Thursday, 27 May 2010

East Belfast when the sky is blue

Weed killer and goldfish North Belfast

quote of the day

everything I say and do can make a difference

quote of the day

everything I say and do can make a difference

£10 day return to Dublin

did you know translink are offereing a £10 day return daytrip to Dublin?? online fair coola bulla

Masters of Fine Arts at Platform

The University of Ulster Masters of Fine Arts Department and Platform are proud to present:


A group exhibition by the artists on the first year of the MFA

Alice Clarke, Alissa Kleist, Alistair Freeburn, Cathal McGinley, Cherith Brown, Ian Cumberland, Julie Lovett, Laura O'Connor, Lesley Cherry, Lynn Cromie, Martin Kinlough, Nadine Stewart, Niamh O'Beirne, Paola Bernardelli, Rebecca Coffey, Ruaidhri Lennon, Tim Millen and Winston Weir.

This eclectic mix of media, styles and subject matter showcase some of the best work from the department. The eighteen students occupy two buildings - Platform Gallery, No 1 Queen Street, Belfast and The Old Queen Street Police Station, in an exhibition of installation, video, sound, photography, painting and sculpture.

Opening Monday 31st May 2010 6pm - 9pm

Exhibitions open daily Tuesday - Saturday 11 - 4pm
Platform - June 1st - 12th
Station - June 1st - 5th

For further information please contact project manager Fiona Goggin 079 79752279 or,

Platform are once again delighted to welcome back the MFA to the gallery as it marks both the First Birthday of Platform in Queen Street and the strong links the organisation have with UU.

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

A few places left,



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.

Monday, 24 May 2010

Art collage festival starts 4th June

go to links at the side to see. Degree show opening 7th June I see Jan Sanger is back lots of interesting things going on.

Red Apple Arts Clare Lawson and Ngaire Jackson

Floating spheres North Belfast

Hillsborough Textures

Balls in North Belfast and strange goings on in Hillsborough

My very busy schedual has taken me all over the place in the last few days from Thursday I went to the opening of a very acomplished painter at Queens street studios Angela Hackett paintings of India wonderful textures and textile patterns of Indian life. Then to Catylst where they opened the boxes buried 14 years ago in the floor of exhibition space as well as having an exhibition of people who have been directors over that time as well. There are some interesting names Susan McWilliams, Peter Richards, Brendan O Neill, Dan Shipsides, Gary Shaw and I have to say some less familar names someone said of the boxes "who are all those people that I have never heard off" and I suppose maybe it will make them think that for every person who 14 years on is still praticing in some shape or form their own work there are all those people who for what ever reason even though they have talent and good possibilities. Just don't get anywhere with what they do. A little lesson there for some hopefuls.

Friday night I went to the Ulster orchestra and could'nt help thinking what are the possibilities of this audience ever having a look at the art going around Belfast at the moment, the interestihng underground stuff? Well I did notice a man there who I saw at Gary Laws talk, but the chances of the two linking would be pretty slim.

Saturday I went up to the childrens festival in the Waterworks where Red apple arts, Ngaire Jackson and Clare Lawson were installing their floating spheres on the water. They looked fantastic and as it was a beautuful day there were thousands of people out and about in the park watching the acts and eating and looking.There were two tents filled with craft and bits and pieces and making and doing and thousands of children. The arts council should be very happy with the turn out and it seems to have put the event on the map in as far as putting North Belfsst on the Map goes. I believe it made the 6 o'clock news.

On Sunday I went up to Hillsborough castle garden festival. Tucked in the back of the grounds Mo Molam gave Praxis a site where they have a learning space for their client groups. It has an organic cafe and well worth a visit any time of the year. But I found the event it's self a bit strange. Very well organised but I could'nt help thinking about the guy selling Australian OLive Oil, has the world gone mad?? what its it's carbon foot print?? why import olive oil from the other side of the world when , Greece, France etc has tonnes of the stuff. Maybe the people in Greece would not be rioting if people supported it's economy a bit more. Then I though it was ironic that the Rotary club were collecting Money to send emergency relief supplies to counties that are expereincing difficluties due to climate change!!!! All the good people were dropping in theri money in the buckets to support the good cause. No doubt after buying their Australian Olive oil and their cheap imported goods from alot of the other stands. The world has gone mad................. and the volcano keeps erupting.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

Bluebells and the sea

Dont forget the bluebells are out again- beautiful bluebell woods in Strangford and Portaferry if your looking for a nature fix. Just ask anyone local. My exhibition has been extended until the 4th June so if you feel like a visit this weekend have a look in at Strawberry fair. Also opening is Celicia Stephens and Sara Brown in the art loft in Portaferry. Just above the Tourist infomration centre.

