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October

Curating Architecture: The Venice Biennale

October 18 @ 17:30 - 19:30
The MAC, 10 Exchange Street West
Belfast, BT1 2NJ United Kingdom

Every two years, national pavilions transform historic Venice, demonstrating technical and cultural innovation in building design and the response of architects to major international challenges in contemporary society. This year the theme of Freespace, curated by Dublin's Grafton Architects - Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara - provided the opportunity to celebrate "a generosity of spirit and a sense of humanity at the core of architecture's agenda, focusing on the quality of space itself". Join us in conversation with curators, architects…

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October

PLACE

October 19 @ 10:00 - October 21 @ 16:00
PLACE, 7-9 Lower Garfield Street
Belfast, BT1 1FP United Kingdom

PLACE relocated to Spencer House in April 2014. After years of vacancy and with thanks to support from Arts Council of Northern Ireland, PLACE’s principal funder, we were able to strip back the interior to reveal the original ceiling and pillars of this listed building. Historically, the building played host to The Hammond Typewriter Company, a flour merchant, the Weekly Irish Times brand office and for many years was home to JC Mayrs & Company, cabinet maker and house furnishers.…

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October

FULLY BOOKED – Belfast Harbour Commissioners Office

October 19 @ 10:00 - 11:00
Belfast Harbour Commissioners Office, Corporation Square
Belfast, BT1 3AL United Kingdom

For more than 150 years, the Harbour Office has been the headquarters of the Belfast Harbour Commissioners: the body charged with the operation, maintenance and development of Belfast Harbour. The first section of the building, designed by the Commissioners’ engineer George Smith, and erected at a cost of some £8,000, was opened in 1854. A subsequent extension, by the celebrated Belfast architect William Henry Lynn, was completed in 1895 at a cost of £14,349. The architectural style reflects that of…

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October

Translink Maintenance Facility

October 19 @ 10:00 - 12:00
Translink Adelaide Depot, Falcon Road
Belfast, BT12 6PU United Kingdom

The Maintenance Facility officially opened in December 2012 to accommodate a new fleet of trains arriving into Belfast. The existing facilities, based at York Road and Fortwilliam, were operating close to capacity. The facilities have capacity for both heavy and light maintenance, and include a train wash, fuelling areas, exterior stabling facilities, four post lifts, equipment drop tables and a workshop area. The amenity also boasts a range of interesting environmental initiatives to reduce energy usage, conserve water and support…

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October

Belfast Boat Club (Friday)

October 19 @ 10:00 - 18:00
Belfast Boat Club, 12 Lockview Road
Belfast, BT9 5FJ United Kingdom

Belfast Boat Club is one of Northern Ireland's premier multi-sports and leisure clubs. Set on the banks of the River Lagan in South Belfast, Belfast Boat Club aims to improve the lives of people of all ages and abilities by promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. Belfast Boat Club's impressive facilities play host to international sporting events, tournaments and numerous outreach projects within the local community. Open Access: Visit the Boat Club to see around all day on Friday, Saturday…

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October

Dublin Road Sewer Upgrade

October 19 @ 10:00 - 11:00
Dawson WAM Site Office, Hardcastle Street
Belfast, BT7 1GG United Kingdom

The Dublin Road Sewer upgrade is a project to improve the sewage infrastructure in the Ormeau area of Belfast. The work, conducted by NI Water and Dawson WAM, will reduce environmental pollution to the River Lagan and sewer flooding, and will enable future growth and development in Belfast City Centre and the Ormeau Road. The £5 million investment is an excellent example of the importance of infrastructure to help reduce the risk of flooding and raising environmental standards. This event…

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October

Giant’s Park – 4×4 Guided Tours

October 19 @ 12:00 - 16:00
Giant’s Park, Dargan Road
Belfast, BT3 9LZ United Kingdom

At 340 acres, Giant’s Park at North Foreshore is the largest development site in the city. Belfast City Council is transforming this former landfill facility into a safe, sustainable asset which attracts investors and creates jobs for the city. In 1973 the site started to be reclaimed from the sea. Between then and the site’s closure in 2007, some 10 million tonnes of waste were deposited at this location. In 2016, the Council commenced marketing part of the land (approx.…

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October

Lagan Weir

October 19 @ 12:00 - 13:00
Lagan Weir, 1 Donegall Quay
Belfast, BT1 3EA United Kingdom

