Category: Northern Ireland – Belfast

Alleys of the East | Jonathan Brennan at Framewerk, Belfast

27 March to 8 April 2017
Framewerk Gallery, 10 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast

‘Alleys of the East’ is an exhibition of 20 hand-pressed monotype prints by artist Jonathan Brennan. The works in the show feature alleys in the east of Belfast. Some feature the Comber Greenway, which is an alley of sorts.
Alleys, by their nature, are narrow and straight, creating strong perspectival lines and heavy contrasts of light and dark, lending themselves to Brennan’s chosen medium of the monotype.

The exhibition is accompanied by a short film on the subject of alleys in East Belfast. From dog fouling to celebrating the Queen’s jubilee, the film explores through footage and interviews with local residents how people use their alleys. Included in the Belfast Film Festival. |

Life’s Single Lesson | Chad Alexander at Framewerk Gallery, Belfast

20 to 26 March
Opening on Monday 20 March at 7pm.

An exhibition by Chad Alexander.

Chad Alexander was born in Belfast and is currently completing the final year of a BA (Hons) degree in photography at Ulster University. His photographic practice revolves around themes related to home, social fracture and conflict. His practice is very much rooted in his upbringing in Northern Ireland, which continues to influence his work at home and abroad.

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

And Europe Will Be Stunned | Yael Bartana at Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast

23 March to 13 May 2017
Golden Thread Gallery, 84 – 94 Great Patrick Street, Belfast

Yael Bartana’s deeply stirring and contentious film trilogy And Europe Will Be Stunned is both of its time and ahead of it. Bypassing cliché, this bold and subversive project explores propaganda, longing and migration through an uneasy fusion of fiction and reality that is hard to untangle. Experiencing all three films in a gallery environment gives us a space to contemplate and question the human dilemmas that shape the world we inhabit.

This exhibition is in association with Artangel, London. The trilogy And Europe Will Be Stunned is part of the Artangel collection. More information can be found at



Life’s Single Lesson | Chad Alexander at Framewerk Gallery, Blefast

20 to 25 March 2017 | Opening: 20 March, 7pm
Framewerk Gallery , 10 Upper Newtownards Road, Belfast

Framewerk  gallery with Imagine Festival of Ideas and Politics present ‘Life’s Single Lesson’ by Chad Alexander.
‘Life’s Single Lesson’ is a series of photographs made in and around particular areas in Belfast, primarily where the artist grew up. Mixing portraits, landscapes, interiors and exteriors, Alexander takes the viewer on a visceral journey through places marked by Belfast’s history, and where people are eager to move on from dark days into a brighter and more peaceful existence.

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Guadalupe+Other Hallucinations | Jonathan Brennan at Cotton Court Gallery, Belfast

20 March to 1 April 2017 | Late night Art: 23 March, 6pm
Cotton Court Gallery, Cotton Court, Ground Floor, 30-42 Waring Street, Belfast

Cotton Court Gallery presents ‘Guadalupe + Other Hallucinations’  by Jonathan Brennan.

The work was created in response to a 2016 collection of texts by the artist’s brother Dylan Brennan – a poet, academic and long-term Mexico City resident. The collection, entitled ‘Guadalupe and other Hallucinations’, is both chronicle and meditation on travelling throughout the country.


Gallery hours:  Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm.

Disorder | Helouise O’Reilly at ADF, Belfast

17 March to 7 April
Opening Thursday 16 March 5pm

Disorder is an experimental six channel video installation which invites the viewer to experience life through the eyes of an adult with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

Artist’s Conversation: 23 March 1 to 2pm

Confirm to ADF at least a week in advance if you want us to book BSL or audio description.

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

As The Story Was Told | Group Exhibition at Catalyst Arts

10 to 31 March
Opening Preview: 9 March, 6pm

Yuri Ancarani, Gerard Byrne, Jamie Crewe, Diego Marcon

The project borrows its title from a short story of the same name by Samuel Beckett published in 1987, which focuses on an exploration into frames of reference, stories told by an Other and the ongoing interplay of authority from a first person narrator. The text is concerned with the nature of the creative act, the struggle between the dissociation of storytelling, the split within the creative artist as embodied in the narration and the difficulty of uniting these two dwellings. This group show brings together four artists whose lens-based works re-consider and present gathered documents from recent history, texts and objects in a contemporary context using methods of restaging, re-enactment and narration.

Catalyst Arts, 5 College Court, Belfast BT1 6BS

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

Late Night Art Belfast, Thursday 2 March

LNABLate 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.

Share your own experience on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Periscope and Pinterest and share this story with the world.


