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MayWe is delighted to manage 2 Royal Avenue, a new cultural venue that Belfast City Council have transformed playing host to artistic experiences, events and workshops. 

2024 Opening Hours

2 Royal Avenue is open 10am-6pm Monday to Sunday. 

Pop in to find some new additions to the space featuring...

  • A New Installation 'Landscape with Columns and Figures' curated and commissioned by Belfast City Council with MMAS Architects and OGU Architects

  • Our New Kids Cosy area

  • The Library Corner, featuring a selection of books for all ages by Northern Irish and Irish writers and a diversity themed collection, curated by Seamus Heaney Centre at Queens, Michaela Mc Dermott, and Orla McKeating, and supplied by No Alibis bookshop.

  • A Homework Station

  • Our Sensory Dome

 

Yallaa Café will be open from 10am-5pm Monday-Saturday and 12pm-5pm Sundays, serving delightful hot & cold beverages and delicious food, featuring a new lunch menu!

Check out whats on below!

If you are interested in using 2 Royal Avenue for an event or workshop, please contact 2royalave@maywe.co.uk

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OPEN CALL FOR ARTIST SUBMISSIONS

We are delighted to open the call for artists to exhibit between May and November 2024 based on the criteria outlined in the information provided.

 

The submission deadline is 5pm Friday 23rd February with successful applicants confirmed by Friday 8th March.

 

We look forward to receiving your submissions.

WHAT'S ON
EXHIBITIONS

Thursday 1st - Wednesday 28th February

Social Construct                                            

A selected group exhibition from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Collection curated by Joanna Johnston

1st – 28th February 2024

 

The Arts Council of Northern Ireland would like to welcome you to an exhibition of selected artworks from its permanent collection.

This group exhibition brings together various artists from the Collection, many whose process of making art is through social interactions, connecting their work to the real world, its communities and people’s everyday lives. On display, we can see a range of approaches to ‘socially engaged’ artwork creation, that offer the artist’s unique interpretation of the society that surrounds them, showing how art can help uncover truths and expand on our perspectives.

 

The exhibition features visual artists working in Northern Ireland at different stages in their career, from the early graduate to those who are more established in their careers. Artists have chosen to work across different mediums including drawing, sculpture, photography and video, to translate their ideas and unpick their themes.

 

The exhibition features selected works by Shiro Masuyama, Sinead Bhreathnach-Cashell, Nina Oltarzewska and Sally O’Dowd.

WHAT'S ON
EVENTS & WORKSHOPS

week commencing 19th february 2024

WEDNesDay 21 february

YALLAA WOMENS COOPERATIVE WORKSHOPS 10.30am-12.30pm

Yallaa

Join Yallaa for needle crafting workshops in 2 Royal Avenue! Learn new skills in a friendly and supportive community. 

To book email coordinator.yallaa@gmail.com

BELFAST WRITERS GROUP 4.30pm-6pm

Belfast Writers Group is an informal writing meet up in Belfast City Centre for writers of all genres, levels of experience and commitments.

Every week we gather in 2 Royal Avenue to build community and take the time and space to write, read, chat and edit with no expectations or deadlines.

 

Whether you're someone who wants to get started in writing, loves writing but struggles to find the time with work, or you're working on an ongoing project, all are welcome no matter your levels of experience. 

 

Free Event. For more information please contact writersgroupbelfast@gmail.com

saturDay 24 february

MIMI'S RAINBOW ADVENTURE 10am-4pm

NI Science Festival

Discover Mimi’s Rainbow Adventure—a free, interactive exhibition by the Institute of Physics—where families explore fun physics experiments, creative activities, and meet inspiring scientists, offering an engaging experience for children to find answers to their curious questions about the world.

Suitable for ages 3-10. 

Free Event. No booking required, drop in. For more information click here

 

WATER WORKS 11am-3pm

NI Science Festival in partnership with PS2

In a series of workshops targeted at different age groups and skill levels we will build small to medium scale toy boats out of recycled material with as little glue and tape as possible.

With the help of boating experts, everyone will be able to launch their boat from the table shipyard to the paddling pool. No shanty songs but plenty of talk about our water systems.

What boats have been built in our area? What materials were used? How do we use the Lagan and how have they been used in the past? How will the river and the riverbank look like with the impact of climate change?

Free Event. No booking required, for more information click here

 

KIDS ABSTRACT ART WORKSHOP 11am-12pm

Abstract Art Academy

Design and create your own finished pieces in our exciting new workshop, which is a chance to learn about the making of abstract art through demonstrations and guidance from our artists.

Tickets £10. Booking required, book here. Limited spaces available.

 

ADULTS ABSTRACT ART WORKSHOP 1pm-2pm

Abstract Art Academy

An interactive workshop which allows anyone to learn and create with the techniques and materials shown by our artists.

All tickets include one to one guidance from the artists and a space in the workshop, which is a chance to learn about the making of abstract art through demonstrations and trying for yourself.

Tickets £10. Booking required, book here. Limited spaces available.

 

sunDay 25 February

MIMI'S RAINBOW ADVENTURE 10am-4pm

NI Science Festival

Discover Mimi’s Rainbow Adventure—a free, interactive exhibition by the Institute of Physics—where families explore fun physics experiments, creative activities, and meet inspiring scientists, offering an engaging experience for children to find answers to their curious questions about the world.

