Category: Northern Ireland

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 Centre
7-8 Magazine Street
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

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.

For more information please visit:

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

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

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

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

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.