Daily Archives: October 27, 2017

VAI Workshop | Curating Exhibitions, Portstewart

15 November
1pm to 5pm
Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart

£10 / Free (VAI Members and Residents of Causeway Coast and Glens)

Techniques for creating coherent, intelligent group or solo exhibitions. Artists often produce self-curated group exhibitions with their peers; this workshop looks at how skills such as selection of work, techniques for hanging or presenting work, and lighting can make a dramatic difference to the audience experience.

Jane Morrow is an independent curator currently based in Northern Ireland. She has over a decade of curatorial experience, as well as in artist development work for galleries, initiatives and individuals around the UK (in regions including the West Midlands, East of England and South London), as well as in Ireland and Northern Ireland. Jane is interested in working across gallery, studio and network contexts around formal and informal learning environments for artists. She has originated, fundraised for and delivered numerous exhibitions, commissions, learning projects, symposia, publications, opportunities, residencies, workshops and bespoke professional development programmes for individuals and groups. Jane is experienced in working with artists who practice regionally, nationally and internationally at all stages of their careers. Her most recent work has included roles with: Visual Artists Ireland/ Northern Ireland, Greater Manchester Arts, London Sculpture Workshop and Belfast Photo Festival, amongst others.

For more information and to book, click HERE.

Venue Flowerfield Arts Centre
Address 185 Coleraine Rd
Portstewart, BT55 7HU, UK

VAI Workshop | Project Clinic with Marguerite Nugent, Belfast

Monday 6 November
10am to 12pm

Marguerite Nugent is Curatorial Services and Programme Development Manager at Wolverhampton Art Gallery. Responsible for programming and collections development at the gallery for the past fourteen years, Marguerite has led an acquisitions programme which embraces both historical and contemporary art in a variety of media as well as leading on the CAS Special Collections Scheme at Wolverhampton. Marguerite teaches on the MA Gallery Studies at the University of Essex and contributed to Pop Art Book (Black Dog, 2007), a publication produced for the re-display of the Pop Art Collection at Wolverhampton.

For more information and to book, click HERE.

Venue VAI Belfast Offices
Address 109-113 Royal Avenue
Belfast, BT1 1FF

Belfast Open Studios | Speed Curating, 4 November

Choose from a list of the best curators in Ireland and Northern Ireland for one-on-one meetings. Selecting whom you would like to meet entitles you to 10 minutes with each curator – an opportunity to show them your work, present your ideas and make connections. This is a hugely popular event for curators and artists and has led to multiple exhibitions, working relationships, and collaborations.

For more information and a list of curators, click HERE.

Venue Belfast Exposed
Address 23 Donegall Street
Belfast, BT1 2FF
Sat Nov 4 2017

Belfast Open Studios | Curator Talks, 3 November

This is an opportunity to hear from three high-profile UK-based curators about the work that they do with artists, venues and communities. This afternoon event will followed by drinks at The Sunflower from 5.30pm for further informal networking opportunities.

Jes Fernie
Patricia Fleming
Sacha Waldron

For more information and to book, click HERE.

Venue VAI Belfast Offices
Address 109-113 Royal Avenue
Belfast, BT1 1FF
Starts Fri Nov 3 2017, 3:00pm
Ends Fri Nov 3 2017, 5:00pm

Bugonia | Nessa Darcy at Bí URBAN, Dublin 7

4 to 18 November

Bugonia is an exhibition of prints, paintings and sound art by creative entomologist, Nessa Darcy. Nessa aims to reintroduce humans to their natural habitat through colourful encounters with insects. Much of the work was created during the Bee Time artists residency, where a hive of diverse artists engaged with the themes of natural beekeeping and the bee’s relationship with its environment, through discussion, meditation, movement, skill sharing, storytelling, art making, shamanic practices, farm visits and simply “asking the bees”.

Bugonia is an ancient ritual based on the belief that bees could be spontaneously generated from the carcass of an ox, as described in Virgil’s Georgics. To the artist, it represents our tangled relationship with nature. Humans feel, simultaneously, a detachment from factual ecological knowledge; wonder and fear at the forces of nature; and a longing to restore that which we need but have destroyed. The word also sounds like an appropriate name for an insects’ utopia, which we have the power to preserve and create. Both wonder and knowledge are key to rescuing insects from the rapid decline they are currently suffering, “because we don’t love them enough” (Roger Druitt). To love insects requires understanding who they are and what they need. Nessa’s work draws people in to familiarise themselves intimately with insects.

