace in Lower Shankill.

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Aiming for: Greater collaboration, opportunities and resources for great creative arts in Greater Shankill are still being developed. Her outlook for FBC is to continue to provide a safe meeting point for all members of the community, and provide activities and new experiences to those who otherwise may not have the opportunity to do so. FBC promotes counseling sessions, day trips (eg. Armagh Planetarium), skill building opportunities in craft and construction, and they have a loyal base mostly taken from residents within a close catchment area. FBC receives the majority of its funding from VAST (Victims and Survivors Trust). The FBC have a great relationship with women in the area in general, they have a keen ‘crafty bunch’ who specialize in textiles and crochet, and can easily access groups of 12 to attend workshops and meetings. Their older women’s group is also very active and involved, taking part in dance, craft, day trips etc. FBC have some difficulty in their size of venue, and it is impossible for them to deal with a capacity of any more than 12 participants. SAM would be a positive influence for SAM, and there are many potential uses of the project: FBC has a keen interest in attracting males to take part in current activities, as this has been problematic even with focused trips (fishing, construction) and in locating artists for these projects, developing short/ non-committal approaches, as well as targeting marketing material. What is your Dream for the Shankill? •

Jackie’s dream for the Shankill is a safe, purpose-built centre for youth and young adults, somewhere they could meet without the pressures associated with school or the enforced activities imposed by ‘youth work’. She admits that she has witnessed groups of young people near to the FBC in the early evening drinking/ taking part in anti-social activity, but due to the risk involved the FBC is not in a position to offer assistance. They do offer summer schemes with an artistic remit and these have been particularly popular. Jackie thinks that some form of activity to fill the year-long gap between summer schemes would be ideal, in particular targeting older youth groups in skills learning and new experiences.

Jo Egan – Playwright Could you summarise in a few sentences the arts activity that you have created/facilitated in the Greater Shankill area? •

In September 2011 I and a group of people attending a creative writing workshop that began a two year process to create Crimea Square, 100 years of Shankill History. We created a script with four Shankill Road people, all members of a local history group. The second year focussed on building the community cast and bringing the production to life. A composer/sound artist created an amazing soundscape and a film artist collated film footage that was combined with the script to create an immersive experience. It was deliberately large scale and positioned in a mainstream arts festival so that the work wasn’t marginalised as community product for the community but community product for the community and a festival going audience. This meant that conversations could take place beyond the Shankill community about the artistic merit and authenticity or relevance of the product. The production won the Belfast Telegraph Belfast Festival Audience Award and led to the formation of Heel & Ankle Community Theatre Company. Throughout the process of creation of Crimea Square there was a growing sense of the resilience of the Shankill Community that led to pride identified and expressed, especially by the younger people on the project.

What potential do you think there is for arts development here? •

Huge potential for involvement at all levels: for pensioners down to toddlers, for Amateur, Community and Professional involvement in creating artistic product. Immediately following Crimea Square the Job Assist Centre used Heel & Ankle to perform a piece to Report on SHANKILL ARTS MAP (SAM) project. th Contact: David Boyd Beat Carnival 11-47 Boyd Street Belfast BT13 2GU Report: 6 June 2016

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Aiming for: Greater collaboration, opportunities and resources for great creative arts in Greater Shankill celebrate ten years of the centre’s existence. Heel & Ankle have gone on to create and perform, Flutes, Flags and Flames and write and perform in two films on mental ill health and other social issues. Are there any particular things that you think are needed / you would like to see happening in the future? Consistent quality engagement programmes in the arts. Six weeks here and there isnt good enough. The reinstatement of Performing Arts at Belfast Metropolitan College. Participating on this course is a fantastic route to a possible career path for those interested in engaging in performing arts. Additionally engagement with this kind of process permits participants to build and create a life narrative that includes a sense of autonomy and status that leads to other career paths. This opportunity no longer exists for those in the Greater Shankill area, right at the point when sustained engagement in arts practice is a viable proposition. Travel to the course in Bangor is not a practical option. • An organisation that can provide networking links and support to and for those that are interested in arts related work, such as acting, directing, writing, event management, film making, stage management, set building, prop making etc. What’s the biggest problem that needs addressed? • •

Poverty and associated problems of disempowerment, lack of social mobility, education opportunities, confidence in ones ability to create....a life, a career, even a dream. Portals of opportunity need to be created. Programmes that actually work.

