Events – Belfast

19 September to 23 September

Imago Loci translates as ‘an image of the local’. This title follows Imago MundI- an image of the world -a collection of works commissioned by Italian collector Luciano Benetton’ which culminated in a project and publication in 2016. Size constraints of 10cm x 12cm were placed on the works by the format of the book. The Irish participants which featured a number of Creative Exchange Studio members were curated by Ciara Gibbons and reflected the diverse range of artists working throughout the island of Ireland.

All of the exhibiting artists are members of Creative Exchange Artists’ Studio; a group of 13 artists based on the Newtownards Road. Their artistic practices encompass painting, illustration, digital art, print making, ceramics, moving image, installation art and social engagement. Here, each artist presents work within the 10cm x 12cm format which is representative of the research, eclectic ideas and object interests of studio members. The size constraint of each work enables them to be drawn together in a celebration of the individual within a collective whole.

Framewerk, 10 Upper Newtownards Road, BT4 3EL Belfast
T: +44 7931 655 155

Imago Loci | Creative Exchange Studio Members at Framewerk, Belfast

27 September to 6 October

Northern Ireland’s annual disabled and deaf arts festival ‘bounces’ into Belfast this month with ten days of entertaining and thought-provoking dance, theatre, visual art, physical theatre, film, cabaret and a range of workshops.

Bounce Festival celebrates work by exceptional artists from Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland and the UK, who are deaf or disabled. Now in its sixth year there are many ways to get involved, with visual arts, theatre, dance and free workshops all on offer. The Arts Council of Northern Ireland is delighted to support this wonderful festival and I would encourage everyone to go along.”This year’s venues include the ADF Gallery, Brian Friel Theatre, Crescent Arts Centre, Spectrum Centre, the MAC and City Hall.

The full programme, with links to ticketing and more in depth information on the artists is available via the Arts + Disability Forum website,

Arts and Disability Forum
109-113 Royal Avenue,
Belfast, N.Ireland BT1 1FF
T: +44 28 9023 9450

BOUNCE! 2017 | Arts + Disability Forum, Belfast

22 September to 14 October

We Speak Silent is an exhibition exploring the performative and political dimensions of speech and language. The works in the exhibition offer up what might be considered a ‘radical linguistics’; pushing and playing with language in experimental and unexpected ways in order to both reveal and rupture its conditions. Participating artists: Nicoline van Harskamp, Justine McDonnell, Tom Varley and Hannah Weiner.

11 North St, Belfast BT1 1NA
T: +44 28 9023 5912

We Speak Silent | Group Exhibition at PS2, Belfast

22 September to 21 October 2017

The Ulster University Art Gallery is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition,
Fiona Finnegan: ‘The frog devoured the sun’.

Fiona Finnegan is a painter who graduated with an MFA distinction from Ulster University in 2009 and is currently living and working in Belfast. In her practice, Finnegan explores the topics of the uncanny, folklore and para possibilities.

Ulster University Art Gallery
Belfast School of Art
York Street, Belfast, BT15 1ED
T: +44 (0)28 7012 3456

The Frog Devoured the Sun | Fiona Finnegan at Ulster ...

17 to 22 September 2017

`the corridor´ is a new arts project from Dundalk, which explores borders and their political, social and cultural consequences through a series of public talks, screenings and exhibitions. The project discusses the history of the Irish border and the future challenges of the upcoming EU border for this area. The first event is a collaboration with the 1st Deutsches Stromorchester (1st German Electrophonic Orchestra).

Opening with the sound survey of the Belfast-Dublin corridor, LINEAR BELONGINGS explores, defines and performs vertical and horizontal territories outside of politics, religion, borders and barriers through a series of events in Ireland and Germany.

Together with visual and performance artists from Dublin, Drogheda, Dundalk and Belfast, the two initiatives form a temporary research centre working in public and semi-public spaces. In each city, they survey and document their sociocultural surrounding.

In Belfast, the Electrophonic Orchestra works together with artist, inventor, explorer and plumber Paddy Bloomer who invented a transportable radio transmitter that transfers the live recorded sounds by the orchestra. Bring your own radio to connect and meet us at Belfast Town Hall for a collective sound walk.

