Monday, 31 August 2009

13% into the RUA

Dear Bronagh,

On behalf of the Royal Ulster Academy, I would like to thank you for entering your work for selection in our forthcoming Annual Exhibition at the Northern Bank, Belfast and I am delighted to inform you that your piece has been selected.

This year’s entry level was unprecedented with 1454 submissions from 900 artists. This increase, combined with the challenges of a smaller venue, presented our selection panel with a very difficult task and resulted in just over 13% of the total number of artworks selected.

In the coming weeks we will be preparing the exhibition venue, arranging the catalogue and working on publicity for the exhibition. I shall shortly be sending you an invitation which admits two only for the Opening Evening on Thursday 1 October 2009. Due to the popularity of the Preview, and Health and Safety Regulations, I regret we will be unable to accept requests for extra invitations. In the meantime I will keep you up to date with any other exhibition developments via email.

Kind regards,

Thursday, 27 August 2009

tonight in Belfast

jan Sagner at Belfast Print Workshop 7pm

belfast Exposed

Belfast / Belfast Exposed
*Introduction to community arts facilitation - Fri 4 Sept (10am – 4pm) in partnership with CAF and Belfast Exposed
Working with Children & Young People with Kids Own, Thurs 24 Sept - in partnership with Belfast Exposed
Presentation Skills - Communicating your Practice with Kerry McCall, - Fri 25 & Sat 26 Sept- in partnership with Belfast Exposed
Cross Generational Work with Age Exchange - Tues 29 Sept - in partnership with Belfast Exposed
Evaluation Tools for Artists working in Collaboration with Liz Lennon & Fiona Whelan - Thurs 1 Oct - in partnership with Belfast Exposed

Other Venues
Peer Critique - Multi-media & Installation with Conor McFeely, Mon 28 Sept in partnership with the Digital Arts Studios
*Using the web to your advantage - Fri 4 Dec (10am – 4pm) in partnership with CAF / Computer Club House, Springfield Rd, Belfast
*Group Dynamics - Fri 13 Nov (10am – 4pm) in partnership with CAF / Venue Beat Initiative, Belfast

Ps2...............(its good to be crazy)

RSS feeds], & images captured on the fly by the electronic performance tool Baglady2.0.

On 27/08/09 21:00 they invite the people of Belfast and ISEA09 - as guests and hosts simultaneously, ghosts in the shell of the white cube, in the shell of a city - for a BLACK FOAM PARTY [borrowing Sloterdijk's metaphor for a meshed socio-technical ecosystem], for the premiere of 'Be My'.

Nancy Mauro-Flude a.k.a sister0 is an artist and researcher in the field of
performing art and experimental media. Her art work is poetically invested with the
electronic activist movement and she often highlights the importance of the internet
and paraphernalia as a medium, meeting place and information source.
More info:
Jesse Darling is a multi-media sculptor, performance artist and "iFlaneur" who works
with both old and new technologies. Trained in dance and physical theatre as well as
fine art, she is working on a series of experimental collaborations both in
real-time and online, exploring themes of collectivism and bricolage: set in the
"spaces between places" where the ghosts get into the machine.
Sister0 and Jesse Darling, who have worked together previously on a number of
projects in Vienna and London, will each bring a completed work to this
collaboration: together and individually they will explore the possibilities and
limits of these works. They will choreograph a new work for the space partially in
response to these works, and partially as a result of experimental sessions @ PS2.

ISEA @ PS2 continuous till 3 September 2009.
Open: window-viewing 24h; open Sundays 10am-4pm and Late Night Art 6-9pm
For more information see: ;
or contact ; 07733457772

PS²is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. ‘Late Night Art’ and ‘Open Sundays’ are funded by Belfast City Council.

Please forward to any interested party.

The big Draw

The Big Draw Exhibition

Opening Night Thursday 3rd September 7-9pm

Late Night Opening 25th September for the 1st Culture Night in Belfast in association with the Cathedral Quarter Steering Group

Free Drawing Workshop (open to the public) as part of the National Campaign for Draw event 10th Oct 12-4 PM

Exhibition Finishes 10th October 2009

Sketching Draws a Crowd at Belfast Print Workshop!

Since the turn of the millennium The Campaign For Drawing has been an annual event throughout the UK. Every October, more than 1000 venues, from village halls and nursery schools to national museums and castles, take part in the Campaign's flagship event, The Big Draw. The Campaign has created a new regard for the value of drawing to help people see, think, invent and take action. The Campaign For Drawing explores the therapeutic values of this underrated art form and encourages those who think they cant draw to have a go. It connects generations and communities, showing that drawing can be an enjoyable public activity as well as a private passion. In collaboration with this National Event Belfast Print Workshop will be exhibiting a show exploring the many facets of drawing. BPW have a considerable amount of talented artists as members and they have each been asked to showcase a print along side their preliminary sketches allowing the viewer to gain a greater insight into how these gifted printmakers create such emotive artworks.

