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NCAD Appoints Head of School of Visual Culture

NCAD appoints Head of School of Visual Culture

The National College of Art and Design (NCAD) has, today (22.03.2017), announced that Professor David Crowley has been appointed as the Head of School of Visual Culture and will assume his position on 1st July 2017.

Speaking today, Acting Director of NCAD, Bernard Hanratty, said: “Professor Crowley not only brings a strong track record of academic achievement and pedagogical development, but also a wealth of international collaborative endeavour through curation.  He will be a great asset to the College.”


PLASTIK Festival of Artists’ Moving Image | 24 to 26 March 2017

24 to 26 March 2017

In association with the IFI, LUX and Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Welcome to the second edition of PLASTIK Festival of Artists’ Moving Image – a festival devoted entirely to artists working with the moving image. With films by over 40 artists and filmmakers, and including both contemporary and historical work, PLASTIK will take place at a range of venues in Dublin, bringing international and Irish work together to form a distinct programme, much of which will be screening in Ireland for the first time.

PLASTIK aims to represent the breadth and scope of innovative and experimental work being produced in this ever expanding field of practice, developing a platform for the moving image, with a focus on the cinema as exhibition space. The privilege of a festival of this nature allows an intensity of work, creating uneasy combinations, and challenging perspectives through its ability to affect.

All festival screenings will take place at the IFI. In addition to this, a series of discussions, talks and live performances will take place at partner venue Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (TBG+S), with many internationally acclaimed artists and curators in attendance, including James Richards, Erika Balsom, Yuri Pattison, Ann Hirsch and Benjamin Cook (LUX).

PLASTIK emerges from collaborations between LUX, Temple Bar Gallery + Studios and the Irish Film Institute, and is made possible through the generous support of the Arts Council.

See for full details on all short films in the programme.
For full details of the programme see

Upcoming Deadlines for Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme 2017

The Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme grant was increased in January to £2,500 per internship and there are only two rounds left, deadlines:

· 7 April
· 16 June

This funding is to help employers create paid internship positions for young people aged 18-24 in the creative industries, unfortunately applications for apprenticeships can no longer be accepted.

An arts organisation or creative business can apply to create up to 3 internship opportunities.

The Northern Ireland Creative Employment Programme has already helped creative businesses to access £173,000 for funding to create 53 new jobs for young people.

What will an intern cost me as an employer?
The intern must be employed at the minimum wage, £7.05 per hour, for a minimum of 30 hours per week and for a period of 6 months/26 weeks. Taking the NI CEP grant of £2,500 into consideration – the employer’s contribution will be £2,999 over 6 months.

How to apply
All details about the programme can be found on the NI CEP Website:

If you would like to discuss the programme further or are considering an application, please contact us on or call 028 9032 5072.

We are very happy to discuss any aspect of the process with you from the application itself to the practicalities of taking on an apprentice or intern.

Peter Power Awarded Research Residency at The National Sculpture Factory, Cork

The National Sculpture Factory announces a new research residency with composer, director and sound designer Peter Power. Constructed as a form of mutual exploration this residency is designed to generate new relationships across disciplines within the NSF’s productive framework.

From Waterford and based in Cork, Power’s interests are in the collaborative creation of events using music as a non-linear narrative source. His passion for composition stems from a want to pursue what cultural theorist and Architectural critic Charles Jencks called ‘extreme emotional arousal’: to control the definition of time and to express a scale of idea beyond conversation through extraordinary contexts.

Peter’s most recent work includes The Same by Enda Walsh and Corcadorca (Composer/Sound Designer); fLux by Eat My Noise (Co-creator, Composer); Override by Stacey Gregg (Composer, Sound Designer); ProdiJIG: The Revolution by Cork Opera House (Music Supervisor, Composer, Sound Designer); Neon Western (Co-creator, Composer, Sound Designer); Thomas Kent by Lantern Productions (Composer, Sound Designer).

Peter’s research residency at the NSF will run into 2018.

