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Heritage Arts Challenge: Full Line Up of Mentors Announced!!

Are you interested in drawing, songwriting, poetry, photography or prose? A full line of locally sourced talent is here to help you get involved in the Heritage Arts Challenge!

Posted on: 31st August 2021

This year, as part of the Heritage Angel Awards NI, Ulster Architectural Heritage are launching the Heritage Arts Challenge. Kindly supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, we are asking members of the public to help Ulster Architectural Heritage celebrate and respond to historic buildings and places through art! In order to get your creative juices flowing, ahead of launch, we would love to introduce our mentors.

MEET THE MENTORS, at the launch of the Heritage Arts Challenge online on Thursday 2nd September at 7pm. BOOK NOW:

Meet our mentors:

MUSIC: Brigid O’Neill
POETRY: Padraig Regan
PHOTOGRAPHY: Christopher Barr
PROSE: Jan Carson

Illustration: Marcus Patton OBE

Marcus Patton is a retired architect and well-known illustrator, who has drawn buildings all his life. He still can’t draw a straight line, but has depicted thousands of buildings in many parts of the world and illustrated a number of books. 

Songwriting: Brigid O’Neill 

Described as ‘an immensely gifted storyteller”, Brigid O’Neill is an award-winning singer songwriter with a critically acclaimed catalogue of released music and recipient of numerous music industry awards. As curator for the 3 years of the UAHS Heritage in Song project, Brigid wrote and collaborated with other revered local songwriters to write much loved songs about some of NI’s most iconic built heritage. 

Poetry: Padraig Regan

Padraig Regan is the author of two poetry pamphlets: Delicious (Lifeboat, 2016) and Who Seemed Alive & Altogether Real (Emma Press, 2017). In 2015, they were a recipient of an Eric Gregory Award, and in 2020 they were awarded the Ireland Chair of Poetry Bursary Prize. They hold a PhD from the Seamus Heaney Centre, Queen’s University Belfast. Their first book Some Integrity will be published by Carcanet in early 2022. 

Photography: Christopher Barr 

Christopher Barr is an Irish artist and educator based in Belfast/Dublin. His photographic work has been exhibited widely in galleries, public spaces and festivals across the world. He has also designed education and mentorship programmes, facilitated workshops, and given lectures for The National Museums, Ulster Design Festival and other photography projects across Ireland. Christopher also teaches part time on courses at Ulster University, Fashion & Textiles, 3D Design, Architecture, MFA Design, Foundation Photography and Visual Communication as well as Belfast Exposed Levels 1-4, Belfast Exposed Futures Mentoring Program, Belfast Photo Workshops. 

Prose: Jan Carson 

Jan Carson is a writer and community arts facilitator based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. She has a novel, Malcolm Orange Disappears and short story collection, Children’s Children, (Liberties Press), two micro-fiction collections, Postcard Stories 1 and 2 (Emma Press) and a short story collection, The Last Resort (Doubleday). Her novel The Fire Starters (Doubleday) won the EU Prize for Literature for Ireland 2019, the Kitschies Prize for Speculative Fiction 2020 and was shortlisted for the Dalkey Book Prize 2020. Her third novel, The Raptures will be published in spring 2022. 


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