Lesley Cherry – Artist Lesley has worked extensively with the Lower Shankill Community Association and the Lower Shankill Women’s Group. Lesley emphasised that for every piece of consultation about public art work, the involvement of residents is the priority. Lesley is keen to see art used as a catalyst to mediate particularly difficult conversations. Could you summarise in a few lines the arts activity that you have created/facilitated in the Greater Shankill area? •

Since 2007 I have been involved in various projects within the Shankill, including the 2010 BCC Creative Legacies project with The Spectrum Centre titled Hewitt in the Frame, but more extensively with the LSCA on a number of ACNI Re-imaging Projects and Housing Executive initiatives. This work initially addressed the removal of several contentious paramilitary murals, through the First Phase of ACNI Re-imaging. The negotiations were conducted through CAP, LSCA and myself. This consisted of public and private meetings as well as one to one discussions. The Lower Shankill/LSCA embraced a sense of social awareness through these art projects using slogans such as Nothing About Us, Without Us Is For Us, highlighting equality for women and the negativity of being called resilient. I like to approach the projects using aspects of social awareness/engagement, as well as from more traditional community aspects. I am aware I can use this approach due to the strong relationship I have developed with the community over the years. The majority of the artworks created throughout various project were printed aluminium, not painted murals, as well as a steel sculptural piece, titled Remember, Respect, Resolution. I have also worked with this community through the Draw Down The Walls project, exploring residents’ own individual stories of loss, culture, domestic violence, peace walls and friendship. This project was mainly video and audio based and culminated in an exhibition at The Golden Thread Gallery.

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Aiming for: Greater collaboration, opportunities and resources for great creative arts in Greater Shankill What potential do you think there is for arts development here? Are there any particular things that you think are needed / you would like to see happening in the future? •

Longevity, legacy and awareness. Projects should perhaps be developed from a social aspect - using art as a catalyst for change. However, there are invisible divides within the area and long term projects may be available already, but not perhaps in the Shankill Estate area. Quality of work is also something I like to be aware of. My adage is, just because it’s community, shouldn't mean it is of a lower standard. There is great potential for arts development and great work already underway, but often art is not seen as a serious enough subject, as opposed to education/job skills. The benefits of skills building, confidence building, problem solving etc using art is not being addressed enough perhaps?

What’s the biggest problem that needs addressed? •

Historic and ongoing, invisible divides within the community - politically, geographically etc.

Mark Knowles - Shankill Library Mark thinks that a new Shankill Arts initiative would be ideal for the Shankill and for it to be successful it would rely heavily on the community for support and continuous renewal. He is delighted that the Glasshouse Gallery has proved popular with a range of artists, and mentioned that he rarely had to look for programming – he is approached frequently with proposals for the exhibition space and this is working well in terms of having a diverse offering that supports a number of local initiatives. The arts programmes support the Shankill Library: the gallery brings in an amount of footfall from outside the area and the demonstrations and workshops keep both community and tourism involved. An improvement in means of marketing the outreach programme would be of great value – any method of attracting new audiences would be appealing. A new Shankill Arts initiative may be able to provide an efficient means of advertising to those already interested in artistic pursuits and others such as those who have limited or no access to internet facilities. The creative talent on the Shankill, the confidence and the character that is particular to the community – all need to be better publicised. Any project to advocate arts activity to a much wider audience would be welcome. Marketing should be more ambitious and provide a platform that would encourage more international involvement as well as tourism. A example of a previous successful campaign was for the Spanish Civil War exhibition, which made an appearance on the BBC Sunday morning Politics Show and attracted the most footfall for any exhibition they’ve held. What is your Dream for the Shankill? •

To create with the community.

Matt Vernon – Artist (Beat Carnival) Matt works on the Beat Carnival team, specialising in Drum and Percussion workshops and engaging in a variety of visual and carnival workshops aimed at all ages. He is keen to promote the weekly open BEATnDRUM adult samba band rehearsals (Thursday evenings 68pm) as well as the Tiny Beat and Junior Beat drop-ins (dance, costume, carnival art) (Tuesday evenings 6:15-7:45pm) – and stresses that whilst the workshops take place in the Carnival Centre, performances from the Samba Band occur all over Northern Ireland, Republic of

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to have more connections across the city and a collaborative relationship with different art-forms, local musicians and percussionists: “It’s about exposure for the arts – a lot of people and organisations still don’t know that we are here or what we do as we’re tucked in at the bottom of the Shankill.”