Dublin Port Announces New Commissioned Artists and Public Works for 2017

Dublin Port Company has today announced the artists commissioned to create a series of site-specific public artworks in response to Dublin Port and its relationship with the City.

New works by Sheelagh Broderick, Silvia Loeffler and AEMI and Cliona Harmey will be unveiled at sites and on structures within Dublin Port over the coming months. This is the latest development from Port Perspectives, Dublin Port’s arts commissioning series for 2017, aimed at strengthening the bond between Dublin Port and the City and bringing Dublin Port to new audiences through the arts.

Announcement of funding for Fulbright – Creative Ireland Museum Fellowships

The Fulbright Commission in Ireland, in partnership with the U.S. Embassy and the Creative Ireland initiative, is pleased to announce the launch of the Fulbright-Creative Ireland Museum Fellowships.

A total amount of $120,000 will be made available to fund twelve fellowships. Each year for four years, beginning with the 2018-19 academic year, three Irish post-graduate students will be awarded a Fulbright-Creative Ireland Museum Fellowship to complete short-term research at one of three world-class museums in the United States: The Smithsonian Institution in Washington DC, the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin, and The Exploratorium in San Francisco, California.

Proposed research projects must demonstrate a commitment to innovation and creativity, and include substantive community engagement.The Fulbright Program is the U.S. Department of State’s flagship international educational exchange program. Creative Ireland is the Irish Government’s ambitious five-year initiative to place culture and creativity at the heart of public policy.

Creative Ireland | Local Authority Community Engagement Workshops

Open meetings are currently taking place across the country, inviting members of the general public, as well as representatives from all sectors of the local community, to join the discussion about how the Creative Ireland programme will enable creativity for all citizens.

From arts organisations to historical societies, youth organisations, education bodies and beyond, these forums will facilitate the sharing and developing of ideas for local programmes that are relevant, inclusive and meaningful.

This is an opportunity for you to put forward your ideas on how the visual arts can be better supported in your locality.

The National Campaign For the Arts are encouraging their constituency reps to attend the meetings and make their attendance known at the meetings. Email NCFA Constituency Coordinator Tom Creed at to represent the NCFA at a meeting.

Dates and venues for forthcoming meetings are listed below. Email local arts office to attend, email addresses listed:

Tue 14 March – Kerry | The Rose Hotel
7.00-9.00pm |

Wed 15 March – Dublin City | Dublin City Civic Offices
6.00-8.00pm |

Tue 21 March – Carlow | Carlow Old Town Hall
6.30-8.30pm |

Tue 21 March – Sligo
More details to follow |

Tue 28 March – Wicklow
More details to follow |

Wed 29 March – Cork County
More details to follow |

Thu 30 March – Clare | Templegate Hotel
7.00-9.00pm |

Fri 31 March – Mayo
More details to follow |

Mon 3 April – Laois
More details to follow |

Tue 4 April – Offaly
More details to follow |

Wed 5 April – Waterford
More details to follow |

Thu 6 April – Wexford
More details to follow | eileen.morrissey@wexfordcoco

Tue 11 April – Meath
More details to follow |

Mon 24 April – Fingal
More details to follow |

Tue 25 April – Tipperary
More details to follow |

Wed 26 April – Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown
More details to follow |

UNESCO celebration of International Women’s Day 2017 focuses on the arts

UNESCO celebrated International Women’s Day (8 March) at its Headquarters and field office with a roundtable debate on gender equality in the art world, an advocacy campaign for women to be better represented in the media, and an international art exhibition.

Organised in cooperation with the French National Committee of UN Women, the roundtable discussion “The courage to create: gender equality and the arts” focused on the challenges encountered by female artists, art as a forum for expression for women, and the part the arts can play in deconstructing gender-based stereotyping.

Bringing together experts and artists, the roundtable was introduced by Laurence Rossignol, France’s Minister for Families, Children and Women Rights, along with Fanny Benedetti, Executive Director of the French Committee for UN Women, and Eric Falt, UNESCO’s Assistant Director General for External Relations and Public Information.

