Category: Northern Ireland

Echo | Shauna McGowan at Ards Arts Centre

2 to 25 March 2017 | Opening: 2 March, 7pm
Ards Arts Centre – Sunburst Gallery, Ards Arts Centre, Town Hall, Conway Square, Newtownards

Ards Arts Centre presents Echo a solo exhibition by Shauna McGowan. This work in progress exhibition, reflect’s Shauna’s exploration of printed textile surfaces created during a 2 week residency in Ballinglen Arts Foundation in August 2016. Mysticism has formed the basis of Shauna’s practice. The stillness and energy of the landscape encouraged these vibrant and arresting prints. Informed by the light, wild landscape and atmosphere of the remote North Mayo countryside Shauna’s work will give an insight into studio life during residency.
Shauna attended the Ballinglen Arts Foundation on a bursary received from Ards and North Down Borough Council.

Shauna will be hosting an artist talk and bursary information session on Wednesday 8 March from 7 – 9pm at Ards Arts Centre. Attendance is free, however booking is essential. To reserve your space please call 028 9181 0803 or email

The Present Is Not Enough – Part I at CCA Derry~Londonderry

Saturday, 4 March, 12pm to 9pm

CCA Derry~Londonderry in collaboration with Basic Space is delighted to host ‘The Present Is Not Enough – Part I’, featuring work by Olivia Sparrow and Kian Benson Bailes. ‘Part I’ takes place as part ‘The Edge of Things’, a series of one-day exhibitions curated by CCA and Sean Lynch.

Please join us at CCA for an inclusive day of events open to everyone in Derry/Londonderry and beyond. We would like to especially welcome the LGBTQAI+ community to attend a late opening of music and drinks, from 6pm – 9pm Sparrow will host the Queer Day School (ticketed event), a free peer-led workshop facilitating the creation of oral, written or audio/visual pieces. Queer Day School focuses on creating sites of peer learning and the communal dissemination of knowledge, primarily engaged with the queer community. Sparrow’s role

‘Part I’ is a Basic Space project curated by Daniel Bermingham. It is the first in a series of curatorial initiatives, crafting sites of institutional critique through performative and pedagogical practices, responding to the writings of the late José Esteban Muñoz. Occupying CCA as an ephemeral community centre, the public is invited to engage with a series of political, social and artistic actions. Over the course of the day Saturday, March 4th, CCA will be host to the display of artistic and performative practices, peer learning workshops, an archive and a late opening.

‘The Present Is Not Enough’ series emerged from a frustration with political pacification and tokenism as a response to structural disenfranchisement. This has been given particular impetus due to the rise of right-wing populism and the urgent desire to craft alternate futurities, through which new presents can be fabricated. ‘Part I’ aims to imagine a durational utopism through sites of artistic display: a “nonplace”; blurring the distinction between public gathering and performative acts of private desire and representation. In this commonage, individuals and communities can gather in the mutual aspiration of imagining radically alternate futurities.

Programme –
12pm – Open
12pm – 4pm – Queer Day School
6pm – 9pm – Late opening

Queer Day School, book here:

Please email if you interested in attending and would like to avail of a bus from Belfast. If there is enough interest, a courier bus can be arranged.

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

I Ask You, Do You Believe in Miracles | Clinton Kirkpatrick at Ards Arts Centre

2 to 25 March 2017 | Opening: 2 March, 7pm
Ards Arts Centre, Town Hall, Conway Square, Newtownards

Ards Arts Centre – Georgian Gallery presents ‘I Ask You, Do You Believe in Miracles?, a solo exhibition by Clinton Kirkpatrick.
Clinton will be giving an Artist’s Talk on Thursday 23 March from 7 – 8pm.  Clinton will also be facilitating a Drawing and Monotype Print Workshop inspired by his exhibition on Saturday 4 March.

