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The Big Eye
Typical! You wait an age for someone bright and articulate to speak on behalf of the arts and all you get is some
pig ignorant yokel more interested in cattle than culture. Yes, even after five years the Big Eye has still to come to
terms with Chris Ball’s appointment as CAF information officer.

To Farmer Ball’s credit he has ditched the dungarees and wellies that set him apart from Northern Ireland’s arts
crowd but you still get the impression he is a little uneasy around bohemian types. Even when waxing lyrical about
the power of participatory arts, Mr B has a wistful look in his eyes that suggests he would rather be half way up a
mountain manhandling some livestock. But then wouldn’t we all…

Needless to say, CAF’s token culchie is cock–a-hoop that the new Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure, Edwin
Poots, is a fellow horny handed son of the soil. “You townies are for it”, ooh-aared Mr Ball, shaking his fist at no
one in particular. “Kiss goodbye to your fancy street theatre and murals. It’s going be sheep dog trials and turnip
carving from now on. And about time too!” he gleefully continued, whilst driving his tractor very slowly along a
busy road.

Not everyone is quite as tickled at the ministerial appointment. Much has been made of Mr Poots’ lack of knowl-
edge of the higher arts – which the Big Eye thinks is rather harsh. After all, his experience of pantomime will surely
hold him in good stead as he takes the helm of the good ship, DCAL. And, to be fair, Edwin has thrown himself
into the role of arts minister faster than you say, “Get arf my land!” Within days of his appointment Pootsy was in
Strabane (now that’s dedication) to visit the newly opened Alley Arts Centre. It may be something of a cheap shot
to point out that the arts centre used to be a cattle market, but cheap shots are what the Big Eye is all about and
Edwin did look a little disappointed to be greeted by a display of interpretative dance rather than a herd of Frie-
sian heifers. Please feel free to add your own punch line…

The Big Eye can neither confirm nor deny reports that DCAL PR bods are currently plotting an image overhaul to
make the Minister appear more “street”. However, I am certain that claims that Edwin wishes to be referred to
as “Poots Diddy” are mostly fabricated, as are rumours that his ministerial car is to be replaced with a souped-up
Nova, fitted a big bore exhaust and a slammin’ stereo.

Perhaps Edwin should pick the brain of Mr Ball as to how he can win over the arts sector. However, the chances of
the pair meeting are very slim as DCAL’s security staff are very quick to remove vagrants from the vicinity of their

Mr Poots is not the only new arrival arts world. Caragh O’Donnell has joined CAF’s information team and will as-
sume responsibility for proof reading the Big Eye’s musings. She surely must do a better job than that culchie chap
who seems to think grammar is the old women sitting in the corner of his kitchen with her knitting and spittoon.

See Yiz
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   4. Electronic Arts                                         15. Inspiring stuff

   6. AmmA what?                                              16. Summer sizzlers

   8. Wired up!                                               19. Arts Care scoop “dream” award

   11. Development News                                       20. Musicians share in Stormont extravaganza

   12. Cash in on funding expertise for free!                 1. Omagh word!

   13. Assembly Instructions                                  22. Funding News

   14. Chariots of Ire

Contributions to the Wee Can
An essential purpose of the Wee Can is to provide CAF members with a free platform for their news, activities
and events. Contributions from groups and individual artists from all regions are welcome. Or, if there are any
issues that you think we should be covering, let us know. Also keep us informed if you have an email address or
change your email address so we can send out reminders and occasional news.

Compiled by Chris Ball and Caragh O’Donnell.

The personal views of the columnists are not necessarily the views of the Community Arts Forum.
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Musicians and film makers are exploiting new opportunities presented by the digital revolution and there’s no
reason why community artists shouldn’t benefit too.

Since Charles Csuri first produced a “painting” in 1964           Ruth McCullough,
                                                                  Queen Street            What is Web 2.0?
using a series of punch cards and bungalow sized main-
                                                                  Digital Studios,      Web 2.0 was a phrase first coined by
frame, computers have become more and more preva-                                       O’Reilly Media in 2004 in reference to the
lent in the arts. From the musical moog to computer-              explained that
                                                                  new technolo-         second generation World Wide Web. Rather
generated imagery (CGI) in cinema, all art forms have                                   than being driven by new technology Web
                                                                  gies were making
embraced the possibilities created by the digital age.            digital arts more     2.0 is being propelled by changes in people
                                                                  affordable and        use the internet. Web 2.0 is characterised
The cost and complexity associated with many computers            easier to use.        by web based communities and networking
and programmes may have discouraged community arts                Ruth said, “New       sites such as MySpace, Bebo and YouTube.
types from going the digital road. However, the humble            IT packages
home computer has undergone a dramatic transforma-                and advances in
tion in the last decade. Gone are the days when the               technology have
bulky desktop was little more than a glorified typewriter         meant that digital arts are a lot more accessible and a lot more
with a spreadsheet package and solitaire bolted on as a           user friendly. Once you learn one programme or you get to grips
                                                                  with the Macintosh computers, which are designed primarily
bonus. In this era of dual processors, broadband and Web
                                                                  for people working in the creative industries, then you will find
2.0 even a reasonably priced, off-the-shelf computer can          that a lot of the programmes you use roughly follow the same
now serve as an animation workshop, a recording studio,           kind of format. Once you negotiate that initial learning curve it
a video editing suite and an international shop window.           all falls into place.

This has opened up a world of possibilities for even the small-   Easy to use programmes do not mean compromising the stand-
est community arts projects, enabling more groups to try their    ard of the finished product. Ruth explains, “The equipment that
hand at new art forms.                                            people are using on their machines, such as FinalCutPro and
                                                                                Flash, are industry standard – it’s what the profes-
                                                                                sionals are using. Also organisations like Queen
                                                                                Street Studios offer a resource for artists, assisting
                                                                                in that interim period when artists are looking to
                                                                                use computers but cannot afford the equipment.
                                                                                We can offer high definition equipment that even
                                                                                galleries and regular television are yet to get to
                                                                                grips with.”

                                                                                Of course, it’s not just in the production side of
                                                                                things that computers can provide a boost to the
                                                                                community arts sector. A good website can help
                                                                                a community arts project or performance secure
                                                                                an international audience. In fact, the internet
                                                                                is such a powerful marketing tool that the music
                                                                                industry is increasingly using it to push emerging
                                                                                acts. In 2006 the Arctic Monkeys and Sandi Thom
                                                                                saw their debut singles propelled to Number One
                                                                                on a wave of internet inspired hysteria and promo-
                                                                                tion through online communities such as MySpace.

                                                                                Bruised Fruit Promotions, not-for-profit music
                                                                                promoters, have embraced online networking sites
                                                                                as a means of marketing their acts. Jennie McCul-
                                                                                lough, managing director, explained the appeal of
                                                                                going online, saying, “MySpace appeals to bands
                                                                                because you can reach so many people from such
                                                                                a range of different backgrounds at once. You
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simply put a message out there and
anyone can read it. Also every user,
regardless if it’s Snow Patrol or a
new band, gets a standard format
for their photos, videos, songs and
biography. You can customise it and
make it your own but ultimately no-
body is given any preferential treat-
ment. Visual artists can also benefit
from using it by posting pictures of
their work in the image section and
inviting people to buy them and
video producers can also post foot-
age up on the video section.”