Notable participants included: Deeyah Khan, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Artistic Freedom and Creativity, Ole Reitov, Executive Director of Freemuse, a nongovernmental organization advocating freedom of expression for musicians and composers, Jackie Buet, Director of the Créteil International Women’s Film Festival (France), Suzanne Combo, songwriter and composer, Jepchumba, artist and founder of African Digital Art, Pia MYrvoLD, artist, and film directors Maysaloun Hamoud and Shlomi Elkabetz.

Furthermore, on 8 March, UNESCO launched the 2017 Women Make the News awareness raising campaign on the need to improve the representation of women both in newsrooms and in the choice of subjects the media report on. The campaign is organised with the Global Alliance on Media and Gender and UN Women targeting editors in chief, journalists, bloggers, journalism schools, intergovernmental and nongovernmental organisations.

Online, UNESCO also marked the Day with the launch of a new edition of the eAtlas for Gender Inequality in Education to show where girls and women are making progress and where they are being left behind at every level of education. The eAtlas was created by the UNESCO Institute for Statistic (UIS).

An exhibition on the creativity of young women in shaping our future, will be held at UNESCO Headquarters from 8 to 17 March featuring works by artists from ten countries (Azerbaijan, Belgium, China, Cook Islands, Egypt, Greece, Honduras, Poland, Dominican Republic and Tunisia).

Northern Ireland and UK | Tax Increases Announced for the Self Employed

Artists and arts sector freelancers in Northern Ireland and the UK came under attack again today with the announcement in the Spring Budget that Class 4 National Insurance contributions for Self Employed will rise from 9 to 10% in April 2017.

This increase will then rise to 11% in April 2018 and 12% in 2019.

Class 4 National insurance contributions are currently payable on all income over £8,060.

Currently the self employed also pay Class 2 contributions of £145 per year (£2.80 per week), although these are due to be abolished in April 2018.

The BBC are reporting that because Class 2 contributions are being abolished in 2018, “only the self-employed with profits over £16,250 will have to pay more as a result of these changes”.

This, however, fails to mention that when George Osborne announced that Class 2 contributions were being abolished it he said it would “put ‘rocket boosters on the back of enterprise” and “allow millions of self-employed individuals to keep more of their money and invest it back into growing their business”.

Now it seems it was just a way to allow Class 4 contributions to be increased and none of the intended benefits will be felt. The BBC also fail to account for 2017, in which the self employed will still be paying Class 2 contributions as well as the increased Class 4 contributions.

Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, says that the increases are designed to bring parity to taxes paid by the employed and self employed. However, in 2017 at least, the self employed will continue pay National Insurance contributions at a lower income level (£5965) than the employed (£8060).

What the Chancellor also failed to mention, was that benefits such as holiday pay, sick pay, and maternity pay are not available to the self employed, job security is also more fragile and contracts are often temporary and short term.

As well as artists themselves, much of the arts sector is staffed by freelancers. Artists and arts sector freelancers are amongst the lowest paid workers in our society, and even small increases to taxes can have a huge impact to earnings and quality of life.

The long term impact on squeezing the lowest paid workers cannot be fully understood but it is unlikely that it will result in a rise in the number of skilled workers joining the arts sector.

Visual Artists Ireland will continue to campaign in Northern Ireland for tax exemption on creative works, and for raising the threshold above which Class 4 National Insurance contributions are paid, but at the moment, with no government at Stormont to listen and a government in Westminster that doesn’t want to listen, it seems like the poverty gap will continue to widen and the arts sector will continue to shrink.

– Rob Hilken
VAI Northern Ireland Manager
T: +44 (0)28 9587 0361

IN CONTEXT 4 – IN OUR TIME Public Art Commissions Announced

South Dublin County Council has announced six new public art projects set to be commissioned under IN CONTEXT 4 – IN OUR TIME, its public art programme 2016-2019 as part of the Per Cent for Art Scheme.