Belfastprintworkshopgallery Manager required

Belfast Print Workshop is recruiting a gallery manager check out the website for more details. Or maybe you fancy Volunteering??? Details online. ( I know the link doesnt work but check the link on the left of the blogg)

Wednesday, 19 May 2010

Random Belfast

Random Belfast - East of the City

Tuesday, 18 May 2010

grants for doing good

unltd are an organisation set up to reach out and unleash the energies of people who can transform the world in which they live. grants are available £5000 plus if you have a phobia about application forms then they will fill it in for you...................................there is plenty of help out there for you.

are you sitting on a fortune???

Could you be sitting on a small fortune? There is £12 million in forgotten bank accounts in Northern Ireland and £6 million in forgotten Ulster Savings Certificates. To find out if any of it belongs to you visit for bank and building society accounts and for Ulster Savings Certificates.

If you need further help contact the Consumer Council on 0800 121 6022.

RUA info out

The Royal Ulster Academy’s 129th Annual Exhibition, which aims to highlight the best in contemporary and traditional visual arts practice, will take place from 15 October to 14 November 2010 in the Ulster Museum, Belfast.

Artists are invited to submit a maximum of two works in any medium for consideration. Work will be selected anonymously by a jury and a range of prizes will be awarded by an independent adjudicator.

Hughie O Donoghue RA


Julian Friers PRUA

Clement McAleer ARUA

David Crone RHA

Ian Hill, Author & Critic

Kim Mawhinney, Ulster Museum
There are two stages to the submission process. Firstly, a completed entry form and fees must be received by 30 July. Secondly, you will need to deliver your work to one of our drop points, either in Dublin (21 August) or Belfast (22 August) with labels attached.

This year you can process your form and fees online ( or alternatively you can download a form, complete and return to the RUA office together with your cheque/postal order. If you are using the online entry form, remember to download and attach labels to your work prior to delivery at the relevant drop point. If you would like to receive a hard copy by post please reply to this email.

Notification regarding the outcome of the selection process will be circulated between 6 -10 September via post. Unselected works can be collected on 25 September (Dublin) and 26 September (Belfast).

The Annual Exhibition will be accompanied by a full colour catalogue. To encourage public participation we will facilitate a range of educational events including school tours, in-schools engagement, artist’s talks, public tours and workshops.

Monday, 17 May 2010


Not for profit organisations that give free impartial debt advice in NI

08009174607 or visit .
If you know anyone just get them to call.

Create your own soul in clay

Glosna House: Create your own ‘Soul’ in clay
This workshop is an opportunity to reconnect and celebrate the relationship you have with your Soul. Using transpersonal skills, you will reconnect with your truly unique essence. You will manifest images and sensations from your inner world of wisdom to your outer world of physical reality and carve these personal visual references onto white clay spheres.

Glosna House retreat centre presents:

Create your own ‘Soul’ in clay

Saturday 29th May

9:30am to 5pm

This is a wonderfully creative, intuitive, sacred and enjoyable way to honour the uniqueness of who you are, while also opening up to the universal life energy that connects all things.

Your ‘Soul’ will act for you as a visual and physical reminder imbuing your life path with meaning and purpose.

‘Soul creating workshop’ is created and facilitated by Lucy Dolan. Lucy holds a BA in Ceramic Design. She is a trained Advanced Shamanic Practitioner and Reiki healer and is currently undergoing Transpersonal Training both experiential and practical.

There is no prior experience in working with clay required. Your personal soul sphere will be fired in a kiln turning the clay back to stone and then returned to you by post.

