Tuesday, 31 March 2009
LOVE,PASSION and REVOLUTION the exhibition of Art and film Curated by Liam de Frinse
those of you that attend will not be dissapointed by the interesting things that have been going on . They promise a few different things other that your usual Art opening but I cant tell you much because it's all under raps..............................................................................but you have to think that LOVE PASSION and REVOLUTION are very emotive subjects. The film will be showen in the Baby grand and was done at a secret location in Belfast and all I can say is Gravity and liquidity is very important.......................................................................................maybe see you there..............................................xxx
Who is in the KULT I cannot say ;-) and by the way it's not an April fool.;-)
Monday, 30 March 2009
Dear MobileMonday follower,
We invite you to the “Mobile User Experience” event organised by MobileMonday Belfast on Monday 6 April 2009 from 5:15pm.
User experience: to date, the mobile industry has typically employed it to describe the graphical user interface (UI) of an application or device. However, despite the increasing frequency with which it is cited by the mobile business, user experience is something rather more complex than the way a product looks (more…).
On 18 March the MEX (Mobile User Experience Forum) held a 1-day competition on Twitter challenging industry pioneers to come up with the best definition of ‘mobile user experience’ => The selected entry was: “Mobile user experience: Encompasses every interaction and emotion a person has with their mobile device in their daily lives.” At this latest MoMo Belfast event, you will hear what Mozilla Mobile (Christian Sejersen) and Dublin-based Cibenix (Andrew Robertson) do about this very current topic.
Thanks to our sponsor Invest NI, this event is free to attend, but you must register here today to secure your seat.New Venue! Meet us at the Invest NI Building downstairs at reception at 2 Bedford Square, BT2 7ES (across from the renovated Ulster Hall); Off-street car parking available in adjacent streets.
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Dr Oliver Williams - Director of the Institute on Domestic Violence in the African American Community, University of Minnesota
Johnny Rice II - Baltimore, USA - Responsible Fathering Programme
Lisa Nitsch - House of Ruth, Baltimore, USA Domestic Violence Prevention Programme
Anthony Douglas - CEO, Cafcass
Bea Campbell – Journalist
David Bartlet, Fatherhood Institute
To book www.respect.uk.net
And certainly it will, because there will be more to see, to understand,and to be part of,than there was before in a tidy world that lives and dies. As long as you accept only those limited thoughts that have been bred into you, you will never activate greater portions of your brain to recieve and expereince any thought other than what you have faced every day of your existance.
Friday, 27 March 2009
Designed and Built in Belfast exhibition will be on display at W5, Odyssey from Saturday 14 March - Sunday 19 April. The exhibition is open daily 10am - 6pm (Sundays 12 - 6pm).
Wednesday 29 April, Ulster Hall
We'd love to welcome you along to Sounds Classical Live - A BBC Invitation Concert, recording at the newly opened Ulster Hall. Marie-Louise Muir hosts a live orchestral spectacular. The best-loved classical pieces are performed by the Ulster Orchestra on the stage of the gleaming new Ulster Hall. With renowned conductor Proinnsías Ó Duinn and tunes by Tchaikovsky, Mozart, Handel and others, this is an unmissable concert for listeners to BBC Radio Ulster's weekly classical music show. Programme includes: Copland: Fanfare for The Common ManTchaikovsky: Waltz of the Flowers, from The NutcrackerGrieg: Peer Gynt SuiteElgar: Salut D'AmourMendelssohn: Wedding MarchPachelbel: CanonSibelius: FinlandiaHandel arranged by Hamilton Harty: Music for the Royal FireworksMozart: Eine Kleine NachtmusikSchubert: Unfinished SymphonyStrauss: Blue Danube Waltz Recording on Wednesday 29 April at the Ulster Hall, Adelaide Exchange, 24-26 Adelaide Street, Belfast, BT2 8GD. Doors open: 7.00pmConcert starts: 7.45pm To apply for tickets, call the BBC Ticket Line on 0370 901 1227* or visit the BBC Tickets website. We look forward to seeing you in our audience very soon.
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- I felt that people did not understand the different things I was envolved in.
- I have been involved in so many different things I get access to lots of different information . Information that other people could benifit from if only they knew about it.
- I was noticing and observing things that were going on in Northern Ireland that I didnt see commented on in the mainstream media.
- I get inspired by different things that make me think, quotes etc
- When I was running my development programmes people always changed for the better around me because I was encouraged them to be themselves and seek their own answers to the insurmountable isssues they seemed to be dealing with.
- There are lots of interesting things to do and see in NI but for some reason alot of people are on a downer about living here.