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You and I | Group Exhibition at Millennium Court Arts Centre

17 February to 1 April
Opening Friday 17 February, 7pm.
Places where men go to die, a new collective performance choreographed by Mitch Conlon, commences at 8pm.

Rhona Byrne, Mitch Conlon, Harrell Fletcher, IM Heung-soon, J Ross and Sons

You and I is a group exhibition curated by Alissa Kleist that includes new and existing video, sculptural, installation, and event-based works. The exhibition examines the social, political and formal functions of art at a time when individualisation, capitalism, neoliberalism, and privatisation –which benefit few, whilst disadvantaging and alienating many others – hegemonise our society. You and I features artworks that emphasise the role the artist in making visible and questioning these systems, and propose counterstrategies to address their effects.

Places where men come to die, a new collective performance choreographed by Mitch Conlon, explores the spaces and temporalities where individual and collective narratives can co-exist and from which new communities emerge. His research includes how cities and people are rebuilt after a crisis; the theatrics of public gatherings such as carnivals and football matches; and the applications of humour, absurdity and subversion. Places where men come to die will launch at the opening of You and I on Friday 17 February at 8pm.

A Free bus will run on the evening of the opening: Departs Belfast at 6.45pm sharp from Golden Thread Gallery and leaves Portadown at 9:30pm.

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

Drawn from Life: People on Paper | Exhibition at F.E. McWilliam Gallery

4 February to 1 April

The Exhibiton comprises fifty drawings of the human figure, spanning a period of nearly 100 years. The majority of these are from the Arts Council Northern Ireland Collection, including some recent acquisitions. These have been augmented by a number of loans from the British Council Collection. In some cases, receiving venues have added works from their own collections. Works belong to the Arts Council Collection unless otherwise stated.

The exhibition brings together some of the finest drawings in the Arts Council Northern Ireland Collection, with work on display from Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth, L.S. Lowry and David Hockney. Beginning in the early twentieth century with Gwen John and the intricate patterns of Harold Gilman. Mid-twentieth-century works include the whimsical lines of George Fullard and John Golding and the bold markings of Frank Auerbach and John Bratby. The story is brought up to the present with the imaginary figures of Charles Avery and Mimei Thompson.

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

Mythical Creatures | Group Show at Seacourt Centre for Contemporary Printmaking, Bangor   Recently updated !

3 February to 30 March 2017 | Opening: 2 February, 7pm
Seacourt The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking, Unit 20 Dunlop Industrial Units, 8 Balloo Drive, Bangor

Mythological Creatures is an exhibition of original prints by members of Arizona Print Group. Utilising the vernacular of traditional and experimental printmaking the participating artists have created visual responses to this rich field of research.
Developing from this exhibition will be a print exchange project between APG and Seacourt followed by artist exchange opportunities.
Exhibiting artists include: Jo Andersen, Josephine Gibbs-Archer, Donna Atwood, Stu Biscoe, Kimberley Boege, Donna Carver, Ashley B. Cranney, Betsy Dally, Christine Dawdy, Brenda Diller, Norma Galindo, Linda Haas, Jennifer Henry, Karen Hymer, Eric Hodgins, Marlys Kubicek, Maria Lynam, Paulette Olive, Ann Otis, Leslie Parsons, Donn Rawlings, Susan L. Ritter, Marjorie Rogers, Jean L. Rossman, Steve Straussner, Marika Szabo, Glory Tacheenie-Campoy, Joan Thompson, Robert Wilder, Mary Lou Wills and Wendy Willis.

T: 028 9146 0595

Nothing But Longing | Group Exhibiton at Void   Recently updated !

14 January to 11 March

Void is pleased to announce that Nothing But Longing an exhibition featuring the work of 16 artists from Israel. The exhibition is a culmination of work by artists who resided at Bill Drummond’s Curfew Tower in Cushendall throughout 2014/16.

