Category: News


Arts Council Northern Ireland Honours Four Major Artists

A composer, playwright, performance artist and a visual artist have each received the Arts Council Northern Ireland’s highest accolade, with £15,000 Major Individual Artist awards.

The recipients of the awards, given in recognition of the contribution each artist has made to creative life in Northern Ireland, are: composer Professor Piers Hellawell, playwright Shannon Sickels (Yee), performance artist Sinéad O’Donnell and visual artist/filmmaker Mairéad McClean. The awards, funded through the National Lottery, make it possible for these artists to take time out to dedicate to their creative work and to produce a substantial, ambitious project that will make a significant contribution to the development of their artistic careers.

 

artscouncil-ni.org/news/


Arts, Culture and Heritage Framework | Consultation Sessions at F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge

Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council has commissioned Thrive (formally Audiences NI) to deliver and integrated Arts, Culture and Heritage Framework for the area.

In order to ensure that as many people as possible are consulted about the framework, there will be three workshop sessions held which are open to anyone involved or interested in the development of arts, culture and heritage across Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon.

Dates: 23rd November 2017
Times: 19:30 – 21:00
Fee: Free
Location:
F.E. McWilliam Gallery,
200 Newry Rd,
Banbridge
Booking: RSVP by Wednesday 15th November to Pamela Meekin business@wewillthrive.co.uk
Website: femcwilliam.com


Minister Humphreys announces anti-harassment measures for arts sector workplaces

Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Heather Humphreys TD announced a suite of measures on sexual harassment and abuse of power in the workplace in the arts and culture sector, including specific initiatives in conjunction with the Arts Council.

Firstly, the Minister has invited the group of eight leaders from Irish theatre organisations, who recently co-signed a statement condemning sexual harassment and abuse of power in the theatre in Ireland, to meet with her and the Arts Council next week.

The purpose of the meeting is to discuss ways in which the Department and the Arts Council together can support the sector in creating a safe culture and environment for those working in the industry. The meeting will provide a platform for discussion, debate and ideas.

Orlaith McBride, Director of the Arts Council said: “The Arts Council is committed in its strategy, ‘Making Great Art Work’, to improving the living and working conditions of artists. What we have heard over the last number of days is that organisations need to be supported to ensure that the right conditions are in place for all artists and those working in the arts sector.

“We look forward to working together with the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the sector to better understand the supports that are needed to ensure best practice in the arts sector.”

Separately, the Minister has identified a number of actions that she proposes to take in relation to bodies reporting directly to her Department. The bodies in question include our National Cultural Institutions and state agencies. While legally, the Boards of National Cultural Institutions and agencies are responsible for good governance practice, the Minister’s intention is to help boards fulfil their functions more effectively, and to support them in ensuring that policies in relation to equality and respect in the workforce operate effectively in line with best practice.

She has instructed her Department to arrange separate dedicated workshops for board members and senior staff of bodies reporting to the Department. The workshops will deal with governance in general, with a particular focus on the role of the board, the board’s relationship with the executive and their respective legal responsibilities. There will be a particular emphasis on issues relating to bullying, abuse of power and sexual harassment in the workplace.

The Minister will also extend an invitation to all other cultural organisations and arts centres around the country to avail of similar training. The training will be delivered to interested parties at a series of regional information days.

Minister Humphreys said: “In recent times, there have been a number of alarming allegations and reports of sexual harassment and bullying in the workplace relating to the arts community. While all workplaces are obliged to comply with employment legislation, I have identified a number of actions that I can take as Minister in relation to the bodies reporting to my Department.

“More broadly, the initiatives I am announcing today with the Arts Council are intended to facilitate the entire sector to work collectively to drive out unacceptable behaviour. Following the engagement between the Department, the Arts Council and the leading theatre organisations next week, I will be happy to address any further issues that are raised in our discussions.”


Arts Council Announces Formation of Creative Schools Team

The Arts Council has announced the formation of the Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools team. Two teachers have been seconded full-time to the initiative; Laura Keogh (Post-Primary) and Ross Curran (Primary and Early Childhood). In addition to their experience as teachers, both bring a personal creative practice to the work of the team. The Arts Council has also appointed the international foundation, Creativity, Culture and Education (CCE) as project lead. CCE brings its experience of delivering arts and creativity programmes across the world to this initiative.

The Creative Schools initiative is a partnership between the Arts Council, the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht and the Department of Education and Skills.

