Starling Start is a creative practice with a focus on arts, place and collaboration, led by Amberlea Neely. Starling Start works with a diverse network of organisations, artists, architects, designers, educators and producers. Clients and partners include Department of Justice, Belfast City Council, Translink, Strand Arts Centre, Studio idir, Linen Quarter BID, Haller Clarke and  Dr Conor McCafferty.


Starling Start is developed by Amberlea Neely, a creative practitioner and consultant with extensive experience working with and within projects and organisations that connect to place. Amberlea is panelist of the Irish Architecture Foundation's Reimagine Placemaking initiative.   


Previously, Amberlea was Acting Director at PLACE, an organisation which operated at the cutting edge of creative, intelligent and inclusive public engagement in the built environment in Northern Ireland. Amberlea was Chair of NI’s largest visual art festival, Belfast Photo Festival which uses the public realm as the gallery, and she was a founding director of Platform Arts which was one of Belfast’s first meanwhile projects housed in the vacant upper floors of a city centre building.


Amberlea holds an MSc in Cultural Management, BA (Hons) in Fine Art, and PGCert in Executive Leadership.

Photograph by Joe Laverty / Murmuration of Starlings backdrop by Rinky Design / Starling Start Logo by Betsy Bailie.



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