One of the great aspects of MySpace
and related websites is the net-
working dimension. Jennie explains,
“Community groups are starting
to use MySpace as they’ve seen
the impact it can have. As well as
having your own page and your own
individual identity you can form
groups where you can invite people
along to discussion forums to help
kick start online communities. You
can create networks of friends
who have similar interest to you                                 the driving seat. Adam said, “All arts now are infested with some
or your organisation. The bulletin tool provides a great way     electronic element from music production to radio to film making.
of contacting all your friends at once. The events facility is   Even writing has been changed with the arrival of the blog. There
also really useful as it enables groups to post information      is a new mindset involved in Web 2.0 technology. Nowadays people
on events, invite people to attend and encourage them to         watch television in a way that was unthinkable to their parents.
RSVP.”                                                           We have a multitude of channels. We flick around. We can use Sky
                                                                 Plus to save and freeze TV. Similarly people now consume the in-
“MySpace is also really accessible and user friendly. It’s       ternet in a completely different way. It is much more interactive.
easy to sign up, administer and upload material. You don’t
need any experiencing of design or coding – it’s just like a     “Advances in technology have the potential to really change the
pre-made website. The important thing is that material is        way that creativity is perceived. The upper classes have always
kept fresh. With Bruised Fruit we change the content and         controlled what makes it in the arts world. However, now a band
songs on a regular basis depending on who is playing a gig or    like the Arctic Monkeys can emerge from nowhere because their
releasing a song. I am on our MySpace account about five or      fans happen to think that they’ve got good tunes. The biggest
six times every day, checking mail, seeing what is happening     story so far this year in music is the Crimea. Bands don’t make
with our bands and updating information.”                        money from albums – they make it from touring, merchandising
                                                                 and air play so the Crimea gave their album away for free over the
So great are the opportunities presented by advances in          internet. It’s like the first death knell for the music industry which
technology that digital influences are becoming evident          has been controlling what we have been listening to for decades.
throughout a diverse range of art forms. However, the            Technology is already starting to democratise arts and we are still
most significant impact that Web 2.0 may have is to change       only scratching the surface.”
the perception and ownership of arts. Pointing to recent
developments in the music industry Adam Turkington, Belfast
Waterfront Hall and the Urban Arts Academy, explained how
new technologies were putting artists and audiences back in
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AmmA what?
A new sense of direction for community film making

                                                              The project is one of three creative learning centres set up
                                                              across Northern Ireland - the others are The Nerve Centre
                                                              in Derry and Studio On in Crossnacreevy, outside Belfast. All
                                                              three centres focus on offering children and young people
                                                              under 25 an opportunity to gain the skills necessary to express
                                                              themselves creatively through digital arts. The increased
                                                              number of these types of facilities reflects a growing interest
                                                              in digital media, and represents an opportunity to encourage
                                                              young people to become involved in the arts through a
                                                              familiar medium. Vine Haugh, AmmA’s Director explains,
                                                              “Digital technology is part of young people’s lives. They use
                                                              technology to communicate, socialise, entertain and learn. We
                                                              have to harness their ‘ready made’
                                                              enthusiasm.”                            “Confidence
                                                                                                      building, that
                                                              Digital arts technology can seem        comes through
                                                              intimidating if you have little or      production and
                                                              no previous computer experience,        performance, is
                                                              but this doesn’t need to be an          something that
Film making has traditionally been one of the most            obstacle. Increasingly user-friendly    cannot measured,
technologically inaccessible art-forms, needing huge          programmes are being constantly
                                                                                                      it has to be seen
budgets and highly skilled production techniques that         developed, and with minimal
                                                                                                      to be believed
go far beyond the reach of anyone other than the              instruction and guidance, these
                                                                                                      and we witness it
professionals. While a special effect laden trilogy might     apparently complex skills can be
                                                              easier to master than most people       daily.”
be a bit over-ambitious, the technological revolution
of the last decade means that anyone can produce
                                                              would believe.                          Vine Haugh, AmmA
                                                                                                      Centre Director
their own homegrown short film using a digital video
                                                              Niall Totten, studio engineer at
camera, a computer and the right technical know-how.
                                                              AmmA, explains how people are
                                                              often surprised by their own abilities. He tells us, “A lot of the
As digital technology becomes a major part of our daily       time it’s the ones who won’t go near the computers at first,
lives, the demand for training and access to facilities has   and say they can’t imagine what they want to do, who produce
prompted digital arts centres to open across Northern         the most interesting work and have to be peeled away from the
Ireland. One of these is the AmmA Centre (Armagh Multi        machines by the end of project. Technology isn’t as scary as
Media Access) which has been providing digital arts           people think, and everyone who visits the centre realises they
services to the local community since it opened in 00.      are able to produce something unique, even if they’ve never
                                                              been anywhere near a computer before.”
Catering for children and young people under , the
centre offers its users the chance to learn new skills and
                                                              Vine Haugh, has been a part of the project since it was in the
gain experience in a state-of-the-art recording studio and
                                                              planning stage and the refurbished headquarters was a derelict
digital editing suite. The centre also runs an outreach       building in the town centre. She is enthusiastic about the
programme, which provides experienced technicians and         opportunities new media present for encouraging creativity,
equipment to schools and community groups.                    and talks with passion about the quality of the work that can
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be produced, “Each and every time the ideas are original, the      potential. Careers options are expanded and participants can
interpretations endless and the outcomes performance worthy.       consider jobs and career paths that wouldn’t otherwise have
Quality is key at every stage and that includes the facility       been available to them.

The centre is equipped with sophisticated
computer facilities, professional studios
and enthusiastic staff, but also recognises
the value of involving experienced and
respected industry professionals in
the creative process. One recent film
production project was mentored by Terry
Cafola, a well known professional in the
field of writing and television drama.
Over the course of a three day project he
worked collaboratively with a group of 1
young people, talking about his own work,
introducing them to the writing process
and continuing to mentor them through the
shooting and editing process.

Crucially, the centre’s work is participant-
led, and based on an ethos of respect. Vine AMMA’s Niall Totten proves he’s a sound guy
explains,“Young people say that when they
                                                                    As the boundaries between art forms increasingly blur,
come into the centre, they are listened to and taken seriously.
                                                                    working in any one medium, like film, can lead naturally to an
When we sit down to plan a project or programme we are led
                                                                    exploration of others. The centre’s range of facilities allows
by participants. Their themes, their ideas, their audiences, all
                                                                    young people to experiment with the relationships between art
form the contexts for the work with the result that every genre
                                                                    forms as their projects develop. Vine says, “One thing that has
has been touched on at some point or other.” This approach
                                                                    emerged in every film project has been the synergy between
allows the films produced to be directly relevant to the lives
                                                                    the disciplines of music and the visual image. Collaborations
of the young people who make them, enabling them to explore
                                                                    in the building between the recording studio and the film
serious issues like hate crime, alcohol abuse and bullying, and
                                                                    production side have become crucial to the process.” The
to lose their inhibitions, as Vine says, “Risking their reputations
                                                                    centre also runs a new bands project called B2B which enables
for the sake of humour and creativity.”
                                                                    young people to practice and record demo CDs and film and
                                                                    edit their own music videos.”
The centre works in partnership with community groups to
decide the medium and structure of its projects, encouraging
                                                                    Although the AmmA centre focuses on providing a creative
groups to bring the young people who will be working on the
                                                                    learning environment for children and young people, it
project to the centre for a pre-project visit, enabling them
                                                                    demonstrates that even without any prior computer skills
to guide the project planning process directly. Include Youth’s
                                                                    or creative experience, new media can unlock the creative
Bernie Campbell recently worked with a group of young people
                                                                    potential of anyone. As new technology becomes increasingly
on a project dealing with the accommodation issues they face.
                                                                    accessible, affordable and user-friendly, and becomes a larger
She praised the centre, and found that the experience of new
                                                                    part of our everyday lives, its role in the arts will continue
technology was universally positive, “It was totally new for
                                                                    to grow. By embracing the possibilities of new technology,
them,” she said. “They would never usually have the chance
                                                                    previously inaccessible art forms, like film, needn’t be limited
to work on something like that, they all really enjoyed it and
                                                                    to the privileged few. With new digital tools within reach, our
most of them are very keen to go back and do some other sort
                                                                    only limitation is our imaginations.
of work.”

