Thursday, 29 April 2010

opening tonight at Black box 6.30 then BPW at 7pm

Connie invited you to "Land of the Free - Steve Schofield" today. Connie says, "-Land of the Free - An exhibition by the photographer Steve Schofield opens at - The Black Box Cafe, Hill Street, Belfast this evening - 6.30pm.". Event: Land of the Free - Steve SchofieldWhat: ExhibitStart Time: Today, April 29 at 6:30pmEnd Time: Sunday, May 9 at 9:00pmWhere: The Black Box Café , Hill Street Belfast

Free tickets for 1 May

Hear Icelandic composer and conductor Daníel Bjarnason's spectacular new work Processions on Saturday 1 May at the Whitla Hall in Belfast, in a free BBC Radio 3 concert given by the Ulster Orchestra with piano soloist Vikingur Ólafsson.

Ulster Orchestra
Víkingur Ólafsson, piano
Daníel Bjarnason, conductor

Hafliði Hallgrímsson Narratives From The Deep North
Daníel Bjarnason Processions

Recording on Saturday 1 May at the Whitla Hall, Queens University, Belfast.
Doors open at 7.15pm
Concert starts at 7.45pm
Age limit: 12 (under 16s must be accompanied)

To apply for tickets, visit the BBC Tickets Website or call the BBC Ticket Line on 0370 901 1227*.

festival of fools starts today Belfast

SNAP tonight at Belfast print Workshop

Dont forget Catherdral quarter Arts festival starts tonight opening at Belfast print Workshop of Prints from Canada 7-9pm interesting to see a different view of print making.

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Angela Ginn,Justine Glasgow,Joanne Irvine

Opening at the Salamander gallery group exhibition

15th May- 26th June 2010

opening Saturday 15th May 7pm to 9pm

3 artists explores and investigates the relationship

Bellydancing yeepie

New to Belfast

Rashenkoti Tribal Bellydance

Ireland's original Tribal bellydance community is now celebrating 15
years of dancing with strength and pride,

and as part of that celebration we are happy to announce the arrival of
ongoing classes in Belfast.

Come join internationally recognized Master Teacher Marius Griffin

for dance classes that strengthen and recharge body and spirit.

Classes begin Monday the 10th of May. For further information visit


Phone 07969333235

Friendship, Caregiver, and Student discounts available.

All sizes, all ages, all women welcome!

women in elections in NI good info

Catherdral quarter arts festival starts tomorrow

Dont forget the festival starts tomorrow.

festival of not for profit art at the Tate

Remember why it's important...............

Free event on election day


(The 3 Key Messages For All Successful Business Leaders)

The Obama story is a remarkable story. This talk will focus on the three key messages that all successful business leaders should take from Obama’s rise from relative obscurity as a community organiser to the highest leadership position on the planet.

With the subtle use of motivational multimedia, this is a talk that not only inspires and challenges the audience but provides a range of practical strategies and ideas to use in the workplace. This highly engaging talk is delivered by J.J. Lynch, Leading Edge Leadership.

When: Thursday 6th May 2010

Where: The President’s Club, Midtown Centre, 25 Talbot Street, Belfast, BT1 2LD

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

Cost: FREE

If you are interested in attending this you must register in advance as places are limited. 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.

Monday, 26 April 2010

His and hers- looks interesting at the Belfast Film festival

Owing to popular demand, there will be a special additional screening of

His and Hers
One of the Best Irish Films of the Year

This highly original Irish documentary took the cinema by storm, when screened at the Festival, this past weekend. It tells the fascinating story of 76 women in the Irish Midlands and their relationship to men from childhood to death. Insightful, humorous and clever, don't miss it! Click below to book tickets.

Wednesday, April 28th at 9pm
Moviehouse, Dublin Rd £6.50/£6.00

Artist Choice Screenings

Artist Choice Screenings

at Ormeau Baths Gallery

To accompany our current exhibition the artist Conor McFeely has chosen films that have informed and influenced his work.

The second of these screenings is:

Come and See (1985) Dir Elem Klimov. A Soviet war film and psychological horror drama about the Nazi German occupation of the Belarussian SSR. (Certificate 18)

and will take place on:

Wednesday 28th April/ 7pm/ Free

These screenings are free and there is no need to book, just turn up on the night


theN tHE Channel Development Clinic Could be for you.

For many businesses beginning to export can be a daunting prospect, too often the perceived barriers to exporting can discourage many local businesses from taking this step. The Channel Development Clinic is available to small businesses and social enterprises interested in exploring the idea of exporting for the first time.

Taking place on the 27 May 2010 in The Edge, May’s Meadow, Belfast, BT1 3PH from 9.30am until 4.30pm this workshop is designed to give first time exporters practical information on how to sell your businesses product or services into new markets outside of Northern Ireland.

