quarto continue to work with Lough Neagh Landscape Partnership this year on a new project which examines the multiple ways in which communities relate to their landscapes, focusing on the peatlands to the south-west of Lough Neagh. Peat has been dug here for domestic and industrial uses, and the peatlands are home to diverse flora and fauna. quarto will work closely with local communities to understand what this landscape has meant, means now, and will come to mean in the future for people living there.
quarto have been commissioned by Bangor Shared Space to deliver learning workshops and resources about Victorian Bangor at Bangor Central Integrated Primary School. The workshops and resources will draw on a private family archive, enriching Year 7’s topic work on the Victorian era with exploration of Victorian economy, social structure, technology and leisure at a local level and through local people. The project is supported by Heritage Lottery Fund and Bangor Shared Space.
quarto have been commissioned by Ards and North Down Borough Local Action Group and Inishowen Development Partnership to research and document the history of two coastal defence heritage sites, Fort Dunree and Grey Point Fort, and to identify thematic connections between the two sites. The project will draw from best-practice in heritage tourism to make interpretive development recommendations that will enhance visitor experiences. It is supported by the Northern Ireland Rural Development Programme Co-operation Scheme.
Gemma is currently collaborating with Big Telly Theatre Company to promote the unique industrial heritage of the Antrim coast through a series of immersive theatre experiences. The performances are one element of a project developed by Mid and East Antrim Borough Council Museum Service as part of the European Year of Cultural Heritage. Gemma is developing a body of research on four specify industrial heritage sites and working with the collaborative team to develop engaging and informative storylines.
quarto has been working with a significant family archive this year. Accessioning and cataloguing is underway, and a publication has been produced. We hope to develop this work in 2018, producing learning resources for local schools using photographs, documents, maps and other material from the archive to tell a story about class, religious practices, Bangor and the linen industry in the north of Ireland.
Kids’ Own Publishing Partnership works with artists on children’s education. Long-term project Virtually There places artists in schools via the interactive whiteboard. Year by year, artists work closely with teachers to take children through a programme of art practice from their studios. This year, 10 schools across Northern Ireland are working with 10 artists from North and South and further afield. Recently, Kids’ Own received a ‘More and Better’ grant through the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to carry out action research into Virtually There, and quarto are undertaking this research.