Category: Northern Ireland – Belfast

PXVII | Platform Arts Members Show, Belfast

8 to 23 December
Opening Night Thursday 7 December, 6-9pm

Exhibiting Artists: Alex Brunt / Hannah Casey-Brogan / Rachael Campbell-Palmer / Gerard Carson / Andrew Glenn / Chris McCambridge / Niamh McCann / Niamh McConaghy / Lyndsey McDougall / Eamon Quinn

Platform Arts objective is the encouragement of upcoming and established artists and the pursuit of strengthening the contemporary art scene in Northern Ireland. It houses two galleries that have showcased the best and brightest from both local and international artists. Now we turn our attention towards our diverse and exciting group of in-house artists.

Platform Arts, 1 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA
T: 028 9031 1301

Happenstance | Pollen Studios Fundraising Raffle

Thursday 7 December, 6pm

Pollen Studios invite you to the preview exhibition for our Christmas Fundraising Raffle. Artists based all over Ireland have contributed to the event – watch their Facebook page for updates.

The preview will be held in Pollen Studios on Thursday 7th December and the raffle will be held on Thursday 14th December.
Raffle tickets are £15 each and are limited, every raffle ticket is guaranteed to win a prize.

Pollen Studios and Gallery
37-39 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA

Series Nine | Ray Duncan at Linen Hall Library, Belfast

4 December to 12 January

Series Nine exhibition of new paintings by Ray Duncan. ‘Series Nine’ uses painting as an evolutionary process, with unforeseen results, to create a magic for the artist and viewer. Rather than reproducing a view of the world contained in a picture frame these paintings are founded on the idea that colours have their own life. In terms of a painting process, which is important for the work I use intuition and chance, with the final format of the painting not decided until the end.

Linen Hall Library
17 Donegall Square N,
Belfast BT1 5GB

Golden Thread Christmas Market for Late Night Art Belfast

7 December

The Golden Thread Gallery will be hosting a Christmas Market to coincide with Late Night Art in December. There will be a number of stalls selling all manner of artisanal crafts and creations suitable for gifts for the whole family. Join us for a festive evening which will include a drinks reception, bucks fizz, festive treats for the kids and a great atmosphere. Stall holders will be announced soon and we will be treating you to glimpses of the treats available to purchase on the run up to the night.

– Free sweeties and drinks available for the kids.
– Face painting and glitter tattoos from 5 – 6pm.
– Disabled access friendly space.
– Breastfeeding friendly space.
– Free wine, beer and soft drinks between 5pm and 7pm.
– Free entry.

Market Sellers:

Foundation (Eva McDermott) – Geometric origami concrete home wear –
Jonny McEwen – Airplants –
Robyn Galway – Jewellery –
Marie – Louise Gormley – Felted Art Work
Conall Kearney – Tie Dye goods and printed bags –
Emma Knight – Jewellery –
Workshop – Limited Edition Prints –
Claire Nicholl – Ceramics
Sean Hillen – Collages and Limited Edition Prints-
Mary Price and Alice McDaniel – Ceramics
Deirdre McKenna – Jewellery and Accessories
Brian McAvera – A selection of art books

The Immigrants | Pil and Galia Kollectiv at The Naughton Gallery

7 December to 4 February

The Naughton Gallery presents The Immigrants, a solo exhibition of new work by Pil and Galia Kollectiv. Through a series of small actions undertaken by costumed performers in different locations across the UK, an installation of filmed vignettes posits the futility of the border as a means of demarcating boundaries of identity, power and resources in an age of global capital flows, migrant labour forces, and environmental destruction that does not stop at abstract lines on a map.

Masks drawn from sources as diverse as Romanian folklore and riot police spit masks, combined with props suggesting checkpoints and rafts, invert the hierarchies of border guards and asylum seekers, refugees in boats and Brexit flotillas. The installation leads the viewer through a physical checkpoint to a short narrative film about the bio-political control of a plague village.

Pil and Galia Kollectiv are London-based artists, writers and curators working in collaboration. Their work is multidisciplinary – encompassing film, animation, collage, poster production, sculpture, installation, performance and costume design – and explores the relationship between art and politics, the legacy of modernism, and the avant-garde discourses of the twentieth century.

They are contributing editors at Art Papers, the directors of artist-run project space xero, kline + coma, members of the experimental band, WE, and work as lecturers in Fine Art at the University of Reading.

The Naughton Gallery
Queens University Belfast
T:+44 28 9024 5133

QSS Christmas Show, Belfast

1 to 19 December

QSS is delighted to present its annual Christmas Show which this year focuses on small works by Belfast-based artists. All styles are represented from painting, photography and sculpture to collage, 

mixed media works and some surprises too.

Featured artists include Sean Campbell, Colm Clarke, Susan Connolly, Alacoque Davey, Catherine Davison, Gerry Devlin, Craig Donald, Angela Hackett, Ashley Holmes, Brendan Jamison, Helen Lavery, Clement McAleer, Terry McAllister, Sinead McKeever, Grace McMurray, Zoe Murdoch, Raquel Amat Parra, Gail Ritchie, Jennifer Trouton, David Turner and more.

