Events – Belfast

28 August

As part of #CinemaDay17, the Naughton Gallery in collaboration with Us Folk, presents a special screening of Ghost World (112mins, dir. Terry Zwigoff, 2001). The film has been selected by illustrator Jacky Sheridan, who has created a limited edition poster to mark the screening, bringing her own style to a film that has influenced her practice.

Based on the cult comic book by Daniel Clowes, Ghost World tells the story of Enid and Rebecca, teenage friends facing the unwelcome prospect of adulthood and the uncertain future of their complicated relationship. The film will be introduced by Jacky Sheridan, in conversation with the Naughton Gallery’s Ben Crothers.

Limited edition posters are free to all attendees, and donations are welcome. All proceeds will go to the Women’s TEC, supporting training and resources for women to work in non-traditional sectors.
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Celebrating the diversity and scope of film exhibition across Northern Ireland, Cinema Day is an initiative presented by Film Hub NI (part of the BFI Film Audience Network) and supported by Northern Ireland Screen. See for more details.

Council Chambers, Lanyon Building, Queen’s University Belfast

Cinema Day 2017: Ghost World at Queen’s University, Belfast

10 August to 1 October 2017
The Naughton Gallery at Queen’s, Lanyon Building, Queen’s University, Belfast

Adham Faramawy (b.1981, Dubai) is a London-based artist of Egyptian descent whose work spans media including moving image, sculptural installation and print. The human body is central to Faramawy’s practice, approached as a primary, sensual site in which gender and sexuality are fluid. Live performances to camera are computer-mediated to create compelling, visceral, and sexually-charged works, displayed across a landscape of high definition flatscreens and sculptural assemblages.

Faramawy also engages and uses technology to discuss issues of embodiment and identity construction. He explores changes in perception brought about by the digital age, often drawing on the language of advertising, co-opting the special effects used to evoke desire for people, things and experiences.

THERE’S THIS THING, THIS FEELING | Adham Faramawy at The ...

3 to 26 August
Opening, Late Night Art Belfast, 3 August 6pm

Predicated on durational explorations of subject matter drawn from everyday life, Damian Magee’s practice employs cyclical, repetitive and cumulative strategies as a means of critical engagement.

This exhibition continues Magee’s experiments with a unique transcript of a truncated story voiced by a Northern Irish man. Originally a spoken word recording, the phonetic construction of the text resists any clear narrative, instead it details fragmented words and sentences while articulating the local dialect of the narrator. This content has been the focus of some investigations into the complex malleability of language, particularly its social developments in relation to digital technology.

By employing various online search tools to examine the text, a catalogue of pictorial and textual data accumulate to provide the basis for alternative constructions of the transcript. These various manifestations present a springboard to wider examinations of the plurality of language, and the implications and influence of screen time on verbal and written forms of expression.

Gallery 2
Platform Arts, 1 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA
T: 028 9031 1301

Runes or Rhubarb | Damian Magee at Platform Arts

3 to 26 August
Opening, Late Night Art Belfast, 3 August 6pm

The Chronotopes are devices and landscape structures deployed to disturb linearity. Antagonising at the scales of the Anthropocene where the human is implicated as a geological agent, these technical apparatus manifest affective alignments at a planetary resolution. The Chronotopes adopt the status of the monument, a category of spatial and temporal materialism with a linguistic comportment, to deploy a recalibration of space-time aesthetics. Only through nonlinear machinations is the sublime condition of Language comprehended in its authentic form, yet witnessed to have infected a materialism under geo-magnification.

Dave Loder is a Belfast-based artist-researcher pursuing a materialist philosophy of language. His art practice is manifested through the fabrication of technical objects that deploy alternative linguistic aesthetics and space-time conditions. He is currently following a thesis that proposes language as a parasitic entity, posing that language might be lying dormant in – or is capable of infecting – alternative materialisms. He has exhibited nationally and internationally in China, Spain and Germany, and has also presented research at Irish Museum of Modern Art (2015); the 56th Venice Biennale (2015), and dOCUMENTA(13) (2012).

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

The Chronotopes | Dave Loder at Platform Arts Gallery

3 August to 16 September
Opening, Late Night Art Belfast, Thursday 3 August, 6pm

EastSide Visitor Centre is delighted to officially launch its new Art Gallery space with an exhibition by the renowned Belfast artist, Brian Ballard.

Born in Belfast, Brian Ballard trained firstly at the College of Art, Belfast, and then at the College of Art, Liverpool. He still lives in Belfast but spends long periods of time living and working on the remote and rugged island of Inishfree, off the coast of Donegal.

His artworks are infused with rich colours and textures. He paints directly onto the canvas with vigorous brushstrokes that leave their mark, recording the speed and the depth of the artist’s mind and showing the structural order, as well as the pictorial range, and using bold slashes of rich hues and subtle tones to capture the beauty in everyday objects.

This exhibition features a selection of paintings and drawings, including portraits of locals who are part of the East Belfast ‘Men’s Shed’ group.

This exhibition has been curated by the ArtisAnn Gallery, on Bloomfield Avenue, which is a 3-minute walk from the EastSide Visitor Centre.

Eastside Gallery
402 Newtownards Road, Belfast
T: +44 28 9045 8114

Pictures | Brian Ballard at Eastside Gallery, Eastside Arts Festival ...

3 to 14 August
Late Night Art Belfast Opening 3 August, 6pm

The archetypal image of a building can be subtracted down to the basic shapes that make up the walls, roof and floor. In recognition of perspective Two Dimensional shapes and form can be simplified even further, to a geometric common denominator. Shapes emerge as non-structures but strangely recognisable as architectural forms. Utilizing construction and building materials SUBSTRATA attempts to extend the geometric into layered objects of interest. Aesthetic art objects, combining the veil of built walls and the veneer of material form.

Barry Mulholland is a Belfast based Visual Artist and studio member at Creative Exchange Artist’s Studios. Postgrad MA in Visual Arts Practices at Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IADT) Dublin, 2015 and BA Fine Art in Ulster University, 2012. Previous co-director of Platform Arts and co-founder of South Studios, Belfast. Awards include, the recipient of the 2012 RDS Taylor Art Award, Dublin.

Late Night Art Belfast coach departs from the Linenhall Library at 6pm, wil be visiting numerous art galleries/spaces around east Belfast including Creative Exchange. £10 for bus tour. To book the bus tour please contact Rhonda on 07742101036 or visit

Creative Exchange Artists Studios
Portview Trade Centre, 310 Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 1HE
T: +44 28 9045 2299

SUBSTRATA | Barry Mulholland at Creative Exchange Project Space

3 August to 8 September
The exhibition will launch, part of Late Night Art Belfast, Thursday 3 August, 5.30pm

Arts + Disability Forum is proud to present Reflections of Nebulae – 2, the second exhibition of sculptural forms in glass by kiln-formed glass artist Keith Sheppard. Keith’s exhibition forms part of Craft NI’s August Craft Month 2017.

Exploring the relationship between glass and light, and reflecting his observations and interpretation of Nebulae stars within the galaxies of the Universe, Keith’s glass art predominantly involves the infusion of metals into the glass. This process gives each sculptural form a further dimension of uniqueness and identity, enhancing the vibrant colourations.

These processes are transferred into Keith’s interpretation of the stars; depicting their existence, shaping their markings, clouds, and gases from their birth in Nebulae, to hot blue stars, red super giants and their eventual end in a Supernova explosion.

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

Nebulae – 2 | Keith Sheppard at Arts + Disability ...