Scoileanna Ildánacha/Creative Schools aims to put the arts and creativity at the heart of children and young people’s lives. Participating schools will understand, develop and celebrate their engagement with the arts, empowering them to bring about real change in the way they work. They will draw on the range of resources within their school and wider community developing new ways of working that reinforce the impact of creativity on student learning, development, and wellbeing.

Central to the initiative is the role of the Creative Associate. The Creative Associate is essential in embedding inspirational creative practices in teaching and learning. Creative Associates work in partnership with a number of schools, clustered by region, to develop the knowledge, expertise and approaches that will sustain each school’s creative practice. They provide a mechanism for these schools to begin to share their learning and good practice together.

A call will open for the role of Creative Associate in November 2017. Further details will be available here: artscouncil.ie/Creative-Schools/


PhotoIreland Foundation Awards 2017 Open for Nominations

Nominations close: Monday 6 November

Nominations to the PhotoIreland Foundation Awards 2017 are now open to the public. You are welcome to nominate yourself, your friends, but most importantly others, as long as you are honest and concise. PhotoIreland Foundation will review all nominations equally.

You are also welcome to propose categories that you may feel are relevant. The existing categories include:

  • Best Arts Centre, Gallery, Museum 2017
  • Best Photography Exhibition in Ireland 2017
  • Best International Photography Exhibition 2017
  • Best Curator 2017
  • Best Artist 2017
  • Best Emerging Artist 2017
  • Best Graduate Project 2017

and more.

he shortlisted nominees will be announced on 13th November, and the Award ceremony will take place at The Library Project on Saturday 25 November.

For more information and to nominate visit: photoireland.org/


Free Admission announced for the Lucian Freud exhibition at IMMA from 24 Oct. to 5 Nov. 2017

IMMA has announced that it is extending its inaugural Lucian Freud exhibition until 7 January 2018, and is celebrating the first year of IMMA Collection: Freud Project with a two-week period of free entry for all visitors to coincide with the October mid-term and Halloween Bank holiday.

This landmark exhibition features 50 works by one of the greatest realist painters of the 20th century – Lucian Freud (1922 – 2011), on five-year loan from a number of private collections.

The current exhibition, now extended until 7 January 2018, is the first installment of a five-year educational and cultural initiative. Throughout this unique project IMMA will present a series of different and exclusive Lucian Freud related exhibitions, with a new programme talks, openings, book clubs, research projects, artist residencies and other events each year.

All 50 works have been on display across this first year and will continue to be on display until 7 January 2018. A new exhibition entitled The Ethics of Scrutiny, curated by Irish artist Daphne Wright, will then open in early February 2018. This, and subsequent exhibitions, will include works and new commissions by other modern and contemporary artists in response to Freud, and will reveal exciting new perspectives on this major artist today.

Renowned for his portrayal of the human form, Lucian Freud is best known for his intimate, honest, often visceral portraits. Working only from life, Freud’s studio was intensely private and he mainly worked with those he was close to, often asking subjects to sit for hundreds of hours over multiple sittings to better capture the essence of their personality. The works in the exhibition, housed in the specially designated Freud Centre in IMMA, mainly date from 1970 onwards and explore several of the artist’s key themes – works that reflect his interest in people and the natural world.

Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, Dublin 8
T: 01-612990
E: info@imma.ie
W: imma.ie


Arts Council announces appointment of Deirdre Behan at Strategic Development Director

The Arts Council has announced the appointment of Deirdre Behan as its new Strategic Development Director to join its senior management team.

Deirdre is an experienced senior manager with a long track-record of delivery, with a particular emphasis on strategy development, working in both the public and private sector, and has held previous positions in BT Ireland and DCU. She has worked in a number of roles in the Arts Council and led the project to develop the Arts Council online services website that annually manages the allocation of over €50 million to artists and arts organisations and which received the ICT Excellence Award and the Irish Internet Association Net Visionary Award.

Most recently, Deirdre has overseen the implementation of the Arts Council’s new organisation strategy Making Great Art Work and led out on the launch of the Funding Framework that sets out the Arts Council’s new approach to funding aligned to the priorities of the new strategy. She has also been responsible for the development of the new measurement framework which will allow the Arts Council to report more effectively on the outcomes of its investment.

Deirdre holds a BA in Communications from DCU, a MA in Interactive MultiMedia from DIT, and a Diploma in Applied Project Management from the Institute of Project Management. She is a member of the Portal Advisory Group for the Implementation Arts in Education Charter.


Digital Arts Studios (DAS) Belfast, Seeking Feedback in Online Survey

The Digital Arts Studios (Belfast) is making ambitious plans for the future and would like you to be part of this strategic planning process.

