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Transforming a Derelict Location

Project 24 on site image

What is Project 24?

Transforming a derelict, unused and unseen town centre location into a welcoming, vibrant, creative and pleasurable shared space.

Project 24 is a unique temporary art project on Bangor seafront. Project 24 is the new destination for Bangor – it is a creative hub for both residents and visitors.

Project 24 includes 12 artist studios located in six art pods, an event space and a community garden.

Project 24 is supported by the Northern Ireland Executive through the Department for Social Development and North Down Borough Council.

Where is Project 24?

Queen’s Parade, Bangor, Co. Down, Northern Ireland

Project 24 Objectives

1. Create(s) activities and visual stimulation that collectively gives residents and visitors an enhanced experience when they visit Bangor town centre.
2. Creates and stimulates incubation for potential fledgling creative businesses, creating a through flow to the comprehensive development retail element enhancing sustainability.
3. Promotes the use of arts and cultural activities which stimulates town centre footfall and improves consumer loyalty and expenditure.
4. Creates an inclusive community facility that is a safe shared space for all.
5. Creates a focal point for art exhibitions, sculpture exhibitions and visual art displays to enhance footfall and increase visitor numbers.
6. Creates a location and engagement with the local schools and college for art engagement and master classes.

When it is available for public access?   

01 April 2013 – 31 March 2015 - 24 hours a day | 7 days per week

Some of the Project 24 pods at night

Art Pods

There are six art pods, each pod containing two artist studios.

The art pods are housed in customised shipping containers with a coloured exterior and bespoke interior. The studios are multi-functional spaces where artists will be inspired to create and exhibit their work.

The setting of the art pods and the landscape structure has been derived from looking at the historic footprint and street patterns and setting up a grid and structure which reflects the past on the ground, the pods are scattered among the grid defining routes and create spaces for exhibition and performance. These random insertations represent the constant flux and movement Queen’s Parade has incurred.

The art pods are seen as light boxes with a fluid and translucent environment where people can experience different atmospheres and moods depending on the season.

Lee Boyd working on his exhibit


Established and emerging visual artists are invited to apply to be part of this innovative project. Artists including, but not exclusive to, those working in the medium of painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, drawing, film, video, live art and all crafts are eligible to apply.

Find out about the latest opportunities available within Project 24

Find information on the current artists within Project 24

Community Garden and Event Space

Project 24 has created an opportunity that brings the first piece of open space grassed areas to the centre of Bangor in many decades.

A Community Garden is a shared project where people from all age groups, abilities and backgrounds come together to grow their own fruit, flowers and vegetables.

The Project 24 Community Garden aspires to create a programme that will engage community groups to take an active interest in the planning, planting and caring for the garden.

The Event Space has seating areas with a bespoke projection space. The Event Space will accommodate exhibitions, youth activities and performance.

Find out more about the Community Garden or Event Space

The Hub @ Project 24

The Hub @ Project 24 is available for hire by community groups, voluntary organisations, charities and other groups.*

The Hub offers a range of uses and can accommodate different styles of events.

This self-supporting construction is fixed to the ground and has retractable sides and ends to ensure adequate weather protection with a translucent roof to allow natural light. The surface material is self-binding gravel.

The space can accommodate a maximum of 150 guests. It can also accommodate tables, seating and staging where required.

Find out more about The Hub @ Project 24