Suitable for ages 3-10. 

Free Event. No booking required, drop in. For more information click here

 

WATER WORKS 11am-3pm

NI Science Festival in partnership with PS2

In a series of workshops targeted at different age groups and skill levels we will build small to medium scale toy boats out of recycled material with as little glue and tape as possible.

With the help of boating experts, everyone will be able to launch their boat from the table shipyard to the paddling pool. No shanty songs but plenty of talk about our water systems.

What boats have been built in our area? What materials were used? How do we use the Lagan and how have they been used in the past? How will the river and the riverbank look like with the impact of climate change?

Free Event. No booking required, for more information click here

 

ESOL FOR BEGINNERS 12pm-2pm

Yallaa

Want to improve your English and become more confident to get out there and make friends? Join Yallaa Free ESOL Classes in 2 Royal Avenue on Sundays. Don't miss out it is a great chance to enhance your conversational skills!
 

Free event. Booking required. Email coordinator.yallaa@gmail.com and book your slot. Limited spaces available.

 

SUNDAY CHESS 1.30pm-4.30pm

Roaming Knights

Belfast City Chess meet up. This is a free weekly social meet up for chess players. It is not a chess club, or tournament. Under 16s must be accompanied by responsible adult.


Free event. Contact roamingknightsni@gmail.com for more info.

 

week commencing 26th february 2024

WEDNesDay 28 february

YALLAA WOMENS COOPERATIVE WORKSHOPS 10.30am-12.30pm

Yallaa

Join Yallaa for needle crafting workshops in 2 Royal Avenue! Learn new skills in a friendly and supportive community. 

To book email coordinator.yallaa@gmail.com

BELFAST WRITERS GROUP 4.30pm-6pm

Belfast Writers Group is an informal writing meet up in Belfast City Centre for writers of all genres, levels of experience and commitments.

Every week we gather in 2 Royal Avenue to build community and take the time and space to write, read, chat and edit with no expectations or deadlines.

 

Whether you're someone who wants to get started in writing, loves writing but struggles to find the time with work, or you're working on an ongoing project, all are welcome no matter your levels of experience. 

 

Free Event. For more information please contact writersgroupbelfast@gmail.com

friDay 1 March

FÉILE CÉILÍ WORKSHOP 2pm

Féile an Phobail

Come along to 2RA for a free Céilí as part of this years’ Féile an Phobail. No previous Céilí dancing experiences required as expert guidance and tuition will be given. Perfect your current Céilí skills, or learn new dances at a relaxing leisurely pace. No partner needed, although by all means bring a spouse, sibling or friend.

Free Event. No booking required, drop in. For more information click here

 

saturDay 2 March

FASHION FOREVER FESTIVAL 10am-3pm

Fashion Forever | Keep NI Beautiful | Live Here Love Here

Fashion Forever is holding a one-day event in 2 Royal Avenue to celebrate the wonderful world of Reuse, Repair and Reimagine of our clothes and textiles

Join for a day of inspirational activities, including a communal sew-along, preloved clothing stalls, workshops demonstrating how to reimagine/repair your clothes and a series of short talks and demonstrations, all aimed at making sustainable textiles accessible and relatable to all

Remember: never put your unwanted clothes in the bin. Reuse, Repair, Reimagine - Fashion Forever

Find out more https://bit.ly/TacklingTextiles

Free Event - no booking required.

 

KIDS ABSTRACT ART WORKSHOP 11am-12pm

Abstract Art Academy

Design and create your own finished pieces in our exciting new workshop, which is a chance to learn about the making of abstract art through demonstrations and guidance from our artists.

Tickets £10. Booking required, book here. Limited spaces available.

 

ADULTS ABSTRACT ART WORKSHOP 1pm-2pm

Abstract Art Academy

An interactive workshop which allows anyone to learn and create with the techniques and materials shown by our artists.

All tickets include one to one guidance from the artists and a space in the workshop, which is a chance to learn about the making of abstract art through demonstrations and trying for yourself.

Tickets £10. Booking required, book here. Limited spaces available.

 

sunDay 3 march

DRUM CIRCLE 12pm-1.30pm

Curious Community

The community drum circle returns to 2 Royal Avenue on Sunday 3rd March! A drum circle is a community event which is about everybody getting involved and playing rhythm together using drums and percussion. It doesn’t matter about musical experience, it doesn’t matter about age, everybody will be able join in and connect to others through the shared rhythms we create.

No experience needed and no booking required. All instruments provided (but feel free to bring your own!)

 

Suggested donation: £3 Adults and £1 Children. No booking required, drop in.

 

ESOL FOR BEGINNERS 12pm-2pm

Yallaa

Want to improve your English and become more confident to get out there and make friends? Join Yallaa Free ESOL Classes in 2 Royal Avenue on Sundays. Don't miss out it is a great chance to enhance your conversational skills!
 

Free event. Booking required. Email coordinator.yallaa@gmail.com and book your slot. Limited spaces available.

 

SUNDAY CHESS 1.30pm-4.30pm

Roaming Knights

Belfast City Chess meet up. This is a free weekly social meet up for chess players. It is not a chess club, or tournament. Under 16s must be accompanied by responsible adult.


Free event. Contact roamingknightsni@gmail.com for more info.

 

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