Should DAS have an on-site gallery for exhibitions? Would you like DAS to stay in the city centre? Would you like DAS to have a full-time technician that you could drop in on anytime for advice? Should DAS always have the most up-to-date computers and software? Would you like DAS to offer an experimental / testing space?

Now is your chance to tell DAS and help shape their future.

DAS are asking you to answer just 4 questions and as a thank you, you will have a chance to win a £50 one-for-all gift card. Click the link here to complete the survey and please share as DAS would like to get as broad a picture as possible.

surveymonkey.co.uk/r/F9LYCKZ

DAS is principally funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.


RHA School+Fingal Arts Announce Michelle Hall as Recipient of 2017 Fingal Arts Studio Award

RHA School and Fingal Arts are delighted to announce Michelle Hall as the recipient of the 2017 Fingal Arts Studio Award.

The selection panel for this award included Colin Martin, RHA School Principal, Val Connor, Lecturer and Curator and Sarah O’Neill, Deputy Arts Officer, Fingal Arts. Michelle Hall will begin her residency in December 2017. This award consists of a funded studio space for the period of one year and offers the recipient an opportunity to develop their practice within the institutional framework of the RHA.

Michelle Hall is an interdisciplinary artist and writer. Throughout her practice she gathers details, textures, words and objects to generate actions that explore modes of behaviour and thought, through still and moving image, performance, installation and text. Hall is a recent graduate of the MA Art in the Contemporary World programme at NCAD and completed her BA Fine Art at DIT Portland Row in 2007. In 2016 Hall was jointly awarded the RC Lewis-Crosby Award at in the inaugural RDS Visual Art Awards and her work has been selected for the upcoming StartPoint Prize 2017 in Prague. Throughout November Hall will take part in a research residency with The CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF SUBSTRUCTURED LOSS at Thames-Side Studios, London. Hall has been awarded the Arts Council Film Bursary 2017 and the Dublin City Council Tyrone Guthrie Residency 2017. Her practice has been kindly supported by the Fingal County Council Arts Office Artists’ Support Scheme 2014-2017.


Budget 2018 | Department of Culture, Heritage and Gaeltacht

There is “huge disappointment” across the arts sector at its 2018 budget allocation, the chair of the Arts Council has said. Sheila Pratschke said the council’s funding of €68m for next year – an increase of €3 million from 2017 – would allow it to meet existing commitments but would severely hamper efforts to broaden support to artists and organisations nationwide.

The increase of less than 5 per cent compares with an 8 per cent increase last year following several years of cuts.

“While this will be a very difficult year for us and those we fund, we trust that the Taoiseach and Government will stand over the promise to double funding to the arts and culture sector by 2024,” said Ms Pratschke in reference to a promise made in May by Mr Varadkar.

Chair of the National Campaign for the Arts (NCFA), Jo Mangan stated that, “The Budget 2018 decisions are completely inconsistent with the commitments, and indeed policy focus, outlined by An Taoiseach and through the prism of Creative Ireland. We’re deeply disappointed at the funding allocations issued today and call on An Taoiseach to outline how his commitment of a 100% uplift to the Department’s funding will now be achieved over the coming years. Today’s announcements have proved underwhelming for our beleaguered sector where even the announcement of an increase in the minimum wage will have no impact as the majority of those working in the arts earn less than €10,000 per annum. We are a long way from restoring the €30 million stripped from the Arts Council funding since 2008. As we continue to sit at the bottom of the EU league for investment in the arts, the NCFA calls on the Government to apply their own strategy to double arts funding to the EU average as a matter of urgency.”.


Dublin City Council Arts Funding 2018 Project and Neighbourhood Information Sessions

Dublin City Council Arts Funding 2018 Project and Neighbourhood Information Sessions will take place on Wednesday 4 October 2017 at 10am to 11:30am.

at The LAB, Foley Street, Dublin 1.

Information Sessions will be led by the Arts Officers Team.

