Category: Northern Ireland

Acquisition Collection | Contemporary Photography Exhibition at The Clinton Centre   Recently updated !

2 to 17 June
Exhibition opening Friday 2 June, 7pm with Dr. Suzanne Lyle, Head of Visual Arts at Arts Council of Northern Ireland

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.

The Clinton Centre
BT74 6AA
028 6634 2806

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.

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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).

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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.

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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

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

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.

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

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

WMM Women Make Movies Season at Void Derry

25 March to 20 May

The Women Make Movies Season at Void Derry is a moving image exhibition that explores the international diversity, history and achievement of women film makers and artists. The thematic framework is that of civil rights explored from a feminist perspective, viewed through the lens of current events impacting on movement and immigration issues. In March, the month of International Women’s Day, Void is proud to present a programme of documentary, experimental and dramatic works in association with Women Make Movies (WMM) a New York based media arts organisation. First established in 1972 in order to address both the under and misrepresentation of women in the film and media industries, WMM provides services for both makers and users of film and video.

In 1997 the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MOMA) honoured 25 years of WMM with a special tribute and retrospective exhibition showing 25 Women Make Movies titles, whilst in the 30th anniversary year WMM presented a record breaking ten films at the Sundance Film Festival, including the Special Jury Prize winner Lourdes Portillo in January 2002. Currently WMM collects and distributes over 500 films, representing over 400 film makers, from 40 countries worldwide. Integral to the film screening season at Void will be a dynamic weekly programme of discussion and screenings of film and video made by locally based film makers, aimed at connecting the themes of the international screenings with the issues of community interest groups and individuals.

Curated by Mhairi Sutherland

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

Kevin Francis Gray Mid-Career Retrospective at Market Place Gallery, Armagh

16 March to 13 April
Opening Thursday 16 March, 7pm

Kevin Francis Gray Mid-Career Retrospective at Market Place Gallery is taking place as part of the Home of St Patrick Festival. Born in Armagh in 1972, Gray returns to his hometown for this unique solo exhibition of sculptural works from the last decade with diverse materials from resin and plaster to porcelain, bronze and marble.

Gray’s exhibition focus’ on his career up until late 2015, showcasing his early investigations into material from resin to porcelain; from bronze to marble. This varied selection of work gives a glimpse into the range of personal inspirations Gray draws from both his life growing up in South Armagh and the wider context of living and working in East London and its surrounding neighbourhood.

This exhibition comes at a pivotal moment in his career, as Gray develops new artistic language using exclusively marble: further pushing what he sees as the possible limits of the material, as well as the opportunity to contextualise an otherwise classic material in a contemporary conversation.


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

Tiny deaths: glitches, spells, interruptions | Group Exhibition at CCA, Derry

18 March to 6 May 2017
Opening: 18 March at 7pm

CCA is pleased to invite you to the opening of Tiny deaths: glitches, spells, interruptions, an exhibition that features works by Zach Blas, Anne de Vries, Dave Loder, Conor McFeely, and belit sağ that consider the power of the interruptive moment.

Tiny deaths explores how these moments – often classified as flaws, accidents or errors – can be activated as points of reference and resistance. Its title derives from Paul Virilio’s definition of ‘picnolepsy’, the ‘epileptic’ lapses generated by the oscillation between consciousness and unconsciousness, and the compensatory impulse to smooth over these ruptures. Using this metaphor of bodily difference, Tiny deaths examines contemporary methods used to re-attribute value to absence or interruption, and the social and political implications of these actions.

The exhibition features practices that variously connect to these ideas, with works that employ the aesthetics of interference (Dave Loder) and question how images of violence shape perceptions of reality (belit sağ). Tiny deaths also includes works that present an idealised communal experience of seamless totality (Anne de Vries), tactics to interrupt the technological gaze and exercise a politics of escape (Zach Blas), and moments of altered consciousness (Conor McFeely).

Preceding the exhibition opening, please join us from 4pm to 6pm for the next CCA booksvscigarettes reading group event, where we’ll be reading Annemarie Mol’s 1985 essay Who knows what a woman is… For more information please see our website.

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

Post Lives and Abandoned Spaces | Laura Butler at Flax Gallery, Co. Antrim

23 February to 25 March 2017
Flax Gallery at The Museum at The Mill, Mossley Mill, Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim

‘Past Lives and Abandoned Spaces’ is a solo exhibition by Laura Butler in the Flax Gallery.
This exhibition of new work depicts many ruined and forgotten homes over time as homage to the people who lived there including Laura’s own ancestors. Laura’s focus is divided between paintings encapsulating the haunting evocations that surround abandoned homes and paintings depicting old family photographs that evoke a similar quality of a time lost. Laura is native to County Antrim which features extensively in her paintings.

Silent Pictures Inner City | Book Launch at Larne Museum + Arts Centre, Co. Antrim

Friday 10 March 2017 , 6.30pm
Larne Museum & Arts Centre, 2 Victoria Road, Larne, Co Antrim, BT40 1RN

Book launch of ‘Silent Pictures Inner City’, a book of paintings, poems and essays by David Browne and Ciaran O’ Coigligh.
Dublin , 1996 – 2016 – Two Dubliners, next-door neighbours from Finglas, investigate and respond to their native city. Inner-city streets, alleyways, tired shop facades, walls and many windows. What lies behind Them ? In most of the paintings, these urban spaces are infused by sunlight. Browne and O Coigligh invite us to look into this ‘haunted ink bottle’ full of sadness and light.

RSVP to Marian on 028 28 262443 or e-mail



Tales of The Tide | Fionnuala O’Neill at Seacourt, Co. Down

1 to 30 March 2017
Seacourt The Centre of Contemporary Printmaking, Unit 20 Dunlop Industrial Units, 8 Balloo Drive, Bangor, Co. Down

This new suite of original prints has been created in response to O’Neill’s experiences of coastal landscapes in Ireland and Australia. As lunar gravitational forces acted on the tides to engrave patterns in the sand, O’Neill became conscious of these transient marks as a narrative of cyclical cosmic influences.The artist’s documentation captures this slippage of time through four-colour separation screen printed circles .The circular prints orbit a central point, creating a constellation of brightly coloured spheres echoing the moon’s transit. The overlapping intaglio plates have been inked in primary colours so that secondary colours appear through their merging just as gravity, hydrodynamics and friction interact to leave their marks on beaches in Australia and Ireland.

T: 028 9146 0595

Larne Art Club Spring Exhibition, Larne Museum + Arts Centre, Co. Antrim

6 to 24 March 2017
Larne Museum & Arts Centre, 2 Victoria Road, Larne, Co Antrim

The annual Spring Exhibition and sale of works by Larne Art Club members with original works in a variety of mediums and genres.
Larne Art Club meets in the Education Room of Larne Museum & Arts Centre on the first Tuesday of each month (Sept to Nov and Feb to May) at 7.30pm. New members are always welcome.

Contact Larne Museum & Arts Centre on 028 28 262443 or e-mail