Category: Northern Ireland

Guided Tour | The Pursuit of Happiness at F.E. McWilliam Gallery

28 June
11am to 12pm

Join our gallery guides on a guided tour. Our guides will share some fascinating stories behind Eddie Rafferty’s exhibition, The Pursuit of Happiness.

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.

No booking needed, meet at the information desk.
Entrance: Free

F.E. McWilliam Gallery
200 Newry Rd, Banbridge
T: +44 28 4062 3322

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.

Group Show at the Garden of Reflection, Derry

2 to 16 June 2017
Garden of Reflection, Bishop st, Derry

The Garden of Reflection present ‘To the Waters and the Wild’. This group exhibition presents recent work by Heidi Nguyen, Maura Mc Glynn and Sarah Davidson and features mainly monotypes and  small oils. Mc Glynn focuses on the sea and islands, Davidson on flowers and portraits and Hguyen on marks and colours

For more information contact Maura, T: 44 28 71 367 413


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

David Haughey at Seacourt The Centre For Contemporary Printmaking , Co. Down

8 May to 2 June 2017
Seacourt The Centre For Contemporary Printmaking Unit 20 Dunlop Industrial Units, 8 Balloo Drive, Bangor, Co. Down

According to Our Historians a Meteorite Fell Hissing, is an exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints by David Haughey
In the science fiction novel “We,” by Yevgeny Zamyatin there is occasional reference to a “Two-Hundred-Year War.” The details of the catalysing epoch are never described fully. The reader is left to speculate upon the crisis and the conditions that brought it about. This speculation, is one of the central concerns in this body of work. With any occurrence largely read by digital means, how is the historical timeline composed and events concatenated? How does this lens affect reading, and position an “event” relative to any other moment, with only diffuse edges separating document and fiction in this arena?

The framework put in place to create this work, is a model of how images and data are found and referenced, revealing the flaws, the haphazard nature of search, and the evident human curation, not only of the archive, but the mechanics and structure of how we interact with any archive and its data.

T: +44 (0)28 9146 0595, E:

Half Light | Ellie Davies at Roe Valley Arts + Cultural Centre, Limavady

31 March to 13 May 2017
Roe Valley Arts & Cultural Centre, 24 Main Street, Limavady, Co. Londonderry

Half Light is the first exhibition by award-winning photographer, Ellie Davies, in Ireland. Based in Southern England, Davies has been working in UK forests since 2007, making work which explores the complex interrelationship between the landscape and the individual. The forest becomes Ellie’s studio, reflecting her personal relationship with the forest and a meditation on universal themes relating to the human psyche and woodland. For this exhibition, our Curator, Desima, has selected works from Ellie’s body of photographic work —The Gloaming (2011), Between the Trees (2014), and Stars (2014).

T: 02877760650, E:

Beauty in the Commonplace | Matthew Gammon at Strule Arts Centre

28 April to 27 May

Matthew Gammon specialises in creating photographic prints using the traditional intaglio printmaking technique. His work explores, through abstraction, the innate beauty to be found in the structures and patterns of the commonplace, and has featured in exhibitions by the Royal Ulster Academy, the Royal Hibernian Academy and the Royal Photographic Society.

Strule Arts Centre
Townhall Square,
Co Tyrone BT78 1BL

T: 028 8224 7831

Tony Hill: Selected Works 2017-1972, F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Co. Down

14 April to 3 June 2017
F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio, 200 Newry Road, Banbridge, Co. Down

Tony Hill: Selected Work 2017 – 1972
Featuring key works from throughout Tony Hill’s career, this exhibition presents a diverse selection of art created over five decades. Ranging from sculpture, installation, drawing and photography to painting, video and performance, this is the first opportunity for the public to see a large body of Hill’s work in one place. From his abstract sculptural forms to his photo-graphic works responding to landscape and location, Hill is concerned with formal questions of colour, texture and volume and philosophical issues about the nature of art, and the role of the artist and the viewer. Despite the diversity of media and subject matter, there is a strong shared conceptual and aesthetic approach that unites these works into a consistent oeuvre.
Please contact staff at the F.E. McWilliam Gallery on 00 44 28 4062 3322 for further information.

Beauty in the Commonplace | Gammon at the Strule Arts Centre, Omagh

29 April to 27 May 2017
Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, Co. Tyrone

‘Beauty in the Commonplace’ is an exhibition of photo intaglio prints created by Matthew Gammon.
Matthew specialises in creating photographic prints using the traditional intaglio printmaking technique. His work explores, through abstraction, the innate beauty to be found in the structures and patters of the commonplace, and has featured in exhibitions by the Royal Ulster Academy, the Royal Hibernian Academy and the Royal Photographic Society.

The exhibition will be launched in the Strule Arts Centre, Omagh, before travelling to King House, Boyle in June and the Museum of Country Life, Castlebar later in the year.

Helen Roberts at Seacourt, Bangor, Co. Down

4 to 28 April 2017
Seacourt The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking, Unit 20 Dunlop Industrial Units, 8 Balloo Drive, Bangor

‘A Box of Darkness: The Art of Being Bipolar’ highlights a new suite of prints and the first solo exhibition for the artist Helen Roberts. Combining the medium of print and the language of poetry the artist conveys the extreme mood states that have been part of her experience of having bipolar disorder. Roberts uses this body of work as a catalyst for conversations about our mental health and the part that art, in all its forms, can play in our wellbeing.

T: 028 9146 0595

Group Show at The Higher Bridges Gallery, Co. Fermanagh

8 to 29 April 2017 | Opening: 7 April, 7pm
The Higher Bridges Gallery, Clinton Centre, Belmore St, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh

Fermanagh & Omagh District Council would like to invite you to The Higher Bridges Gallery for the launch of Cirque des Oiseaux: Artists & Augurs. Exhibiting visual artists: Simon Waters, Tom Hughes, Helen Sharp, Irene Uhlemann, Bernard Lynn, Rosie McGurran, Catherine Gaston & Pearl Kinnear

In response to the poetry of Fermanagh poet, Maria McManus, this collaborative exhibition is a contemporary taking of ‘the auspices’; the ancient art of interpreting the will of the gods from the flight patterns of birds. The exhibition is a stellar line-up of artists’ new works, including soundscape, film, visual arts: painting, printing, applied and fine arts, photography, poetry and mixed media works. Opening speeches by Dr. Denise Ferran, President of the RUA & Fermanagh Writer Seamás Mac Annáidh.




The Jill Todd Photographic Award Exhibition at The Nerve Centre, Derry

9 March to 14 May

Launching the next generation of photographers from both the island of Ireland and Scotland onto an international stage, the Jill Todd Photographic Award (JTPA) has for the last five years provided a platform for young (and not so young) photographers to develop, learn, and compete. An annual competition open to Fine Art and Photography graduates from Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and Scotland, the JTPA gives emerging photographers the experience and profile of a gallery show at the prestigious Stills Gallery in Edinburgh and now at Nerve Visual – the first gallery in Northern Ireland to present the JTPA exhibition, alongside a programme of photography workshops, online competitions and events.

Nerve Visual Gallery,
Building 80/81,
BT47 6FA
T: +(44) 028 71 260 562