Ruth Moore – Artist Ruth spent at least 15 years working in the area, prior to going back to college, and retains an interest and affection for arts activity on the Shankill. For Ruth, SAM priorities include a focus on relational aspects, designing projects geared towards network building, co-ownership and positive working relationships as well as supporting creativity outputs. Current activity within the area has ample facilitators, artists and coordinators but with little or no connecting organisations these people have rather been left to fend for themselves. There is real need for a supportive network to connect individuals, provide skills training and importantly, advertise the projects in advance as well as documenting the process and outcomes. It would be great to see a future mentoring project in the area that actively encourages participation in a variety of art-forms and extends on out through the community. It would be good to have roundtable discussions that include community opinion and involvement (especially with young people) leading to action plans, which could be reported on. What is your Dream for the Shankill? •

Lots of participatory arts programmes, real skill development with a focus on artistic excellence, large scale works with considerable community involvement and more work being carried out to link the North and West communities. Creativity and exploration for the sake of it alone is valid enough, without being too goal orientated – and more of this would be a big blessing.

Sandra Robinson – Artist, Spectrum Artist Studio Spectrum Artists Studio began in 2012, and has built up a range of partnerships including local nursery and primary schools, community and day centres. For Sandra, strengthening the systems used to promote events hold the most importance: “An E-newsletter could be useful or a directory. A flyer or catalogue/programme would be most accessible to many of the potential participants. •

My dream for the Shankill would be to prioritise exposure and create a joined up approach for all groups, artists and organisations, some sort of collective would be a good start. I want there to be a reason for people to visit the area, and more appreciation and interaction in art for the local community.”

Shankill Area Social History (SASH) Sash are a self-started community group who continue their work with investment from the membership (somewhere between 20 – 30 individuals from the area). They are keen to increase group attendance and work towards large scale events, but admit that their current programme of talks and skill workshops prove time-consuming. Main interests in the group are to create professional archives of the area, Report on SHANKILL ARTS MAP (SAM) project. th Contact: David Boyd Beat Carnival 11-47 Boyd Street Belfast BT13 2GU Report: 6 June 2016

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Aiming for: Greater collaboration, opportunities and resources for great creative arts in Greater Shankill inclusive of interviews, documentary photographs and personal accounts of Shankill history. Particular interest for the future of the arts on the Shankill include historical re-enactments, inspired use of characters and walk-abouts to provide tourist friendly tours of the area, and a publicly owned space for people to visit and use free of charge. What is your Dream for the Shankill? • • • • • •

To reach the youth of the area – to encourage them to have a purpose and a plan for their lives and a positive future. An outdoor arts event: incorporating music, community art, dancing and drama, a big mad day for all arts activities in all forms A vibrant, peaceful, educated community. More to interest and attract tourists and people from other areas. More murals explaining the history and past of the area. An event to show all local talent. A way of making the community aware of what is taking place. A shared arts/cultural building on the Shankill (i.e. Nelson Church)

Saturday Morning Art Club at Spectrum Artists Studio All participants value the time spent on the workshop, the skill of the artists, and how arts could be put to use for the benefit of the area. One of the participants is from outside the area and this was their only reason for visiting the Shankill. They would consider visiting more if there were other/similar arts activities to go to, and stated that this was a great introduction to an area that they previously knew nothing about. Other responses quoted multiple attendance to arts events in the Spectrum Centre, 3/7 participants also attended the Book Club, 2/7 cited an interest in Music, 2/7 cited an interest in Women’s Arts and Crafts. Participants exclaimed that the amount of empty/waste ground is depressing. There is a general rundown feel of the area that could be improved substantially by cosmetic work to shop fronts. Better communications about the activities that are available would help, as well as encouraging more participation in arts activities… Particularly those that debunk the idea that the arts are elitist… What is your Dream for the Shankill? • •

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To see the road become more open, making art more accessible to the people and using art to regenerate a brighter, positive feel of the place. Creative events reflecting the outlook of the people. Putting the people first. To see the road restored to the vibrant community it once was.