Lagan Weir was constructed in the 1990s. Its purposes were intended - variously - to act as an amenity barrage to maintain the River Lagan level, a mechanism to avoid low tide river bed exposure and a facility for recreational water pursuits. Lagan Weir comprises four pier houses, five 20m long steel gates, a lookout building and an access gallery extending under the river. In 2015, a new 120m long feature footbridge was constructed at Lagan Weir, from Queens Quay…

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October

Belfast Masonic Hall

October 19 @ 13:00 - 14:00
Belfast Masonic Hall, 13-21 Arthur Square
Belfast, BT1 5PY United Kingdom

The Masonic Hall at Arthur Square was completed in 1870 to designs by Sir Charles Lanyon, famous Belfast architect and lodge member at the time. The four-storey building sits on a busy five-point commercial intersection, around which many of the most prominent and imposing buildings of the age were convened. The Hall suffered a serious fire in 1918 and has undergone much modernisation. There are rooms for Masonic Ritual decorated with many symbolic items, including original artwork by John Luke,…

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October

The Boat

October 19 @ 13:00 - 14:00
The Boat, 49 Queens Square
Belfast, BT1 3HU United Kingdom

The Boat came from a commissioning process by the Laganside Corporation. The site, which was left over from a new road built alongside Custom House Square, is only 200m/sq in area. The developers’ brief was unusual, but inspirational and open-ended - to design an architectural set-piece. The small footprint and significant location resulted in the highly sculptural building that stands today. As well as apartments with stunning views, The Boat is an important hub for offices including the British Council…

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October

Connswater Community Greenway

October 19 @ 13:00 - 14:00
EastSide Visitor Centre, CS Lewis Square
Belfast, BT4 1HH United Kingdom

Connswater Community Greenway is a visionary urban regeneration project has transformed East Belfast’s landscape. Combining improved flood protection with the creation of public spaces and pedestrian/cycle routes has connected communities. One of this structure’s most visible features is a 9km linear park, which links existing green and open spaces and enables residents to travel across the city easily via car-free corridors. Another high-profile element is the civic square, named after author and former East Belfast resident, C.S. Lewis. Join Carol…

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October

Infinity Farm: Rooftop Apiary at Skainos

October 19 @ 14:00 - 15:00
Vault Artist Studios, Tower Street
Belfast, BT5 4FH United Kingdom

Innovative urban agriculturalists Infinity Farm invite visitors to join them for a special tour of their new workshop space and their rooftop apiary. Get a demonstration from the beekeepers at the new Vault Artists Studios before taking a walk to the Skainos Centre to see the roof-garden and the bees! If you can’t attend the tour, the Infinity Farm space is also open on Saturday 20 Oct as part of Belfast Open Studios - see Vault Artist Studios for more…

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October

Donegall Pass Guided Walk

October 19 @ 14:00 - 15:30
Donegall Pass Community Forum, 165 Donegall Pass
Belfast, BT7 1DT United Kingdom

Donegall Pass is one of Belfast’s historic thoroughfares. Stretching from Shaftesbury Square to the Ormeau Road this famous street contains a number of important buildings and terraces such as the former School of Music, originally a Wilshere designed Primary School; the recently listed Donegall Pass Police Station; and the Georgian terrace which was once the homeplace of social reformer Mary Ann McCracken. Join your guides Anne McAllister and Dr. Ken Sterrett for a walk through the area, including a visit…

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October

Invisible Heritage: Transforming 20th Century Buildings into 21st Century ‘Spaces’

October 19 @ 14:00 - 15:00
Arup Belfast, Bedford House Bedford Street
Belfast, BT2 7FD United Kingdom

One of Belfast’s most valuable set of buildings may be 20th century, post-war offices that many dismiss as ‘ugly’. It’s time to look again and to recognise that these often underutilised and, in some cases, derelict buildings are just waiting for intelligent investment paired with good design to turn them into sought-after commercial offices or residential apartments. Should more of Belfast’s 20 century buildings be renewed? If so, what is required to achieve high-quality refurbishment for these types of buildings?…

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October

The Waterside, Belfast

October 19 @ 14:30 - 15:00
The former Sirocco Works site, Short Strand
Belfast, BT5 4PA United Kingdom

