Category: Northern Ireland


Jordanstown Art Club | Annual Exhibition at the Flax Gallery, Museum at the Mill

18 January to 24 February 2018

Jordanstown Art Club has been successfully running for over 30 years. The club comprises keen amateur artists living in Newtownabbey and its neighbouring areas who meet to paint together and share their skills and techniques.

The club produces traditional landscapes, seascapes, and still life along with the more modern acrylics, oils, pastels, watercolours and mixed media paintings. Always striving to improve and innovate, members are encouraged by monthly demonstrations given by professional artists and workshops where they can expand their knowledge of the arts.

For more information, visit here: antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

Museum at The Mill
Mossley Mill,
Carnmoney Rd N,
Glengormley,
Newtownabbey
BT36 5QA
T: +44 28 9034 0129


Kills 99.9% of Bacteria | Group Exhibition at CCA Derry

20 January to 10 March
Opening: Saturday 20 January, 7pm

Kate Cooper, French & Mottershead, Edy Fung, Jasmin Marker, Jennifer Mehigan & Darius Ou, Roee Rosen

CCA is pleased to invite you to the opening of Kills 99.9% of bacteria, a group exhibition exploring encounters with otherness which includes work by Kate Cooper, French & Mottershead, Edy Fung, Jasmin Marker, Jennifer Mehigan & Darius Ou, and Roee Rosen.
The new and existing video, audio and installation works in this exhibition consider ideas of purity, containment, contamination and desire (Roee Rosen); confrontations and meditations on death and abjection (Kate Cooper, French & Mottershead) and speculative interior and exterior self-care (Jennifer Mehigan & Darius Ou).

Kills 99.9% of bacteria includes collaborations with non-human entities that occupy the body and the world around us (Jasmin Marker) and site-responsive interventions that respond to the material and suggestive qualities of boundaries and borders in our immediate vicinity, such as the Derry walls, and elsewhere (Edy Fung).

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


Antenna | Sinead McKeever at Millennium Court Arts Centre

3 February to 28 March
Opening Friday 2 February, 7 to 9pm

McKeever’s practice is process led. She exploits the possibilities of found industrial and domestic materials, examining the balance between materiality, form and decorative surfaces. McKeever’s new work inhabits and investigates boundaries, edges and awkward spaces, her sculptural objects are often found in corners or unexpected places such as ceilings, windows and corners. The play of light and shadow are important to the artist, her pieces creating strips of light through shadow and reflection, often edged with colour, these playful bands promote investigation of spatial occupation and application, creating presence.

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.

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


Dead Her | Sonia Shiel at Void, Derry   Recently updated !

Saturday 20 January, 4pm

Sonia Shiel is a Dublin born visual artist, whose works synthesise object, image and sound in performative and immersive installations. At Void, Shiel will premiere Dead Her, a narrated visual presentation, written, directed and performed by the artist. Dead Her is one of a number of recent narrative works that will feature in her new book of short stories each exploring the pursuit of creative agency, – or living – with and without art. It will be published in 2018, by UCD’s Parity Studios Press.

Part of ‘The Winter Series’; performances and screenings at Void, running between 11 – 20th January.

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


The Cusp of Your Credenza & Tissue | Anita Delaney at Void, Derry   Recently updated !

16 to 18 January, 11am-5pm

The Cusp of Your Credenza is a wandering speculation through various material encounters. A woman presents a number of scenarios that involve the ingestion or ejection of substances. From toenails to statuary, muffins to monuments, The Cusp of Your Credenza wonders how we place ourselves bodily in a material world.

Tissue is a short account of the historical and anthropological role of handheld tissues in modern history. HD video and stereo audio, duration 4 minutes 17 seconds.

Irish artist Anita Delaney lives and works in London. Working mainly in moving image, she is interested in the tender and abject. She was the 2016-2017 recipient of the New Contemporaries and SPACE studio award. Recent shows include the 2017 Videonale, Bonn, Future Refrains at ASC gallery, London and she is currently working on a new moving image commission for Sick Monday at the Genesis Cinema, London.

The Cusp of Your Credenza (2015):
HD video and stereo audio, duration 10 minutes 27 seconds

Tissue (2015):
HD video and stereo audio, duration 4 minutes 17 seconds

Part of ‘The Winter Series’; performances and screenings at Void, running between 11 – 20th January.

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


Tax Return | Performance by Keef Winter at Void, Derry

Thursday 11 January, 7pm

In Void Gallery in January ‘The Winter Series’ will investigate the sonic properties of a filing cabinet using contact mics, effects pedals and a sledgehammer.

N. Irish artist Keef Winter lives and works in London. He combines his interests in art and architecture using sculpture, installation, sound and performance. He completed a PhD in 2013 entitled ‘The Handyman Aesthetic’ at Ulster University. Winter’s studio process generates abstract apparatus that reference urban dissonance and reflect on cultish practices. He has a live act called ‘Handyman’ that mixes electronics, sounds of sheet steel, vocal samples and drumming.

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


Christmas Quilts | Loose Thread Quilters at Larne Museum and Arts Centre

7 December to 5 January

Loose Thread Quilters is a small group of active quilt makers drawn from all over Northern Ireland. Formed in 1996, the group established to promote the practice and art of patchwork, appliqué and quilting for the traditional quilt maker and the contemporary fabric artist.

The membership covers a wide range of abilities from beginners to tutors of the craft, all united by a common love of fabric art. Through a programme of exhibitions around the country, fellow quilters and the general public are able to enjoy the work.