Shankill Library Junior Art Club There were twelve participants in total, three attending for the first time, all female, aged between 7-11 from three different schools. The workshop instructed in printmaking techniques and discussed the current arts venues, as well as venues they would like to see open on the

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Aiming for: Greater collaboration, opportunities and resources for great creative arts in Greater Shankill Shankill in the future. All agreed that art is a good thing. They have access to art through school (choir, drama, computer art). Some also attended the Shankill Arts Den and competed in cheerleading practice. Many thought that visual art was a great idea and would love to do more art at home but they weren’t allowed to paint as it was too messy. They wanted to keep classes girls only as it was more fun that way – although not intentional on this particular session. What is your Dream for the Shankill? • • • •

More Shops, more shopping and beauty in general A disco every day of the week A gymnastics festival Somewhere to watch movies with my friends

Spectrum Centre The Shankill’s Spectrum Centre is in its 16th year and has established itself as the area’s unrivalled Arts & Culture Centre. The Spectrum is/has been home to the Shankill Area Social History Group (SASH); the Heel & Ankle Theatre Company: Olympus Dance; Diamontes Ballet Classes & Karma School of Indian Dance & Culture among to name a few. It has hosted concerts, plays, art & photographic exhibitions, displays & films. Jackie Redpath is Chief Executive of the Greater Shankill Partnership: What’s your dream for the Spectrum? •

The dream is that the Spectrum becomes the hub of a vibrant and growing arts scene in the Greater Shankill - home for local arts groups and performers and attracting acts from across the city, nationally & internationally.

What are the plans for the Spectrum this year? •

The Spectrum wants to build solid and sustainable organisational structures with the delivery of community arts at the core of everything that happens. We want to be building the capacity of local groups, this year especially with older people, teenagers and people living with dementia – and we want to be providing opportunities for anyone in the community to try and test arts experiences. Specifically: we are developing our work with our two South Indian groups, with dance and Indian Festivals, integrating this with the Shankill community. We are organising Arts Clinics and Master Classes in the Arts Studio; expanding our Book Club network; schools work, particularly on an intergenerational basis with people experiencing dementia; and expanding the model of the Junior Art Den with activity for woman and a Senior Art Den. We also want to see a vibrant cafe in the Centre.

What are the difficulties for the Spectrum? •

For any Arts Centre/ Theatre, whether it’s the Lyric, Opera House, MAC or the Spectrum, sustainability is a key issue. Put simply, the Spectrum costs more to run than it earns from rents and ‘users’. As a result we are dependent for almost half our income on grants,

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Aiming for: Greater collaboration, opportunities and resources for great creative arts in Greater Shankill which are proving harder to come by. We aim to close the revenue gap and will be developing a new business plan in the coming months. Sure Start The Sure-Start Group have been in operation in the Alessie Centre for over 20 years, supported by the Department of Education to promote activities that parents and children (of all ages from birth) can enjoy together, celebrating creativity through visual arts, story telling and nursery rhymes, outdoor play, and day trips (ie. Bangor Easter Egg Hunt). Irene is delighted that so many of the drop-in groups are oversubscribed, and talks about the solid reputation they have within the community, both for this and their sister centers in the greater Belfast area. Sure-start rarely have to recruit. Emails do not work as a method of communication: the face-to-face contact they have with participants is vital (they have a number of officers who action home-visits). The venue is really inviting, the facilitators are committed, with good ideas about activities and the toy stock is beautifully kept, with a reading area and enclosed playground out the back. Group of young mums and children (4 years and under) There were 8 young mums (less than usual as a result of the Easter egg hunt the previous day). Mums are really active in the arts (Shankill Library, Spectrum Centre, Hammer) but do find it difficult to coordinate two or more children in different age groups around various schools/ school holidays and arts activities. Expense is a barrier also. The Sure Start group ask for a donation of £0.50 towards a snack and tea/ coffee/ juice and this is acceptable, going to a theatre performance would be unthinkable for many of the mothers both is terms of ticket price and travel. As a group they agreed that it was difficult to find things to do at the weekend and many venues required further investigation. Sure Start suits them for the time of day and is scheduled around their other commitments. It also gives the mums social interaction, not just with their children but each other and the commitment level is low (this is really important). As a group they would like to see more arts come through the venue – for instance short workshops or a small performance tailored to toddlers. None of the participants had taken part in the Belfast Children’s festival, it was never advertised in the Alessie Centre, but they did say it would be great if the festival could come to them in some small way. Mums also want to see more outdoor activities, more use of the park or something to make areas safer and somewhere that they would want to take their children. What is your Dream for the Shankill? • • • • Irene

Higher Education for our children and grandchildren. And I’d like to see more for teenagers in the evening – especially at weekends – instead of drink. More activities for the 0-4 year olds over the summer, it seems all (except sure start), parent and toddler groups close JuneSeptember. More things to do for babies and toddlers Would like to see the Shankill Festival start up again AND more houses being built. Cooke - Sure Start

