Sunday, 31 January 2010

hidden world of the architects sketchbook

Thurs 4th Feb 6-9pm
All welcome!

Next Thursday, PLACE launches its new exhibition, produced in association with the University of Ulster. Notebooks and Narratives: The Secret Laboratory reveals the hidden world of the architect’s sketchbook. This selection of work by local, national and international architects from Ireland North and South shows the quality of ideas, observations, thoughts and reflections that are often concealed in a drawer in the studio, a coat pocket or in the individual imagination of the architect.

What ideas do we carry with us in our pocket? How do we use the ‘device’ of the personal sketchbook/notebook? How has its use changed with time and the digital age? Revealed now in The Secret Laboratory: a series of private reflections made public. The architects whose work is featured range from practitioners to writers, lecturers, critics and artists.

Grafton Architects Tom de Paor Shane O ‘Toole Peter Cody Ciaran Mackel Tarla MacGabhann Paul Clarke Nigel Murray Seamus Lennon Nigel Peake Niall O’Hare Michael Doherty Susie Carson Gerry Cahill Sheila O’Donnell & John Tuomey

The Secret Laboratory is a joint exhibition between PLACE and the University of Ulster, curated by Paul Clarke and co-designed and built by Niall O’Hare. The exhibition continues from 5th Feb til 27th Mar 2010.

John Piekaar is a maker of ?ne bespoke furniture. His walnut cabinet which won 1st prize at the 2003 RDS National Crafts Competition was inspired by a piece of Japanese architecture and is on display in weePLACE.

Colloquia Series Continues this February
Ciaran Mackel returns with his discussion series looking at important issues in urban design, the built environment and the practice of architecture, on the evenings of Thurs 11th and Thurs 25th February. More details coming soon!

Friday, 29 January 2010

invasion of future artists

2010: Invasion Of Future Artists

Exhibition Opens on Thursday 4th February 7-9pm

And will run until Monday 1st March

New Talent Takes Over!

The Belfast Print Workshop annually hosts an amazing student exhibition, this year’s exhibition promises to be one of the finest from the talented artists currently studying at Belfast’s University of Ulster.

The exhibition represents the work of the best printmaking students to pass through Belfast’s school of art and design. This will be an excellent opportunity to invest in an affordable artwork that is visually stimulating, and at the same time thoroughly thought provoking. Many of the undergraduates exhibiting will go on to great things, the work they produce and exhibit for this exhibition will help shape their future careers. This will be a great opportunity to invest in these promising artists of the future.

This is the fifth time Belfast Print Workshop have provided a platform for these studying artists to take their first steps into Belfast’s art world. Under the expert tutelage they have received at the University of Ulster, the students have created fine art prints using a wide range of methods; everything from screenprinting to etching, and from collagraphs to linocuts. Printmaking is a specialist field that encompasses various complicated techniques that few people realise how much skill and effort is involved to learn and perfect.

2010: Invasion Of Future Artists opens at Belfast Print Workshop Gallery on Waring Street, Belfast, opposite the Merchant Hotel, on Thursday 4th February, 7pm-9pm and continues until Monday 1st March.

For more information please contact:

Tomas Bamford
Gallery/Sales Manager


Woodies DIY 2010 Irish Indoor Athletics Championships

The Odyssey Arena will once again be transformed into a showcase for top class athletics when the International Irish Indoor Athletic Championships return on 6 - 7 February 2010.

Athletes will compete for places on the Irish Team for the World Indoor Championships in Qatar.

Athletes competing at the event include Irish Olympians Derval O’Rourke (60m Hurdles), Paul Hession (200 metres) as well as Olive Loughnane and Robert Heffernan(5K walk) along with a host of international and local stars!

Adults: £10 - £20
Concession (students, under 16s and senior citizens): £7 - £12
Family pass *: £22 - £45
Group 15+: 10% reduction

*Please note, the family pass applies to two adults and two under 16s or one adult and three under 16s.

