The Ensemble Project are at the heart of PARTICIPATE – our Community Engagement Programme and Ensemble Colours is the latest edition.  Running for 8 years now, with support from Belfast City Council, Community Relations Council, The Esmee Fairbairn Foundation  and The NI Executive Office we have worked with approximately 2400 people from across Northern Ireland creating collaborative projects that explore thematically issues and subjects that are relevant to and resonate within our society.

Ensemble Colours was born out of a desire to explore colour – – specifically, the impact of colour on our lives, both on an individual and societal level. How  colour has such a huge influence on many aspects of our lives including politics, race and gender. How specific colours can have often diametrically opposing meanings, depending on who you are or where you come from – a colour that can mean solidarity and comfort for one individual, can spell danger to another. Through these explorations in ongoing live workshops across the city, the project would culminate in a public showcase inspired and informed by the participants experiences, opinions and ideas.

But then everything ground to a halt – Covid 19 made an unwelcome appearance and we had to rethink everything. While we were able to continue to deliver a mix of both live and online workshops thanks to the commitment and resilience of our participants and facilitating artists – all thought of a live showcase had to be abandoned. And so we went Digital and this is the result.

So we would encourage you to take a look, take your time and explore the landscape, stories and imagery of Ensemble Colours. If you know anyone else, you think might like to see it – please share the link. If you’d like to get involved in or know more about future Ensemble projects or in fact any Prime Cut Projects please get in touch – either via the Ensemble Colours website or contact our Community Engagement Manager directly at

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