IN CONTEXT 4 sees €200,000 allocated to new artistic projects in literature, visual art, music and theatre across South Dublin County. The successful artists are Nathan O’Donnell, Sarah Browne, Rhona Byrne and Yvonne McGuinness, Fiona Dowling in collaboration with George Higgs, Ciarán Taylor and Veronica Coburn.

Writer Nathan O’Donnell’s project, The Mill, will engage with a group of young people in Clondalkin to produce a magazine, derived from a history of radical publishing. The project departs from a specific local history: that of the Clondalkin Paper Mills Action Group, which led a series of major strikes and occupations in 1982-3.

Visual artist Sarah Browne’s project imagines the gym or leisure centre as a space of transformation. The project intends to explore physical movement and non-verbal experience, to create unexpected encounters and opportunities for reflection and learning.

The Central Field is a proposed large scale temporary land artwork conceived by artists Rhona Byrne and Yvonne McGuinness that draws on the idea of an amphitheatre. This contextually responsive project is responding to the stalled planning process in Adamstown and aims to engage local residents in unearthing and reimagining a shared public realm.

Visual artist Fiona Dowling and composer George Higgs will collaborate with workers from a cross-section of workplaces, both industrial and rural, to create Work Songs, a musical portrait of South County Dublin’s economic profile. Rhythms, cycles, movements and sounds of work routines will be transformed into song and performed by workers.

Inspired by Oisín I dTír na n-Óg, who carried a boulder up the mountains near Tallaght, Ciarán Taylor’s Rock to the Top invites the people of South Dublin to take up the challenge of recreating this mythic feat. Participants will chip pieces from a boulder at The Square Tallaght and carry them along the Dublin Mountain Way to make a cairn at the foot of Kippure. Connecting city with mountains, the project asks ‘Why are we drawn to high places?’. Stories of the walks and performances will be retold in sound and pictures.

Clamour + Roar – A Citizens’ Chorus is a mixed discipline, multi-generational, cross-community participatory art project which will culminate in an original theatre performance devised by theatre artist Veronica Coburn. Inspired by the physical geography, past and present, of South County Dublin, the project will feature a community chorus, professional actors, a live vocal score both spoken and sung, performed narrative text, and a filmed visual art design.

‘The Cove’ Featuring Set Installation by Dan Shipsides

Lyric Theatre, Belfast – 3 and 4 March at 8pm, Sun 5 March at 2pm
The Source Arts Centre, Thurles  – 31 March at 8pm
Lime Tree Theatre, Limerick – 1 April at 8pm
Project Arts Centre, Dublin – 6, 7, 8 April at 7.30pm

The Cove is the result of a creative collaboration between Echo Echo Artistic Director Steve Batts, artist Dan Shipsides and musician Christopher Norby.

The Cove is a performance about the natural world, and the place of people in it. It reflects on the experience of the beauty of the wild Irish coast and its embodiment in movement.
The Cove is created around and with a large scale installation made from heavy, strong, shiny blocks. They reflect the light, like the surface of the sea or the shiny rocks. Sometimes they seem steely and sometimes warm. They are manipulated, with effort, and pleasure, into different configurations which provide the dancers with a changing environment with different opportunities and challenges.
Through this environment a woman travels. She climbs, sits, contemplates and is enfolded by the spirit of the place.


Capital funding of more than €9m for arts and cultural centres announced

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys TD, has announced details of more than €9 million in capital funding for arts and culture centres across the country. The Minister made the announcement as part of the Creative Ireland programme, with funding provided under her Department’s Arts and Culture Capital Scheme 2016-2018.

A total of 56 cultural organisations will benefit from this capital investment, including theatres, heritage centres, galleries, archives, integrated arts centres, artist studios and creative and performance spaces.

Seven flagship projects will receive substantial funding allocations:
Solstice Meath Arts Centre – €300,000
The Irish Arial Creation Centre (home of Fidget Feet) – €350,000
The Hunt Museum, Limerick – €400,000
The Hawk’s Well Theatre in Sligo – €550,000
Cavan Town Hall Theatre – €750,000
The Riverbank Arts Centre, Kildare – €1,000,000
Wexford Arts Centre – €1,000,000

A further 49 projects will receive funding ranging from €20,000 to €276,000.