Cushendall from the Irish ‘Cois Abhann Dalla’ meaning ‘foot of the River Dall’ is a predominantly Catholic village, with Republican roots located in the heart of the Glens of Antrim. The Curfew Tower bought by Bill Drummond in 1994 and reinvented as an artists residency in 1999 was originally built by Francis Turnley in 1817 to confine riotous prisoners. The tower is situated at the crossroads of Cushendall, is 20 feet square, tapered and rises four stories to a height of 40 feet and is inspired by Chinese architecture that Turnley admired in his travels as a trader.

On average each artist stayed at the tower for approximately 1 month. The artists were chosen by Jerusalem based curator Sagit Mezamer and throughout their residencies created work inspired by their stay in the tower; the locality and the people they met while living there.

In 2011, Bill Drummond met Sagit Mezamer, a curator for the artist run organisation Yaffo 23 in Jerusalem. Towards the end of 2014, Bill Drummond approached Sagit Mezamer to curate a year-long residency with artists from Israel. This subsequently turned into an 18-month residency.

Nothing But Longing is a result of the work that was produced throughout those 18 months by 16 of the 21 artists in total.
The work created spans over the three gallery spaces in Void and on the night of the opening will extend beyond the gallery to the Derby Bar for a performance by artist

Void would like to make clear that ‘Nothing But Longing’ is not supported by funding from the Israeli State and that all the artists in the exhibition condemn the occupation of Palestine by Israel.

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

Breath, Breathless | Kevin Killen and Sally O’Dowd at R-Space Gallery, Lisburn

18 February to 18 March 2017
R-Space Gallery, 32 Castle Street, Lisburn BT27 4XE

Presenting the outcome of a twelve month collaboration between visual artists Kevin Killen and Sally O’Dowd, Breath, Breathless explores a shared interest in the hidden footprint of the everyday, made visible through drawing, installation and neon light.
The artists have explored themes already present in both their practices, such as domesticity, materiality, human behaviour, life, relationships and conversation; relating them to the changing domestic activities that have taken place in this former Georgian Rectory.

Gallery hours: 11am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday
T: 028 9266 3179, E:

Dopey Dick is 40! | Colin Priest at CCA Derry~Londonderry   Recently updated !

18 February, 12noon to 4pm

CCA is delighted to present Dopey Dick is 40! by artist and academic Colin Priest. The exhibition is the third event in The Edge of Things, CCA’s Spring programme of one-day exhibitions.

Dopey Dick is 40! marks the 40th anniversary of ‘Dopey Dick’, the killer whale that got lost in Derry while trying to find salmon in the River Foyle. Now living in the Hebrides, Dopey Dick has been identified and is known locally as ‘Comet’. Colin Priest will assemble a special celebration with party hats, some Mendelssohn and a special tray bake to remember this venerable visitor. The artist will be on hand throughout the day and invites local people to share their recollections of Dopey Dick’s visit. At 2pm, local poet/singer/songwriter Conor O’Kane will perform his work Dopey Dick Triptych.

Colin Priest is a London-based practitioner and academic; his work seeks to enliven places through various forms of public action (see for further information).

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

A Riveder le Stelle | Brown+Brí at CCA Derry~Londonderry   Recently updated !

25 February, 12noon to 6pm, with a 15-minute performative talk at 4pm.

CCA is delighted to present A Riveder le Stelle by Brown+Brí. The exhibition is the penultimate event in The Edge of Things, CCA’s Spring programme of one-day exhibitions.

A Riveder le Stelle is an interpretive re-staging of Swedish composer Ingvar Lidholm’s 20th-century choral work of the same name. E quindi uscimmo a riveder le stelle (“And thence we came forth to see again the stars”) is the final line in Inferno, the first canto in Dante’s epic 14th-century poem that describes the emergence into the night sky after travelling through the Underworld.

Brown+Brí are interested in the synaesthetic potential of this work and how inspiration can act as a moment of clarity or lunacy. At CCA – using sculptural installation, audio and text – they will present research into instances of symmetry of thought across time and space.

