Tuesday 6th November
46 Hill Street
Northern Ireland has a rich heritage, that has impacted us in many different ways, from culture and society to our economy and built environment. At this Share 6 event as part of Belfast Design Week we will be asking our speakers to speak on the theme Heritage. They will discuss how Northern Ireland’s past heritage has affected and inspired their journey so far, their hopes and ambitions for their own future and the future heritage of Northern Ireland.
Speaker Number 1: Chris Millar – The Holding Project
The Holding Project is a social enterprise aiming to subvert the traditional private housing rental model. We’re aiming to bring high quality, affordable micro-housing for young people to Belfast as a stepping stone to formal housing. My role is as Designer & Co-Founder along with my Co-Founders Dearbhaile Heaney and Sean Cullen. I’m currently finishing my Master of Architecture at QUB and as a designer I’m very interested in the the architects role as storyteller and problem solver. Starting THP has allowed us to explore many different facets of both the design process and the business world & we’re hugely enjoying the process so far.
Speaker Number 2: Marianne Kennerley – Boom! Studios
Marianne Kennerley is the co-founder and director of Boom! Studios, Bangor.
In December 2014 a small group of artists & designers took the leap and took the keys for a redundant, empty space in Bangor Town Centre.
Boom! Studios is Bangor’s creative hub providing 20 workspaces and giving headspace to the local creative industry. Marianne believes that creativity and creative enterprise has a firm role to play in the re-thinking of the town centre as we move away from retail spaces.
“Bangor is my town so I have a vested interest.”
Marianne is a artist and designer with a passion for creating social impact. Following an education and career in the Fashion and Clothing Industry, she returned to education looking for that “something else”. Since graduating from the Ulster University with a Masters in Multi-Disciplinary Design and an Advanced Diploma in Sustainable Investment for the Third Sector she has been developing her own creative enterprise – Boom! Studios, a vibrant, creative hub in Bangor Town Centre.