                                                                   For more information contact: Vine Haugh, Centre Director,
While the experience of producing digital arts is immediately      AmmA Centre, Market Street, Armagh BT61 7BU, Tel: 028 3751
enjoyable for the participants, it has long-term benefits beyond   2920 Web:
the project. Having their ideas and opinions respected and         The centre will be running a summer scheme July-August 2007.
producing finished works builds confidence and self-esteem         See our Summer Sizzlers section pages 16-18 for details.
and many go on to further explore their skills and creative
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  Wired up!                            Email
     Just because you can
  spend a small fortune on         Short of living in a cave in deepest, darkest Fermanagh, there is no excuse for not having
                                   an email account. Email has revolutionised the way that organisations do business, enabling
    making your presence
                                   documents, information and humorous pictures to be relayed across the world with the click
  felt online doesn’t mean         of a mouse.
    that you have to. The
   web is positively awash         Email is a fantastic communication and marketing tool allowing you to disseminate press
    with cheap (even free)         releases or publicise events without needing to spend a fortune on printing or mailing costs.
   resources that will give        You can also subscribe email bulletins (such as CAF’s Wee CAD) to ensure you are kept fully up
   you an online presence          to date with the latest information.
   that is within anybody’s
            budget.                  Tips for making the most of your email account
                                      • Consider the email address you choose. When you register for your free email account
                                     you’ll be able to choose the first part of your email address. Try to keep your address simple
   The Wee Can untangles             and memorable eg Ideally try to get it as close to your name or the
     the World Wide Web              name of your organisation as possible. Some people choose humorous addresses for their
  with a guide to achieving          personal accounts. While this is fine for emailing your friends, it could be inappropriate
     digital distinction for         to have this as your main organisational email address. Keep it sensible, simple and
       virtually nothing.            easy to remember.
                                      • Access it regularly. It only takes a couple of minutes and it can help prevent your
                                     account from being closed down. Many of the main email providers monitor account
                                     usage and will suspend your service if it’s not being used. Although you can often
    reactivate it easily, this can be a nuisance as you’ll lose any of your saved or unread emails. This can be frustrating
    for anyone who has sent you a message as they’ll assume you’ve received it.
    • Clean out junk and unneeded emails regularly. The storage space for free emails is getting larger and larger all the
    time, but there is a limit to how many messages your account can store. When you reach it, any new message sent to you
    won’t be received and will be returned to the sender.
    • Avoid giving your email address out indiscriminately. If you sign up to loads of free newsletters (excluding the Wee
    CAD), competitions etc you run the risk of being bombarded with ‘Spam’ or junk emails. Most of these are annoying but
    harmless, but some can be offensive. Your account can also fill up with junk mail very quickly.

Email providers
If you don’t already have an email account for yourself or your organisation there are a large number of free email providers on
the net.

                                        Yahoo Mail -
                                        A standard email account, this site offers 1GB of storage for free.

                                        Hotmail -
                                        Hotmail is one of the oldest free email providers on the internet, having been in service
                                        since 1996 (positively ancient in internet terms). The service is run by Microsoft, and it’s
                                        estimated that 35 per cent of the world’s free email users have a hotmail account. The
                                        service was recently relaunched in May 2007 and now offers 2GB of storage in an effort
                                        to rival the newly developed Gmail.

                                        Gmail or Googlemail -
                                        This is one of the newest free email services online. Gmail launched the service last year
                                        and with 2.6GB of storage it’s the largest free email account. The service also offers an
                                        email translation service in over 40 languages (for both sending and receiving emails).
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   Web Communities                                                      Media Sites
Since its beginning, the web has been used as a tool to meet         There are a range of free websites that offer services that can
new people, but in recent years the interaction between              either be useed independently or in conjuction with social
web-users has grown dramatically, spawning a new generation          networking sites like MySpace.
of networking sites. The growth of these web communities
internationally has provided a free and accessible platform for      YouTube -
anyone with a computer to promote their work. The services           Launched in December 2005, YouTube is a vast online video
are extremely user friendly and self explanatory. Huge numbers       resource which allows anyone to upload digital video clips to
of people internationally have membership to these networking        the web. These clips can be viewed by anyone via the site
sites, with MySpace reporting 100 million users at the end of        or through other websites, mobile devices, blogs, and email
006.                                                                (MySpace allows its users to add video to their profiles this
                                                                     way). This can be a useful way to share video of an event etc
In the last couple of years, reports of music acts launching their   By uploading your footage to the YouTube site and then send-
careers through these networking sites have been somewhat            ing the link provided on to others, the images can be viewed
exaggerated in the media. Artists such the Artic Monkeys and         around the world almost instantaneously.
Lily Allen, have disputed claims that the sites were responsible
for their fame. Nonetheless, the potential these sites present
is undeniable. Hundreds of thousands of bands and artists, both
unsigned and well established have set up profiles to maintain
contact with their fans. The use of the sites isn’t limited solely
to music; authors, charities and even the 008 US presidential
candidates have begun to realise their potential and set up
accounts. Examples include Greenpeace,

              There are a vast number of these sites available.
                 While individual organisations need to decide
                    for themselves whether these resources are
                      relevant to their work, an awareness of
                         these virtual communities is still useful
                           as they can help compliment your
                            online presence

                               To access these sites you will
                               need to set up an account, this
                               is a very straightforward and
                               guided process. You will need a
                               valid email account to be able to
                                                                     Online photo services
                           MySpace -                 These are services which allow you to upload photos, create
                          Probably the largest social networking     your own online photo albums and share them with others via
                      site around. The site reportedly reached       the internet. These services are a useful way of sharing images
100 million users last year, and its administrators report that      with others as photos are large files and not easy to email in
an incredible 200,000 users are creating accounts and joining        large numbers.
the online community daily. Over the last couple of years the
site has enjoyed a high media profile and increasingly become
a platform for new bands and other artists. By networking and
adding other users as ‘friends’ bands, artists and designers can
promote their work, upload songs, videos and even stage live         Online Galleries
online concerts.                                                     Online galleries allow artists to display their work to an
                                                                     international audience. Many online galleries allow artists to
Bebo -                                                  display a limited number of works for free – with the option
Reportedly 1 in 6 people in the UK have Bebo accounts, like          of buying extra gallery space and features. Some also enable
MySpace it features bands and you can sign up to be a ‘groupie’      visitors to purchase works of art online.
to anyone you like the look of. The site has a smaller user base
than the giant MySpace, but is growing daily and has found           For examples of online galleries visit:
particular popularity in the UK and Ireland, especially among
younger web users.                                         
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  Free Software                                                          eBay for Charity
                                           Many software compa-       eBay isn’t just a handy place to rid yourself of unwanted Christ-
                                              nies or independent     mas gifts or science fiction memorabilia. The online auction
                                              software developers     place can also help community and voluntary groups generate
                                              offer free versions     some much needed income.
                                               of their software
                                               for download from
                                               the internet. Some
                                                companies hope
                                                that by offering
                                             a free version they
                           hope to convince users to upgrade
                  to a higher version and pay for it, while oth-
ers ask for a voluntary contribution if you like the programme.
It’s worth noting the difference between free software, and
companies which offer free trials of software. A free trial is a
good way to try before you buy, but will cease to work after a
set time (usually 30 days).

There are literally thousands of these available and some are
so good they rival, and at times are better, bought software.
There are some particularly good anti-virus and anti-spyware
programs available for free use. It’s always wise to do a bit of
research before you decide to download new software, just
to make sure it’s safe and worthwhile. There are lots of good
sites that review software, so you can read reviews of software
packages before you decide to download anything.                      eBay for Charity, allows buyers and sellers to support their
                                                                      favourite causes as they carry out transactions on the website.
For more information on freeware visit: or           Sellers can specify the charity they wish to support and the                                                 percentage of their sales they wish to donate and eBay will
                                                                      look after the rest. Buyers can shop knowing that any purchases
                                                                      marked with the eBay for Charity ribbon icon will benefit good

  Podcasting                                                          Charities can also use the website to sell merchandise or items
                                                                      that have been donated to the organisation, tapping into eBay’s
                                                                      1 million buyers and sellers.
A podcast is a digital media file that is distributed over the
internet for playback on a personal computer or media player.         For more information log on to:
(The term “pod” comes from the name of Apple’s portable               community/charity/index.html.
music player – the iPod.) Podcasters can upload material such
as interviews or performances to a website where it is acces-
sible to listeners. Unlike a radio show there is no live broadcast
– instead the audience downloads the complete podcast and
                                                                        Surf Safely!
listens to it offline at their leisure. Relatively cheap and simple
                                                                      It is important to note that any organisation or group signing
to produce the podcast presents community arts organisations
                                                                      up to any web services should read the terms and conditions
with a whole new range of possibilities – from virtual “radio”
                                                                      carefully before agreeing to them. Particular attention should
plays to            music performances to online testimonies
                                                                      be paid to any mention of ownership or copyright as web
                        from project participants (which funders
                                                                      services may reserve the right to use any uploaded materials.
                         will love).
                                                                      Also be wary when paying for software or services over the
                                                                      internet – make sure the connection is safe before submitting
                       For an introduction to podcasting visit:       payment details.
                                                                      There has been some controversy with regard to the misuse of
                                                                      social networking sites. While all the major sites are making
                                                                      considerable efforts to enhance the safety of their services,
                                                                      common sense is essential when using any site. A useful site
                                                                      for information on personal safety, child safety and preventing
                                                                      viruses can be found on The site also
                                                                      offers free software for internet filtering. The NSPCC also have
                                                                      a useful guide for internet safety and children on their site:
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Development News
A Woman’s Part
Participants of CAF’s A Woman’s Part will be taking
centre stage when they perform at Belfast’s Linenhall
Library on 14 June 2007.