This former industrial site set over 16-acres was once the home to the Sirocco Works, a brand that first gave Belfast industrial prominence in the late 19 Century. The Waterside will regenerate the currently derelict site, providing a new and exciting extension to Belfast city centre. The £450m masterplan for the overall project emphasises community and climatic impact. It aims to 'make a place' full of life and industry, with a mix of 700 new homes including private, affordable and…

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October

Raidió Fáilte / Líonra Uladh

October 19 @ 16:15 - 17:30
Raidió Fáilte, Divis Street
Belfast, BT12 4QB United Kingdom

Raidió Fáilte is a community-based Irish language station in a purpose-built four-storey ‘radio house’ at the junction of the Falls Road and the Westlink. Vacant since the construction of the Westlink in 1983, the site is bounded to the rear by the two-storey dwellings in the Divis neighbourhood. A small walled courtyard off the Falls Road leads into a ground floor exhibition and meeting space which are open to the public. This floor features a coffee dock and archive facilities,…

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October

RSUA Architecture Night 2018

October 19 @ 19:00 - 23:00
Carlisle Memorial Church, 31 Carlisle Circus
Belfast, BT14 6AT United Kingdom

This great social and cultural evening will focus on the power of architecture to bring about positive change. It all kicks off at 7pm on Friday 19th October 2018. The venue this year is the Carlisle Memorial Church in inner north Belfast. Designed by WH Lynn and opened in 1875 this building was included on the World Monument Fund Watch in 2010 – a biennial list of the most endangered cultural and heritage sites in the world. At a time…

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October

Belfast Open Studios: Special Events

October 20
Various venues, Belfast, United Kingdom

We are thrilled to partner with Visual Artists Ireland to incorporate Belfast Open Studios as part of this year’s Open House Belfast programme. There are around 350 artists working across 14 spaces throughout the city, in ways that are engaging, challenging, beautiful and unexpected. See their creative work up close! All studios will be open on Saturday 20 October. Some also offer public access every day. Please check each studio’s individual listing for opening times. *** Belfast Open Studios -…

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October

IKEA Belfast (Saturday)

October 20 @ 09:15 - 10:30
IKEA Belfast, Holywood Exchange 306 Airport Road West
Belfast, BT3 9EJ United Kingdom

IKEA Belfast opened its doors on 13 December 2007. The 29,000m/sq store - the equivalent area of five and a half football pitches - accommodates a showroom, a 437-seat restaurant (which is the largest eatery in Northern Ireland), a warehouse, crèche, staff facilities and customer services area. There are many sustainable features throughout the store. In addition to exploring these areas, this guided tour will take you to spaces that customers have never before been able to explore. Join IKEA’s…

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October

Belfast Open Studios: Studio Souk

October 20 @ 09:30 - 17:30
Studio Souk, 60-62 Ann Street
Belfast, BT1 4EG United Kingdom

Studio Souk gives their customers the opportunity to engage directly with their lovely in-house designers, artists and makers. The residents work their magic to create unique handmade designs or upcycle previously unloved items into stunning pieces. This is a not-for-profit organisation that supports local artists and designers in a stimulating and creative environment, giving lots of single person enterprises, valuable peer support and a opportunity to be involved in a creative community. Studio Souk creates an atmosphere in which creativity…

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October

FULLY BOOKED – The former Belfast Telegraph Print Hall

October 20 @ 10:00 - 11:00
The former Belfast Telegraph Print Hall, 124-144 Royal Avenue
Belfast, BT1 1ND United Kingdom

The Belfast Telegraph was founded in 1870 by brothers William and George Baird. As the firm grew in size the decision was taken to establish a new headquarters building at the newly laid out Royal Avenue. Henry Seaver was selected as architect and the building was completed in red brick and Dumfries red sandstone by H&J Martin, the same company to build the Central Library and later City Hall. The former Belfast Telegraph newspaper printing press, once at the beating…

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October

Flax House

October 20 @ 10:00 - 11:00
Flax House, 83-91 Adelaide Street
Belfast, BT2 8FF United Kingdom

Flax House is a five storey red-brick warehouse building designed by Young & Mackenzie and completed 1907 for cotton handkerchief manufacturers McBride & Williams. Throughout the 20 century, the building was leased to linen companies - then a booming industry in Belfast. In 2016, after 30 years of partial dereliction, construction work commenced under new ownership to refurbish and repurpose the building. GMR Architects retained as many original features as possible, including exposed beams and brickwork, as well as adding…