- I just wanted to share observations and I suppose a sense of hope ;-)
I think it's interesting how things have changed in a year and I suppose thats good in many ways but a little bit scarry in others. I was going to China when the West was making it rich from buying cheap goods from it. One year on the economy of many countries is collapsing some parts of China are in turmoil because the West have falled to pay for goods ordered, make etc. Why? because we are expereincing a shift in the economy. Why are we experiencing a shift in the economy ? Was it really sustainable to take, take ,take from mother earth. Plunder her for profit and spuew out the left overs and cry everything is well because I bought a new pair of earrings/jumper/coat/banana/ whatever it takes to give you that comsumerism fix. Why do you need that fix? what is lacking in your life that cheering you up by buying more "stuff" more " stuff" do we really need more stuff? It's something I've been thinking about alot lately. I always try to consider everthing I am buying where it comes from? who is making money out of it? has it been traded fairly? Do you really need it?
I try to live a considered life, it's not always easy. Sometimes the restrictions I impose on myself do my head in but you sort of get in the hang of it. I was telling a group of women the other day that in China there is a one child policy. Although not in the rural areas- they were shocked and confused how could someone do such a thing? I explained about population control we simple do not have enough resourses in the world to sustain the type of lifestyles we in the west have become accustomed to. Not for the whole world. So maybe that is part of the global readjustment that is going on. A really wierd thing occured to be last night. Do you remember when I was going to life drawing classes? from September? well I was taking out some of the drawings and taking a look. I was showing them to me sister who is an Artist and she said they were very Chinese looking , strange how I had not noticed it. The other thing was that there were drips everywhere. So this might be a little far fetched but going back to previous concepts of drips, well do they represent the dripping away of China? Of their "order" as they had it.
There certainly seems to be something going on and I think we are going to see more of it over the next two to three years. In the meantime do we just try and live by the same old habits or try and think differently?? Himmmmmmmmmmmmmmm me thinks we are going to have to think differently to get over this next few years. Do you think it's overdue? Yes, actually I do.
I really do, I keep hearing about redundancys ! how about everyone in the company takes a 20% pay cut instead just to keep everyone in the food chain ?Be a bit more benovelent toward each other. Anyway. Life is certainly interesting that's for sure. So how is your,
Mind,body and spirit today?
Body 8 ( still got a soar throat)
Spirit 10 (despite everything it feels good to be alive)
Have a good weekend dont forget Botanic Art fair tomorrow and http://www.belfastfilmfestival.org/ and St Georges market and and and and be considerate in your purchases if you make any............................and dont forget next week it's LOVE, PASSION and REVOLUTION. Cool. ........three of my favourite things.
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
27 March – 2 May 2009
In conversation: Donovan Wylie and John Burke - 26 March, 6pm
Exhibition opening 26 March, 7-9 pm
Following his widely acclaimed 2004 photo essay The Maze, Magnum photographer Donovan Wylie was the only photographer granted official and unlimited access to the Maze/Long Kesh prison site during its demolition. Executed over 2 years and counting, with the demolition dates being continually changed, Wylie’s new work focuses on the empty landscape that surfaces in the aftermath of the demolition process, showing how this once-enclosed space is eventually reintegrated with the outside world. The exhibition combines photographs and film footage of the prison complex, including helicopter shots, which fully appreciate the architectural destruction of the massive compound whilst at the same time reflecting on the destruction of the prison system.
Artist’s talk and book launch, Fri 27 March 12pm Free event
Join artist Donovan Wylie on an informal talk, with insights on the making and critical positioning of the work. Followed by launch & signing of Wylie’s new publications Maze and Scrapbook.
At Belfast exposed.
all Ireland Guerilla girls tour
31 March Belfast York street 1-2pm
31 March Portadown MCAC 7-8-30pm
1 April Glucksman gallery Cork
2 April national College of Art and design Dublin
3 April Butler gallery, Kilkenny castle
limited numbers so you need to RSVP.......if you dont know who they are you need to have a look. They were hitting NewYork when I was over there and you know what the same concept still holds true.
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
In association with The School of Law at Queens University Belfast
Cordially invites you to
Trócaire’s 2009 Annual Lecture will be presented by John Ging, Head of the United Nations Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza on the theme of:
“The Responsibility to Protect Civilians in Times of Conflict – What can we do?”
In Belfast Wednesday 25 th March 1-2pm Elmwood Teaching & Learning Centre, Queen’s University (Pre-reception @ 12 noon in the lobby of the Institute of Governance, QUB)
Chaired By Seamus McKee (BBC)
With contributions from Dr Jean Allain (The School of Law at Queens University Belfast), Susan McKay (Freelance Journalist), Eithne McNulty (Trocaire)
RSVP to Emma Steele firstname.lastname@example.org TEL: 028 9080 8030
You will know John Ging from TV and Radio. He was very vocal as the UN Rep on the Ground in Gaza during the recent violence there. John is renowned for speaking his mind and for being totally dedicated to the people he is tasked to help.