A Woman’s Part started in February 2007, involving
1 participants from a range of backgrounds. The
project, facilitated by Orla McKeagney and Ruth Carr,
uses creative writing and drama to explore the active
role women played in the Northern Irish conflict and
critique how women’s roles in wars and conflicts tend
to be presented.

Participants embarked on a path of learning, listening,
sharing and devising. As one participant explains, “I
found from the initial meeting of the group that we
seemed to bond right away. We were, naturally, very
inquisitive about one another. I have found the course
very moving at times listening to the different stories.
I am really looking forward to the finished product. I
                                                          Things get dramatic for participants of a Woman’s Part
was also chosen to sit on the steering committee. I
found this very rewarding and it gave me a chance to
                                                                  and symbolism, picking up on points raised at CAF’s 2006 inter-
toss around ideas which we thought would benefit the group.”
                                                                  national conference. Panel members included: Sean Paul O’Hare
                                                                  from Féile an Phobail, David Boyd from the Beat Initiative and
By using creative writing and drama, A Woman’s Part provided
                                                                  Dominic Bryan from Queen’s University (chair).
a safe environment for the participants to explore their diverse
experiences while honing their creative talents. Another
                                                                  To mark International Women’s Day CAF staged an event enti-
participant says, “As the group got to know each other slowly
                                                                  tled ‘Celebrating Women’s Voices in Literature’. The discussion
over the weeks, confidence was built along with respect and
                                                                  looked at the role of women on the local literature scene and
understanding. Women opened up with stories that were heart
                                                                  included space for panel members and the audience to read their
breaking, thought provoking and extremely funny. We had to walk
                                                                  own work. This event was chaired by Jane Hardy from the Belfast
in someone else’s shoes to understand the pain and suffering
                                                                  Telegraph and panel members included Maria McManus and Ruth
that each community had to endure and come through with some
                                                                  Carr. It ended with a performance by local singer Geraldine Bra-
sense of, ‘Was it all worth it?’
                                                                  dley. Both events were televised on NvTv, Belfast’s community
                                                                  TV station.
“Each of the women there had a wealth of experience that
showed in their writings. Each of them had a book inside just
                                                                  CAF will host a further discussion on 25 June 2007 looking at
waiting to be written. None of us thought us capable of producing
                                                                  Orangefest. For more information contact Heather Floyd on 028
dramas around our stories. I was amazed at how quickly the
                                                                  9024 2910 or email:
talent came to the fore as we dramatised what we thought were
little insignificant incidents that happened in our lives. I only
wished more women from Loyalist, Protestant, and Unionist CAF forms healthy partnership
communities would participate. They have so much to offer and CAF is teaming up with ArtsCare and the Community Develop-
we have so much to learn from their experiences”                  ment and Health Network (CDHN) to deliver its 2007 Conference
                                                                  on October 11 at the Island Arts Centre, Lisburn.
In addition to the drama performance, the creative writing
produced through A Woman’s Part will be compiled in a                 The aim of the conference is to highlight the impact that arts
publication. However, as one participant explains, the project        projects have on participants’ health. The conference will launch
outcomes go beyond a play or publication. She says, “I feel I have    the report of a three year arts based action research project which
developed greatly. Our facilitators have really teased so much        CDHN has been carrying out with six Section 75 groups across the
out of us, we have learned so much from each other. Women on          region. It will also include case studies and workshops.
both sides of the conflict really had the same problems to deal
with on a day to day basis. My hope at the end of this journey is     The conference will include input from DCAL and the Department
to go away with a greater understanding of the traditions of my       of Health as well as the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
new protestant friends!”

Seminars                                                                                      Start with Art
CAF’s programme of seminars continued throughout the spring              CAF’s Start with Art programme has just con-
with two televised events. “City Centre Parades – Shared Cele-          cluded. You can check out the finished projects
bration or Cultural Correctness?” looked at the debate surround-          and art work at
ing the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Belfast over issues of identity
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Cash in on funding expertise for free!
One lucky CAF member will have the opportunity to draw on a host of fundraising
expertise – for free!

The Institute of Fundraising Northern Ireland will stage “Raise your Game”, the
annual fundraising training convention, on June 28 2007 at the Ramada Hotel,
Shaw’s Bridge, Belfast.

The convention programme is positively packed with expert advice on fundraising
and this year delegates with have the opportunity to participate in one-to-
one “surgeries” with speakers throughout the day. You can download the full
programme from the Institute of Fundraising Northern Ireland website at: www.

Topics include: developing and managing corporate partnerships; PR and marketing; ethical fundraising; community planning and
new councils; volunteer management; new media and PEACE III.

CAF has a free place worth up £145 (kindly donated by the Institute of Fundraising) to give away to one of our members. Simply
contact Chris on 028 9024 2910 or email: before June 6 to be entered into the draw. Please write “Institute of
Fundraising” in the subject line of your email.

The Institute of Fundraising in Northern Ireland is also offering a limited number of bursary places. These are available to
individuals working for smaller charities and community groups with a turnover of less than £250,000p/a. They are awarded on
merit and applicants are asked to complete a short application form.

This form is available by calling Siobhan Hanley on 077 9003 3973 or by email to:
uk. Smaller organisations can also take advantage of their special low rate of £80 per person.

The Institute of Fundraising Northern Ireland also wishes to formally recognise the contribution made both by professional
fundraisers and volunteer fundraisers through its Fundraising Award 2007. The awards will be open to all fundraising organisations;
charities, community groups, hospitals, schools etc. They recognise creativity and success in raising funds from the public, though
events, trusts and companies.

The winners will be announced at the Institute of Fundraising Northern Ireland convention on 28 June 2007. The deadline for
nominations is Friday 8th June 2007. Nomination forms can be downloaded from the Institute of Fundraising.

    Wee Can do better with                                          Caragh joins CAF
         your help                                                  staff
CAF’s editorial team is currently reviewing CAF’s website and
                                                                    CAF is delighted to welcome a new mem-
publications and needs your input.
                                                                    ber of staff to the organisation.
If you have any opinions on the layout or content of the Wee
                                                                    Caragh O’Donnell has joined the information team as CAF looks
Can and CAF website or suggestions on how either could be
                                                                    to expand its information service. Caragh has professional back-
improved please get in touch. CAF also needs members for its
                                                                    ground in the voluntary sector, visual art practice and graphic
editorial committee to oversee the production of future edi-
                                                                    design and a personal passion for the arts.
tions of the magazine.
                                                                    She is enthusiastic about starting in her new post, saying, “The
As ever, CAF is looking for contributors to the Wee Can. If you
                                                                    staff have all been very welcoming and I’m looking forward to
would like to highlight a project or event; gain some experi-
                                                                    contributing to the important and extensive work of the organi-
ence writing for a magazine or you just want to appear in the
Wee Can – the world’s leading magazine on community arts in
Northern Ireland – please get in touch. Also CAF is also looking
                                                                    You can contact Caragh via: if you have any
to recruit an illustrator/ cartoonist for future editions of the
                                                                    information related enquiries.

If you are interested in any of these areas please get in touch
with Chris Ball, CAF, 15 Church Street, Belfast, BT1 1PG Tel: 028
99024 2910 or Email:
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Assembly Instructions
The Northern Ireland Assembly returned on May 8
2007 following its latest, and hopefully last, hiatus.
The Wee Can looks at who’s who in Culture, Arts and
Leisure and the challenges they need to address.