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October

Belfast Boat Club (Saturday)

October 20 @ 10:00 - 18:00
Belfast Boat Club, 12 Lockview Road
Belfast, BT9 5FJ United Kingdom

Belfast Boat Club is one of Northern Ireland's premier multi-sports and leisure clubs. Set on the banks of the River Lagan in South Belfast, Belfast Boat Club aims to improve the lives of people of all ages and abilities by promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. Belfast Boat Club's impressive facilities play host to international sporting events, tournaments and numerous outreach projects within the local community. Open Access: Visit the Boat Club to see around all day on Friday, Saturday…

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October

Open Office: McGonigle McGrath

October 20 @ 10:00 - 12:00
McGonigle McGrath, Unit B1.01 Portview 310 Newtownards Road
Belfast, BT4 1HE United Kingdom

McGonigle McGrath is a Belfast based architectural practice formed in 2011 by Kieran McGonigle and Aidan McGrath. “Our work is informed by a sensitivity to context and place, a consideration of form, materiality and craft, and an understanding of the quality and simplicity of buildings well made. We engage in a critical investigation of each project’s needs and constraints through dialogue, observation and research, with the object of delivering design solutions which are inspiring, practical and beautiful.” For the purposes…

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October

Belfast Open Studios: Creative Exchange Artists’ Studios

October 20 @ 10:00 - 17:00
Creative Exchange Artists’ Studios, Unit B4 Portview 310 Newtownards Road
Belfast, BT4 1HE United Kingdom

Creative Exchange was established by a group of artists in East Belfast in 1996 and in the intervening 21 years has contributed to the history, culture, economy and creativity of its locality. The studios provide workspace to visual artists at all stages of their careers. Our aim is to provide affordable studio space for the artistic community particularly in East Belfast, whilst providing a programme of opportunities for artists to prioritise their practice, develop professionally, engage with communities and contribute…

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October

Belfast Open Studios: Digital Arts Studios

October 20 @ 10:00 - 17:00
Digital Arts Studios, Cathedral Buildings 64 Donegall Street
Belfast, BT1 2GT United Kingdom

Please note: This venue has had a change of address from the print programme. Digital Arts Studios is now located at Cathedral Buildings, 64 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2GT Providing space and support for local and international digital artists. DAS is the only organisation in Northern Ireland to offer a residency programme for local and nationally based visual artists who wish to work with digital media, and is one of only two organisations in Northern Ireland to offer an international…

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October

Avenue Artists’ B&B

October 20 @ 11:00 - 17:00
Avenue Artists’ B&B, 22 Allworthy Avenue `
Belfast, BT14 6BU United Kingdom

This house is the third in a row of six incongruously grand yet oddly squat buildings amongst North Belfast’s Edwardian architecture. It was built in 1906 by a Captain Allworthy for whom the street is named. Which Allworthy he was, exactly, is a matter of some debate on local interest online forums – Edward, Samuel or Ignatius? Curator Jane Morrow bought the property in 2017, and has been renovating it into an artists’ B&B. Avenue offers introductions to Belfast’s cultural…

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October

Open Office: Doherty Architects

October 20 @ 11:00 - 17:00
Doherty Architects, 6 Kinnaird Street Antrim Road
Belfast, BT14 6BE United Kingdom

Doherty Architects will exhibit and allow interaction with some of their award winning projects as they open their studio. Their exhibition space will be set up to illustrate some of their projects and how they go about delivering them using architectural drawings, photos and advanced computer-renders of projects. Visitors will also be able to interact with award winning buildings and projects using VR technology. Illustrated projects will include the Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts, Creative Industries Building and Top…

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October

Open Office: Oscar & Oscar and the Little America Congress

October 20 @ 11:00 - 17:00
Oscar & Oscar, 22-30 Hopefield Avenue
Belfast, BT15 5AP United Kingdom

Oscar & Oscar is an interior design and architecture practice located in North Belfast. They work for both private and commercial clients; redefining Northern Ireland’s restaurant and cafe scene with their designs for Ox, Ox Cave, Harry’s Shack, Muddlers Club, Lost & Found and il Pirata. They will be running a pop up coffee shop hosted by Little America Congress resident, The Working Kitchen. The Oscar & Oscar building also houses the studios of Dollybirds Art, Jump the Hedges, Belfast…

