Friday, 29 October 2010

2.30 today performance art

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

Thursday, 28 October 2010

Lisa Byrne

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

On at Place

Explore creativity & innovation in housing
Book now!

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

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

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


Plus: events coming up next week!

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

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

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

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

Parodos in the project space at GT gallery

Parodos GTG

Colin Darke

Opening 6pm – 8pm

4th – 20 November 2010

Project Space

About the Exhibition

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

accompanying animations of its installation in the gallery space.

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

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

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

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

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

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

About the Artist

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

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

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

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

(Villa Manin, Italy, 2008).

About the Gallery

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

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

to the visual arts and wider communities in Northern Ireland.

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

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

reach local and international audiences.

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

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

aspects of contemporary artistic practice.

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

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

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

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

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

Inland Revenue under reference XR 54731.

Opening Hours:

Tuesday - Friday 10.30am - 5.30 pm

& Saturday - 10.30am - 4pm.

Contact Details:

84-94 Great Patrick Street,


BT1 2LU.

0044 (0) 28 90330920

Monday, 25 October 2010

ART in the East Side opening Tuesday 6.30-9pm

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

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Ps2 opening tonight

Unnatural Selection in Downpatrick

Unnatural selection that's Downpatrick all over.

Sat 23 Oct

Opening 7-9

Frank Big Bear

Star Wallowing Bull

Jim Denomie

Graham Gingles

David Crone

Jack Packenham

Meiron Ginberg

Colin Williams

Emrys Williams.

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

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

ART in Downpatrick wot???

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Belfast has a fringe at last

Belfast Survey -link on left they gotta know the facts

Ps2 opening this Thursday

18 Donegall Street
Belfast BT1 2GP

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

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

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

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

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

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

Artists against the cuts campaign hots up

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

Artists against the cuts

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Artists against the cuts

Lawrence street workshops

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

At Place

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

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

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

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

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

My PLACE: Paddy Cahill, film maker

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

See his response on the PLACE blog: click here!

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

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

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

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

Sunday, 17 October 2010

Gaming at Cataylst arts.

Catalyst Arts

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

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

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

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

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

Friday, 15 October 2010

Cataylst art roller disco tonight

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

Moochin photographer tonight

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

European Event at St Georges

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

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

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

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

Flyer with more information attached or see our website:

Thursday, 14 October 2010

Free tickets for Festival highlights

Artists against the cuts

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

Wednesday, 13 October 2010

Paul Seawright opens Friday 7pm at Belfast print Workshops

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

Interesting to see what different artists do with Print..

Belfast is changing........

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

Circus school fundraiser

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

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

All the Best,


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

t 028 9023 6007
f 028 9043 4971

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Tuesday, 12 October 2010

RUA free talks

RUA Artist’s Talks

129th Annual Exhibition, Ulster Museum

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

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

Thurs 21 Oct @ 1pm, Eilis O Connell RHA

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

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

Weds 27 Oct @ 1pm, James Hanley RHA

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

Thursday 4 Nov @ 1pm, Joseph McWilliams PPRUA

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

Weds 10 Nov @ 1pm, Julian Friers PRUA

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

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

Monday, 11 October 2010

Who's reading the blog?

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

United States




South Korea





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

Liverpool Biennial

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

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Artists against the cuts

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

late night art

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

Monday, 4 October 2010

Late night Art in Belfast

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