He is from Co. Loaise and is director of the UN Relief and Works Agency in the Gaza Strip. He manages a humanitarian programme for one million people valued at more that £363 million and a staff of 10,000.He started his career in the Irish Defence Forces in 1983 and has served in Kosovo, Rwanda and Lebanon.The Panellists are also interesting. Susan McKay for example, has written extensively about the NI Troubles and has recently been overseas on Behalf of Trocarie visiting refugees on the Thai Burmese Border.........................................
It still got me thinking about mobile Art what would an artist do with the technology if they had the technology back up??? Digital circle were announcing a number of things that were going to come up and that not enough people were focusing for a design point of view on the mobile interface. Ie everyone does websites but who is focusing on the mobile as a design tool??? www.mobilemondaybelfast.org for up dates.
Monday, 23 March 2009
Discovering Music: Mendelssohn
23 April, the Colosseum, Watford
We'd love to welcome you along to a special evening surrounding the music and life of Mendelssohn. Mendelssohn's music contains some of the most well known tunes in classical music, and the Italian Symphony and overture to Die Erste Walpurgisnacht are no exception. Inspired by sunny skies, beautiful scenery and rich cultural life Mendelssohn experienced on his travels, the 'Italian' symphony is a whirlwind tour through religious processions and classic Italian dance figurations. Discover more with Discovering Music. Featuring:Mendelssohn Symphony No. 4 in A Major, 'Italian'Mendelssohn Die Erste Walpurgisnacht - OvertureCharles Hazlewood conductor Recording on Thursday 23 April at the Colosseum, Watford. Doors open at 6.30pm. To apply for tickets, call the BBC Ticket Line on 0370 901 1227* or visit the BBC Tickets website
They're looking for 25,000 signatures by 31 March. Petition can be found at :
Contact Rhonda on 028 40662260 for further information.
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Mobile Apt "you show me your apt and I'll show you mine" demos.
If your not sure what a mobile Apt is it's the cool things that your i phone or mobile phones do that you can download from the i phone website http://www.apple.com/uk/iphone/and maybe soon lots of other places.
At Mobile world congress Barcelona they were saying it's going to revolutionise the way we get creativity on our mobile phones because you will not longer have to go through a mobile phone operator to get one. Just up load it on your phone from the iPhone Apt site.
If you want to start getting your head around it http://www.mobilemondaybelfast.apt/ register before 3 and we will see you there tonight. We have an number of artists registering but we would love more as it's so cool.................................is'nt Northern Ireland Interesting.
Date: 26th March 2009
Venue: Leighinmohr Hotel, Ballymena
Time: 7pm - 8pm followed by light supper
Speaker: Neil Holland, Firmus Energy
Sponsors: Ballymena Borough Council, Firmus Energy
Supporters: Invest Northern Ireland
Margarte Richie on Neighbourhood renewal and community planning conferance.
HOW TO REGISTER Please log on to the website at www.cesi.org.uk for full information on how to book on to attend this Conference.
With watching no TV and listening to no radio you become more and more aware of the seasonal changes going on about us. I noticed on my walk and you can see it in the photo below that there is a little bit of flooding happening, that was never there a few years ago. Are the tides turning? is the sea level rising ??
So Ireland won the rugby and it is all Ireland not North or South but all. Strange how sport is politicised. But hay it would not be Ireland if it was'nt. Hope you all have a good week and remember it's good to live in Northern Ireland. Honestly but we could do with a few more people who think differently to join us? any takers?
Saturday, 21 March 2009
Crowne Plaza Dundalk - Wednesday 8th April 10.00 - 15.30
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Padraig O'Ceidigh, founder and CEO of Aer Aran will be telling his story of success
Speed Networking - where you will be guaranteed to meet new faces
Your choice of seminar topics
A chance to put questions to a panel of experts
All this for only £20
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The Consultation Document - 'Together We can End Violence Against Women and Girls' - is available - http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/documents/cons-2009-vaw/
Further details about where the Home Office and the VAW Bus will be going is available here - http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/documents/violence-against-women-bua
In my mind I was just thinking, if you think that because I got a first it means I will actually be able to make a living from Art your nuts. The thing I think they don't tell you at college is that, really you are in a bubble, a hot house bubble with rareified air that will help you grow and develop. Once you leave you breath the same air as everyone else and that's not always conjucive to artistic expression. Or at least making a living out of artistic expression.................because in reality no one really cares that you have this talent, not really they oh and ah over it but does that help you survive in the real world?
