Sunday, 26 December 2010

So whats going on with the weather?

Some time ago on this blogg I was talking about the weather and global warming, talking about how everything we do makes a difference to the potential weather changes that are going on. So do you still not recycle? did you still buy without thinking about the carbon footprint of your presents? to say nothing of the local economic impact of buying more imported goods; It looks like the weather is changing after all. French TV is filled with reports of Northern Europe facing weather shifts due to polar winds coming further down than ever before because there is less ice to reflect the suns rays they dont expect it to get any better just get worse over the years to come So do you still want to buy that four wheel drive? maybe you think you need it because of the snow? But maybe not? You Can see how far the weather comes one hour outside of Lyon the snow stops it,s a line right across France After initial disbelief over the cancelled flight on Christmas eve back to Ireland with all the 40 odd expats it turned into a bizarre short story One fellow al
most passanger lives in Geneve and had been trying to get back to Cork for 5 days he had spent over 1000 Euros on different tickets around Europe to get home e left him with a flight from Paris but no train to Paris to get the flight.Maybe he will thnk differently about those in Cork he wants to see in future; Lots of familys with small children were left bewildered ? one mother on explaining that the flight had been cancelled and they were not going to Ireland for Christmas thought that Christmas had been cancelled Scream followed.
We thought we were being hard done by not getting home for Christmas? then we saw images of Paris airport and people on camp beds for the night provided by the army Back in Ireland they told me in London Heathrow they were sleeping on the floorAt least air Lingus put us in a four star hotel Lots of TV coverage with food coming too late along the roads for Christmas well afterall its France food matters.

Weather effects everything , we no longer have the resources to sustain the consumerism we were all brought up with.We have to act differently, behave diferently if we can continue to sustain some sort of existance Its not just about learning to live with the snow. Its bigger than that.

Anyway going to try and get home tomorrow via Lyon Dublin who knows.

Lyon airport Christmas eve


Monday, 20 December 2010

New art in the new year

I was thinking about all the effort that has gone into all the exhibitions in Belfast this year. THE GOOD ONES THE BAD the ones to miss the ones you wished you did miss. Cant say there were many of those. But most of all I was thinking about all the artists that work away on our own little private obcessions no matter what is going on. I was wondering what effect the government cuts were going to have next year? Then there is an election as well.I,ve heard of four galleries closing in the last month. The economy is all over the place and there is a shift going on. The weather is severe and so is the outlook but somehow, I have to say I,m optimistic about next year. I think artists in belfast have never been so connected, galleries so focused and interesting and even the RUA exhibition was good.
I,ve enjoyed my Art year and think that next year will be an interesting one showing a further shift in the local economy and Art scene.

How exactly you will have to see with all those minds clicking away with ideas. Some will come to fuition, others will fall by the wayside. But what is sure is that it will be an interesting year all around and I intend to be part of it. Fully engaged.

I,m still in France now, slowly eating myself to death but only for a few more days. x

Monday, 13 December 2010

Fashion Souk

If you went to the Fashion Souk at the weekend you all got a treat- well done for getting it all organised and together. A little birdy tells me she is going to do a Home Souk and Fashion Souk in the new's a great edition to Belfast and a great day out as well..............and did you see those cupcakes????

Catalyst student show opens this Thursday

We are delighted to announce the opening of Catalyst Arts Annual Student Show, the first group exhibition in our new gallery space. The exhibition opens on Thursday 16th December 2010, 7 - 9pm and continues until 6th January 2011.
The show will close with a performance by artist Anthony K eigher, Anthony is looking for six participants to be involved in a 3 course dinner. If you would like to participate please RSVP to
Participating artists; Phillip Liam McCrilly and Cecile Le Couedic, Christopher Burns, Ciaran Hussey, Anthony Keigher, Alissa Kleist, Laura O'Connor, Sean Redahan, Karolin Reichardt, Nadine Stewart, Anne Marie Taggart, James Ward.
Alongside the exhibition will also be a Critical text by Sarah Lundy.

Friday, 10 December 2010

4-6 today.

Open call Citizen Journalism.

Make a 5 minute report on issues you think are urgent via Skype.
skypename: Vladimerdarakhvelidze.

and participate in the Citizen journalism call from Ps2

Tuesday, 7 December 2010

Museum TV station opening Thursday at Ps2

Opening: Thursday 09 December 2010, 6-9pm

'Museum TV Station'- Lado Darakhvelidze

The Georgian artist Lado Darakhvelidze uses drawing, installation, print and the internet to monitor and reveal social and political changes. He understands the role of the artist as that of a political activist and reporter of reality.
'Museum TV Station' refers to art activities in museums, biennials and related art events, in which the artwork and curatorial events evoke actual political and engaged positions and where both the artist and curator transform the museum or venue into what might be termed an open source information centre.
In the last few months, Lado Darakhvelidze has monitored the online discussions of the Belfast Telegraph’s website and grouped the coverage according to subjects. Part of 'Museum TV Station' is the Ideal Newspaper, a 20 page citizen journal of online comments transferred to print. Together with live skype sessions from artists and citizens, drawings and comments, 'Museum TV Station' turns PS² into a media centre; an agency which functions with the participation of engaged citizens as an alternative to conventional information systems.

Live broadcasts:
Thursday, 09 December, 6- 8pm
Pamela Renner (New York)
Jimini Hignett (Amsterdam)
Charlie Fox (London)

Friday, 10 December, 4 - 6 pm
Open call: Citizen Journalism
Make a 5 minute citizen report on issues you think are urgent by SKYPE.
skypename: vladimerdarakhvelidze

‘Museum TV Station’ continuous till 08 January 2011

Opening hours: Wed- Fri 1-5pm, Sat 11am-3pm
Closed 24/25/31 December 2010 and 01January 2011.
For more information see
Contact: or 07733457772

PS² is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Please forward to interested parties.

In view opening Friday at GT

In View In View

10th December 2010 – 29th January 2011

Opening 6pm – 8pm

In View is an exhibition that establishes a context from which to explore the tensions and dialogues concerned with the physical act of looking. The gaze holds multiple interpretations, such as the voyeuristic, scopophilic, erotic; and is as much dependant upon the viewer, as that which is being viewed. Each artist challenges us to consider our role as a viewer of the works on display, calling into question our gender, the gender of the artist, and our preconceived understanding of the subject, therefore highlighting the tensions that exist within the topic of the gaze.

In Vito Acconci’s video work Pryings (1971), his violent attempts to force open the eyes of his subject are difficult to watch, as is the challenging gaze of Laura O’Connor in her video work Dull, Limp, Lifeless (2010). Like O’Connor, Katherine Nolan encourages the viewer to watch her, and yet reprimands them for doing so. Her work, You Are a Very Naughty Boy! (2009), obscures our view of her at intervals, as if in punishment for gazing upon her scantily dressed body. The photographic works of Shaleen Temple take a slightly different approach, commenting on the level of control held by the gaze of the subject, the artist, and ourselves, the viewer. The exhibition also includes work from Phil Collins, Common Culture, Sara Greavu, Magaret Harrison, Noemi Lakmaier, ORLAN, and Aine Phillips.

Please Note: Live performance on the opening night by Katherine Nolan

Gallery Talk

1pm - 2pm Saturday 11th December

Noemi Lakmaier & Katherine Nolan in conversation

Monday, 6 December 2010

another talk by a male artist

A certain distance, endless light

A talk about painting

by Gavin Delahunty

Thursday 9th December/ 7pm/ Free

A talk by Gavin Delahunty which will place William McKeown’s work in a broader context of contemporary painting, exploring key themes, trends and some of the most significant painters working today.

Delahunty has recently been appointed as Head of Exhibitions and Collections at Tate Liverpool, having previously been Senior Curator at mima (Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art). At mima, he curated a number of important shows including British Surrealism & Other Realities, A Certain Distance Endless Light: A project by Felix Gonzalez-Torres & William McKeown, The End of the Line: Attitudes in Drawing. He is currently working towards the opening of Gerhard Richter: Lines which do not exist, will open at The Drawing Center, New York in September 2010.

This event is free but booking is essential as places are limited. Please contact OBG on or ring 02890 321 402 to reserve a place

Sunday, 5 December 2010


It's cold outside but I braved it into town and was rewarded with all the stall holders at The Black Market selling their crazy wares and a seasonal treat at St Georges Market. Nice to support local businesses. Is that what you will be doing this Christmas??? Next week it's the fashion souk on Sunday and St georges all weekend. Dont forget to support local people. Its going to be hard this Christmas.;-)

Thursday, 2 December 2010

The peoples History Inititiative

The Peoples History Initiative is pleased to invite you to attend two lectures:

‘The Labour and Trade Union Traditions in Ireland’,
by Dr. Éamon Phoenix historian, journalist and lecturer.

This lecture takes place on Friday 3rd December at 10 am in the Dublin Suite, Europa Hotel, Great Victoria Street, Belfast.

‘Change Without Change: the Second World War and the Welfare State in Northern Ireland’,
by Dr. Éamon Phoenix historian, journalist and lecturer.

This lecture takes place on Monday 20th December at 10 am in the Dublin Suite, Europa Hotel, Great Victoria Street, Belfast.

Refreshments will be served after each lecture. There is a lift in the hotel. Each event should be finished by 1pm.