More information
For more information, please visit

Thursday, 28 January 2010

nashville songwriters festival coming up

GT opening FRiday

Truth Doesn’t Matter explores the world of the sculptural form and its reality. The work of four emerging artists comes together to create a constellation of sculptural compositions, and the conversation begins. The pivotal concern of the artists exhibiting is the “belief in objects” and their right to be. The artists revealing their unique vision of world are Steve Earl Weber, Christopher J Campbell, Martin Boyle and Brendan O’Neill.

About the Artists

Steve Earl Weber. Through repeated exposure to objects we develop mental triggers, correlations to objects and deeper meanings beyond just their functions. A pillow, for instance, may cause one to think of sleep, comfort, luxury, death, insomnia, or dreams … a shovel could conjure thoughts ranging from gardening to grave digging, depending on the viewer’s own perspective and in what manner the objects are presented. He makes an attempt to choose objects and materials in a manner that capitalizes on the crossover between my own mental triggers and the viewer’s perspective .

Christopher J Campbell subverts the arenas of pop and surrealism: film references bleed into art histories, processes become product and products are processed. In this world, video is sculpture and sculpture is painting.

“Rat and Bear get Pataphysical represents a daydream I had whilst watching the 1981 video work The Least Resistance by the artist duo Fischli & Weiss. The video’s two protagonists, Rat & Bear, epitomize the core principles of pataphysics: the science of imaginary solutions. Rat and Bear get Pataphysical explores the imagined zone where fantasies are exposed. In this imagined world, resentment is the sincerest form of flattery.”

Martin Boyle produces work that is both playful and performative. He re-presents mass produced objects and packaging in multiple forms to the viewer through video installation and sculptural pieces. Always preferring to understate his point, he creates a context where the viewer requires time in order to view the work. Through subtle manipulation or illusion he plays on our need for immediate gratification, with expectation to reveal, to unfold, to expose.

Brendan O'Neill uses artistic practice as a tool for examining our perception of reality as well as our relationship to culture and its productions. He creates processes in manipulating selected materials and transforms them to take on some form of 'otherness'. His work demonstrates an ambition to create hybrid forms that explore a new ways of looking at the ascribed meaning of things.

OPENING : Thursday 4th of February from 6pm – 9pm

Hello Everyone,

Just a wee reminder about Andre Stitt's exhibition Substance, opening tomorrow night Friday the 29th January 2010 at 6pm - 8pm.
Hope you can make!


The Golden Thread Gallery is Northern Ireland’s leading international contemporary art space, rooted in the local. The gallery offers residents and visitors to Belfast a diverse programme of high quality contemporary art exhibitions and participatory events. As one of Northern Irelands largest visual arts venues the Golden Thread Gallery acts as a platform for a mix of the very best international and local artists, hosting six large-scale exhibitions in the main gallery spaces and twelve exhibitions in its project space. The project space openings are not to be missed and always take place at 6.00pm on the first Thursday of the month as part of Belfast’s Late Night Art.

Outreach is at the core of the gallery’s activities, working off-site and in partnership with a wide range of communities and groups, devising challenging and innovative projects in addition to providing a range of contextual activities such as artists’ talks, gallery tours and workshops. The gallery also publishes exhibition catalogues and books exploring further contemporary practices.

Over the last ten years the Golden Thread Gallery has established an excellent reputation for creating exhibitions exploring art from the North Ireland, delivering exhibitions to international audiences through its touring programme. The gallery has delivered numerous curated exhibitions to venues across the UK and Ireland, Europe, North America, China and more recently Taiwan.

In recent years the Golden Thread Gallery has been working with a number of artists living and working in Northern Ireland to create a “not-for-profit” form of artists’ representation and has championed their work at national and international art fairs, such as the London Art Fair, Berliner Liste and Scope New York as well as establishing a dedicated in-house sales room. For further information visit our website – , join us on Facebook or call us on ++44(0) 2890 330920

The Golden Thread Gallery is a registered charity and admission is free.

Gallery tours available.


Tuesday – Friday 10.30am – 5.30 pm

Saturday - 10.30am – 4pm

Gallery Director: Peter Richards

84-94 Great Patrick Street,

T:(028) 9033 0920



Artists Bios

Wednesday, 27 January 2010

creative choices

Tuesday, 26 January 2010

Belfast city council programme

What is the Smarter Procurement Programme?