Bí URBAN, 3 Manor Street, Stoneybatter, Dublin 7
E: info@nessadarcy.ie
W: nessadarcy.ie

Process Extended | Group Exhibition at Goose Lane Gallery at Tivoli Barbers

2 to 24 November
Opening for Late Night Art Belfast, Thursday 2 November, 6pm

This group exhibition shares some of the processes used as each artist journeys towards a finished painting. The artists are all recent graduates from the Belfast School of Art. Hannah Clegg (RDS Visual Art Award), Hannah Johnston, Megan Kerr and Charlie Scott (Graduate Artist in Residence UUB) share their preparation work along with a selected painting so that we can see how ideas and processes develop over time.

Goose Lane Gallery at Tivoli Barbers
15 North St
T: +44 (0) 77 3016 6971
E: artistslegup@gmail.com
W: facebook.com/artistslegup

Yusuke Saito Exhibition at Golden Thread Gallery

25 October to 3 November

The Golden Thread Gallery is delight to present in collaboration with Flax Arts Studios International Residency Programme an exhibition by Yusuke Saito (Japan).

Yusuke Saito: During my residency at Flax Art Studios, Belfast, I have been interested in hobbies, taste, customs, habits, selection, traces and the aesthetic sense of people. These matters will be changeable depending on the experience I have of people. I found it interesting to know how people think having various experiences which I have never had. In sharing the difference between myself and others, we can notice something new.

During my time here, I have kept collecting rubbish on the street on my way to the studio. I found it really interesting that I could find many things I cannot see in Japan where I live. The rubbish has the traces of people’s lives. Depending on the amount, the kind and the area where I collected, there are various factors of characteristics, public peace and wealth disparity, I feel the reality of life from them. And I have wanted to make my works in response to my local experience.

In my solo exhibition I will show sculptures and collages which are composed with stuff which I have found in Belfast. I will also have a performance to cook Japanese-style non-sweet pancakes named ‘Okonomi-Yaki’ and serve them to the audience. Generally Okonomiyaki doesn’t have a particular recipe apart from using the wheat flour for cooking with a frying pan. We will add favorite ingredients in it. That way it is quite similar with the way I make my sculptures. I also like the name of the dish, ‘Okonomi’ (= Favorite) + “Yaki”(= Fry).

As I have had various experiences for the first time in Belfast, I would be really happy if everybody could have the first experience of my works with eating the mysterious Japanese dish through various barriers of nationalities, languages, races and religions.

Golden Thread Gallery
84-94 Great Patrick St, Belfast BT1 2LU
T: +44 28 9033 0920
E: info@gtgallery.co.uk
W: goldenthreadgallery.co.uk

STICK.LIP Performance by Ro Owens at QSS Gallery

Saturday 4 November, 1 to 4pm

STICK.LIP is a performance created by Ro Owens and curated by Amanda Coogan. Using a combination of movement, sound and verbatim speech, four performers with explore the female body and its relationship with lipstick.

Ro Owens is a Performer and Actor from Northern Ireland. In 2017 she co-founded The Movement Collective alongside Emily Foran. Ro Studied BA Drama at Queen’s University Belfast and received a First class Hons Degree, before completing The Lyric Theatre Drama Studio. Recent credits include NOT MY PARTY, Cowards, Run to the Rock and Once More.

Queen Street Gallery and Studios
31-33 Bedford Street, Belfast City Centre
Phone: +44 28 90 24 31 45
E: gallery@queenstreetstudios.net
W: queenstreetstudios.net

Pleased | Dermot Gibson at Pollen Studios and Gallery

Late Night Art Belfast Exhibition Opening Thursday 2 November, 6pm

Please contact Pollen Studios to arrange alternative viewing times.

Dermot Gibson is an artist and musician based in Belfast that works predominantly in painting, drawing and sound. He uses improvisation, collage and free expression to explore internal and external worlds. He is Interested in the human condition, the personal and political.

Gibson studied fine art at Winchester school of art and completed an Mfa in fine art at Ulster University in 2016.

Pollen Studios and Gallery
37-39 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA
E: pollenstudiobelfast@gmail.com
W: facebook.com/pg/PollenStudioBelfast/

Marrow | Jane Cummins at Belfast Exposed Photography

27 October to 4 November

Marrow by Jane Cummins is a work-in-progress exhibition created during a recent six-week residency at Belfast Exposed Gallery 2.

