‘The Times They Are A-Changin’ as Bob Dylan once said and those words seem appropriate to what is beginning to develop within the City.
We have always had a rich tradition of music and culture, and have always loved our arts but a new un-funded, open-sourced, collaborative cluster group has just been set up to connect those who work locally within the Creative Economy and to showcase their output.
To show their support of the local arts & creative sector in Derry, Ulster Bank is allowing the top floor of Ulster Bank in Culmore Road to be used as an open collaborative space for creative events. Those involved in the arts and creative industries can now gather, work together, come up with new ideas and put on activities that help grow their creative practice and business as well as connect to the local community.
#DERRYcreatives is free to join and the public can connect online through the Facebook group at facebook.com/groups/DERRYcreatives and join the monthly gathering on the top floor of the Ulster Bank in Culmore Road. The initiative aims to bridge the traditional gap between the various creative disciplines and promote and celebrate the arts to the wider community.
#DERRYcreatives met yesterday to launch the first creative collaboration event at the Ulster Bank and were joined by Tom Griffiths, NI Creative Capital & Innovation Tsar, who has linked #DERRYcreatives into the NI2030, Europe’s Creative Capital, movement and network of similar creative clusters around NI.
Kevin Murphy, Chief Officer of Derry based Voluntary Arts Ireland, said: “#DERRYcreatives is a fantastic grass roots collaboration for creative people in Derry. The ambition is to seek out and showcase the best of our talent to Northern Ireland and the world. I'd like to publicly thank Ulster Bank for enabling this and I'd urge Creatives in Derry to step forward and join in.”
Charlene McMullan, Branch Manager at Ulster Bank, Culmore Road added: "We aim to provide meaningful help for what matters most to our people and the communities in which we operate. This is a really positive way that we can demonstrate our support for the arts and creative industries in the North West.”