Exit 15 is an 18 month creative place programme responding to the artistic aspirations of local people in the Ballyogan area. It is coupled with a research project led by Queens University in tandem with Belfast City Council and Mid & East Antrim Borough Council. The partnership aims to share learning in community-led initiatives supported by Queens University who will monitor, evaluate and reflect on the work. Exit 15 will not only transform the public space of Ballyogan but help leave behind a sustainable cultural life.
Speaking at the launch at the dlr LexIcon, Director of the Arts Council, Orlaith McBride said: “The Invitation to Collaboration is all about supporting partnerships that focus on developing projects, resources or services that are ambitious and testing new ground. We recently put a call out to local authorities across the country and I am delighted to confirm that Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council was successful as the lead applicant in this unique cross border learning. I am confident this funding will help foster a distinctive community and artistic collaboration, which will result in unique public engagement opportunities.”
An Cathaoirleach of dlr, Councillor Tom Murphy, welcomed the announcement and said,
This significant investment is a great boost for the plans of the local residents of Ballyogan and I look forward to seeing the artistic programme develop in partnership with Voluntary Arts Ireland over the next 18 months.”