What we do

We deliver workshops to young people interested in the creative arts industry, for 8-25 year olds . We also support the young people to manage live events, create short films, documentary production, performing arts, singing academy, digital media, coding, DJ’ing, WebDesign and have fun but with a learning experience connected to everything they do. 

Upcoming workshops

Belfast Exposed Photography

We want to let all young people in on our brand new programme which will be starting in September! The Belfast Exposed Photography Academy hopes to harness the culture and potential of photography in Northern Ireland through the creation of young emerging photographers.

The project is aimed at improving creative education, enhancing capacity-building skills and providing a pathway to future career and employment prospects of 40 young people annually who live in some of the most deprived areas across Northern Ireland. You have the opportunity to gain an OCN Level II in Digital Photography, equivalent to 3 GCSE’S Grade B if you would like.

The programme is broken down into 3 sections beginning with the basic skills training, then leading to enhancing photography skills and eventually honing those skills into career development.

Interested? Contact us for more information to join!

Becoming A Member

When you come to NACN you can be sure that our staff and Volunteer Young Leaders will make you feel like part of the team. Each of our sessions offers something different and keeping with the creative side of things we like to change them about to suite the needs of the young people. 

Construction Plans

At NACN, we have grown so much that our current premises can no longer hold everyone, it is too small for us. No running water, toilets or basic facilities that we require. We are in the middle of planning our new premises so we can meet all of our young people’s needs ie. running water, toilets, kitchen etc. Everything that isn’t possible in our current premises can be achived in our new premises when construction has been completed. 

To the right, see the before image, what our new premise is currently in and the after image is what the premise will look when finished.

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Why We Use A Creative Approach

There is a growing body of evidence that supports the notion that active involvement in creative activities can provide a wide range of benefits, including the promotion of well-being, quality of life and health.

Rathcoole is the largest housing estate in Northern Ireland, with a population of approx 7,900, it is also a relatively deprived area that ranked within the top 10% most deprived areas in Northern Ireland. 

The pattern of declining health is linked with socio-economic status, and people living in disadvantaged areas are more likely to carry the burden of ill health.

At NACN Coole Studios we want to change this and our approach is to develop the capacity of young people living in and around the area to engage in innovative workshops and projects that will support them to pursue our vision to become self sustainable for the future. 

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Theatre Company

Our focus is to bring you the good stuff. Reporting on the NACN Projects allows us to update you with the latest and most current positive news that's all about young people involved in the creative industries.

Media Group

NACN Media Group work together with the other groups to create short films, documentaries and report on the events happening today.

Vocal Academy

Singing Academy allows our young people to portray their voices to express themselves and create a portfolio. They plan, research and create the work themselves among themselves.

Youth Management

NACN Youth Alive is a youth development programme that is run by young people. The programme allows young people to take on a role that will enhance their capabilities and develop new skills.

Want To Support Nacn?

Every little helps, we are constantly growing and we want to achieve for the young people who are part of NACN.

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