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Coming Soon! The Heritage Arts Challenge

Part of Heritage Angel Awards Northern Ireland 2021

Posted on: 19th August 2021

Ulster Architectural Heritage welcomes support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund for a new project that calls on, and cultivates creative response to heritage in Northern Ireland.

The ‘Heritage Arts Challenge’ aims to open the doors to allow everyone to take part in Heritage Angel Awards Northern Ireland – not just those who have completed, or taken part in a specific larger scale heritage project.

It aims to inspire participants to celebrate their local heritage in an accessible way through creative arts and to create a platform for people to engage with heritage in their local area, share local heritage with each other and develop their skills in creative arts by working with lead local artists in illustration, song writing, poetry, prose and photography.

A key outcome of the project will be to work with participants to create bespoke pieces of art to showcase alongside the Heritage Angel categories at the awards celebration in November, and for purposes of entertainment at the awards. The project is open to anyone 16 years or over, and welcomes submissions from all abilities, from professionals to those who may have never done anything like this before! Selected entrants will have the opportunity to work with specialist mentors who will help them to develop their work for display or performance at the Heritage Angel Awards 2021. There will also be a number of prizes for the selected entries, which will be awarded by our panel of experts.

The launch of the Heritage Angel Awards ~ Heritage Arts Challenge will take place on the evening Thursday 2nd September at 7pm. This will be followed by a selection of FREE evening and weekend workshops through the month of September. Full programme coming soon.

Keep up to date at: and across UAH social media channels: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

The Heritage Angel Awards ~ Heritage Arts Challenge is supported by National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Heritage Angel Awards are supported by the Andrew Lloyd Webber Foundation and Department for Communities.


Paul Mullan, Director, Northern Ireland, The National Lottery Heritage Fund said:

“We are thrilled to support the Heritage Arts Challenge. Thanks to National Lottery players, this project will strengthen the community by helping local people to explore and celebrate their local heritage in a unique and creative way. Heritage is vital to many communities across Northern Ireland, and through this project people will have the opportunity to develop creative skills and get closer to the heritage on their doorstep.”


Nicola McVeigh, Chief Executive of Ulster Architectural Heritage said: ‘Recently, we have all had the opportunity to re-engage with our local surroundings and perhaps even discover local buildings or places that we didn’t know about. We are asking members of the public to create something which encapsulates their favourite historic building or place in a medium of their choice. This could be through an artwork, the written or spoken word, photography, music or even a song. Your limit is your imagination!  At Ulster Architectural Heritage we look forward to seeing the range of heritage inspired arts submissions to be showcased at the Heritage Angel Awards Northern Ireland ceremony at Belfast City Hall on 23rd November 2021.’

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