Open to small businesses and social enterprises with limited or no experience of exporting this workshop is an essential for any business with the ambition to grow into new geographical markets.

Participating businesses located in the Belfast City Council will have the opportunity to avail of 12 hours of one to one mentoring with an experienced export consultant after the workshop to assist them in entering new export markets.


The clinic is free to attend however only those businesses located in the Belfast City Council area will have the potential to access follow on mentoring support.

To be eligible for this clinic businesses must be currently trading exclusively within the NI market.

To register contact Ruth Rea at or telephone 02890500518 / 02890270482

Alternatively visit the World Trade Centre Belfast website on and fill in an online application form.

public talk to BPW

Collective Reading - Relationships Between Contemporary Artists' Works and Literature

Dr. Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes

Tuesday 27th April at 12.30pm.

In this talk, Dr Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes will use the current exhibition as a starting point for elaborating on some of the many different ways in which artists today find literature exciting and engage with it in their diverse works - usually far from illustrating or serving writers. Their current approaches are more aptly described as what Jeff Wall calls the "ruination of literature" in Rodney Graham's works. It is a basis or material for practices that are often critical and engaged, but also adds a dimension of the magical, or stands for that which current culture appears to have lost.

These talks will set the scene for a conference in June 2010, entitled “Displaying Word and image” at the Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast.

The Collected Readings public lectures coincide with an exhibition of works selected from the British Council Collection that sets out to explore aspects of word in display. The exhibition consists of works featuring text as an integral element of the image by eleven celebrated artists: Fiona Banner, Ian Breakwell, Victor Burgin, Jimmie Durham, Tracey Emin, Hamish Fulton, Richard Hamilton, Matthew Higgs, Richard Long, Hilary Lloyd, Donald Urquhart; spanning five decades.

Victor Burgin delivered a lecture "Log line and monologue in my recent work" on Wednesday 24th March at 12.00pm

"Displaying Word and Image"

University of Ulster, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast

4-6 June 2010

Conference Convenors: Dr Christa-Maria Lerm Hayes, Dr Karen E. Brown
Keynote Speaker: Professor W. J. T. Mitchell

This conference will bring together word and image, as well as literary scholarship, art history and theory, art practice, curatorial practice, museology, and visual culture, in order to address the interrelationship between word & image and display.

The questions addressed will include: how does the art exhibition function as mediator of literature? Which approaches to Word and Image are specific to curators or museum practitioners? How do Word and Image studies theorize, inform or imply display? We also wish to investigate the use of text/writing in and surrounding exhibitions, and the semiotics of museums' visual identities. How do competencies interact in the tri-disciplinary field between (1) art/art history/theory, (2) museum studies/curatorial practice and (3) literary studies? How are competencies acquired, and how do policies and funding structures enable work in this field? A publication and exhibition on the conference theme will be produced.

Gallery tours available.


Tuesday – Friday 10.30am – 5.30 pm

Saturday - 10.30am – 4pm

Saturday, 24 April 2010

beautiful in Portstewart

At Portstewart a bit windy but lovely here at

(check link at side)

Friday, 23 April 2010

I love Strangford open until 13 May

Vote for Jessie @ the Golden thread

Last night saw the opening of an exhibition at the Golden thread gallery -very timely were the GT eductaion department have been doing outreach in the oldpark area of North Belfast, there is a video of a number of young people who were interviewed about one of their friends that had become a politician. It was excellent and really funny in places I really wanted to find out who was Jessie and why did he rise to become a politician. As I was leaving a bus load of the children ran into the gallery and jumped about so excited about seeing their work and themselves in the gallery. Really good fun and proper outreach. Let see more of it. Then also with a childhood theme it was over to Belfast Exposed where there was an exhibition of playgrounds and those hanging around them-love the large scale photographic prints and a very young following of people at the opening. Then into PS2 where the walls and floor were once again the space is transformed this time with a kind of pyjama of writing and lines. Always worth a look into the box in the middle were you connect into the inner santum of your being ??? or maybe not.

I went over to Queens street afterwards but realised I got the wrong date maybe it was face book maybe my mind will have to check.

What I really was struck by was just how connected and exciting the Art world is becoming in Belfast, there is a whole other generation of artists and participants who are getting behind the whole art sceen and really making it start to rock.

