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McCausland has designs on Bank Square

Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland has announced the appointment of King Street Arts as art advisors for the Bank Square Regeneration Project in Belfast City Centre.
Wednesday, 26 February 2014

Over the coming months the group will work to develop a suitable theme for an art trail, comprising a number of individual art pieces, which will be installed on a wall adjacent to Bank Square. The art trail will be a main focal point for the Bank Square public realm scheme, which is currently under construction.

Making his announcement, Minister McCausland said: “I am keen to get buy in from all the people of Belfast and would encourage full participation in any ongoing discussions about the artwork for this city centre square. This will help ensure that the public art created fully reflects the development of the Bank Square area as a ‘shared space’ for all and gives the public some ownership of the completed project.

“Once completed the art pieces will capitalise on the unique location of Bank Square in Belfast City Centre and open up a pleasant public space for shoppers and workers alike. The artworks will capture Bank Square’s unique character and rich history in Belfast and will be the final touch to the current redevelopment public realm works.”

The Minister continued: “The proposed art works will create an attractive art trail between Bank Square and Berry Street (east) and along with the £3 million public realms works underway, will transform this neglected city centre area.

“The enhanced environment will attract increased footfall and consumer spend to the area and, most importantly, the perception of the area as a shared space for all sections of the community will also be transformed.”

Joby Fox, King Street Arts commented: “We are very pleased to be working with local people in the area around Folktown and West Side regeneration area to create outstanding and inspiring art pieces to complement the Bank Square regeneration works. The planned artworks will help in the re-imaging of this unique part of Belfast, and we are delighted to be granted the opportunity to lead the production of this new art trail by the Department for Social Development.”

Further information on the Bank Square redevelopment scheme is available on the DSD website

Notes to editors:

  1. The Bank Square Project construction works commenced on July 2013 and is scheduled to be completed by November 2014. The transformation of Bank Square will be the focal point of the redevelopment project (a £3million investment by the Department for Social Development) and will be taken forward with the regeneration of the surrounding streets of Chapel Lane, Bank Street, Berry Street and part of King Street. Improvements include the installation of natural stone paving, landscaping, improved lighting, free WI-FI, street furniture and art work.
  2. King Street Arts is a not-for-profit company providing music rehearsal spaces, art studios and work spaces for the wider arts and creative industry community. They also provide workshops and events, and mentoring for artist entrepreneurs
  3. The art works are envisaged to be wall-mounted panels that will be mounted on the square-facing curved wall of the Castle Court service yard wall. They will act as a series of “stepping stones” which along with the Public Realm improvements will encourage pedestrians to use a safe and friendly link from Bank Square to Royal Avenue. The cost of the art works is £80,000.
  4. See photos from the Department for Social Development in our collection at flickr
  5. Media enquiries to DSD Information Office on 028 9082 9215. Out of office hours, please contact the Duty Press Officer via pager number 07669 715 440 and your call will be returned.