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October

FULLY BOOKED – Harland & Wolff Dry Dock

October 20 @ 11:00 - 12:00
Café 1404, 11 Queens Road
Belfast, BT3 9DT United Kingdom

The Harland & Wolff dry dock in Belfast opened in 1968 after three years of construction. In the 1960s, most industrialised nations depended on oil which had to be transported around the world in supertankers. Belfast’s authorities were keen to secure the economic future of their port by making it a centre for supertanker construction and maintenance – thus the specific construction of the dry dock. The structure is still in service today, but primarily for maintenance rather than ship-building.…

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October

Myths of Belfast: Stories of the Developing City

October 20 @ 11:00 - 12:30
PLACE, 7-9 Lower Garfield Street
Belfast, BT1 1FP United Kingdom

Join architect and researcher Andrew Molloy for this walking tour which takes you on a journey tracing the milestones of Belfast as it developed over the years. From Elizabethan cartographers to the short-lived success of Victorian civics; unrealised Edwardian ambitions for the city centre to the thinking behind a motorway bisecting once thriving inner-city neighbourhoods; the tour examines the impact that high-minded urban theories have had on the citizens of Belfast. The tour will last approximately 90 minutes, beginning in…

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October

Belfast Open Studios: Artists @ The Mill

October 20 @ 11:00 - 17:00
Artists @ the Mill, Conway Mill 5-7 Conway Street
Belfast, BT13 2DE United Kingdom

Artists @ the Mill are made up of independent individual practitioners representing a variety of disciplines, including painters, ceramicists, glass and textile artists and filmmakers. The artists occupy the top floor of the Mill on Conway Street, off Falls Road, Belfast. Although we are not a constituted or funded collective/cooperative organisation, we organise events that include as many as want to be involved, such as exhibitions, pop-up galleries and projects for festivals. Open Access: Visit Artists @ The Mill from…

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October

Belfast Open Studios: Belfast Print Workshop

October 20 @ 11:00 - 16:00
Belfast Print Workshop, Cotton Court 30-42 Waring Street
Belfast, BT1 2ED United Kingdom

Belfast Print Workshop was established in 1977 to welcome artists interested in the practice and promotion of printmaking. We are a registered charity and provide a fully equipped, printmaking studio space in the heart of Belfast. BPW offers an extensive programme of practical courses, alongside open studios and demonstrations, designed to enhance public knowledge, understanding and appreciation of printmaking. BPW also provides opportunities for residencies, exhibitions, skills and professional advancement, to support the income, wellbeing and livelihood of its artist-members.…

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October

Belfast Open Studios: Cathedral Studios

October 20 @ 11:00 - 17:00
Cathedral Studios, 64 Donegall Street
Belfast, BT1 2GT United Kingdom

Cathedral Studios is based on Donegall Street, Belfast. Formed in 2003 by six newly graduated artists the group has been supporting artists with studio space and facilities ever since. Since its establishment the organisation has housed many artists specialising in a wide range of disciplines, evolving and adapting to each artist’s needs. Open Access: Visit Cathedral Studios from 11am-5pm on Saturday 20 Oct.

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October

Belfast Open Studios: Flax Art Studios

October 20 @ 11:00 - 16:00
Flax Art Studios, 44-46 Corporation Street
Belfast, BT1 3DE United Kingdom

Flax Art Studios provides space to some of the most exciting artists in Northern Ireland. Founded in 1989, the studios have provided 25 years of best practice work at the cutting edge of contemporary art. Flax Art Studios is committed to developing and strengthening the visual arts sector in Belfast, providing studios for 18 artists, as well as graduate and international resident artist studios. Open Access: Visit Flax Art Studios from 11am-4pm on Saturday 20 Oct.

