By Ryan Coney
Local artists and craftsmakers will be on hand to show off their ware and goods from 6pm-9pm.
Jill McDermot who has worked with Arts for all since 2007 says, “Come and celebrate Christmas with the Arts for All team, Enjoy local art in our new space and make some last minute purchases.”
Arts for All, based on the York Road since 2000, has been central to the community arts sector in North Belfast. Their core work is to offer opportunities for participation in the arts to support community development, improve social cohesion and integration, education and support community development.
They view each community arts project as a small step towards a more positive community, healing the wounds formed by decades of conflict and segregation. Some of the recent workshops and projects use a wide variety of media such as music, dance, creative writing, painting and sculpture, photography, fashion design, film, television and radio to name a few.
Arts for all also take part in the Inspire project, which is city wide, allows adults with learning difficulties to link in with the professional arts sector, learning new skills and confidence, and helping to break down barriers.
Jill continues “Arts for all believes that building good relations through arts is the most effective medium for addressing issues of conflict and division, as well as a valuable way of easing social tension.”
Belfast, particularly North Belfast is still very much divided, with a recent Sky News poll revealing that 51% of people have few or no friends of a different religion.