Some Q&As for people in the areas near selected exhibit sites.
Q: What can we expect to see?
A: We can’t say what exactly will be shown just yet we’re still figuring it out but we have a very exciting line-up of approx. 12 artists, designers, photographers and makers taking part across both areas. All are welcome to see the show (inc children) so nothing offensive will be shown - the idea is to go explore these spaces seeking out the artworks which will be listed on an online map. There will be nothing big or obtrusive which might impede access, the vast majority are small works designed to make you think about these spaces.
Q: When will it happen?
A: March 25th - 28th as part of the Imagine Festival of Ideas and Politics. Works will be installed by noon on Thursday 25th and left unsupervised for the duration of the project. Work will be removed after 4pm on Sunday the 28th.
Q: Who's behind this?
A: This website was created by artist and project coordinator Meadhbh McIlgorm in 2020 with the support of the Arts Council Northern Ireland's Artist Emergency Fund. The concept was then further developed in a partnership with the Imagine Festival of Ideas and Politics and 9ft in Common, a research team made up of Amberlea Neely of Starling Start and Aisling Rusk of Studio idir. We are once again supported as a special commission for the Imagine festival 2021 by the Arts Council Northern Ireland and the Department of Communities via the 'Stability and Renewal' fund for Organisations 2021.
Q: How were participants selected?
A: Artists and designers were invited to participate by project organisers. Some were commissioned to produce specific elements, others were invited to respond to the brief and propose their own artworks. Final works were selected based on suitability and feasibility.
Q: How were the locations picked?
A: The locations selected are all adopted but ungated alleyways, with open public access. They are in safe spaces near main roads with good transport links for accessibility to visitors.
Q: Can I be involved?
A: Yes! We’d love to hear any stories/memories/thoughts about alleyways you have. Project partners, 9ft in Common are engaged in a big investigation into these spaces, you can reach them here. The Imagine Festival would also love to hear your thoughts and opinions on this and any other event in their exciting line up for 2021. You can also follow the project on Instagram @liminal.belfast and most importantly, share your own explorations and reactions to the exhibits using the hashtag #liminalley on social media.
Q: Will I have to do anything?
Not if you don’t want to but we’d love it if local residents took the opportunity to get involved by taking some extra pride in their alley and tidying it up before for the dates listed.
Q: Can I still put my bins out for collection?
Of course. The event shouldn’t interfere with any access required if your bin day falls during the 25th - 28th of March. We’d appreciate it if you only put it out for collection and returned it to your yard promptly but we know this isn’t always possible. It’s an alley - we know there will be bins.
Q: Will it be disruptive?
A: Hopefully not. When installing certain works we might need to put in some hooks or nails in the walls but if this affects your property we’ll ask you for permission first and they will be removed and repaired at the end of the exhibtion. There might be a few more people around than usual however we’ll be advising visitors to respect these residential areas and to ensure compliance with all current Covid19 regulations while viewing work.
Q: Is there a security or safety risk?
A: All steps and measures will be taken to make sure this is a safe and enjoyable project for everyone. The biggest risk is probably to the artworks so the more local people that are involved and attending the less risk there is of anything being stolen or damaged.
The alleyways of our city have great potential to be positive and useful spaces for our communities. This event is designed to further that conversation an inspire more people to reclaim them.
If you have other questions/queries/comments or concerns please don't hesitate to get in touch using the contact form.
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