Not long to catch the BPW show lots of it has sold so if your interested you better have a look soon. Great to see some new names getting into print dont forget lots of the galleries are now open SUnday.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Twin print still in action

For those of you who haven't made it down to the exhibition yet it will be running until 25th of April if you can make it down you will be in for a treat! Here are some of the artists that collaborated together for this exciting exhibition:

Tonya McMullan & Michael Hart

Coby Moore & Triona White

Joanna Karolini & Jan Karolini

Phillip Hession & Michael Hart

Veronica Wallis & Terry Gravett

Gary Shaw & Michael Hart

Karen Daye-Hutchinson & Liam B De Frinse

Sarah Majury & Jonathan Harris

Brian Patterson & Michael Hart

Dr Josephine McCormick & Dr Eric Lyon

Catherin Schofield & Anne Scullin

Dr Astrid Werner & Peter Hutchinson

Peter Richards & Michael Hart

From a personal point of view you can see that a number of peole have been very busy its great to see some new faces in the gallery and new artists getting into the swing of working in Print just going to show what a versitile medium it is.

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Volcanic eruption

So if the Volcano the start of the revenge of Gaia? Its interesting to see how people have reacted to the Volcano. I was out last night in Belfast and its not a line you often here in the bars. "Well I'll just wait and see because it depends on the volcano???" But the earth can only take so much. Living in Belfast I have already seen ash on the clothes on my washing line, My neighbour thought I was mad but no it has really happened honestly it has. Whats going to happen next? I have to say its nice being home. I have a cousin who lives in Dubai and is such here and another one stuck in Texas and I'm quite happy to be home. We have become so dependent on flights for so many things, how long would the food supply last in Northern Ireland?? I do love my garden but I've only planted my veg and I dont think I'd last until it was time to harvest it.It's where the vast interconnectiveness of all human life forms starts to make sense. Is this only the beginning? what is going on? Will the volcano get people to stop and think differently in any way? I think it's already happening. I heard a theory that its all a lie its just that the oil has run out and the governments are pretending you cant fly just to delay telling people the truth because they have not prepared. Far fetched but it is supposed to happen sometime.

Anyway all excited about my new you tube video have a nosey on the left hand side of the blogg. Bye for now

I Love Strangfrod Video hot off the press

Exhibition still on Thursday, Friday Saturday 11-5

Friday, 16 April 2010

new belfast food website check the link at the side bar.....................................its not all about soda butties and a food tour.

equaility conferance


A major conference organised by the Equality and Diversity Forum to help NGOs use the 2010 Equality Act

Monday 7th June 2010, Maple House, 150 Corporation Street, Birmingham, B4 6TB

The Equality and Diversity Forum is running this free conference to help NGOs to make good use of the 2010 Equality Act. The conference is particularly aimed at regional and local NGOs who are either directly involved in equality work or who could use equality law to advance other social justice objectives. As well as hearing from key speakers and having the chance to ask questions, participants will be able to join two interactive workshops looking at specific parts of the 2010 Equality Act that are likely to be useful to NGOs.

The event will cover:
• Overview of the new Equality Act
• Guide to parts of the Act that may be particularly useful tools for NGOs
• How the Equality and Human Rights Commission will support and enforce the new legislation
• Workshops looking in more detail at specific parts of the legislation.

Who should come to this event?
This is a capacity building event mainly aimed at people working in:
• Organisations working directly on equality (either a single strand or pan-equality) or human rights
• Infrastructure organisations that support frontline NGOs
• Regional or local networks of equality organisations
• Advice agencies, law centres and trade unions

The conference is funded to help to non-governmental, non-profit organisations and they will be given priority in bookings.

About the Equality and Diversity Forum

The Equality and Diversity Forum (EDF) is the network of national organisations working on equality and human rights. EDF’s staff and associates have worked in the public, private and voluntary sectors and between them have experience of implementing equality legislation, advising government on the law, drafting statutory guidance, taking groundbreaking cases and enforcing the law.

Registering to attend

This event is free. To register please complete the event booking form and return it to by Friday the 16th May . Please note that non-governmental, non-profit organisations will be given priority in bookings.

Conference Programme

10am Registration and coffee
10.45am Chair’s opening remarks
10.55am Key Features of the 2010 Equality Act
Jonathan Rees, Government Equality Office (invited)
11.25am How NGOs might use the Act in their work
Amanda Ariss, Chief Executive, Equality and Diversity Forum
11.45am The Equality and Human Rights Commission’s work on the Act
EHRC speaker tbc
12.05am Q & A
12.45pm Lunch
1.30pm Workshop session one (see details below)
2.45pm Workshop session two (see details below)
4.15pm Tea and Close

Each participant can attend two workshops. The workshops topics are
• The public sector equality duty (session one and two)
• Equality impact assessments (sessions one and two)
• The law on service provision for specific groups and employing people from particular groups (sessions one and two)
• Carers and discrimination by association and perception (session one only)
• Procurement and commissioning (session two only)

Book your place now by completing the booking form and returning it to

This conference is supported under the European Union Programme for Employment and Social Solidarity – PROGRESS (2007-2013).

This programme is managed by the Directorate-General for Employment, social affairs and equal opportunities of the European Commission. It was established to financially support the implementation of the objectives of the European Union in the employment and social affairs area, as set out in the Social Agenda, and thereby contribute to the achievement of the Lisbon Strategy goals in these fields.

