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ARTID 2008- 2010

Funded by EU Gruntvig, ARTID is a multi-national learning exchange project with Arts & Educational partners in N. Ireland, Germany, Italy, Austria, Lithuania.
Every partner has applied a research and development process focusing on the development, test and optimization of a new adult education action related to the thematic frame “Identity and Difference” with artistic activities as a core element. In these actions the participants are made aware of their own cultural, social and personal identity in a way that promotes their ability to appreciate diversity and differences as enrichment to their personal, social and cultural life.
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Arts & Older Peoples Programme 2014- 2015


A Playhouse programme which invited rural community groups aged 65 + to participate in Digital Multi Media, Visual Arts, Music and Creative Writing.
Groups involved in the programme included Tullyalley Cosy Club (who participated in Digital Multi Media and Creative Writing), Sionmills Community Forum (who explored Creative Writing and through the Music workshops completed a song about Mill life), and Faughanvale Community Project, (who used Music, including dancing, writing,  singing some of their own work), and participating in Multi Media workshops.


Joe, a participant from Faughanvale Community Project, enjoying a multi media workshop.


The aim of the programme was to promote a number of benefits which will improve health, confidence, esteem and emotional well being.

The programme culminated in participating groups hosting a workshop, exhibition or performance in March 2015, the ‘Arts & Elders' festival month.


"I would like to say a big thanks to you all for giving senior citizens the opportunity do work on something like this. It was through [the facilitator] that has gave me the inspiration to keep on singing by joining my church choir ... and beginning singing lessons for adults.. and it's all down to your wonderful work & inspiration. Thank you again most sincerely and hope that you will do something like this in the future again." Project participant


What IF? Project 2008- 2011

What If? Project

The What IF? Project is a three year project funded by the International Fund for Ireland that works with young people from Interface areas in Derry Londonderry and cross border in Donegal. The project uses creative arts activity to enable young people to work with others from areas they are apprehensive of and support each other as they work towards common goals.

The programme uses the arts as a catalyst to explore community relations issues and challenges personal & community attitudes, broadens horizons, builds trust, understanding & respect, & helps overcome a legacy of violence, prejudice & sectarianism. The project offers Open College Network Training in Visual Arts, Film and Video, Drama and Performance, Dance and Leadership in Youth Work OCN level 1.

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ICAN 2010 – 2013


International Culture Arts Network (ICAN)

A vibrant three year project designed by the Playhouse, which built on the successes of previous Playhouse projects. ICAN will be delivered by the Playhouse in partnership with North 55, Co. Donegal. This project was part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund through the Peace and Reconciliation (PEACE III) Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body.

Since its inception the Playhouse has, and continues to nurture local, national and International collaborations and partnerships which have thus far provided a range of inspiring outcomes. The ICAN project usesd & developed the Playhouse and North 55's international connections to bring high quality artists to the North of Ireland and the Border Counties to work with, trade and exchange skills and knowledge with the local communities.
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Artskills 2008-2015


The Playhouse offers an innovative approach to literacy training, by using the arts as an alternative medium to develop literacy skills. The Literacy curriculum encompasses the following Core Elements - Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing.

Artskills provides young people with the opportunity to participate in creative training that will enhance their literacy ability. This innovative approach is an opportunity for them to develop skills and interests whilst engaging in meaningful, social and creative activity. The Playhouse will ensure that all participants are signposted towards additional training and opportunities to further develop skills and interests in the arts.

The Artskills Project's main aim is to help young people who are interested in developing their literacy skills and obtaining recognised qualifications. The project therefore aims to 'reduce inactivity' by improving the employability of young people.

Over the next 3 years the project aims to engage with 370 young people throughout the Northwest and enhance self confidence and self esteem in our participants, enabling them to improve their literacy levels in a fun and accessible way. The successful completion of the project will lead to the attainment of 6 UK recognised qualifications.

The Playhouse provides a neutral, creative, non-formal and safe learning environment that attracts individuals who have not achieved their full potential through formal educational systems. The alternative arts-based training that we deliver is recognised as being an effective way of developing essential skills.

In 2014 The Playhouse Artskills project received a prestigious award from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure (DCAL).

The Claire's Award celebrates and recognises achievement in the promotion of learning and tackling disadvantage throughout Northern Ireland.

The Playhouse Artskills project came first in the Award's Community Impact Category.



"For me Artskills was a very positive experience, I not only got qualifications, but it really helped my confidence ...oh and I also met new friends and had fun along the way"
Artskills Graduate 2014

"Artskills got me real worthwhile qualifications , I love the relaxed atmosphere, the facilitators really take the time with you and the craic was good as well"
Artskills Graduate 2014


Creative Approaches to Literacy is kindly funded by The Department of Employment and Learning, The European Social Fund, and The Arts Council.

For further information please contact Project Coordinators on 02871268027 or click here to download an application form

Visit the Artskills website on www.artskills.co.uk.


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