Cotton Court, 30-42 Waring St
Belfast BT1 2ED
Enquiries: 028 9023 0660
Festival Box Office: 028 9024 3042
Closed for now, but not forgotten ... could you offer a new home?
The Office of Important Art is a pop-up arts initiative set up by Young at Art originally house in CastleCourt Shopping Centre, Belfast. It was created as a FREE space where children, young people and families could explore creativity through exhibitions, workshops, talks and seminars.
The principle behind the space was that it existed to direct children and adults towards art-forms, to raise awareness and knowledge about why different art-forms are important and how they work, and to provide democratic access to the arts by putting into a public and civic space.
During Young at Art’s residency in CastleCourt the Office of Important Art hosted 51 free events and workshops attended by some 3,000 people, provided a studio space for a local visual artist in residence, and a free development and rehearsal space for 7 different projects and productions.
Exhibitions, performances and workshops were delivered by Young at Art and a host of partners; including individual artists, Belfast Print Workshop, Replay Theatre Company, De Stilte Dance Company, Belfast Festivals Forum, PLACE NI, Somewhere_to, Wheelworks, Children’s Books Ireland and Save the Children.
Particularly successful projects during this time included both Culture Babies, a creative play-group for under 4s and Food For Thought, a series of ‘creative meals’ aimed to reignite the art of conversation and enable children, their families and communities to share ideas, opinions, fears and hopes in a safe and creative environment.
In celebration of this time we want to highlight some of the wonderful events that have taken place and say thank-you to CastleCourt and all the partners, artists, staff and volunteers for their support in making these wonderful events happen.
The Office of Important Art is currently homeless. If you think you can offer it a home and support, please contact us.