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Legal Graffiti wall opens in Derry-Londonderry for those who #LovetoDRAW

Legal Graffiti wall opens in Derry-Londonderry for those who #LovetoDRAW Mayor Brenda Stevenson today helped open the city’s first legal graffiti wall as part of #LovetoDRAW month.  Derry-Londonderry now joins other major cities across the world in having a legal wall for street artists to use.
The graffiti wall will be outside the Verbal Arts Centre, the key place for the written and spoken word in […]

Got a great fundraising idea? Don’t keep it to yourself!

Got a great fundraising idea? Don’t keep it to yourself! Voluntary Arts is creating a useful publication for voluntary arts groups, featuring different ways to raise funds. At the same time, we want to shine a light on the hard work and creative endeavor carried out by cultural groups and organisations across the UK and Republic of Ireland.
So, for each good idea, we’ll feature a real […]

Our Cultural Commons – Join in the national conversation about local culture

Our Cultural Commons – Join in the national conversation about local culture Where was your first cultural experience? And where will be your last? Chances are the answer to both those questions will be ‘close to home’.
Our Cultural Commons is a new national conversation about local cultural infrastructure – what works, what doesn’t, how and where it thrives – and how it could reach its full potential.
The […]

5 tips for arts groups on social media

5 tips for arts groups on social media With audiences – especially young people – moving online, arts groups are using social media as a channel for audience development and relationship building. How can arts organisations take full advantage of these online channels in ways  that are truly engaging, authentic and social?
Below are 5 things we believe that arts groups should be doing […]

Our Cultural Commons, protecting and developing local cultural infrastructure

Our Cultural Commons, protecting and developing local cultural infrastructure A new initiative is arising to empower the experiences of those involved in arts and culture with an emphasis on supporting local voices and local ambitions on matters of future national policies, structures and funding.
‘Our Cultural Commons’ is a collaborative effort between Voluntary Arts and Arts Development UK (ADUK), collecting evidence of collaborative activity being used […]

Take a minuet to join #LovetoSING!

Take a minuet to join #LovetoSING! Following the success of #LovetoDANCE and #LovetoDRAW, we’re bringing a bit of light to the dark autumn month of November with #LovetoSING. Like the previous months of the #Loveto campaign, we want you to get in touch and show us your love of the creative stuff you like to get up, but this time we […]

Help make some a-MAZE-ing beach art with #lovetoDRAW

Help make some a-MAZE-ing beach art with #lovetoDRAW Porthaw Beach, Buncrana is set to be become a huge art piece this Friday, 17th October at 4pm as Artlink Buncrana with the help of local people will be creating a massive seaweed maze for #LovetoDRAW month.
The creative team from Artlink are inviting local people to come along and help make the maze as well […]

#LovetoDRAW

#LovetoDRAW #LovetoDRAW is the latest iteration of #Loveto, a campaign powered by Voluntary Arts Ireland inviting everyone to share the creative things they love to do. This creative movement has already seen thousands join in across Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland and have even gotten as far as the rest of the UK and […]

Pencils at the ready for #LovetoDRAW launch at W5

Pencils at the ready for #LovetoDRAW launch at W5 The Lord Mayor of Belfast Nichola Mallon today launched #LovetoDRAW month across Northern Ireland with a spot of digital graffiti art at a special event at W5, the interactive discovery centre.
The Lord Mayor was joined by one of NI’s top illustrators and Game of Thrones storyboarder William Simpson to lend their support to the #LovetoDRAW […]

Tell us a scary story this Halloween for #LovetoDraw

Tell us a scary story this Halloween for #LovetoDraw As part of our celebrations of #LovetoDRAW this October, we’re pairing up with one of Northern Ireland’s top storyboarders and illustators, Adam Pescott, to give all you kids (and big kids) the chance to really spook us with a scary storyboard. Adam, well-renowned for his work on the much-loved Pajanimals and the critically acclaimed, soon-to-be […]
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