Please call Marie on 087 7693966


to confirm your place on this unique workshop

Free business advice show tomorrow

Belfast City Council’s FREE Business Advice Show tomorrow there will be seminars and advice on the following topics:

Search Engine Optimisation
Social Media Methods in our Twitter Garden!
Nailing that Sale
Good Communication & PR techniques
HR Issues
Finance in the Recession

There will be over 30 business support organisations on hand to offer advice and a ‘promote yourself wall’! I have attached the programme with details of all the seminars and support organisations who will be available on the day.

Go to

Friday, 14 May 2010

Tribute to Bob Marley- proceeds to Rape crisis centre

The Belfast Reggae Society's Annual Tribute to BOB MARLEY (the third world's first superstar). The DJ's are Angus Daye, Lynzsay D and the MASTER BLASTER. Saturday 15th May The MENAGERIE on University St.Its starts a 9pm and tickets are only £5.00 from GOOD VIBES, 13 Winetavern St, Belfast. ALL PROCEEDS GO TO THE BELFAST RAPE CRISIS CENTRE

who wants to learn woodcut?

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

Overview of etching (multi- plate)

£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

Sorry, this course is now fully booked!

£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.

Belfast Business Advise show May 18th

As part of European Small Business week there is a Small Business Advice show on next Tuesday 18th 10.30- 2.30 at the Hilton Hotel Belfast. Entrance free.............go for a nosey you might learn sometime.

Preformance art NI new book

bbeyond have published a new book on preformance art in Northern Ireland - had a sneek preview if brilliant- great to see all the inof in one place. keep an eye out for it.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

hidden history

Hidden History Tours - Sat 15th & 22nd May, 12.30pm!

Just a few places left on our Hidden History guided walking tours this and next Saturday!

- Saturday 15th May, 12.30pm
- Saturday 22nd May, 12.30pm (nearly sold out!)

Join archaeologists Dr. Philip Macdonald and James O’Neill who guide these special tours of Belfast exploring the past beneath our streets.
Both tours depart PLACE at 12.30pm sharp and last approximately 1 hour.

Adults: £5
?Students and concessions: £3?
Under-12s: free!

Book now! Phone 028 9023 2524 or email

speed mentoring- (not mentoring on speed)

“Speed Mentoring”

As part of a small Speed Mentoring group of 10 you will hear from 5 successful business women in one morning on how they made it in business.

Just listen to the mentors top business tips or ask questions, either way you will benefit from the mentors invaluable experience and expertise.

You will be inspired, motivated and gain real insights and practical advice from women like yourself.

Book today- as there are only 27 places left!

Please click here to view more information on this exciting event. WIB Business Forum 2010

University of Ulster, York Street Belfast

Thursday 20th May 2010

8.30am – 1.30pm

If you wish to attend you are advised to book ASAP as places are strictly limited to 100 due to the nature of the Forum. If you are a non member please reply to this email to book your place, tickets are £35 each.

writers in Portaferry and Downpatrick

Friday night (14 May 2010), Portaferry based PenInsula are back in the swing of things hosting a reading with Ian Sansom at the Barholm, 8pm (£5). Ian is a much published author including the 'Bad Book Affair' (2010) which is the most recent in the Mobile Librarian series. Actually you need to know too that he is fabulous and incredibly warm (not to mention frighteningly intelligent) speaker.

Saturday (15 May 2010) you may want to get prepared (poem, song, story etc) for the next

Poems for a Sunday Afternoon (16 May 2010) - 2.30pm at the Down Arts Centre. February's session was great. Everybody read or sang - great to hear work from new people and new work from people we know. On Sunday, Write! Down and Down Arts Centre welcome you, as always, to come and chill out with some poetry and to share your own work or a piece from a favourite. We'll have a couple of respresentatives of Down Writers reading and are particularly delighted to have Newcastle's Grainne Tobin to read from her second collection 'The Nervous Flyer's Companion' (Summer Palace Press, 2010).

