Current Projects

Creative Communities

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.

NI Screen Digital Film Archive

NI Screen have asked us to curate a film collection on the subject of rural uplands in the north of Ireland, and in particular the Sperrin Mountains. We are creating  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 will be accompanied by a short essay, considering the changing meaning of landscapes like these across the twentieth century and into the twenty-first.

Migration Museum – Garvan O’Doherty Group

quarto is collaborating with audience development agency Thrive, interpretive planner Ashleigh Kirkpatrick and interpretive designer Margaret Middleton to scope the potential for a landmark visitor attraction at Fort George, Derry/Londonderry. The project is the inspiration of Garvan O’Doherty Group, which is committed to supporting social and economic regeneration in the city. Presently, the proposal centres around the concept of migration, exploring the human stories of those that left Derry/Londonderr to make an impact in the wider world, and those that have come to the city and made it what it is today. Our task is to identify the core interpretive narrative for the proposed development and its potential audiences.

Talk of the Town – Positive Carrickfergus

Positive Carrickfergus has built a community of people around a positive outlook on the present and future of their home town. Talk of the Town aims to create space for local people to lead conversation, develop questions and suggest creative and innovative approaches to change-making. The project actively seeks to amplify under-represented voices to develop a more diverse and multi-dimensional narrative about what matters to local people. quarto has been asked to work collaboratively with Starling Start to design and facilitate a bespoke programme of place-making activities, which will encourage reflective dialogue on the past, present and potential futures of Carrickfergus.

Exploring Community Connect with Heritage in the South West of Lough Neagh

quarto are delighted to work with Lough Neagh Landscape Partnership for the second time on a project that 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 there for domestic and industrial uses, and the peatlands are home to diverse flora and fauna. quarto worked 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. We are currently developing active learning resources for there Key Stage 2 curriculum to encourage local primary schools to utilise the moss fully in as part of their World Around Us history, geography and science teaching plans.