To attend you must register your interest by emailing: jonathan.ekwe@dublincity.ie

You can download forms and guidelines here:
www.dublincityartsoffice.ie/supporting-artists/apply-for-funding-support


Derry City + Strabane District Council Information Session for Artists

Derry City + Strabane District Council is holding an information session for Artists, Performers, Cultural Organisations and Groups in relation to its festival programme for the next financial year and the creative themes involved. This session is to advise individuals/groups that may wish to apply to be on the restricted list for the provision of animation to Council for its festivals and Events (01 April 2018 – 31 March 2019) which is due to be issued shortly. Council require:

· Artists
· Musicians
· Bands
· Dancing
· Singing
· Drama
· Lighting/Sound
· Venue Dressing
· Walk Abouts / Fun Characters
· Amusements
· Bouncy Castles
· Face Painter/Balloon Modellers
· Arts & Crafts
· Tattoo /Henna Tattoo
· Costumes
· Props
· Lots more

The Information Session will take place on Thursday 5 October at 7pm, Civic room Strabane Library.

www.derrystrabane.com


Late Night Art Belfast | Thursday 5 October

Late Night Art Belfast happens on the first Thursday of every month with over a dozen galleries opening their doors for an evening celebration of the vibrant visual arts scene in Belfast.

Join in around the world next week by following the hashtag #LNAB and reshare your favourite images, videos and surprises with your friends and colleagues.

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GUIDED TOURS:
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Fully guided bus tour departs from outside the front of the Linenhall Library at 6.30pm and finishes approx. 9.15pm. Join this tour by booking through paypal on www.belfastarttours.co.uk or by ringing the Townhouse on 028 90311798. £10 per person.

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Or make your way around the galleries at your own pace. Here are just some of the highlights of this Late Night Art:

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Golden Thread Gallery

The Really Wild Show | Iain Griffin
Signs and Ciphers | Alistair Wilson

84-94 Great Patrick St, Belfast BT1 2LU
T: +44 28 9033 0920
E: info@gtgallery.co.uk
W: goldenthreadgallery.co.uk

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Platform Arts Gallery

material conditions | Cecilia Danell, Jane Queally, Marias Diaz, Michelle Hill, Ruby Wallis, Simon Daly, Vicky Smith

1 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA
T: 028 9031 1301
E: platformbelfast@gmail.com
W: platformartsbelfast.com

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Catalyst Arts

International Live Art Biennial FIX 17

5 College Court, Belfast BT1 6BS
E: catalystarts@gmail.com
W: catalystarts.org.uk

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QSS Bedford Street Gallery
Pioneer
Conor McFeely

31-33 Bedford Street, Belfast City Centre
Phone: +44 28 90 24 31 45
E: gallery@queenstreetstudios.net
W: queenstreetstudios.net

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Real Sketchy
The Green Room @ The Black Box

When Late Night Art just isn’t late enough, Real Sketchy is here for you. (I mean 9pm isn’t really that late is it but ‘Early Night, Tucked Up in Bed with an Ovaltine by Nine Art’ doesn’t really scan does it)

InkMonkey Art Supplies provide the pens and paper, Black Box serve up the booze & pizza and we scan the hell out of everything while playing you the finest tunage.

You’d be surprised the amount of fun you can have with a pencil, a scanner and a premium Spotify account.

Oh and it’s free in like!


Late Night Art Belfast | Thursday 2 November

Late Night Art Belfast happens on the first Thursday of every month with over a dozen galleries opening their doors for an evening celebration of the vibrant visual arts scene in Belfast.

Join in around the world next week by following the hashtag #LNAB and reshare your favourite images, videos and surprises with your friends and colleagues.

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GUIDED TOURS:
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Fully guided bus tour departs from outside the front of the Linenhall Library at 6.30pm and finishes approx. 9.15pm. Join this tour by booking through paypal on www.belfastarttours.co.uk or by ringing the Townhouse on 028 90311798. £10 per person.

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Or make your way around the galleries at your own pace.

Here are just some of the highlights of this Late Night Art:

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Golden Thread Gallery

Yusuke Saito Solo Exhibition

Video Encounters: Inside the Story | Rachel MacLean and Bedwyr Williams

84-94 Great Patrick St, Belfast BT1 2LU
T: +44 28 9033 0920
E: info@gtgallery.co.uk
W: goldenthreadgallery.co.uk

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Platform Arts Gallery

And This Too | Group Exhibition

material conditions | Group Exhibition

1 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA
T: 028 9031 1301
E: platformbelfast@gmail.com
W: platformartsbelfast.com

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Catalyst Arts

Black Mountain | Group Exhibition

5 College Court, Belfast BT1 6BS
E: catalystarts@gmail.com
W: catalystarts.org.uk

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Pollen Studio Belfast

Pleased | Dermot Gibson

37-39 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA
E: pollenstudiobelfast@gmail.com
W:.facebook.com/pg/PollenStudioBelfast/

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Belfast Exposed Photography Gallery