For more information see:

creativity Thirst taster sessions

Creativity Thirst
Taster Sessions
A partnership between the Workers’ Educational Association and the Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart, this project is made possible by the Creative Industries Innovation Fund which is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Department of Culture Arts and Leisure.

Creativity Thirst is a project designed for those considering setting up their own business in the Creative Industries or looking to make some extra income with their creative skills. The programme has been developed by the WEA in response to specific needs identified in the Creative Industries and follows on from the highly successful pilot scheme which took place last year.

As part of this project, two Taster Sessions are being delivered in Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart. They will be presented by professionals who work both locally and internationally in the Creative Industries. These role models will give some background to their work and explain how they approach commercialising their business ideas. The sessions are FREE to attend.

Who’s it for?
Anyone who would like to know more about working in the Creative Industries represented at the sessions but you must be over 16.

For further information on each of the sessions go to or contact Carole Kane on (028) 9032 9718 or email to register.

• Taster One

Date: Monday, 26th April 2010
Time: 7.30pm
Location: Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart
Introduced by: Participants on “Making It” programme by CRAFT NI, Flowerfield Arts Centre and WEA.

Rachel O’Neill

Northern Irish artist and designer Rachel O’Neill works at the interface between art and design using a variety of tactile materials to create wonderfully playful one-off installations and limited edition pieces for corporate and private interiors and special events.
In keeping with the deep-rooted crafts heritage of a rural society Rachel O’Neill loves working with her hands enjoying the challenge of transforming heavy-duty industrial textiles and fabrics into magically beautiful commissioned works of art or affordable design products.

• Taster Two

Date: Monday, 10th May 2010
Time: 7.30pm
Location: Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart
Introduced by: Anthony Toner, Flowerfield Arts Centre and WEA.
Arthur Ward
Photographer/Visual Artist
Arthur has worked for 25 years in community development for a local authority while at the same time pursuing a creative path through photography and the visual arts. He left his “day job” and in 2004, started his business based on photography, website and graphic design. His work currently consists of commissions, business clients and website design. At the same time Arthur continues to develop his own personal creativity as a visual artist with the ultimate objective of living from his visual art alone.

Parlour Productions
Elaine Hill

Jan Lowry
Art Director

Elaine and Jan began their Company ‘Parlour Productions’ as a result of much brainstorming and research. Combining both their skills and strengths they carved a niche for themselves targeting Independent Retailers by providing a service which helps get them on the map.

By taking references from many different areas, they create individual powerful concepts for each new business by incorporating photography, art direction, location scouting, propping, styling, post production, etc. They can also take the work to print and often are involved in the installation.

They are very passionate about what they can achieve in their business and find this energy certainly rubs off onto their customers.

brief for BPW at Lisburn Art centre

Just recieved the brief for BPW exhibition curated by Peter from Ps2 at Lisburn Art Centre in June it shuld be unlike anything we have ever attempted before and quite an eye opener.

catherdral quater arts festival

dont forget 29th April it starts

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Queen street opening on Thursday 6-9pm

The Committee of the Queen Street Studios Gallery invites you to a preview of

Light Project Prototype III
by Emma Donaldson

Opening Reception: Thursday 15th April 2010 - 6pm- 9pm

Exhibition Dates: 15th April - 16th May 2010

Artist Talk: Wednesday 5th May 2010 @13:00hrs

Gallery Opening Times: Mon - Wed 10am -5pm
Alternatively you can arrange for an appointment outside gallery opening hours.
For more details contact the QSS Gallery.

Queen Street Studios Gallery
3rd Floor,
37-39 Queen Street,
Belfast BT1 6EA
Tel: 00 44 (0)28 90 24 31 45

Cresent art centre reopens

Crescent Arts Centre to return with major Belfast arts festival

A major week-long arts festival will mark the official return of the Crescent Arts Centre after completing an extensive multi-million pound restoration of the landmark Belfast building.

Supported by the Arts Council, the seven-day ‘Crescent Overture’ festival kicks off on Monday 19 April, giving thousands of visitors from across Northern Ireland a chance to reveal their creative side, while viewing the stunning new surroundings and state-of-the-art facilities.

Hillas Smith and Flora Herberich from Bone Idle circus are joined by contemporary dancer Eileen McClory outside the new-look Crescent Arts Centre in Belfast.

A special series of lunchtime and evening concerts are planned, where local Pulitzer Prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon, Ulster Youth Jazz Orchestra, Maiden Voyage Dance Company and acclaimed aerial-dance performers Bone Idle Circus are just some of the eclectic world-class performers scheduled to appear. Visitors to these events are invited on a first-come, first-served basis for a nominal fee.

Visitors to the University Road site can also take part in more than 100 free ‘taster’ classes and workshops, specially organised to mark the occasion.