The Northern Ireland Assembly consists of 108 elected members
- six from each of the 18 Westminster constituencies. The
Assembly’s chief role is to scrutinise the Executive and make
                                                                      Deputy Chair: David McNarry (Ulster Unionist Party)
The Executive is made up of the First Minister and deputy First       Dominic Bradley (Social Democratic and Labour Party)
Minister and the ten Departmental Ministers. Each of the ten          Francie Brolly (Sinn Féin)
government departments is shadowed by a statutory committee.          The Lord Browne (Democratic Unionist Party)
The committees have the power to examine, inform, debate              David Burnside (Ulster Unionist Party)
and recommend changes to departmental policy on issues such           Paul Maskey (Sinn Féin)
as budgets and proposed legislation. Committees may initiate          Kieran McCarthy (Alliance)
legislation.                                                          Nelson McCausland (Democratic Unionist Party)
                                                                      Jim Shannon (Democratic Unionist Party)
Who’s Who                                                             Pat Ramsey (Social Democratic and Labour Party)
                                                                      Contact: Northern Ireland Assembly, Parliament Buildings,
Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure: Edwin Poots
                                                                      Belfast, BT4 3XX Tel: 028 9052 1333 email:
Educated at Wallace High School,
Lisburn and Greenmount Agricultural                                   The Big Issues
College, Edwin Poots is married with
four children. A farmer, Mr Poots is a
member of the Board of Governors of                                   1. Funding
Meadow Bridge, Riverdale and Carr                                     The crisis in arts funding is the most obvious and pressing issue
Primary Schools. He is also a member                                  that the Minister and Culture, Arts and Leisure Committee have to
of the Grand Orange lodge of Ireland                                  address. The arts have always been under resourced in Northern
and the Apprentice Boys of Derry. In                                  Ireland but a succession of budget cuts totalling £1.2million
his spare time he volunteers as a youth                               between 00 and 008 has left the sector reeling. This, coupled
leader in his local church.                                           with the London 2012 Olympics’ £7 million raid on Northern
                                                                      Ireland’s arts Lottery means that the arts now face, in the
Mr Poots first entered politics in 1997 when he became a councillor   words of the usually staid Arts Council of Northern Ireland, “its
for Lisburn City Council (previously Lisburn Borough Council). He     bleakest year in a decade”. The severity of the funding situation
was elected to the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1998 for Lagan        was underlined by the near demise of the Belfast Festival at
Valley and held the position of chair of the Northern Ireland         Queen’s and this will become increasingly common as the cuts
Assembly Committee of the Centre in addition to membership of         start to bite, particularly at a grass roots level. Failure to address
the Environment Committee. Until his appointment as Minister, Mr      the funding issue will hinder if not completely undermine the
Poots was chair of the Maze/Long Kesh Implementation Panel.           implementation of arts policy.
Contact: Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Interpoint,
                                                                      2. Access for all
20-24 York Street, Belfast, BT15 1AQ Tel: 028 9025 8825 Fax: 028
                                                                      There is still a substantial portion of Northern Ireland’s population
9025 8906 Email: Web:
                                                                      who are unable to access and participate in arts activity. This
Culture,  Arts            and        Leisure                          is simply unacceptable. The new Assembly must identify and
Committee                                                             address the barriers to arts access and participation so everyone
                                                                      has the opportunity to realise their creative potential. This is not
Chair, Barry McElduff (Sinn Féin)                                     just a human right – it’s a vital component in the development of
Hailing from County Tyrone, Barry McElduff                            Northern Ireland’s communities.
MLA is a graduate of Queen’s University,
Belfast. Chair of Sinn Féin in Tyrone, Mr                             3. Integrate the arts
McElduff has a keen interest in the Irish                             Every government department from health to education to trade
language and culture in general. Mr McElduff                          and industry to development has a vested interest in a strong
was elected to Omagh District Council in 000                         arts sector. DCAL should try to encourage the adoption of an
and the Northern Ireland Assembly in 1998. This is his second stint   arts policy across the entire Executive and encourage a move
on the Culture, Arts and Leisure Committee, having served in the      away from the silo mentality that characterised the previous
previous administration in addition to sitting on the Education       Assemblies. Greater co-operation between the arts and related
Committee. Mr McElduff is also a member of the Irish British          sectors such as tourism, hospitality and economic development
Inter-Parliamentary group.                                            should also be encouraged.
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Chariots of Ire
Arts sector angered by Olympic
raid on Lottery cash

The Olympics are traditionally all about
gold, silver and bronze, but Northern
Ireland’s art sector is distinctly brassed
off at London 2012’s raid on Lottery

It is expected that the Olympics will
cost the arts in Northern Ireland around
£7 million in lost Lottery funds as
costs for staging the event spiral ever

When London secured the 2012 Olympics
it was estimated that the event would
cost £2.4 billion to stage. However,
by March 2007 this figure had almost
quadrupled to £9.35 billion. To meet the
rising costs the government has filched
an extra £675m of Lottery funds – bring-
ing the total Lottery contribution to
£2.2billion. This means that £1 in every
£5 earmarked for good causes is now being swallowed up by the      “If extra money was needed to bank roll the event then the
Olympics.                                                          Government could have used the 12 per cent tax it receives
                                                                   on every lottery ticket rather than dipping its hand into funds
The move could well have further repercussions on Lottery          intended for programmes every bit as worthy and important as
revenues as people may be reluctant to buy tickets and scratch     the Olympics.”
cards (particularly those branded as London 2012) if they feel
that good causes in their area are being short changed.            The move has also been strongly criticised by NICVA which
                                                                   has warned that despite government assurances the commu-
The squeeze on Lottery money comes at a particularly bad time      nity and voluntary sector was already feeling the pinch from
for the arts in Northern Ireland, which have experienced a 10      previous raids on the Lottery budget. Paula Reynolds, director
per cent cut in government spending since 00.                    of member services at NICVA said, “Northern Ireland charities
                                                                   could lose £20 million or more, on top of what has already been
CAF director, Heather Floyd, slammed the additional raid on        diverted to pay for the Olympics in 01. We are aware that the
Lottery funding saying, “The government may wax lyrical over       government has talked about assurances that the voluntary and
the role that the Olympics will play in the regeneration of the    community sector will not suffer. But groups in Northern Ireland
East End of London, but this offers little consolation to com-     are already losing money from previous raids. We will take a lot
munities in Northern Ireland who will now be denied access to      of convincing that charities here can be protected when such a
arts and community projects. Coming on top of successive cuts      large sum of money is being diverted from good causes.”
to the exchequer funding of the arts, this move means that new
communities will be denied access to creative activity.”           Register your opposition to the Lottery raid via a petition on
                                                                   the Number 10 website by logging on to: http://petitions.
“Lottery programmes, such as Awards for All, are vital in giving
new communities the opportunity to participate in the arts.
It seems perverse that these communities should be penalised
simply to benefit a government pet project.”

                                   To add your support to the Invest in Inspiration campaign visit:
                          and use the automated system to email
                                   the Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure, Edwin Poots MLA.
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Inspiring stuff
The Invest in Inspiration campaign has been stepping up
pressure for a fair and adequate level of arts funding for
Northern Ireland.

Over two hundred supporters attended a launch on May  in
Belfast’s Writer’s Square to call for the level of arts funding in
Northern Ireland to be increased to £10 per head per person.

Currently Northern Ireland invests £6.13 per head of
population in stark comparison to England (£8.39); Wales
(£9.17); Scotland (£11.93) and the Republic of Ireland
(£12.61).While these other regions have enjoyed substantial
increases in their arts spending, Northern Ireland is investing
less and less each year on cultural activity.

Invest in Inspiration postcards have been distributed to venues
and arts centres throughout Northern Ireland. Audiences are
encouraged to sign the cards which will be presented to the
Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Edwin Poots MLA, on
June 1 to highlight the level of support for increased funding
for the arts. Campaign supporters can also log on to www. to email the minister.                        Dan Gordon leads the call for increased arts funding

