Creative Innovators in Peacebuilding: “Enabling the Arts as the dialogue to assist the development of a more peaceful, equal and intercultural society free from racism & sectarianism.”
Our work is mostly with communities in Northern Ireland but we also work in partnership with organisations and individuals across the world.
Northern Ireland is facing a mental health crisis. Since our Peace agreement the number of suicides has been greater than those who were killed in the conflict. This is one issue we can't ignore and addressing mental health as a legacy of our conflict is an area we specialise in. Example: www.beyondskin.net/mindharp. Also visit MARCH Mnetal Health Network page
"Through a diverse team of Artists and Peace Soldiers we design and facilitate innovative creative projects & solutions that strengthen community relations, nurture peace processes, assist good mental health and promote interaction between different cultures through diversity and global education.
The work of Beyond Skin began January 2004 in Northern Ireland responding to the rise in racism & sectarianism influenced by the legacy of conflict.
We represent an international team of professional artists, facilitators, educators and technicians passionate about creating positive social change through intercultural music, arts, dance, digital media and sensory engagement."
Since 2004 Beyond Skin has provided a professional service of diversity and global education using artistic methods for; local councils, education boards, schools, community groups, businesses and social enterprises. During this time Beyond Skin has gathered a well-respected track record within the communities of Northern Ireland and also internationally; nurturing the skills of local and international people whilst externally impacting greatly on community development and the arts sector.
Beyond Skin has provided training, paid employment, and assisted business development for over 200 people representing over 50 nationalities. Beyond Skin develop and deliver projects, programmes, events and festivals all of which are designed in-house and in partnership with local and/or international artists or organisations with complementary objectives. We also develop and deliver bespoke projects for clients.
What makes us unique at Beyond Skin is the quality, strength, professionalism and diversity of our team. This group of artists, technicians, journalists, global educators and volunteers sets us apart. The cohesiveness and chemistry within the team enable us to offer the biggest range of intercultural arts projects in Northern Ireland, providing creative opportunities and link to our partners worldwide.
We see ourselves as a Global Family - a dynamic team of motivated individuals passionate about encouraging positive social change and empowering people to celebrate diversity through art, music and dance.