Special performance on Culture Night Belfast on Friday, Sept 22, 2017 at 3 pm (starting at Belfast City Hall, ending at Lawrence Street Workshops).

the corridor
T: 083-8284193 (Anne Mager)

the corridor | Paddy Bloomer & The 1st German Electrophonic ...

19 August to 16 September

Chloe Cooper, Dylan Miner, Contrapoints, Elizabeth Haines, William Raban

Dancing on Borrowed Ground reclaims a little bit of land for those who seek to resist the dogma and dictats of hegemonic orders. It asserts a love of plurality and disavowal of the hubristic cruelty of normative non-think, seeking freedom in solidarity and respect. The exhibition celebrates a bridging of the theoretical divide between self-creation and communal harmony by producing a site for radical discourse and contemplation. Artists Chloe Cooper, Dylan Miner, Contrapoints, William Raban and Elizabeth Haines undermine authority and agitate for alternative becomings. Their work – performative, documentary, academic and activist – illuminating contemporary political practice and rendering the world anew by fostering unity through dialogue and spurring on transformation through positive action. Catalyst Arts will also host the 10th Belfast Anarchist Bookfair, organised by the Just Books Solidarity Centre, encouraging visitors to cast off the pernicious shackles of repressive regimes by liberating their critical consciousness in this celebratory gathering of activists.

Belfast Anarchist Bookfair 9 September.

Catalyst Arts, 5 College Court, Belfast BT1 6BS

Dancing on Borrowed Ground | Group Exhibition at Catalyst Arts

6 September to 1 October
Late Night Art Belfast Opening 7 September, 6pm

The exhibition by Tonya McMullan looks at Belfast City, in particular this area of the Cathedral Quarter at a time when there is significant change in the landscape and the way people use the city. Heritage buildings turn to rubble overnight, shiny new experiences are invented for our entertainment and the city’s trees fail to reach their potential.

The artist has taken notice of the city changes by photographing trees fake and deformed and built up a collection of found discarded clothing collected from the streets in early morning. Leisure and night wear, some rough and torn others pristine evening outerwear which could have been left by revellers or people who live on the streets or traces from those who operate unnoticed in the shadows. The clothing has been embroidered with insects as they are always present in the streets also operating in the peripheries. On the opening night the artist will be embroidering insects into your clothing while sharing information about the importance of these pollinators to our ecosystem.

The Green Room @ The Black Box
18-22 Hill St, Belfast BT1 2LA, UK

Tonya McMullan Exhibition at The Green Room @ The Black ...

7 to 9 September

All That Sits Unsaid is a reflection of Stuart Cairns’ interest in materials, places and things. It contains a series of objects found on various walks through forests and fields, along shorelines and urban streets. Some are set out as discovered, some are manipulated into new forms and some are fabrications responding to the rhythms and shapes of the others. This collection of objects, manipulated materials and fabrications act as a drawn language to suggest stories -of wanders by the sea, wonders in the forest and small moments in the city. They show the richness of the material world, the wonders of the everyday which can light up the imagination and speak volumes through their quiet, small forms sitting as poems to the landscape.

Pollen Studios and Gallery
37-39 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA

All That Sits Unsaid | Stuart Cairns at Pollen Studios ...

7 to 23 September

Classical orders proliferate in Western cities (and indeed beyond), imbuing buildings such as law courts, banks, government buildings and academic institutions with esteem and grandeur. Despite being built since the eighteenth century, this ubiquitous style cites antiquity, evincing a sense of timelessness and purity. Aesthetically, they function as signifiers of power and prestige. Doireann Ni Ghrioghair recognises them as architectural societal ‘introjects’, bestowing inherited values onto their denizens. However, as rehashed pastiches of ancient Greek and Roman architecture, she also views them as unreliable translations. A set of arbitrary aesthetics, removed from their original meaning, around which we twine the fictions of our contemporary life.

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

Deflated Capital | Doireann Ni Ghrioghair at Platform Arts