There are limited places at each lecture so please contact the UPC on 02890 330131 and leave your name and your number or email me at to book places as soon as possible at either or both of the lectures.

Art elves

All across Belfast the Art elves are busy working away putting the final touches on their Christmas shows come out into the city tonight and see a snapshot of some of the creativity that is on offer in Belfast. WOW. ONly change to previous posts is that Platform arts is also having their opening tonight.......just off Queen street.

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

art in the Dark

Dont forget its Art in the dark tomorrow night ;-) see you around.

gt opening 10th Dec

In View

10th December 2010 – 29th January 2011

Opening 6pm – 8pm

In View is an exhibition that establishes a context from which to explore the tensions and dialogues concerned with the physical act of looking. The gaze holds multiple interpretations, such as the voyeuristic, scopophilic, erotic; and is as much dependant upon the viewer, as that which is being viewed. Each artist challenges us to consider our role as a viewer of the works on display, calling into question our gender, the gender of the artist, and our preconceived understanding of the subject, therefore highlighting the tensions that exist within the topic of the gaze.

In Vito Acconci’s video work Pryings (1971), his violent attempts to force open the eyes of his subject are difficult to watch, as is the challenging gaze of Laura O’Connor in her video work Dull, Limp, Lifeless (2010). Like O’Connor, Katherine Nolan encourages the viewer to watch her, and yet reprimands them for doing so. Her work, You Are a Very Naughty Boy! (2009), obscures our view of her at intervals, as if in punishment for gazing upon her scantily dressed body. The photographic works of Shaleen Temple take a slightly different approach, commenting on the level of control held by the gaze of the subject, the artist, and ourselves, the viewer. The exhibition also includes work from Phil Collins, Common Culture, Sara Greavu, Magaret Harrison, Noemi Lakmaier, ORLAN, and Aine Phillips.



About the Artists

Vito Acconci was born in the Bronx New York on 24.01.1940. He received a B.A. in literature from Holy Cross College and an M.F.A. in literature and poetry from the University of Iowa. Until 1968 his work was in a context of writing and poetry. Acconci was interested in the space of the page, a structure within which the reader and writer could move through. He made his first visual artworks by combining photographs with texts to document task-oriented activities. These works announced the dialogue between camera and body that would become an essential aspect of Acconci's subsequent art work, particularly the series of super-8 films and videos. Between 1969 and 1974 he started to perform himself what he would otherwise have written and developed over 200 conceptually structured and radical body-related pieces that were extremely simple in formal terms, but highly intricate psychologically. These performances and installations were extremely controversial because they were a direct confrontation with the viewer. Acconci's artworks are now considered classical examples of what we now call conceptual art and have earned him international

Phil Collins belongs to a generation of artists whose engagement with people, place and community is central to their work. In the last few years he has lived, worked and exhibited in numerous locations, including Belfast, Belgrade, Baghdad, Bogotá and Brighton. He is currently based in Berlin. In all the different strands of his practice Collins investigates the perils of representation and the emotional core of such seemingly transparent media as video and photography. Instinctively distrustful of the camera and its effects, yet responsive to its potential as an instigator of relationships, his works often revolve around a convocation of individuals. Complicating both the myth of aesthetic autonomy and the fantasy of art as in itself political, Collins films, photographs, installations and live events appropriate the documentary tradition and elements of popular culture, such as pop-music and dance, to establish an immediate and humorous connection with the participant and viewer.

Common Culture is a collaborative artists’ group consisting of David Campbell, Mark Durden and Ian Brown. They exhibit internationally, with previous solo shows in New York, Athens, Porto, London, Manchester, Belfast and Derry and have participated in numerous international group exhibitions including Manifesta 8, 2010, the 6th Shanghai Biennale 2006, and Shopping – A Century of Art and Consumer Culture, The Tate Gallery Liverpool, 2002. Through their work Common Culture explore how social identity is constructed through rituals of commodity consumption within popular culture. Often collaborating with workers from the entertainment industry, they engineer strategic collisions between the elitist assumptions attached to Art and its institutions, and the perceived commonplace and vulgar aspects of popular culture. . Previous work has addressed the issue of alienation and exploitation of workers as the logical, but culturally invisible, consequence of commodity consumption.

Margaret Harrison studied at the Carlisle College of Art, England (1957-61), Royal Academy Schools, London (1961-64), and the Academy of Art in Perugia, Italy (1965). Until recently, she was a Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University and The Summer Arts Institute of California, held at U.C. Davis. In 1970, she was one of the founders of the first London Women’s Liberation Art Group. Harrison developed artist during the years of pop, minimal and conceptual work. She has produced bodies of work dealing with homeworkers, rape, domestic abuse, the impact of war upon women, fame and celebrity status, and beauty as depicted by the cosmetics industry. She has been an Artist in Residence at the New Museum for Contemporary Art in New York and a Fellow at the Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University.

Noëmi Lakmaier was born in Vienna and studied for both her BA (2003) and her MA (2004) in Fine Art at Winchester School of Art. She has exhibited widely in the UK and internationally including We Are For You Because We Are Against Them, The LAB, Dublin 2009, Essence, Beldam Gallery, Brunel University, London 2008, The Works of Others, Whitechapel Gallery Project Space, London 2006, Redundancy, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth 2005. In 2008 she was artist in Residency at Camden Arts Centre, London and from 2008 – 2009 she held a studio residency at the Fire Station Artists’ Studios in Dublin. Lakmaier recently showed her piece We / Them / Other as part of Belfast Festival at Queens 2010. She has won awards and bursaries including NAN New Collaborations, the Adam Reynolds Bursary, a Fire Station Studio Award and an Arts Council England Grant For The Arts. Lakmaier has guest lectured at the University of Brighton, Brighton, the University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield and NCAD, Dublin.

Katherine Nolan is a video and performance artist, currently completing a practice-led PhD entitled Seducing the Machine: Narcissism and Performance in Contemporary Feminist Practice. Her work is concerned with the erotic female body as spectacle, in particular provoking questions around narcissism and exhibitionism as seemingly incongruous with critical agency. This is currently explicated through an invested relationship with the machines and spaces that produce and frame the body in performance. Recent projects include Surface Attention, bodily interventions in re-used spaces such as SHUNT London and Stattbad, Berlin, in association with MART collective. She also co-curates Visual Deflections a video art platform for emerging artists, and is a sessional Lecturer at the University for the Creative Arts and the London College of Fashion.

Laura O’Connor is currently in the 2nd year of a Masters in Fine Art in the University of Ulster, with a degree in Sculpture and Combined Media from Limerick School of Art and Design. O’ Connor has shown work, sculptural & media based, in group shows throughout Ireland. As well as curating exhibitions and most recently completeing a public art commission, Dancing at the Crossroads Project, for Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in Cavan. Her work deals with images of women portrayed in media, advertising and film. Looking at theorists such as Laura Mulvey and directors such as Hitchcock, she combines the gloss look of advertising and cinema with an interest in “normal” women; the effects these images have on them and the notion of beauty in contemporary culture. She aims to cross the boundary between public and private space, using the camera as a mirror (Dull, Limp, Lifeless).

ORLAN born May 30th 1947 in Saint-Etienne, France. Lives and works between Paris, New York and Los Angeles. ORLAN is a permanent teacher at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Arts de Paris-Cergy. She is regularly invited by universities and institutions to give lectures and master-classes. She explores different techniques such as photography, video, sculpture, installation, performance, biotechnologies etc.

Aine Phillips has been exhibiting multi-media performance works in Ireland and internationally since the late 80's. She has created work for diverse contexts; public art commissions, the street, club events and gallery exhibitions including Stanley Picker Gallery London, Judith Wright Centre for Art, Brisbane Australia, Tanzquartier Vienna, Moving Image Gallery and The Kitchen New York, National Review of Live Art Glasgow, Mozovia Art Centre Warsaw Poland. In Ireland at the Irish Film Centre, Arthouse, EV+A Limerick, Galway Arts Centre and the Hugh Lane Gallery Dublin. Her work has been shown at Museums of Art in Stockholm, Liechtenstein and Cleveland USA. She is founder and co-curator of artist led initiative Live@No.8 in Galway, a monthly screening of live and video art and she curated Tulca Live 2005-2007, festival of live and video art in Galway. Head of Sculpture at the Burren College of Art, she completed her practice based PhD at the National College of Art and Design Dublin in January 2009 entitled Live Autobiography.

Born in Pretoria, South Africa in 1987, Shaleen Temple moved to Northern Ireland at the age of thirteen with her mother and siblings. She received a BA (Hons) in Photography from the University of Ulster in 2010, and through her work explores themes surrounding South African lifestyle. In the Boys and Girls series, Temple photographs black South African maids and gardeners in their white employers’ homes, examining the changes South Africa has undergone since the end of the Apartheid, specifically the relationship between the workers and their white employers, a relationship which Temple herself experienced as a child.


About the Gallery.

Golden Thread Gallery – local, international, contemporary

The Golden Thread Gallery is the premier contemporary visual arts organisation in the Northern Ireland, working across the international arena – based in and informed by the local.