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:


Engine Room Gallery
Donegall Square South

Interstice – Adrian O’Connell

Interstice, O’Connell’s new exhibition, transforms paintings into critical social commentary in an era of globalization and a growing new world order. His paintings examine the current trend of information gathering. In particular, elements of the recognisable barcode are metaphorically used to convey how one’s personal data may be collated to track one’s movements, patterns of spending and possibly in the not so distant future, indicate whom one may or may not vote for. The construct of the monochrome paintings reveal layer upon layer of under painting and palette knife work generating imagery that encompass multitudes of gestural marks, that at first glance render the work as abstract, yet on closer inspection, recognisable forms, shapes, and even text is unveiled. This method of drawing upon drawing covers the surface of the canvas and serves to intentionally corrupt the imagery.


Platform Arts Gallery
Gallery 1
Opening Thurs 2nd March, 6-9pm

Space in Time – Erin Hagen

Erin Hagan’s work is expressionistic in nature, and connects to a sense of mystery and spiritual complexity. She maintains a material process within her work without having preconceived ideas of what the outcome will be. This process offers a sense of encountering, finding or revealing.
Hagan’s work ranges from painting and drawing to installation and sculptural aspects. Space in Time will include her most recent works.

Exhibition continues until 25th March


Golden Thread Gallery
Thu 26th January – Sat 11th March
100 Works – Sean Hillen

“Sean Hillen works in a space even Francis Bacon would tidy, creates collages that would give someone with 20:20 vision a headache, and is as much a cultural institution as a working artist.”
Cora Burke LeCool in 2013

Sean Hillen: 100 Works is the first major solo exhibition of Sean Hillen in Northern Ireland, and is focused on his practice as a collagist, with works dating back to the early 1980’s.His distinctive images have been circulating in Irish visual culture for over 30 years. Having grown up in Newry in an intense phase of the Northern Ireland conflict, he studied in London at LCP and at the Slade School. His earliest works were art/documentary photos which quickly became source material to a series of series of paradoxically funny but politically-charged photo-collage works, amounting to around 70 made between 1983 and 1993, when he moved to live and work in Dublin.
In the Irish Times chief critic Fintan O’Toole wrote that they “remain the best expression of what it felt like to be in Northern Ireland during the Troubles”


Real Sketchy
The Green Room at The Black Box

When Late Night Art just isn’t late enough, Real Sketchy is here for you. (I mean 9pm isn’t really that late is it but ‘Early Night, Tucked Up in Bed with an Ovaltine by Nine Art’ doesn’t really scan does it)

InkMonkey Art Supplies provide the pens and paper, Black Box serve up the booze & pizza and we scan the hell out of everything while playing you the finest tunage.

You’d be surprised the amount of fun you can have with a pencil, a scanner and a premium Spotify account.

Oh and it’s free in like!

Trauma + Triumph | Go Girl collective at QSS Gallery, Belfast

2 to 9 March
Opening evening: Thursday 2 March 6pm

Go Girl presents a diverse and visually exciting exhibition featuring a cross-section of artistic practises from women working in the areas of: illustration, painting, performance, video, design, fashion, music and photography. The exhibition is presented over two rooms and will feature a live music performance on the opening night.

Go Girl Collective:
Go Girl is a collaborative community of young creatives based in Belfast and Derry who believe in feminism, opportunity and inclusion.

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

Proverbs | Robert Ellis at Belfast Exposed Photography

3 March to 15 April 2017 | Opening: 2 March, 7pm
Belfast Exposed Photography, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast

Belfast Exposed is pleased to present Proverbs by Robert Ellis, an on-going body of work using photographic images and audio recordings that engages with the contemporary landscape of Uganda while exploring its layers of memory.

While the proverbs themselves exist as a result of concentrated wisdoms based on experience, the images here do not attempt to portray the age-old wisdoms. Rather, they seek to create a platform which might allow them to be re-imagined. Wandering through this unfamiliar landscape, Ellis’ photographs linger on the people and its landforms.

Fluid in approach, there are no fixed stories to tell, or no conclusive outcomes to communicate, rather an overarching narrative considers how place is experienced, in terms of its aesthetic values, and for the layers of memory and history that it holds.

Artist Talk: Wednesday 12 April, 1pm. Please visit the events page for more information.

BEFORE | Victor Sloan at Belfast Exposed Photography

3 March to 15 April 2017
Belfast Exposed Photography, The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast

Belfast Exposed is pleased to present, BEFORE, an exhibition opening up the photographic archive of Victor Sloan, one of Northern Ireland’s most prominent contemporary artists. Sloan is known internationally for his visceral art works of images relating to the Troubles. These works are made through a process of intervening directly onto photographic negatives by scoring, scratching and mark-making with a number of materials including pen, paint and bleach.