It is an innovative programme designed to help small businesses and social enterprises identify and take advantage of new sales opportunities in the public and private sectors. It aims to provide participants with the knowledge to respond to these opportunities to enable them to tender for contracts more effectively.

The programme will start in February 2010 and will combine 3 elements. These are:

· Procurement Diagnostic – to evaluate your readiness to enter into the procurement process.

· Five Procurement Workshops – designed to help you identify public sector opportunities, understand tender documentation, construct tender responses, develop consortiums and receive feedback on unsuccessful tenders.

· Individual Business Mentoring – to support you as you identify and respond to tender opportunities.

The council is investing heavily in this programme to support participating businesses to maximise growth opportunities.

The cost to you is only £100 + VAT (per participant).

To request an application form or discuss eligibility criteria contact Ruth Rea on 028 9050 0518 or email

Closing date for applications is Friday 29 January 2010

Luminous Soul presents in Derry

Luminous Soul presents

A programme of dance for disabled people, to enable them to become professionals and role models in the art form

Come along to the Dance Development Day and give dance a go!

When 3rd Feb 2010 10.00 – 15.30

Where Echo Echo Dance Studio. Ebrington Centre, Derry

For information and registration check out

Telephone 02890312515

Monday, 25 January 2010

Platfrom for change Belfast(dont we need it)

Dear colleague

I hope you are well.

This is not an encouraging time for politics in Northern Ireland, given the return of the prime minister and the taoiseach, once again, to seek to rescue the power-sharing institutions.

One month from now, however, a positive initiative which represents a message of hope will be launched in Belfast.

Following months of discussion and debate last year, a statement has been drafted called Platform for Change, which an association of that name has been formed to promote.

You will find the statement attached, in a summary form (which will be the focus of public attention) and an extended version (with more detail and argument).

This message is to invite you to become a signatory to the platform, joining what we envisage will be hundreds from a range of walks of life by the time of the launch. You will find attached the (already very mixed) list of initial signatories.

An endorsement form is attached for you to send to Nuala McKeever, our secretary, should you wish to offer your support. If you have any queries about this or that aspect of the platform—and we are not asking you to agree with every dot and comma, but rather the overall thrust—which you would want to resolve through discussion before you give your support, please indicate.

I should reassure you that everyone who supports the platform does so as an individual citizen, not implicating their organisation, and this will be prominently affirmed in all our publicity. You may still want to consult with your chair or other relevant figure if you are in a senior position in an organisation before making a personal commitment, which would of course be understood.

We want to snowball this process as rapidly as possible and so you will also see that the form invites you to suggest other individuals whom you think could be approached with a view to giving their support too. The launch, for your diary, will take place in the Black Box, Hill Street, Belfast, at 12.30 on Thursday, 25 February.

You will find out more about Platform for Change at our new website. I hope you will feel able to join us in this exciting enterprise.

Kind regards

Robin Wilson


Platform for Change


Dr Robin Wilson

#44 South Studios

Tates Avenue

Belfast BT9 7BS

Northern Ireland

+44(0)2890130608 (phone)

+44(0)7771607707 (mobile)

josephrobinsonwilson (Skype)

Andre Stitt


ARTISTS: Andre Stitt

DATES: 29th January – 6th March 2010

LOCATION: Golden Thread Gallery, 84 -94 Great Patrick Street, Belfast, 02890 330920



The Golden Thread Gallery, supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council would be delighted

if you would join us at the launch of Substance: a major solo exhibition by André Stitt between 6pm and 8pm on Friday 29th

January 2010.

Stitt is one of Northern Ireland’s most important contemporary art exports. He is currently based in Cardiff but the themes that

inform his practice are rooted in his formative years in Belfast. His work is highly charged, generally hard hitting and may not be

suitable for all audiences. Nevertheless, it is important that we take this opportunity to bring this substantial exhibition to a local


Like a hybrid catalogue/retrospective, Substance provides valuable insights into Stitt’s performances or ‘akshuns’ and includes

a significant number of pieces that have never been displayed before. The project was conceived by the Spacex Gallery in

Exeter and has been expanded and further developed for this exhibition in the Golden Thread Gallery.