Jane’s previous work ‘Half Sick of Shadows’ focused on the personal experiences of living in the family home in ones thirties, and the effects that this has upon identity and sense of self. This new series explores a new stage in the artists own personal and creative development. ‘The Robust bushes claiming their landscape, and showing their vitality and impregnable roots. This is something for me to strive for both as an artist and also as a young woman looking to find her place in the world’. Jane Cummins, 2017.

Belfast Exposed Photography
The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast
T: +44 (0)28 9023 0965
E: info@belfastexposed.org
W: belfastexposed.org

In Course of the Miraculous | Cheng Ran at The MAC

5 October to 14 January

Cheng Ran (b. 1981, Inner Mongolia, China) is one of the most promising Chinese artists of his generation. Since 2005, he has been producing film and video works that draw widely from both Western and Chinese literature, poetry, cinema, and visual culture, fabricating new narratives that combine myths and historical events.

In Course of the Miraculous (2015) is a durational film work, lasting almost eight hours, which imagines the stories behind three real-life mysterious disappearances. These include British mountaineer George Mallory, who went missing while ascending Mount Everest in 1924; artist Bas Jan Ader, who vanished during his 1975 journey across the Atlantic as part of a performance titled In Search of the Miraculous; and the Chinese fishing trawler Lu Rong Yu no. 2682, which in 2011 returned to land after eight months with only one-third of its original crew still alive.

The film was shot across continents in the East China Sea, Tibet, Switzerland and Amsterdam, with a large-scale set created in an indoor shooting stage in Beijing to recreate the dramatic scenes at sea. From a crossing of the Atlantic, to an expedition to the summit of Mount Everest, to inexperienced sailors losing the majority of their crew before returning to Mainland China, a spirit of exploration, loss and melancholy unite the diverse stories. The premise of this work is based on recorded events but as the film develops, the progression enters the dominion of fiction, creating imagined dialogues discussing larger themes of action, courage and bravery.

MAC Belfast
10 Exchange Street West, Belfast
T: 028 9089 2960
W: themaclive.com

Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness | Group Exhibition at The MAC

20 October to 14 January

Artist John Walter curates the new Hayward Touring exhibition Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness, which launches at the MAC before embarking on a national tour to Dundee Contemporary Arts and Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre. The exhibition aims to explore the nature of visual awkwardness through the work of artists and architects Arakawa and Gins; Cosima von Bonin; Niki de Saint Phalle; Benedict Drew; Justin Favela; Duggie Fields; Louise Fishman; Friedensreich Hundertwasser; Kate Lepper; Andrew Logan; Plastique Fantastique; Jacolby Satterwhite; Tim Spooner and John Walter.

Shonky is a slang term meaning corrupt or bent, shoddy or unreliable, standing here for a particular type of visual aesthetic that is hand-made, deliberately clumsy and lo-fi, against the slick production values of much contemporary art. This exhibition proposes a more celebratory definition of ‘shonkiness’, showing how it can be used for critical purposes in the visual arts to explore issues including gender, identity, beauty and the body. By drawing together artists and architects whose work has not previously been exhibited together or discussed within the same context, Shonky will allow for new ways of thinking that privilege shonkiness over other aesthetic forms that have dominated recent visual culture.

MAC Belfast
10 Exchange Street West, Belfast
T: 028 9089 2960
W: themaclive.com

Landscape Memories | John Robinson at The John Hewitt, Belfast

2 November to 1 December
Opening Thursday 2 November, 6pm Sponsored by Boundary Brewery

Opening night Thursday 2nd November 6-9pm, sponsored by Boundary brewery John Robinson paints semi-abstract landscapes in an impressionist contemporary style, influenced by modernist modes of painting. He is interested in the spiritual and contemplative associations of nature in romantic poetry and art.

Landscape Memories showcases a new series of paintings based on impressions of Robinson’s local Northern Irish landscape. The exhibition explores connections between the landscape and a sense of belonging, presenting snapshots of the artist’s wanderings.


The John Hewitt
51 Donegall street, Belfast

What is a Portrait? Lucian Freud and Art History | Yvonne Scott Lecture at IMMA

Wednesday 1 November, 7.00pm to 8.00pm

Everyone is familiar with the idea of a portrait, but the concept becomes elusive when you attempt to define it. Is it about a recognisable likeness of a person or psychological penetration? Is a portrait ultimately revealing or diversionary? Does it say as much about the artist as the sitter? This lecture questions the meaning of portraiture and its role in art history, as it relates to work of Lucian Freud.Presented by Dr Yvonne Scott, Associate Professor, History of Art, Director of TRIARC, at Trinity College Dublin.