For a full list of organisations that received funding see:

John Lee wins the Golden Fleece Award 2017

The trustees of the Golden Fleece Award are delighted to announce that the winner of the 2017 Golden Fleece Award is John Lee, a craft-based cabinetmaker from Co. Meath. The €15,000 prize was awarded on 21st February at a ceremony at the RHA, Ely Place, Dublin 2.

A graduate of the furniture college in Letterfrack, Co. Galway, John is a third generation cabinetmaker and has exhibited extensively both nationally and internationally. His work has been shown at SOFA Chicago, COLLECT at the Saatchi Gallery, London and DESIGN BASEL in Switzerland. His furniture can be found in numerous private collections and in museums, including the National Museum of Ireland where his ‘Carrigeen’ tallboy and ‘Core’ low table can be seen. In 2011 John won a prestigious commission to design and make a new Presidential Inauguration Chair to be used in the inauguration ceremony of President Michael D Higgins and in future presidential inaugurations.

John’s work is inspired by naturally occurring geometric forms and his current work explores the enhancement of timber’s natural properties while experimenting with form, function and finish.

Other artists and craft makers shortlisted for the Golden Fleece Award 2017 are Chloe Dowds (ceramics), Gerry Davis (painting), Fiona Mulholland (sculpture and jewellery), Nuala O Donovan (ceramics) and Yanny Petters (painting on glass).

Fiona Mulholland received a Special Award of €5,000 while four remaining shortlisted artists received Merit Awards of €2,500 each.

The Golden Fleece Award, now in its 16th year, is the most valuable prize available to Irish artists and craft makers. It is an independent artistic prize fund established as a charitable bequest by the late Lillias Mitchell who died in 2000. The first Golden Fleece Award was launched a year later and was awarded in 2002.

This year’s judging panel was led by Neil Read and included Helen McAllister, Dara O’Leary, Eoin MacLochlainn and Robert Russell.

For more information and images please contact Dairne O’Sullivan at or call 087 680 1443

Julia Dubsky awarded Recent Graduate Residency 2017 at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios

Temple Bar Gallery + Studios have announced artist Julia Dubsky as the 2017 Recent Graduate Residency recipient. TBG+S is delighted to welcome Julia and looks forward to supporting her to develop her practice within the creative community of professional artists working in the studios.

The TBG+S Recent Graduate Residency is a professional development opportunity aimed at recent graduate artists in Ireland to assist in focussing their studio practices at this crucial point in their careers. Now in its fourth year, the residency offers a 12 month studio at TBG+S with added professional development supports. The residency, beginning in spring 2017, provides a large free studio for one year, in addition to a €1,000 stipend, €500 international travel bursary, a variety of institutional supports including mentoring and a programme of visiting curators’ visits.

Julia was awarded the residency by a selection panel of five people, following an open submission process which took place in January 2017. Working mainly in a wide, mostly muted pallet range on shallow stretchers, Julia’s work appears both figurative and abstract, channelling grapplings within a confined, flat surface, similar to an argument made in an essay.

The selection panel consisted of Mary Cremin (Programme Curator, TBG+S), Clíodhna Shaffrey (Director, TBG+S), Anne Kelly (Finance Manager, TBG+S), Kevin Cosgrove (TBG+S Studio Artist) and Barbara Knezevic (Artist).

PLASTIK 2017 Programme Now Online

PLASTIK Festival of Artists’ Moving Image is a festival devoted entirely to artists working with the moving image. Taking place at a range of venues in Dublin, PLASTIK brings international and Irish work together to form a distinct programme, much of which will be screening in Ireland for the first time.

PLASTIK aims to represent the breadth and scope of innovative and experimental work being produced in this ever expanding field of practice, with a focus on the cinema as exhibition space. The privilege of a festival of this nature allows an intensity of work, creating uneasy combinations, and challenging perspectives through its ability to affect.

