The Big Beach Draw | 11 am – 4 pm Saturday 14th August

As part of the East Side Arts Festival, Connswater Shopping Centre is hosted a Summer Rooftop Recess. This free family-friendly event transformed their multi-story car park into a place for free events ranging from public art, circus acts, live performances and more. The event was also part of ‘Belfast Rooftops’ – a European-wide project, led locally by Urban Sale Interventions to develop cultural uses for urban rooftops.

For our contribution, we co-facilitated the production of a MASSIVE rooftop chalk drawing called ‘Every Grain of Sand’ with artist John Mccormac, whose solo exhibition back in April was the inaugural show in our new space.  Lockdown restrictions meant centre shoppers watched his large wall drawing take shape over the month through the gallery windows and now, everyone can join as we scale up the process to make it over 50 times bigger!

As well as this there was a pop-up exhibition in Connswater car park showcasing the submissions from our beach-themed open call ‘Postcards from Platform’ which we received an incredible response with over 50 individual entrees.