Booking is essential for this talk. To book your free ticket visit here: www.imma.ie/en/

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
T: 01-612990
E: info@imma.ie
W: imma.ie

Open Call | Chroniques 2018, International Biennial, France

Application deadline: 17 December

In preparation of “Chroniques” an international biennial dedicated to new media art and digital culture, Seconde Nature and ZINC create a production platform, financed by the Conseil Régional Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur (France), to help the production and circulation of original art.

For this mission, they are working with structures and institutions from the PACA region : Edis, Art endowment fund in Avignon, FRAC Provence-Alpes Côte d’Azur, Diffusing Digital Art at Bains Douches Gallery in Marseille, Le Hublot, l’Entrepont in 109 at Nice, Les Capucins – Centre d’art contemporain in Embrun, Octobre numérique in Arles, Fées d’Hiver in Crévoux, le 3bisF | Centre d’art and LabGamerz in Aix-en-Provence.

Together they are calling for national and international artists to produce an original artwork.

Chroniques is a series of exhibits called ‘Lévitations’, spanning from Aix-en-Provence to Marseille in fall of 2018. Several events will punctuate the exhibits : concerts, shows, performances and audiovisual lives, professionnal meetings.

In that perspective, they will assist several artists in the creation of artworks and will provide them two showing contexts:

  • First showing during the Chroniques 2018 exhibits in Aix-en-Provence and Marseille.
  • One more show in one of the locations of the exhibit tour between January and December 2019 in Provence with their partners

Support include in particular:

  • Financial contribution : 8000 euros in average for each artwork. The precise amount will depend on the provisional budget. This contribution includes the fee for its exhibition.
  • Logistic support : transportation and storing of the pieces for the different exhibitions in Provence.
  • Residency : a residency space before the first show, depending on a specific evaluation of the project
  • Technical support : technical loans and advice for the exhibit, depending on the technical rider given by the artist (before end of june 2018)

For more information see: chronique-s.org/en/call-artists-chroniques-2018/

Open Call | Fire Station’s Sculpture Workshop and Digital Media Awards 2018

Deadline for applications: Tuesday 14 November, 5pm

The primary focus of the Sculpture and Digital media awards is for artists, emerging or established, to develop their practice.
Having an awareness of their facilities, resources and programme is helpful to artists making an application.

February – October 2018
Fire Station are looking for artists who want to experiment with new materials and / or access the particular facilities of the sculpture workshop.
This award offers full time access to a bay in the sculpture workshop.
The duration of the award varies from two months, three months and four months.
A monthly stipend of €150 will be contributed.

Support will be provided by our workshop staff, alongside our curatorial and administrative team.
For a full list of sculpture workshop equipment go to firestation.ie/facilities/workshop/

February – November 2018
This award offers scheduled access to Fire Station’s Digital Media Centre. The duration of the award varies from two months to three months.
Fire Station are looking for artists who want to access the particular facilities and resources of Digital Media Centre, experiment with or develop their digital media skills.
A monthly stipend of €150 will be contributed.
Access can be scheduled to avail of digital media equipment and edit suites.

Support will be provided by our digital media staff, alongside our curatorial and administrative team.
For a full list of equipment: firestation.ie/facilities/resource-centre/

Application accepted online only: firestation.ie
Email enquiries: artadmin@firestation.ie
Telephone enquiries: 01 8069010

Job Vacancy | Managing Director of European Cultural Foundation, The Netherlands

Application deadline: 25 November

The European Cultural Foundation (ECF) is a grant-making and impact-driven foundation. Established in 1954 in Geneva, and now based in Amsterdam, the organisation has roughly 30 staff members of a range of nationalities. The objective of ECF, an organisation in the public interest, is to support and promote cultural activities of a European nature.

The new Managing Director is a strong, energetic and creative leader, with a European,philanthropic mindset. An inspirational, daring manager with excellent communications skills, who is not afraid to make choices, sets out a clear direction for the organisation, and is hands on in ‘making it happen’. As an innovative thinker, you’ll find ways to achieve the values ECF advocates throughout its work.

For full job description and requirements see: .duxinternational.nl/Managing_Director.pdf


Open Call | Glassmaking Artist Residencies at North Lands Creative, Caithness, Scotland

Application deadline: Monday 27 November, 5pm

Throughout the year, North Lands Creative offers residency opportunities to professional artists, curators, craft makers and designers who want to develop their work and practice. The selection is highly competitive and they will choose individuals who they believe will make the best use of the facilities they have built for glass-making and who may also have a positive impact on the professional glass community. North Lands Creative offer five strands to their AiR program:

Sustainable Production
Sustainable production residencies are designed to encourage exploration, research, development and experimentation that encourage the development and greater utilisation of eco-design and manufacture principles in glass making. There will be an opportunity to share findings to peers and North Lands Creative visitors via the annual forum and to invite and encourage feedback.