Irene would like to have more contact with other arts groups in the area. She had worked previously with Sally Young (Spectrum Arts Centre)

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Aiming for: Greater collaboration, opportunities and resources for great creative arts in Greater Shankill but said that it is difficult to find the time to coordinate activities – and contact is tenuous within the current working schedule of both organisations. Irene previously had a Fathers’ Forum (now disbanded some two or three years) who worked together to create a fantastical mural, which is displayed on the Crumlin Road. This is something that she would like to see happen again. •

More physical outcomes (such as the mural) that can advertise the good work happening within existing arts groups, as well as promote the creativity of the Shankill itself.

Twaddell based Women’s group. See Appendix for this group’s own report What is your Dream for the Shankill? • • • •

Keep learning, improving, and sharing new skills as we go. More workshops, more art, more culture, more music. More cross-community arts and cultural workshops that can bring people together. Bring life back to the Shankill, improve so many old and rundown buildings to make the place look better.

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Further participant comments and opinions on what …do we like, …could we do, …should there be? •

We would love to do more art at home (but we aren’t allowed to paint as it’s too messy).

We want girls-only classes: it’s more fun that way.

It's important to do things to keep active, it's better to wear away than rust away.

We would like more activities around the Shankill. We’ve lots of ideas about art activities that could be done in and around the area and also on how to engage groups that don't have the experience of doing a wide range of arts activities, projects and programmes.

I think the Belfast City Council should fund more things like these.

We have had lots of arts courses in our own building, but not been at much in other places in the area.

It's only when you see things written down and set out like this that you realise how much you do.

I like to do things for a bit of company, fellowship.

Arts activities occupy us and make our their minds work.

Arts activities occupy us together and we enjoy ourselves.

A gymnastics festival.

More happening on 11th – and over more days.

More communication and information about opportunities and what’s happening.

"In the old days more people went to dances than football matches"

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We used to go to picture houses: The Ranch on the Crumlin Rd, The Forum in Ardoyne, The Windsor in Donegall St, The Park in Oldpark, The Majestic on the Ormeau, The Alhambra, The Central aka The Flea Pit, The Getty & The Ritz in town. The Stadium was on the Shankill on the corner of Tennant Street. Wee Joe’s was also on the Shankill. We went to dances everywhere including the Floral Hall with its revolving stage and the Pally in Portstewart. We loved going to the Jazz Club. We went to social clubs and Orange halls and a bar called the Pony Club. Margaret was in an all girl pipe band the Faulet Girl Pipers and Irene's husband played in the Salvation Army band. Bobby was a busker and Eddie played the bagpipes. Have MORE... • • • • • • •

...meetings with different groups. ...discussion. ...tasters of lots of different things. ...information in places where people go. ...buildings and places available to do stuff in. ...beauty. More ...Art! More singing, music, photography, woodwork, decorating the yard, being social - being together.

There should be more events: we would be interested in seeing street parties, a big dinner on the road, a tea party, distance dancing (dancing around buildings or squares/courtyards), getting together at the swimming pool or a festival parade.

We want to be involved with all kinds of people; children, families, people from outside the area.

Offer something that people are interested in doing to help give them more confidence to get more involved in things.

Us on the Shankill, who have experience of things... we would be able to act as Ambassadors – it doesn’t always have to be artists trying to persuade people to do things. We’d go to others and invite them back to us, to another project or more activities... get to know them, include them, make friends, establish links. “We'll do anything, we'll go anywhere.”

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I spent years working in the area before going back to college and I retain an interest and affection for arts activity on the Shankill.

I’d love to champion arts in the Shankill in whatever way I can.

We want to see more artwork on the Shankill. We are really happy about the paramilitary murals being replaced, we like the new artwork and it looks better for the tours that come round.

Tours just drive through, they don’t stop on the Shankill. There could be more here to engage them.

We'd like to see a map of the old Shankill on the road, with a timeline going back to the time of St Patrick or earlier right to the present day.

We’d like to brighten up the place with themed visuals/murals on old shop fronts or derelict spaces that reference what the place used to do or be: for example – pictures of lots of shoes to brighten up the front of an old shoe shop.

More art here will give more reason for the public outside of the road to visit.

The gallery brings in an amount of footfall from outside the area. Demonstrations and workshops keep both community and tourism involved.