A feast of activities for every generation, adults can try flamenco, puppetry, photography, belly dancing, storytelling, ballet or creative writing. For the younger members of the family, a host of fun classes await to be discovered including Lego-building for Kids, Kids Book Club and Dizzy Kids.

All classes are free of charge.

David Hill, Chair of the Crescent Arts Centre, said:
“After years of planning and 18 months of intense construction work, all of us at the Crescent Arts Centre are thrilled to open the doors to our beautifully refurbished building. “This unique week-long festival programme will give everyone from Belfast and beyond the chance to celebrate our return and we would encourage people of all ages and abilities to come along, get involved and have some fun,” he added.

The ‘Crescent Overture’ festival, which marks the official re-opening of the 135 year-old Grade B listed building, also gives visitors the chance to join scheduled tours to view the new dance studios, spacious performance spaces, art and photography studios and flexible workspaces.

Explaining the Arts Council’s role in the project, Noirin McKinney, Director of Arts Development, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said: “The Arts Council has supported The Crescent over the last 30 years and has provided £1.45 million of National Lottery money towards the refurbishment of this iconic arts centre. As one of Belfast’s first community arts centres, it is heartening to see how this restored building has been nurtured and transformed into a completely accessible building, offering a wide range of classes and activities for all sections of the community.”

Belfast City Council has also provided funding for the event.

Full programme details are available on or by phoning 028 9024 2338.

Arts Council to gift over 1,000 works of art


The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is to gift its historic art collection to museums and galleries in Northern Ireland. With almost 1,200 works in the collection, the gifting scheme will increase opportunities for local people to view examples of contemporary and modern art by artists from Northern Ireland.

Purchased between 1943 and 1999, the collection includes drawings, prints, photographs, sculpture, ceramics, installations and mixed media from a range of established and rising artists.

The Arts Council is now inviting applications from museums and galleries in Northern Ireland which have Museums Libraries and Archives (MLA) accredited status and who are seeking to develop, or start, a permanent collection of contemporary art which includes works by artists from Northern Ireland.

Arts Council Chief Executive Roisin McDonough explained: “The Arts Council Collection forms an important part of the public collections in Northern Ireland for a number of reasons, most importantly the insight it gives into Northern Irish Art History in the twentieth century.

“In gifting the collection, we would expect the Arts Council’s tradition of lending works to continue and that the new public custodians of the works will make them widely available for exhibition, so that as many people as possible will have the opportunity to see these historically significant pieces.”

Applications must be submitted to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland by Thursday 4th June, 4pm.

coasteering at Ballintoy- what really going on there

Have you tried coastateering???

try this link on my link list it looks fab in the video.

Practical Sales Techiques free workshop

Practical Sales Techniques

Selling is so important for business success yet it leaves many of us tongue-tied and confused. This practical workshop will help you identify sales techniques suitable for growing and developing your business.

Date: Tuesday 20 April 2010

Venue: Grove Leisure Centre

Time: 9.45-13.00 (including lunch & networking)

All these workshops are free to small businesses in the Belfast City Council area. This programme is funded by Belfast City Council and the European Regional Development Fund. Please note that Invest NI client companies and retail businesses are not eligible for these workshops.

To book a place contact Rhonda Lynn on 028 9027 0229 or email:

Festival of fools

7th Festival of Fools – Thursday 29th April to Bank Holiday Monday 3rd May. The line-up promises to be a corker.

From the opening show in the grounds of City Hall, featuring a Russian fairy tale brought to life with puppetry, music and theatre; through to the closing performance of a surreal colourful cabaret, the 7th international street theatre festival welcomes you into a wonderful world of bizarre comedy, belly laughs, magical moments and bewildering encounters.

Among the highlights are Rob Torres – International Man of Mirth, who will be jetting in from USA to tickle the collective funnybone with the highest calibre silent comedy which has graced streets and theatres across Europe and America.

Mr Pejo’s Wandering Dolls will be strolling over from St Petersburg just in time to present our opening show ‘Mogota’ Thurs 29th Apr at 6pm in the grounds of Belfast City Hall before going on to provide a unique night time procession through Cathedral Quarter which will draw you into a mysterious world

We are very excited to have Spain’s leading street clown, Leandre, performing a tribute to traditional circus clowns with Company Le Tal in Démodés

We don’t just celebrate the rich tradition of street theatre from around the world; the Festival of Fools invites you to explore Belfast’s newest public space, Saint Anne’s Square in the Cathedral Quarter, with the help of Apollo 11 astronauts (see what we did there?) This magnificent piazza will play host to the finale of Mr Pejo’s Wandering Dolls nighttime processional performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday; various shows and walkabout on the Sunday and Monday; as well as the large scale 6pm shows of Démodés and Dr Caligari’s Cabaret