Golden Thread Gallery is committed to enhancing the cultural experience for those living, working and visiting the region and is driven by two key aims: widening and increasing public access and participation in contemporary visual arts activities and supporting the development of contemporary visual arts professionals.

In order to achieve its aims Golden Thread Gallery delivers a coherent and multi-faceted program of visual arts activities: high quality exhibitions; publications; participatory in-house educational opportunities; artist representation and support; national and international profiling projects; and ambitious off-site outreach projects and collaborations.

The year on year increases in audience and participation are testament to; the need; the demand; and the successes of the Golden Thread Gallery.

We pride ourselves on offering a friendly, open space where everyone is welcome. We are located on Great Patrick Street between the Belfast’s Cultural Cathedral Quarter and the historic Sailor Town areas of the city. For further information about our program and projects visit or email us at or join us on Facebook or twitter.

Admission is free.

We are fully accessible for wheelchair users, and have an audio T-Loop available.

The Golden Thread Gallery is a company Limited by Guarantee NI 41642 and is accepted as a Charity by the Inland Revenue under reference XR 54731.

Golden Thread Gallery, 84-94 Great Patrick Street, Belfast BT1 2LU

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Friday 10.30am - & Saturday 10.30am – 4.00pm

Tel. +44(0)28 9033 0920 E. W.

women and the conflict


Women’s experiences of the conflict

Are you a woman affected by the conflict?

We are inviting you to a gathering of women to discuss our various experiences of the conflict and highlight the needs that come from the different kind of harms we have lived through.

We are organising this event so that we can bring our combined knowledge about women’s experiences of the conflict to other organisations and government processes.

One of these current processes is the Irish government’s plan to put into practice their adoption of U.N. Resolution 1325 on women’s role in peace building. We want our experiences to be reflected in this plan and in other similar policies in Britain and Ireland.

The workshop will be held on

Saturday 4th December from 2pm to 5pm

in the Europa Hotel, Belfast.

Please let us know if you will be attending. Contact Relatives For Justice on 90220100. Email

Childcare is provided – we need to know in advance if you require childcare so please telephone 90220100 or email to book.

Tuesday, 30 November 2010

Where is your money going this Christmas?

Does anyone except me have a social concious?? sometimes I wonder but this Christmas I just want you to stop and think? where is your money going to?? How do you shop? what's going on in the economy??

I'm going do all my Chrismas shopping with my social concious in mind.So this weekend the Black Box 12 o clock give me an opportunity to buy directly off local creatives and interesting things- it's a little piece of Kensington Market in Belfast.St Georges is on this weekend as well.Fashion Souk is coming up December 12the in the waterfront and by the time I get around all those and buy Out to LUnch tickets for the January blues my Christmas Shopping will be done and who will benifit?

The makers and people who are trying to do something different in this City of ours.. So this Christmas think before you buy , it makes all the difference to the people you are buying from. XXX honest. ;-)

wierd NI

"Special Christmas Events"

Belfast Film Festival in Partnership with Bloomfield Shopping & Retail Park
Are proud to present our annual Christmas Drive-In’s

11th December 2010


12th December 2010


Both Screenings will take place at Bloomfield Retail Park - Car Park
(Bloomfield Road South Entrance) Bangor

Wrap up warm and bring blankets as it can get cold at night.

Now thats what I call a cool. Derry and the Turner prize

Derry to host 2013 Turner Prize
Published:30th Nov 2010
The Tate has announced that the Turner Prize will be held in Londonderry in 2013 to coincide with its City of Culture celebrations.

It will be the first time that the three-month long exhibition of shortlisted works has been held in Northern Ireland.

The move is part of the Tate's wider efforts to reach out to audiences beyond its three bases in London, Liverpool and St Ives.

This year the Baltic centre for contemporary art in Gateshead was the Turner Prize host city.

In a statement the Tate said: 'By showing outside London it will attract new audiences around the country and bring the prize to a wider and more diverse audience outside the capital.'

Between 70,000 and 90,000 people visit the Turner Prize every year, so tourism officials in Londonderry are excited about the impact it could have on their city.

The winner of the 2010 Turner Prize is due to be announced on December 6th at Tate Britain in London.

Monday, 29 November 2010

Impressions in Galway.

Hello some info if your in Galway- I got selected. ;-)

Galway Arts Centre and Galway City Museum are delighted to present ‘Impressions 2010’ and ‘Chris Orr – Social Surrealist’. Both exhibitions are opening on Friday 3rd December 2010 and will run until Saturday 8th January 2011.

'Impressions' is Ireland's longest running open submission print exhibition. It encourages, promotes and exhibits the best of printmaking in Ireland. This year over 400 prints were submitted from artists around the country and over 200 were selected making this the largest impressions exhibition to date. The exhibition is free and all prints are for sale.

On Friday 3rd December at 6pm, many of the country’s established and emerging printmakers will come together for the opening of ‘Impressions 2010’. Awards will be presented to the winners of six categories. The first prize is a €1,000 purchase prize, sponsored by Galway City Council while the second prize is also a purchase prize worth €750. The Norman Ackroyd Etching Award, the Phyllis MacNamara Award and the Impressions Committee Mid Career Award will also be presented to the winners on the night. One successful emerging artist will be awarded the Lorg Printmakers Emerging Artist Award.

This year’s adjudicator John Hewitt had the tough job of selecting all the prints to be included in the exhibition and the overall winners. He described the work as being of an exceptionally high standard this year. John Hewitt is an artist based in the English South Pennines, who works primarily in the media of print and drawing. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Art, where he taught printmaking for 18 years.

Renowned printmaker Chris Orr R.A will officially open the exhibition at 6pm.

Later in the evening, an exhibition of Chris’s own work ‘Chris Orr R. A – Social Surrealist’ will open at Galway City Museum at 8pm. This exhibition runs alongside Impressions 2010 and also runs until Saturday 8th January 2011.

Chris Orr, until recently, ran the Royal College of Art Postgraduate Printmaking Department in London and has been making prints for many years in a variety of media. His work has been shown all over the world.

Chris sees a close affinity between printmaking, drawing and writing. His work teems with allusions, narratives, sub plots and puns. The subjects may range from New York`s Times Square to the life of the visionary artist William Blake but everything is grounded in the observed niceties and nasties of reality. His influences range from film, TV and the novel but there are serious concerns in what at first may be taken as comic. In this upcoming exhibition in Galway, some of the work has been produced from time spent in New York, Japan and China.

Chris Orr has been a frequent visitor to Ireland and has had exhibitions in the Crawford Gallery Cork, Skibereen Arts Centre and the Temple Bar Gallery Dublin. He has published a number of books most recently “The Multitude Diaries” and “Cities of Holy Dreams”. Chris Orr lives and works in London and he is a member of the Royal Academy.

Please come along to GAC's last opening of 2010, which has been an amazing year. The prints are all fantastic and are reasonably priced, with official IMF approval. We might have mulled wine, we'll see. This year we had our first commission (Alice Maher's 'Godchildren of Enantios' video), our second tour to Syracuse, USA and our first academic paper will be presented in Norway next week. The year will be wrapped up with an off site exhibition in the Triskel Arts Centre: ESB Substation in Cork City. The exhibition, "By A Route Obscure and Lonely" features work by Mara Sola Lopez, Jonathan Sammon, John O'Connell and Jan Svenkmajer (yes the Jan Svenkmajer)

Women's Aid Northern Ireland

Friday, 26 November 2010

Women and abuse.

There were over 1 million female victims of
domestic abuse in England and Wales in the last
year1. Over 300,000 women are sexually assaulted
and 60,000 women are raped each year. Overall
in the UK, more than one in four women will
experience domestic abuse in their lifetime, often
with years of psychological abuse1. Worldwide
violence against women and girls can be a problem
of pandemic proportions. This is unacceptable.
The vast majority of these violent acts are
perpetrated by men on women. In 2009/10, women
were the victim of over seven out of ten (73%)
incidents of domestic violence1. More than one
third (36%) of all rapes recorded by the police are
committed against children under 16 years of age2.
This is unacceptable.
Internationally, findings in a number of developing
countries suggest that violence against women
and girls is significant and is often endemic.
Between 40% and 60% of women surveyed in
Bangladesh, Ethiopia, Peru, Samoa, Thailand and
Tanzania said that they had been physically and/
or sexually abused by their close partners3. This is
Violence against women and girls is a genderbased
crime which requires a focused and robust
cross-government approach underpinned by a
single agreed definition. It is for this reason that
we are using the United Nations (UN) Declaration
(1993) on the elimination of violence against
women to guide our work across all government
departments: ‘Any act of gender-based violence that
results in, or is likely to result in, physical, sexual or
psychological harm or suffering to women, including
threats of such acts, coercion or arbitrary deprivation
1 Figures derived from 2009/10 British Crime Survey data
2 Walker A, Kershaw C and Nicholas S (2006) Crime in England
and Wales 2005/06, Home Office Statistical Bulletin
3 WHO (2005): Multi-Country Study on Women’s Health and
Domestic Violence Against Women
of liberty, whether occurring in public or in private
life’. The declaration enshrines women’s rights
to live without the fear of violence and abuse
and the United Kingdom’s ratification of the UN
Convention on the Elimination of all Forms of
Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) upholds
this principle. This is the first time that government
has agreed to work to a single definition and we
will specifically include girls in our approach.
The gendered pattern of violence against
women and girls need to be understood and
acknowledged. However, we recognise that men
and boys can be victims of violence and that it
can affect whole families, including children. Our
work will include them4. Men also have a key role
in challenging violence and helping to change the
attitudes and actions of their peers. We want to
work with them to achieve this.
Our vision is for a society in which no woman or
girl has to live in fear of violence. To achieve this
vision, society needs to:
• prevent such violence from happening by
challenging the attitudes and behaviours which
foster it and intervening early where possible
to prevent it;
• provide adequate levels of support where
violence does occur;
• work in partnership to obtain the best
outcome for victims and their families; and
• take action to reduce the risk to women
and girls who are victims of these crimes
and ensure that perpetrators are brought to
4 The government is committed to continuing to uphold the
principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights
of the Child. It takes all forms of violence against children
extremely seriously and has in place clear frameworks and
guidance to promote and safeguard the welfare of children. It
has ratified the optional protocol on the sale of children, child
prostitution and child pornography, drawing special attention
to these serious violations of children’s rights and the steps to

