Avenue Art B&B
What is it?
Avenue is a B&B project created specifically with creative practitioners and arts organisations in mind, run by me!
Why would you do that?
Avenue is designed to be a budget-friendly, artistically-supportive environment which enables much-needed resources to be repurposed towards continuing to make great work happen here in Northern Ireland.
Avenue aims to support introductions to Belfast’s cultural landscape, the artists working in the city and its diverse creative organisations.
Avenue is also my home and a renovation project; a labour of love that will – in time – host a residency programme and a series of commissions.
Why don’t you just advertise it on Airbnb?
I have, here (though Human Hotel is better). But this is an extension of my work in a culturally-pioneering city that is under budgetary pressures. If I can undercut all the hotels and Airbnb’s whilst offering something unique and genuinely supportive, I can contribute a little to the infrastructure. It’s also a huge privilege to work with all of the amazing people that we do, and I can’t get enough!
Who is it for?
- (I refuse to use creatives as a noun)
All year round. Obviously I have limited capacity, so at busy times, e.g. during festivals, it’s best to get in early. Booking through me directly is probably easiest, and certainly cheapest. If you’re booking a number of nights, or repeatedly, then I’ll do you a deal.
Where is it?
North Belfast, just off the Antrim Road and accessible wherever guests arecoming from, or wherever they’re going next – by foot, bus, car, train, boat or air.There are also parks, reservoirs, bars, cafes, restaurants and large supermarkets very nearby.
This project has thus far been supported by Golden Thread Gallery, Catalyst Arts, Digital Arts Studios, Belfast Exposed and Queen’s University, with additional bookings from individual artists, curators and researchers from the UK and Europe.
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- Three double bedrooms (one en-suite)
- Open-plan living, dining and kitchen area
- 6-burner gas stove, fridge, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer
- Courtyard garden
- Breakfast provided – cereals, toast, eggs, honey from local beehives and hot and cold drinks
- Guests can also cook their own meals, or share a meal with others
- Airport collection (my work circumstances permitting)
- Major and frequent bus route
- Free Wi-Fi
- Free on-street parking
- Smoke detector, fire extinguisher, first aid kit
The house is not yet fully accessible unfortunately, as there are three small steps up to the front door and a small downstairs toilet which is not wheelchair compliant. However, please contact me directly if you do have any access requirements (visible or invisible) that are not wheelchair-specific, as I am supportive of everyone’s right to travel comfortably and can make any reasonable adjustments necessary.