I’d love tourists to visit for the arts activity and events here in addition to the history.

I want to see arts made more relevant to the issues & interests of the Shankill community.

We would be interested in collaborating with local musicians and percussionists.

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The group meets monthly to learn the skills and techniques to draw and record the world around them. The aim is for participants to learn to ‘see’ their environment, critically and analytically.

It would be great to see a mentoring project in the area that actively encourages participation in a variety of art-forms and extends into the community.

Every Tuesday we have two groups of young people (about 25-30 kids) learning all sorts of arts, making puppets, larger sculptures and costume. They learn dance in different styles, street theatre, performance and percussion. Sometimes we organise art workshops for the parents and get about 10 of them in the class.

All our workshops happen here but our groups perform in events around the city and across NI.

I do professional artwork at the studio on the Shankill and develop resources and prepare workshops for projects with various groups and organisations across Northern Ireland.

Our arts work reaches across Shankill Road, Falls Road, Ardoyne, Crumlin Road... Greater Belfast.

We need better exposure – not many people know who we are or what we do.

I’d like to see an improvement in how our outreach programme is marketed. Local marketing is geared through Facebook and this communication is difficult to target.

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To communicate, we use social media, word of mouth, networking at events and organised meetings, leaflet drops, posters, phone calls and texts.

Our participants mostly get involved through word of mouth. Our information is on ourwebsite, facebook and twitter and we get requests to join through them too. We’ve tried flyers through local residents’ doors but had little-no response/engagement.

I think emails work for certain people but think many get “lost in the Post”. I think a mailing list possibly supported by a social media outlet is the best way to connect with people.

Participants hear about us on social media or through word of mouth recommendation. Our mailing list consists of current and past members. Our door is always open and we welcome all who come to our rehearsals.

We source audience through word of mouth, social media and a mailing list and have used marketing posters & flyers. An E-newsletter could be useful or a directory.

Email would be most visible to me, however less visible to most of the participants I work with. A flyer or catalogue/programme would be most accessible to many of the participants.

We have learnt that emails are often not read - many people on the road do not use email. We have found social media to be a much better publishing tool. Leaflets and posters are also effective.

For new connections and new growth, face-to-face conversations and discussions are invaluable. We have found people in general appreciate seeing a face, informality and approachability.

Any method of attracting new audiences would be appealing. The Shankill Arts project may be able to provide an efficient model of advertising to those already interested in artistic pursuits, or may be

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There is creative talent on the Shankill. There is confidence and character that is particular to this community – but I feel that this is not well publicised.

Any project that would provide advocacy for arts activity to a much wider audience would be welcomed.

Arts work in the Shankill, to be successful, would rely heavily on the community for support and for continuous renewal.

I don’t have to look hard for programming: I am frequently approached with proposals for our exhibition space. This gives a diverse offering and supports a number of local initiatives.

The cross community project will culminate in an exhibition. Sessions are facilitated by artists in two schools. Pupils have currently finished model-making and creative writing with a poet. The pupils are developing new skills, learning about their surrounding and history and interacting together.

Creativity and exploration for the sake of it alone is valid enough. More of this would be a big blessing. Everything doesn’t have to be focused on solely on big goals.

I am preparing for an outdoor exhibition in August. February & March are full of drawings, reading texts, experimentation and contemplation.

I dedicate each Friday afternoon to ‘play’, trying out new art techniques.

As a studio collective, we have regular conversations concerning what we have learnt as individuals and as a group about our local area.

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There is a big need for a supportive network to connect individuals, provide skills training and importantly, advertise projects in advance as well as documenting the process and outcomes.

We need someone specifically working to co-ordinate Shankill arts activities

Within the area we have ample facilitators, artists and coordinators but there is little or no ‘organisational-connecting’: the artists and facilitators have rather been left to fend for themselves.

Our drop-in system works well. Building solid relationships often leads to solid expansion.

Stronger links within the local community need to be established.

There should be round-table discussions that include community opinion and involvement (especially with young people) leading to action plans, which could be reported on.

A priority for the future is projects that are geared towards network building, co-ownership and positive working relationships – as well as supporting creativity outputs.

Commemoration and celebration are both important... what’s the difference? I’m not aware of celebrations that aren’t about history. If there is something, I’d like to see it and find out more.

We have important dates that we commemorate and celebrate each year and those will always be important. We’d like to see more artists and creative groups get involved with our events... make them bigger and longer, provide attractions for all ages.

