Category: Northern Ireland – Belfast

domestic affairs | Group Exhibition at Platform Arts

7 to 22 July
Opening Thurs 6 July, 6-9pm

Francesco Simeti | Zsofia Schweger | Ursula Burke
Curated by Hayley Gault

We are inside and outside it. No so-called ‘elevated’ activity can be reduced to it, nor can it be separated from it…And another thing: do you think art is external and superior to real life…? Similarly, do you think that politics and state are above everyday life and external to society?

Gallery 2
Platform Arts, 1 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA
T: 028 9031 1301

BIBLE | Momo Okabe at Framewerk, Belfast

23 June to 22 July

In these award-winning, explicit portraits, Okabe sensitively presents her subjects: two of her transgender lovers who are going through the intense period of their transitions.

Okabe is the first Japanese photographer to receive FOAM’s Paul Huf award (a photography prize initiated by Dutch museum FOAM for photographers under 35 across the world) in 2015.

FOAM Magazine is an international photography magazine that connectsa global network of photographers, photography enthusiasts and professionals.

Framewerk, 10 Upper Newtownards Road, BT4 3EL Belfast
T: +44 7931 655 155

Je t’aime moi aussi | Olivier Fermariello at Arts + Disability Forum Gallery, Belfast

22 June to 22 July
The exhibition will launch on Thursday 22 June, 5.30pm.

Arts + Disability Forum, in conjunction with Belfast Photo Festival, are pleased to present Je t’aime moi aussi, a collection of photographic works by Italian photographer Olivier Fermariello., The artist will be present at the exhibition opening to discuss how his photographic lens allows him to develop relationships between formal distance and intimacy, desire and impossibility. Born from his fascination with the complex relationship between Other and Self, Fermariello uses these intimate portraits to uncover the taboo of sex and disability.

By providing a window into the most intimate chambers of private domestic life, Je t’aime moi aussi is an exhibition that feels both voyeuristic and touchingly familiar. Choosing to confront and dispel the conventional expectation and acceptance of traditional physical beauty, Fermariello engages the viewer with a sexual aesthetic that is rarely seen and frequently denied.

Fermariello captures his subjects both in moments of domestic mundanity, and in moments of erotic fulfilment. With gentle guidance and careful skill, the end results are honest rather than fetishised. Fermariello’s nudes are courageous and proud, curious and provocative, tender and open; they defiantly dare the viewer to question their prejudices, to see what has for so long remained unseen.

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

Proximity | Platform and Pollen Studio Exchange Exhibition, Belfast

8 June to 6 July 2017
Platform Arts and Pollen Studios

Exhibition continues: Thursday 6th July with a closing evening Late Night Art July.

Proximity brings together new work from selected Pollen and Platform studio members. The exhibition creates a varied cross-section of visual art from within the close proximity of both collectives in the area of Queen Street. This exchange encouraged the studio artists’ to explore new surroundings in the form of a collaborative ‘exchange of space’ and create new work based on the idea of collaboration and celebration.

Featured Artists at Platform: Alice Clark, Jayne Cherry, Rebecca Smyth, Sinead Breathnach-Cashell, Aimee Magee and Rebekah Robinson.
Featured Artists at Pollen: Jack Cole, Andrew Glenn, Jacqueline Huskisson and Eamon Quinn.

Reception to Announce the Winner of The Suki Tea Art Prize, Belfast

Friday 9 June, 6pm
Official announcement at 6.30pm
Suki Tea HQ, 6 Twin Spires, Belfast, BT12 3JF.

The Suki Tea Art Prize offers professional artists a chance to win a two month, fully-funded, artist residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris, including flights, accommodation, studio space, a monthly stipend, and superb networking opportunities. The prize is worth over £4,000 and aims to provide artists with an opportunity to respond to a new environment and develop new work.

Courtesy of Suki Tea, and facilitated by the Arts & Business NI Investment Programme, Visual Artists Ireland initiated the prize in 2015. The prize is open to all professional artists resident in Northern Ireland and all Visual Artists Ireland members in the Republic of Ireland working in all visual art forms at all career stages. Colin Darke was announced as the inaugural winner of the £2000 prize at Stormont in October 2015.

Noel Kelly, CEO of Visual Artists Ireland said “It has been a great pleasure working with Suki Tea, Arts and Business Northern Ireland, and the Centre Culturel Irlandais in the development of this great opportunity. The winner will follow in the footsteps of well-known artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Henri Rousseau, Pablo Picasso, and Henry Matisse who all spent at least part of their careers being inspired by the unique atmosphere that Paris offers to those seeking inspiration. The winner will enjoy two months during which they can engage and immerse themselves in a city that defines the word creativity for many.”