This new exhibition reveals an excerpt from an extensive but little seen body of archival photographs that Sloan made in the 1970s and 80s in Northern Ireland. The images document the activities and characters that populated Sloan’s daily life; the urban development of his hometown of Craigavon; and the constant and pervasive presence of the political conflict.

For the artist these photographs functioned as a type of preliminary ‘sketchbook’, shaping the distinctive style and thematics he would later become known for. Viewed together as an exhibition they represent Sloan’s significant contribution to the tradition of Northern Irish documentary practice.

A limited edition publication will be produced to accompany the exhibition.

Artist Talk: Victor Sloan In Conversation with Feargal O’Malley Friday 10 March, 2pm. Free admission, booking advised.

Exhibitions by Erin Hagan and Rachel Rankin at Platform Arts Belfast

3 to 25 March
Opening Thursday 2 Mar, 6pm

Platform Arts Belfast Upcoming Exhibitions: Space and Time and Making Scenes

Gallery 1, Erin Hagan: Space and Time
Erin Hagan’s work is expressionistic in nature, and connects to a sense of mystery and spiritual complexity. She maintains a material process within her work without having preconceived ideas of what the outcome will be. This process offers a sense of encountering, finding or revealing.
Hagan’s work ranges from painting and drawing to installation and sculptural aspects. Space in Time will include her most recent works.

Gallery 2, Rachel Rankin: Making Scenes
In gallery 2 we have our graduate resident show by Rachel Rankin. Her work explores and re-writes narratives relating to her sense of self, often in contrast to her idea of an image of Utopia. Through the use of video and performance, an autobiographical narrative is created, using metaphor and anecdote. The focus is often on perceptions of the artist’s body as a female one, and associations of woman as maternal, sexual and domestic figures. Rankin, in making work, creates acts in time to protect the ideas that sit very old within her. Through her work, she is either filling up or emptying out herself in some way. She allows hidden things to leak out.

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

Anticipated Fictions; Monumental Configurations | Dorothy Hunter at PS2, Belfast

17 February to 3 March
Opening 16 February 6pm

Anticipated Fictions; Monumental Configurations is based on theoretical destruction and (re)construction in conflicting ideologies. The work explores the bookending of time and space through the private sector, urban planning and public space in two existing instances in Magherafelt. It addresses the different temporalities that cohabit our lived space in the remnants of the past as well as the eventuality of the future.

The exhibition, consisting of a film installation and sculptural installation, plays on the nature of information available, adding referents and expanding contexts to change its reading. The work plays with the potentiality, and tension between stability and instability.

Curated by Mirjami Schuppert

Artist’s talk: Dorothy Hunter in conversation with Daniel Jewesbury and Dave Loder 23 February 6pm.

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

Sequences | John Rainey at Bullitt Hotel, Belfast

9 February to 10 March
Bullitt Hotel
40a Church Lane, Belfast BT1 4QN

VAI Northern Ireland in partnership with Bullitt Hotel, Belfast, are delighted to present this exhibition of new and existing work by Northern Ireland-based artist John Rainey.

Working primarily with 3D print technologies and ceramics, Rainey’s work considers how digital cultures, advancing technologies and photographic practices can suggest new pathways for representing the body. His work, Rainey states, ‘reflects recent (increasingly digitised) changes to our cultural, personal and social ways of living and communicating’

John Rainey is the first artist to be selected for a new VAI NI programme which seeks to pair artists and curators; working within non-traditional exhibition spaces, in order to explore ways to reach new audiences and expand curatorial practice in a way that doesn’t rely upon a white cube aesthetic. The first in this series is curated by Jane Morrow and will launch at Bullitt Hotel in Belfast on Thursday 2 February from 6pm to coincide with Late Night Art Belfast.

About the artist:
Rainey completed his MA at the Royal College of Art, London, in 2012. He is an associated artist of Marsden Woo Gallery, London, where his first solo exhibition was held in 2013. In the same year, he completed a four-month residency at Konstfack University for the Creative Arts as the Anglo-Swedish Society’s Visual Arts Scholar and was selected to produce a large-scale installation for “COLLECT 2013 Project Space” at the Saatchi Gallery, London. Recent exhibitions include “Less + More” at Oonagh Young Gallery, Dublin and “On Visibility” at Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast.