my attempt at inventing a video game character at the galatic racer launch

Thursday, 25 November 2010

tonight opening at Belfast Print Workshop

is it really a year?? whats happened in the meantime?? tonight come on down to the BPW gallery where from 7-9pm you can have a look at the frenzy of talent that is working from the Print Workshop over the past year. See some familar names some news names and generally get into the Christmas spirit by supporting some local talent............ see you there.

Monday, 22 November 2010

Interesting exhibitions over the next month

Art is many things to many people. So Christmas is the time of Christmas shows , a time to give every artist an opportunity to sell their wares in the rush into Christmas future. Or a time to see what Art does for social cohesion or to make you think. But you have to remember that Art is not just for Christmas it's for if you want to get a mixed view of Art and what is going on in Belfast at the moment I thought I'd give you a list of interesting shows running in the run up to Christmas. If you want the concept but not the product go for William McKeown at the Ormeau Baths Gallery until 6th Jan.Where you can see dawn and tomorrow and 5 days all togtether. A witty way to fill a large gallery with the waiting room...worth a chuckle. Belfast's new turbine hall and the new Catalyst space shows another chuckle with Levan Lahart and guenine Irish Mug Gives a new perspective to a Chill factor.

If you want to see how Art can challenge social stereo types tomorrow night at the Golden thread Ardoyne young women's group show an exhibition for their photos developed with Zoe Murdoch based on how some people treat them like animals. Also worth remembering is that The Golden thread represent a large selection of excellent local artists in it's sales room also run on a social economy basis.

So other shows are opening over the next couple of weeks this Thursday Belfast print Workshop open their annual Christmas show where members get an opportunity to show just what they have been up to this year opens from 7pm wine and mince pies included. As a number of members have had breakthroughs this year I think it's really worth supporting them and to remember also that BPW Gallery is a gallery run on a social economy basis so all profit goes to the running of the gallery and the workshop.In the enviornment of cuts it's important to remember that.Exhibition runs until 24th Dec.

Opening next Thursday late night art day is The Engine Room gallery 7pm where a good eclectic range of painters and printmaking show their wares. 6 o'clock Creative Exchange in portview trade centre shows 50/50 a selection of small works from their artists. Also opening that night is a selection of artists chosen by Carrie Neely at the waterfront and Fashion Souk shows Art as illustration also at the waterfront with Trisha McNally.Creative exchange open their small works exhibition and coming up 11 Dec postcard from an unknowen artist but there is a catch, you can't read their names it's on the back where for the large sum of £50 you can purchase Art from a selection of artists are they all artists?? are they not? Not one electrician among them?

Shan Maxwell focuses on Angels on Friday 3 Dec at Strawberry fair in Strangford and Platform Arts (above poundstreachers) Opens Saturday 4th Dec evening(7 would be a good guess) with a selection of their own artists..................So this Christmas remember art can be many things to many people, so why not it mean something to you..................;-)

Sunday, 21 November 2010

lunch time talk Friday 26th at GT Gallery

Lunch Time Talk with Margaret Harrison

Golden Thread Gallery,

Friday 26th November 2010,


Golden Thread Gallery is delighted to host a lunchtime talk by Margaret Harrison, renowned artist and pioneer of feminist art. As a prelude to In View, a major group exhibition exploring the theme of the gaze, Harrison will discuss her artistic practice, focusing on the body of work to be exhibited at Golden Thread Gallery throughout December and January 2011.

Themes of Harrison’s very early work exploring notions of the human body as an object of sexuality, consumption, and gaze. In 1971, Harrison's work was instantly met with controversy and antagonism (the London police shut down her first solo exhibition the day after it opened, feeling that its contents were too controversial). This controversy caused Harrison to abandon the issues and themes of this series. Now an established artist with work in the permanent collections of major international institutions, she is critically re-engaging with this body of work, continuing the dialogue that she began four decades ago.


Admission is free, however a limited number of seats are available.

Please e-mail to reserve a seat to

A light lunch will be provided.

Margaret Harrison studied at the Carlisle College of Art, England (1957-61), Royal Academy Schools, London (1961-64), and the Academy of Art in Perugia, Italy (1965). Until recently, she was a Professor at Manchester Metropolitan University and The Summer Arts Institute of California, held at U.C. Davis. In 1970, she was one of the founders of the first London Women’s Liberation Art Group. Harrison developed artist during the years of pop, minimal and conceptual work. She has produced bodies of work dealing with homeworkers, rape, domestic abuse, the impact of war upon women, fame and celebrity status, and beauty as depicted by the cosmetics industry. She has been an Artist in Residence at the New Museum for Contemporary Art in New York and a Fellow at the Studio for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University.

The return of the women who never was opens Tuesday

The Return of the Women Who Never Left explores the ways that young women in Ardoyne are judged and stereotyped and works out ways to challenge this by using photography and humour.

Zoe Murdoch (artist) worked closely with the YEHA project and a core group of 11 young women to find creative ways of changing people’s perceptions of young women from Ardoyne. Many topics were addressed in depth including teenage pregnancy, drug & alcohol abuse and different perceptions of what beauty is. The young women soon discovered that messages can be made more powerful by using humour and irony as an antidote to the, often cruel, stereotypes and clichés that are directed towards young people in general and young women from Ardoyne in particular.

Young people from working class areas are very often the victims of class and gender stereotyping.

Projects like The Return of the Women Who Never Left give the young women an opportunity to redefine themselves as multi-dimensional, unpredictable and untypical girls!

Ruth Graham
Development Officer
Golden Thread Gallery


The YEHA project is based in Ardoyne Flax Healthcare centre. It works under the umbrella project of Ardoyne and Shankill Healthcare Partnership. We are a small team of highly skilled youth workers working with young people aged between 0-25 on a range of issues with the goal of enhancing their personal development.

The project worked with a group of young women aged between 13 -16 all from Ardoyne. The girls decided that they would like to cover the issue of ´stereotypes` as they often suffer from generalisations that others can make about young girls from the Ardoyne area. Ardoyne is a highly deprived area with a strong sense of political and national identity. We asked the girls to explore their own identity and how coming from this community has affected them.

The girls are were highly motivated over the twelve week project and lead the majority of discussions and activities themselves themselves. We offered them a range of mediums to use throughout the project. They chose to work with Zoe an artist from the Golden Thread gallery to carry out a photography project. Sick of being perceived as `animals` the girls used the photgraphs as a way to express this.

I am extremely proud to have worked with this group of young women and wish them every success in the future. They achieved an awesome amount of perspective from working together and a good understanding of who they are and what they desire to become.

Lara Thompson
Youth Worker
YEHA Project

Friday, 19 November 2010

Wolfgang Buttress in conversation

Wolfgang Buttress in Conversation
Wed 24th Nov, 1pm

Apologies for another email in your inbox - one of our Twitter followers pointed out that we forgot to mention the time and date of the Wolfgang Buttress event in the previous email.

You can see Wolfgang discussing his RISE sculpture next Wednesday, 24th November at 1pm in the Reception Room at City Hall!

Light refreshments served. The event is free, but places are limited. To reserve your place, please call 028 9050 0512 or email

This is a joint event between PLACE and Belfast City Council. Please note booking is not available via PLACE.

Tuesday, 16 November 2010

Congratulations to Fidelma Carolan

Secretary of State Owen Paterson MP announced the appointment of Fidelma Carolan, Milton Kerr, Stephen McIlveen and Liam Maskey as new Commissioners to the Equality Commission for Northern Ireland.

Owen Paterson said: “ The Equality Commission under the leadership of Chief Commissioner Bob Collins plays a vital role in protecting and promoting equality for everyone in Northern Ireland’s diverse society.

“The four new Commissioners bring with them skills, understanding and a wealth of knowledge that will contribute greatly to the Commission’s work.

“Eleven years after its establishment, the Commission continues to meet new challenges in the increasingly diverse, multicultural society in a testing economic environment. I am confident that the new Commissioners will help the Commission to meet these challenges and build on its considerable achievements so far.”

The Secretary of State also thanked the three outgoing Commissioners, Bryan Johnston, James Knox, Elaine Waterson and paid tribute to David Stevens, who sadly passed away earlier this year.