As well as magnificent street theatre, the Festival of Fools is also offering you the chance to take advantage of some seriously good discount vouchers at some of Belfast’s top restaurants. Inside every brochure, you will find vouchers for the brand new ‘Festival of Foods’, entitling you to wonderful deals at 9 leading eateries - La Boca, The Garrick, Little Wing, The Cloth Ear, 2Taps, Nicks, No 27, The John Hewitt, Four Corners Bar & Restaurant

I’ve attached a copy of this year’s brochure, please let me know if you need me to post one to you. They are currently being distributed in Belfast Welcome Centre, various bars, restaurants, cafes, bus/train stations, arts venues across Belfast. Feel free to invite friends to come along to the Festival and pass on our website –

I’ve also attached a ‘Call for Volunteers’ information sheet so if anyone would like to get involved please get in touch.

We’re also keen to have any feedback you may have…

Tuesday, 13 April 2010

Why I love Strangford (and Portaferry)

I was only going to stay a few days and then as the weather changed from wind to sun it was hard to tear yourself away from the Lough. There is something very relaxing about the air around Strangfod Lough. Ok it depends on the weather but you really appreciate positive energy when you feel it.So whats going on down there at the moment? Apart from my exhibition in Strangford try a meal at the Cuan but the best meal I had when I was there was in Portaferry in the sailing club ( you dont have to be a member) along the shore the best seafood at the moment. Prawn and cod mornay- excellent castlehill candles in Portaferry have an excellent sea breeze candle that is just like the real thing and for the summer months The port has opened up in Ferry Street by a group of Artists and applied artist that run it on a co-operative basis a real gem. Where else can you buy handspun/hand died wool? the real thing spun within a five mile radius?? beautiful colours. Really quirky knitwear and jewellery,cards,prints. I love their ethos no one wanted to commit to running it full time yet there were all these wonderful makers out their so they just got together to do it on a shared basis. It's open Thursday, Friday Saturday, Sunday and Monday 12-5pm . Nice to see someone is taking the slow movement to heart. Portaferry Tourist Information and Visitors Centre have art in the loft from now until the end of August At the mone there is an exhibition of Jennifer Brown Textures and Designs on until 9th May. Jennifer is a textile artists who produces intricate embroidered works. When I called in on Saturday there was a workshop going on and the creativity was in full swing.The next exhibition is Cecilia Stephens and Sara Brown both Artists that live nearby who have a very personal view of the lough being able to see it everday. Celicia is running a weaving wortkshop on 5th June 10-4pm and Sara a monoprinting workshop 19th June each cost £10 per participant.

There are walks galore and by popular demand I have to mention Dumigans a bar that going into it is like becoming an extra in a Beckett play. Very hard to describe the expereince you just have to try it yourself.Hard to tear myself away but now I'm back in the big smoke. A different kind of energy all together.

Colin Cairns and Jenny Elliot- opening this thursday

Colin Cairns and Jenny Elliott open at the Naughton gallery this

Thursday 15th 2010 6-8pm

A year in the worksing life of the arts care dance studio Belfast Health and Social Care trusat

Gallery talk Colin CaIrns, Photographer and Jenny Elliot.

Choreographer Sat 17h at 1pm.

Exhibition continues until 2 May open Tuesday to Sunday 11-4pm.

Monday, 12 April 2010

OBG event-s free film tomorrow night


Inside His Master’s Voice

Conor McFeely

9th April – 23rd May 2010

Critical Screenings

Film is a notable and continuous influence in McFeely’s work and as part of this exhibition the artist has selected 2 films that will be shown in OBG which have inspired and informed his work.

Wednesday 14th April/ 7pm/ Free: Inland Empire, (2006), Dir. David Lynch. Cited as a film that isn’t watched as much as experienced, this intense and surreal tale loosely follows an actress who comes to Hollywood in search of stardom and delves into an exploration of the subconscious.

Wednesday 28th April / 7pm/Free : Come and See (1985) Dir Elem Klimov. A Soviet war film and psychological horror drama about the Nazi German occupation of the Belarussian SSR.

Critical Conversation with William Crawley

Friday 23rd April 7pm/ Free

Conversation between Conor McFeely and broadcaster and journalist William Crawley on the current show, ‘In His Masters Voice’.

Response with Colin Darke

Tuesday 4th May, 7pm/ Free

Artist and Critic Colin Darke has been invited to give a personal response to ‘In His Master’s Voice’. Designed to promote and explore critical responses to art exhibitions, this is the first in a series of responses which offer different perspectives on the one exhibition

Buy Make sell

Would you like to source new customers or suppliers for your business in international markets?

Then the Buy Make Sell programme could be for you.

