March 2010

Belfast Computer Clubhouse "invaded" by GIANTS

So, on Saturday, 27th March at 4.30pm a bus load of members, half from the Spectrum Centre on Shankill Road and half from Springvale Training Centre on Springfield Road set off together (singing the wheels on the bus go round and round!!!) for a funtastic evening of entertainment at the Odyssey Arena.

Before the game against the Newcastle Vipers everyone enjoyed a lovely meal in the Pizza Hut in the Odyssey. The organisers would like to thank the staff of Pizza Hut for their friendliness and courtesy to all of our members and also for the lovely food presented.

At the game (as the photographs show) everyone had a ball. All the regalia was there, the hats, horns and of course the painted faces!! The members screamed their way through the match and were thrilled to see the Giants winning 4-1 on the night.

A tired but happy crowd arrived back outside their Clubhouses at 11.00pm.

Many thanks to the Giants for the free entry tickets, for Louise Little for her superb organising and to Pizza Hut for the special deal and great service provided.

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"Building Equality and Inclusion through Accessibility"

Belfast Computer Clubhouse Submit Artworks for Exhibition

Belfast Computer Clubhouse's young artists, from both the Springfield Road and Shankill Clubhouses enjoyed seeing their work presented in this years Adapt NI No Limits exhibition. The exhibition was hosted at the Golden Thread gallery on 22nd March 2010 . Young people's artwork was showcased in various mediums, from sculpture, multimedia, to painting. The Clubhouse members produced a series of digital artworks using Adobe Photoshop, all reflecting on the theme of One World. Between them they produced 16 striking composite images which were then mounted on board and delivered.

The Golden Thread Gallery (View Link) is a contemporary art space, and is one of the largest and well renowned in Northern Ireland. It has been another year long programme that has offerred many outreach projects. The Belfast Computer Clubhouse members were impressed by the size and modernity of the buildings, and were rightly proud to have their artwork considered in the Exhibition. Motivational for all!

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WILLIAM ARTT one of the Belfast Computer Clubhouse Artists

Zeitgeist (Regurgitated, Remade and Repackaged)

EVENT: William Artt – Zeitgeist (Regurgitated, Remade and Repackaged)

DATE: Friday 2nd April – Saturday 17th April

PREVIEW EVENING: Thursday 1st April, 2009 6.00 – 9.00pm

ADHOC presents an installation of new works by Belfast based artist William Artt. The exhibition entitled 'Zeitgeist (Regurgitated, Remade and Repackaged)' is the artist's reaction to an article printed in The Independent newspaper on 22nd February, 2009 which stated that 'the contemporary art market is a fraud'.

The exhibition represents the artist's attempt to devalue the contemporary art market by displaying artworks that have more than a passing resemblance to the work of other artists. The work has been produced using 'cheap' materials that are widely available within DIY stores and supermarkets. Each work is an 'unlimited edition' and could all be easily recreated due to the methods used in their production. In turn the exhibition also addresses the use of 'appropriation' within contemporary art practice.

Visitors to the exhibition will be given the opportunity to purchase the works by taking part in a 'silent auction' were the highest bid received will secure the work. Potential purchasers will fill in a bidding form which will then be placed in a sealed box. The successful bidder will be notified on the final day of the exhibition. All artworks sold in the exhibition will be accompanied with a certificate of authenticity signed by the artist.

An online catalogue of the work will also be created for the duration of the exhibition and will be launched on 1st April. Viewers will be able to view the work online and place their bids for the work. This can be viewed at from 1st April 2010.

In conjunction with the exhibition ADHOC will also be holding a 'Contemporary Art Quiz Night' to be hosted by the William Artt and fellow artist Acitore Z. Artezione. This will take place on Friday 16th April with prizes of artworks created by William. More details to follow.........

Clubhouse Jardim Youth Group express their views to the West Belfast Partnership Board as they discuss the regeneration of the Andersontown barracks site

The West Belfast Partnership Board and PLACE* (an organisation examining issues relating to Planning, Landscape, Architecture, Community & Environment) are organising a series of meetings to let people have their say in shaping the compilation of a Design and Development Brief for the regeneration of the former Andersonstown Barracks.

A number of meetings have be held with local residents, elected representatives, cultural groups, young people, businesses and community organisations.

  1. What are your thoughts about the site as it was and as it is?
  2. Should the site be used to help promote neighborhood regeneration?
  3. What are your ideas for the site?
  4. What would you not want on the site?

After the consultation sessions are competed the material gathered from these and the internet sites will be used to shape the design and development brief that is going out to an international competition. Recently, it was reported that Daniel Libeskind, a leading architect will head up the jury panel. Please see press release:

There is also an opportunity to feed into the consultation process via:

@ Facebook "Andytown Barracks Site - Have Your Say"

Twitter: @ATownExpoWest

The Computer Clubhouse group were quite expressive, in the main, they feel that there is no need for a shop, Chinese restaurant, or garden on the site but would like to see an ice-skating rink, bowling alley, just somewhere fun for them like the Clubhouse.

The Clubhouse join LiveNet on their Creative Thinking Day

The LiveNet is a joint initiative between, Mencap, Citizens Online, British Computer Society and the British Computer Society IT Can Help Programme. The programme "Stay Connected with ICT" is designed to promote health & wellbeing learning, skills development & information, community participation & inclusion to: children, young people & adults with a learning disability, carers, staff & volunteers supporting people with a learning disability.

Belfast Computer Clubhouse visit to Boy's Model

The group were introduced to the concept of Belfast Schools Strategic Partnership, a new initiative that intends to develop the relationship between schools and their respective communities. The schools include Ashfield Girls, Grosvenor and Orangefield in the East of the City, and Boy's Model and Girls Model in the north. It is based around a Social Enterprise Model and consists of 3 new groups; CPLB (Community Partnership Liaison Board) Artemis, a charity, and Community Development Boards (North and East). The CPLB includes representatives of stakeholders, and representatives from the community and schools; Artemis ensures policies are applied fairly. The key element of this strategy is the availability of the school's resources to the wider community, everything from the 500 seat theatre, to individual classrooms to an indoor football pitch will be available for hire at very low rates.

Then on to a site tour of the new Boy's Model; a state of the art school, with huge spaces, a 500 seat theatre, the largest indoor sports centre in the UK, media suites, outdoor theatre spaces and soundproofed music studios.

100 Young people visit our Clubhouse

Clubhouse make presentation to the Alterative

Education Providers (AEP)

One Hundred Local Pupils visit the Belfast Computer Clubhouse

Short taster sessions in animation, music and video production, graphic arts and comic book illustration gave our visitors the chance to see what the Clubhouse has to offer.

The Spectrum Centre, Shankill Road was a hive of activity with 5 local media based organisations including BBC Blast and Trans Urban Arts showcasing their creative skills as part of a event organised by Greater Shankill Integrated Services for Children and Young People The event gave pupils interested in media based careers the chance to find out more about what's on offer in the world of work and helped raise aspirations in the Year 10+ pupils interested in developing their media skills.

Groups of 20 young people rotated every 30 minutes from workshop to workshop. At the Clubhouse we came up with a follow on activity in comic book illustration that would showcase the creative input of each group. In two and a half hours, our visitors had created a hand drawn comic illustration featuring Pandora, a pupil who becomes bored with Bebo and decides to do something with her life!

At the Clubhouse we like to promote shared creativity, so, Clubhouse members will help transform the hand drawn illustrations created on the day using the latest CS4 software. Watch this space for the final comic book page!

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