More could be done at times like Christmas

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Summary of Project Findings and Recommendations There are strong, common strands weaving through the discussion and opinions of the consultation process. The project found great unanimity of opinion among the programme participants that: people of all ages are valuing creative activity; much of the activity is self-generated and enabled by a high degree of voluntary input; people would like more opportunities and more support; and – this is significant – they think the time is right for greater cooperation throughout Greater Shankill in neighbourhood endeavours. There is a need for better communications and promotion of activities throughout the area. Many highlighted a need for a dedicated arts worker to drive development and collaborations. Participants expressed belief that the community, its culture and its future do and will benefit, in unique ways, from the transformation and the pride that is generated through artistic creativity and achievement. As a community activist said: “art will provide a signature for the Shankill!”

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RECOMMENDATIONS (proposed to 2016 Shankill Convention, 6th June at Spectrum) Four immediate steps in 2016 for long-term • Collaboration • Communication • Action •

RECOMMENDATION

Purpose

Form a representative Shankill Arts Forum and agree a Vision for Shankill Arts 2016-2020 Determine short term, medium term and long term Greater Shankill Arts Action Plan needs and aspirations, setting out success factors, priorities, goals, timetable and resources required Determine potential means and sources of support and finance for the Plan’s activities Resources Proposal & Gain new resources

Greater Shankill Arts Forum

Fundraising Plan

Programme of Activities and Events

Deliver the outputs and outcomes for ‘A creative community’ in the Greater Shankill

Who / How Invite participation at Shankill Consortium Arts Forum in consultation with Greater Shankill arts and community stakeholders Arts Forum in consultation with stakeholders Some should be sought and managed by particular organisations that are well placed to take a lead – and others by creating consortia of stakeholder organisations Shankill Arts project partners and community

When June By October By November

On-going

December and on

-6th JUNE UPDATE•

The Recommendations were accepted by the Convention and it was agreed that a Shankill Arts Forum will be established.

An Arts Action Plan will be developed by the Forum.

The Arts Plan is integral to the Greater Shankill Neighbourhood Action Plan.

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Beat Carnival Artists Group on this project

David Boyd

Director

Helen Lavery

Lead Artist and researcher

Rebecca Boyd

Programme Coordinator

Trisha Campbell Sheelagh Colclough Claire Gibson Karen Gibson Jamie Harper Emma Hawthorne Jazzmin McClure Sandra Robinson Sally Young

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Appendix A

Project Statistics

72 organisations and venues were identified and contacted.

35 groups responded and had involvement.

206 people were involved.

38 group consultation processes took place with 28 of the organisations (group representatives and participants).

20 sessions used visual arts activities to engage with a variety of ages and arts interests. 18 were discussion sessions.

46 key individuals/representatives participated in individual discussion: i.e. community and cultural activists, groupinterest representatives, senior youth and education workers, professional artists.

1 Informal public consultation activity took place early in the project to generate interest. This was a Sketching Shankill Day with artists doing outdoor sketching on the Shankill Road.

Sample of Arts-Consultation Workshop Participant questionnaire and monitoring statistics Of arts workshop participants surveyed, children under 11 years old Children Female Male I enjoyed doing this activity very much I enjoyed this activity more than school I found this activity interesting I would like to do this activity again I felt like I was part of a team

Percentages 60% 40% Yes 88% 82% 84% 85% 78%

Maybe 12% 17% 16% 13% 21%

No 1% 2% 1%

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More than 75% of project participants were over 11 years old

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Appendix B People and organisations on Contacts Database Action Deaf  Youth   Action  for  Community  Transformation   Alan  Waite   ArtAbility  NI   Artists  at  the  Mill   Beat  Carnival   Belfast  Activity  Centre   Belfast  Boys'  Model  School   Belfast  Girls'  Model  School   Belfast  Metropolitan  College,     Belfast  Youth  in  the  Arts   Beyond  Skin   Billy  Drummond   Blackmountain  Action  Goup   Bruiser  Theatre  Company   Claire  Gibson   Clifton  House   Community  Arts  Partnership   Conway  Street  Youth  Club   Creative  Exchange   Darren  Ferguson   David  Boyd   Denmark  Street  Community  Centre   Diamontes  Dance   Draw  Down  the  Walls   Emlyn  Wright   Emma  Hawthorne   Etcetera  Theatre  Company  