All festival screenings will take place at the Irish Film Institute. In addition to this, a series of discussions, talks and live performances will take place at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios (TBG+S), with many internationally acclaimed artists and curators in attendance, including James Richards, Erika Balsom, Yuri Pattison, Ann Hirsch, Sasha Litvintseva, Mark Toscano, James Kienitz Wilkins and Benjamin Cook (LUX).

Tickets are now on sale through the PLASTIK festival website:

Minister Humphreys appoints new members to the board of the Crawford Gallery

The Minister for Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs, Heather Humphreys, has announced that she has appointed 8 new members to the board of the Crawford Gallery. All appointees have been vetted by the Public Appointments Service and were found to have the requisite experience to serve on the Board. The appointments are for a duration of five years.

The Minister has nominated Rose Mc Hugh as Chair of the Board. Her formal appointment will be made after she appears before the relevant Oireachtas Committee.

The new members of the board of the Crawford Gallery are:

· Josephine Browne
· Catherine Hammond
· Karen Kelly
· Eamonn Maxwell
· Rose Mc Hugh
· Frank Nyhan
· Gareth O’Callaghan
· Barrie O’Connell

Siobhán Tattan selected as Artist in Residence at Centre for Philosophy+Visual Arts, Kings College London

Siobhán Tattan selected as Artist in Residence at Centre for Philosophy and the Visual Arts, Kings College London.

The Centre for Philosophy and the Visual Arts is a major multi-disciplinary initiative based at King’s College London. Its aim is to bring together academics, artists, curators and gallerists to explore the connections between philosophy, theory and the visual arts. Above all, the Centre is committed to developing ongoing collaborations between artists and philosophers, and to exploring the way in which the format of such collaborations alters or deepens the interplay between the two approaches. Siobhán Tattan will follow Christopher Hamilton’s lectures on The Search for Meaning.

Wexford Arts Centre and Wexford Co Co Announce Emerging Visual Artist Award Winner 2016-17

Wexford Arts Centre, Wexford County Council and the Arts Council are delighted to announce artist Katie Watchorn as the recipient of the tenth annual Emerging Visual Artist Award.  As a joint initiative between the three organisations, the award’s aim is to recognise and support the development of promising and committed visual artists in Ireland. The winner receives €5,000 to supplement and assist in the production of new work for a solo exhibition at Wexford Arts Centre. As the recipient of the award, Watchorn will create a new body of work throughout the period of January- December 2017, to be exhibited in January 2018.

Katie Watchorn works with a diverse range of agrarian materials to create tactile pieces illuminating the nuances and materiality of Irish rural farming. Drawing on her own experiences and upbringing in the farm environ, Watchorn is interested in the presence of livestock in a contrastingly harsh setting.  She frequently extracts and re-appropriates the utilitarian materials found on her father’s farm, adjusting their contents and conventional uses to create hybrid and often now obsolete forms.

For further information on the artist or the Emerging Visual Art Award please contact Catherine Bowe, Visual Arts Manager, Wexford Arts Centre, Cornmarket, Wexford on +353 (0)53 9123764 or email

Late Night Art Belfast, Thursday 2 February

LNABLate 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.

Share your own experience on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Vine, Periscope and Pinterest and share this story with the world.


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 or by ringing the Townhouse on 028 90311798. £10 per person.


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


Transmit | 2nd year MFA Interim Show
Platform Arts

2nd February – 18th February
Opening 6-9pm, 2nd Feb 2017
Gallery 1 & 2.

Helouise O’ Reilly / Jacqueline Huskisson / Justine McDonnell / Cait Morrison / Hannah McBride / Declan Proctor / Rosanna Wilson / Nathan Crothers / Siobhan McQuade / Paula Deji / Matthew Bourree / Angelina Chung / Colin Scott

An exhibition of works by current 2nd years on the MFA Fine Art Course at the Belfast School of Art. ‘Transmit’ presents the diverse multidisciplinary approaches undertaken by this group of emerging artists, exploring a variety of themes, tactics and antics across a range of media.