Belfast School of Art Annual Student Exhibition

2 to 10 June

Come and see exciting, unexpected and innovative work made by our students in dynamic studios in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter.

View the work of future creative leaders in Contemporary Applied Arts: ceramics, jewellery and silversmithing; Animation; Interaction Design; Graphic Design and Illustration; Photography; Fine Art: painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, time-based art, performance, digital media, video; Textile Art, Design and Fashion and more

Ulster University
25-51 York St, Belfast

Catalyst Commissions | Aideen Doran and Ryan Moffett at Catalyst Arts

1 to 8 June
Preview: Thursday 1 June 6pm

Catalyst Arts is delighted to present ‘Catalyst Commissions’ which brings together two artists, Aideen Doran and Ryan Moffett, who have been selected to develop new work over a three month and one year period, respectively, with support from the board of directors at Catalyst Arts. This exhibition is the culmination of a research and development period for both artists with new lens based works presented in the gallery.

In his practice Belfast based artist Ryan Moffett explores the topics of representation, authenticity and fiction. Creating fictional narratives influenced by factual events, he explores the perceived ‘truths’ held within research rich spaces, such as documentary practice, museums, national geographic magazines, anthropological texts, and zoological gardens.

Glasgow based artist Aideen Doran was selected as part of a Members open call for a new artist moving image commission in partnership with FLATPACK, Birmingham, 2017. Doran presented a new work entitled ‘The Mechanical Child’ which premiered as part of ‘On the Edge’ screening event at FLATPACK. This new work of Doran emerges from the artist’s research into the nature of consciousness, exploring the possibilities for new kinds of empathy and exchange between human and non-human minds. It draws upon the 20th century psychiatrist Bruno Bettelheim’s case study of ‘Joey, A Mechanical Boy’, published in his (since discredited) book The Empty Fortress.

Catalyst Arts, 5 College Court, Belfast BT1 6BS

Artist Talk | Juno Calypso at Golden Thread Gallery

Saturday, June 3, 2017
1:00pm to 2:00pm

In 2011, after two decades of taking pictures of herself in private, Juno began a series of self-portraits in which she staged herself as a fictional character named Joyce.

Without knowing how to explain what she was doing at the time, she used her grandmothers’ houses, or rented bedrooms online, and took pictures of herself while the hosts were asleep. Once alone she used Joyce to reenact the private underlife of a woman consumed by the laboured construct of femininity, carried out to the point of ritualised absurdity.

In this talk Juno will discuss her photographic practice and staged self-portraits, where she enacts solitary moments of preparation and anticipation with her alter ego.

Please RSVP to or ring Ruth or Deirdre 028 90330920 if you would like to book a place.

Belfast Photo Festival
All Welcome. Admission FREE. Tea, Coffee and Biscuits available at £1 per head or bring your own lunchbox.

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

Free Now | Pierre Liebaert at Queen Street Gallery, Belfast

1 to 30 June
Opening Thursday 1 June, 6pm

Free Now is part of the 2017 Belfast Photo Festival, the Photographic Biennial for the island of Ireland. This year, the Festival has taken as its inspiration the visual politics of sexuality and the ways in which the camera is used to construct and deconstruct gender binaries.

Pierre Liebaert invites us to a strange in-camera experience. In response to an ad placed by Pierre, models volunteered to pose nude and anonymously before the camera – as if this face to face with the unknown photographer was the one thing they had been waiting for.

By posing nude and masked, revealing imperfect bodies at odds with the standards of erotic photography, these men had nothing else in mind but to abandon themselves to the gaze of the other. The resulting photograph is for them a document which bears witness to this sublimation; a ‘photograph as proof’, an image of their momentary freedom.

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

Late Night Art Belfast | Thursday 1 June

Late Night Art Belfast happens on the first Thursday of every month with over a dozen galleries opening their doors for an evening celebration of the vibrant visual arts scene in Belfast.

Join in around the world next week by following the hashtag #LNAB and reshare your favourite images, videos and surprises with your friends and colleagues.


Fully guided bus tour departs from outside the front of the Linenhall Library at 6.30pm and finishes approx. 9.15pm. Join this tour by booking through paypal on or by ringing the Townhouse on 028 90311798. £10 per person.