Brillant -Art and Capatilism in one go



22nd-29th August 2009 at SHAC (Writers Square)


Dear ladies (though not exclusively, men are welcome),

I am doing a project in Belfast from August 22-29 at the S.H.A.C. which is on Writers Square opposite St Annes Cathedral. It is part of Capitalyst week and will run in conjunction with the Catalyst Gallery.

I plan to turn the little disabled flat into a sweat shop with a bunch of sweaty artists working as if on a conveyer belt, each making their own mark on the paper which moves down the line and so on, producing at the end of the line a multiple original art work. You will of course be paid for your labours, in line with the basic sweat shop pay scheme, which after tax, national insurance, pension and devaluation is 2p per day, 1p for half a day. Hours will be 1000-1500 with I hour for lunch. Split shifts available. A rota will be set up, please clock in and out on arrival.

The work which is now owned by the company will be put up for sale. Seconds will be sold in the factory shop outlet at a reduced price. The best work will be packaged and exported to the Catalyst Gallery.

Profits from sales will go to the Managing director (me) and probably be spent on expenses such as large lunches with the board (you).

Applications for factory workers will be assessed on grounds of equal opportunity disregarding race, colour, religion and sex. All applications to, please mark the form S.H.A.C.

Charlotte Andrew

Managing Director and Head of Recruiting

residence is an artist-led experiment in how space changes and stays the same through its use by different people and activities. With each new project the boundaries between living, working, private and public change. It is organised by Sighle and Sinéad Bhreathnach-Cashell and these spaces are currently being provided by SHAC Housing Association. Projects so far include residence: Flat 1, House/Home in a house on the Shore Road and ongoing events and residencies in Flat 4.

Flat 4 is our artist led space located in the Donegall Street flats in Belfast city centre. Each month it hosts a variety of artists in residence (AiR) who’s activities range from film screenings and workshops to open studios and tea parties. Click on Fresh Air to see the latest programme of residencies and opening hours.

Keep an eye on Fresh AiR to find out what you can look forward to this summer with residence

Quench your “creative thirst” profitably

Anyone interested in this I am one of the Trainers working on it.

Are you thinking about setting up your own business in the Creative Industries? Or perhaps making a little extra income with your creative skills?
If so, the WEA and Belfast City Council have the programme for you. We are offering a short, accessible programme aptly named ‘Creativity Thirst’ to help anyone who is considering self employment or gaining additional income in the Creative Industries develop the necessary skills.

Due to the funding support of Belfast City Council and the European Regional Development Fund through the Northern Ireland Sustainable Competitiveness Programme. “Creativity Thirst” is offered FREE to the learner and will commence in September. The programme, follows on from the very successful pilot which took place last year and is included in the “Blueprint for Northern Ireland”, issued by the Creative and Cultural Industries Skill Sector. Content is accredited by CCEA and the Open College Network Northern Ireland. Anyone with a level 2 qualification or above in their skill area living in the Belfast area and who is considering self employment or gaining additional income in the Creative Industries is welcome to apply. Skills can include: music, film, photography, textiles, craft, digital imaging, etc.

All sessions have been scheduled outside office hours to allow maximum accessibility. An additional four taster sessions will also take place across Belfast between September and December. Further information about these will be made available on the WEA website (

For further information or to apply to the programme contact Carole Kane on (028) 9032 9718 or email

Crazy but good in Belfast



26th-29th August 2009

Wednesday 26th August

Robin Price with Peter Bennett

"Journey through a Burning Brain”

Interactive AV installation and performance

Rui Chaves

“Lamp” and “Library.Lights”

Video projection

Barbara Nati

"Long time no Sea"

Image projection

Colm Clarke


AV installation

Keith Winter and Miguel Martin

"The Rave Cave"

Participatory Paint Performance

Thursday 27th August

Suzan Holmes


Live paint work

Gavin Cole

“Whatever you think fits…”

AV installation

Sreejata Roy

"Influences on Imageability”

Video Projection

Tara Carrigy, Néill O'Dwyer and Colin O'Sullivan

“Drawings of a floating world”

Interactive installation


"Let the silence go"

Live AV performance

Friday 28th August

Kate Richards


AV Installation

Kai Irina Hahn and Doug Holton


Theatrical performance

Stuart Sloan & Michael MacBroom

"33 Seagulls" & “Counterweight”

Video Projection

Ryan Moffett

"Red, Green, Blue"

AV Installation

Hugh Watt

“As Daylight Falls”

AV Installation

Saturday 29th August

Sinéad Bhreathnach-Cashell

“Belfast: a Builder’s and Bowerbird’s playground”

Participatory performance and Installation

Conan McIvor, Imogene Newland and Dave Bird

“PLAY” (Live)

Live AV and dance Peformance

Christoff Gillen


Theatrical performance

Alana Avery and Edward Molloy

“SPATIAL FRICTIONS: A Contemporary Exploration of the Basque Country”

Video Projection

Wiff Waff

Studio space visitors

Studio space visitors Liam De Finse, Maura Lynch, Paula, McClearnon, Jill

Nice view

Donegal at the weekend

Donegal at the weekend


Belfast Print workshop at Victoria square

Just to let you know that due to the highly sucessfull show and all the hard work that the staff and volunteers at belfast Print Workshop have contributed to the nautical exhibition belfast print Workshop will stay on in the space at least up until watch this space for details.