Catharsis | Group Exhibition

Marrow | Jane Cummins

The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast
T: +44 (0)28 9023 0965
E: info@belfastexposed.org
W: belfastexposed.org

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The MAC

Shonky: The Aesthetics of Awkwardness | Group Exhibition

In Course of the Miraculous | Cheng Ran

10 Exchange Street West, Belfast
T: 028 9089 2960
W: themaclive.com

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Real Sketchy
The Green Room @ The Black Box

When Late Night Art just isn’t late enough, Real Sketchy is here for you. (I mean 9pm isn’t really that late is it but ‘Early Night, Tucked Up in Bed with an Ovaltine by Nine Art’ doesn’t really scan does it)

InkMonkey Art Supplies provide the pens and paper, Black Box serve up the booze & pizza and we scan the hell out of everything while playing you the finest tunage.

You’d be surprised the amount of fun you can have with a pencil, a scanner and a premium Spotify account.

Oh and it’s free in like!


Mieke Vanmechelen Announced as Kerry Filmmaker in Residence 2017

Mieke Vanmechelen has been appointed by Kerry County Council as the new Kerry Filmmaker in Residence 2017. Her residency will focus on reaching out to secondary school students through a collaborative project, as well as her own professional development as an artist.

The Filmmaker in Residence is a partnership between Kerry County Council and The Arts Council. It is supported by the National Parks and Wildlife Service, and the Trustees of Muckross House. As an expanded partnership it demonstrates the ethos of Creative Ireland, enabling creativity in every community.

miekevanmechelen.com

kerrycoco.ie/en/


Nominations Open for the Northern Ireland Creative and Cultural Skills Awards

Deadline for all nominations: Friday 6 October, 5pm

Nominations are now open for the annual awards which celebrate the wealth of creative talent in Northern Ireland. Every year they recognise unsung heroes who invest in the next generation and young people who are excelling and contributing to the creative industries.

Do you know an exceptional apprentice, intern or student? Are you impressed by a company who has passed on their skills and knowledge? Have you had your career shaped by an incredible mentor or tutor?

This year’s categories are:

  • Northern Ireland Creative Industry Skills Award
  • Northern Ireland Creative Tutor Award
  • Northern Ireland Education & Industry Partnership Award
  • Northern Ireland Apprentice of the Year Award
  • Northern Ireland Intern of the Year Award
  • Northern Ireland Creative Student Award

All information about the awards can be found on their website here: ccskills.org.uk/supporters/awards/northern-ireland-awards

The award ceremony will be in Belfast on 7 December 2017.


Late Night Art Belfast | Thursday 7 September

Late Night Art Belfast happens on the first Thursday of every month with over a dozen galleries opening their doors for an evening celebration of the vibrant visual arts scene in Belfast.

Join in around the world next week by following the hashtag #LNAB and reshare your favourite images, videos and surprises with your friends and colleagues.

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GUIDED TOURS:
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Fully guided bus tour departs from outside the front of the Linenhall Library at 6.30pm and finishes approx. 9.15pm. Join this tour by booking through paypal on www.belfastarttours.co.uk or by ringing the Townhouse on 028 90311798. £10 per person.

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Or make your way around the galleries at your own pace. Here are just some of the highlights of this Late Night Art:

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OPENINGS:
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Golden Thread Gallery

The Really Wild Show | Iain Griffin
Signs and Ciphers | Alistair Wilson

84-94 Great Patrick St, Belfast BT1 2LU
T: +44 28 9033 0920
E: info@gtgallery.co.uk
W: goldenthreadgallery.co.uk

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Fenderesky Gallery
Graham Gingles: New Boxes and Drawings, Gallery 2
Helen Blake – Tony Hill: Works on Paper, Gallery 1

31 North Street
Belfast
BT1 1NA

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Platform Arts Gallery

Deflated Capital | Doireann Ni Ghrioghair
Opening 7 September 6-9pm
Gallery 1.

