Call for Artists: “It’s All About Us!”

“It’s All About Us!”

Call for Artists: Deadline for submissions is 5:00pm on Tuesday 15th January 2013

“It’s All About Us!” is a community relations driven project which seeks to use the visual arts to develop and explore community relations activity on an intergenerational level within, and between some of the most polarised communities in North Belfast.

This project has grown from “Draw Down The Walls” a collaboration between the North Belfast Interface Network, Golden Thread Gallery & Lower Shankill Community Association. DDTW has a legacy of engagement with traditionally hard to reach sections of community and has worked with both local and international professional artists on internationally recognised projects such as Ambulatorio Belfast with the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

This project seeks to develop a greater & more intensive relationship between young formative adults, and the rest of their community experience both on an internal and cross-interface level. The project will seek to develop the stories of the participants, young people and adults alike in a series of visual representations based on the narrative themes emanating from thematic workshop activity. “It’s All About Us” seeks to engage people on an intergenerational level who have felt disconnected from community and to help them engage firstly with their own community through single identity artist led workshops which will develop their capacity to engage & articulate what they see as the barriers they encounter; this is done to create preparedness and ability to articulate themselves in readiness for cross-interface plenary artist led sessions.

The project will work with a number of groups from across North Belfast’s interface communities and will engage a number of groups from areas such as Ardoyne, New Lodge & The Greater Shankill. The timeline for the project will be from early February until May with a final showcase taking place in June 2013.

Essential criteria:

  • Applicants must be professional exhibiting artists with recent experience of exhibiting within a public gallery environment.
  • Substantial experience of working as on visual arts projects within interface communities within the last three years.
  • Experience of working on projects surrounding the issues of segregation and division affecting interface communities.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have demonstrable experience of working with non-traditional arts audiences.
  • Applicants should have a current “Access NI” check for working with children and vulnerable adults.

To apply applicants must:

  • Applicants must submit a short covering letter outlining how they feel they are best suited to the project and detailing relevant experience of working within an interface community.
  • Applicants must submit a CV, 3-5 images of their own practice and 3/5 images of their practice working within an interface community context. These may be digitally submitted but must be readable on PC format. 
  • Applicants must be available to commence the project in early February 2013 and some flexibility to work a combination of daytime & evening hours will be required.

Short listing will take place week commencing 21st January; applicants who are shortlisted will be contacted with time & venue by Friday 18th January 2013.

Deadline for submissions is 5:00pm on Tuesday 15th January 2013 by hard copy, images may be submitted on disc but must be readable on a PC format, to:

North Belfast Interface Network, 123 Cliftonville Road, Belfast, BT14 6JR.

For more info contact: Breandán Clarke