Jan Sagner tonight Belfast &pm

Just a reminder that there is an artists talk with Jan Sagner tonight at 7 at BPW Jan has been working hard in the Belfast print Workshops with Michael Hart getting the hang of Printmaking and working on an edition of prints.

Jan is an animitor working in the wallace and Gromit productions and will have actual models from the series with her for her talk. Maybe see you there?

Friday, 21 August 2009

Steven Nolan tickets

On The Brink Live
Studio A BBC Blackstaff House
Thursday 3rd September

On The Brink Live is a one hour discussion programme on the credit crunch hosted by BBC Northern Ireland's Stephen Nolan.

We'd love you to come and be part of our studio audience for the climactic final programme of this series which tells the full and unflinching story of how the recession has hit home.

Over three nights, through exclusive access to Northern Ireland's Citizen's Advice Bureaux and its clients, On The Brink will provide up close and personal insight into how financial hardship is now afflicting people of all backgrounds. Then on the final night, Stephen Nolan and an invited studio audience will debate how we got here, whether anyone can be blamed and what lessons can be learned for the future.

Recording on Thursday 3rd September at BBC Blackstaff House, 62-66 Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7BB.

Doors open at 9.35pm
Recording starts at 10.00pm
Minimum age for this recording is 16.

To apply for tickets to be part of our audience, visit the BBC Tickets website or call the BBC Ticket Line on 0370 901 1227*.

quote of the day

things turn out best for the people
who make the best out of the way things turn out.

Art Linkletter

Thursday, 20 August 2009

tonight at Ormeau Bath Gallery

Ormeau Baths Gallery Events this week!!

C-13 Collective

Thursday 20th August 8pm – 9pm: Free

C-13 is a Belfast based, cross disciplinary group of artists and designers creating multimedia artwork and experimental digital performance.

For one night expect a different side to the ISEA2009 exhibition as the C-13 collective interpret the works within OBG as they deliver a site-specific event/installation in response to the dynamics of the space and a reaction to the creative process of the exhibits’

For more information on this event please contact Gillian on the below details

Hope to see you there


Gillian Collins

Administration Officer

Ormeau Baths Gallery

18a Ormeau Avenue




sunny in Belfast

The sun is in Belfast wow.........oh its gone again.

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

T5 field cinema

T5 field cinema

Small groups of people going to remote-ish and pertinent locations to watch films and artist videos.

This is the launch of artist Dan Shipsides’ ongoing project of informally showing artist and feature films in interesting remote locations. It utilises a T5* generation VW van, converted as a campervan to screen videos in remote locations (screen, video projector and petrol generator).

The T5 field cinema is supported by a forum which will bring together people, films and locations. Participants can use the forum to involve themselves and help initiate or propose screening events.

Please register to become involved

It’s Belfast based with potential screening locations initially within an hour or two drive of the city - but anyone can take part via the forum and potentially in person.

T5 field cinema is launched as part of FIX 09 – the 8th Catalyst Arts performance art biennial, which this year focuses on participatory aspects of contemporary live art practice. Screenings will take place during the week of the festival, which runs from from 26 September - 4 October 2009.

* T5 - the 5th generation of VW van - lineage of the cult Split and Bay window vans.

T5 field cinema forum:

Dan Shipsides:

Irish sea residency artist talk

M.A.R.I.N. Irish Sea Residency at ISEA 2009
Continues at Catalyst Arts until 29 August

Tuesday Aug 25th 14:00 - 17:00

Artist Talks

The soft opening of Ecolocated - Littoral Lives 3D surround locative installation. Open to the public with artist talks and followed by light refreshments.

Thursday Aug 27th ISEA2009 Conference

Panel Presentations - Black Box

11:00 - 13:00 M.A.R.I.N.

Tapio Makela, Marko Pejhan, Matthew Biederman

14:00 - 16:00 Ecolocated

Environment, Sound and Engagement.

Nigel Helyer, Tapio Makela, Andreas Siagian and Daniel Woo

Monday, 17 August 2009

no idea if they are axe murderers or not but

Excuse to go to Strangford-as if you needed one

Write! Down are delighted to be hosting a reading by internationally recognised novelist, John Banville, at the church, Old Court, Strangford, 19th September 2009, 8.30pm. John Banville is a writer with a luminous literary career which includes being awarded the Man Booker Prize (2005) for his novel 'The Sea'. He is also the author of a series of crime novels under the pen-name Benjamin Black. He is accompanied on the evening by Ruby Colley - whose captivating music is infused with influences of Easter Europe, the natural world; and the sea.