The Buy/Make/Sell; Global Programme is an innovative programme which aims to support small companies overcome the barriers in exploring and developing business in international markets by increasing the effectiveness of how they buy, make and sell their products or services.

The programme is open to small businesses and micro enterprises operating in the Belfast City Council area that:

• Are not active Invest NI clients or currently have the ability to become an Invest NI client
• Is a product or service based company that wish to develop their international trade activity.
• Have a successful business with the capacity to grow
• Are not retail businesses

How much does it cost?

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

The cost to you is only £250 + VAT [per participant]. This includes:

 5 workshops focusing on each aspect of international trade – delivered by people with extensive practical commercial experience.
 5 consultancy days with an experienced business mentor who has a proven track record in the field of small business development.

Interested…. What should you do now?

To find out further information on this programme contact Ruth Rea of Belfast City Council on 028 9050 0512 by Wednesday 14th April 2010.

sunday in the city at Ps2

As part of Belfast City Council’s ‘Sundays in the City’, PS² is open every Sunday until 30 May 2010 between 10am- 4pm (neighbouring galleries- Belfast Exposed and Golden Thread- are also open).
To make a Sunday visit more exciting, PS² invited Bbeyond, to curate a series of performances on four Sundays and to fill these dull and lazy days with one hour long provocative and poetic actions.
Performance - or live art has a strong tradition in Belfast and plays a significant and stimulating part in the contemporary art scene. Although PS² is not a dedicated performance venue, we see the social aspect and the urge of many performance artists to often place their work and actions in an everyday street context as important and an inspiration for PS²'s urban orientated projects.
‘An hour on a Sunday’ offers the chance to get an insight into a vibrant, creative medium and a wide range of performative approaches.

Participating artists: Leo Devlin, Paul King, Anne Quail, Rainer Pagel, Colm Clark, Sinéad Bhreathnach-Cashell, Kristof Gillen, Crissie Cadman.
Opening hours: Every Sunday 10am- 4pm/ performance events see timetable below


Sunday 11 April
11.30 am - 12.45 pm Leo Devlin
1.15 pm - 2.00 pm Paul King
Sunday 18 April
11.30 am - 12.30 pm Anne Quail
12.45 pm - 1.30 pm Rainer Pagel
Sunday 25 April
11.30 am - 12.45 pm Colm Clark
1.00pm - 2.00 pm Sinéad Bhreathnach-Cashell
Sunday 02 May
10.30 am - 12.45 pm Kristof Gillen (K Gillen will start at the Pavilion Bar/ Ormeau Road at 10:15 am - please be punctual if you wish to see the entire performance. He will make his way down to PS² and will perform his final action at approx 11.30 am.
1.00 pm - 2.00 pm Chrissie Cadman
2.15 pm - 4.00 pm Simultaneous group action with Bbeyond members

For more information see: or
Contact: ; 07733457772

PS² is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland;
‘Sundays in the City’ is funded by Belfast City Council.

BPW new courses

Workshop Courses
The Workshop run a series of classes throughout the year for both its' members and the public.
Our tutors are highly skilled and have many years teaching for all levels.
If you would like a refresher course, learn a new skill or have a go at printmaking for the first time then this is for you.

BPW Print Making Classes 2010
April-June 2010
Weekend Courses

1-day courses- more accessible to those just wanting a taster, using techniques that can produce good results in 1 day
£50 per person

Sat 24th April or Sat 29th May
10am- 4pm
max 6 pupils

Sun 25th April or Sun 30th May
10am- 4pm
max 6 pupils

Mono print screen print
Sat 1st May or Sat 5th June
10am- 4pm
max 6 pupils

Drypoint on Perspex
Sun 2nd May or Sun 6th June
10am- 4pm
max 6 pupils

Intensive weekend courses

3-day courses- ran over 3 weekends
Multi plate photo intaglio

£150 per person
Saturday 8th May
Sunday 16th May
Saturday 22nd May
max 6 pupils
10am- 3pm

Gives pupils a good overview of photo intaglio and allows experimentation with multi colour/ texture layers.
Will tie in with the course offered at DAS

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£150 per person
Sunday 9th May
Saturday 15th May
Sunday 23rd May
max 6 pupils
10am- 3pm

Working on 2 plates each to achieve multi colour/ texture plates. Covering all aspects of etching on copper plates.

Evening Courses
April-June 2010

Overview of screen-printing
8 weeks 1 night a week
6pm- 9pm
Wed 28th April- Wed 16th June

£160 per person max 6 pupils
This caters for everyone, from the novice to the experienced. This course will start with basic paper stencils and finish by producing a four-colour separation print. Will tie in with the course held at DAS.

