The aim of Dungannon and South Tyrone’s Community Arts programme is to engage with the residents of the Borough raising the profile of the Arts by providing activities that encourage awareness, participation and appreciation of the Arts.
In particular we would like to involve groups and individuals that may feel excluded from active participation in the Arts. Involvement in the Arts can: develop creative skills, progress new talents, present opportunities to meet and work with other people, improve interpersonal skills and self-confidence as well as overall health and well-being.
Dungannon & South Tyrone Borough Council has a long history of cultivating and showcasing the Arts through partnerships with our key Voluntary Sector Arts providers in the Borough: Bardic and Craic Theatres, Brantry Bard Cultural Centre and more recently with the newly formed Castle Hill Theatre Group.
Our Disability Arts Stakeholders Forum, established in 2007, offers a wide ranging annual programme to the disabled residents of the Borough. Dungannon Borough Arts Forum plays a major role in promoting and widening participation and collaboration of the Arts as well as enhancing networking and information sharing with other Arts Groups.
Dungannon Film Club, formed in June 2013, adds an extra dimension to our Arts provision, particular for the Film enthusiasts in the area and welcomes new members and innovative ideas to help them develop their club.
Since the opening of the Hill of The O’Neill & Ranfurly House Arts & Visitor Centre in October 2012 we have endeavoured to offer activities/events to suit all ages and genres, broadening participation in the Arts through increased audience and practitioner involvement. Our events booklet is produced three times per year detailing all activities.
The new performance space in Market Square available in September will add an extra dimension to the Arts in Dungannon.
We are keen to extend our range of activities/events available in Ranfurly House in particular showcasing up and coming local talent.
Please let us know if you have any ideas for new activities as we are keen to increase our range of classes/workshop and events.
Engaging local artists
We endeavour where possible to employ local artists to deliver our workshops and classes. This provides a unique platform for local artists to develop and pass on their skills as well as creating employment for artists and improving economic activity.
If you are an artist living in the Borough area and would like to get involved in facilitating workshops, and passing on your skills, contact myself Christine McGowan, Arts & Heritage Officer based in Ranfurly House, Tel 0288 7728 621 or Margaret Quinn, Arts Support Officer on 0288 7728 603 to discuss how you can become involved.