Art for Public Spaces
in Armagh City

Alleyways is a socially engaged public art project
led by the artist Kevin Killen

Alleyways is part of a creative initiative jointly funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Challenge Fund and Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council.


The Challenge

The artist’s challenge is to research and develop ideas and designs for an urban public art scheme through a six-month process of creative collaboration with the local community, before producing and installing a new public art feature for the narrow streets and alleyways in the centre of the city.

Jenny’s Row, Louden's Mews and Coppersmith Entry are just three of the six possible sites for the scheme. These lesser known city centre spaces hold untold stories of the city and its residents.

The Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre in Armagh is hosting the community activity on the project, with research support from Armagh County Museum.

Project Milestones

Spanning June 2018 to October 2019, the Alleyways project will evolve from research and community engagement sessions through to workshops and an exhibition in Armagh’s Market Place Theatre. These creative interactions between the artist and the residents will enrich and inform the final proposal for the scheme and ultimately the public artwork itself.

Want to get involved? We currently have places available for our Alleyways Creative Workshops in The Market Place Theatre in February & March 2019. Tickets are free of charge and we recommend booking early to avoid disappointment.

  • JUN 2018
    The project team create the public art brief.
  • JUL-AUG 2018
    Recruiting the lead artist. A huge national and international response to the public art brief. At the end of a highly competitive selection process, Artist Kevin Killen is appointed.
  • SEP 2018
    Recruitment of community partners.
  • OCT-NOV 2018
    Creative community collaboration. Local groups get to know the artist, the site and the project brief through town tours, research trips, studio visits and hands-on workshops.
  • DEC 2018
    Pop-up exhibition at the Market Place Theatre & Arts Centre. First creative responses to the project from project partners are exhibited in the theatre.
  • JAN-MAR 2019
    The pop-up exhibition continues in the Alleyways project 'open house' creative workshops. The Connected pod lands in the Market Place Theatre displaying a rolling exhibition of project info, photos and creative experiments from the artist and the groups involved in the exhibition. Creative workshops open to the public.
    Artist Kevin Killen submits his final designs for the scheme and fabrication begins…