Tickets priced £10 are on sale at Kevin Og's Newsagent's Strangford tel: 028 4488 1377

Life after art college part 10

I know that with one thing and another I have not written about this for a while I left off in Spain. Where I got married (long story I'll leave that for the biography)I arrived back in London to my sister with my new husband. Thinking we were going to stay in London but dear old Northern Ireland was calling us back. I received in the post information about an international designers programme, linking Irish designers with Irish company's to help them produce new products for the Irish gift wear market. It was run by N.I.S.B.I the Northern Ireland small business institute now defunct and run by Michele Rusk. Michele had completed a degree in Fashion and after a while went back to do an Masters of Business administration and started off the women in Business programme at NISBI.

Michele knew that there were lots of talented young people in Ireland bit they were not necessarily getting the opportunities to link with industry here. I was excepted on the programme and was linked with Glentara knitwear on the Done gal Road we went through intensive business training in Ireland and Pace university in new York. With one research visit to New York and Los Angeles to look at the gift wear market. I identified the knitted throw as the product I was to produce and quietly worked away on a range to see if I could get a distributor. The importance of that designers programme can not be under estimated. It helped me look at business in a professional way and helped link all the different strands of market development.

During this time I was staying at home with my mum and travelling up on the bus staying with one of the other girls on the programme during the week. I used to walk up the donegal road until the tit for tat killings were going on. At which point I stopped and got the bus. I remember one day going into work and one of the people who worked there had been shot at coming to work.Not good. It kinda made me wonder what on earth is the point of designing highly evolved and designed products for the US market when people were getting shot trying to make them.

Something else the programme helped me with was getting used to staying in hotels, I remember a beautiful one at the side of central park in new York in particular. basic rates as we were linked to Pace University. Events in the Fitzwilliam hotel New York and the Irish Trade board. Anyway I produced the throw range we had a launch in the design building (now defunct) near where the Golden Thread now is. I went back out to NY and got a distributor and the company kept me on part time to develop the business. Around this time like many artists people I was getting "why don't you become an art teacher" well I worked part time in Down Academy with 1st and second years, weird to be the one teaching and not being taught but it got me over a fear of standing in front of youngsters.But it didn't make me want to do it full time. I did it for a year part time and knew it was not for me.

The marriage didn't survive the designers programme but I did and at the end of the experience I was far more clued in business wise and much more focused about what I wanted to achieve. Still poor but what the heck, money don't make you happy;-)you just gotta add on those life experiences.

17th September 2009 diary date

Cant say why yet but put it in your diary.

Sunday art walk

where I got the Ibiza blue from

who said colour was not important?

Oh no who said you could'nt do that with print?

Victoria square highlights

Highlights from Victora square opening

BPW at Victoria Square

The buzz at BPW opening at Victoria square

Graham Gingles at Queens Street studios

Graham Gingles at the
Gerry Gleeson opening at queen street studios

Opening of BPW gallery in Victoria Square

Bronagh Lawson Chair BPW
Paula Mclernon Director BPW
Michael Dunn Arts and Business

Late night art last week

Visitors at Late night art belfast print Workshops last week

Tall ships are gone ;-(

Well what did you think about the tall ships I have to say I have never seen so many people in Belfast. There are so many things that they have in Belfast that people stay away from but for some reason the Tall ships caught everyones imagination. I went down on 2 nights Thursday and Saturday. Saturday on the Odessey side what I really saw was that for the first time the marina at the back of the odessey started to look a bit like the computer added drawing of the redevelopment of the Titanic quater. It's supposed to double the size of the population of Belfast, but who knows what will happen to the economy in the meantime??

What was interesting about the crowd was it was a real mix of Northern Ireland Society with a few voices from South of the border as well, people were randomly walking around not quite sure where to go and on cycling home I did get asked by a confused couple "where on earth was the M1" ?I'm not sure what the final visitor numbers were but I think Belfast did it's self proud. Not much Police about but there did'nt seem to need any ? I'm sure the would tell you different. The only hiccup I saw/heard was the tanoy on Saturday night telling everyone that the event was over, it suddenly started cutting out and sounded as if the Lepracauns were taking over ;-)but sure did'nt it make it more authintic for the visitors???

So there you go another change in the Belfast landscape actually being able to cope with such an event on such a scale, the pubs in town were packed and life was everywhere.

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Raitlin writing festival

Ballycastle Creative Writers want to take you to the Island (11 - 13 September 2009).
The 'Let me take you to the island' Rathlin Island residential literary festival is back this year for its tenth anniversary! There are workshops in poetry, song, film, stage and short story. The weekend begins when you board the Rathlin Ferry from Ballycastle Harbour at 4.30pm on Friday for the short crossing to the Island and continues on apace until the return journey on Sunday. Presiding artist / facilitators include Dermot Bolger (novel writing), David Duggan (writing for stage); Kate Newmann (poetry); Ruth Carr (poetry); Colum Sands (songwriting); Teresa Godfrey (screenwriting); Damian Gorman (six rules for writing anything!).