Hard really because all you want to do at least all I wanted to do was do my own work because it's fantastic, it's frustrating and interesting and better than any feeling you can get anywhere...............it's a kind of relationship you build up with your soul that needs nurtured all the time. You build up this interest in yourself and it's hard to let that go. The difficulty is working out how to function in the real world. Not easy.
I remember meeting an Art collage tutor about six months after graduating and I was asking him what he was up to. He said the most difficult part of leaving Art college is the first 2 years when you are getting over the shock of being in the real world. I did'nt know what he meant at the time but the realisation slowly dawned on me and it's something I always tell people when they just graduate. It's a shock to your system the real world does'nt want you not really. They think your mad.......................................but more on that another time.
Did you wake up with the birds this morning? 5 o clock for the dawn chorus thats the thing about the Spring equinox everything starts to get brighter and lighter you can see the change in the weather in the Northern hemipshere. Misty up in Belfast but in a nice way. Fresh. Have you been out in the garden yet? Have you organised what you are doing for mothers day? She's important you know....................you would'nt be here if she did'nt exist.
Friday, 20 March 2009
series of new etching by Ivan Armstrong
Opening Friday 3rd @ 8pm
exhbition continues until 29th April.
The higher bridges gallery www.fermangh.gov.uk
Ivan reconnected to printing a couple of years ago after leaving the Arts council he has an obcession with viscocity etching. I remember the day he said, can you not get any colour in these etchings and so the frustration and discoverery unfolded.
29 March 2009 You can bus it from Belfast www.translink.co.uk
Tel 028 44612233 firstname.lastname@example.org
1. Golden Thread-the Art of regeneration I love the little books they do they have a ladybird feel to them. Ursual Burke took some pictures of the children on the estate in Bangor with a back ground, they remind me of the photos my grandmother has of "natives" when she went on her travels. On the left hand side of the book are little quotes for the kids, they could almost be poems, captured in time. Telling more about life in NI than you might think.
To give you an example I like this one.
"What job would you like to do when you get older?
'I wouldn't like to do a policeman......but I would like to be a normal person' "
Does the PSNI need to do a bit more PR? me thinks so.
2. Was Fiona Joyle at BPW I'm always amazed by the BPW gallery. Even though the space is small it just goes to show the power of Art when you get such a different feel in the gallery depending on the Art shown. This time Fiona's Art evokes clear architectural lines beautifully printed and its really nice to see them all together. You just do not get it when you just see one of them on their own. Tone on tone. Upstairs there are some more students work which helps you see what's coming out of the Art collage next.
3. Last but not least it was safe house gallery www.safehousearts.org Shankill meets the Falls a community photograph exhibition. What you are really struck by is that its very much the recent past. Gerry Adams has not gone into his Armani stage, the holiday home in Donegal is but a dream away, lots of bad hair cuts.Photos are from 1994 so its not that long ago so its good to see that things have changed. Yet so my things have not? Or is that only me thinking that?
I was talking with the guy from the Shankill who were involved in it, they wanted to know if we thought that they should do it again. I thought that Shankill meets Falls 2 would be a good name for an exhibition. Or a film for that matter and (as long as it was not advertised in the news) it might be a good idea ;-) They could go back to the same places and photo whats there now. If anything, certainly the murals have changed . Who get to decide what goes up next? Whos responsible for the next cultural stererotype to be painted on instead? That muttering is for another time.
Dont forget the GT have another opening tonight and the black box have their Black market on Sunday and the Artzyard gallery still have their exhibition on in Castleward if your in the need for a bit of fresh air. Remember it's good to live in NI. To get really local if your anywhere near Gilnahirk, the primary school has a fair 11-3pm organic strawberry plants catch my eye........yum, yum now is the time to plant them..
Belfast Polish week 7-13 May
part of www.polskayear.pl
What jumps out at me is "Ideal boyfriend for my girlfriend" great title its a film on at QFT.
Polish are now the biggest non indigenous population in NI and its great to see that with European enlargement that the opportunity for economic recovery has been spread around a bit. The first Polish person in NI I spoke to was at a bus stop I asked her how she was getting on. She was a trained primary school teacher. She was working as a kitchen porter in a Restrurant. She said that she earned in a month in the Kitchen what she would earn in 4 months in Poland as a teacher. Not much of a contest there.
I mean the Irish have been going it for decades going to other countrys in order to find work and money for mouths to feed. Now we are a bit better off it's our turn to share things a bit. Something I think people loose sight of that. So polish week is your opportunity to find out a little bit more about these people who have been doing the jobs in NI that we don't want to do anymore..................... the other thing I noticed was alot of the polish women here are very small boned but would'nt you be if you didnt get enough to eat when you were growing up?
Funny how we loose sight of that in our benifit culture.