André Stitt’s performance work focuses on difficult and traumatic themes including alienation, oppression, coercion and conflict

and often refers back to his experiences of Belfast in the 70s and 80s. We feel that the time is right to revisit this work afresh. As

well as a cooling of the political climate, there is now an adequate distance between the events that incited his ‘akshuns’and

the documentation or residue of his performances to look at the work from a more objective viewpoint.

A short film documentary by Lee Stitt, Finbar Maginn & Séan Kaluarachchi in conversation with André Stitt will also be shown

for the duration of the exhibition.


About the artist.

Born in Belfast, N. Ireland in 1958 , Stitt is considered one of Europe's foremost performance and interdisciplinary artists. He has

worked as an experimental artist since 1976 creating hundreds of unique works at major galleries, festivals, alternative venues

and sites specific throughout the world.
Recent work includes: Venice Biennale 2005, Blatic Contemporary Art Centre, England 2005, The Drawing Centre, New York, 2006,

Artspace, Sydney 2007, Asiatopia, Bangkok 2008, Spacex Gallery, England 2008, The Lab, New York, 2009, MCAC, Northern Ireland


In 2008 he was awarded the prestigious Creative Wales Award.

He is Professor of Performance and Interdisciplinary Art at the University of Wales Institute, Cardiff and is the director of the Centre for

Fine Art Research at Cardiff School of Art & Design, Wales, UK.

In 2000 he opened trace: Installaction Artspace in Cardiff initiating a robust programme of international time based work.

For more information on the artist see:


what is the WNC?

Womens National commission last week

At the womens national commission event last week in the holiday in

creative keynote

You are invited to attend the forthcoming keynote Address by Susan Breen, Head of Feature Film Development at Aardman Animations, entitled “Producing the Goods” on Thursday 11 February 2010 at 6 pm in the Great Hall, Queen’s University Belfast.

do it online

Friday, 22 January 2010

BPw demo

John Beakey demo

John Beakey demo

whats really going on in Haiti

Three Women's Rights Leaders Killed in Haiti
The women's movement is mourning three Haitian leaders who died in last week's earthquake, CNN reported Jan. 20. Myriam Merlet, Magalie Marcelin and Anne Marie Coriolan, founders of three of the country's most important advocacy organizations working on behalf of women and girls, are confirmed dead.

Myriam Merlet was until recently the chief of staff of Haiti's Ministry for Gender and the Rights of Women and still served as a top adviser. She was also the founder of Enfofamn, an organization that raises awareness about women through media, collects stories and works to honor their names.

Magalie Marcelin, a lawyer and actress who appeared in films and on stage, established Kay Fanm, a women's rights organization that deals with domestic violence, offers services and shelter to women and makes microcredits, or loans, available to women.

Anne Marie Coriolan served as a top adviser to the women's rights ministry with Merlet. She was the founder of Solidarite Fanm Ayisyen (Solidarity with Haitian Women, or SOFA), an advocacy and services organization, and also helped bring the issue of rape to the forefront of Haitian courts.

There is now concern about the future of Haiti's women and girls with these three leaders gone. Even with all that's been achieved, the struggle for equality and against violence remains enormous, the article reported.

John Beakey today

BPW presents John Beakey at BPW a master class 2pm free all welcome Lithography lives...................yeepie.

Merchant bargins

The Merchant Hotel • Ollie's Club • The Cloth Ear

Treat yourself to some post-Christmas gifts:

The Merchant Hotel
Suite success: Unwind after Christmas with a luxurious stay in one of our stunning suites including a full Irish breakfast for two people for only £230.


Wednesday, 20 January 2010

FUnding for community groups

CFNI in conjunction with Comic/Sports Relief have just this morning launched a new round of grants. Community groups with an income of less than £50,000 can apply for a grant from £500 to £1,000. There are 60 grants to give out so please, please get as many groups as you know to apply. The application pack and guidelines can be downloaded from here:§ion=RECEIVE

creativty thirst graduates

Please have a look and tell others about this site and collection.

Details of people on the creativity tirst programme that I was training on.

New programme happening in Portstewart in Feb.......................if you know of anyone interested.