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October

Belfast Open Studios: Lombard Studios

October 20 @ 11:00 - 17:00
Lombard Studios, 11 Lombard Street
Belfast, BT1 1QA United Kingdom

Lombard Studios, situated in Belfast city centre, provides working spaces for artists to develop their practice. It currently houses four contemporary visual artists: three specialising in the field of fine art painting, and one writer. Since its inception in August 2016 by Trina Hobson, it has provided a base and support for artists, many of whom graduated from Ulster University. It is self-funded. Open Access: Lombard Studios will be open on Friday 19 and Saturday 20 Oct, both 11am-5pm. Family…

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October

Belfast Open Studios: Oscar & Oscar and the Little America Congress

October 20 @ 11:00 - 17:00
Oscar & Oscar, 22-30 Hopefield Avenue
Belfast, BT15 5AP United Kingdom

Oscar & Oscar is an interior design and architecture practice located in North Belfast. They work for both private and commercial clients; redefining Northern Ireland’s restaurant and cafe scene with their designs for Ox, Ox Cave, Harry’s Shack, Muddlers Club, Lost&Found and il Pirata. They will be running a pop up coffee shop hosted by Little America Congress resident, The Working Kitchen. The Oscar & Oscar building also houses the studios of Dollybirds Art, Jump the Hedges, Belfast Punctured, Corrina…

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October

Belfast Open Studios: Pollen Studios

October 20 @ 11:00 - 17:00
Pollen Studios, 37 Queen Street
Belfast, BT1 6EA United Kingdom

Established in 2011, Pollen Studios and Gallery currently provides studio space for 7 artists and runs a diverse programme of monthly exhibitions. The studio members’ practices and media are varied and include performance, painting, sculpture and installation. The artists share open studio spaces and regularly collaborate with other studio groups and a network of international artists. The Gallery at Pollen Studios provides an open, contemporary platform that aims to enhance the civic and cultural enrichment of Belfast, welcoming visitors to…

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October

Belfast Open Studios: Vault Artist Studios

October 20 @ 11:00 - 17:00
Vault Artist Studios, Tower Street
Belfast, BT5 4FH United Kingdom

Vault Artist Studios is a group of artists working across many disciplines. We are an active community of visual artists, musicians, writers, photographers, videographers, puppeteers, comedians, arts organisers, curators, composers, and theatre makers. We thrive on our creative diversity and actively seek to engage with the local communities in which we are located. We originally formed in early 2017, taking over an old vacant Ulster Bank Building on the understanding that we would only have the building for one year.…

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October

Ulster University York Street Campus – Phase One

October 20 @ 11:30 - 13:00
Ulster University, 25-51 York Street
Belfast, BT15 1ED United Kingdom

The ambitious £263m redevelopment of Ulster University’s Belfast campus will be a transformational space designed for thinking, creativity, problem-solving, research, collaboration and innovation. The completed campus will bring over 15,000 new students and staff to a vibrant learning environment in the heart of Belfast. The first phase of the landmark development opened in 2015 and is home to the Belfast School of Art. This is an opportunity to see the new campus with architects from Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios. Learn…

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October

FULLY BOOKED – The Great Light

October 20 @ 11:30 - 12:30
The Great Light, Titanic Walkway Queens Road
Belfast, BT3 9AD United Kingdom

Join us for this interactive tour of the Great Light - one of the largest lighthouse optics of its kind ever built. The tour will bring to life the story of lighthouses, changes in technology through the ages, lightkeepers’ memories and the role of these buildings in the maritime and industrial history of Belfast and beyond. For this year’s Open House Belfast, HIVE Choir will be creating new works specifically for the buildings and spaces featured in the festival programme…

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October

FULLY BOOKED – The former Bank of Ireland

October 20 @ 12:00 - 14:00
The former Bank of Ireland, 104 Royal Avenue
Belfast, BT1 United Kingdom

A five-storey Art Deco building constructed in steel frame, clad in Portland limestone, with a tiered clock tower on chamfered corner to North Street. The building has been Grade B+ listed since October 1990, and has lain vacant since the Bank of Ireland relocated to new premises at Donegall Square South in 2005. This is a very special opportunity to see inside this icon of Belfast. Booking info: Due to popular demand, there will be two tours of this building…

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October

St Patrick’s Primary School (former Edmund Rice Primary)

October 20 @ 12:00 - 14:00
St Patrick’s Primary School, 25 Pim Street
Belfast, BT15 2BN United Kingdom

The teaching order of the Christian Brothers arrived in Belfast in 1866 to manage St Mary’s PES, Divis Street. From 1867 they managed St Patrick’s Primary School in Donegall Street until the school was replaced by Edmund Rice Primary, Pim Street in 1967. In 2013, Edmund Rice Primary (Pim Street) was amalgamated with Star of the Sea Primary and the school is now called St Patrick’s Primary. At present, both sites are used but work will soon begin to erect…