Thursday, 19 March 2009
but by transmuting its energies into other forms.
the energy that expresses itself in the form of evil is the same
enery which expersses itself in the form of good;
and thus the one may be transmutted into the other.
Charles Henry Mackintosh
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Tuesday 31 March 2009 7-9
The Naughton Gallery at Queens
Artists celebrate the 5th Anniversary of the Seamus Heaney Centre for Poetry.
gALLERY open MOn to sat 11-4
open until 9pm first Thrusday of every month
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Dan Shipsides and Seamus Harahan.
Opening Friday 20th March 2009 @ 6pm until 9pm
and runs until Saturday 18th April 2009.
Dan Shipsides and Seamus Harahan, two of Northern Ireland’s finest contemporary artists, come together in The Munter Hitch, showing video works that blur the lines between documentary film making and visual art. Shipsides and Harahan share a unique relationship with the environment that they occupy and offer the viewer an opportunity to walk/climb into their shoes.
If you were blind would you consider rock climbing? Dan Shipside’s work Echo Valley documents his venture of guiding a blind man through one of Spain’s toughest climbs. “I have no sight at all - so I didn’t have any fear climbing – it probably helps not to have any idea of what 20metres looks like from above.”
Before Sunrise, by Seamus Harahan, leads viewers through Alexandra Park in North Belfast, following the peace line and its division of neighbourhoods. His second work, Splitting in Two, continues the theme of the separation of communities in Belfast .
“If it’s a question of me or you, I never, ever know quite what to do because I’m always too late, I’m biting my nails, I’m splitting in two.”
“If it’s a question of loving you, there’s a barrier that I can’t break through, because I’m lonely and sad, I’m biting my nails, I’m splitting in two.”
Mark Perry, Alternative TV
This exhibition is in collaboration with the Belfast Film Festival.
Tuesday – Friday 10.30am – 5.30pm & Saturday 1pm – 4pm
Golden Thread Gallery, 84 -94 Great Patrick Street, Belfast, BT12LU
T: 02890330920, E: email@example.com.
Tuesday, 17 March 2009
Lunch at fountain tavern in fountain street upstairs (big food lots of people) left us feeling contented. There was a police presence but it seemed low key we were comparing it to Bastile day in France were everyone would be out dancing in the streets and the army parade their weaponery in the centre of Paris and you can climb over the tanks in the park afterwards> Himmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm do not think that will happen any time soon in Belfast.
You certainly would not see lots of young people out drinking in the streets not in Paris. The evening was taken up with Bill Welan and the Ulster Orchestra at the water front, thanks to Belfast City Council sponsoring it. I have to say it really was fantastic the music and dancing superb. At one point there was a flamenco and an Irish dancer dancing at the same time to the orchestra, one of the Corrs was playing the violin and all free. We left feeling Belfast had come of age the Lord Major congratulated us on the way out for cycling and we told him he should "get on his bike as well" he was happy that Belfast did not have any negative images to beam around the world on St Pats day. I believe those of you that went down to castleward enjoyed the fresh air as well.
So it looks like the jolly that the politicians went on to the US brought in a few million, at least on paper we shall see what hits the ground if it does................................................ and I have a confession to make, I saw a girl with a I love Belfast t shirt on I wondered when that was going to happen. It's good to see......................
Monday, 16 March 2009
Afterwards we went for afternoon tea in the lighthouse in the Slieve Donard Hotel a newish part they added I think last year overlooking the sea. The thing about it is that it has been designed for adults, lots of hard surfaces and shiney tables but it has become popular with people with kids so the noise just echo's around the place like nothing you can imagine. All they need is a big textile wall hanging on the wall to help absorb the sound. But the tea was nice and the company good. Good to blow away the cobwebs a bit of Newcastle wind.......................................
Later. I'm in town now everything is going on as normal but I notice in the sony centre window a news bulletin being flashed across the world of rioting..........................................now isn't that just great ;-(
Saturday, 14 March 2009
..........it's a lovely windy day today. To blow away your cobwebs if your up and about in NI.
Artist talk 8.4.2009 14.00hrs
Queens street studios
37-39 Queens street
(find it on googlemaps)
lots of vibrating lines...................in the invite
Call for submissions from schools and groups across NI
More of it than we think 3
Exhibition of artwork by children and young people
A selection of the highest quality and most original will be displayed at venues throughout the Belfast childrens festival.
Friday, 13 March 2009
refer to early post on you tube. Would you rather go to Clough Mills or Ballygally ???? answers on a postcard please ;-)
Hope the fire at Crumlin Road Gaol had nothing to do with the Golden thread opening there the other night??????????
– learn about new and exciting opportunities for both personal and product development!