Speaking at the launch CAF director Heather Floyd stressed that         as design, architecture, fashion, marketing, new media and
the arts were making a positive tangible contribution across all        more, industries that, as Gordon Brown recently outlined,
aspects of society. Heather said, “Community arts projects have         contribute 10 per cent of UK’s Gross National Product.
a proven track record in helping communities address a huge
range of issues such as sectarianism; racism; unemployment;             “But just to focus on these hard figures is to oversimplify
social exclusion; suicide; homelessness; health awareness and           the economic argument. Visitors to Northern Ireland say
the environment to name a few. It has encouraged job creation,          that our cultural assets are the main reason for visiting. Arts
education, and improved quality of life for some of Northern            and culture are crucial to what image we want for Northern
Ireland’s most vulnerable and marginalised communities while            Ireland. If we have a vision of Northern Ireland as a modern,
allowing participants to develop new skills.                            vibrant cultural region (and we should have) then we must
                                                                        place the arts at the heart of the vision.”
“As arts funding is squeezed fewer communities can experience
the transformative impact of community arts. Fewer groups               Julianne McCormick, development officer, Creative Youth
can get support for emerging arts projects; fewer people can            Partnerships, warned that young people in Northern Ireland
participate in outreach programmes and fewer individuals                were losing out in comparison to their counterparts in the
will be able to find a career in the arts. This funding climate,        UK and Republic of Ireland. Julianne said, “The arts reaches
coupled with the London Olympics £7million raid on arts lottery         children and young people at every level, it gives them an
funding, is not just short-changing the arts – it is short changing     opportunity to take risks in a safe environment, to make
every individual and community in Northern Ireland that wants           mistakes and learn from them, to develop new skills, to
to exercise their right to access to arts and cultural activity.”       imagine, to question, to express themselves, to be active
                                                                        citizens, to grow, to strive for quality, to build and refine
Graeme Farrow, Belfast Festival at Queen’s highlighted the              talent, to become an entrepreneur or continue an art form as
economic contribution that the arts make to Northern Ireland.           a lifelong hobby. So lets stop treating our children and young
Graeme said, “When you fund the arts, your investment pays              people as second, in fact third, fourth and fifth class citizens
many dividends. In Northern Ireland, every pound invested               in comparison to the rest of Ireland and the UK when it comes
from the public purse returns £3.60 into the economy, creating          to the per capita quota they deserve more than that.”
2000 full-time jobs. The arts underpin creative industries such

  Alternatively you can call Chris Ball on 028 9024 2910 to find out
  how you can help the Invest in Inspiration campaign. Remember to
  return your completed postcards to CAF by June 8 2007!
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Summer sizzlers
Despite the rain, the Northern Ireland summer is
offically here (apparently). You might not expect
to find much in the way of arts events, but as               Ballycastle
our sizzlers show, there’s still plenty happening.
                                                             Fairhead Folk festival
By no means an exhaustive list, these are just a             Ballycastle (various times)
selection of the many activities and events you can           July 00
get involved in over the coming months.                      The Fairhead Folk festival is a 3-day musical celebration of
                                                             Tradiotnal Irish and Ulster Scots music including workshops,
                                                             band demonstrations, concerts, singing and sessions.
                                                             for further information contact Michael Tel: 028 2076 1134
School of Rock                                     
Madd House studios, Antrim Castle Gardens
A series of rock band workshops for young people aged
6-18 years old, culminating in a public performance at the
end of the project.
6-11 years - 18-20 July 2007 / Cost: £20                     The Beat Initiative
12-18 years - 23-28 July 2007 / Cost: £40                    Belfast City Carnival 23 June 2007
For further information tel: 028 9446 9669                   For the first time, The Beat Summer
                                                             Carnival 2007 will include the new Lord
                                                             Mayor of Belfast who will be inaugurated
Armagh                                                       that day. The flower power-themed
                                                             parade will begin at lunchtime in the
                                                             city centre on  June and follow
The AmmA Centre
                                                             a route around the centre of town,
Digital arts summer programme open to anyone under
                                                             after which the event will be finished
.                                                          off with a special finale performance.
                                                             Along with Moleque de Rua, their guests
Flash Animation - 3 day programme (age 11+)
                                                             again this year from Brazil, and hundreds of
Flash can be used to create interactive websites and
                                                             local performers; Masamba bring maracatu
                                                             drumming from Pernambuco in Brazil,
Beginners: 8–10 August
                                                             Moqueca Bossa bring the flavour of Cuba and
Advanced: 17/18, 21/22 August
                                                             Shademakers again appear with their fabulous
Film creative workshops - 4 day programme (age 10+)          costumes.
Introduction to all aspects of film making, by the end of    Everyone’s invited to the city’s most colourful street party,
this course, participants wil have completed their own       with the event culminating with a night-time club event,
short film. No previous experince is required.               venue TBC.
21 – 24 August / Course fee: £10
                                                             Tel: 028 90 460863 -
Bamzooki – 3 day programme (age 10+)
Bamzooki is a mixed reality television games show on
CBBC. Zooks are virtual robot insects which can be           Crescent Arts Centre
designed, built and tested using the Bamzooki toolkit        CityDance 00
which is a free download from the BBC website.               Belfast’s Midsummer Dancing in the Park
Dates: 24, 25/26th August / Course fee: £10                  Saturday 23 June 2007, Lower Crescent Park 1-6pm, Free
Podcasting – 1 day programme (age 10+)                       event.
An introduction on how to Podcast your photos, films         Bollywood, Salsa, Hip Hop, Breakdance, Classical Ballet,
animations or songs so that your creativity can be shared    Tap Dance and leading edge Contemporary Dance will all
over the internet.                                           be performed during this one day event. There will be
Dates: 29 August / Course fee: £5                            a chance to try Greek Dance, Egyptian Belly Dance and
DJ Workshops – 1 day courses                                 Hawaiian Dance, and to have a go at Poi Dancing from New
Courses for those with or without DJing experience.          Zealand.
Dates: 16 – 18 August / Course fee: £10                      For further information contact Moya Henry Tel: 028 9024
Tel: 028 3751 2920 -                      2338 -
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Belfast Cont’d...
Old Museum Arts Centre
The Motion Project
The Motion Project is a multi-cultural musical collective of
                                                               River Bann Festival
over 0 musicians representing 18 countries.
                                                               Storytelling/boatbuilding (7-11 years)
The group will present  music performances and lead           Week of storytelling and arts & crafts workshops
a series of children’s music workshops. No musical skills      based on ‘Homer’s the
needed, just a love of music.                                  Odyssey’. The famous
                                                               legend relates the
Sunday 10 June 1pm, 3-5 year olds / 3pm, 6-9 year olds         adventure of the Greek hero
Sunday 17 June 1pm, 10-11 year olds                            and sailor ‘Odysseus’ as he
All workshops £4 per child, parents encouraged to join in      returns from the Trojan War.
free of charge                                                 Monday 6 – Friday 10 August
Performances - Sat 16 & Sunday 17 June 2007 at OMAC, BYO       10:30 –12 noon daily / £25 per
event.                                                         child
Summer Breakdown - dance workshops / £30
Monday 2-Saturday 7 July, week long event for 13-18yrs         Messy Mitts (4-8 years)
culminating in a performance on the final day.                 1 week children’s art workshop, working with paint, clay and
Summer BREAKdown at the Old Museum Arts Centre is a            Monday 6 August – Friday 10 August
chance for 15 young people (13-18yrs) to take part in a week   10:30 –12 noon daily / £25 per child
of hip hop and contemporary break-dancing. Freshmess,
an Edinburgh based professional dance company will be          Performance/Art (14-19 years)
taking up residence at OMAC for the week to facilitate the      day intensive workshop with a professional director and
workshops and pass on their skills based on the original Hip   designer to devise an orginal performance and learn costume
Hop dance styles.                                              design, prop building, mask creation and set design.
Tel: 028 9023 3332 -               Monday 13 - Friday 17 August
                                                               10.30-12.30 performace & 1.30-3.30 art workshop / £35
Waterfront Hall                                                Journalistic Photography
Urban Arts Academy                                             A workshop for anyone interested in a career in journalism.
17 July - 11 August 2007                                       During the week students will document the summer culture
(see page 21 for further information)                          of Portadown.                                           Monday 13 - Friday 17 August / £25 per child

                                                               For further information on any of the above visit the website
 Cookstown                                            or tel: 028 38
Burnavon Centre Arts & Cultural Centre

Making Music Workshops                                         Derry
For students of varying ability and experience.
Date: Mon 30 July - Fri 3 Aug                                  Playhouse - Tiny Seeds & Jumping Beans
Time: 9am-1pm & 2pm-5pm daily                                  Children’s Art Festival
Admission: £30.00 for 1 week / Suitable for 14 yrs+            Monday 16 - Friday 27 July
The Ash Maiden Ballet Workshops                                Showcase Event: 6-8pm Fri 27th July
No previous dance experience needed, the workshops will        A unique opportunity for children to get an early introduction
                                                               to the key components
introduce ballet skills with a performance for family and

friends on Friday 10.                                          of art, dance and

Date: Mon 6 - Fri 10 August                                    performance.
Time: 10.30am-12.30pm (6-10 yrs)                               The Playhouse will
2.00pm-4.00pm (11- 16 yrs)                                     provide a two-week
                                                                                      mer 2007