The Ballycastle Creative Writers who organise the festival have just gotten a new website and you can get all the details and booking form there - or contact for further information.

never been but apparently its fantastic...................

alternative Belfast summer school

Forum for Alternative Belfast: Summer School 17th - 21st Aug

The Forum for Alternative Belfast, in association with the British Council and PLACE, present their 5-day summer school from 17th - 21st August, with the theme Fill up Belfast.

Please note that those who cannot make the sessions during the working day will be very welcome to attend the review sessions in the evenings which are scheduled to start at 6.30pm each evening.

More info on the PLACE Blog - click here!

Tall ship info

Belfast will play host to a magnificent spectacle, from 13 - 16 August, as the final port of the Tall Ships Atlantic Challenge 2009

Local trainee crew, who had the opportunity to sail as part of the final leg of the race, along with crew sailing from ports throughout the UK, will be welcomed back to Belfast with a reception that will ‘kick off’ four fabulous days in August.


Fireworks - Thursday 13, Friday 14 and Saturday 15 August
Each evening, a burst of colour will light up the river Lagan and Belfast Lough, which will bring the day’s events to a close at approximately 9.10pm.
Continental Market
Come along and sample the culinary delights on offer in the Continental Market. Enjoy a bite to eat and a continental beer while you soak up the surroundings.
All the fun of the fair, with rides for the whole family! From the old favourites such as the carousel and dodgems to the sheer exhilaration of the Cyclone Twist and Superbowl!
Aerobatic displays - Friday 14, Saturday 15 and Sunday 16 August
Look to the skies and be amazed as these unique aircrafts wow you with a sparkling aerobatic performance of manoeuvrability and grace.

The festival will take place within Belfast’s Harbour over five main sites:

Clarendon Dock
Pollock Dock
Queen's Quay
Albert Quay
Custom House Square

Opening times

Thursday 13 August 12 noon - 9pm
Friday 14 August 12 noon - 9pm
Saturday 15 August 10am - 9pm
Sunday 16 August 10am - 4pm
Getting to and from the event

With over 400,000 visitors expected to attend the Belfast Maritime Festival Tall Ships 2009, getting to and from the event needn’t be stressful!

By bus and train
To avoid the traffic, why not leave the car at home and make use of the wide range of bus and train services provided by Translink.
By car - park 'n' ride
If you prefer to use the car, there will be dedicated park 'n' ride sites located on the outskirts of the city. An event shuttle service will bring you from here to the heart of the event. £2 per adult, children under 16 and senior citizens free of charge.
We are also providing a free event shuttle bus service to take you around the event sites.

More information about transport and car parking

More information

For more information about the Belfast Maritime

Tall Ships Themed Exhibitions

W5 @ Odyssey - Wind, Wings and Waves Summer Exhibition
9 May - 6 September
This exhibition is free with admission to W5.

Deirdre McKenna Exhibition
3-28 August Belfast Waterfront- Gallery 2
A past sailor aboard various Tall Ships vessels, Deirdre McKenna's Exhibition draws on her personal experiences and affinity to the Sea and the world of sailing. The exhibition of oil paintings looks at the tradition of maritime activities and uses materials echoing those traditionally used in shipbuilding

Free Exhibition, Lagan Lookout, Donegall Quay
13 to 16 August
Open for viewing during Belfast Maritime Festival Tall Ships event hours.

Sailortown Regeneration - Photographic Exhibition,
Over the four days that Belfast is hosting the Tall Ships, a photographic history of Belfast Dockers and Sailortown shall be on display in The Dockers Boxing Club, Pilot Street and at Sailortown Hall, 11-13 Garmoyle Street. For additional information go to:

Sinclair Seamen’s Presbyterian Church, Corporation Square
Thursday 13 and Friday 14, 1pm - 8pm,
Saturday 15, 10am - 8pm and Sunday 16, 1pm - 4pm
Step inside Belfast’s dedicated maritime place of Worship officially opened in October 1857. For over 150 years this splendid congregation continues to shine its light over the docklands of Belfast and acts as a safe haven for those in need of spiritual peace. Guided tours each day on the hour. Note tours will not operate at 2pm as the Church will hold a ‘Time of Spiritual Reflection’ Service. On Sunday 16 August, 11am. A special Thanksgiving Service will be held. Praise led by the ‘Portavogie Fishermen’s Choir.’

Belfast Print Workshop Gallery BPW Sail into Victoria Square
Belfast Print Workshop has teamed up with Arts and Business and Victoria Square to host a month long exhibition of nautical prints at a temporary gallery space in Victoria Square.
Throughout August

tall ships and technologyanyone??

the fever has come to Belfast, it seems that half the world is coming to come and see the tall ships. I was wondering if anyone can cast their minds back to when thay came the first time?? I was at school, no one and nobody was ever coming to Northern Ireland because they were too scared and low and behold the tall ships came, it was a frenzy of excitement, a mantra went around the school, "tall ships, tall ships have you seen the tall ships???? "tall ships ,tall ships have you seen the tall ships?"