You are cordially invited to a free seminar exploring how ambitious collaborations between craft and technology can be managed successfully with advice and insight from experienced designer-makers and guidance from a legal expert on how to protect your intellectual property rights and avoid pitfalls when collaborating with others.
Creative collaborations - craft and technology
Thursday, 19 March 09
6pm to 8pm with drinks/networking until 9pm
Rootstein Hopkins Space - West
London College of Fashion
20 John Princes Street
To book please visit our website: http://www.own-it.org/events/details/?eventId=305
The event will be chaired by Jane Harris, Reader at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design. Speakers include: Olivier Geoffroy (Unto This Last), Kate Goldsworthy (textiles) and Lynne Murray (jewellery).
The panel will also be joined by Robert Lands, Head of IP & Media at Finers Stephens Innocent, to provide guidance and advice on intellectual property rights related to collaborations between craft and technology.
The event is organised by Own-it in partnership with Cockpit Arts.
Lecture on :
Fatherhood and forgiveness (quite a popular title in some parts of NI)
Thursday 26th March 2009
w5 Odyssey Belfast
ticket hotline 0289042 8428
£7, £4.50 student or discount for group of 6 or more.
for more info
Ulster Museum lecture series................nice to see they are out and about while it's being refurbished. But dont talk to me about the Ulster Museum or I might have to tell you a few stories ;-(..............it's for another time.
Thursday 19th March 6pm –8pm,
Golden Thread Gallery,
84-94 Great Patrick Street, Belfast
On Thursday the 19th of March, at the Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Roisin McDonough, Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Mayor of North Down, Alderman Leslie Cree M.B.E, will open the North Down Art of Regeneration Photographic exhibition, as part of the successful Art of Regeneration Public Art Project in the Kilcooley and Loughview/Redburn estates.
North Down Borough Council’s 4-year Art of Regeneration Project, set out to address aggressive paramilitary murals and anti social graffiti through the medium of public art. The project culminates in August 2009 and this exhibition documents how the project has achieved its main aims and objectives.
Documentation of the project was an extremely important aspect of the process. The images range from before and after shots of potential sites, removing murals, workshops, site visits and the overall involvement and commitment of the communities involved. This exhibition images are also being collated into a publication, which will be launched in June 2009.
The project has created 9 artworks to date, with 2 more being launched in March 2009. 2 have replaced paramilitary murals, a paramilitary memorial has been removed and a contentious area has been regenerated. No artworks created in either area have been vandalised.
The North Down Art of Regeneration Project is funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, The Department of Social Development, the Northern Ireland Housing Executive, North Down Local Strategy Partnership through Peace II and North Down Borough Council.
For more information on the project contact Lesley Cherry, Art of Regeneration Officer on 028 91 270371 extension 8027 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The exhibition continues until the 28th March 2009
The Golden Thread Gallery, 84-94 Great Patrick Street, Belfast, BT1 2LU.Tel:  9033 0920 Email: email@example.com Web: http://www.gtgallery.org.uk/OPENING TIMES of Golden Thread - Tuesday-Friday 11am-5pm. Saturday 1pm-4pm.
The Munter Hitch Friday 20th March – 18th April 2009
Dan Shipsides – Gallery 1
Seamus Harahan – Gallery 2
MobileMonday Belfast “You show me your App and I’ll show you mine” demo night on Monday 23 March 2009.
At this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, the really hot topic was Apps, Apps and more Apps, with announcement of App store me-too from Nokia, Orange, etc. So after some valuable networking time, we’ll kick off an evening of mobile apps demos at 6pm inside the amphitheatre (no PPT slides!) by Ammeon, EyeSpyFX, Filmtrip, TotalMobile, Truphone and plenty of iphone wizardry.
Thanks to Invest NI, this event is again free to attend, but you must register by Sunday 22 March @ 5pm to secure your seat.New Venue! The Peter Froggatt Centre at Queen’s University (thanks to Dr. David Newman) inside courtyard of QUB. Off-street car parking available in adjacent streets.
Please tell your business contacts to come along too and register!
Colm Hayden & Norbert Sagnard
CTO, Anaeko & Managing Consultant, Sagnard Marketing Associates Co-founders of MobileMonday Belfast
If your getting this blog post later just do a you tube search www.youtube.com for Ballygally it's for my viewer up there ? He's trying to put it on the map. It looks nice..................he says the best thing about living beside the sea is that you can always figure out your way home from the pub by if the sea is on the left or right. Cool ;-)
So why is it that we humans still try and keep the anger in NI alive? I have thought about it a lot recently? What with recent developments and incidents all I know is that doing the work I have been doing in the communities I have been doing it, there is still a lot of begrudgery around. Some people have been holding onto it all their lives and as a result to let it go means they would have lost their identity. What do you have without begrudgery? a bit of bitterness perhaps? with a soupson of evil ? Funny how all these things go back to the good old good over evil debate. The classic themes resonate..............................................................Someone was commenting that it's been over 10 years since a police man has been murdered it is nice to see there were so many people out at the peace rally.
