Category: Northern Ireland – Belfast

Catharsis | Group Exhibition at Belfast Exposed, Belfast   Recently updated !

27 October to 23 December 2017

Exhibition Preview: Thursday 26 October 6-8.30pm

Belfast Exposed presents Catharsis – a new group exhibition which brings together three projects by contemporary photographers who use portraiture in innovative ways to explore and come to terms with complex family or personal histories. Employing different strategies, each artist uses photography as a means to unravel or respond to a repressed narrative around personal identity. Through the process of creative investigation they open a broader dialogue around the constraints that societal norms can impose upon the freedom of individual expression.

Amak Mahmoodian is an Iranian photographer, born the year after the revolution in 1979. She uses the official portraits taken for the Iranian birth certificate – the Shenasmenah – to question the representation of women in her home country. A Shenasmenah is valid for life, but the photograph must be updated in keeping with standards imposed by the government. For a woman, the taking of this photograph is a personally charged affair – her hair must be covered, and her face free of excessive make-up. If the woman’s appearance is not deemed officially ‘correct’, the photograph will be rejected.

By collecting and creating an archive of Shenasmenah portraits and fingerprints, and by taking the time to get to know each of her subjects, Mahmoodian seeks to draw attention to the individual personalities of the women behind their public-facing image.

Through her project, Ken. To Be Destroyed, Sara Davidmann also explores the tensions between an ‘acceptable’ public-facing image and a private personal identity. Sara Davidmann and her siblings inherited an arch.

Belfast Exposed Photography
The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast
T: +44 (0)28 9023 0965

The Joy of Eastern Composition | Colin McGookin at EastSide Visitor Centre, Belfast   Recently updated !

19 October to 19 November 2017 | Opening: 18 October, 6pm

EastSide Gallery presents The Joy of Eastern Composition, a solo exhibition of paintings by Colin McGookin RUA.
The eminent artist Colin McGookin lived and worked in East Belfast for many years and this exhibition brings together many of the paintings he produced when he lived close to what is now the EastSide Gallery.

The artworks reflect both the turbulent history of Northern Ireland, as well as the colour, sadness and joy he personally experienced during those years.

Part of the CS Lewis Festival.

EastSide Visitor Centre,
402 Newtownards Road,

The Joy of Eastern Composition | Colin McGookin at EastSide Visitors Centre, Belfast

18 October to 19 November 2017

The eminent artist Colin McGookin lived and worked in East Belfast for many years and this exhibition brings together many of the paintings he produced when he lived close to what is now the EastSide Gallery. The artworks reflect both the turbulent history of Northern Ireland, as well as the colour, sadness and joy he personally experienced during those years.

Colin was born in Belfast and, after graduating from Art College, he co-founded the Artists Collective of Northern Ireland in 1984 and was one of the founder members of the Queen Street Studios in 1988. He was elected a member of the Royal Ulster Academy, and won first prize at the prestigious Claremorris Open.

His unique style and vision are widely admired and recognised, as he has exhibited across the UK and Ireland, and internationally in France, Poland, the United States and Vietnam. His work is held in many important public and private collections, including the Ulster Museum and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Curated by the ArtisAnn Gallery.

Part of the CS Lewis Festival.

Admission is free.

EastSide Visitor Centre
402 Newtownards Road, Belfast BT4 1HH
T: +44 28 9045 8114

Art Explorations | Group Exhibition at Atelier Design, Belfast

19 October to 30 December 2017

Art consultant Francesca Biondi has created ‘Art Explorations’, an art collection for Atelier-Design on display at their Belfast showroom between October and December 2017.

‘Art Explorations’ brings together three highly talented artists from Northern Ireland: Ciaran Magill, Kevin Miller and David Turner. These artists produce imaginative works drawing upon different traditions in art – landscape and abstract painting and portraiture, while exploring and expanding the possibilities of these traditions through their own ideas and their unique use of familiar and unusual mediums. The opening of ‘Art Exploration’ will be part of the EDIT 2017, Atelier Interior Design’s annual lifestyle event celebrating the very best of art, interior and fashion. The EDIT 2017 will take place at Atelier Interior

All art works are for sale.

Atelier Design
7 Wellington Place
Belfast BT1 6GB

Happy Carnival | Beat Carnival at Belfast Central Library, Belfast

5 October to 30 November 2017

Beat Carnival has been creating large-scale carnival parades here since bursting onto the city-centre streets with its first Belfast City Carnival in 1995. Over the past 22 years, 90 large-scale carnivals have been produced with artists and participants in our communities.

