Events – Belfast

7 to 23 December
Preview Wednesday 6 December, 6.30pm

For this special Christmas show several of ArtisAnn’s favourite artists from 2017 will be unpacking a selection of beautifully unique paintings. Ideal Christmas presents for the art lover in your life, or a treat for yourself, these artworks will be snapped up fast on a first come, first served basis, and all are to be sold before Santa steals them for himself.

ArtisAnn Gallery
70 Bloomfield Avenue,

When Angels Sing | Group Exhibition at ArtisAnn Gallery, Belfast

2 November to 14 December
Opening Thursday 2 November, 6pm in conjunction with Late Night Art

Cecilia Borettaz, Lucrezia Calabrò Visconti, Andreas Kindler Von Knobloch, Hamish MacPherson
Screening programme: Redmond Entwistle, Adriana Monti

Catalyst Arts are pleased to announce their final show of the year ‘Black Mountain’.

Borrowing ideas from the experience of both historical and contemporary alternative education systems and self-organised organisations, the project aims to explore the wider concept of ‘experiment’ as an ongoing learning practice – providing a public platform where artists, practitioners and general public could engage, sharing experience and knowledge.

Selected artists, researchers and contributors have been invited to work in the gallery space, each for the period of a micro-residency, developing site-specific commissions that will generate a series of publicly engaged events.

Catalyst Arts, 5 College Court, Belfast BT1 6BS

Black Mountain | Group Exhibition at Catalyst Arts, Belfast

2 to 25 November
Opening reception Thursday 2 November, 6pm for Late Night Art Belfast.

Exhibiting Artists: Sean Campbell, Jill Gibbon , Brendan Jamison, Ciaran Magill, Mark Revels, Gail Ritchie, David Turner

And This Too features seven artists whose work explores, represents or challenges our understanding of contemporary conflict. Their work reflects the diverse and complex issues which surround responses to conflict and includes drawing, painting, sculpture and installation. Much of this work is being exhibited for the first time in Belfast. The exhibition highlights the important role which artists play in offering alternative viewpoints of conflict. Art can change our perceptions or increase our understanding of events. This is crucial given the current state of heightened security in which we find ourselves.

Panel Discussion, open to everyone:
Friday 3 November 2 – 4pm;
Chaired by Fiona Ní Mhaoilir, Artist/PhD researcher (Post Troubles Art Production in the North of Ireland)
Speakers: Dr. Jill Gibbon, Leeds Beckett University; Dr Des O’Rawe, Queen’s University Belfast; Brendan Jamison; Gail Ritchie.
All of the participating artists will be in attendance.

Friday 3 November 2-4pm Artist Talks.
An opportunity to join artists, creatives and academics in a lively and wide ranging conversation about how their work explores, challenges, represents or questions our understanding of contemporary conflict.

Platform Arts, 1 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA
T: 028 9031 1301

And This Too | Group Exhibition at Platform Arts, Belfast

2 to 25 November 2017

Preview Wednesday 1 November 6 – 8pm

Ciarán Harper graduated in Fine Art from the Ulster University, Belfast, in 2016. While still an undergraduate, he completed several commissions and was included in several group exhibitions. After a successful sell-out degree show, including winning the prestigious Carson McDowell Award, Ciaran has gone from strength to strength, with one of his pieces, After School, being was purchased by the Arts Council of NI for its permanent collection.

Within his work, oil paint is united on canvas with raw mediums such as wax or plaster, adding dynamism and depth to the work. Collage and found imagery are both an integral part of his practice, accompanied with harmonious and contrasting imagined elements.

Admission is free.
All art is available to buy, and may be collected/delivered after the exhibition ends.

ArtisAnn Gallery
70 Bloomfield Avenue, Belfast, BT5 5AE

Solo Exhibition | Ciarán Harper at ArtisAnn Gallery, Belfast

27 October to 23 December 2017

Exhibition Preview: Thursday 26 October 6-8.30pm

Belfast Exposed presents Catharsis – a new group exhibition which brings together three projects by contemporary photographers who use portraiture in innovative ways to explore and come to terms with complex family or personal histories. Employing different strategies, each artist uses photography as a means to unravel or respond to a repressed narrative around personal identity. Through the process of creative investigation they open a broader dialogue around the constraints that societal norms can impose upon the freedom of individual expression.

Amak Mahmoodian is an Iranian photographer, born the year after the revolution in 1979. She uses the official portraits taken for the Iranian birth certificate – the Shenasmenah – to question the representation of women in her home country. A Shenasmenah is valid for life, but the photograph must be updated in keeping with standards imposed by the government. For a woman, the taking of this photograph is a personally charged affair – her hair must be covered, and her face free of excessive make-up. If the woman’s appearance is not deemed officially ‘correct’, the photograph will be rejected.

By collecting and creating an archive of Shenasmenah portraits and fingerprints, and by taking the time to get to know each of her subjects, Mahmoodian seeks to draw attention to the individual personalities of the women behind their public-facing image.

Through her project, Ken. To Be Destroyed, Sara Davidmann also explores the tensions between an ‘acceptable’ public-facing image and a private personal identity. Sara Davidmann and her siblings inherited an arch.

Belfast Exposed Photography
The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast
T: +44 (0)28 9023 0965

Catharsis | Group Exhibition at Belfast Exposed, Belfast

19 October to 30 December 2017

Art consultant Francesca Biondi has created ‘Art Explorations’, an art collection for Atelier-Design on display at their Belfast showroom between October and December 2017.

‘Art Explorations’ brings together three highly talented artists from Northern Ireland: Ciaran Magill, Kevin Miller and David Turner. These artists produce imaginative works drawing upon different traditions in art – landscape and abstract painting and portraiture, while exploring and expanding the possibilities of these traditions through their own ideas and their unique use of familiar and unusual mediums. The opening of ‘Art Exploration’ will be part of the EDIT 2017, Atelier Interior Design’s annual lifestyle event celebrating the very best of art, interior and fashion. The EDIT 2017 will take place at Atelier Interior

All art works are for sale.

Atelier Design
7 Wellington Place
Belfast BT1 6GB

Art Explorations | Group Exhibition at Atelier Design, Belfast

5 October to 30 November 2017

Beat Carnival has been creating large-scale carnival parades here since bursting onto the city-centre streets with its first Belfast City Carnival in 1995. Over the past 22 years, 90 large-scale carnivals have been produced with artists and participants in our communities.

The “Happy Carnival!” exhibition at Belfast Central Library displays costume, props, photographs and designs from these creative celebrations for all.

Belfast Central Library
Royal Ave, Belfast BT1 1EA, UK
T: +44 28 9050 9150

Happy Carnival | Beat Carnival at Belfast Central Library, Belfast

5 to 7 October 2017

A video installation using the colour purple as a symbol of revolution.

“large array of negative feelings”

permanent state of emergency
to make violence unnecessary
men who speak when they have nothing to say
don’t know what to do with freedom
he interpreted her fight as an expression of her love for humanity

Olga Dziubak is a Polish multimedia artist, working primarily in painting and performance. Thematic interests include: camouflage, the aesthetics of pop culture and of the military, physical and emotional gesture, shame and transgression, and political influence on life and visual culture. She graduated from Academy of Arts in Szczecin with MA in Multimedia Arts in 2016.

Array Studios
48 King Street, BT1 6 Belfast, United Kingdom
T: +44 (0)28 9031 9248

Large array of negative feelings | Olga Dziubak at Array ...