Will all the politicians still go off to the US for their annual St Patricks day Jolly?? Is NI back on the global political radar again? wouldn't it be nice to slip of it......still going back to earlier themes and climate change if the water level rises will we be arguing about if we have an Irish Atlantis or a British Atlantis ?
I know if it was down to Sammy Wilson our environment minister which one he would be picking...........................I notice there is a campaign to try and get rid of him. Must pass on the details.
Thursday, 12 March 2009
Wednesday, 11 March 2009
Eligibility criteria is as follows:
individuals on incapacity benefit or severe disablement allowance working less than 16 hours per week Key target groups:
lone parents, women, the over 50’s,
young people (16-19) not in education, employment or training, areas suffering from economic downturn as a result of the business closures
The Programme will enable individuals to develop skills to enhance their individual chances of securing employment or entering self employment through tailored training and support as well as achieving a VRQ in Business Enterprise.
If you know anyone who may be interested please get them to contact Kerry on 028 9446 7774
CALLING all lesbian and bisexual women 16-25 GLYNI Young Women is a NEW group for all young lesbian & bisexual women 16-25, who are questioning their sexuality or who are perfectly comfortable with their sexuality. The group can offer much support for those of all levels of 'coming out'. The group's first meeting is this Monday 16th March at 6.30pm til 8.30pm. The group provides a safe and friendly venue where you can meet other young women and the opportunity to get involved in activities, try new things and residentials.
Our staff are also able to offer one-to-one information, advice and support around issues affecting young lesbian and bisexual women such as relationships, sexual health and bullying and they recognise that your sexuality is just one part of who you are. You don't have to come along every week, or stay for the whole of each session if you don't want to, but we hope you will If you are interested in attending please email details to firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 02890890202 (speak to Liam or Caroline) for information.
The Commission provides free and confidential advice to individuals, employers and service providers on all aspects of equality. We also provide a range of training services. Contact our Enquiry line on 028 90 890 890 or view our advisory publications here.
Thurday 12 March
the music of South America
or St Pat eve
an evening of local food and traditional music.
930am – 1230pm – Designing Your Business Message – Graphic Design, Literature, Packaging and Brand
Wayne Hemingway - Founder of fashion company Red or Dead and now director of Hemingway Design, Wayne will discuss how design is an integral part of your business model.
Dan Germain - Head of Creative at Innocent Smoothies, Dan will tell the story of how innovative and cost effective design led to Innocent becoming the fastest-growing food and drinks business in the UK.Case Studies - Local companies will discuss how the Invest NI Design Service helped integrate design into their company and the benefits they have seen since.
130 – 340pm – Designing Products for your Business – Product, Industrial and Technical Design
Sebastian Conran - Managing Director of Studio Conran, Sebastian is a trained Industrial Design Engineer and will discuss his experience of product design, commercial applications of design and how technical innovations and design go hand in hand
Case Studies - Local companies will discuss how the Invest NI Design Service helped improve or redesign products or processes in their company to produce business benefits.
No Alibis Bookshop,
Botanic Avenue, Belfast
Friday, 20th March
hear fine poetry, music and song
from the following:
Eilis Rooney, Ann Zell, Kathleen McCracken,
Geraldine Bradley, Sally Wheeler, Shirley McMillan,
Heather Newcombe, Jean Bleakney, Eilish Martin,
Yolande Carter, Gráinne Tobin, Pat Turner, Kate Newmann,
Geraldine Telford, Maureen Boyle, Pamela Greene,
Claire Hackett, Lindsay Hodges, Natasha Cuddington,
Myra Vennard, Moyra Donaldson and more…
Wine and a Raffle of Rare Prizes!
All welcome!.....................note from me dont you just love the creativity out there? Bubbling under the surface.
Tuesday, 10 March 2009
Monday, 9 March 2009
While at school I had a wonderful Art teacher Ruth Alexander, I was often found hiding in the Art room drawing,looking and thinking. She encouraged all of her students to find their own voice. We were told to work really hard as getting into Art collage was really difficult. I really wanted to get out of Northern Ireland and could not think of anything more depressing than going to college in Belfast. This was my chance to escape and hay if someone was going to pay for me to live in another country I was outta here.Oh the joy of grants.
Going to the UK for interviews, I though there must be some sort of con on as at each interview for Middlesex,Manchester and Bristol I was told I had a place. Did not seem that difficult I thought. I decided on Bristol as I kinda knew it from visiting my grandmother who used to live nearby. Funny how you choose these things and interesting how they pan out to effect the rest of your life.