Or make your way around the galleries at your own pace. Here are just some of the highlights of this Late Night Art:


Belfast Photo Festival 2017

1 to 30 June

The Belfast Photo Festival is a not for profit organisation that presents one of the leading International Festivals of photography in the United Kingdom and the Visual Arts Festival of Northern Ireland.

Launched in 2011, this major photographic event attracts over 80 thousand visitors a year, celebrating some of the finest National and International contemporary photography across 30 museums, galleries and public venues.

The Festival consists of exhibitions, talks, symposiums, workshops, screenings, masterclasses, portfolio reviews and tours.

The Honeymoon Suite | Juno Calypso at Golden Thread Gallery

1 June to 22 July
There will be a pre-launch tour of the exhibition with Juno Calypso at 5.30pm on Thursday 1 July

The Honeymoon Suite is possibly Juno Calypso’s most startling photographic mission. Dressed in lurid pastels and a wig, Calypso’s one-woman tour of honeymoon hotels defies the typical perceptions of gender and identity through an edgy prism of wit, humour and courageous vulnerability.

Since 2011 Calypso has used a fictional alter ego named Joyce to “reenact the private underlife of a woman consumed by the laboured construct of femininity”. The Honeymoon Suite is a continuation of the ‘Joyce’ series. In the Spring of 2015 Calypso spent a week posing as a travel writer at a couples-only honeymoon resort in Pennsylvania USA. She was granted keys for every suite in the resort where she photographed herself alone as Joyce.

Juno Calypso’s disconcerting way of presenting the body, generally her own body, to the public puts two fingers up at the male gaze and subverts Jean Claude Forest’s Barbella as a psychedelic comic-strip heroine. Barbarella was a hedonistic, free-spirited, interplanetary astronaut travelling the universe in search of love whereas Calypso’s Joyce protaganist is searching for something darker and more challenging.

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

Abandoned; Not Forgotten? | Group Exhibition at The Engine Room Gallery, Belfast

1 to 30 June 2017

Artist Lise McGreevy, poet Jim Johnston, Composer Marie Therese Davis and Film maker Paul Whittaker. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy listening to original compositions, created by Marie Therese and Jim, and the debut showing of a short film created by Paul and Jim.

English is now the predominant language being spoken in Northern Ireland and Ireland; where once both the Irish and Ulster Scots languages were spoken fluently and their cultures endorsed as a way of life for centenaries, by society north and south of the border.

The remit for all four artists for this installation was to promote and embrace both traditions of our society’s cultures equally, and create an original body of work which they best felt answered the question:
The culture, heritage and language of our joint Irish and Ulster Scots history – is it abandoned; forgotten?

The reply by all four was a resounding “NO”.

The Engine Room Gallery, directly behind Belfast City Hall, 5 Donegall Square South

Please contact Lise McGreevy ( for further details

Of objects and me | Iiu Susiraja at PS², Belfast

2 to 30 June 2017
PS², 18 Donegall Street, Belfast

Of objects and me is a solo exhibition by Finnish artist Iiu Susiraja combines large-scale self-portraits, still-lives and film-based installations.

Susiraja’s work depicts the artist engaging in a variety of absurd activities in a domestic environment. She stages surreal situations in which a woman takes risks and challenges social stereotypes by exposing herself to the camera. Susiraja’s work is both humorous in its simplicity and unapologetic: her direct gaze challenges the viewer by contradicting what the work otherwise appears to be portraying.

HELLO MR | Survey Exhibition at Naughton Gallery, Belfast

1 June to 30 July 2017 | Opening: 1 June, 5.30
The Naughton Gallery, University Rd, Belfast

The Naughton Gallery proudly presents a comprehensive survey of the history of Hello Mr. magazine. Founded by New York-based Ryan Fitzgibbon in 2013, Hello Mr. consistently features an intelligent collection of articles, stories, interviews, photographic essays and reviews, starting meaningful conversations about the values and aspirations of a new, culturally inquisitive generation.

Celebrating and showcasing the diversity of gay culture, Hello Mr. is more than a magazine. It is a community of “men who date men”, starting new conversations about their interests, loves, hopes and fears. Whilst reflecting the varied experiences of gay men today, the magazine’s readership is much more widespread. Content is fuelled by reader submissions from around the world – ranging from interviews with musicians, artists and athletes to essays on notions of identity and progress – ensuring that Hello Mr. continues to maintain the universal relevance it has enjoyed since its debut.


