Category: Northern Ireland


Patterns (The Falling Figures and other stories) | Praneet Soi at CCA Derry

27 October to 16 December
Opening Friday 27 October at 7pm.

Living and working between Amsterdam and Kolkata, India, Praneet Soi often develops work through an intuitive understanding of his social, economic and cultural landscape. One of his continuing concerns is the casting of a personal narrative over politicised subject matter. This installation is presented across CCA’s three gallery spaces and is the artist’s most significant presentation in Ireland and the UK to date.

The exhibition will include recent paintings and a newly commissioned sculpture. A video work incorporating the artist’s documentation of the Smyth & Gibson luxury shirt factory in Derry and the Mughal Minto Album at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin is mapped to play on a specially designed curvilinear wall. Included within this body of works is Srinagar – on loan from the Van Abbemuseum collection – an extensive installation of wall-based drawings/texts and 47 papier-mâché tiles meticulously hand-painted with experimental motifs and patterns by the artist and Kashmiri artisans.

Patterns (The Falling Figures and other stories) is generously supported by the British Council, the Mondriaan Foundation, and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. With special thanks to the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, and Smyth & Gibson, Derry.

Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry
10–12 Artillery St, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6RG
T: +44 (0) 28 7137 3538
E: info@cca-derry-londonderry.org
W: cca-derry-londonderry.org


Where History Begins | Group Exhibition at Void, Derry   Recently updated !

28 October to 16 December  2017

Exhibition Launch 28 Oct: Christodoulos Panayiotou in Conversation 6pm; Curators Talk 7pm; Launch 7:30-9pm

Where History Begins explores the complex relationship between material culture and historical truth. The development of archaeology in the early 19th Century is closely associated with the categorisation of material culture, preoccupied with the construction of a timeline through which artefacts determine the culture of a society in a space and time. These materials have become indexes within the field of research and when placed within a museum context have become valuable evidence or artefacts evoking a history.

The nature of culture is to be dynamic and constantly shifting, with a multiplicity of histories. This exhibition questions how we construct historical narratives, how there is no one historical truth, and in what way histories have been constructed through the colonial project and particular ideological contexts.

Artefacts that demonstrate the complex history of Derry City and its surrounding area, from the early Neolithic period (c.4000 – 3500 BC) to the Ulster plantation period of the 17th Century are exhibited with national and international contemporary artists revealing comparative histories with other cultures. The artists address the difficult relationship between destruction, conservation, appropriation and collective memory.

Void
Patrick Street, Derry, BT48 7EL Northern Ireland
T: +44(0)28 7130 8080
E: hello@derryvoid.com
W: derryvoid.com


Signs and Ciphers | Alistair Wilson at Millenium Court Arts Centre, Portadown

6 October to 22 November 2017
Alistair Wilson: Signs and Ciphers

Revealing links across various periods of production, Signs and Ciphers, an exhibition of works by Belfast-based artist Alistair Wilson, is broken into four parts and realised across two galleries. Encompassing selected works spanning forty years of production, the exhibition does not set out to provide a definitive survey of Wilson’s work to date, rather this extended exhibition draws together key works in an attempt to bring to the fore the prevailing themes and common characteristics present in Wilson’s practice. This rare opportunity to experience such a substantial body of Wilson’s work creates an opportunity to delve into the formal and conceptual concerns and the tension for his work to conform to having a fixed state.
The first instalment launched at the Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast on the 3rd August 2017 and focused on Wilson’s more recent practice. This second instalment, at the Millennium Court Art Centre, Portadown features examples of work dating back to the early 1970s.

Millennium Court Arts Centre
William Street, Portadown
T: 0044 2838 394415
E: info@millenniumcourt.org
W: millenniumcourt.org


TAMPED (The Sequel) | The Doherty Family at Larne Museum & Arts Centre

6 October to 27 October 2017

On the back of last year’s exhibition, TAMED, comes the sequel, the difficult second.
Still a Doherty family exhibition of amateur work comprising a diverse range of subjects and ideas in different formats and mediums; heavily influenced by their surroundings and everyday events.

