Throughout the academic year of 2021/22, the Northern Ireland Council for Integrated Education is marking 40 years of integrated education in Northern Ireland. The anniversary is an opportunity to reflect on where the integrated education movement has come from, celebrate its achievements, and consider how to grow to meet the needs of the next generation.
With NICIE, quarto are inviting your school communities to join a photography project which will tell stories about what integration means today. We will be supporting teachers and pupils in identifying and sharing their diverse experiences of integration, and in considering how to capture those experiences in photographs. We will then curate an online and in person exhibition of selection of the images submitted, due to be launched in summer 2022.
For several years, we have partnered with Corrymeela, Ulster University, Queen’s University, Belfast City Council and Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council to explore effective multi-disciplinary approaches to engaging with contested heritage.
The partnership is currently delivering Our Places; Our Pasts; Our Perspectives, enabling us to strengthen our methodology and establish a community of practice across the heritage and community development sectors. During the delivery phase of the project, quarto have acted as lead facilitator of an accredited leadership course bringing together professional and voluntary practitioners in heritage and community development from across NI. Together with participants we interrogate how contested heritage is manifested in place and explore ethically-informed participative approaches to engaging with local communities in telling more inclusive stories about our past.
quarto, with associate Craig Sands, will be working with communities in the Divis and Lower Shankill area of Belfast on this PEACE IV-funded project run by Belfast City Council. With food gardener and community worker Craig, we will be co-designing the project with local participants. We hope to help create a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can enjoy time together, actively and reflectively, and look forward to seeing what emerges from the co-design process.
When we were invited in 2021 by Northern Ireland Screen to curate a short film from their Digital Film Archive, we jumped at the chance to explore the Sperrins through film and television from the last 40 years.
We have been thinking about the marginalised uplands of the north-west of Ireland for some time. We are interested in their characteristic conifer monocultures and stretches of blanket bog. While one swallows human traces and the other preserves them, one spreads and the other shrinks, both acquire new significance in the context of climate change.
In collaboration with film maker Colm Laverty, we created a short film comparing and contrasting clips from the archive with our own video and still photography, made on location in the Sperrins. The film is accompanied by a short essay, considering the changing meaning of landscapes like these across the twentieth century and into the twenty-first.
You can find out more about the archive clips that inspired us and view the film HERE.
We have published the essay on our blog HERE.