I confess I didn't go but Friends of mine did and talked about how they were trampled into a fence by the stampeding women trying to get a look at the sailors. Now I'm sure it will be different this time.!!!! ;-) Northern Ireland has moved on hasn't it;-)

My great grandfather used to sail on just such a ship out of Portaferry to Australia you can imagine the thoughts that must have been going through his head going off for the first time. The months at sea, the food, the waves, the stars at night. One day he sailed off and never returned, died in the port after reaching you think when the oil runs out the sea will increase in importance again as a trading route?? If the sea rises and the tides all change how many people have the skills to still navigate it? are we too reliant on technology??

Speaking of which I went to see the first of the ISEA exhibitions the one at the Golden thread and I'd like to tell anyone who has a techie teenager and they want t o engage them in Art go and see the exhibition. Make sure you have plenty of time, because it takes time to get your head around it. I'd advise taking someone with you and trying out thr interrogation installation ( I'm sure there are a few people In NI who would take to it naturally) can't let anything else on it out of the bag.I was mesmerised by a piece of art that showed a visual trace of the waves coming of a television ariel(sp) It was very meditative and made me think of all the wireless waves and unseen influences that are floating around us all the time. What are they doing to our bodies??? No wonder we dont always feel well with all the unseen enviornmental polution.

Well worth a visit and just a note to anyone who went to the late night art we had over 100 peopke through the doors of the wee gallery at BPW last thursday so me think its starting to work. So put it in your diary for next month................................................maybe see you at the tall ships. Just one thing before i go I did apply to go on the Belfast City Councils Atlantic challange opportunity with the Tall ships but was not picked I did get asked down on a Saturday for an interview but I think the reason I was not picked had something to do with things I have said on this blogg??? or maybe not?? but I think it's a pity that speaking your mind in Northern Ireland put this invisbale barrier between you and opportunities..ho hum.the cost of having moral fiber.

green living fair

Diary date 12 and 13 September the green living fair at Castle espie, if you have never been before it's well worth the trip now in it's 10 year it links everything with green living, I particularly like the talks and events section I see Tony Weeks the academic, economist and pratical philosopher is speaking again, hes the only economist that makes sense to me.

Bulding a hemp house anyone?? and for the first time the spiritual challenge of climate change!!!

I particularly like the fact that there is an escorted group cycle to the event from Belfast along the comber greenway.

Departs walkway community centre,Finvoy street, Holywood arches at 10am and departs castle espie for belfast at 4.30p, free entry to those who participate in the mass cycle contact sustrans on 02890517055 for more details .............

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

Date of Belfast Mela

30 August great Lawn Botanic Gardnes always lots of things to see and do

Merchant still has bargains

The Bar at The Merchant Hotel is the Best Hotel Bar in the world!

In celebration of our hat trick of successes at Spirit Awards at The Tales of The Cocktail, New Orleans, (Best Hotel Bar, Best Cocktail List and Best Drinks Selection) we have an exceptional summer offer of cocktails, dinner and accommodation for only £160 per couple:

Enjoy the sumptuous surrounds of our award winning bar and sample the “Victory Cocktail” – a cocktail specially created by Sean Muldoon, Bar Manager at The Merchant Hotel, in celebration of all our recent successes at Tales of The Cocktail.

Continue your evening in style in the luxury of The Great Room Restaurant with a sumptuous meal for two.

Complete the experience with an overnight stay (including breakfast) in one of our splendid, elegantly appointed deluxe bedrooms.

To book please call us on +44 (0) 28 9023 4888 or email
When booking please quote OFF08/09

£160.00 DBB,

details on what the fuss is about

quote of the day

if you do what you have always done you will get what you've always gotten.

I think this is one for all the people in Northern Ireland dont you???

Artists legs on Sunday Belfast

Lots of artists out and about on Sunday down in the Catherdral quarter leaving off their masterpieces??? for the annual RUA shindig. It's in the Northern bank this year.

Tall ships and Diane McCormick

Big bugs in Craft NI and Tall ships starting to arrive

belfast yesterday

Dr Josephine McCormick tonight

Just a reminder that Dr Josephine McCormick is tonight opening at La Boca 7-9
.......................can you imagine all the pain of doing a PHD in Printmaking ????????????? the thought of it is enooght to make your toes curl up. However I belive this exhibition is off paintings.

Black market this sunday

Black box have their black market this Sunday
lots of crazy things to see and buy a wee bit of camden market in Belfast.

Monday, 10 August 2009

Vibrant Belfast

I was talking to someone yesterday who was saying that it was hard to keep up with everything as there was so much going on and they were told off because after all isn't that what we have been complaining about all these years???? not enough positive interesting thinks going on. Well "vibrant" was how Belfast was being described. A Vibrant art community, lots of things going on and a great energy in the air.

So what have I been too in the last week or do ??? cant keep up with myself. Gerry Gleeson is on in the Queen street studios exhibition space I went for the opening and got distracted but it is my intention to go back again and have a quieter look...............I love Diane McCormick massive bugs in the craft ni space in Cotton court, very far removed from the sort of ceramic works that she previously made but you can still see the luster of the beautiful glazes she has always worked with. I love the fact that people have been standing on my piece in Victoria square I like the footprints on it, just don't jump up and down on the "routen wheels".
I've not been around the ISEA exhibitions yet as I was finishing off some of my own work for a change but they look interesting enough to have a look at, just people are confused by the list of things going on.

On a cultural observation note I noticed on the radio they are talking about Sinn Fein leadership being in question, an interesting development Gerry Adams being ousted ??? there would have been no mention of that a few years ago!! so things are moving on in peoples minds. Also the top civil servants are not getting their 1.5 million pounds bonus this year, tut tut !!!!! I'm sure they will miss it after all those years of governing us think of all the bonuses they must have received during that time!!!.........................ho hum have a good week.

quote of the day

Decide what you want,decide what you are willing to exchange for it. Establish your priorities and go to work .
H L Hunt

Scrapyard Challenge Workshop

Intyeresting things with ISEA and OBG

Saturday 15 August
11.00am – 5pm, £5 (Pay at Door)
Venue: Black Box

The Scrapyard Challenge workshops are intensive workshops where participants build simple electronic projects out of found or discarded "junk" (old electronics, clothing, furniture, outdated computer equipment, appliances, turntables, monitors, gadgets, etc.) So far the workshops have been held 32 times in 14 countries, on 5 continents with different themes including the MIDI Scrapyard Challenge where participants build simple musical controllers from discarded objects and "junk", DIY Wearable Challenge where they create wearable tech projects from used clothing. No electronics skills or any experience with technology is necessary to participate in the workshops.

The Scrapyard Challenge Workshops are built on the premise of encouraging an open and collaborative space for creative ideas and hands-on prototyping.

Places are limited to 15 for this workshop. To Book please contact Ciara at OBG on T: 02890321402 or

C-13 Digital Art Collective

Thursday 20th August, 8pm, Free

C-13 are a cross-disciplinary group of Artists and Designers that create multimedia artwork and experimental digital performance.

Within the OBG, the collective will deliver a site-specific event / installation. This is to be in response to the dynamics of the present space and a reaction to its history. The collective will employ new digital instrumentation and creative processes to produce a unique and provocative event.

Saturday, 8 August 2009

Liquid states

An exhibition launch on Tuesday 11 August 7-9pm of Josephine McCormicks paintings
Liquid state at La Boca

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Jan Sagner At BPW


Jan Sanger Solo Exhibition

BPWG hosts an exhibition from Aardman Animations Jan Sanger

Opening Thursday 6th August 7-9pm

Artist Talk Thursday 27th August

Exhibition Finishes 31st August 2009

Look Gromit! An Art Exhibition!

Gromit at belfast Print workshops?????

Experienced animator, and artist Jan Sanger has worked on some amazing projects during the course of her noteworthy career and now shes coming to Belfast! She has spent the majority of her professional life working in the animation film industry. A Grand Day Out, The Wrong Trousers, the major motion picture Chicken Run, and Wallace & Gromit: The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit, are just some of the projects Jan has worked on with Aardman Animations. Most recently she has been working closely once again with the world renowned Nick Park for his Wallace & Gromit TV short A Matter Of Loaf And Death.

With such an impressive CV it is no wonder that Belfast Print Workshop are delighted to announce that they will be hosting a solo exhibition of Jans work in their Gallery on Waring Street opposite the Merchant Hotel. The exhibition will include drawings and photos spanning the course of Jans career illustrating methods used to develop animation characters and set design. Not only will the viewers of this show get an inside look at how the characters are made but the content of the exhibition will also illustrate how these plasticine stars have developed from the original drawings into the recognisable personalities they have become. The exhibition launches on Thursday 6th August from 7pm to 9pm and finishes on 31st August.

Jan will be visiting BPW from 17 28th August taking part in the Belfast Print Workshop Residency Programme where she will develop works in prints, which will be available for sale after her residency.

During her residency, Jan will also be giving an artists talk on Thursday 27th August at 7pm, she will be bringing with her the actual armatures and maquettes used to create some of the characters she has designed and worked on. This exhibition promises to be a fascinating insight into the world of modern animation, which is bound to excite and enthral anyone with even a passing curiosity in this field.

Ever felt out of place in an art gallery?

If you have I would encourage you to have a look at this.