“An exhibition that reflects our inspiration. Enjoy.”
Terry, Andrew, Mark, Pauline, Erin Doherty – TAMPED

Larne Museum and Arts Centre
2 Victoria Road,
Larne,
BT40 1RN
T: 028 28 262443
E: marian.kelso@midandeastantrim.gov.uk
W: sites.google.com/site/larnemuseumandartscentre


New Horizons: New Perspectives | New Horizons at Ards Arts Centre, Newtonards

6 to 28 October 2017

This exhibition features clients’ work from Action Mental Health’s North Down & Ards New Horizons programme, which offers vocational training, personal development and employment support for those recovering from mental ill health.

The programme includes creative classes, which offer individuals the space to engage with inspirational ideas and skills, leading to a new perspective on themselves, their abilities and potential to explore fresh directions in the future.

This exhibition of works includes photography, print and glass pieces which showcase the clients’ creative talents and reflects the new and changing perspectives of each individual.

Ards Arts Centre
Town Hall, Conway Square, Newtownards BT23 4NP
T: 028 9181 0803
E: arts@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk
W: ardsarts.com


Garden of Delights | Frances Ryan at Ards Arts Centre, Newtonards

6 to 28 October 2017

This exhibition by Frances Ryan celebrates the garden as a place hospitable to the exercise of reverie, memory and imagination through a series of large and small scale semi-abstract oil paintings that reimagine the botanical garden. Natural forms are pushed through a process of layering and sanding back, combined with observational drawings and spontaneous mark-making.

Frances Ryan graduated from IADT Dublin (1997) and has won numerous awards, including the Paul Henry Landscape Prize at the Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition (2006 and 2014) and the Towry Award for Best Work from Northern Ireland at the NOA Competition, Somerset House & Chichester, UK (2014 & 2015). This year she has exhibited work at the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition in London.

Ards Arts Centre
Town Hall, Conway Square, Newtownards BT23 4NP
T: 028 9181 0803
E: arts@ardsandnorthdown.gov.uk
W: ardsarts.com


Artist Talk | Corrina Askin at Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre, Limavady

26 October 2017 at 2:00pm
Free admission but please book your place in advance.

Exhibiting artist Corrina Askin provides an informative and illustrated talk on her work and creative process as an illustrator and animation artist. Based in Belfast, Corrina trained at the Royal College of Art, London and has been commissioned by Channel 4, MTV, RTE and The Irish Film Board.

Over the last 10 years she has worked principally in creating work for children’s TV and media, including
the animated series, Joe and Jack (RTÉ) and Castle Farm (Milkshake). She currently has two series in pre-development with Brown Bag Films, Dublin and King Rollo, UK and has just illustrated five stories for the CBeebies Storytime App, (downloadable free from CBeebies website) Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, Nian and The Elephant and The Mouse.

In book illustration, Corrina has won awards from Bologna Children’s Book Fair, The Bisto Award for illustration and The Cle publishing award. She has also worked with Random House, O’Brien Press, as well as
several independents.

This is a wonderful opportunity for art students aged 16+ and creative practitioners to gain invaluable insight from Corrina on the creative media industries, how to cultivate and submit proposals and her own creative development.

Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre
24 Main St, Limavady
T: 0044 28 7776 0650
E: information@rvacc.co.uk
W: roevalleyarts.com


New Work | Ryan Burke at Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, Limavady

30 September to 11 November 2017

Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre were thrilled to have recently discovered the work of Welsh sculptor Ryan Burke.Working from his studio in Belfast, Ryan makes the most extraordinary handcrafted, unique and quirky creatures and characters from found and recycled materials. From small robot characters made from recycled wood which are also lamps to crow-like sculptures, Ryan’s work takes the adult and child viewer into other worlds of fun and creativity, meeting strange, colourful characters and following narratives which ignite the imagination.

Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre
24 Main St, Limavady
T: 0044 28 7776 0650
E: information@rvacc.co.uk
W: roevalleyarts.com


The Twinkling Tree | Corrina Askin at Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre, Limavady

30 September to 11 November 2017

Artist and illustrator Corrina Askin exhibits an exciting new body of work related to two new animation series. The Twinkling Tree is a concept which centres on Jude and the characters who live in a fabulous walled garden. Guided by her friends, Mr. Bones, and Wobbly Bob, she could get lost in conversation at the Bridge of a Thousand Beards or learn to speak in pictures with Hoppy or end up flying in a hot air balloon with The Fearless Boy. The Twinkling Tree is a uniquely eccentric and beautiful show for pre-schoolers about the magic of discovery, trusting in the universe and following your own path in life. Corrina is currently in discussions with a leading animation company to develop this concept further.