Tuesday, 19 January 2010

Monday, 18 January 2010

City East opening

City East opening

Opening of City East Building

City East Opening with Lord Major of Belfast

anyone in stoke

Preview 22.01.10 - 6 pm to 9 pm

Robin Kirsten

23.01.10 - 21.02.10

Crimes Town, Yoakley Road, Stoke Newington, N16 0JX
Open Sat and Sun 12 pm to 6 pm

Sunday, 17 January 2010

Exploring a Feminist Analysis of Truth Recovery: Creating a Better Future

What has happened?

How do we ensure it never happens again?

How effective are truth recoveries?

How do you recover the past to create a better future?

On the 11 February Hanna’s House is hosting the fourth in its series of seminars on ‘A feminist analysis of peace building’. This seminar is focused on Truth Recovery and will explore gendered experiences of war and abuse and examine the significance or limitations, of truth recovery processes, for enabling the acknowledgment of women’s experiences of war and violence; bringing justice for violations and the potential for transformation.

Format of the day:

The seminar will consist of two panels, the morning panel is on ‘Truth Recovery and the Irish Conflict’ and the afternoon panel is on ‘Truth Recovery and Institutional Abuse’. The speakers will include:

Dawn Purvis, Leader of the Progressive Unionist Party and Member of the Legislative Assembly (MLA) Northern Ireland Assembly;

Andre Murphy, Assistant Director of Relatives for Justice;

Dr Ger Moane, Senior Lecturer, School of Psychology, University College Dublin;

Dr Margaret Ward, Director of the Women’s Resource and Development Agency, Belfast;

Claire Hackett, Policy and Development Worker, Belfast Conflict Resolution Consortium.

The keynote speaker is Professor Fionnuala D. Ní Aoláin who is concurrently the Dorsey & Whitney Chair in Law at the University of Minnesota Law School and a Professor of Law at the University of Ulster's Transitional Justice Institute in Belfast. Fionnuala was a representative of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia at domestic war crimes trials in Bosnia (1996-97) and in 2003, she was appointed by the Secretary-General of the United Nations as Special Expert on promoting gender equality in times of conflict and peace-making. She has been nominated twice by the Irish government to the European Court of Human Rights, in 2004 and 2007, the first woman and the first academic lawyer to be thus nominated. She was appointed by the Irish Minister of Justice to the Irish Human Rights Commission in 2000 and served until 2005. She remains an elected member of the Executive Committee for the Belfast-based Committee on the Administration of Justice, and is also a member of the Irish Council for Civil Liberties.

Venue and Timings:

The seminar will take place in the Guinness Storehouse from 10.30 to 3.30pm, with registration from 9.30. If you are interested in attending this event please email to add your name to the delegate list. Refreshments will be supplied. The seminar is free and numbers are limited, so do please register as early as possible.

For more information about Hanna’s House please refer to

Hanna's House mission is to mobilise the collective energy of women to work towards feminist ideals of justice, equality and non-violence.

Wednesday, 13 January 2010


From this Saturday 16th Jan, TIPSA will be running drop in sessions for young people in the Cookstown and Magherafelt area from 11am until 2pm. Venues will vary between Cookstown and Magherafelt, and leaflets highlighting the service should be available from next week. Things are kicking off in the TIPSA office in Gortalowry House this Saturday where there will be DJ equipment and a games console as well as information and signposting for young people.

This initiative is based on funding TIPSA has recieved for implementing the Hidden Harm Action plan and we are using it to encourage young people who may be at risk of Hidden Harm to come along and perhaps use the opportunity to engage with services. However the emphasis is on informal diversonary activities and simply creating a safe and enjoyable space, where the coordinators will be on hand to provide info on a wide range of topics.

It is also hoped to invite other help agencies along on individual days, so if your organisation offers some service young people may wish to know more about feel free to let us know.

Hidden Harm basically refers to young people whose parents/ carers misuse alcohol and/ or other drugs and who may not be on the radar of any helping agencies. Leaflets will be distributed throughout the area targetting such young people and asking them to come along. They can make use of the facilities and will be under no obligation to discuss any issues they may have- it is simply about providing space, time and opportunity.

