New Digital Fabrication Suite at Flowerfield Arts Centre

Charlie Smyth (tutor) and children pictured during the launch of the Fab Lab at Flowerfield Arts Centre. The event is funded by Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure with support from the Nerve Centre. INCR33-306PL
Charlie Smyth (tutor) and children pictured during the launch of the Fab Lab at Flowerfield Arts Centre. The event is funded by Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure with support from the Nerve Centre. INCR33-306PL

Flowerfield Arts Centre is benefiting from the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure’s (DCAL) investment in state-of-the-art digital fabrication equipment to enhance its community-based programmes across the borough.

The DCAL grant, in partnership with the Nerve Centre in Londonderry, has been used to purchase the latest in digital fabrication technology, such as 3D printers and scanners and vinyl cutters.

Malcolm Murchieson (manager), Councillor Michelle Knight-McQuillan (Mayor), and Charlie Smyth (tutor) pictured during the launch of the Fab Lab at Flowerfield Arts Centre. The event is funded by Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure with support from the Nerve Centre. INCR33-309PL

Malcolm Murchieson (manager), Councillor Michelle Knight-McQuillan (Mayor), and Charlie Smyth (tutor) pictured during the launch of the Fab Lab at Flowerfield Arts Centre. The event is funded by Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure with support from the Nerve Centre. INCR33-309PL

The equipment will be used to create a Digital Fabrication Suite and will be available to young people, community groups and users of the centre. 

The investment is part of DCAL’s City of Culture legacy commitment to the North West. Managed by the Nerve Centre, the digital investment programme is benefitting an additional 15 community venues, including Ballysally Youth and Community Centre in Coleraine and St. Mary’s School, Limavady.

Minister of Culture, Arts & Leisure Carál Ní Chuilín said: “At the end of the 2013 City of Culture year, I made a commitment to build on the success and momentum by supporting legacy projects. My Department has supported a vast range of projects, not just in Derry but across the North West and the Digital Fabrication Suite in Flowerfield Arts Centre is an excellent example of that.

“I am delighted that these facilities will be available to the local community and those further afield to enjoy, and I hope that many people will avail of the opportunity to become more creative and enhance their digital skills.”

Flowerfield, Northern Ireland’s first operational Arts Centre, has been at the forefront of creative opportunity for thirty-five years.

Arts Officer, Malcolm Murchison said: “We are extremely excited by this new technology, but more importantly by the opportunity it offers all individuals, young and old alike. Thank you to DCAL for making this a possibility through their generous funding”.

Director of Nerve Centre, Martin Melarkey said: “The Nerve Centre has 25 years’ experience of changing people’s lives through digital technologies and community development. We are delighted to be using our expertise to help increase public access to cutting-edge digital equipment and give communities from across the North Coast the opportunity to explore their creativity.

“By working alongside Flowerfield Arts Centre, we have identified their equipment and training requirements to ensure the creation of this Digital Fabrication Suite will tie in with our FabLab to support people of all ages and abilities to develop their skills”