For more information about the exhibition or this programme, please contact Rob Hilken, Northern Ireland Manager, Visual Artists Ireland, by email:

BOSTON | Group Exhibition at Golden Thread Gallery

2 February to 11 March

Margaret Hart, Zach Horn, Elizabeth Marran and Cat Mazza from the University of Massachussetts, Boston present an exhibition showcasing the wide variety of skills and mediums found at this prestigious institution. Despite the variety of the artistic approaches brought forward, the exhibition is inherently about people. These themes on people vary from Hart’s collages probing gender norms, Horn’s video and drawing work surrounding ideas of the neighbour, Marran’s abstract narratives and textile work by Mazza using traditional patterns as markers of social cohesion.

BOSTON will transport a small representation of Boston’s artistic breadth to Belfast. BOSTON seeks to transplant artwork to Belfast, to reposition a distinctly American notion of location into a new context. While the participating artists work in a myriad of styles and materials, their sense of place is eminently personal.

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

Predictable Contact | Michael Hanna at The Naughton Gallery, Belfast

sml-michael-hanna16 February to 26 March 2017
The Naughton Gallery, Lanyon Building, Queen’s University, Belfast

Belfast-based Michael Hanna is the official Artist in Residence for Northern Ireland Science Festival 2017. Within his practice, Hanna appropriates evocative materials including acoustic foam and perforated steel, along with tactile art materials such as wet clay, rubber and plastics. These are integrated with video projection and animation in what has been described as showing a “healthy disregard for institutional boundaries between disciplines”.

Predictable Contact sees the creation of immersive, synthetic environments using a combination of sculptural elements, video, and sound. It is inspired by scientific methodology and classification, and continues the artist’s interest in psychological research on learning. The exhibition considers how we make sense of the world both visually and conceptually.

This exhibition has been generously supported by British Council Northern Ireland. |

A Series of Small Explosions | David Turner at QSS, Belfast

23 February to 25 February
Opening night Thursday 23 February, 6pm

With A Series of Small Explosions, Belfast-based artist David Turner presents powerful images of bomb explosions created using LEGO bricks and Hama Beads and intended as a critical commentary on war.

David Turner has used these popular children’s building mediums to produce colourful panels and objects representing bomb blasts. Their playful toy-like aspect is only apparent, as these art works offer a denounce of the atrocities experienced by children in war zones around the world, be they victims or perpetrators as child soldiers, of death and violence.

These explosions also provide a critical reflection on how children are being exposed through war toys and games to the glorification of war and the denial of its devastating effects on human beings.

Turner created the exhibited pieces conveying a critical commentary of war drawing upon considerations on present and historical conflicts, but also recalling memories of the conflict he experienced as a child when growing up in turbulent Belfast during the ‘70s.

The artist has produced a wide and diverse body of work exploring and highlighting the atrocities and glorification of war through a variety of forms and mediums, making both two-dimensional representations and objects with a seemingly playful toy-look for their use of LEGO bricks, Hama Beads, crayons, or because replicating popular war toys.

With A Series of Small Explosions focusing on the catastrophic effects of bombs, Turner returns to a theme that informed past and new art pieces now displayed together for the first time in this show.

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

Bbeyond Performance Monthly, Belfast

Saturday 18 February, 12 noon.
York St Station Underpass, Belfast.

The second Performance Monthly of 2017 will take place at York Street Station Underpass. Following this we will have an discussion about “What happened or took place?”, “What were the experiences connected to feelings/ideas”? We are interested to gather relevant discussion about working together in public place/space/s. After the Performance Monthly we will meet in the Boardroom where the Bbeyond office is located on Royal Avenue.

Third Floor
Cathedral Quarter
109-113 Royal Avenue

Ulster Photo Fair 2017 | Ulster University Art Gallery

16 to 23 February

The Ulster Photo Fair will launch on Thursday 16th of February with an exhibition at the University of Ulster, which will showcase the works of up and coming fine art photographers who are experimenting and challenging the medium of photography in creative and exciting ways. Come along for a chance to see and share ideas, entertainment, refreshments and fun.

In addition to the exhibition, there will be a series of talks from students and professionals from different aspects of the industry.
– 16th Feb: Donald Weber, author of the seminal work ‘Interrogations’.
– 22nd Feb: Student Talks
– 23rd Feb: Hannah Watson, director of Trolley Books and TJ Boulting Gallery.

Editing Clinic:
As part of this year’s programme the two artists in residence from the Belfast School of Art’s Photography department are offering free informal sessions to help artists out with an ongoing body of work. Mary Hamill and Maria Przybylska will spend up to an hour helping with concept development, editing or sequencing a series.

For more information and booking email:

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