A number of different venues will be used with them being announced on the TIPSA website and listed on the leaflet, but for this Saturday it will be upstairs in the TIPSA office in Gortalowry House.

If you know any young people who may want to come along please let them know about it- we will be circulating posters as well when we get them approved, and if your organisation wants to have leaflets handed out or even be here in person then contact us.

Any questions or queries don't hesitate to get back to us! Please forward this e-mail to other relevant agencies and personnel since the key to this is ensuring as many young people at risk as possible hear about the service.

Updates will also be available on the latest news page of the TIPSA website, our Facebook fan page and our Twitter account (tipsamidulster).

Thanks for taking the time to read this,

Eugene and Marty

Tuesday, 12 January 2010

John Breakey at BPW opens this Thursday


As you are aware from the email we sent out last week, we have a new exhibition starting this Thursday (details listed below), but we are also hosting a free artist's talk and demonstration on Lithography from the very talented John Breakey on Friday 22nd January at 14.00!!

John Breakey Solo Exhibition

BPWG hosts an exhibition from renowned artist John Breakey

Opening Night Thursday 14th January 2010 from 7-9pm

Artist’s Talk & Demonstration on Lithography

Friday 22nd 2-3pm

Exhibition Finishes Monday 1st February 2010

Lithography Lives!

Belfast Print Workshop is hosting an astounding solo show from an artist who works in a printmaking medium that in recent years has become somewhat of a rarity. John Breakey has proudly kept the methodology and intricate techniques of lithography alive in Northern Ireland.

John Breakey is a master of his craft. He is a Royal Ulster Academician, an award-winning artist and has established himself as a well respected member of the arts community during his long and illustrious career. John, who lives at the foot of the Mourne mountains from which he draws a lot of inspiration, is not only famous for his beautiful works but for his unique and insightful titles which allow the viewer to fully indulge in the work and share in the artist’s thinking behind his art.

Lithography is the printmaking process where the artist draws/paints an image on a perfectly smooth limestone plate. The artist will paint using a greasy substance, the stone is then moistened with water, and an oil based ink is rolled onto the stone. The greasy parts of the stone pick up the ink, while the wet parts do not. An intricate process that, when perfected, can produce some stunning works of art.

John Breakey’s solo show opens in the Belfast Print Workshop Gallery on January 14th 2010 from 5pm to 9pm. His show will feature in the gallery until 1st February and will be well worth a visit.

Monday, 11 January 2010

NI has female first minister

So there we have the first female first minsiter of Northern Ireland Arlene Foster.She only got 6 weeks but she will work at it.

Peters gone for now

dont miss Lisa Malone this Thursday 6-8pm


Lisa Malone

Lisa Malone, an artist working at Flaxart studios, Belfast, presents Metronome, an exhibition exploring and experimenting with her practice. It features a suite of new sculptural interventions, as well as a series of monoprints. Malone’s work is a playful comment on human nature, suggestive rather than literal, and allows a multitude of readings.

Thursday 14th January from 6pm – 8pm

The exhibition runs until 30th January 2010.

Belfast City Council Bsiness events

View all our business events and programmes on our website at

Friday, 8 January 2010

Iris on YOu Tube

Interesting comments about Iris on You tube???!!!

PLACE Primary School Curriculum Initiative 2010

Pilot Workshop: Wed 20th Jan 2010, 8.30am - 4pm (Admission free, registration required, numbers limited)

PLACE is inviting interested built environment professionals and teachers to participate in its Primary School Curriculum Initiative 2010 - A Vision for the Built Environment as a Teaching Resource.

PLACE will host a workshop on Wednesday 20th Jan to explore the potential of the Built Environment to assist in the delivery of the existing Curriculum at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. The workshop is facilitated by the Solent Architecture Centre, Southampton as part of the Education Partner Programme, and is based on existing teaching resources and experience of delivery of similar programmes in England.

The pilot workshop in this scheme is taking place on Wednesday 20th January 2010 at PLACE and the Linen Hall Library, both in Fountain Street, Belfast.

If you are interested in participating, get in touch, stating whether you are from a teaching or built environment background: email or phone (028) 9023 2524.