While there I enjoyed the delights of being away from home, halls of residence,shared houses and I suppose what all good foundations do, they take you out of your past experience and get you to try something different. We had trips to London and St Ives.There were five of us from Northern Ireland and I have recently identified what happened to everyone. Interesting that many have returned to settle back here. A ceramicist, theatre designer, printmaker,product designer and me ???
I really got into textiles and I had been making my own clothes for years so fashion seemed a natural choice, yet I felt the pure fashion students seemed a bit pretentious. My work and attitude was very fine art based and I thought textiles would give me an opportunity to explore it more. This meant a move but before the move I met my future husband ( but that's another story) for the summer I went to the US and explored life from Virginia beach, Chicago, New York.
Then in was back to Winchester Collage of Art, I really wanted to go to a bigger place but the course was perfect for me. Textile based with lots of travel. It was here that I started to explore the many different facets of my creativity. As I loved making things adding Fashion to everything else seemed perfect and I was one of five who took the extra specialisation. Meaning we learnt how to pattern cut and put together a collection. Not just make the fabric. I used to get really annoyed at the other students in the Winchester who were doing teacher training saying the Art students did not do anything. I was in the collage 9 in the morning to 9 at night enjoying every minute. I would often work at lunch time in a pub but kept the Art obsession together.
I suppose that's why I say Art college is an opportunity for self actualisation, you think , you work you discover in a very free way. An opportunity to discover yourself that you rarely get in so many other occupational choices. The international travel was year one Barcelona, year two Italy, year three France. Another opportunity to go to Russia with Fine Art. All good learning. In the holidays I'd visit NI, went inter railing around Europe. I cycled around Ireland in my second year and this is what gave me the inspiration for my final collection as I kinda fell in love with it again. I had put it out of my mind before but was ready to explore it deeper. Now when I look at what I produced I think it was my kind of therapy a way to try and understand the country I had been brought up in. I also think if I had of went to college here in Belfast I never would have done the work. It needed the distance. I'm going to dig out some pictures to put on the blog.
So I'm not sure if that answers the question why go to Art college? All I knew was I just had to I just could not think of doing anything else. Twenty years on I'd still do the same thing, funny. It is a frustrating choice but interesting all the same.
Exhibition runs until April 25th
What is there to say about Fiona Joyce ? I've been a member of BPW for 3 and a half years and how a came to know Fiona was that every time I saw her she was smiling ;-) but she has been trapped in the screen room with her oblongs for a long time an she has decided that it's time for the world to see them. I confess that she has been obcessed with them and how the different colours resinate. When I look at them in my head I hear a xylophone because the different colours sing out differently depending on where they are placed. Interesting to watch. Ding dong.
They would look excellent in a very modern building Architects would love them........................great for a lobby...................................................................................a beautiful print on silk. Oh theres me getting carried away again. ...............................
invites you to the launch of
"living in an interface community"
Wed 11 March
Crumlin Road Gaol Belfast
RSVP and enquires Breandan Clarke Tel 02890757525
The project has been a partnership with AMCEP ,the North Belfast Interface Network and GT gallery funded by the NBCAU. The images and editorial decisions were made by the young people with the simple brief that they had to represent how they felt life in an interface community affected them.
..........note from me the images on the invite are great. I heard that the Simon Community are also doing a fund raiser in the Gaol they are getting local MP's and MLA's locked in l and they will only be left with a mobile phone and will have to raise £XX of money before they get out. Many will tell you for some of them it's not the first time they have been in Gaol..............................................................................................................................however do not be scared its not happening on the same night.
Sat & Sun 10am-3pm 14th & 15th March 2009
Sat & Sun 10am-3pm 21st & 22nd March 2009
Sat & Sun 10am-3pm 28th & 29th March 2009
Mondays 2nd - 23rd March 2009 7-9pm
Tuesdays 3rd - 24th March 2009 7-9pm
Wednesdays 4th - 25th March 7-9pm
Printmaking TechniquesPhoto etchingTransfer of drawn or photographic imagery onto the etching plate.Screen-printingHand made and photographic stencils combine to dramatic effectMono PrintingMark making in ink to produce unique results.EtchingProbably the most recognized traditional technique. A needle, plate and acid.Relief PrintingThis course will concentrate on lino cutting and the different techniques involved.Collagraph A traditional approach to Collagraph using a wide variety of materials to produce different marks.
HOW TO BOOK.To make a booking please contact Workshop Manager - Struan Hamilton & forward payment to the Workshop.email@example.com
WHAT TO BRING: Apron/old shirt, Image/ideas for visuals. For Photo-Intaglio course please bring a photographic image.