...And if you have energy for one last event I will be reading with Sinead Morrissey (Irish Times Poetry Now Award for her most recent collection 'Through the Square Window') at the Dark Horse, 6pm on Sunday. More at

Art rebels

Art Rebels

Catalyst Arts 1994-2010

Preview – Thursday 20th May

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Exhibiting artists:

Allan Hughes, Angela Darby, Benji DeBurca, Brendan O'Neill, Brian Patterson, Brown&Bri, Caelan Bristow, Cherie Driver, Cian Donnelly, Clive Murphy, Colm Clarke, Dan Shipsides, Deirdre McKenna, Dougal McKenzie, Duncan Campbell, Eilis O'Baoil, Elina Medley, Eoghan McTigue, Fiona NĂ­ Mhaoilir, Fionnuala Doran, Fuyuka Shindo, Grainne Cullen, Helen Sharp, Johanna Leech, Julie Bacon, Justin McKeown, Karen Vaughan, Leo Devlin, Mark Orange, Meabh McDonnell, Peter Richards, Phil Collins, Philip Hession, Robert Peters, Sara O'Gorman, Seamus Harahan, Stephen Hackett, Susan Phillipz & Ursula Burke.

*Performances on the opening night from Julie Bacon, Brian Patterson & Peter Richards.

In darkest February 1996, the members of Catalyst Arts were invited to fill an empty box marked Art Rebels for the annual members show. 79 boxes were returned, and exhibited anonymously. The floorboards in the gallery were lifted up and the boxes placed between the beams, to be sealed off until 2010 when they would be unearthed and reopened. Now, in 2010 they reach their final destination. The Art Rebels boxes, like Catalyst, have survived the moves, the crises, the parties and the controversies of 14 years of artist led mayhem.

Art Rebels is a celebration of the creativity and ambition of the people that have made this possible- the directors who gave up two years of their lives to Catalyst. All of the exhibiting artists have served on the committee at some point from 1994 onwards; many have gone on to success as artists and curators, even being nominated for the Turner Prize, and others have taken on significant roles in the arts infrastructure of the UK and Ireland.

Art Rebels brings many of these people back together for the first time, with performances, discussions and workshops running alongside the gallery exhibition.

Cherie Driver will be working with Catalyst's extensive archive of art projects, publications and artifacts, making it accessible to the public and becoming an integral part of the exhibition.

Art Rebels Creative Careers Workshop

Monday 24th May, 1-5pm

Real, hands-on art world work experience has always been an important part of what Catalyst Arts offers its volunteers and directors. To celebrate the launch of Art Rebels, we’ve developed a careers workshop that offers a leg up to the next generation of creative talent in Northern Ireland.

The workshop is hosted by two of Catalyst’s ex-directors and looks at life after art college and how to find your feet in the art world, whether you’re aiming for a career as an artist, curator or arts manager. It’s aimed at final year students graduating from their MFA/BA fine art from the University of Ulster.

The workshop will take place from 1-5pm in the Catalyst gallery.
Numbers are strictly limited, so contact us by phone or email to reserve your place.

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

smarter procurement- help in Belfast

Smarter Procurement Programme

Helping your business open new doors

What is the Smarter Procurement Programme?

It is an innovative programme to help small businesses and social enterprises to identify and develop new sales opportunities in the public and private sectors. It aims to provide participants with the knowledge to identify and respond to sales opportunities in these sectors and then to tender more effectively.

The programme will start in May/June 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 21 May 2010

Monday, 10 May 2010

A Feminist Peace: How Do We Get There?

The Hanna' s House Summer School will take place at Universtiy of Ulster's Art College in Belfast on the 27, 28 and 29 August 2010 .

Date: 27,28,29 August, 2010
Venue: Art College, University of Ulster, York Street, Belfast
The Hanna’s House Summer School will be a vibrant, colourful and inspiring event for women. It will combine both a deep exploration of the key issues raised through our series of peacebuilding seminars (2008-10) with a rich cultural and social engagement. It is envisioned that connections between diverse communities of women will be created throughout the three days and that an organic cross-learning process will develop. It is hoped that this will lead to future projects that will support a critical feminist analysis of women’s role in peace building across all spheres (for example, within intimate, family and community relationships, as well public and professional relationships, and including women’s role in cross-community, bi-lateral and international peace negotiations). The opportunity to develop new insights, knowledge and networks, as a result of dialogue and debate, will help to empower women and support their access into decision making and leadership roles in Irish society.