Louis and How to Just Be is a feel good emotional guide for 12 years to adult. Louis is for those moments when we get stuck. Humour helps us shift gear and let a ‘hard moment’ pass. Louis and How to Just Be is about stillness, curiosity, and love and not taking ourselves too seriously. It will appear on the CBeebies/ CBBC social media platform in autumn 2017.

Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre
24 Main St, Limavady
T: +44 (0)28 7776 0650
E: information@rvacc.co.uk
W: roevalleyarts.com


Fermanagh Live Arts Festival 2017

4 to 8 October

Fermanagh Live Arts Festival for 2017 promises to be a truly creative and engaging family affair, building upon the successes of previous years and the ongoing commitment, creativity and imagination of an experienced team of volunteers, artists, educators and creatives. All dedicated to ensuring this year’s programme is diverse, dynamic and all-inclusive.

Come on board what promises to be a journey of creativity, curiosity, imagination and self-expression during this year’s Fermanagh Lives Arts Festival 2017. Oct 4th to Oct 8th.Celebrating creativity on and off the Island Town and the stunning Waterways.

Visual Art events include:

Cut and Torn | Marion Thomson
Town Hall, Enniskillen

Elsewhere | Douglas Hutton
Waterways Ireland, Sligo Road Enniskillen

Precious Cargo II | Noelle Mc Alinden
The Lovely Leitrim Boatel, Barge, Lough Erne Enniskillen

Thread Softly through Memories | Jenni Mc Grail
The Jolly Sandwich, Enniskillen

La Danse de L Art | Group Exhibition
Hambly and Hambly Gallery, Dunbar House, Enniskillen

Navy Skies and Golden Horizons | Patricia Kelly
Waterways Ireland, Sligo Rd Enniskillen

Postcards from Japan | Mavis Thomson
Enniskillen, Castle Museums, Enniskillen

The Lough | Brian Coulter
The Devenish Gallery, Enniskillen

More information here: flive.org.uk/index.php/example-styles/all-visual-art-listings


Free Gallery Tours at F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge

Saturday 21 October, Wednesday 25 October, Saturday 11 November, Wednesday 15 November,
11am

F.E. McWilliam Gallery guides will share some of the fascinating stories behind the current exhibition, Margaret Clarke, An Independent Spirit.
No booking is needed and all are welcome, meet at the information desk.

F.E. McWilliam Gallery
200 Newry Rd, Banbridge

T: +44 28 4062 3322

E: info@femcwilliam.com

W: femcwilliam.com


Collected Shadows | Hayward Touring Exhibition at Void, Derry

12 August to 7 October

Void is delighted to present the first showing of Collected Shadows, an exhibition of photographs from the extensive collection of the Archive of Modern Conflict, which will be shown in the UK for the first time, organised by Southbank Centre’s Hayward Touring. Opening at Void in Derry before embarking on a national tour, Collected Shadows offers a rare glimpse into the AMC’s extraordinary holdings of more than eight million images. First established twenty-five years ago as an archive of vernacular photographs and ephemera relating to the First and Second World Wars, the AMC has since expanded to encompass a plethora of subject matter. Curated by Timothy Prus, Director of the Archive of Modern Conflict, Collected Shadows presents a selection of 200 photographs, including works by renowned photographers Robert Frank, Brassai, Bert Hardy, Marketa Luskacova, Bertha Jacques, Eugène Atget and Walker Evans alongside a vast array of images by unknown and amateur photographers.

The exhibition will open with a curator’s talk at 6:30pm on Saturday 12 August. The exhibition then opens to the public at 7:30pm, with speeches commencing at 8pm. The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council will officially launch the exhibition.

Void, Patrick Street, Derry, BT48 7EL Northern Ireland
T: +44(0)28 7130 8080
E: hello@derryvoid.com
W: derryvoid.com


An Independent Spirit | Margaret Clarke at FE McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge

16 September to 18 November

A major, cross-border collaboration between the FE McWilliam Gallery and Studio, Banbridge, and the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin, will bring the works of talented County Down artist Margaret Clarke to audiences in Northern Ireland this month.