Brown+Brí is a collaborative curatorial and artistic practice. They work with people across disciplines and are interested in those intersections where it’s possible for new languages to be invented. Brown+Brí are Rachel Brown and Brighdín Farren.

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

Loose Thread Quilters at Larne Museum + Arts Centre, Co. Antrim

27 January to 28 February 2017
Larne Museum & Arts Centre, 2 Victoria Road, Larne, Co Antrim

‘Our food, so good’, an exhibition of quilts by Loose Thread Quilters.
This exhibition draws inspiration from Northern Ireland’s Year of Food and Drink 2016, taking ideas from the wealth of quality produce available locally. Talented quilters have chosen a variety of food and drink themes producing quilts featuring apples from Armagh, Glenarm salmon and ice cream from Glastry Farm among others.

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. Saturday opening on 18th February when the Loose Thread Quilters will be providing a quilting demonstration from 10.00am – 12.30pm.

Contact Marian Kelso on 028 28 262443 or e-mail Find us on Facebook – Larne Museum and Arts Centre Official.

The object of time | Charlie McConaghy at CCA Derry~Londonderry

7 February, 12noon to 6pm

CCA is delighted to present The object of time, a presentation by storyteller and amateur historian Charlie McConaghy. The exhibition is the second of CCA’s programme of five one-day exhibitions (The Edge of Things).

In The object of time, Charlie McConaghy presents four eclectic objects that have lost their significance or purpose over time from his vast personal collection. During the course of the day (12noon – 6pm), he will share the history and uses of these objects with visitors in a ‘show and tell’ discussion. This is a free event open to people of all ages and refreshments relating to the stories of the objects will be served.

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

A quarter turn to face the light | David Beattie at CCA Derry~Londonderry

3 February, 12noon to 7pm

CCA is pleased to present A quarter turn to face the light by artist David Beattie. The exhibition is the first of CCA’s Spring programme of five one-day exhibitions (The Edge of Things) taking place through February and March 2017.

A quarter turn to face the light is a new work that explores the fluid tangibility of an edge. In an attempt to grasp a moment in time, Beattie will present a temporary, sculptural event at CCA that will follow the solar alignment during gallery hours on the 3 February. The exhibition will be accompanied by a publication featuring a text by writer and curator Pádraic E Moore.

12noon to 7pm: Exhibition hours
5pm to 7pm: Drinks reception

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

Visioning at R-Space Gallery

Saturday 4 February, 1 to 5pm

Drake Music NI and AMINI: Rosemary McMillen, Nathan Crothers and Myrid Carten.
Annual celebration of experimental audio visual art practice. This year’s event focuses on local musicians from Drake Music NI and emerging film makers presented by Artists Moving Image NI.

Free admission

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

Environmental Baggage | Steph Harrison at The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking, Bangor

3 to 28 February 2017 | Opening: 2 February, 7pm
The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking, Unit 20 Dunlop Industrial Units, 8 Balloo Drive, Bangor

The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking present Environmental Baggage by Steph Harrison.
The artist’s diagnosis of MS lead her to seek an understanding of the condition through creative engagement with its pathology. The artist has sought to understand past influences which underlie the condition as she strives to cope with physical symptoms in the present. Clarifying the condition’s physical and cognitive effects help to subdue the fear of the future and promote acceptance. MS is said to be a combination of genetic and environmental factors. This new body of work consists of four elements:
ancestral history and genetic links;the importance of sunlight;viruses and the central nervous system.
The project has been a cathartic process with the continual learning and practicing of new techniques. This has been important for both the artist’s mental health and preserving physical capabilities.

T: 028 9146 0595

Interpretations of a Landscape | Jill Mulligan at The Higher Bridges Gallery

27 January to 15 February
Opening Friday 27 January, 7pm

Interpretation, representation, intuitive – these are words Jill Mulligan uses to describe her evolving style of work on Fermanagh’s diverse landscape. Mulligan’s aim is to create compositions that capture mood and atmosphere that is quintessential to Fermanagh. Using oils, the artist creates layers of flat colour with linear graphite lines defining field, mountain and road. Even more, my purpose is to push the boundaries of the oil, at times thinning them to mist like watercolour, creating a softness in the compositions against bolder flat areas of shape.