Refresh Belfast

Refresh Belfast presents

Blaine Cook
Ex-lead developer at Twitter / Principal Co-author of OAuth / Developer at Osmosoft on "Putting a Finger on Web Logins"

Monday 11th January
The Black Box, Belfast

Register Now (It's free!)

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About Blaine
Blaine Cook is the principal co-author of the OAuth specification. He is the former lead developer of Twitter, has previously worked for Yahoo on the Fire Eagle project and is currently a member of Osmosoft, a small team of Open Source developers at BT Group.

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About Refresh
Refresh is a monthly event for designers, developers, coders, geeks & nerds to get together to talk design, debate the web, share ideas and meet new & interesting people. Every third Monday of the month, we organise a couple of presentations from local industry experts to be enjoyed over a few beers in the The Black Box.

Ben event Belfast

BEN Networking Event – Getting to Grips with Procurement

Thursday 14th January 2010

Belfast Entrepreneurs Network (BEN) brings businesses together to make new contacts, create business opportunities and share ideas, all in an informal environment.

Confused about tenders and procurement? Come along and have your questions answered by our speakers from the Central Procurement Directorate, Belfast City Council and Cavlan Consulting.

When: Thursday 14th January 2010

Where: Canada Room, Lanyon Building, Queen’s University, Belfast

Time: Registration 5.30pm, event starts at 6pm sharp

Cost: FREE

If you are interested in attending this event you must register in advance. Please contact Rhonda Lynn on 028 9027 0229 or email:

This event is provided free by Belfast City Council and the European Regional Development Fund.

Check out our Belfast Entrepreneurs Network webpage for future events or become a fan of our Facebook page.

Wednesday, 6 January 2010

John Breakey Solo Exhibition

John Breakey Solo Exhibition

BPWG hosts an exhibition from renowned artist John Breakey

Opening Night Thursday 14th January 2010 from 7-9pm

Exhibition Finishes Monday 1st February 2010

Lithography Lives!

Belfast Print Workshop is hosting an astounding solo show from an artist who works in a printmaking medium that in recent years has fallen into disuse. John Breakey has stoically kept the methodology and intricate techniques of Lithography alive in Northern Ireland.

Lithography is the printmaking process where the artist draws/paints an image on a perfectly smooth limestone plate. The artist will paint using a greasy substance, the stone is then moistened with water, and an oil based ink is rolled onto the stone. The greasy parts of the stone pick up the ink, while the wet parts do not. An intricate process that, when perfected, can produce some stunning works of art.

John Breakey is a master of his craft, he is a Royal Ulster Academician, an award-wining artist, and has established himself as a well respected member of the arts community during his long and illustrious career. John who lives at the foot of the Mourne mountains from which he draws a lot of inspiration is not only infamous for his beautiful works but for his unique an insightful titles, which allows the viewer to fully indulge in the work and share the artist’s thinking behind his art.

John Breakey’s solo show opens in the Belfast Print Workshop Gallery on January 14th 2010 from 5pm to 9pm. His show will feature in the gallery until 1st February and will be well worth a visit.

Holi festival st Georges market Feb

St. George’s Market explodes into colour!

Belfast will experience a taste of India when ‘Holi – The Festival of Colours’, one of the most colourful and vibrant festivals in India, is celebrated in St George’s Market on Sunday 28 February from 1pm- 6pm.

Known as the Festival of Colours, ‘Holi’ signifies the spirit of brotherhood and unity and welcomes everyone from all sections of the community, regardless of race or religion, to come together. The festival uses colour to symbolise equality, wherein all the people drenched in different colours, lose their identity to become one.

The festival, organised by Arts Ekta, is a great family day out and although traditionally an Indian festival, visitors will participate, learn and experience the vibrancy of all cultures that live in Belfast. There will be lots of entertainment including top-class Bollywood dancers, a Bhangra DJ, local cultural performances and an spectacular world food market as well as the opportunity to throw colour among friends in a party atmosphere, so don’t forget to wear old clothes!