Ex-­‐Prisoners Interpretative  Centre     Families  Beyond  Conflict   Farset  Youth  and  Community  Development  Limited   (FASA)     Forthspring  Inter-­‐Community  Group   Glasshouse  Women's  Art  Group  Shankill  Library   Glencairn  Youth  Initiative   Greater  Shankhill  Integrated  Services   Greater  Shankill  Alternatives   Greater  Shankill  Community  Council   Greater  Shankill  Partnership   Greater  Shankill  Senior  Citizens  Forum   Hammer  Community  Centre   Hammer  Youth  Club   Heather  Carson   Heel  and  Ankle  Theatre     Helen  Lavery   Hemsworth  Court   Highfield  Community  Centre   Hobby  Horse  Playgroup   Ian  McLaughlin   Irenne  Cooke   Jack  Lambe   Jackie  Chalk   Jackie  Redpath   Jake  Kane   James  Irwin   Jamie  Harper   Jo  Egan   John  Dougan  

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John MacVicar   Jonathan  Hodge   Karen  Gibson   Karen  Porter   Lesley  Cherry   Liam  McAnoy   Lower  Oldpark  Comm  Association   Lower  Shankill  Community  Association   Mark  Knowles   Mid  Shankill  Interface  Group   Matt  Vernon   North  Belfast  Area  Project     Olympus  Girls  Club   Opportunity  Arts   Patricia  Campbell   Paul  Ferguson   Percy  Street  Community  Centre   public  -­‐  Sketching  Saturday   Rebecca  Boyd   Red  Earth  Designs   Richard  Wakely,  Belfast  Festival   Ruth  Moore   Sally  Cochrane   Sally  Young   Sam  Drake   Sandra  Robinson   Sean  Mullan   Shankill  Area  Social  History   Shankill  Day  Centre   Shankill  Extra  

Shankill Leisure  Centre   Shankill  Library,  Junior  Art  Club   Shankill  Resource  Centre   Shankill  Well-­‐being  and  Treatment  Centre   Shankill  Women's  Centre   Sharon  Bailey   Sheelagh  Colclough   Spectrum  Artists  Studios  -­‐  Sat  Group   Springboard  Opportunities   St  Stephen's  Church   Stadium  Youth  &  Community  Projects   Steven  Pollack   Street  Beat  Youth  Programme   Sure  Start,  Alessie  Centre   Talent  Tribe   The  Happy  Stitchers   The  Spectrum  Centre   The  Vine  Centre  Crumlin  Road   The  Welcome  Centre   Tracy  Smith   Tree  Top  Music  Collective   Trevor  Kennedy   Twadell  &  Woodvale  Residents  Association   Victims  &  Survivors  Trust  (VAST)   West  Belfast  Athletic  and  Cultural  Society   William  (LSCA)   Winston  Irvine   WISPA   Woodvale  Community  Centre  

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Appendix C

Map of Locations This is a small scale representation of the large map included in the Shankill Arts Map Display

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Appendix D Great Words Forming an arts vision for Greater Shankill: words associated with GREAT and GREATER: a title for something important able above average acclaimed accomplished active adept admirable admired ample appreciable assiduous big boundless brilliant broad celebrated central colossal committed complete congenial consequential considerable critical crucial dedicated delightful diligent distinguished eager elite eminent

enjoyable enormous enthusiastic essential esteemed excellent exceptional exciting expansive expert extensive extraordinary famed famous far-extending fine first-rate foremost gifted gigantic hearty high ability high quality high-ranking high highly rated huge illustrious immense important impressive including adjacent areas incomparable

influential intensity intent keen key large leading lovely magnificent main mammoth marvellous massive masterly momentous most important notable noted noteworthy number one outstanding passionate perfect pivotal pleasant pre-eminent principal prodigious proficient prominent remarkable renowned serious

significant sizeable skilful skilled spacious special strong stupendous substantial superb superlative supreme talented thrilling top total tremendous unlimited unsurpassed vast very good virtuoso vital weighty well known wholehearted wide wonderful

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Photographs

This is a small selection of photographs

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Twaddell Women’s Group programme report is a separate document

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Profile for Beat Carnival

Shankil Arts Map - Project Report  

Greater Shankill arts mapping exercise undertaken by Beat Carnival through a programme of creative arts and community consultation over Febr...

Shankil Arts Map - Project Report  

Greater Shankill arts mapping exercise undertaken by Beat Carnival through a programme of creative arts and community consultation over Febr...

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