The QSS Christmas Show provides a perfect opportunity for budding art collectors to invest in contemporary art by local emerging and established artists. Or simply

 come along, enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie while you browse for a special Christmas gift.

Queen Street Gallery and Studios
31-33 Bedford Street, Belfast City Centre
Phone: +44 28 90 24 31 45

Passion for Print | Group Exhibition at the Cotton Court Gallery

7 to 16 December
Opening Thursday 7 December 6pm

Belfast Print Workshop 40th Anniversary Christmas show, ‘Passion for Print’ this year takes place in the Cotton Court Gallery.
The exhibition features over 50 framed prints by current members working in a range of techniques from Drypoint to Mokulito. Join us for a celebratory open evening of wine and mince pies, meet the artists and spend time looking at the breadth of technique skill and subject matter at play. This special anniversary show features work from new members and those who have been with the workshop since the beginning.

Cotton Court Gallery
Cotton Court
30 – 42 Waring Street
BT 1 2ED

When Angels Sing | Group Exhibition at ArtisAnn Gallery, Belfast

7 to 23 December
Preview Wednesday 6 December, 6.30pm

For this special Christmas show several of ArtisAnn’s favourite artists from 2017 will be unpacking a selection of beautifully unique paintings. Ideal Christmas presents for the art lover in your life, or a treat for yourself, these artworks will be snapped up fast on a first come, first served basis, and all are to be sold before Santa steals them for himself.

ArtisAnn Gallery
70 Bloomfield Avenue,

The Home Front | Irish Home Fronts at PLACE, Belfast

16 November to 22 December 2017

The exhibition contrasts domestic façades from the disparate island locations of Ireland and Galveston. It focuses on the ways people design and organise the fronts of their homes which appear to be regarded not so much as functional spaces but more as areas of public display.

Irish Home Fronts become sites of individual and cultural expression, adorned with ornaments that represent the householders’ personal interests. They can suggest a fantasy world where myth and romance feature alongside a nostalgia for an idealised past. In contrast, the dwellings on the island of Galveston reflect the damage and rebuilding following the disasters that accompany hurricanes. Austere frontages incorporate practical measures for disaster avoidance arising from storm surges.

The idea behind the comparison arose not so much by design but more to do with the fortunes of personal circumstances of living and working in unfamiliar environments. Consequently the exhibition also questions the scope and limitations of attempting to make a comparison between locations.

Last year, the exhibition was shown in Galveston at the Avery‐Winkler Artway, University of Texas Medical Branch and at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

PLACE Built Environment Centre
7-9 Lower Garfield Street, Belfast, BT1 1FP
T: ​(+44) 28 9023 2524

Dissolving Histories: A Moment in Time | Group Exhibition at Golden Thread Gallery

30 November 2017 to 20 January 2018

Dissolving Histories: A Moment in Time takes five artists whose diverse practices seek to capture, explore and explain moments. The nature of time is unsubstantial; a moment, a second, a minute, an hour are all something or nothing depending on the context. How we navigate the art works, the time we choose to spend, alters our experience. Group exhibitions present an interesting dynamic, a power play between the individual and the group. This exhibition seeks to blur the boundaries, to challenge the viewer to decide when one work ends and another begins; to interrupt the time spent on each artist.

Liam Crichton, Erin Hagan, Dorothy Hunter, Kevin Killen and John Rainey have each produced works that speak to a certain moment as well as contributing to a collective voice. While each offer a distinctive practice, curators Peter Richards and Sarah McAvera placed them together as there is a commonality in how their works allow a multitude of readings and encourage alternative explanations. Sculpture, installation, neon and video are all used to capture not just moments of the past, but the moment of looking.

A Moment in Time is the first in the Dissolving Histories series, which itself follows on from the acclaimed Collective Histories of Northern Irish Art. That series was conceived to explore the unreliable nature of history. Our perception of the past can only be subjective: we are inextricably linked to our own experiences, values, memories and truths. It sought to appreciate the different versions of histories that combine through many voices – each instalment had a guest curator who specialised in a certain area of Northern Irish art history

Golden Thread Gallery, 84-94 Great Patrick St, Belfast BT1 2LU
T: +44 28 9033 0920

Forms Of Resistance | Group Exhibition at Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast

9 November to 20 December 2017

As part of the Outburst Queer Arts Festival, VideoBrasil and Outburst, in association with the Golden Thread Gallery, present Forms of Resistance.

In this exhibition, curated by Videobrasil’s Gabriel Bogossian, documentaries and single channel videos bring the voice of a community that, although not formally articulated, share a history marked by violence, but also by original, inexhaustible forms of resistance.

The Videobrasil Historical Collection in São Paulo hosts the most important archive of video production and video art from the Global South. Within this vast audiovisual library it is possible to recognise in different moments – directly or indirectly- the presence of a certain LGBTQI perspective. The collection contains video works from the 19 editions of Videobrasil Festival, donations from artists and pieces commissioned in Videobrasil’s residency programs.