Margaret Clarke: An Independent Spirit, which opens at the award-winning gallery in Banbridge on Saturday 16 September, will shine a spotlight on the ambitious and striking works of this acclaimed member of Ireland’s artistic establishment.

Known for her strong and distinctive style, Margaret was in high demand as a portrait painter in the early 20th century and depicted many high-profile figures including prominent Irish statesman and former president Éamon de Valera.

Born in Newry in 1884, Clarke worked her way up from night classes at the local technical college to winning a scholarship in 1907 to study at the Dublin Metropolitan School of Art where she was a favourite pupil of celebrated painter William Orpen.

The exhibition, and accompanying illustrated catalogue, also explore the challenges Clarke faced as an artist and how she negotiated being in the artistic shadow of her famous husband, the renowned stained glass artist, Harry Clarke.

F.E. McWilliam Gallery
200 Newry Rd, Banbridge
T: +44 28 4062 3322
E: info@femcwilliam.com
W: femcwilliam.com


ABANDONED; NOT FORGOTTEN | Group Project at Sync Space, Bangor

13 September to 13 October

ABANDONED; NOT FORGOTTEN? Is a multidisciplinary art installation, which draws on the talents of four artists from different genres to use their own specialty to create a body of work each, which best answers the question “Have we forgotten the heritage and culture that unities us in Northern Ireland; for the sake of the political agenda which divides us? All four artists answered with a resounding no!

It is Phase II of Visual Artist’s Lise McGreevy’s 3 year art programme, PEACE AND RECONCILE. The artists involved in this second stage installation are Lise, Composer Marie Therese Davis, Poet Jim Johnston and film maker Paul Whittaker.

Following a successful hosting at the start of the month at The Long Gallery, Parliament Buildings, Stormont (where it obtained cross party MLA support from Sinn Fein, DUP and SDLP) the installation then opened the Aspects Literature Festival when it launched at Sync Gallery, Dufferin Avenue, Bangor on 13th September. Please phone Nick on 02891 469240 to discuss opening times as these may vary.

This installation has also gained MLA support from The Green Party and Alliance and has already secured hosting by several galleries through Northern Ireland up until May 2019. Please email marielisemcg@yahoo.co.uk if you would like to discuss this project further.

www.facebook.com/lisemcgreevyphotographic


The Unfamiliar Familiar | Nazareth House, Derry/Londonderry

22 September 2017

According to the Alzheimer’s Society, 850,000 people in the UK (nearly 16,000 in Northern Ireland) suffer from dementia, a disease with far reaching social and economic impacts yet one that is little understood or widely discussed in public.

Dementia is not just memory loss stemming from old age. It affects other complex brain functions including language, perception, special navigation and emotional/social awareness.

The Unfamiliar familiar, therefore, is a multi media installation that explores how dementia affects the individual, especially, and how it can render the familiar as threatening and unsettling.

Visual artist Sue Morris has been accessing Nazareth House, a former care home, over a prolonged period as part of a project exploring ageing and dementia. Morris lives and works in Derry. She has participated in numerous art events including exhibitions in Austria, Greece, Russia, Georgia, Estonia, USA, Ireland and the UK.

Facebook Event
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Nazareth House
Bishop St
Derry/Londonderry
BT48 6UJ


Bbeyond Performance Monthly, Derry

16 September, 11am to 8pm

September is the Autumn Equinox month so this performance will be a durational one lasting nine hours. The venue is the Glassworks, Queen Street, Derry.

The performance will follow the usual Bbeyond format and principles. Artists initially will make individual actions before working together in mutually responsive collaborations. Essentially they will aim to germinate positive universal harmonies, intuitively and spontaneously responding to the context and location.

The intention is to perform in the Glassworks Basement venue but if there are enough participants to merit using the adjacent former church building then this is also an option, please let us know in advance (see email addresses below) if you intend participating even if its not for the whole time.

E: bbeyond@europe.com
W: bbeyond.live


By the time I get to Phoenix | Group Exhibition at Seacourt Centre, Co. Down

4 to 30 September
Exhibition opening 4 September, 7pm

As part of an ongoing initiative by Seacourt to sustain and maintain relationships between international artists and arts organisations this latest exhibition features original prints by 20 artists from Seacourt and 20 guest artists from the Arizona Print Group. Both sets of artists were asked to respond to poets and songwriters from their respective countries and their responses were exchanged in the form of a boxed compilation of artworks. Participating artists include, Edward Ferguson, Helen Roberts, Fionnuala O’Neill, Tracey Hendry, Steph Harrison, Angela Darby, Pamela Hamilton, Robert Peters, Clinton Kirkpatrick and many more.

Seacourt
The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking
Unit 20 Dunlop Industrial Units
8 Balloo Drive
Bangor
County Down
T: +44 (0)28 9146 0595
E: info@seacourt-ni.org.uk
W: seacourt-ni.org.uk


Bogland, Branches and the Beach | Louise McLean at Roe Valley Arts

5 August to 23 September

An exhibition of over twenty unique and handcrafted baskets by expert willow artist Louise McLean.
As part of August Craft Month, we are delighted to present this exhibition by expert basket maker and willow artist Louise McLean of Atlantic Craft NI. An award winning artist who has featured on television,radio and magazines, Louise is based in Portrush and her work is influenced by our stunning coastline, rugged landscape and heritage.

In 2005, Louise entered and won ITV’s ‘Britain’s Craftiest’ competition, and since then she exhibits and retails her work internationally as well as undertaking substantial community projects, sharing her willow weaving and basketry skills with children and adults alike. Louise has been a finalist in the RTE Craft Master TV series and also worked on the Queen’s Coronation willow arches in 2013.

Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre
24 Main St, Limavady
T: 0044 28 7776 0650
E: information@rvacc.co.uk
W: roevalleyarts.com


(A) Dress | Alison Lowry at Millennium Court Arts Centre

5 August to 27 September
Opening: Friday 4 August, 7pm

A Free Bus will run between Belfast and Portadown on the evening of the opening. Leaves Belfast from Golden Thread Gallery at 6.45pm. Returns from Portadown at 9pm

(A) Dress is a significant exhibition of new work by glass artist Alison Lowry and will be part of the August Craft Month programme of activities across Northern Ireland.

With a family history in lace-making and embroidery, Alison studied textiles, then developed her skills in glass making in a variety of techniques. Inspired by her experiences of motherhood, Alison’s work captures small, but fleeting moments of life that are filled with memories, she says, “fabric preserves the essence of its maker; traces of the wearer become entwined with the warp and weft, allowing physical objects to become containers for memory.

The exhibition features exciting collaborations, a new film based on glass shoes and a large dress suspended from the ceiling, raining down droplets into the gallery.

The artist has used the technique of Pate de Verre to cast antique christening robes in the process, the original robe will be burnt away in the kiln but the glass will formed in its place – creating a fragile but haunting reminder of what was there before.

Artist Talk: Saturday 19 August, 12-1pm

Millennium Court Arts Centre
William Street, Portadown
T: 0044 2838 394415
E: info@millenniumcourt.org
W: millenniumcourt.org


A Name Unmade: Francis Ledwidge (1887-1917) | Group Exhibition at Nerve Visual, Derry

8 July to 1 October

A new contemporary visual arts exhibition exploring the life and work of poet Francis Ledwidge has opened at the Nerve Visual Gallery, Ebrington, in Derry~Londonderry.

A Name Unmade: Francis Ledwidge (1887-1917) features work by six contemporary visual artists presented in response to the Meath poet in the centenary year of his death. The exhibition, curated by Sabina Mac Mahon and Declan Sheehan, travels to Nerve Visual following its launch at the Solstice Arts Centre in Navan earlier this year with work from artists Patricia Burns, David Farrell, Clare Langan, Mick O’Dea, Niamh O’Malley and Sasha Sykes.

Famously remembered as Ireland’s soldier poet, Francis Ledwidge was stationed at Ebrington Barracks for a period in 1916 before being posted back to the Western Front in January 1917. During his time in Derry~Londonderry, he wrote some of his most famous poems about he events of the Easter Rising. He died on 31st July 1917 during the third battle of Ypres in Belgium.

The exhibition includes a Creative Centenaries interactive zone with animations, graphic novels, an interactive exhibition and multi-screen projection of archive footage.

Nerve Visual
Building Eighty81,
Ebrington
Derry,
Northern Ireland
T: +44 28 7116 0237
E: info@nervecentre.org
W: www.nervecentre.org