FREE TIME - Red Light: an Alternative Gallery Tour, Sun 16 Aug
Tours: 1pm, 2pm and 3pm

Ever felt out of place in an art gallery? Ill at ease at an exhibition? Ever wondered how you are expected to respond to contemporary art? Let us help you conquer your fears. Glasgow based artist, Anthony Schrag welcomes you into his irreverent world for an alternative take on RED LIGHT, the new exhibition by Redmond Entwistle just opened in the Belfast Exposed gallery.( just down from the John Hewitt in the Catherdral quarter)

FREE TIME - Pecha Kucha Marathon: Compulsive Collections, Sun 23 Aug

Presentations will run from 12pm – 1pm and from 2pm – 3pm.

From records to walks to garden gnomes, collectors share their interests and obsessions, opening up fascinating collections through images and artefacts. A chance to see hidden treasures and find out why people collect and why certain objects are valued above others. Presentations will run throughout the day with breaks for coffee, cake and conversation. The informal and fast-paced nature of Pecha Kucha means that audiences can join in and leave as they choose. This event is running as part of the August exhibition in the Third Space Gallery.

Monday, 3 August 2009

ISEA starts soon

I'm going to say something about ISEA a few people have looked at the invites to this and said they do not understand what is actually going on as it is quite confused........... how does that bode for audience development? If you cant understand the invite??

Anyway This Thursday is Ormeau baths gallery opening 6-8pm continues until 29 Aug
Golden thread opens Thursday as well 7-9 also open the

Foyer of Ulster University belfast campus opens 7-9pm

All exhibitions relate to the global exhibition. Artist from across the globe will present leading edge art ,created with electronic and digital technology I do think the invite is confused??/ you can attend seminars as well . best to check out the website. . See if you can make sense of anything.

Red light Redmond Entwistle

This looks really interesting....................
Red Light Redmond Entwistle
A sound and light installation revolving around tweleve previously unpublished photographs from belfast exposed archive.

the Hollow Ball 14-28 Aug QFT 29Aug- 10 Sept (yorkgate) 11-25 Sept (strand)
Tea at 4 oclock 29 Aug- 10 Sept (QFT) 11-25 Sept Yorkgate 14-28 Sept the strand
Apprentice 11-25 Sept (QFT) 14-28 Aug Yorkgate 29Aug-10 Sept The strand

Wed 5th Aug Naughton gallery 6.30

A joint exhibition of portraits at Naughton Gallery Queens
Layon Building Queens University

Office of public works and Department of Finance and Personnel
exhibition continues until 30 August

I notice the invits says invites two-bring this along on the night???? a bit wierd?

Craftmonth ?

I believe people went to Hillsborough to see the craft exhibition there and it was not open after phoning someone to get it open it did not make the effort worth while once opened..........when will they ever learn??

Community Artists required Dublin

Finglas Artsquad Community Employment Project: Community Artists*

Finglas Artsquad Community Employment Project will be recruiting Community Artists in September.
The position is a 19.5 hours a week and all applicants must be eligible under FAS criteria
Please forward a CV and covering letter by post only to Bobby Borwick, Unit 14B Main Street, Finglas, Dublin 11.
will be in touch the last week of August.

Ocean Youth Trust looking for crew

Ocean Youth Trust Ireland on the hunt for crew members*

Ocean Youth Trust Ireland is looking for young people below the age of 25 to join their crew as part of the Small Ships Race from Greenock to Belfast. The fleet will join the Maritime Festival in Belfast on 13th August 2009. Our sail training vessel departs Bangor on 1st August and will arrive back in Belfast on 13th August.

Volunteers required

Festival of World Cultures: Volunteers*

Festival of World Cultures 2009 29th & 30th August
The festival organisers are seeking 300 volunteers to assist in a wide variety of tasks including artist liaisons, performance stewards, workshop supervisors, production assistants and hospitality facilitators.

Artist in Residence

I've moved into my new studio for my 6 months artist in residency post just getting settled in and getting a feel for the place. I'm going to do a number of things while there but I'm not got to tell you about all that yet. But it does have air conditioning and heating what a luxury ;-)

rainy in Belfast

Lots of excitment last week with belfast pritn workshop setting up shop in Victoria square. It was great to get a buzz going right from 7 o'clock and for all the hard work to pay off. You never quite realsie all the hard work that goes into getting these things organised. But it all came together in the end. So now BPWG is open in Victoria square -same opening hours as the centre. Level 1 below pizza express.look out ofr the bricks. Interesting to see what the theme nautical brings out in peoples minds, a few tall ships here and there but glad to see there was room for my flor piece, who said crochet and print do not mix??the McPeake school of music was a nice touch and really helped with the atmosphere. Set things buzzing.

We also have organised a BPW print kit Lino- which offeres the purchaser the opportunity to get 10% off prints in the gallery and a possible group submission show from the fruits of the lino year

Dr Josephine McCormick won the £1000 print prize she has a large tall ships sail collograph at the far back of the exhibition, very bold. Josephine is having an exhibition on the theme in La Boca , opening night 11 August I believe. Getting the prize is a good boost. £1000 of unexpected money can go quite a long way these days.

Anyway lots going on this week on the gallery and remember it's late night art.