Admission is free

For more information visit

The Event is supported by Belfast City Council and PSNI

Out to Lunch festival started Belfast

So if you thought you would get away with not seeing a festival in Belfast for a while you are mistaken the out to Lunch festival has started again 6-31 January and I think its great to see it going from strength to strength. Most tickets are £5 and you get your lucnh as well. Shows on lunch time and evening. Brain Keenan is coming but thats already sold out but there are three others that jumped out at me Fri 15th Jan Grance maxwell- wrote a book on what to do when her Husband suffered 2 major strokes to get him back to working order again,Sun 17th there is a Black book market on at the black box good idea and a nice move on from the black market.Thursday 21st Niwel Tsumbu Band- africia band that just sounds amazing. Frankin Quinn is having a retrospective in the Black box cafe- Frankie runs the red barn gallery on Rosemary street and has an archive of troubles photos. Always interesting viewing.Opens this Thursday 7pm.

So why not book something and get rid of the January blues.

Tuesday, 5 January 2010

Drumbeg estate community garden- red apple arts

Drumbeg community garden red apple arts

DRumbeg community garden red apple arts

Drumbeg community garden Red apple arts

advice on collecting Contemporary art

Advice on Collecting Contemporary Art Courtesy of the Contemporary Art Society

Buying contemporary art is a highly pleasurable and rewarding activity. For those who can afford to, arguably the most rewarding way of engaging with art is to have the privilege of living with it on a daily basis and to have a long-term relationship with it over time as part of your life. Collecting is also vitally important for artists and the galleries that represent them.

If you are thinking about collecting contemporary art, here is some basic advice:

• Look at as much art as you can. Apart from being a highly rewarding social activity, it is by far the best way to develop your eye as a collector. Visit as many galleries – both public and commercial – as possible, and as many public institutions and their permanent collections as you can.

• When looking at art, focus on your response to the work. Try to look at the art for some time before resorting to the exhibition notes in order to develop your critical autonomy. Reflect on your initial response and look deeper in order to develop a more rigorous understanding of what triggers personal taste and inclinations. This takes time and involves looking at as much art as possible.

• Reading the specialist art press and research are important in order to develop your knowledge about the key movements in art history, to identify current trends and ideas in contemporary practice, critically engaged artists and the galleries which represent them, and what is happening in the market.

• Become a supporter of a public institution or a membership organisation like the Contemporary Art Society, to access independent specialist advice and programmes on contemporary collecting.

• Develop relationships with reputable galleries that sell critically engaged art. Join their mailing lists and attend private views and openings whenever possible.

• Serious and committed collectors also attend international art fairs, biennales and exhibition openings and ensure they keep abreast of the latest developments in the established and emerging art centres.

• Don’t rush. Spend time looking, researching and reading rather than impulse buying. Develop your knowledge, engagement and a framework for your collection, so it is coherent.

• When you are considering a purchase, don’t be afraid to make mistakes. This is all part of the learning process and sometimes mistakes can be productive in the development of a collection.

Things to consider when buying art, please click here for further information.

Contemporary Art Society Members event, Haunch of Venison, London.
Jonas Burgert and Castellani/
Judd/ Flavin/ Uecker exhibition

Contemporary Art Society Members event, Print Seminar 21 November 2009, V&A London

Contemporary Art Society Members event, Visit to the Museum of Everything, 4 November 2009, London

The Contemporary Art Society is the national membership organisation for contemporary collecting. Since 1910, it has used its independent curatorial expertise to offer programmes for collectors at all stages of their collecting. The Contemporary Art Society is a charity and monies raised are used to purchase new works of contemporary art for public collections across the UK.

If you would like to develop your knowledge of contemporary art and collecting visit the Contemporary Art Society website at

Catalyst starts of the new year with aother one.

Catalyst Arts
Saturday 9th January. 10.30pm - 6am.
Admission £8. Bring your own booze!


The MalFunktion Room band began life as the hosts of a monthly jam night in the Black Box cafe during early 2009. It consists of Kinnego Flux members Brian Greene and David Baxter on rhythm section, horn players Mike McGlade and Cormac Brown, guitarist Alan Sproule and keyboard player Conor Scullion. They perform a blend of energetic funk, fusion and soul with bluesy overtones.

Factotum DJs will provide a dizzying mixture of additional tuneage and and two walls of weird visuals into the small hours.