To open up dialogue between women in the North and South, by discussing the legacy of the conflict and the importance of women’s role in the transformation of Ireland to a peaceful society.

To explore critical perspectives on the implications of peace building initiatives in the North and South addressing ideological as well as pragmatic implications.

To promote a critical feminist analysis of post-conflict peace building initiatives, including UN Resolution 1325.

To raise awareness of the issue of violence against women, during times of armed conflict and ‘peace’ and to discuss international mechanisms and the implementation of human rights law to support women’s security concerns, e.g. UNSC Resolution 1820.

To explore a critical perspective on the potential and limitations of truth recovery processes for enabling acknowledgment of women’s experiences of war and violence, bringing justice for violations and creating institutional and structural change.
If you are interested in attending, please email Shirley Graham at hannashouse@nwci.ieThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

..Contact Us
9 Marlborough Court
Marlborough Street

T: +353 (1) 8787248
E: hannashouse@nwci.

Friday, 7 May 2010

creative cluster summer school- oh ah

shipment going to Gaza-request for items

The People people are going to Gaza and there is a request for clothes toys and anything that could be useful for the people who have been put out of their houses there.

There will be a drop of opportunity This MOnday 6-9pm for any items

@ Peace People house
224 Lisburn Road

Call Kristina on 07725328025 if you require more details . A whole ship is going out on Tuesday so there is room for stuff. I'm sure you have something that would be of use to the people.

What my two sisters can do

Naomi Long walks into City East

new sculpture in Belfast and Naomi Long walks into Westminster

Peter Robinson gone from Westminster

Well last night another wee change happened. Naomi Long got her seat another step in a different direction it's nice to see another strong woman in a good position.....oh is that a pun???

Living in East Belfast I have to say you could feel it in the air great to see another exciting to see change in Northern Ireland.

Great late night art last night .......Gary Shaw wow!!!!!!!!!@ the Naughton Gallery and Brendan Clarke at The Golden Thread a really interesting perspective reminds me of a very specific view of art now. After all that's what it's all about what is going on now in Belfast Now in Northern Ireland. Now, Now, Now. it's all change let the new blood through, break through the crust. Give it some air.........give it some life.

Thursday, 6 May 2010

late night art tonight

The wine glasses are getting shined the faces washed the smiles put on and all around Belfast the Artists are getting tetchy, it must be late night art....................................... go and see whats on in your city. I'm starting up at the Naughton Gallery tonight. Ps2 looks good as ever the golden thread, artists talk at BPW it's all go

Bertie Ahern, Gary Shaw, David Ervine -what a title.

Yesterday I went to the Assembly, it was really quiet hardly a sinner around? or maybe that's the wrong thing to say?? The staff looked unhassled and the view was fantastic. So are today's elections going to change anything???? are we going to get a hung parliament over in the UK or not?? What impact will it have here? just one more swirl in the political energy of the system?? Politics is a wired thing shifting and moving from one thing to the next, perceived grievances ?? now what are they. Power shifts!! it's funny what shifts them why does it get this way.??

One of the days when I worked on the Peace line I was looking at a protest of people the police trying to deal with a potential riot, the media and I thought to myself. At one time this was a field, filled with grass, maybe a wooded area. What happened what man made maneuverings made this activity happen in from of my eyes at this time? What socialisation and man made manipulation has occurred for this drama to be happening now?

Do we all as a society have something to do with it? do our votes have something to do with it?? Who is behind the dissident threat? is it really dissidents? what man made fear is going to make you vote the way you are going to vote today? If you vote.
What structure are you voting to uphold, shift, change.

What about the field? at one time this little province of ours was a grassy woodland. What energy made it as it was? what energy is going to help it heal??
Do you recognise that it needs healed?? do you need healed??? What is your grievance really?what is your perceived threat?? what do you lack inside that makes you want to be spiteful?? is it your self esteem?You see what happens when you go to the Assembly what runs through your head? Do you think that we can all get back to remembering that at some point this Provence of ours was a grassey woodland???

