Category: Northern Ireland

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

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

August Craft Month 2017, Northern Ireland

27 July to 31 August

August Craft Month is the largest annual celebration of contemporary craft and the applied arts in Northern Ireland. Co-ordinated by the team at Craft Northern Ireland, the sector leading body for the promotion and development of the design-led contemporary craft industry in NI, and with support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, 2017 marks our 11th year of August Craft Month.

We have invited galleries, museums, local councils, craft organisations, arts centres, universities, heritage organisations and individual makers to join us and develop a rich programme of over 200 events and activities taking place this August all across the region.

August Craft Month is an opportunity for all of us to support local designer-makers and promote their work. It’s a wonderful oppertunity for the public to experience, participate in and learn more about contemporary craft through workshops, exhibitions, demonstrations, talks and much, much more.

Use the online guide to find out whats happening near you this year and celebrate craft your way:

(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

Group Pop Up Exhibition at Ballycastle, Co. Antrim

27 July to 2 September

A pop up exhibition featuring a collection of work by Irish artists.

The exhibition features a wide range of works from artists and craft makers including jewellery by Robert Spotten, sculptures by Jo Hatty, animal ceramic sculptures by Sharon Regan, knitwear from designer Edel McBride and ceramics by Cula Ceramics – Patricia Millar, Malcom Murchison, Alan McCluney.

Further original works by artists Harry McMahon, Barry Williamson, Ashley Coulter, Les Sharpe, Robert Spotten, Joan Gibson and Nadia Kaczmarczuk.

Other artists include glass artist Catherine Keenan, photography by Conor Edgell, landscapes by Ossie Bruce, felted works of art by Linda Lewis, embroidered jewellery by Janice Gilmore and willow sculptures by Louise McLean complete the collection.

The Pop up gallery opening hours are 9.30am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday and 1pm to 6pm on Sundays. The gallery is situated in Ballycastle town centre, 44 Ann street, with an easy access to car parking.

For more information email Brigitte Spotten at

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,
Northern Ireland
T: +44 28 7116 0237

The Pursuit of Happiness | Eddie Rafferty at F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Co. Down

17 June to 2 September 2017
F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio, 200 Newry Road, Banbridge, County Down

The Pursuit of Happiness, a stunning new exhibition by local artist Eddie Rafferty opens to the public on Saturday 17 June. Featuring prints, drawings, paintings and collages the exhibition depicts the people and places that Eddie has encountered at home and abroad, particularly in South Africa where he worked as an artist in residence.

Some of the earliest works in this exhibition are a series of colour lithographs depicting nostalgic subjects including Banbridge’s long demolished Art Deco cinema and Gilford Pigeon Club. These local scenes are depicted in a playful folk-art aesthetic that is in stark contrast to the fine draughtsmanship seen in later etchings, particularly the series of large in heads of young men, made from life in South Africa.

No Title | Sarah Pierce at CCA, Derry

22 July to 16 September

CCA is pleased to announce an upcoming solo exhibition by Sarah Pierce, No Title, opening on 22 July. The exhibition is related to Pierce’s long-term project with CCA which hones in on dementia, on the one hand as a marked disorder, but with a potential to reorder and restructure what we consider to be – and how we construct concepts of – personal narrative and subjecthood.

The exhibition No Title will be launched alongside the artist book by the same name, which has been produced as part of the project and features contributions from Claire Potter, Mason Leaver-Yap, Jacob Wren, Karl Holmqvist, and TJ Clark.

Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry
10–12 Artillery St, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6RG
T: +44 (0) 28 7137 3538

Ceramics and its Dimensions: Shaping the Future | Group Exhibition at Millennium Court Arts Centre

24 June to 22 July

Ceramics and its Dimensions is a project which examines European ceramics from the perspectives of the past as well as of the future, with its new possibilities. The project has partner institutions in eleven different countries in Europe and it is co-funded through the Creative Europe program of EU and coordinated by the Porzellanikon Staatliches Museum für Porzellan, Hohenberg a. d. Eger / Selb.

For more information on the project visit:

Millennium Court Arts Centre
William Street,

T: 0044 2838 394415

Basic Communities / Soft People | Philipp Kremer at CCA, Derry

20 May to 8 July

CCA is proud to present a solo exhibition by Berlin-based artist Philipp Kremer – his first major exhibition in Ireland / UK. Basic Communities / Soft People features two recent series of paintings that depict groups of human figures, alternating between convivial scenes of reading and dancing (Basic Communities) and scenes that suggest people in a more violent and eruptive state of relationship (Soft People).

The idealism described in Kremer’s Basic Communities series is matched with a dense, compositional airlessness, painted with colours that offset the tonalities of skin, clothing and background environment. The works in the Soft People series are more capacious in their approach, registering the horror of their subject matter through light and gestural marks that suggest the human body in a cruel state of subjection. Across the two series, Kremer’s works evoke questions of representational ethics, both in art’s address of human suffering and in the promise of social togetherness.

Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry
10–12 Artillery St, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6RG
T: +44 (0) 28 7137 3538

The Complex Seer | Emily McFarland at CCA, Derry

20 May to 8 July

Emily McFarland’s presentation at CCA is titled after an essay by Martin Walsh that explores the relationship between film and German playwright Bertolt Brecht’s theories and works. The Complex Seer features a video installation that draws upon footage from a range of films including the cult movie Zabriskie Point, the fiction/documentary Ice, and La Chinoise, one of French-Swiss New Wave director Jean-Luc Goddard’s most political works. These films were produced in the late 1960s and early 1970s at a time when countercultural activity dominated the media and political landscape. In different ways they portray groups of radical students and young people who conspire to affect the upheaval of mainstream society. The works in The Complex Seer use this imagery as a way to recode the cinematic conventions of depicting revolutionary action and investigate the spaces in which these actions are collectively planned and formalised.

The installation makes reference to avant-garde architectural spaces by incorporating a digital print that depicts details in artist, designer, and architect El Lissitzky’s Cabinet of Abstraction (1927-28), a changeable room/artwork designed to house abstract art within a museum. Modular flat-pack shelving contains a cassette player and collection of hand made tapes with recordings of live concerts by the American countercultural rock band The Grateful Dead, sourced by the artist from the torrent site Pirate Bay. Originally collected by fan, ‘taper’, and later official Grateful Dead archivist Dick Latvala, the cassettes included in The Complex Seer draws parallels between the subcultural Grateful Dead analogue ‘taper’ bootlegging community and the activity of ‘plugging-in’ to contemporary collective online file sharing networks.

Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry
10–12 Artillery St, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6RG
T: +44 (0) 28 7137 3538

Other Scenes | Brigitte Zieger at Void

3 June to 29 July

Void is proud to present the work of German Paris-based artist Brigitte Zieger. Curated by Gregory McCartney, ‘Other Scenes’ explores virtual and spatial 3D images which relate to history and the integration of displacements between image, sculpture and space.

Zieger’s work relates to her interpretation of political and historical contexts and the images which emerge from them. She employs a diverse range of mediums, from drawing and cut-outs to video, sculpture and wallpaper. At the heart of Zieger’s work is the ability to draw the viewer in through its appealing aesthetic, only to be confronted by the subtle signs of violence which exist just beneath the surface: destruction, alienation, and oppression.

This exhibition explores the space which is represented and produces forms which are both typically digital and seemingly decaying, thus talking simultaneously of the future and of ruins, of a past perishing in a fragmented digital memory and a world in the period of dematerialisation. Zieger is motivated by this materialisation and dematerialisation, by the possibility of offering he viewer the opportunity to find him/herself physically included in this formal proposition, that one can approach as much on the poetic and sensorial, even aesthetic level, as on the conceptual level.

Void, Patrick Street, Derry, BT48 7EL Northern Ireland
T: +44(0)28 7130 8080

End of Year Art and Design Exhibition at Southern Regional College, Newry

1 to 8 June

The Southern Regional Campus, West Campus, Newry will be holding its 2017 end of year Art and Design Exhibition.

Southern Regional College is the largest Further and Higher Education College outside of Belfast in Northern Ireland. With a total of six campuses in Armagh, Banbridge, Kilkeel, Lurgan, Newry and Portadown and covering two of the newly appointed district councils, the College offers first class education and an exciting learning environment for further and higher education.

Patrick Street,
Newry BT35 8DN
T: +44 300 123 1223

Cybertage | Gary Shaw at R-Space, Lisburn

10 to 24 June

Selected new work by Gary Shaw. Working under the pseudonym of Byte Marx, this selection of new work uses digital imaging to create a visual commentary on the socio-political malaise in Northern Ireland and beyond. Through a deliberate use of parody the work promotes an alternative reality through the strange juxtaposition of people, objects, materials, textures and apparatus. Subtle visual metaphors offer a heightened, distorted and thought provoking view of the world.

R-Space Gallery
The Linen Rooms,
32 Castle Street,
Lisburn, Northern Ireland, BT27 4XE
T:028 9266 3179

Two Exhibitions at Millennium Court Arts Centre

Gallery 1 + 2: CHRYSALIS: BA (HONS) Creative Imaging Degree, HND Graphic Design and HND Photography students from Southern Regional College (SRC)
Exhibition runs 2 June to 17 June 2017

Gallery 2: Portadown Visual Arts Society’s 15th Annual Summer Exhibition
Exhibition runs 2 June to 24 June 2017

Millennium Court Arts Centre is delighted to present two exhibitions showcasing the development of work by artists, students and practitioners from the local area. In Gallery 1 and Gallery 2 is the exhibition CHRYSALIS, comprised of work from students from Southern Regional College (SRC). Sharing Gallery 2 is Portadown Visual Arts Society’s 15th Annual Summer Exhibition.

CHRYSALIS (Gallery 1 & 2) is a show-case of work from students completing their studies at Southern Regional College’s Lurgan Campus. The exhibition takes in work by students from the BA (Hons) Creative Imaging Degree course, the National Diploma In Graphic Design and the HND Photography Course. This work will be an eclectic mix of photography, graphic design, media and fine art presented through a range of medium such as photography, video, print, painting, drawing, artist books, sculpture and installations. Themes vary throughout from expressions of individual ideas and concepts to the development and showcasing of a professional or commercial practice.

In Gallery 2 Portadown Visual Arts Society (PVAS) will hold their 15th Annual Summer Exhibition.
PVAS are a local art group who are major stakeholders in the Arts Centre. This exhibition creates another step in providing artistic opportunities for the members in a professional setting. The work, which draws great interest from the local area, will continue to develop ties between MCAC and local practicing artists.

Millennium Court Arts Centre
William Street, Portadown
T: 0044 2838 394415

Convergence | Noel Connor and David Gepp at the Verbal Arts Centre, Derry

27 April to 30 June

The artist and poet Noel Connor and the renowned photographer David Gepp, were both born and brought up in Belfast, Noel in Andersonstown, David in Finaghy. Less than a mile apart, the two areas are connected by Finaghy Road North, an arterial route which crosses over and under the main Belfast/Dublin train line and the North/South M1 motorway. Yet throughout their childhoods and teenage years, they would rarely if ever have travelled the length of this road, which joined or separated two of the Protestant and Catholic communities of the city.

A chance meeting three years ago has led to a shared love and fascination for a section of Donegal coastline where David has settled and Noel spends part of each year working. This show represents only a small portion of the work they have derived from their creative response and contemplative scrutiny of this extraordinary area.

Working separately and arriving from very different directions, technically and creatively, their concerns converge to produce remarkable currents and cross currents. This contrast and diversity only enriches and feeds their shared commitment to the pursuit of work that is at once rooted in both the commonplace and the revelatory, the localised and the universal.

Opening hours:
Monday to Thursday: 9.00am to 5.30pm
Friday: 9.00am to 4.00pm

The Verbal Arts Centre
Stable Lane and Mall Wall
Bishop Street Within
Derry / Londonderry
T: 028 7126 6946

A Natural End | Maurice Orr at the Mid-Antrim Museum at The Braid

5 May to 26 June 2017

A Natural End is a collection of monotype prints inspired by the weathered beauty of ageing fishing boats. Local artist Maurice Orr has produced this series in response to the work of maritime artist Kenneth Shoesmith (1890-1939). The prints will be displayed alongside Art of the Liner, a travelling exhibition of Shoesmith’s artwork from National Museums Northern Ireland.

Maurice Orr delights in looking closely at the things other people might not notice. While Shoesmith’s paintings depict the glorious newness of a vessel at sea, Orr’s prints take inspiration from the rusting hulls of a more modest seafaring past, revealing beauty in the colours and patterns of rust and peeling layers of paint.

Mid-Antrim Museum at The Braid,
1-29 Bridge Street,

T: 028 2563 5010

Contemporary Photography Works at the The Higher Bridges Gallery, Co. Fermanagh

2 to 17 June 2017 | Opening: 2 June, 7pm
The Higher Bridges Gallery, Clinton Centre, Belmore St, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

Contemporary Photography works from The Arts Council of Northern Ireland Acquisitions Collection
This exhibition will showcase photography from the Collection of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. The works are by emerging and established artists and will include pieces by artists such as Willie Doherty, Donovan Wylie, Mary McIntyre, Simon Burch and Jan McCullough. Northern Ireland has a particularly strong photographic art scene and many artists from here are exhibiting their work nationally and internationally to great acclaim. This exhibition will show a range of subject matter including the arctic, portrait images, and landscape seen from a variety of perspectives. The images make us question our society in different ways and the artists share their unique viewpoints.
Opening speech by Dr. Suzanne Lyle, Head of Visual Arts The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

For further details please contact:

Readings in Passage: Mountain Reflections | CAAKE at Roe Valley Arts Centre

28 April to 24 June 2017
Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, 24 main Street, Limavady, Co. Londonderry

CAAKE are artists and performers Gail Mahon, Rachel Gomme, Tara J. Murphy, Sandra Robinson, Bronagh Corr-McNicholl and Bridget Madden.
In 2016, the group undertook creative work in the Sperrin Mountains and this resulting exhibition represents the memories, mark making and performance created in such an elemental and unique environment.
Combining film, sound, large-scale prints and objects, the exhibition explores how our own physical selves record and experience movement, materials and time when connecting with our native natural places.

T: 02877760650, E:

Elements | Bernie Leahy at Market Place Gallery, Armagh

28 April to 17 June
The Art of Craft 2017 exhibition opens at the Market Place Gallery on Friday 28 April at 7.00pm.

‘Elements’ is a solo exhibition by Fine Craft Artist Bernie Leahy. The exhibition features drawing, sculpture, video, painting – with stitch. Leahy’s new work explores a variety of media and delves into a wider palette of colour, grasping fleeting moments and fragments of our emotional range.

The launch at 7.00pm on 28 April will feature an introduction from Dr Audrey Whitty, Keeper of the Art and Industrial Division (Decorative Arts and History) of The National Museum of Ireland.

Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre
Market St, Armagh
T: +44 28 3752 1821