ARTS PARTNERSHIP

Ballymena Arts Partnership is a consultative body to Council. Created as a forum open to all residents of the Borough, its purpose is to further the advancement of the Arts and support local Arts activities within the wider community.

Ballymena Arts Partnership is made up of not more than 12 volunteers and 3 to 4 Councillors who act as a forum for local arts and advise Mid & East Antrim Borough Council, and who are elected at an AGM from one of the three categories listed:

  1. Practising Arts Professional
  2. Member of local Arts Group/Organisation
  3. Have a proven reputation in the Arts

Ballymena Arts Partnership core purpose is as follows:

To act as an advisory and consultative panel to assist Mid & East Antrim Borough Council with Arts Programming.

To act as a forum for local Arts and to advise Mid & East Antrim Borough Council of the collective opinions of local arts interest when required.

           Carál Ní Chuilín
          
Minister of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Northern Ireland Executive

“In many cases arts begins at grass-roots level and wouldn’t be successful without the support of the many voluntary and amateur arts organisations across the island.   Many congratulations to Ballymena Arts Partnership who were runners up and the People’s Champion for Ireland for receiving over 3,500 votes online.  These are great examples of arts in the community and are truly deserving of this recognition.”

MEMBERS

Tim BurdenTim Burden
Tim Burden
Tim Burden

Tim Burden is part of the Northern Media Group which operate 6 radio stations across the province and he also work with Film Score Monthly. His role for both companies is as a radio presenter, producer, voice over artist and film correspondent. (www.northernmediagroup.com / www.filmscoremonthly.com)Tim also works with Cinemagic, RTE and the Ulster Orchestra on various arts and film projects.

Paddy Mc GaugheyPaddy Mc Gaughey
Paddy Mc Gaughey
Paddy Mc Gaughey

Paddy is involved with The Braid Comedy Club which runs a monthly comedy club in The Braid and often comperes for such events.

Mary Waldron
Mary Waldron

Mary is particularly interested in playwriting having completed the Writers on the Edge project, organised by Ransom Productions to encourge more female playwrights in Northern Ireland. Her first play 'Sacraments for the Living' had a rehearsed readings at the Old Mac,  Belfast in 2009.

George Lorimer
George Lorimer

Civil Servant George was born and raised in Ballymena . His passion for live music began after seeing Scottish band Deacon Blue at Belfast' s Kings Hall over 20 years ago. Now a regular attender at gigs all over Northern Ireland ,  George also worked at this year' s Glastonbury Music  Festival and hopes to bring his experience of the live music scene to the Braid Real Music Club.

Colin AgnewColin Agnew
Colin Agnew
Colin Agnew

Local music enthusiast Colin was key to the organisation of The David McWilliams Tribute Band a few years ago, keen to continue to promote local bands in the Ballymena area Colin has joined George and Willie in running The Braid Real Music Club.

Rosalind Lowry
Rosalind Lowry

Rosalind Lowry is Arts & Events Development Officer for Mid & East Antrim Borough Council and The Braid Arts Centre and has worked for Council for 19 years. Prior to this Rosalind attended Chelsea School of Art and St Martins School of Art, London and worked for several Councils and on Freelance Arts projects throughout Ireland. She has 3 dogs and is a volunteer for Mid Antrim Animal Sanctuary.

Kathleen HoeyKathleen Hoey
Kathleen Hoey
Kathleen Hoey

Kathleen Hoey trained as an actress at ALRA (Academy of Live and Recording Arts) and as a singer with English National Opera on a course called "The Knack". Following training Kathleen has sang with a folk/jazz choir and a do-wop group and performed in many venues in London as well as Glastonbury and Latitude festivals, amongst other acting roles. Kathleen lived in London for 12 years before moving back to Northern Ireland where she has since been acting in plays and readings for Adhoc Drama Group. Kathleen is currently studying for a diploma in creative writing and grade 7 singing and leading drama workshops.

Joseph RocksJoseph Rocks
Joseph Rocks
Joseph Rocks

Joseph is a Television and Radio graduate who currently runs the clothes section of Cafe Couture on Mill Street. He has a keen interest in all aspects of art and a real love for his hometown. A keen musician he has been working to promote music events and talent within the town and on his Radio cracker show for 2012 'Later with Joe Rocks.' He hopes to see art capture the town and revive some of the empty retail units within the town following his work with the Reviving Empty Spaces initiative.

Carole KaneCarole Kane
Carole Kane
Carole Kane

Carole currently works as a Development Officer with the Workers' Educational Association (WEA), setting up adult community education classes and projects in venues across the province. Themes include Creative Industries, creative responses to Community Development and Community Leadership. Prior to this, she worked for a season in Further Education and has considerable experience as a community artist.Having grown up in Portrush, Carole went to Art College in Newcastle Upon Tyne and Duncan of Jordanstone, University of Dundee. She now lives in Portglenone and continues to work on textile art pieces as time allows.

Greg Winning
Greg Winning

Greg is the Events Development Assistant at The Braid Arts Centre, he is a music lover and plays guitar in his spare time.

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