Roaming Around the City | Bilu Blich
Opening 7 September 6-9pm
Gallery 2

1 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA
T: 028 9031 1301
E: platformbelfast@gmail.com
W: platformartsbelfast.com

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QSS Bedford Street Gallery
Unafraid Blue
Artists: Colm Clarke | Angela Hackett | Catherine McLaughlin | Grace McMurray | David Turner

31-33 Bedford Street, Belfast City Centre
Phone: +44 28 90 24 31 45
E: gallery@queenstreetstudios.net
W: queenstreetstudios.net

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Pollen Studios and Gallery
All That Sits Unsaid | Stuart Cairns
Opening 6.30pm – 9pm
Also open Saturday 9th September 12pm – 4pm

37-39 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA
E: pollenstudiobelfast@gmail.com
W:.facebook.com/pg/PollenStudioBelfast/
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The Green Room @ The Black Box
Tonya McMullan

18-22 Hill St, Belfast BT1 2LA, UK

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Real Sketchy
The Green Room @ The Black Box

When Late Night Art just isn’t late enough, Real Sketchy is here for you. (I mean 9pm isn’t really that late is it but ‘Early Night, Tucked Up in Bed with an Ovaltine by Nine Art’ doesn’t really scan does it)

InkMonkey Art Supplies provide the pens and paper, Black Box serve up the booze & pizza and we scan the hell out of everything while playing you the finest tunage.

You’d be surprised the amount of fun you can have with a pencil, a scanner and a premium Spotify account.

Oh and it’s free in like!


Changing Arts and Minds: It’s time to talk about mental health and wellbeing in the creative sector

Ulster University (www.ulster.ac.uk) and wellbeing charity Inspire (www.inspirewellbeing.org) have come together on the SHoWCaSE: A snapshot of health and well-being in the creative sector project. This is designed to understand the health and wellbeing of people in the creative industries. It is well known that those in the creative sector make a vital and varied contribution to the health and wellbeing of society; however, little attention is paid to the health and wellbeing of those working in the creative sector.

We want to survey people working in the creative industry to find out more about how they work, how they feel and how they cope with the challenges and rewards that the industry offers. This is an important piece of work because we want to use the results of this research to provide recommendation and resources to improve the support available to people working right across the creative industries.

Full information is given on the link below, and if you have any questions, you are welcome to contact the lead researcher (Gillian) on gw.shorter@ulster.ac.uk

This text and the study to which it refers have been approved by the School of Psychology Ethics Filter Committee, Ulster University. Please feel free to forward on to any of your friends or colleagues in the sector who you feel might wish their views to be heard.

You can find out more and access the survey at www.tiny.cc/uushowcase


TBG+S and RHA Appoints Katy Fitzpatrick as Learning and Public Engagement Curator

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and the Royal Hibernian Academy are delighted to announce Katy Fitzpatrick as their shared Learning and Public Engagement Curator. This new position has been made possible through Arts Council funding in 2017. The role brings specialist expertise and knowledge to audience development and public engagement programmes at both institutions. It will support the deepening and expansion of our existing audience programmes, as well as developing new strands of programming including cross-institutional learning and exchange, and enable us to build and nurture new and diverse audiences. It is an exciting new development that prioritises how we think about audiences and the many possibilities there can be for encountering and experiencing contemporary visual art and artistic practices.

Katy Fitzpatrick has worked for over fourteen years in arts education, in particular in gallery and visual arts education, and has held positions in Tate London, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin City Gallery, the Hugh Lane, as Acting Adviser to The Arts Council’s Young People Children and Education team. She was a co-opted member for the National Council for Curriculum’s Junior Cycle Art, Craft, Design Development Group and is currently on the NCCA’s Senior Cycle Development Group, both on behalf of the Arts Council. She has also lectured at Marino Institute of Education and tutored on the Professional Masters in Education programme at Maynooth University.

templebargallery.com


Yvonne McGuinness Commissioned for Amharc Fhine Gall 11th Edition

Draíocht, in collaboration with Fingal County Council Arts Office, is delighted to announce a new commission from visual artist Yvonne McGuinness for the 11th edition of Amharc Fhine Gall. McGuinness’ practice encompasses performance, video, photography, sewing, writing, sculpture and context-specific installations. She has an interest in embodied experience of place and in re-imagining the everyday by devising projects that create dynamic moments of connection to place and community. Her work is immersive, collaborative and is often a catalyst to generate other narratives for its participants.

For this commission, McGuinness will work with a culturally diverse group of local young people, exploring themes of identity, place and their connection to it. This collaboration during the autumn months will result in a site-specific performance and film installation to be shown in Draíocht’s Ground Floor Gallery – itself a two-way mirror between ‘the art world’ and ‘the real world’
Amharc Fhine Gall (Fingal Gaze) is an annual exhibition funded by Fingal County Council’s Arts Office, in collaboration with Draíocht. The exhibition was initiated in 2004 to provide a platform for visual artists from or living in Fingal. Yvonne McGuinness grew up in Portmarnock, Co Fingal.

www.yvonnemcguinness.com
www.draiocht.ie