Admission: £10.00 for 1 week                                   programme of creative
                                                               workshops led by
                                                               professional artists.
Tel: 028 8676 9949 -
                                                               Early Seeds Introduces
                                                               early years children
                                                               with their mum, dad
                                                               or guardian to fun and

                                                               games through the arts.
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                                                              Projects include simple colour correction to complex photo
Derry Cont’d...                                               retouching.
Jumping Beans                                                 2 week course beginning 9 June / Cost: £30
A time for making new friends, learning to act, dance,
paint, splatter, scrunch and stick all sorts of materials.    Adult Life Drawing
                                                              An opportunity to draw from a life model under the
Sprouting Greens                                              guidance of an experienced tutor, suitable for all levels
This programme is for those                                    Dates: June 30, July 28,
who have experienced                                           25th August 25 & 29th September / Cost: £25
the arts at school, at the
Playhouse or home. This                                       Adult Master Class – Ceramic Embossing
will give all young actors /                                  Taking inspiration from the Wade Pottery collection,
actresses, dancing artistes                                   explore methods of incising and embossing to create your
and arty masters the                                          own personal designs.
opportunity to expand                                         Sat 4th August / Cost: £15 per session
of artistic

for                                                              Rathlin Island
Children should bring a           daily packed lunch.
For furthern information or to book call Elaine or Joanne
Tel: 02871 268027 - email:        Let Me Take You to the Island
-                                    - Literary Weekend
                                                              Rathlin Island
                                                              31 August - 2nd
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                                                              “Let me take you to
Millennium Court Arts Centre                                  the Island” Literary
The centre will run a programme of exhibtions over the        Residential Weekend,
summer months with free gallery tours and workshops           Rathlin Island.
available by appointment.                                     Inclusive weekend residential costs
                                                              £245.00 per person (£185.00 concession)
Arts 4 Tots
A creative art workshop for toddlers, parents and carers to
                                                              Workshops in poetry, short storywriting, songwriting and
foster creativity in our young artists of the future.
4 week course beginning 1 June (Friday) / Cost: £16
7 – Up Around the World in 4 weeks                            For further details please contact Heather Newcombe,
Creative exploration of different cultures and countries.     Ballycastle Writers Group
4 week course beginning 2 June (Saturday) / Cost: £16         Tel: 028 2076 3352 / 07989 040450
Creative Writing for Adults
Classes will explore the creative writing process through
exercises and working with material that students have
already written or that will be created in class
4 week course beginning 2 June (Wednesday) / Cost: £16
Watercolours: Painting for Pleasure
Watercolour painting techniques in a relaxed class for all
levels of ability and experience.
4 week course beginning 4 June (Mondays) / Cost: £16
An introductory through intermediate level Adobe
Photoshop class, with the emphasis on understanding
the elements of an image, from pixels to halftone dots.
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Arts Care scoop “dream” award

 Image courtesy of Arts Care

Arts Care’s pioneering work has been recognised by an                       symptoms were actually relieved
international audience.
                                                                       •	   0 per cent reported improvement in mood
The arts and health charity has scooped the top award at
the Blair L. Sadler International Healing Arts Competition in          •	    per cent of medical and surgical patients
Nashville for its Art and Health evaluation project, “Dreams”.              experienced increased levels of happiness or
                                                                            contentment due to their participation in the art
Arts Care has been working in health care settings since 1992.              activities
As well as providing artwork to enhance the health care
environment, Arts Care gives patients and staff the oppurtunity   Speaking in Washington at a special Symposium on The Arts and
to produce art as part of the healing process. Based within       Health, Lorna Hastings, director of Arts Care said, “Over the
the Arts Care unit at the Mater Hospital, “Dreams” aimed to       years we have observed the benefits of art activities on health.
assess the value of participation in visual arts workshops in     We are delighted that Arts Care and the Dreams Project has
a healthcare setting. The project involved medical, surgical,     not only backed up these observations but has been recognised
psychiatry wards, staff and community groups over two years       internationally and we will continue to demonstrate the wider
of workshops. The three year project, funded primarily through    impact of the arts in healthcare.”
the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, was co-ordinated by Lorna
Hastings and Beverley Healy.                                      Congratulating Arts Care, Roisín McDonough, chief executive,
                                                                  Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said, “This prestigious
The main findings included:                                       award reinforces that art in healthcare settings can play a
                                                                  real part in bettering patients’ outcome. In recent years [the
    •	    per cent of medical and surgical patients taking      Arts Council] has invested just under £1.2m in a variety of
         part in the research reported that they found the art    healthcare facilities across Northern Ireland and the award
         workshops very enjoyable                                 is a welcome recognition that new art works, along with high
                                                                  quality architecture, can enrich the lives of patients, staff and
    •	    per cent said that the workshops had helped make      visitors.”
         them feel at ease and relaxed
                                                                  For more information on the works of Arts Care and the Dreams
    •	   8 per cent went so far as to say that their pain and    Project visit:

   Interested in finding out more about arts and health?
 The UK Department of Health and Arts Council England have jointly produced a prospectus promoting and celebrating the role
 that arts can play in improving everyone’s wellbeing, health and healthcare, and their role in supporting the National Health
 Service. The prospectus illustrates the contribution that arts can and do make to key health and community issues.

 The prospectus can be downloaded from:

 Also CAF, Arts Care and the Community Development and Health Network (CDHN) will present a conference on arts and health on
 October 11 2007 at the Island Arts Centre, Lisburn.
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Musicians share in Stormont
Share Music concluded its spring
programme – “The Art of Inclusion” -
with a roof raising performance on the
international stage.

Share Music staged its gala performance
on May 3 to mark Community Relations
Week, following a series of workshops,
delivered in conjunction with the
University of Ulster and Beyond Skin.
The event came to the attentions of the
Office of the First Minister and Deputy
First Minister, which invited participants to
perform at Stormont on May .

Jaci Wilde, development officer says,
“The atmosphere at the Stormont
performance was every bit as electric as
that on the gala night, with both ministers
congratulating the performers individually
and taking time to thank them in their
speeches. The event was hugely successful
for the organisations involved, propelling
them onto the world stage. We featured
in the news programmes of all the major
channels and I have received emails from
Australia and Italy to inform me that we     Performers and the Share team are applauded by the First and Deputy First
had been seen on Sky News. We have had
tremendous feedback
and lots of requests for a CD, which we
will be producing in the near future.”                             For further information on the work of Share Music NI contact:
                                                                   Jaci Wilde, 20 Pump Street Derry/Londonderry, BT48 6JG
The project was universally enjoyed by its participants, all       Tel: 078 8050 2216 Email: Web: www.
of whom have already signed up for the summer residential
courses. Share Music NI will be coordinating two summer
programmes during August, one in Lisnaskea and a second in          If any student or emerging designer would be
Enniskillen, with a team of tutors led by Brian Irvine as artistic  interested in redesigning and updating the Share
director. A further two performances will be held at the end        Music website as part of their portfolio, contact Jaci
of the summer, showcasing the compositions of the summer            Wilde at the above address.

                       Women’s News Room and board with CAF
                       seeks women’s                                CAF’s board room has recently received a face lift and now of-
                                                                    fers the perfect space for arts and community organisations to

                                                                    hold meetings, rehearsals, workshops, exhibitions and perform-
                                                                    ances. The board room dimensions are 12.5ft (4m) by 39ft
                                                                    (12m) and, with plenty of seating and folding tables available,
                    Women’s News, Ireland’s monthly feminist        the room can be tailored to meet your requirements.
magazine, is seeking contributions for future editions.
If you are interested in providing news, events listing,            The cost of hiring the room is £10 per hour. Rates are negotiable
features, reviews, creative writing pieces, photographs or          depending on the duration of the booking and the size of the
illustrations contact Wendy Blemings at Women’s News, 109-          community group. For more information contact Kate Muldoon
113 Royal Avenue, Belfast BT1 1FF Tel: 028 9032 2823 Email:         on Tel: 028 9024 2910 or email:

Also feel free to contact Wendy if you would like to subscribe to
or advertise in Women’s News.
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Omagh word!

Omagh will really put arts on the map with the opening of a new landmark, multimillion pound arts centre.
The Strule Arts Centre will open its doors to the public on Friday 8 June 2007 launching an exciting summer programme of arts and

The £10.5million building is a work of art in its own right, overlooking where the Drumragh and Camowen rivers converge to form the
Strule River in the centre of Omagh.