He said: “The outgoing Commissioners have made a valuable contribution to the promotion of the equality agenda in Northern Ireland.

“Their dedication to the work of the Commission has been invaluable and I am extremely grateful to them for their commitment over the last five years.”

strategy on violence against black and minority ethnic women and girls

Consultation Seminar


16th November 2010

12.30 pm – 5pm


Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission,

Temple Court

39 North Street,

Belfast BT1 1NA

Do historians help or hinder?

Do Historians Help or Hinder?

Preparing for a decade of commemorations

An opportunity for discussion

Friday November 26th 2010

10.30am – 12 noon

HTR Office, Alexander House, 17a Ormeau Avenue, Belfast

Registration 10:00am

Light lunch from 12 noon

Please register for this event by emailing or by phoning the HTR office on 9023 8844.

Catalyst uses gravity.....

All new Catalytst Arts Gallery presents;
Nevan Lahart’s ‘Genuine Irish Mug’

Since 2004 Catalyst Arts Gallery has been situated on the second floor of 5 College Court
in Belfast. In a bid to increase access and heighten our visibility and presence Catalyst
has undertaken the task of relocating.

Over the past month a crack team of volunteers alongside the Catalyst staff have been
transforming a new space which will now become the next home for the organisation.
Which, in a canny ploy to utilise gravity in the moving process, is situated two floors
below the previous location, essentially at the same address; 5 College Court but this
time on the ground floor of the building.

The new Catalyst gallery will open this Thursday 18th November with a solo exhibition
by Irish artist Nevan Lahart. For this exhibition ‘Genuine Irish Mug’ Lahart has
developed a new work in response to the city of Belfast and in a broader sense,
Northern Ireland itself.

The subject matter of Lahart’s work encompasses television, the media, social and
political perceptions and the history of art and life.

Interested in the role of the Museum and institution, Lahart often employs humour and
irony to negate cultural and artistic boundaries, using humble, cheap materials to create
expansive installations.

The preview of the exhibition will open with a wine reception on Thursday 18th
November 6pm – 9pm with the exhibition then running until the 11th December,
Tuesday – Saturday 11am – 5pm.

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Monday, 15 November 2010

artist talk this Thursday at Ps2

Thursday, 18 November 2010, 6pm @PS²:
art and therapy-
talk and discussion with Dr Caryl Sibbett, Eleen McCourt, Lizzie Devlin, Beth Frazer.
> free

Art and therapy can be traced back at least to Aristotle and his theory of catharsis, the cleansing of the soul through a theatre play.
The same might be true for the visual arts, especially when it centres around self expression.
Art therapy as an academic and professional subject had its beginnings in post-war USA and is now widely established and practised.
Broadly described as a form of psychotherapy that uses art media as its primary mode of communication, art therapy finds its practical use in hospitals, prisons, social welfare institutions and in psychiatry.
Northern Ireland seemed to be slow in adapting art therapy and only in 2002, a three year course at Queen’s University was established, which subsequently created awareness and new posts in institutions and organisations employing methods of psychotherapy.
With the current project ‘Drawing on Illness’ as the backdrop, this talk by art therapists, artists and academics will highlight different aspects of art therapy, its theory, practice and study possibilities and employment specifically in Northern Ireland.

Friday, 12 November 2010

South by SouthWest Music 2011

As you are aware South by Southwest Music 2011 is fast approaching and once again Belfast City Council, in partnership with FFWDNI and the Department of Culture, Arts and Leisure will be supporting the event through a main music showcase, presence at the conference and exhibition and business to business networking events between the 14 and 20 March 2011.

As per previous years, it is imperative that business development is the key focus of our attendance and once again, we are keen to help provide some support for music businesses from Belfast to attend.

The SXSW® Music and Media Conference celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2011. Reaching a quarter of a century of being the biggest and most anticipated convergence of all things music, SXSW is ready to keep the reputation alive by programming the best event yet.

By day, thousands of conference registrants network in the halls of the Austin Convention Center on their way to do business in the SXSW® Trade Show, sit in on informative panel discussions featuring some of the industry's key players, gain insight from legendary keynote speakers or plan out their abundant party schedules.

At night, SXSW showcases hundreds upon hundreds of musical acts from around the globe on over eighty stages in downtown Austin. All this and so much more, combine to make SXSW one of the most revered music events, year after year.

We are working alongside FFWDNI this year to help support businesses attend and the total number of places available will be limited to a maximum of 15 delegates. Six of these will be supported directly through FFWDNI and details can be found at Belfast City Council will be supporting an additional nine companies to attend pending the confirmation of additional funding.

If you are interested in attending, you can download an application form from Please return completed forms by no later than 12.00noon on Friday, 19 November 2010.

We will confirm whether financial support will be available to your company by 30th November 2010.

For further information on SXSW 2011, please visit: or contact Brendan McGoran, Creative Industries Officer, Belfast City Council at

This is a competitive process and all applications received will be scored based on the information provided, following our procurement procedures.

I hope you find this of use to you and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Talks at Digital arts studios

Talks at Digital Art Studios, Belfast

*Danielle Adair?International Artist in Residence?Thursday 25th November 1.15pm -2.15pm?University of Ulster Lecture Theatre

*Michael Ball?MFA Award Artist in Residence?Thursday 25th November 6.30pm?Digital Arts Studios

*David Scott & Matthew Birch?Artists in Residence?Thursday 1st December 6.00pm?Digital Arts Studios

*David Scott & Matthew Birch?Artists in Residence?Thursday 2nd December 6.00pm?Digital Arts Studios

*Conor Flanagan?BA Award Artist in Residence?Thursday 9th December 6.00pm?Digital Arts Studios

Digital Arts Studios, 37-39 Queen Street, Belfast BT1 6EA?

Interested in Film or TV?

Is your business interested in gaining access to and awareness of opportunities in the Film &TV industry?

If so, we are inviting businesses from the Belfast City Council area to register for the opportunity to participate in the REEL Business progamme to be held in the Europa Hotel, Belfast on 24 and 25 November 2010.

The Reel Business programme is aimed at providing creative companies with the opportunity to gain a unique insight into the world of film and television production, with a focus on children’s television, animation, visual FX and music licensing and production.

Key speakers will include, Brian Freisinger, Device FX, Maggie Rodford, Air-Edel, Phil McNally, Dreamworks, Gary Knell, Sesame Street and Greg Maguire, Technical Director on Avatar.

The participating companies will receive:

Advice from decision makers on emerging opportunities;
Exclusive time to pitch individually throughout the day; and
Participant to participant networking.

Workshops are only open to Belfast-based creative companies and places are being limited to approximately thirty to enable participants to obtain the greatest benefit from the event.

A full schedule and speaker biogs are attached.

If you are interested in attending, please rsvp by no later than 4.00pm on Friday, 19 November 2010.

Event Details:

Venue: Europa Hotel

Great Victoria Street



Date: 24 November – 25 November 2010

RSVP: Brendan McGoran at or on 02890 270453

If you plan to attend all workshops please state all.

If you plan to attend specific workshops only, please specify.

This project is funded by Belfast City Council and the European Union Regional Development Fund through the Northern Ireland Sustainable Competitiveness Programme

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Kind Regards


Brendan McGoran

Creative Industries Officer

Belfast City Council

Cecil Ward Building

4-10 Linenhall Street



Tel: 02890 270453

Internal Ext: 3562

Wednesday, 10 November 2010

Sue Morris on Thursday at Queens Street studios

The Obsessive Compulsive drawings

Review Thursday 11 NOvember 6-9

exhibition runs to 11 Dec
Artist talk
9th DEcember.

Queens Street studios Gallery
3rd Floor
37-39 Queen Street
Belfast Bt1 6EA

Monday, 8 November 2010

Fact Liverpool opportunity

Price: Free

Location: Screen 1

Location: Screen 1

FACT is pleased to announce the return of the ArteFACT series of exhibitions in its public spaces. Through link-ups with artist groups and studios in the city, alongside open submission exhibitions and connections with annual arts festivals in the city, ArteFACT will enliven the building by providing a stimulating counterpoint to exhibitions in the main galleries and a platform for local artists to reach the wide audience that FACT attracts.

FACT is inviting submissions for the first ArteFACT exhibition – scheduled to take place in late November 2010. For this exhibition we’re interested in artists working primarily in 2D whose work explores the relationship between art and technology, either in the production of the work or in the themes and ideas it addresses. Work submitted can be in any medium, with particular interest given to pieces that broaden FACT’s main themes and ideas, taking on board new perspectives.


The theme for the first exhibition of the re launched ArteFACT is ‘Begin’. If you think your work is suitable please send

• 5 images (jpeg) to

• Titles of work(s) and short descriptions

• A brief statement about yourself and your practice.

• Your contact details.

Primary focus will be given to wall based work that is ready to hang, but we are able to offer a small printing budget courtesy of Hobs Reprographics for works that have not yet been printed, framed or mounted.