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October

Raise Your Expectations: EXCHANGE 1NE

October 20 @ 12:00 - 17:00
PLACE, 7-9 Lower Garfield Street
Belfast, BT1 1FP United Kingdom

What do you imagine Belfast will be like in 10 years from now? How has it changed? Come and see for yourself a projected vision of Belfast - a real estate development fantasy, a dream of immersive marketing, and a way of life that is coming to North Street anytime soon. Artists John D’Arcy and Una Lee present the augmented-reality-assisted walk ‘Raise Your Expectations: EXCHANGE 1NE’ - a story of past and future, myths and forecasts, memory and loss. Duration:…

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October

Belfast Open Studios: Norwich Union House [Cancelled]

October 20 @ 12:00 - 17:00
Norwich Union House, 7 Fountain Street
Belfast, BT1 5EA United Kingdom

NOTE: EVENT CANCELLED. Unfortunately, due to their proximity to the fire at the Bank Buildings, Norwich Union House will not be open as part of this year’s event. We would encourage all those interested to visit its sister organisation, QSS Bedford Street. In January 2018, QSS established short-term satellite studios at Norwich Union House, with a particular emphasis (though not exclusively) on supporting recent graduates and early career artists. With 21 artists now on site, this new creative hub will…

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October

Belfast Open Studios: QSS Bedford Street

October 20 @ 12:00 - 17:00
QSS Bedford Street, 31-33 Bedford Street
Belfast, BT2 7EJ United Kingdom

QSS Bedford St will provide behind-the-scenes access to the studios of some of Belfast’s brightest emerging and established artists. A series of informal artist talks (Studio Spotlights) scheduled throughout the afternoon will explore the artistic process, from inspiration through to completion. Open dialogue (Q&A) with the artists is most welcome. QSS Bedford St provides 23 secure, affordable and well managed studio spaces for professional artists. These studios enable our artist members to contribute positively to the artistic life of the…

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October

Queen’s University: Lanyon Building Conservation and Restoration Project

October 20 @ 13:00 - 15:00
Queen’s University Belfast, University Road
Belfast, BT7 1NN United Kingdom

Queen’s University is investing £5.5m in the conservation of its foundation college, known as the Lanyon Building after its architect, the Victorian polymath Sir Charles Lanyon. It is the public face of the University and receives many visitors every year supplementing the hundreds of students and staff that move through the central entrance hall on a daily basis. The conservation works will take nearly two years to complete and consist of repairs to stonework, brickwork, windows and rainwater goods. Booking…

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October

Queen’s University: Main Site Tower

October 20 @ 13:00 - 15:00
Queen’s University Belfast, University Road
Belfast, BT7 1NN United Kingdom

The redevelopment of the former Library Tower as a prestigious home for the School of Law involved retention of part of the Tower’s structural frame and removal of the three upper floors. A three-storey building connects the refurbished Tower and the Peter Froggatt Centre (PFC), effectively creating a single building, within which a series of central atrium spaces provide light and natural ventilation. School of Law staff and student facilities are on the upper floors, while the ground floor offers…

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October

Queen’s University: Graduate School (150-year Anniversary)

October 20 @ 13:00 - 15:00
Queen’s University Belfast, University Road
Belfast, BT7 1NN United Kingdom

Sitting adjacent the iconic Lanyon Building is the former Lynn Library, designed by W.H. Lynn and now beautifully restored as the QUB Graduate School. Completed in 1868, the building was later extended by Lynn in 1910 and a number of alterations, including the insertion of a mezzanine, were completed during the 1950s and 1980s. Following an extensive refurbishment project led by Consarc Conservation the building reopened to provide a new hub for postgraduate students. Don’t miss an opportunity to admire…

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October

North Belfast Heritage Cluster

October 20 @ 13:00 - 14:30
Friends Meeting House, 45 Frederick Street
Belfast, BT1 2LW United Kingdom

The North Belfast Heritage Cluster is a group of Listed Building owners who are coming together to improve access and awareness of their buildings as social and public assets, and to stimulate wider urban repair of the area. Some of the buildings centre around Clifton Street, which was once one of the finest avenues into the city. The urban fracture of the area has mainly been caused by road widening and the Westlink. The group reflects a rich diversity including…

