In 2023, EastSide Arts were awarded a 4-year funding grant from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation to start a brand new research and engagement programme, Creative Citizens. Since then, their researchers and core team have spoken to over 900 people about culture and creativity in East Belfast, and are now putting those findings into action. Taking on board the research, alongside making more opportunities for people in the area to get creative on their own terms, they aim to be a strong support for professional artists.

They have just announced the Creative Citizens: Artist Support Programme. Filled with training, networking, peer learning, and paid opportunities, they aim to create pathways for more of the wonderful artists found in this country to work in East Belfast, in both their creative engagement programme and the annual EastSide Arts Festival.

As part of this they are developing a network of trusted artists called The Good Eggs, and in order to be a part of it, they are providing artists with facilitation training.

They are currently recruiting for ‘ENHANCE’, their free creative facilitation training day in partnership with Anann’s Arch. Across the day, participants will learn:

  • the important considerations of creative facilitation,
  • the business of working as a freelancer,
  • planning and delivering workshops,
  • and give some tips, tricks, and ideas to add to the facilitator’s toolkit.

Everyone who participates in this training will become part of The Good Eggs, and they’ll aim to champion their skills and provide them with paid opportunities.

The first ‘ENHANCE’ day will be on:

Friday 19th April, 10 am – 4 pm at Walkway Community Centre, 1 – 9 Finvoy Street, Belfast, BT5 5DH.

This session is for professional artists who have some previous paid experience of creative facilitation, and places are limited.

To apply, please send your CV along with your completed application form (download below) to


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Deadline 1st April