Submission deadline: 20 November (2010)

The exhibition will be on display from 29 November, until 15 December 2010

Unfortunately we are unable to offer feedback to applicants, if you have not received a confirmation e-mail from us then you have been unsuccessful with your submission, but you may enter as many times as you like. We look forward to seeing your work!

not far to Christmas now

Someone told me its only 6 weeks to Christmas. HOw did that happen? It seems like only yesterday that it was Christmas last year. What has changed for you this year? anything? A few things have changed in my existance. I'm one year older and with it comes supposedly wiser? Maybe ?? who knows. Achievements this year? Settling into artists lifestyle rightly. Enjoying working on my new body of work for an exhibition next year. I've enjoyed sharing my skills in a voluntary capacity with the Belfast Print workshop and now have handed on the mantel to Jill O Neill four years is enough ,two as the chair. Jill will build on existing work and take the organisation to the next stage. Nice Paul Seawright exhibition on at the moment. He's been a pleasure to have around as artist in residence.

The wierd thing about being an artist is peoples attitude towards you. Suspicion and wonder. Sometimes on it's own sometimes in isolation.The most difficult part is identifying opportunites to go for. Which one to go for at what stage of existance. Especially when you are deep in an artistic trance. But thats all part of the fun of the fair. I'm looking forward to the run up to Christmas now then a bit of calm before the storm. Storm well there was one down in Strangford at the weekend. I went to see the Mitchen Bradey exhibition on at Strawberry Fair - beautiful pots . Only ever saw one of her pieces at a time anywhere so it's nice to see them all together. The craftmanship is amazing.All thoses frogs and snakes can give you the creeps, if your squeemish.

Noticed a beautiful Owen Crawford head in the gallery, so gorgious you just want to touch it. Kiss it even. Wierd but beautiful. The gallery is only open on Saturday's in November but Christmas opening hours will start soon.

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REd barn gallery

43b Rosemary Street
Red Barn Gallery exhibition
Pure White
images by John White
on until 25th NOv

Thursday, 4 November 2010

late night art tonight

dont forget its late night art tonight.Or "Art in the dark" as its sometimes called this time of the year.

Wednesday, 3 November 2010

ps2 portrait of an illness

Drawing on Illness’- Beth Frazer, self portraits.
Opening: Thursday 04 November 2010, 6-9pm

Beth Frazer's self portraits are frank investigations of her body and personality. The images are strong personal explorations, triggered through an undiagnosed illness. With her ‘portraits of an illness’, she researched
her physical pain through the medium of art- photography as a medium of double exposure.
For this project, Beth Frazer recreates the physical and mental space, illness, medical diagnosis, treatment and healing occupies.
As the artist explicitly expresses and investigates the link of art and art therapy, a talk about this subject will accompany the project.

‘Drawing on Illness’ continues until 27 November 2010.
Opening hours: Wed-Fri 1-5pm, Sat 11am- 3pm

Thursday, 18 November, 6pm: art and therapy//art as therapy. Talk with Dr Caryl Sibbett and others, tbc.

For more information see: or 07733457772

Monday, 1 November 2010

Red Barn exhibition

Pure White - Selected images by John White

Opens 4th November 2010 at 8pm

Red Barn Gallery, Rosemary Street, Belfast.

Belfast Independent Photographer John White was probably one of the best local social documentary photographers of recent times.

Before his death he left an important archive of images from Belfast's war torn street.

The Red Barn Gallery is very pleased to make a selection of his historically important images available for public view.

Everyone is welcome
Refreshments will be available

Master classes at Ulster Museum

THURSDAY 18TH NOV 2010 / 1pm - 2pm
THURSDAY 2ND DEC 2010 / 1pm - 2pm
THURSDAY 3RD FEB 2011 / 1pm - 2pm
THURSDAY 24TH FEB 2011 / 1pm - 2pm
THURSDAY 3RD MAR 2011 / 1pm - 2pm
THURSDAY 7TH APR 2011 / 1pm - 2pm
Masterclass lectures are free but booking
is advised to avoid disappointment.
To reserve tickets contact the
Ulster Museum on,
02890 440 051
For all other enquiries call,
02890 267 220 In association with

Friday, 29 October 2010

2.30 today performance art

2.30 today there will be performance art in Queen street Police station ,went last night well worth the visit. Stunning .

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Lisa Byrne

Lisa Byrne represented by the Golden Thread Gallery Belfast has be short listed by the Guggenheim New York for her video based on Taxi drivers experiences during the troubles in Belfast. I had the pleasure of meeting Lisa while doing some work with the Golden Thread and had to say felt she was doing an amazing job of extracting views and experiences from many of the general public that just make you shiver and creek with the way that in this messed up provience of ours in order just to make a living people have experienced all sorts of harrowing things. If you look at the far video on the left it's Lisa's Video. Take your time and have a cup of tea afterwards.Maybe this will help by putting a spotlight of some of the amazing artists that are working in Belfast and help them get exposure in the rest of the world.

On at Place

Explore creativity & innovation in housing
Book now!

PLACE Conference: Creativity and Housing in Northern Ireland
Wed 10th Nov, 9am - 3.45pm
Belmont Tower, 82 Belmont Church Road, Belfast BT4 3FG

Essential CPD and networking for architects, planners, community groups and all involved in housing in NI
- Best practice, unique approaches and innovative, sustainable design in housing
- Case studies from both social and private housing sectors
- Hemp lime housing, high density urban housing, the Carryduff Code 5 housing competition, passive housing and more
- Keynote speakers from DOE and DSD consider the importance of good design and sustainability
- Networking opportunity with delegates from the architecture, housing, planning, construction sectors and more

Visit the PLACE website for the full programme and booking form for the day's event: click here!


Plus: events coming up next week!

The story of a unique 20th Century building in Northern Ireland...
Wed 3rd Nov, 1pm at PLACE
Lunchbox Talk: The Fair Face of the Ulster Museum
Book your place now - click here!

A design challenge for students of planning, architecture and urban design...
Sat 6th Nov, all day, Belfast City Centre
Inaugural PLACE Student Design Charette
Students - register now! Click here.

A chance for young people to learn about the most controversial style of the 20th Century...
Sat 6th Nov, 11am @ the Ulster Museum
Brutalist Building Visit & Workshop for Children
Book now! Click here.

An off-beat adventure through Belfast...
Sat 6th Nov, 2pm from Ormeau Baths Gallery
Belfast Sculpture Journey with Sinead Breathnach-Cashell
Free! Find out more from OBG: click here.on at Place

Parodos in the project space at GT gallery

Parodos GTG

Colin Darke

Opening 6pm – 8pm

4th – 20 November 2010

Project Space

About the Exhibition

Parodos GTG is the first showing of Colin Darke’s most recent series of paintings, Parodos, along with

accompanying animations of its installation in the gallery space.

The work, consisting of sixty paintings and two animations, reproduces a short film of the delivery of

a speech by Russian revolutionary leader Vladimir Lenin. It refers implicitly to Sophocles’ play Antigone

and Lenin’s looped back-and-forth motion as he addresses his audience echoes the movement of the

Greek chorus as it expresses the moral arguments of the drama.

In formal terms, the piece also references the work of Bertolt Brecht, in which “Film in its own right can

be used in the epic theatre as a kind of optical chorus.”

About the Artist

Colin Darke, originally from London, is based in Belfast. He studied at Goldsmiths College from 1977 to

1980 and is currently completing his PhD at the University of Ulster.

He has shown widely, including solo shows in Dublin, Derry, London and Toronto. Group shows include

Manifesta 3 (2000), Venice Biennale (2003), Busan Biennale (South Korea, 2004) and God and Goods

(Villa Manin, Italy, 2008).

About the Gallery

From its beginnings, in 1998, in a former linen mill on a contested ‘peace line’ in North Belfast, Golden Thread

Gallery has delivered annual programmes of exhibitions and activities designed to make a real contribution

to the visual arts and wider communities in Northern Ireland.

Now located in Belfast’s developing ‘sailor-town’ area, on the edge of the city centre, Golden Thread Gallery

has grown a unique position in the region by simultaneously developing programs of contemporary art that

reach local and international audiences.

Golden Thread Gallery has no permanent collection. Providing instead an ongoing series of temporary

exhibitions and activities, that provide accessible and thought provoking opportunities to engage with

aspects of contemporary artistic practice.

We pride ourselves on offering a friendly, open space where everyone is welcome. For those who have never

visited the Golden Thread Gallery before, why not pay us a visit and get a taste for what we do.

For further information about our program and projects visit our website or

e-mail:, or why not join us on Facebook or Twitter, we love new friends.

The Golden Thread Gallery is a company Limited by Guarantee NI 41642 and is accepted as a Charity by the

Inland Revenue under reference XR 54731.

Opening Hours:

Tuesday - Friday 10.30am - 5.30 pm

& Saturday - 10.30am - 4pm.

Contact Details:

84-94 Great Patrick Street,


BT1 2LU.

0044 (0) 28 90330920

Monday, 25 October 2010

ART in the East Side opening Tuesday 6.30-9pm

You are invited to attend the official launch
of the ART in the East Side project on
Tues 26 Oct 2010 6:30pm - 9pm
in Room 201,
City East Business Complex
68-72 Newtownards Road, Belfast
Exhibition continues until Sat 6 Nov
Open Mon - Sat 10am - 4.30pm

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Ps2 opening tonight

Unnatural Selection in Downpatrick

Unnatural selection that's Downpatrick all over.