Preparing digital images for printmaking.
In collaboration with Digital Art Studios (DAS) to be held in Queen Street Studios.
One evening on:
Tues 4th May or Tues 18th May
6pm- 9pm
£35 per person
Please Contact DAS for Bookings at
Tel: 028 90 312900

3hr sessions
£35 per person
max 5 pupils
A three-hour course in which artists can learn how to prepare images for screen-printing and other photographic printmaking techniques.
The session will cover preparing four colour separations, posterisation & making a half tone. Students can bring one photograph to scan in and work on. At the end of the session each student will have prepared one A4 positive for screen-printing or photo intaglio, one colour and a set for four colour separation.
Students enrolled on the screen-printing or photo intaglio course can then print their full colour images
Basic computer skills required.

Printmaking Techniques
Photo Etching
Transfer of drawing or photographic imagery onto the etching plate.

Hand made and photographic stencils combined to dramatic effect

Mono Printing
Mark making in ink to produce unique results.

Probably the most recognised traditional technique. A needle, plate and acid.

Relief Printing
This course will concentrate on lino cutting and the different techniques involved.

A traditional approach to Collagraph using a wide variety of materials to produce different marks.

Leith Lectures tickets

The Reith Lectures were inaugurated in 1948 by the BBC to mark the historic contribution made to public service broadcasting by Sir John (later Lord) Reith, the corporation's first Director-General.

John Reith maintained that broadcasting should be a public service which enriches the intellectual and cultural life of the nation. It is in this spirit that the BBC each year invites a leading figure to deliver a series of lectures on radio.

The Reith Lectures in 2010 will be delivered by Martin Rees, President of The Royal Society and Master of Trinity College, Cambridge.

He will deliver a series of lectures under the title Scientific Horizons and will explore the challenges facing science in the 21st century. Among the issues he will raise will be the need for informed citizens to understand science, and he will explore where the limits of our scientific knowledge lie.

Presented by Sue Lawley.

Recording on Tuesday 11 May at the BBC Radio Theatre, Broadcasting House, Portland Place, London and Thursday 18 May at The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes MK7 6AA. Doors open at 6.45pm. Lecture begins at 7pm.

Also recording on Thursday 13 May at the National Museum of Wales, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NP. Doors open at 6.30pm. Lecture begins at 6.45pm.

To apply for tickets, visit the BBC Tickets Website or call the BBC Ticket Line on 0370 901 1227*.

our new website

New website of the workshop check out the link at the side.

Belfast Film Festival starts Thursday

BOOK YOUR ONLINE TICKETS NOW for the10th Belfast Film Festival and be automatically entered into a draw to WIN:

DINNER FOR TWO in the gorgeous surroundings of Beatrice Kennedy Restaurant

PLUS an overnight stay B&B in four-star EUROPA HOTEL situated in the heart of the city.

One lucky winner will be chosen from all our online bookers between now and Sunday 4th April.

The winner will be contacted by Wednesday 7th April.

The prize is only valid during the Belfast Film Festival (15th -30th April).

Get booking now to be in with a chance to win this great prize.


Talk tomorrow night 13 April 2010

Jordan Baseman- Nature's Great Experiment

Screening & Panel Talk with:

Jordan Baseman, Susan MacWilliam, Richard West & Dr. Tony O'Neill

Tuesday 13th April from 7pm

Catalyst Arts is showing Nature’s Great Experiment, by artist/filmmaker Jordan Baseman, just one leg of a national tour as p art of the Wellcome Collection’s Identity Project season. The tour comprises three films created in 2007 with funding from the Wellcome Trust and Arts and Humanities Research Board.

Heavily edited interviews coalesce with 16mm archive film from the Wellcome Collection library, field recordings, and/or new footage created by Baseman himself, to create powerful, astute and often disturbing insights into the work of the Twin Research Team at the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College, London. Exploring the perspectives of those involved (the scientist, the family interviewer and the mother of twins), the project raises the question: What constitutes normality?

Screenings will be followed by a discussion involving Baseman, prominent artists, and scientists in the field of twin research. The project will continue online with written pieces by the participants after the screenings at

On 13 April Catalyst Arts, Belfast will host Nature’s Great Experiment. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion with artists Jordan Baseman and Susan MacWilliams; Dr Tony O’Neill - Senior Lecturer, Queen’s University, Belfast and Consultant Psychiatrist, Mater Hospital, Belfast; and Richard West – Co-founder of Factotum, Editor of Source Photographic Review and The Vacuum.

For further information please contact: | 028 9031 3303 Please note no booking is required to attend this event.

This project is part of the Wellcome Trust’s nine-month UK-wide season of activity exploring identity:

For press information please contact:

Monday, 5 April 2010

Opening in wild Strawberry gallery

Saturday saw the opening of my exhibition in the Wild Strawberry Gallery in Strangford thanks to everyone that turned out. If your thinking of coming today there is a bit of a traffic jam at Castle ward of people going to the craft fair but you only get stuck there for 20 mins. The sun is out but its a bit windy.