The state-of-the-art building will play host to music, theatre, comedy and dance performances, lectures, workshops, and exhibitions.
The arts centre boasts a 398 seat auditorium, 125 seat studio theatre and conference room, dance studio, recording studio, print
workshop, ceramics workshop, photographic studio, rehearsal rooms, exhibition space and tourist information centre alongside a bar and
cafe bar.

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Department of Social Development, Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment, Northern
Ireland Tourist Board, Energy Savings Trust, Building Sustainable Prosperity and the Northern Ireland Electricity have all contributed
substantial funds alongside Omagh District Council to establish this unique facility as an artistic outlet for local people.

For more information on the centre’s summer programme contact: 028 8224 5321 or log onto

                                       Urban Arts Academy 2007: Belfast
                                        16 July – 10 August
                                          Tickets are now on sale for the third Urban Arts Academy. Having teamed up with the
                                          University of Ulster, the Sonic DJ Academy and other local arts organisations, this year’s
                                          Academy offers the broadest range of activities to date.

                                   The Academy boasts a positive packed prospectus with courses in: Rock Music, Rapping and
                                   MCing, Music Production, DJing, Stage Production, VJing, Film, Radio Production, Street
                                   Theatre, Breakdancing, Free Running, Aerosol Art, Comic Book Illustration, Game Design,
                                   Fashion Design, 3D Animation, Journalism, Graphic Design and Photography.

                                     The Academy radio station, Trans FM returns for duration of the programme and this year will
                                     be accompanied by the U-Mag magazine, which will feature writing, images and design produced
                                        solely by course participants.

                                         All courses are £40. The minimum age for participation is 15, with no upper age limit.
                                         Coca-Cola is offering a number of bursaries to potential students to cover course fees. To
                                        download an application form go to

                                       For further information contact: Coca-Cola Urban Arts Academy, Belfast Waterfront Hall, 2
                                   Lanyon Place, Belfast, BT1 3WH. Tel: 028 9033 4455 - email:
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Funding News
PEACE III seeks early                                        Communities destined
ideas                                                        for dormant dosh!
PEACE III is almost upon us – with the first call for        The community and voluntary sector could wake up to a
applications expected in the autumn.                         windfall following the publication of proposals on dormant
                                                             bank accounts.
The formal consultation on the Draft Operational
Programme has closed and the Special EU Programmes           The Commission on Unclaimed Assets has outlined plans to
Body (SEUPB) is currently considering responses received.    use funds freed up from dormant back accounts to tackle
It is hoped that the programme will receive approval         poverty and social exclusion.
from ministers and the European Commission in the
autumn.                                                      Financial analysts have estimated that the UK’s community
                                                             and voluntary sector could scoop £400 million, with tens of
In order to avoid the late start which hindered the roll     millions of pounds becoming available each year as more
out of PEACE II, SEUPB wants to ensure that applicants       accounts become dormant.
are in a position to submit proposals as soon as PEACE III
touches down. Therefore, SEUPB is seeking expressions        An account becomes dormant if there has been no activity
of interest and project proposals that “Contribute to a      for several years and the account holder has lost touch
shared society - creating shared public spaces”.             with the bank or financial institution. The Commission has
This objective aims to regenerate urban, rural and border    stated that their first priority will be to reunite people
areas that appear derelict, segregated, underused,           with their money, however, it is anticipated that there
threatening and/or unwelcoming and transform them into       will be sufficient unclaimed funds to provide a much need
shared spaces. In addition to meeting the Programme and      boost for the third sector.
Priority objectives, the successful projects will:
    •	   act as a catalyst for transforming the local        The Commission’s proposals include the establishment of
         community;                                          a new financial institution – the Social Investment Bank
                                                             (SIB) – to cultivate a thriving social investment market
    •	   be iconic with a capacity to provide a lasting      capable of driving forward social inclusion and developing
         legacy to the PEACE III Programme;                  skills and financial management in the voluntary and
                                                             community sector. In order to be effective and able to
    •	   incorporate high design and environmental           operate credibly in capital markets it is recommended
         quality;                                            that the Social Investment Bank secures founding capital
                                                             of at least £250 million, with an annual income stream of
    •	   demonstrate long term sustainability; and           £20 million for a minimum of four years.

    •	   range in size from €1.5m to €10m.                   In addition to the sums of cash being discussed, the
The call for expressions of interest is intended to lead     community and voluntary sector will also be heartened by
to an application for project funding from the PEACE         the proposed nature of the SIB. In contrast to many of the
III programme. The identification of a project does          unwieldy and overly bureaucratic funders the third sector
not guarantee that funding will be approved for the          is accustomed to, the Commission recommends that the
substantive project. It is intended that a regional          SIB be “small, adaptable, innovative, and able to take
workshop will be hosted to advance work on the               risks”. It is also recommended that the SIB be independent
applications of the projects identified.                     and answerable to the community and voluntary sector.
In order to be considered for attendance at the
                                                             As well as freeing up dormant money, the Commission
workshop, expressions of interest should be submitted by
                                                             recommends that tax incentives be employed to encourage
 May 00.
                                                             the flow of private capital into social investment and that
                                                             the Community Investment Tax Relief (CITR) be significantly
Further information on submission of proposals is
available from the SEUPB Website, http://www.seupb.
                                                             Commenting on the proposals, the Commission on
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Unclaimed Assets chair, Sir Ronald Cohen, said, “The third
sector has a vital role to play in combating disadvantage
and creating a more cohesive society in the UK. Yet its

ability to do so is limited by chronic financial insecurity.
A unique opportunity exists to create a new Social
Investment Bank to act as a bridge between the social
and financial communities, able to leverage its resources
with money from private sources and the capital markets,
and put them to work in our marginalised communities.          Northern Ireland Events Company - Community
Ultimately, the Social Investment Bank could make a            Festivals Fund
fundamental difference in the fight to make ours a more        Closing date: 22 June 2007
cohesive society.”
                                                               Lloyds TSB Foundation for Northern Ireland
For further details on the Commission on Unclaimed Assets’
proposals visit:
                                                               Closing date: 6 July 2007

                                                               Northern Ireland Events Company - Events
                                                               Growth Fund
                                                               Closing date: 6 July 2007

Pilot scheme to give                                           PRSF Performing Rights Society - PRS Foundation

traditional arts lift off!
                                                               Closing date: 9 August 2007

                                                               PRSF Performing Rights Society - PRS Foundation
The Arts Council of Northern Ireland has teamed up with        Performance Groups
An Chomhairle Ealaíon to pilot a funding scheme aimed          Closing date: 9 August 2007
at boosting the traditional arts across Ireland.
                                                               Lisburn City Council - Anna Cheyne Visual Art
TURAS will look to develop the traditional art forms, such     Award
as music, song, dance and storytelling and language arts       Closing date: 17 August 2007
(Irish and Ulster-Scots) where there is a natural connec-
tion.                                                          Arts Council of Northern Ireland - Support for
                                                               the Individual Artist Programme: General Awards
TURAS is open to individual artists, groups/bands and          Closing date: 30 August 2007
organisations and must involve at least one partner based
on either side of the border. Proposals must be submitted      Arts Council of Northern Ireland - Support
by the Northern Ireland partner.                               for the Individual Artist Programme: Major
                                                               Individual Awards
Only projects that are not eligible for any existing Arts      Closing date: 30 August 2007
Council of Northern Ireland/An Chomhairle Ealaíon fund-
ing will be considered under the TURAS initiative.             Arts Council of Northern Ireland - Support for
                                                               the Individual Artist Programme: International
Projects may involve: transmission/education, perform-         Awards
ance, professional development and training, mentoring,        Closing date: 30 August 2007
commissioning, recording, publication, research (non-ac-
ademic), special events, archiving, residencies, touring,      Anchor Foundation – Anchor Foundation
critical debate and media/technology.                          Closing date: 31 August 2007

The closing date for applications is pm, Thursday 8          Clore Performing Arts Awards – Clore Duffield
June, 00                                                     Foundation
                                                               Closing date: 12 September 2007
For more information contact: Paul Flynn, Arts Council of
Northern Ireland, MacNeice House, 77 Malone Road, Bel-
fast BT9 6AQ Tel: 028 9038 5200 email: pflynn@artscoun- web:                               For more information on these funding
                                                                  programmes and other funding opportunities go
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