Sat 23 Oct

Opening 7-9

Frank Big Bear

Star Wallowing Bull

Jim Denomie

Graham Gingles

David Crone

Jack Packenham

Meiron Ginberg

Colin Williams

Emrys Williams.

At St Patricks centre open 9-5 mon to sat......................

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

ART in Downpatrick wot???

It's true its really happening art is coming to Downpatrick this Saturday

"unholy alliance " opening in the St Patrick Centre Art gallery 7-9pm
Graham Gingles is involved so it's bound to be an unholy alliance well worth the visit.............................................................

Lets get the art out there..........................,

What did your daddy do ??? mine did this xxxx

An Epoch translated into Space
Venue :The Meterhouse, The Gasworks
Times : 22 Oct 2010 6:00PM - 22 Oct 2010 7:31PM
Booking information :

Book now Fri 22 Oct, 2010, 6:00pm

In 1963 a young architecture student from Portaferry saw an announcement for a competition to design the extension to the Ulster Museum in Belfast. Ten Years later Paddy Lawson handed over the keys of the new building.

As the critic Shane O'Toole asserts the “cubist sculptural tour de force is internationally renowned for its daring and prescient splicing together of old and new”.

While working in the Greater London Council Lawson met a number Eastern European architects who exposed him to more central European modernism including the early work of Mies van der Rohe and his monument to socialist Rosa Luxemburg who was murdered in 1919. This monument with its Constructivist brick masses built in 1926 was torn down by the Nazis in 1935.

The suspended masses of concrete floating over the Botanic Garden in Belfast resonate through time with Mies's iconic image.

“Architecture is the will of the people translated into space” Mies van der Rohe

The role of Paddy Lawson in this building has never been fully acknowledged. Through documentary, original drawings, photographs and discussion the Forum for Alternative Belfast tell this unknown story.

In conjunction with Factotum and Batik. Paddy Lawson will attend the event.

Further Information
For further information please contact Belfast Festival on 028 9097 1197 or email

Belfast has a fringe at last

Belfast Survey -link on left they gotta know the facts

Ps2 opening this Thursday

18 Donegall Street
Belfast BT1 2GP

Opening: Thursday 21 October, 6-8pm
sounding out space' VI: THE SPACE in BETWEEN-
Laura Graham, sound-installation, live action, séance.

So close to Halloween, when ghostly figures and skeletons populate the streets, PS² looks at the darker forces and under-worlds as well.
On the 1st of May 2010, artist Laura Graham accompanied a 'ghost whisperer' for a session in PS² as part of the series ‘sounding out space’. She recorded the sounds during the process of clearing the space from unwanted spirits, a spooky document which can now be heard and felt.
Ghostly or not, this project reveals real or imagined other dimensions to space and our physiological or spiritual understanding of it.
‘THE SPACE in BETWEEN’ will culminate with a séance on the 30th of October, by strict invitation only, decided by the swing of a pendulum. Who can tell what is real or unreal so close to Halloween.

Over the last two years, five artists and a cat explored the space of PS² within the series of 'sounding out space'. It is an investigation into aspects of space-
architectural, emotional, historical, practical… and how different disciplines from artist, to choreographer to a cat understand and represent spatial understanding

‘THE SPACE in BETWEEN’ continuous till 30 October 2010.

Opening hours: Wed-Fri 1-5pm, Sat 11am- 3pm

For more information see:
Contact: or 07733457772
PS² is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Artists against the cuts campaign hots up

Tonight at Lawrence steet workshops over 45 artists worked on their banners and art pieces to add to the march on Saturday why should artists be involved??

Artists against the cuts

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Artists against the cuts

Lawrence street workshops

Tonight at Lawrence street Workshops Botanic in Belfast 7pm making meeting for anyone interested in be involved in making something for the Union March on Saturday.Lawrence street workshop will be open all week for anyone who needs space for making...........

At Place

Restore, Reuse, Recycle: a panel discussion on conservation architecture
Wednesday 20th Oct, 6pm - Lecture Theatre, Ulster Museum - £5
Find out how our heritage buildings can function in the modern world
- Our expert panel shares their knowledge and opinion on rehabilitation, reinstatement and recycling of our heritage buildings
- Speakers include: Nicholas V Thompson (Donald Insall Architects); Dawson Stelfox (Consarc Design Group) and Niall McCullough (McCullough Mulvin)

Come along at 6pm on Wednesday evening for what promises to be a fascinating look at an exciting field of architecture.
Reserve your place now at the Belfast Festival website: click here - or phone the box office on 028 9097 1197.
Save the Date! Wed 10th Nov - Creativity and Housing in Northern Ireland conference
This conference, the first in a series organised by PLACE with support from the DCAL Creative Industries Innovation Fund, looks at creative and innovative approaches to housing design.

Wed 10th November 2010 - 9am-3.45pm - Belmont Tower, Belfast

Discover exemplary housing in NI and beyond
- Best practice, unique approaches and innovative, sustainable design in housing
- Case studies from both social and private housing sectors
- Hemp lime housing, high density urban housing, passive housing and more
- Keynote speakers from DOE and DSD consider the importance of good design and sustainability
- Networking opportunity with delegates from the architecture, housing, planning, construction sectors and more

Booking opens soon!
£25 incl. lunch per delegate
Special student offer of £15 incl. lunch per delegate
Full programme and booking info coming soon - save the date!

My PLACE: Paddy Cahill, film maker

This week we asked Paddy Cahill, Committee Member of AAI and film maker: what buildings or places inspire you and your work and why?

See his response on the PLACE blog: click here!

Students! Sign up for our inaugural design charette
Sat 6th November, Belfast City Centre
The first annual PLACE Student Design Charette takes place on Sat 6th November! Students from Architecture, Planning and related fields are invited to bring their perspective to a unqiue site in Belfast City Centre.

What is a charette?
A charette is an intensive, time-limited design ideas competition (and yes, there are prizes!) which seeks to challenge participants to find solutions to difficult problems in architecture, planning & urban design.

As well as providing a fresh, unique challenge and new learning experiences, you will also meet lots of like-minded individuals and be inspired by the Design Master and other experts specially selected for the judging panel on the day. We want to demonstrate good design through a multi-disciplinary approach, so the charette is open to students of Architecture, Planning, Urban Design, Landscape Architecture, Urban Geography and so on.

Register now using our online booking form - click here. Maximum 50 students! There will be a £5 charge to cover your lunch and refreshments in the evening.

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Gaming at Cataylst arts.

Catalyst Arts

As a part of the Belfast Festival at Queens, Catalyst Arts will be celebrating everything gaming!

With Catalyst Arts gallery awash with an array of computer consoles new and old, the first of three events taking place this week will pay tribute to the influence of music on gaming culture;

The second event of the week will provide the opportunity for visitors to come and take part in competitions featuring some of the most popular video games over the past few decades!
With trophies and prizes up for grabs, head down to the gallery for a nostalgic trip down a video gaming memory lane;

The week will be rounded off with a bit of 'Pub Quiz Trivia', tipping the hat to all those wonderful quizzes ensuring that countless little bits of knowledge find a place in this world, Catalyst Arts takes this age old tradition and truly makes it their own;

For more information please contact us;
Catalyt Arts Gallery
5 College Court
telephone: 028 90 313303
alternatively look out for us on facebook
or check out our website at

Friday, 15 October 2010

Cataylst art roller disco tonight

Do you remember roller discos's?? I do apparently Platform arts studio used to be a roller disco but for tonight one night only Cataylst art is having a roller dicso to finish off their current exhibition -open from 6 £6 on the door toasted sandwiches available..............if you dont know where it is just ask.

Moochin photographer tonight

JOhn Butcher will be displaying a selection of his photos taken on Culture night at the dark Horse tonight 5.30 -8. If you got snapped you can take them away with you........................................then head around to the Paul Seawright exhibition at BPW.

European Event at St Georges

European Commission and Belfast City Council EU Unit are running an event next Tuesday afternoon from 3 - 5 pm specially for the over 50s at St George's Market. This is a follow on from the two day schools event we organise - 'Opportunity Europe and Beyond'

There's an exciting afternoon with Salsa and Bollywood dancing, an aspirational workshop with the 'Spring Chickens', language taster sessions in Spanish and Polish, a Meet the Neighbours session where you can chat freely and find out about your new neighbours from other countries who have now made Northern Ireland their home, information on Volunteering, a talk on Irish art and railway posters by the Ulster Museum and a Can Cook, Will Cook session presented by Gerry Faloona from Heavens Kitchen who'll show the audience how to produce a four course meal for a family for under £5! And afternoon tea as well! Also over 30 exhibitors with lots of information to take away.

Please come down if you're free and bring a friend or two. Please feel free to circulate this information to your networks.

Anyone who needs help with transport issues should contact our event organiser Corinne at : or Tel: 028 9043 4320

Flyer with more information attached or see our website:

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Free tickets for Festival highlights

Artists against the cuts

Call for all artists to join with the union campaign to stop the cuts,next meeting is a making meeting 7pm at Lawarence Street workshops, Botanic Tuesday 19th October workshop open all week for people to make things to bring to the union rally on Saturday 23rd October 1pm at the art college.......