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October

Blick Shared Studios (Saturday)

October 20 @ 14:00 - 17:00
Blick Shared Studios, 51 Malone Road
Belfast, BT9 6RY United Kingdom

Blick Shared Studios provides workspace, services and support for the creative industries in Belfast. For Open House we will host an exhibition of one of our resident creative businesses. 51 Malone Road was built between 1886 and 1887 and was designed by architect, William Eaton (1854-1896). There are a number of architectural features of this property that still exist from its erection in 1887; including the full-height, bowed, bay windows and the conical state roof, a trademark of the nine…

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20
October

Belfast Open Studios: Array Studios

October 20 @ 14:00 - 17:00
Array Studios, 48 King Street
Belfast, BT1 6AD United Kingdom

Established in 1994, Array Studios is a collective of professional multidisciplinary artists located in Belfast city centre, supported by Arts Council NI. Array Studios is committed to support artists both emerging and mid-career artists, providing resources, opportunities and contributing to the cultural development of the city. Open Access: Visit Array from 2pm-5pm on Saturday 20 Oct.

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21
October

Belfast Boat Club (Sunday)

October 21 @ 10:00 - 18:00
Belfast Boat Club, 12 Lockview Road
Belfast, BT9 5FJ United Kingdom

Belfast Boat Club is one of Northern Ireland's premier multi-sports and leisure clubs. Set on the banks of the River Lagan in South Belfast, Belfast Boat Club aims to improve the lives of people of all ages and abilities by promoting an active and healthy lifestyle. Belfast Boat Club's impressive facilities play host to international sporting events, tournaments and numerous outreach projects within the local community. Open Access: Visit the Boat Club to see around all day on Friday, Saturday…

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21
October

FULLY BOOKED – IKEA Belfast (Sunday)

October 21 @ 11:15 - 12:30
IKEA Belfast, Holywood Exchange 306 Airport Road West
Belfast, BT3 9EJ United Kingdom

IKEA Belfast opened its doors on 13 December 2007. The 29,000m/sq store - the equivalent area of five and a half football pitches - accommodates a showroom, a 437-seat restaurant (which is the largest eatery in Northern Ireland), a warehouse, crèche, staff facilities and customer services area. There are many sustainable features throughout the store. In addition to exploring these areas, this guided tour will take you to spaces that customers have never before been able to explore. Join IKEA’s…

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21
October

The Birth of the Cathedral Quarter

October 21 @ 13:30 - 15:00
Hill Street, 41-43 Hill Street
Belfast, BT1 2LA United Kingdom

Architect Barrie Todd leads a tour along Hill Street which saw the redevelopment of the Cathedral Quarter in the late 1980s. Barrie’s practice was the first new tenant in what was then known as the “Northside” in 1989, a collection of mostly run-down streets and disused warehouses. Todd Architects’ refurbishment of a former sack merchants was the first of many innovative transformations of heritage buildings that would see various creative, cultural and commercial tenants breathe new life into buildings along…

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21
October

Blick Shared Studios (Sunday)

October 21 @ 14:00 - 17:00
Blick Shared Studios, 51 Malone Road
Belfast, BT9 6RY United Kingdom

Blick Shared Studios provides workspace, services and support for the creative industries in Belfast. For Open House we will host an exhibition of one of our resident creative businesses. 51 Malone Road was built between 1886 and 1887 and was designed by architect, William Eaton (1854-1896). There are a number of architectural features of this property that still exist from its erection in 1887; including the full-height, bowed, bay windows and the conical state roof, a trademark of the nine…

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21
October

The Infinite City Podcast: Live episode

October 21 @ 17:00 - 19:00
The Sonic Lab, Sonic Arts Research Centre Cloreen Park
Belfast, BT9 5BQ United Kingdom

The Infinite City is a podcast about cities, produced by PLACE. Join hosts Rebekah McCabe and Conor McCafferty for an evening of chat about public space, architecture and city life in Belfast and beyond. Our panellists for some lively debate are Agustina Martire (Lecturer in Architecture, Queen's University), Garrett Carr (author, The Rule of the Land), Darran Anderson (author, Imaginary Cities) and Aisling O'Beirn (artist and Lecturer in Art, Ulster University). Musical performances and readings will round out the night…

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