The exhibition contains works by:
Cândido José Mendes Almeida and Hélio Alvarez; Ruy Solberg; Rita Moreira; Karol Radziszewski; Kika Nicoleta; Akram Zaatari; Roy Dib; Virgina de Medeiros; Luiz Roque; Maria Kramar; Bita Razavi; Clive van den Berg; and Hui Tao.

There will be a curator’s talk by Gabriel Bogossian on Friday the 10th November 12.30pm.

Golden Thread Gallery, 84-94 Great Patrick St, Belfast BT1 2LU
T: +44 28 9033 0920

Belfast International Festival of Performance Art 2107

9 to 18 November

The Belfast International Festival of Performance Art is an annual festival, which was established by Brian Connolly in 2013. It evolved out of a series of previous performance art events within the Belfast School of Art. It was established as an independent festival program within the University in 2016.

BIFPA generates new performance artworks by international, national & local artists, along with work created by students and recent graduates of the Fine Art Course.

The festival program regularly includes: Key Lectures, Student Seminars, Public Discussions, Group Performances, Student Workshops, Films, Performance Documentation Screenings and Book Launches.

The majority of the performance artworks occur within, or in the vicinity of, the Glass Box Gallery in the Foyer of the Belfast Campus, but other satellite venues and locations have been used in the past, these include: Pollen Gallery, City Streets, Buoy Park, T2, etc.

Connolly views the BIFPA festival as an opportunity to bring the best performers and performance artwork into the School of Art for both students and public audiences. The festival aims to provide opportunities for students to encounter, witness, participate and experience contemporary performance art practice.

BIFPA 17 features perfomance artists: Helena Hamilton, Elvira Santamaria Torres, Keike Twisselman, Paul King, Sandra Johnston and Dominic Thorpe.

Full programme of events here:

OUTBURST Queer Arts Festival 2017, Belfast

9 to 18 November

OUTBURST Queer Arts Festival is the annual celebration of queer art and performance in Belfast, Northern Ireland/ the North/ here.

OUTBURST showcases great local and international queer work and support the development of queer arts at home and internationally. They love work that is bold, challenging, accessible and brilliant, whether it’s grassroots events, professional touring productions or work commissioned specially for OUTBURST.

Amongst the highlights of a packed programme are Teatro La Plaza’s ‘Simon the Mole’, a show from Peru for children and adults that encourages understanding and acceptance of difference; the Arts Council’s 2016 Major Individual Artist award winner, Conor Mitchell, performs his acclaimed music-theatre piece, ‘Ten Plagues’; and the Golden Thread Gallery presents ‘Forms of Resistance’, a specially-commissioned exhibition of video art with an LGBTQI perspective from the VideoBrasil Historical Collection in Sao Paulo.

Bbeyond Performance Monthly, Belfast

Saturday 18 November, 12 noon

The next Performance Monthly will be part of the BIFPA (Belfast International Festival Performance Art) taking place in the Ulster University from the 13 to 18 November.

Continuing with an extracts from Hugo Ball’s Diary 1917 diary, these excerpts is from 14th November and 18th November 1917, are particularly interesting, the second one reflecting a circularity shift of space/time.

‘Never lose consciousness: we are the last reserve.’

‘When I consider that Germany is cut off from the great stream of life, that we here in Switzerland absorb new things and of course new shocks, too, every day, while over there every free breath is suppressed, then I wonder how we will be able to communicate once the frontiers fall. The West is communicating its experiences, plans, and arrangements more intensively than ever; the world federation has actually already been established, but Germany play a role of the outlaw, with all the terrible consequences.’

Location: Glass Box, Ulster University, York St, Belfast


Gallery 545 | Group Exhibition at QSS, Belfast

8 to 18 November

Gallery 545, a new initiative promoting artists from Northern Ireland, presents a selection of original art works by talented artists based in Belfast and across the region. The selection includes unique paintings, objects, drawings and works made with unusual materials, all exploring different themes. These pieces will be displayed at QSS Gallery and online at

Gallery 545 has been developed by artist David Turner and art consultant Francesca Biondi, and it will be launched with this exhibition and its newly created website. Gallery 545 promotes a pool of accomplished emerging and more established artists: Hannah Casey-Brogan, Alacoque Davey, Craig Donald, Wendy Ferguson, Ashley Holmes, Ciaran Magill, Grace McMurray, Kevin Miller, Jane Rainey and David Turner. The selection of pieces in the exhibition reflects the variety of their artistic practices, and also highlights the richness and diversity of contemporary art in Northern Ireland.

All works are for sale through QSS during the exhibition and later online at

For more information, you can contact David Turner or Francesca Biondi at

Queen Street Gallery and Studios
31-33 Bedford Street, Belfast City Centre
Phone: +44 28 90 24 31 45

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

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

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

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

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