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Paul Seawright opens Friday 7pm at Belfast print Workshops

Paul Seawright is best known for his photographic works that deal with contemporary conflict. The screenprints made during his residency in Belfast Print Workshop are inspired by satellite photographs. These photographs lay at the heart of the coalitions Weapons of Mass Destruction dossier, presented to the United Nations as evidence ahead of the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Seawrights prints further abstract these ‘precise’ aerial photographs, acknowledging that photography is a slippery medium, suggestive of fact but grounded in fiction........................................................................

Interesting to see what different artists do with Print..

Belfast is changing........

Was speaking today with someone and we were just commenting on how much Belfast has been changing over these last few years there is a great buzz in the city and a feeling that whatver goes on it will be going forward not going back. Great to see. People are moving home setting things up ,shifting attitudes and all along there is a sea tide of change. Great to see and participate in. Keep it coming.

Circus school fundraiser

Fundraising Circus Cabaret Evening on 22nd and 23rd October. Attached is the flyer with details. Tickets can be reserved but must be paid for in advance- any unsold or unpaid for tickets will be released on the evening of the event for sale at the door.

This is an over 18's event.
It is also a BYO event.

All the Best,


Sinéad Quinn
Administration Officer
Belfast Circus School,
23-25 Gordon Street,

t 028 9023 6007
f 028 9043 4971

I value the arts.

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Tuesday, 12 October 2010

RUA free talks

RUA Artist’s Talks

129th Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum

Friday 15 Oct @ 1pm, Excavations : Hughie O Donoghue Recent Paintings

O’Donoghue was born in Manchester but lived and worked for many years in Ireland. He graduated from Goldsmiths in 1982 and was Artist in Residence at the National Gallery, London from 1984-85. His work is characterised by an engagement with the past. He uses figuration and abstraction to explore themes of human identity, memory and experience, drawing on history, mythology and his own personal records. Collections include the British Museum and Imperial War Museum – London, Irish Museum of Modern Art, Hugh Lane, Municipal Gallery of Modern Art and the Ulster Museum.

Thurs 21 Oct @ 1pm, Eilis O Connell RHA

Eilis O’ Connell studied at the Crawford School of Art, Cork and Massachusetts College of Art, Boston. In 1998 she won a Royal Society of Arts Award. She represented Ireland at the Paris Biennale in 1982 and the Sao Paolo Biennale in 1985. While on a P.S.I. Fellowship in New York she won a two-year residency at Delfina Studios in London and was based there until 2001.

In 2002 her large bronze Unfurl was lent by the Cass Foundation to the Venice Biennale and her smaller sculptures were shown at the Guggenheim Museum. Recently she has been spending some time working on the island of Crete, where she is casting a series of small bronzes called Soul Houses, inspired by the local tradition of putting up little houses along the roadside where people have died. Eilis is a founder director of the national sculpture factory in Cork, a former member of the Arts Council of Ireland, a member of Aosdana, and a member of the R.H.A.

Weds 27 Oct @ 1pm, James Hanley RHA

James Hanley is a Dublin-based painter. An established portrait artist, painting many official and state portraits, he is represented in significant public, corporate and private collections in Ireland and abroad. Born in 1965, he graduated from University College Dublin in 1987 with a degree in History of Art and English, and from the National College of Art & Design in 1991 with a BA in Fine Art Painting. He works in a representational style, in both painting and drawing. He has exhibited extensively in group exhibitions in Ireland and abroad, and has had 7 solo exhibitions. James is a full Member of the Royal Hibernian Academy, was elected to Aosdána in 2008 and recently elected to the Board of Governors of the National Gallery of Ireland.

Thursday 4 Nov @ 1pm, Joseph McWilliams PPRUA

Belfast painter, Joseph Mc Williams was educated at the Belfast College of Art and the Open University. He was Senior Lecturer and Senior Course Tutor at the University of Ulster. He is perhaps best known for his paintings of “The Troubles” evidenced in exhibitions such as “Art for Society” Whitechapel Gallery London, “Documenta 6? Kassel, W. Germany, “A Troubled Journey 1966 – 1989? and “Colour on the March”, both at the Cavehill Gallery Belfast. His work has been exhibited in Ireland, Britain, Europe and the USA and is represented in many collections including; The Arts Council of N. Ireland, The Ulster Museum, Queen’s University, The University of Ulster, Coras Iompair Eireann, The N.Ireland Civil Service Collection, A.I.B. Collection, Boyle Civic Collection and the National Self-Portrait Collection. Joseph McWilliams was President of the R.U.A. from 2000 – 2004.

Weds 10 Nov @ 1pm, Julian Friers PRUA

Julian Friers is a self taught wildlife artist whose interest in the natural world developed from a very early age. He has completed work for a number of different conservation bodies including RSPB, IWC, WWF and IFCDW and designed the first Irish Duck Stamp for the American Duck Stamp Program. In 1998 he was commissioned to create thirty-two paintings to celebrate the conservation efforts of the Saudi Arabian Royal Family. Recent works have primarily been inspired by the rugged landscapes of Scotland and Ireland. Julian has had solo exhibitions in Ireland, Scotland, England, America and the Middle East and joint shows include LYWAM, Natural History Museum in London, Dublin Castle and the Natural History Museum in Bonn. He was elected Associate Academician to the RUA in 1995, elevated to Academician in 2008 and elected as RUA President in 2009.

All talks are free of charge. To book a place phone the Ulster Museum on 028 90440017

Monday, 11 October 2010

Who's reading the blog?

Ive just looked into my stats for who is actually reading this blog and its really interesting so I's like to say hello to all those people United Kingdom

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it's really nice to have you look onto Belfast and Beyond if not a bit spookey. ;-)

Liverpool Biennial

Only a hop skip and a jump away Liverpool has it's Biennial on
until 28 November and I have to say its really nice to go and see some really great Art and some not so great Art The John Moores painting prize at the Walker Art Gallery is always a delight and to see Ian Davenports painting was really a highlight those strips just really get to you.At the Tate Liverpool is a fantastic exhibition curated by Wayne Hemingway on sculpture where to take your own headphones in and can even dance on one of the sculptures, lovely to see real is a treat along with and Social Questioning using Art today excellent as it offers the general public an opportunity to link in with the wider debate about what exactly modern Art is. Something that maybe is missing in Belfast ??? except for those who are already interested of course. is a warehouse full of interesting Art pratice . But all in all what is so nice is the general public are included in the debate around the Art and seeing what exactly its all about...............changing minds and getting the questioning going.After all is that not what Art is about???? sometimes..........

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Artists against the cuts

Is this Sammy Wilsons wake???? Artists against the out for unculture day..or is it about time the artists had a union??

late night art

dont for get all the crazyness starts again to night6-9

Monday, 4 October 2010

Late night Art in Belfast

Dont forget its late night art again this Thursday........come and see what all the fuss is about.

Wednesday, 29 September 2010

write down in October

Write! Down presents‘Welcoming the Wild Geese’ on Saturday, 9th October 2010 ( 8pm ) at the church, Old Court , Strangford.

An evening of poetry, story and song.

Coinciding with Poetry Day we are marking the Brent Geese settling into their winter home on the banks of Strangford Lough. This event also marks the beginning of the fifth anniversary year of the Wild Geese Literary Festival.

Featuring Write!Down writers and friends

To welcome young, new and emerging talent and celebrate the word in all its forms we are delighted to invite:

Special guest musicians and songwriters The Lowly Knights - a young folk pop band, just on the cusp of launching their highly anticipated third release ‘The Even Keel EP’, with a sound which combines grand-voiced exuberance with a ramshackle folk edge.

Guest reader Sheena Wilkinson, whose first novel for young adults and horse-lovers, ‘Taking Flight’ (Little Island, 2010), was launched to great acclaim last month.

Write! Down collective poets and wordsmiths for the evening include Maria McManus, Matt Kirkham, Donal O’ Hagan, Olive Broderick – whose writing achievements encompass poetry collections, plays, a range of innovative writing collaborations, an Eithne Strong Award for Best first collection, and a Hennessy Award.

Tickets available at Kevin Og’s Newsagent, Strangford (tel: 028/048 4488 1377) or from any member of the Write! Down Committee.


Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Golden Thread opening this Friday

Art Beyond Ulster - Collective Histories of Northern Irish Art

1st October – 13th November 2010

The seventh instalment of the Golden Thread Gallery’s seminal Collective Histories of Northern Irish Art series is curated by Brian Kennedy artist, curator & writer. Art Beyond Ulster explores the impact of international opportunities and experiences on the visual arts in the region and with a special focus on the British School at Rome. The exhibition will feature an exciting mix of works by a range of artists including John Aiken, Ian Charlesworth, Cian Donnelly, Felim Egan, Graham Gingles, Vivian Hewitt, John Kindness, Niamh O’Malley, Philip Napier, Eillis O’Connell, Simon Reilly and William Scott.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a substantially illustrated publication with essays by Brian Kennedy and Brian Ferran.

Public discussions

16th October at 3pm - John Kindness and Brian Kennedy in conversation.

23rd October at 2.30pm - Brian Ferran and Brian Kennedy in conversation.

For further information visit our website – , E:, join us on Facebook or call us on ++44(0) 2890 330920.

Admission is free.

Exhibition Dates: 1st October – 13th November 2010

Tuesday – Friday 10.30am – 5.30 pm