MACELLUM (Slaughterhouse) | John Connolly at Tivoli Barber Shop, Belfast

1 to 22 June 2107
Tivoli barber shop, 15 Lower North Street, Belfast

John Connolly is a part time, Fine Art mature student at Belfast School of Art approaching the final year of an Honours Degree. For this exhibition Connolly has scaled down larger, process based work for the gallery space. The artwork could be described as dystopian, elements of science fiction horror or aspects real life prophecy. Various facets of history, psychological domination and passive political consent, all civilisation walking down hallways passageways, boulevards… Andron translated from the Latin meaning isle or corridor.
Definition of CORRIDOR, passage in a building or train; strip of land or airspace providing access through foreign territory.

Not a Monochrome Set | Noel Murphy at ArtisAnn Gallery, Belfast

1 to 30 June

Internationally acclaimed Belfast artist, Noel Murphy, in conjunction with the ArtisAnn Gallery, will be presenting a series of new works – his first Irish exhibition in five years – entitled ‘Not a Monochrome Set’.

The new works, at first glance all black and white paintings, are instantly recognisable as the work of a master. Belfast-born Noel Murphy has exhibited widely throughout Europe and the Americas but is perhaps best known for painting ‘The Northern Ireland Assembly in Session’. This 4’6 x 8 foot portrait depicts all 108 members of the Northern Ireland Assembly, which currently hangs in the Senate Chamber in Parliament Buildings.

ArtisAnn Gallery
70 Bloomfield Avenue, Belfast, BT5 5AE

Greater Than I | Stuart Calvin at Golden Thread Gallery

4 May to 17 June

“There’s a crack in everything. That’s where the light gets in.” Leonard Cohen 1992

In this new exhibition, Greater Than I, Stuart Calvin contemplates life, transcendence, and the journey of the soul.

Calvin is inspired by the idea of energy and frequency being present in the world and the human body and how these can be changed through the applied use of objects or through ritual, magic and meditation. He uses his understanding of materials to transform thoughts, objects and transient light into sculptures and installations that are charged with contemporary mysticism.

Drawing on familiar symbolism from magic, mysticism and the occult Calvin’s work explores incorporeal worlds, supernatural experiences and the human propensity to venerate and fetishize objects. References to New Age ideologies, superstitions and theories of consciousness are ever present and the work forms connections between the visible and invisible, the physical and metaphysical, the known and the unknown.

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

Snake | Clare Strand at Belfast Exposed

28 April to 17 June 2017
Belfast Exposed, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast

Belfast Exposed are delighted to present ‘Snake’ by Clare Strand, a new body of work exploring a collection of images sourced from the artist’s extensive personal archive, recently published as ‘Girl Plays with Snake’ by MACK Books. Being realised as an exhibition for the first time, the project is a continuation of Strand’s ongoing engagement with the scrapbooks, magazines and photographs that she has been drawing together since her mid-teens.

This multi-dimensional exhibition presents photography, text and technology colluding together within the gallery space. Women and girls are pictured holding, playing with and gazing fondly at snakes, juxtaposed alongside automatic generated texts orchestrated by Strand, which touch on the absurd, the intimate, the erotic and the uncanny.

Signed copies of Girl Plays with Snake published by MACK Books (2016) will be available to purchase from the Belfast Exposed bookshop.


Lost in Narration | Group Exhibition at The MAC, Belfast

10 March to 18 June

A major new exhibition guest curated by Manuela Pacella that brings together several multi-layered projects across a range of media by Italian artists Riccardo Giacconi, Invernomuto and Luca Trevisani.

Each respective body of research brings these artists far from the relative comfort of Western Europe, with Giacconi considering the cultural and historical resonances evoked by Colombian puppet character, the Espiritado; Invernomuto unpacking complex histories and stories between Italy, Ethiopia and Jamaica; and Trevisani working in a small town in Kenya with a group of researchers to study the fraught existence of Sudan, the world’s only surviving male Northern White Rhinoceros.

These three projects have all been conceived in relation to little-known and marginal events, delving into vernacular languages, oral histories, and personal curiosities, where the artistic research processes employed perform incredible leaps across space and time to create new and unexpected forms of perception and meaning.

Presented as singular propositions filling our galleries, this exhibition can nevertheless still be read as a unified whole that unexpectedly reveals itself as a complex, connected system across the building. Lost in Narration invites audiences to go somewhat adrift, to allow these artists to tentatively offer up unique new tales for us to step into and discover for ourselves.

MAC Belfast
10 Exchange Street West, Belfast
T: 028 9089 2960