Tonight if your feeling political and want to see a difference being made it's Bertie Ahern speaking at the David Ervine memorial lecture in the Cathedral quarter arts festival Black Box. I'd say whoever organised that remembers at one time it was a grassy woodland this divided country/ city /people whatever of ours.

If you want your eyes to be boggled not you mind instead go to the Naughton Gallery at six where Gary Shaw will be reveling his solo show there is something quite special about colours that vibrate beyond, beyond. So interesting to think that he is colour blind. What tricks your minds play on us. There is an artist talk on Saturday 8 May 1pm. Gary is a decent guy and I'm really looking forward to seeing the show.

Belfast Print workshop also has an artist talk on SNAP the Alberta Print makers Representative over from Canada to support the exhibition the Gallery has on there at the moment 7pm.

Politics and Art what more could Belfast need.?? see you around Late night Art tonight?

casting for good vibrations the film this SUnday

Sunday, May 9, 2010
Time: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Location: Sonic Academy, 25 Talbot Street, 1st Floor Midtown Centre, Belfast, BT1 2LD

DescriptionWe have started casting!

The production team are looking for Northern Irish male musicians to play members of The Outcasts, Rudi, The Hopeless Cases, The Tear Jerkers and The Undertones.

There will be auditions on Sunday 9th May from 12 til 5 at Sonic Academy (25 Talbot Street, 1st Floor Midtown Centre, Belfast, BT1 2LD).

If you are between 16 and 25, male, and are a front man, or play guitar, drums or bass come along. If you have any promo material of you and your band bring it with you.

You won’t be required to play at this stage, but you will be asked to read a short scene. Your audition will be for the directors, not in front of other performers.

Be prepared to stay for a couple of hours, we'll see people in order of arrival.


Wednesday, 5 May 2010

sound of the city tomorrow at 11am

Thurs 6th May, 11am @ Belfast Waterfront (Bar)
First, on Thursday morning, we have the official launch of Resounding Rivers at the Waterfront Hall, Belfast. After an introduction by Matt Green, we host a panel discussion on SOUND AND THE CITY with Dr Gascia Ouzounian, an expert in sound installation art at the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Paul Clarke, lecturer in Architecture at University of Ulster, and Adam Turkington, Arts and Community Co-ordinator at the Waterfront Hall.

Thurs 6th May, 11am @ Belfast Waterfront (Bar)

The discussion will consider our acoustic environment and what this tells us about the city; sound installation; and music and art performance in public.
Admission is free, tickets available by contacting PLACE on 028 9023 2524 or emailing Also a few tickets available on the door on Thursday morning!


Thurs 6th May, 6-9pm @ PLACE and participating venues
The six audio pieces will be unveiled on Thursday evening from 6-9pm. A special video installation will also be shown in PLACE throughout the project, from 6th May - 5th June.
Find out more: click here.


Sat 8th, 15th & 22nd May, starting @ PLACE
Archaeologists Dr Philip Macdonald and James O'Neill will be leading a series of unique tours exploring the “Hidden History” of Belfast on three Saturdays in May – 8th, 15th and 22nd at 12.30pm!

Find out how the past beneath our feet has developed into the city around us today!
Adults: £5
Students and concessions: £3

artist talk 7pm Thursday at BPW



We are proud to announce that Linda Jules a visiting artist from the Society of Northern Alberta Print-artists is coming all the way from Canada to give a short talk about her work.

Linda is currently exhibiting along with some of her Canadian counterparts at Belfast Print Workshop, we will be hosting a late night opening this Thursday to showcase the exhibition entitled 'Prospectus' which will run until the end of May.

This exhibition marks the start of an exciting year long cultural exchange between Canadian and Northern Irish printmakers. This is a chance to see the subject matter and artistic techniques that are currently being employed by our Canadian contemporaries.

For more information please contact:

Tomas Bamford
Gallery/Sales Manager


Cotton Court
30-42 Waring Street
Belfast BT1 2ED
T: 028 90230323

corporate art service: