Category: LNAB

Six Colours of Black | Sam McCready at ArtisAnn Gallery, Belfast

1 to 31 March 2018

Opening by Neil Shawcross, Wed 28th Feb at 6.30pm

The ArtisAnn Gallery in Belfast presents a solo exhibition by one of Belfast’s most famous sons: the actor, director and artist Sam McCready.

The title of this special exhibition, Six Colours of Black, refers to a Chinese tradition that in black and white painting, through the use of ink, water and brush, the painter can create five shades or colours of black but not six. Six is unattainable but the Chinese painter spends a lifetime trying to achieve it.

Sam McCready is best known as an actor, director and playwright. He trained, however, in painting at Stranmillis College and the Belfast College of Art, under such master teachers as Romeo Toogood and Kenneth Webb. He has had a number of solo shows in the US and his work is in private collections in Europe, the Far East and the US. In recent years, he has had the opportunity to visit Hong Kong and to study with Chinese Masters. His connection with these eminent painters has had a profound influence on his work.

ArtisAnn Gallery
70 Bloomfield Avenue, Belfast, BT5 5AE

The Big Red Button | Belfast Artists Paper Society at Pollen Studio and Gallery, Belfast   Recently updated !

1 March 2018

A year after their first exhibition B.A.P.S. are back. The Belfast Artists Paper Society have turned their attention to Armageddon, the End of the World and The Big Red Button. How do you prepare? What will you need? Who will you need? Is there anywhere you can go for advice?

Artists Sue Cathcart, Jayne Cherry, Susan McKeever, Emma McAleer, Nathan Crothers, Emma Whitehead, Zara Lyness and Georgia Eliott have done some research on your behalf and present the results.

Pollen Studios and Gallery
37-39 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA

Chasing Shadows | Mark Francis Fenning at Black Box, Belfast

1 February to 28 February 2018

Mark Francis Fenning is a Northern Irish Artist, based in Belfast and a graduate from the University of Ulster attaining a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art specialism Printmaking. He is also a recent graduate of Queens with an MA in Arts Management

‘Chasing Shadows’ is a series of Black and White polaroids taken during Fenning’s residency with The Print Association of Western Australia.

Across the City of Perth, Fenning captured shadows documenting their graphic, ephemeral and monochromatic qualities inspired by german expressionistic and film noir ideas. This work was funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland through the Self Arranged Residency Award 2014.

For more information, visit here.

Black Box
18 Hill St
T: +44 28 9024 4400

Fjord Melt/Cold Hands | Liam McCartan & Christopher Steenson at The Art Department, Belfast

1 February 2018, 7pm – 9pm

Liam MacCartan and Christopher Steenson present their collaborative audiovisual installation at The Art Department, Belfast, as part of Late Night Art Belfast.

“Fjord Melt” is a composition by Liam McCartan that explores concepts of genre deconstruction and sonic memory. “Cold Hands” is a live audio-reactive visual piece created by Christopher Steenson to accompany McCartan’s composition.

The event coincides with Framewerk Gallery’s event next door in the Bear and Doll with Drone Mansion DJs.

The Art Department
14 Little Donegal Street

Truth? | Sandra Corrigan Breathnach at Pollen Studios and Gallery, Belfast

1 February, 6–9pm

Sandra Corrigan Breathnach is giving a one night only performance in Pollen Studios and Gallery as a part of Late Night Art Belfast.

The fundamental core of Sandra’s practice deals with states of phenomenological expression of self and connectivity of the physical and meta-physical. Through this expression, she says, her life is given meaning, it is the search for meaning within her life, that has brought her work to its current manifestation. The Sculptural forms of her practice are informed by elements within or by being part of a performance. The vein of thoughts threaded through her work bind into formed structure, words held together as means to express emotion in poetic release, a partial disclosure, a manifestation of the personal that is at the heart of her practice.

Pollen Studios and Gallery
37-39 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA

PXVII | Platform Arts Members Show, Belfast

8 to 23 December
Opening Night Thursday 7 December, 6-9pm

Exhibiting Artists: Alex Brunt / Hannah Casey-Brogan / Rachael Campbell-Palmer / Gerard Carson / Andrew Glenn / Chris McCambridge / Niamh McCann / Niamh McConaghy / Lyndsey McDougall / Eamon Quinn

Platform Arts objective is the encouragement of upcoming and established artists and the pursuit of strengthening the contemporary art scene in Northern Ireland. It houses two galleries that have showcased the best and brightest from both local and international artists. Now we turn our attention towards our diverse and exciting group of in-house artists.

Platform Arts, 1 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA
T: 028 9031 1301

Happenstance | Pollen Studios Fundraising Raffle

Thursday 7 December, 6pm

Pollen Studios invite you to the preview exhibition for our Christmas Fundraising Raffle. Artists based all over Ireland have contributed to the event – watch their Facebook page for updates.

The preview will be held in Pollen Studios on Thursday 7th December and the raffle will be held on Thursday 14th December.
Raffle tickets are £15 each and are limited, every raffle ticket is guaranteed to win a prize.

Pollen Studios and Gallery
37-39 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA

Golden Thread Christmas Market for Late Night Art Belfast

7 December

The Golden Thread Gallery will be hosting a Christmas Market to coincide with Late Night Art in December. There will be a number of stalls selling all manner of artisanal crafts and creations suitable for gifts for the whole family. Join us for a festive evening which will include a drinks reception, bucks fizz, festive treats for the kids and a great atmosphere. Stall holders will be announced soon and we will be treating you to glimpses of the treats available to purchase on the run up to the night.

– Free sweeties and drinks available for the kids.
– Face painting and glitter tattoos from 5 – 6pm.
– Disabled access friendly space.
– Breastfeeding friendly space.
– Free wine, beer and soft drinks between 5pm and 7pm.
– Free entry.

Market Sellers:

Foundation (Eva McDermott) – Geometric origami concrete home wear –
Jonny McEwen – Airplants –
Robyn Galway – Jewellery –
Marie – Louise Gormley – Felted Art Work
Conall Kearney – Tie Dye goods and printed bags –
Emma Knight – Jewellery –
Workshop – Limited Edition Prints –
Claire Nicholl – Ceramics
Sean Hillen – Collages and Limited Edition Prints-
Mary Price and Alice McDaniel – Ceramics
Deirdre McKenna – Jewellery and Accessories
Brian McAvera – A selection of art books

The Immigrants | Pil and Galia Kollectiv at The Naughton Gallery

7 December to 4 February

The Naughton Gallery presents The Immigrants, a solo exhibition of new work by Pil and Galia Kollectiv. Through a series of small actions undertaken by costumed performers in different locations across the UK, an installation of filmed vignettes posits the futility of the border as a means of demarcating boundaries of identity, power and resources in an age of global capital flows, migrant labour forces, and environmental destruction that does not stop at abstract lines on a map.

Masks drawn from sources as diverse as Romanian folklore and riot police spit masks, combined with props suggesting checkpoints and rafts, invert the hierarchies of border guards and asylum seekers, refugees in boats and Brexit flotillas. The installation leads the viewer through a physical checkpoint to a short narrative film about the bio-political control of a plague village.

Pil and Galia Kollectiv are London-based artists, writers and curators working in collaboration. Their work is multidisciplinary – encompassing film, animation, collage, poster production, sculpture, installation, performance and costume design – and explores the relationship between art and politics, the legacy of modernism, and the avant-garde discourses of the twentieth century.

They are contributing editors at Art Papers, the directors of artist-run project space xero, kline + coma, members of the experimental band, WE, and work as lecturers in Fine Art at the University of Reading.

The Naughton Gallery
Queens University Belfast
T:+44 28 9024 5133

QSS Christmas Show, Belfast

1 to 19 December

QSS is delighted to present its annual Christmas Show which this year focuses on small works by Belfast-based artists. All styles are represented from painting, photography and sculpture to collage, 

mixed media works and some surprises too.

Featured artists include Sean Campbell, Colm Clarke, Susan Connolly, Alacoque Davey, Catherine Davison, Gerry Devlin, Craig Donald, Angela Hackett, Ashley Holmes, Brendan Jamison, Helen Lavery, Clement McAleer, Terry McAllister, Sinead McKeever, Grace McMurray, Zoe Murdoch, Raquel Amat Parra, Gail Ritchie, Jennifer Trouton, David Turner and more.

The QSS Christmas Show provides a perfect opportunity for budding art collectors to invest in contemporary art by local emerging and established artists. Or simply

 come along, enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie while you browse for a special Christmas gift.

Queen Street Gallery and Studios
31-33 Bedford Street, Belfast City Centre
Phone: +44 28 90 24 31 45

Passion for Print | Group Exhibition at the Cotton Court Gallery

7 to 16 December
Opening Thursday 7 December 6pm

Belfast Print Workshop 40th Anniversary Christmas show, ‘Passion for Print’ this year takes place in the Cotton Court Gallery.
The exhibition features over 50 framed prints by current members working in a range of techniques from Drypoint to Mokulito. Join us for a celebratory open evening of wine and mince pies, meet the artists and spend time looking at the breadth of technique skill and subject matter at play. This special anniversary show features work from new members and those who have been with the workshop since the beginning.

Cotton Court Gallery
Cotton Court
30 – 42 Waring Street
BT 1 2ED

Process Extended | Group Exhibition at Goose Lane Gallery at Tivoli Barbers

2 to 24 November
Opening for Late Night Art Belfast, Thursday 2 November, 6pm

This group exhibition shares some of the processes used as each artist journeys towards a finished painting. The artists are all recent graduates from the Belfast School of Art. Hannah Clegg (RDS Visual Art Award), Hannah Johnston, Megan Kerr and Charlie Scott (Graduate Artist in Residence UUB) share their preparation work along with a selected painting so that we can see how ideas and processes develop over time.

Goose Lane Gallery at Tivoli Barbers
15 North St
T: +44 (0) 77 3016 6971

Yusuke Saito Exhibition at Golden Thread Gallery

25 October to 3 November

The Golden Thread Gallery is delight to present in collaboration with Flax Arts Studios International Residency Programme an exhibition by Yusuke Saito (Japan).

Yusuke Saito: During my residency at Flax Art Studios, Belfast, I have been interested in hobbies, taste, customs, habits, selection, traces and the aesthetic sense of people. These matters will be changeable depending on the experience I have of people. I found it interesting to know how people think having various experiences which I have never had. In sharing the difference between myself and others, we can notice something new.

During my time here, I have kept collecting rubbish on the street on my way to the studio. I found it really interesting that I could find many things I cannot see in Japan where I live. The rubbish has the traces of people’s lives. Depending on the amount, the kind and the area where I collected, there are various factors of characteristics, public peace and wealth disparity, I feel the reality of life from them. And I have wanted to make my works in response to my local experience.

In my solo exhibition I will show sculptures and collages which are composed with stuff which I have found in Belfast. I will also have a performance to cook Japanese-style non-sweet pancakes named ‘Okonomi-Yaki’ and serve them to the audience. Generally Okonomiyaki doesn’t have a particular recipe apart from using the wheat flour for cooking with a frying pan. We will add favorite ingredients in it. That way it is quite similar with the way I make my sculptures. I also like the name of the dish, ‘Okonomi’ (= Favorite) + “Yaki”(= Fry).

As I have had various experiences for the first time in Belfast, I would be really happy if everybody could have the first experience of my works with eating the mysterious Japanese dish through various barriers of nationalities, languages, races and religions.

Golden Thread Gallery
84-94 Great Patrick St, Belfast BT1 2LU
T: +44 28 9033 0920

Pleased | Dermot Gibson at Pollen Studios and Gallery

Late Night Art Belfast Exhibition Opening Thursday 2 November, 6pm

Please contact Pollen Studios to arrange alternative viewing times.

Dermot Gibson is an artist and musician based in Belfast that works predominantly in painting, drawing and sound. He uses improvisation, collage and free expression to explore internal and external worlds. He is Interested in the human condition, the personal and political.

Gibson studied fine art at Winchester school of art and completed an Mfa in fine art at Ulster University in 2016.

Pollen Studios and Gallery
37-39 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA

Marrow | Jane Cummins at Belfast Exposed Photography

27 October to 4 November

Marrow by Jane Cummins is a work-in-progress exhibition created during a recent six-week residency at Belfast Exposed Gallery 2.

Jane’s previous work ‘Half Sick of Shadows’ focused on the personal experiences of living in the family home in ones thirties, and the effects that this has upon identity and sense of self. This new series explores a new stage in the artists own personal and creative development. ‘The Robust bushes claiming their landscape, and showing their vitality and impregnable roots. This is something for me to strive for both as an artist and also as a young woman looking to find her place in the world’. Jane Cummins, 2017.

Belfast Exposed Photography
The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast
T: +44 (0)28 9023 0965

In Course of the Miraculous | Cheng Ran at The MAC

5 October to 14 January

Cheng Ran (b. 1981, Inner Mongolia, China) is one of the most promising Chinese artists of his generation. Since 2005, he has been producing film and video works that draw widely from both Western and Chinese literature, poetry, cinema, and visual culture, fabricating new narratives that combine myths and historical events.

In Course of the Miraculous (2015) is a durational film work, lasting almost eight hours, which imagines the stories behind three real-life mysterious disappearances. These include British mountaineer George Mallory, who went missing while ascending Mount Everest in 1924; artist Bas Jan Ader, who vanished during his 1975 journey across the Atlantic as part of a performance titled In Search of the Miraculous; and the Chinese fishing trawler Lu Rong Yu no. 2682, which in 2011 returned to land after eight months with only one-third of its original crew still alive.

The film was shot across continents in the East China Sea, Tibet, Switzerland and Amsterdam, with a large-scale set created in an indoor shooting stage in Beijing to recreate the dramatic scenes at sea. From a crossing of the Atlantic, to an expedition to the summit of Mount Everest, to inexperienced sailors losing the majority of their crew before returning to Mainland China, a spirit of exploration, loss and melancholy unite the diverse stories. The premise of this work is based on recorded events but as the film develops, the progression enters the dominion of fiction, creating imagined dialogues discussing larger themes of action, courage and bravery.

MAC Belfast
10 Exchange Street West, Belfast
T: 028 9089 2960

Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness | Group Exhibition at The MAC

20 October to 14 January

Artist John Walter curates the new Hayward Touring exhibition Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness, which launches at the MAC before embarking on a national tour to Dundee Contemporary Arts and Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre. The exhibition aims to explore the nature of visual awkwardness through the work of artists and architects Arakawa and Gins; Cosima von Bonin; Niki de Saint Phalle; Benedict Drew; Justin Favela; Duggie Fields; Louise Fishman; Friedensreich Hundertwasser; Kate Lepper; Andrew Logan; Plastique Fantastique; Jacolby Satterwhite; Tim Spooner and John Walter.

Shonky is a slang term meaning corrupt or bent, shoddy or unreliable, standing here for a particular type of visual aesthetic that is hand-made, deliberately clumsy and lo-fi, against the slick production values of much contemporary art. This exhibition proposes a more celebratory definition of ‘shonkiness’, showing how it can be used for critical purposes in the visual arts to explore issues including gender, identity, beauty and the body. By drawing together artists and architects whose work has not previously been exhibited together or discussed within the same context, Shonky will allow for new ways of thinking that privilege shonkiness over other aesthetic forms that have dominated recent visual culture.

MAC Belfast
10 Exchange Street West, Belfast
T: 028 9089 2960

Landscape Memories | John Robinson at The John Hewitt, Belfast

2 November to 1 December
Opening Thursday 2 November, 6pm Sponsored by Boundary Brewery

Opening night Thursday 2nd November 6-9pm, sponsored by Boundary brewery John Robinson paints semi-abstract landscapes in an impressionist contemporary style, influenced by modernist modes of painting. He is interested in the spiritual and contemplative associations of nature in romantic poetry and art.

Landscape Memories showcases a new series of paintings based on impressions of Robinson’s local Northern Irish landscape. The exhibition explores connections between the landscape and a sense of belonging, presenting snapshots of the artist’s wanderings.

The John Hewitt
51 Donegall street, Belfast

Black Mountain | Group Exhibition at Catalyst Arts, Belfast

2 November to 14 December
Opening Thursday 2 November, 6pm in conjunction with Late Night Art

Cecilia Borettaz, Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti, Andreas Kindler Von Knobloch, Hamish MacPherson
Screening programme: Redmond Entwistle, Adriana Monti

Catalyst Arts are pleased to announce their final show of the year ‘Black Mountain’.

Borrowing ideas from the experience of both historical and contemporary alternative education systems and self-organised organisations, the project aims to explore the wider concept of ‘experiment’ as an ongoing learning practice – providing a public platform where artists, practitioners and general public could engage, sharing experience and knowledge.

Selected artists, researchers and contributors have been invited to work in the gallery space, each for the period of a micro-residency, developing site-specific commissions that will generate a series of publicly engaged events.

Catalyst Arts, 5 College Court, Belfast BT1 6BS

And This Too | Group Exhibition at Platform Arts, Belfast

2 to 25 November
Opening reception Thursday 2 November, 6pm for Late Night Art Belfast.

Exhibiting Artists: Sean Campbell, Jill Gibbon , Brendan Jamison, Ciaran Magill, Mark Revels, Gail Ritchie, David Turner

And This Too features seven artists whose work explores, represents or challenges our understanding of contemporary conflict. Their work reflects the diverse and complex issues which surround responses to conflict and includes drawing, painting, sculpture and installation. Much of this work is being exhibited for the first time in Belfast. The exhibition highlights the important role which artists play in offering alternative viewpoints of conflict. Art can change our perceptions or increase our understanding of events. This is crucial given the current state of heightened security in which we find ourselves.

Panel Discussion, open to everyone:
Friday 3 November 2 – 4pm;
Chaired by Fiona Ní Mhaoilir, Artist/PhD researcher (Post Troubles Art Production in the North of Ireland)
Speakers: Dr. Jill Gibbon, Leeds Beckett University; Dr Des O’Rawe, Queen’s University Belfast; Brendan Jamison; Gail Ritchie.
All of the participating artists will be in attendance.

Friday 3 November 2-4pm Artist Talks.
An opportunity to join artists, creatives and academics in a lively and wide ranging conversation about how their work explores, challenges, represents or questions our understanding of contemporary conflict.

Platform Arts, 1 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA
T: 028 9031 1301