The “Happy Carnival!” exhibition at Belfast Central Library displays costume, props, photographs and designs from these creative celebrations for all.

Belfast Central Library
Royal Ave, Belfast BT1 1EA, UK
T: +44 28 9050 9150

Large array of negative feelings | Olga Dziubak at Array Studios, Belfast

5 to 7 October 2017

A video installation using the colour purple as a symbol of revolution.

“large array of negative feelings”

permanent state of emergency
to make violence unnecessary
men who speak when they have nothing to say
don’t know what to do with freedom
he interpreted her fight as an expression of her love for humanity

Olga Dziubak is a Polish multimedia artist, working primarily in painting and performance. Thematic interests include: camouflage, the aesthetics of pop culture and of the military, physical and emotional gesture, shame and transgression, and political influence on life and visual culture. She graduated from Academy of Arts in Szczecin with MA in Multimedia Arts in 2016.

Array Studios
48 King Street, BT1 6 Belfast, United Kingdom
T: +44 (0)28 9031 9248

Bands, Beacons, and Bystanders | George Robb at Duncairn Centre, Belfast

6 to 23 October 2017

Launch of a photographic exhibition by Embrace Studios photographer, George Robb. George is from East Belfast and premieres his solo exhibition, Bands, Beacons, and Bystanders, in the Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts in North Belfast, on Friday 6th October, 7pm – 9pm, with the exhibition continuing until 23rd October, supported by National Lottery funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Robb’s photographs explore the ‘Orange’ band and ‘Unionist’ culture of the 11th night bonfires and 12th of July parades. It is an observation of individuals in celebratory events simultaneously exploring changes in local cultural and political shifts.   Robb is particularly interested in the interdependence and relationships established in the parade with the bands and the audience.

The images play on the energy created by the community through the experience of fun, joy, and camaraderie; however, he acknowledges, with strong military associations and often considered anti-nationalist it has conflicting connotations.

In this exhibition, Robb poses an alternative narrative in post-conflict Northern Ireland. Highlighting this perspective, he is giving a voice to the community through observation and presentation rather than judgment.

Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts
Duncairn Avenue, Belfast BT14 6BP
T: +44 28 9074 7114

PHLOX | Group Exhibition at Naughton Gallery, Belfast

12 October to 26 November 2017

Work by Carly Jean Andrews (USA) / Tuesday Bassen (USA) / Laura Callaghan (UK) / Anna DeFlorian (Italy) / Cécile Gariépy (Canada) / Penelope Gazin (USA) / Fiona McDonnell (UK) / Shannon Wright (USA).

Opening Thursday 12 October, 6 – 8pm – featuring a live set by GIRL DJs.

Featuring a stimulating mix of established and emerging talent from around the world, Phlox showcases some of the most vital work being made by female illustrators today. A survey conducted in 2010 by 3×3: The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration discovered that of 527 illustrators living in the USA, the UK, Canada, Europe, and Asia/The Pacific, every single female illustrator – on average – made less than her male counterpart.

Phlox demonstrates how illustration industry sexism cannot silence female perspectives, with depictions of women as diverse as those who create them, exploring identity, race, sexuality, and representation.


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

The Tempest: Ireland, Memory, Identity | Hughie O’Donoghue at Belfast International Arts Festival

10 to 28 October

This exhibition of paintings, painted constructions and sculpture draw on the artist’s own experience and connections, people and places that he knew or knew of. In this exhibition for Belfast International Arts Festival, O’Donoghue has expanded on the themes explored in the body of work One Hundred Years and Four Quarters commissioned by Galway International Arts Festival in 2016. Foregrounded are three new major works, some over six meters in length and an extended version of the moving sculpture A Distant Thunder.

Cinema and cinematic scale are one of the motifs of the new tarpaulin paintings exhibited in Belfast which draw their inspiration from (the) early silent cinema, in particular the work of F. W. Murnau, himself a soldier, pilot and survivor of the First World War. The ghostly image of the departing ship (actually the wreck of The Plassy on Inis Oirr) evokes The Demeter of Bram Stoker’s Dracula as envisioned by Murnau in his 1922 masterpiece of German Expressionist cinema, Nosferatu.

The storm that was the last one hundred years is the starting point. Looked at from the perspective of various events O’Donoghue likens the works to the four differing accounts of a murder in Kurosawa’s 1951 film Rashomon. In the film the murder of a Samurai is recounted by four characters; a bandit, the Samurai’s wife, his own ghost and a woodcutter. Their stories are mutually contradictory and self-serving.

The four characters O’Donoghue has evoked are the revolutionary, the soldier, the sailor and the rural farmer.

Through their differing perspectives the events that have shaped the century are alluded to in an attempt to explore the subjective and fugitive nature of truth.

Carlisle Memorial Methodist Church, Carlisle Circus

FIX 17 at Catalyst Arts, Belfast

5 to 9 October
Launching Thursday 5 October, 6pm

Catalyst Arts is pleased to present the highly anticipated International Live Art Biennial FIX17.

FIX is an internationally renowned and distinctly Belfast biennial, established by Catalyst Arts in 1994. For twenty-three years Fix has consistently delivered an innovative programme of local and international live, sonic and performance artists to the city of Belfast and is one of Europe’s longest running live art festivals. The legacy of Fix has been to create opportunities locally for emerging and established practitioners, providing work for artists, photographers, videographers, writers, curators and arts administrators.

For a full programme of events visit:

Catalyst Arts, 5 College Court, Belfast BT1 6BS

material conditions | Group Exhibition at Platform Arts

5 to 20 October
Opening 5 October, 6pm

“without these connections I could not have witnessed the constellation of ideas in local clusters and the transformation that occurs as messages pass from one place to the next” – Nikos Papastergiadis, ‘Spatial Aesthetics’

‘material conditions’ is a collaborative exchange between Platform Arts Belfast and Engage Art Studios Galway, responding to the immaterial and material conditions that transfer into artistic production.

Artists: Cecilia Danell, Jane Queally, Marias Diaz, Michelle Hill, Ruby Wallis, Simon Daly, Vicky Smith.

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

Pioneer | Conor McFeely at QSS Gallery, Belfast

6 October to 2 November
Opening Thursday 5 October, 6pm

Conor McFeely lives and works in Derry. His work incorporates a wide range of processes, from the ready-made to sculpture and installation, as well as photography, video and audio.

Multi-layered fracturing and manipulation of materials serves to find new relationships, referencing twentieth-century global political history, Northern Ireland’s troubled legacies and landscapes in the second half of the twentieth century.

His exhibition at QSS, titled Pioneer, points to episodes of altered states in relation to religious rapture and sexual ecstasy, as well as drug-induced experiences and interruptions of consciousness. The work is driven by McFeely’s ruminations on the nature of individual free will, choice and autonomy.

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

Telluric | DAS Residency Exhibition at Cotton Court Gallery, Belfast

29 September to 14 October
Opening event on the 28th September from 6pm

DAS is delighted to present new work by the current artists in residence Rachel Alexander, Chloe Brennan, Laura Cochrane and Robbie Sivewright.

Opening hours are Wednesday to Saturday 11 – 4pm or by appointment outside of these hours.

Cotton Court Gallery,
Cotton Court,
30 – 42 Waring Street,

Acquired Resilience | Patrick Colhoun at ArtisAnn Gallery, Belfast

5 to 28 October 2017

Preview 4 October 6–8pm

A solo exhibition of contemporary sculpture and mixed media by Patrick Colhoun.

‘Acquired Resilience’ will be the artist’s third solo exhibition of 2017 and is the natural sequel to ‘What Holds You Together?’ which opened in Ben Oakley Gallery, London, in March of this year. ‘What Holds You Together?’ was borne largely from the artist’s observation that most people need something to help cope with everyday life and function within society. That something could be family, a fetish, religion, alcohol, drugs, the family dog, or something else. For the artist, it turns out to be the making process itself. The process of turning thoughts and feelings into actual tangible objects.

‘Acquired Resilience’ is the artist’s response to that exhibition and the questions that it asked. It is a contemporary sculpture and mixed media exhibition with a twist. This new body of work is based largely around the desire of the artist to return to working with abstract forms. The artist also draws from previous work in terms of the material and methods used for fixing the pieces together. Unconventional material such as hosiery and cable tries remain.

ArtisAnn Gallery
70 Bloomfield Avenue, Belfast, BT5 5AE

40³ | Group Exhibition at Crescent Arts Centre Gallery

6 to 29 October
Exhibition Opening: Sunday 8 October 3pm

A comprehensive exhibition and series of participatory events: highlighting the extraordinary range of technique, imagery and vision of both past and current printmaking community. 40 Years, 40 Prints, 40 Printmakers is a testament to BPW’s printmaking facilities, showcasing the legacy and spirit of a thriving network of artists. The 40³ exhibition and programme of events is gratefully funded by Belfast City Council, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the British Council.

The Crescent Arts Centre
2-4 University Road, Belfast
BT7 1NH, Northern Ireland
T: +44 (0) 28 9024 2338

Video Encounters: Inside the Story | Rachel MacLean and Bedwyr Williams at Golden Thread Gallery

5 October to 18 November 2017

Why not come and have your senses rearranged courtesy of The Lion and The Unicorn by Rachel Maclean and The Starry Messenger by Bedwyr Williams, presented side-by-side in the North of Ireland for the first time! Inside the Story is a welcome alternative to the big binary ideas that have dominated the political landscape for the past two years. Anything could happen when Rachel meets Bedwyr in this fabulous collision of glitter, make-believe and dark wit.

The Golden Thread Gallery is delighted to launch its Video Encounters exhibition series with these two remarkable artists and their works of wonder. The Video Encounters series of exhibitions will create opportunities to engage with and delve into works of international acclaim and to encourage the imagining of conservations between each other.

Video Encounters: Inside the Story explores the re-imagining of identity and social structures, through divergent approaches to context and narrative. Both works feature the artist in the lead role/s and in front of the camera.

The Golden Thread Gallery would like to acknowledge the generous support of the British Council Collection, who loaned both works in the exhibition.

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

BOUNCE! 2017 | Arts + Disability Forum, Belfast

27 September to 6 October

Northern Ireland’s annual disabled and deaf arts festival ‘bounces’ into Belfast this month with ten days of entertaining and thought-provoking dance, theatre, visual art, physical theatre, film, cabaret and a range of workshops.

Bounce Festival celebrates work by exceptional artists from Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and the UK, who are deaf or disabled. Now in its sixth year there are many ways to get involved, with visual arts, theatre, dance and free workshops all on offer. The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is delighted to support this wonderful festival and I would encourage everyone to go along.”This year’s venues include the ADF Gallery, Brian Friel Theatre, Crescent Arts Centre, Spectrum Centre, the MAC and City Hall.

The full programme, with links to ticketing and more in depth information on the artists is available via the Arts + Disability Forum website,

Arts and Disability Forum
109-113 Royal Avenue,
Belfast, N.Ireland BT1 1FF
T: +44 28 9023 9450

We Speak Silent | Group Exhibition at PS2, Belfast

22 September to 14 October

We Speak Silent is an exhibition exploring the performative and political dimensions of speech and language. The works in the exhibition offer up what might be considered a ‘radical linguistics’; pushing and playing with language in experimental and unexpected ways in order to both reveal and rupture its conditions. Participating artists: Nicoline van Harskamp, Justine McDonnell, Tom Varley and Hannah Weiner.

11 North St, Belfast BT1 1NA
T: +44 28 9023 5912

The Frog Devoured the Sun | Fiona Finnegan at Ulster University Art Gallery, Belfast

22 September to 21 October 2017

The Ulster University Art Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition,
Fiona Finnegan: ‘The frog devoured the sun’.

Fiona Finnegan is a painter who graduated with an MFA distinction from Ulster University in 2009 and is currently living and working in Belfast. In her practice, Finnegan explores the topics of the uncanny, folklore and para possibilities.

Ulster University Art Gallery
Belfast School of Art
York Street, Belfast, BT15 1ED
T: +44 (0)28 7012 3456

the corridor | Paddy Bloomer and The 1st German Electrophonic Orchestra at Culture Night, Belfast

22 September 2017

`the corridor´ is a new arts project from Dundalk, which explores borders and their political, social and cultural consequences through a series of public talks, screenings and exhibitions. The project discusses the history of the Irish border and the future challenges of the upcoming EU border for this area. The first event is a collaboration with the 1st Deutsches Stromorchester (1st German Electrophonic Orchestra).

Opening with the sound survey of the Belfast-Dublin corridor, LINEAR BELONGINGS explores, defines and performs vertical and horizontal territories outside of politics, religion, borders and barriers through a series of events in Ireland and Germany.

Together with visual and performance artists from Dublin, Drogheda, Dundalk and Belfast, the two initiatives form a temporary research centre working in public and semi-public spaces. In each city, they survey and document their sociocultural surrounding.

In Belfast, the Electrophonic Orchestra works together with artist, inventor, explorer and plumber Paddy Bloomer who invented a transportable radio transmitter that transfers the live recorded sounds by the orchestra. Bring your own radio to connect and meet us at Belfast Town Hall for a collective sound walk.

Special performance on Culture Night Belfast on Friday, Sept 22, 2017 at 3 pm (starting at Belfast City Hall, ending at Lawrence Street Workshops).

the corridor
T: 083-8284193 (Anne Mager)