On Friday, October 16, Northern Ireland’s Acting First and Deputy First Ministers, Arlene Foster and Martin McGuinness, visited 8081 Workspace in Ebrington, Derry~Londonderry to officially launch the creative hub in which Engage Live has its office and studio space. Watch a news report of the visit on the UTV website.
‘It was fantastic to have the ministers in the office, and heartening to learn that they recognise the importance of creative digital enterprises like Engage Live to the Northern Irish economy,’ said Engage Live Digital Marketing Executive, Lee Henry. ‘Having recently won eLearning Provider of the Year at the 2015 DANI Awards, it was another shot in the arm to meet with Northern Ireland’s leading politicians in such a vibrant environment.’
A former army barracks and parade ground – first designated as such during the historic Siege of Derry in the late 1600s, and subsequently used by the British Army during the Troubles – the Ebrington site includes many listed buildings and is accessible from the Cityside of Derry by the pedestrian Peace Bridge, erected in 2011.
Having sat empty for several years, Ebrington is now being transformed into a centre for ‘culture, commerce and community’ by the urban regeneration company ILEX. That transformation began in 2013, when Derry was awarded UK City of Culture status, welcoming the likes of BBC Radio 1, Lumiere Light Festival and more to the sprawling Ebrington complex.
The building that now houses 8081 Workspace hosted the Turner Prize in 2013 – the first time that the prestigious, often controversial art exhibition was shown outside of England – and has since proven to be the perfect home for Engage Live, with its fully functional gallery/studio spaces and super fast broadband speeds.
‘Working with so many other creative people in 8081 is stimulating and inspiring,’ added Henry. ‘All of the start-up businesses now located here are incredibly helpful and supportive of one another. With the proper investment, Derry really can become a world-beater in the creative digital industries. We hope that Ebrington sees more expansion in the years ahead, and we’re very glad to be a part of it.’
After the Deputy First Minister expressed an interest in learning photography himself during his visit to 8081, Engage Live would like to take this opportunity to invite Mr McGuinness, and the Acting First Minister, to attend any of our upcoming classes in-person, to learn from the best photography teachers in the business.
Browse our suite of archive classes, featuring over 100 hours of award-winning photography training, and plan your elearning with the remainder of our 2015 syllabus. Alternatively, advertise your photography business in our all-new Engage Live supplier directory.