This residency is offered to an artist or designer, who wished to take an already- developed idea to the next stage and produce a limited edition range that is market focused or responds to a design brief from a commissioner.

Socially Engaged
Aimed at artists who are working nationally/ internationally where relevance and needs of the community drive the work, and the community should be involved in shaping the project. The residencies encourage active engagement and collaboration, and an investment overtime to address complex social issues.

New Work/ Bespoke Commission
Aimed at artists, craft makers and designers who are working internationally for whom a change of scenery might offer fresh inspiration; offering the individual dedicated studio time and access to the facilities and technical support with a view to realising a major project or body of work.

Curator in Residency
The residency takes the link between curator and North Lands Creative collection as the starting point from which to explore curatorial practice and the considered understanding of glass making from a public perspective. North Lands will also encourage students who wish to undertake self-initiated curatorial work that reflects the interests and aspirations of North Lands Creative.

Applications may be submitted by email to info@northlandscreative.co.uk or North Lands Creative, Quatre Bras, Lybster, Caithness, KW3 6BN.

Residency Conditions

  •  Free accommodation and access to the Alastair Pilkington Studio (includes heat, light, Wi-Fi)
  •  As part of the residency agreement an artist/ curator fee and travel, costs will be covered. Dependent on the residency proposal a materials allowance will be provided therefore it is important to indicate an estimated budget as part of the submission process
  •  While on residency, in agreement with North Lands Creative, the invited artist/ curator will do a public talk and write a brief report on completion of their residency

For more information and to download application form: northlandscreative.co.uk/air/

Open Call to UK based Artists | The Live Art Development Agency, London

Application deadline: 20 November

The Live Art Development Agency (LADA) is inviting proposals from artists for a new project that will respond to the physical, cultural and social context of LADA’s new base in The Garrett Centre, Mansford Street, East London.

The commission award is £2,500 (inclusive of fees, taxes, travel/accommodation, and production expenses).

To support their relocation to a new neighbourhood, LADA are inviting proposals from artists for a project that will explore and test ideas for new ways of working within/around our new premises, and new ways of engaging with local publics and partners.

The commissioned project can take any form. It might be a series of site specific performances/actions/interventions in, or within the vicinity of, our new space; it might be a street fair; it might be a participatory project with local individuals or groups; it might be a collaboration with a neighbourhood organisation; it might be a series of guest lectures or screenings; it might be a new, shareable resource or publication; it might be a lunch or supper or book club.

While we are interested in publications, we do encourage ideas that will contribute to the programme’s engagement objectives and not creating something that will simply sit on a shelf!

Likewise, while LADA welcome new iterations of existing projects, they strongly encourage applicants to demonstrate a clear link to our their space, its local area, and/or local organisations and residents.

The commissioned work should be realised by July 2018 at the latest.

Applicants can be resident anywhere in the UK, but must have been based in the UK for a minimum of five years, and have been practicing within the arts for a minimum of five years.

For more information and application details: thisisliveart.co.uk/lada-at-mansford-street-commission-call-for-proposals

Open Call | McColl Center Artist-in-Residence Program, USA (Submission Fee)

Application deadline: 15 November

McColl Center in Charlotte, NC, USA annually awards residencies to approximately eighteen artists. The Artist-in-Residence Program is open to artists working in architecture, drawing, painting, sculpture, photography, film, video, new media, design, music, theatre, social practice, community organizing, urban agriculture, culinary arts, or interdisciplinary practices. Special attention is given to applicants whose work poses urgent questions about society or promotes civic consciousness and reciprocal exchange with community members. Residencies vary in length, from one to three months, in the fall and spring seasons.

Please note there is a $35 application fee.

● $6,000 living allowance
● $2,000 materials stipend
● $2,000 CHS project fee (Healthcare and Healing Program only)
● Furnished one-bedroom condominium with Wi-Fi
● Private workspace (230–819 square feet) with Wi-Fi
● Participation in a group exhibition on the second or third floor of McColl Center
● Photo and video documentation
● Technical and administrative services
● Reimbursement for one round-trip economy-class flight
● Opportunities to engage with McColl Center audiences via public programs

For more information and to apply online: mccollcenter.org/artists-in-residence/residency-programs