Daily Archives: January 4, 2018


Out Now | January – February 2018 Issue of the Visual Artists’ News Sheet

The Visual Artists’ News Sheet (VAN ) is the primary all-Ireland information resource for visual artists. In the Columns for this issue, Áine Phillips offers a topical overview of gender issues in the arts, while Fiona Woods discusses best practice in artist-focused commissioning in her column ‘Has the Artist Been Consulted?’. In the NI column, Joey O’Gorman outlines his experiences as former co-director of Catalyst Arts, Belfast.

In the Artists’ Publishing section, Andy Parsons and Glenn Holman discuss their recent artists’ publication, The Rebel(s), while Ben Weir outlines his recent book, published in response to urban redevelopment in Belfast City Centre. In the Public Art section, Christopher Steenson interviews Robin Price about his recent environmental public art project, Automated Bird Rave Generator, while Laurie Kilmurry interviews Jenny Haughton about the evolution of the Grangegorman public art programme.

In the Organisation Profiles for this issue, Alan Phelan interviews Mary Cremin about her new role and upcoming programme at Void, Derry, while Nuala Clarke reports on the Ballinglen Arts Foundation and fellowship programme in County Mayo, which has just celebrated 25 years.

This issue features several Festival and Conference reports: Don O’Mahony reports on Sonic Vigil 10; Jane Morrow reports on Belfast Open Studios and Joanne Laws reports from IVARO’s Artist’s Estate Management conference, hosted by the RHA in late November.

In the How is it Made? section, Matt Packer interviews John Rainey about the evolution of his sculptural practice. In the Career Development section, Manuela Pacella interviews Andreas Kindler Von Knobloch about his recent residency at Catalyst Arts, Belfast. In addition, Chris Hayes’s extended essay assesses the contributions of James Merrigan’s Billion blog to Irish art criticism.

The Regional Profile for this issue comes from the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon region (ACBC Borough), outlining recent cultural activities of: The Market Place Theatre, Armagh; F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge; Craigavon Arts Office; and Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown. In addition, artist Joanne Proctor discusses the reality of maintaining an art practice in the region, while Paul King provides an update from the SHORE Collective.

Reviewed in the Critique section are: Yvonne McGuinness at Draíocht Arts Centre; Brígh Strawbridge-O’Hagan at Birr Theatre and Arts Centre; ‘The Otherworld Hall’ at Solstice Arts Centre; and Robert and Barbara Ellison at The Island Art Centre, Lisburn.

As ever, we have details of upcoming VAI Professional Development Programme, exhibition and public art roundups, news from the sector and current opportunities.

Members of VAI receive a copy of the VAN delivered straight to their door. The News Sheet is also available to pick up free of charge in galleries and arts centres. Selected articles featured in the print edition are available at the Visual Artists’ News Sheet Online here: www.visualartistsireland.com.


Live Comic Book Readings at the Source Arts Centre, Tipperary

13 January 2018, 2 to 5pm

Join comic book artists Sarah Bowie, Alan Dunne, Debbie Jenkinson, Paddy Lynch and Alé Mercado on an afternoon of live readings from some of their stories. This is a free event as part of the 1985 exhibition that is taking place at The Source Arts Centre. Some of the best Irish comic artists will be there performing their work.

‘1985’ is a graphic novel drama set in rural Ireland not that long ago; artist and illustrator Alé Mercado does his personal interpretation of Federico García Lorca’s classic ‘The House of Bernarda Alba’. Relocating the story to Ireland, we see a family in crisis following the death of their father as each struggles to come to terms with their own place at home and in their community. The full novel will be displayed on the walls of the Source Arts Centre Gallery until 20th January

Source Arts Centre, Cathedral Street, Thurles

www.thesourceartscentre.ie/events/info/ale-mercado-graphic-novel


Bea Daly | Exhibition at The Black Box, Belfast

4 to 28 January 2018

Bea Daly is a Dublin-based visual artist. Recently she has completed a residency in Inis Oirr, Aran Islands. Some of the work shown in Green Room were created during her residence. Some are from a longer process of work, which was originally inspired by Wiliam Hope Hodgson book – The House at the Borderland.

This exhibition in Belfast is the artists’ first public view of the long research topic. Inis Oirr residency was “a house“ at the edge of the Atlantic –borderland in the literal sense.

This instalment explores figurative and non-figurative co-existence in trying to capture the feeling of immediacy. The borderland in a more symbolic way, shows the concern for the evolving views and values of our nature co-dependencies.

For more information visit here.

Black Box
18 Hill St
Belfast
BT1 2LA
T: +44 28 9024 4400
W: blackboxbelfast.com