The Higher Bridges Gallery
Clinton Centre, Belmore St, Enniskillen, Co. Fermanagh
T: 0300 303 1777 ext 21192

Fields Of Vision: A Visual Collaboration

250px3 to 30 January
Opening Reception: 7 January 2017, 6pm

Fields of Vision is a visual collaboration and showcase of over 20 local artists and photographers that came together under the facebook group #DERRYcreatives.

The artists and photographers on show:
Peter Beagan, Tony Carlin, Aislinn Cassidy, Raymond Cassidy, Paul W. Chapman, Gav Connolly, Lawrence Cooke, Lolita Cooke, John Deery, Deirdre Doherty, Cathal Donnelly, Kevin Harkin, Nadine Hegarty, Bernadette Hopkins, Lisa Kelly, Bernard McAnaney, Jacqueline McKay, Harry McMahon, Caoimhe Moyne, Alan Patterson,Stephen Shaw, Patricia Spokes, Olga Weston.

Garden of Reflection Gallery, Bishop’s Street, Derry~Londonderry
T: +44 (0) 28 71261941

Emerging Reality – A Rogue Butterfly | Heather Burgess at R-Space Gallery, Co. Antrim

collar_1_heatherburgess2015-cropped-lo-res7 January to 3 February 2017
R-Space Gallery, 32 Castle Street, Lisburn, Co Antrim

R-Space Gallery presents Emerging Reality – a rogue butterfly by Heather Burgess.
Textile-based work that both informs and expresses feelings about the experience of being diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer at the age of 32. The making has been both therapeutic and a way for Burgess to catalogue information and gain control over the situation.

T: 028 9266 3179, E:
Gallery hours: 11am to 5pm Tuesday to Saturday

My Minds i | Janet Mullarney at F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Co. Down

janetmullarney-web-small10 December 2016 to 21 January 2017
F.E. McWilliam Gallery & Studio, 200 Newry Road, Banbridge, Co. Down

Touring from the Highlanes Gallery Drogheda, ‘My Minds i’ is a solo exhibition by Janet Mullarney. The title of the exhibition, ‘My Minds i’, refers to one’s ability to ‘see’ things with the mind, and to the power of the psychic imagination that communicates important subterranean messages to be deciphered. Small fragile sculptures are juxtaposed with backdrops and a heightened lighting scheme where a mysterious theatrical world with unfold. Curated by Aoife Ruane.

Unseen by my Open Eyes | Kevin Gaffney at Millennium Court Arts Centre

A002_C003_0302QX2 December to 25 January
Exhibition opening and book launch: Friday 2 December, 7pm.
Artist talk: Wednesday 18 January, 2 to 3pm.

Unseen by my Open Eyes is a solo exhibition by Kevin Gaffney, featuring four recent films exploring the construction, projection and manipulation of identity.

‘A Numbness in the Mouth’ is a 17 minute vision of a self- sustaining militarised Ireland where food production and consumption is kept in balance. In ‘The Mirror is Dark and Inky,’ daily life in Iran is interrupted by a whale living in a bathtub. ‘Our Stranded Friends in Distant Lands’ reflects on geographic, political and emotional separations in South Korea. ‘Everything Disappears’
explores selfhood, relationships and military conscription in Taiwan.

Accompanying the exhibition is the first monograph of the artist’s work, published by Black Dog Publishing in London. The four films are contextualised in an essay by critic Caoimhín Mac Giolla Léith.

A free bus will run between Dublin and Portadown on the opening, Friday 2nd December. Bus leaves the RHA at 4pm, and returns from Millennium Court at 8.30pm. To book a place on the bus please email

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