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


Film | Makers : Group Exhibition at Nerve Visual, Derry

18 November to 14 January

Archive film footage of Northern Ireland’s rich tradition of making has inspired Film | Makers, an exhibition of contemporary work. The exhibition includes new pieces from six makers responding to heritage footage from Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive. In celebration of Northern Ireland’s rich craft landscape past and present, six contemporary makers were invited to produce new work in response to the historic footage. From this inspiring starting point filmmakers TACA delved into the creative process of each maker and documented their journeys in a series of short films that illuminate the new archive-inspired works.

The exhibition features commissioned works by the makers:

Sharon Adams, using wood, metal and textiles; Sheena Devitt, stone carving; Alison Fitzgerald, basketmaking and willow work; Nicola Gates, weaving and textiles; Ronan Lowery, contemporary furniture in wood.; Peter Surginor, contemporary works in porcelain.

Their works are accompanied by films by TACA of the contemporary makers at work in their studios, shown alongside artefacts and the Digital Film Archive footage that inspired them.

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


Self-Reflections: 40 years of Banbridge Art Club at F.E. McWilliam Gallery

9 December to 17 February

The F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio and Gallery will host a exhibition from this December to celebrate the artistic contribution made by Banbridge Art Club, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2018.

Established in 1976, Banbridge Art Club is one of Northern Ireland’s most successful local art clubs, with a dedicated and growing membership committed to the development of outstanding artistic talent and learning. For this year, and into early next year, the F.E. McWilliam Gallery will mark the contribution made by Banbridge Art Club to artistic life locally and regionally with the exhibition– Self-Reflections: 40 Years of Banbridge Art Club., Which focuses on self-portraiture and includes more than 20 stunning paintings and drawings created by its members inspired by a series of selected works from the National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland, housed at the University of Limerick.

Alongside the self-portraits created by local artists, the exhibition also incorporates 45 other significant works from Ireland’s National Self-Portrait Collection in Limerick which were carefully selected by the club’s members. The chosen works feature self-portraits by well-known contemporary Ulster artists including Joseph McWilliams, David Crone, Deborah Brown, Basil Blackshaw and Mark Shields; historical figures George Russell, Sean Keating, Dan O’Neill and Jack B. Yeats.

The exhibition also includes works inspired by contemporary Irish artists including Bernadette Kiely, Robert Ballagh and John Shinnors.

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


Paintings | Brian and Lisa Ballard at Ards Arts Centre, Co. Down

8 December to 27 January

Ards Arts Centre is delighted to host an exhibition of recent paintings from father and daughter, Brian Ballard and Lisa Ballard.

Lisa’s work furthers her exploration of colour and light through landscape painting, shown alongside Brian’s three genres of painting, Still life, Landscape and Life.

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


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


Let the Dead Leaves Fall | Miguel Martin at Millennium Court Arts Centre

1 December to 24 January
Opening: Friday 1 December, 7pm

In this exhibition of new work, Martin examines societal attitudes surrounding contemporary forms of mindfulness in a digital age, and questions its various associations to practices of occultism and worship. The title of the exhibition is adapted from a quote by the 13th century Persian poet and mystic Rumi, who originally wrote, “Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop”, alluding to ideas of letting go, shedding inner demons and thereby submitting oneself to higher

transcendental states of consciousness. Having been taught the practice of transcendental meditation (TM) himself at the age of 11, Martin combines influences from personal experience with research into narratives surrounding tropes of contemporary occultism such as gurus, garments and symbols. A personal choice to remove himself almost entirely from most social media platforms also led to an interest in alternative forms of engaging with the self and how that can benefit a stronger awareness of mental health.

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

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


Where History Begins | Group Exhibition at Void, Derry

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


The Digger | Ali Cherri Film Screening at Void, Derry

21 November, 7pm

For twenty years, Sultan Zeib Khan has kept watch over a ruined Neolithic necropolis in the Sharjah desert in the United Arab Emirates. Although majestic, the wide–angle shots have no monumentalising intent: the beauty and extent of the site speak for themselves. What is playing out here is the possibility for one man to become part of a landscape that overwhelms him yet seems to need his help. Seen under the silhouette of a rock about to devour him or as a dwarfed gure spade in hand walking from the back of the frame, Sultan curiously busies himself from day to day to prevent the ruins… from falling into ruin.

The Digger, 2015, Video – 30 min
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Imane Farès

Screening as part of Foyle Film Festival.
foylefilmfestival.org

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


Warp & Waver | Tristan Barry at Seacourt: The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking

1 to 24 November 2017

“I began to think of the space where the tree had been or would have been. In my
mind’s eye I saw it as a kind of luminous emptiness, a warp and waver of light…”
From Seamus Heaney’s essay on Kavanagh, “The Placeless Heaven” 1987

Drawing has always played a supporting, yet intrinsic role in the artist’s practice. Much of Barry’s studio work originates in a sketchbook, with studies created in situ and solely for the purpose of providing reference material. The work is reactionary and immediate, with a vitality and authenticity that is impossible to replicate. This body of work is a response to this self-imposed catch-22, borne of a long held desire to place drawing at the forefront of the artist’s practice. Deliberately monochromatic, the pieces expose the landscapes in their most primitive and fundamental forms.

Unit 20 Dunlop Industrial Units
8 Balloo Drive
Bangor
BT19 7QY
T: 028 9146 0595
W: seacourt-ni.org.uk


Three Ulster Artists | Group Exhibition at Larne Museum and Arts Centre

3 to 30 November 2017

Three Ulster Artists, Manson Blair, David Long and Tom Stephenson, have come together to provide an art exhibition with a variety of works in oils, acrylics and watercolours.

The exhibition will include Saturday opening on 18 November when Manson Blair will be providing 2 workshops.

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


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


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

30 September to 11 November 2017

Roe Valley Arts and 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