The MFA Fine Art in Belfast was established in 1979 and the course’s vision today remains as radical and relevant as it was then- in providing multidisciplinary art education experience that asserts plurality, relevancy, criticality and quality in today’s contemporary art world.

Live Performance ‘If this mouth could open’ by Justine McDonnell, 7pm SHARP.


Goose Lane Gallery @ Tivoli Barbers
Brian Kielt – Fictive Perceptions

Opening Thursday 2nd February 2017 6pm – 9pm

Exhibition will run from 2nd February until 24th February.

A new body of work by Brian Kielt exploring the notion of trauma and how we perceive the multifaceted impacts. (Kindly supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.)


Arts & Disability Forum Gallery
Alice Burns – Hidden Narrative

Opening Thursday 2nd February 2017 5pm – 7pm

A series of images on paper and glass, representing the hidden narrative during a time of unease.

Alice’s practice currently explores strategies of public engagement: connections between people and site. The concept of ‘site’ extends to memory and ritual, as well as physical location. Alice explores these relationships through multiple processes and materials, instigated in collaboration with those she encounters.

‘Hidden Narrative’ runs from 3rd February to 3rd March 2017.
Official opening: Thursday 2nd February 5pm to 7pm
Gallery opening hours: Tuesday to Friday 11am to 3pm
Admission free: gallery accessible
Please arrange group visits in advance

If you require BSL or audio description, please contact Alan Sheeran on or (028) 9023 9450.

Alice will have a Conversation in the ADF gallery on Friday 24th February 1pm to 2pm 2017.


Duncairn Arts Centre
DAS Resident Artists’ Exhibition
30 January – 10 February

In partnership with the Duncairn Cultural Arts Centre, DAS is proud to present new works by residents Shane Finan, Dan Moxham, Will McConnell, Kathleen O’Leary and Elien Ronse.

Join us at the Duncairn Centre for a drinks reception on Thursday the 2nd of February, from 6-8pm. The exhibition runs from the 30th of January to the 10th of February. Opening hours: 9am-5pm, Monday to Friday.

For more information on the artists and their work, visit our website:


Gerard Dillon Gallery, An Cultúrlann
David Fox – A Road Less Travelled

Fox who originally hailed from Co. Offaly in the midlands has been living and working in Belfast since 2011, graduated from the Ulster University with an Masters in Fine Art in 2013 and has since worked at Creative Exchange Artist Studio in the East of the city.

His work has been exhibited across Ireland, and internationally he has had 3 major solo exhibitions. This is the artist’s first major solo exhibition in Belfast.

Exhibition runs until February 24th


MAC International 2016

MAC International Ulster Bank Prize is the largest arts prize in Ireland, offering professional artists worldwide the opportunity to exhibit in the MAC. The exhibition will run from 28 October 2015 – 19 Feb 2017.


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!

Lívia Páldi Appointed as Curator of Visual Arts at Project Arts Centre

Project Arts Centre welcomes Lívia Páldi to the team, as Curator of Visual Arts.

Born in Budapest Lívia Páldi has held a number of key positions including; Director of BAC – Baltic art Center, Visby, Sweden (2012- 2015), Chief Curator of the Műcsarnok / Kunsthalle Budapest (2007 -2011), as well as co-founding the Institute of Contemporary Art, Dunaújváros (Hungary).

“I am excited to join the great team at Project Arts Centre, one of the most renowned art institutions in Ireland. I look forward to building on its 50 years legacy while implementing a new programme and initiatives for the gallery.”
Lívia Páldi

Project has a long and proud history of visual arts practice and remains dedicated to supporting and developing contemporary arts practice in Ireland and abroad. The Curator of Visual Arts at Project is core part of the team, responsible for developing, delivering and managing the visual arts programme in keeping with the vision of the organisation. This is a key appointment for Project as it enters an important new phase of its development following its 50th anniversary. Lívia will join an expert team dedicated to supporting artists in every art form, at every stage in their career, to make and present extraordinary work.

Project Arts Centre, 39 East Essex Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2
T:+353 1 8819 613