Events – Belfast

6 October to 2 November
Opening Thursday 5 October, 6pm

Conor McFeely lives and works in Derry. His work incorporates a wide range of processes, from the ready-made to sculpture and installation, as well as photography, video and audio.

Multi-layered fracturing and manipulation of materials serves to find new relationships, referencing twentieth-century global political history, Northern Ireland’s troubled legacies and landscapes in the second half of the twentieth century.

His exhibition at QSS, titled Pioneer, points to episodes of altered states in relation to religious rapture and sexual ecstasy, as well as drug-induced experiences and interruptions of consciousness. The work is driven by McFeely’s ruminations on the nature of individual free will, choice and autonomy.

Queen Street Gallery and Studios
31-33 Bedford Street, Belfast City Centre
Phone: +44 28 90 24 31 45

Pioneer | Conor McFeely at QSS Gallery, Belfast

29 September to 14 October
Opening event on the 28th September from 6pm

DAS is delighted to present new work by the current artists in residence Rachel Alexander, Chloe Brennan, Laura Cochrane and Robbie Sivewright.

Opening hours are Wednesday to Saturday 11 – 4pm or by appointment outside of these hours.

Cotton Court Gallery,
Cotton Court,
30 – 42 Waring Street,

Telluric | DAS Residency Exhibition at Cotton Court Gallery, Belfast

5 to 28 October 2017

Preview 4 October 6–8pm

A solo exhibition of contemporary sculpture and mixed media by Patrick Colhoun.

‘Acquired Resilience’ will be the artist’s third solo exhibition of 2017 and is the natural sequel to ‘What Holds You Together?’ which opened in Ben Oakley Gallery, London, in March of this year. ‘What Holds You Together?’ was borne largely from the artist’s observation that most people need something to help cope with everyday life and function within society. That something could be family, a fetish, religion, alcohol, drugs, the family dog, or something else. For the artist, it turns out to be the making process itself. The process of turning thoughts and feelings into actual tangible objects.

‘Acquired Resilience’ is the artist’s response to that exhibition and the questions that it asked. It is a contemporary sculpture and mixed media exhibition with a twist. This new body of work is based largely around the desire of the artist to return to working with abstract forms. The artist also draws from previous work in terms of the material and methods used for fixing the pieces together. Unconventional material such as hosiery and cable tries remain.

ArtisAnn Gallery
70 Bloomfield Avenue, Belfast, BT5 5AE

Acquired Resilience | Patrick Colhoun at ArtisAnn Gallery, Belfast

6 to 29 October
Exhibition Opening: Sunday 8 October 3pm

A comprehensive exhibition and series of participatory events: highlighting the extraordinary range of technique, imagery and vision of both past and current printmaking community. 40 Years, 40 Prints, 40 Printmakers is a testament to BPW’s printmaking facilities, showcasing the legacy and spirit of a thriving network of artists. The 40³ exhibition and programme of events is gratefully funded by Belfast City Council, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the British Council.

The Crescent Arts Centre
2-4 University Road, Belfast
BT7 1NH, Northern Ireland
T: +44 (0) 28 9024 2338

40³ | Group Exhibition at Crescent Arts Centre Gallery

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 ...

12 October to 26 November 2017

Work by Carly Jean Andrews (USA) / Tuesday Bassen (USA) / Laura Callaghan (UK) / Anna DeFlorian (Italy) / Cécile Gariépy (Canada) / Penelope Gazin (USA) / Fiona McDonnell (UK) / Shannon Wright (USA).

Opening Thursday 12 October, 6 – 8pm – featuring a live set by GIRL DJs.

Featuring a stimulating mix of established and emerging talent from around the world, Phlox showcases some of the most vital work being made by female illustrators today. A survey conducted in 2010 by 3×3: The Magazine of Contemporary Illustration discovered that of 527 illustrators living in the USA, the UK, Canada, Europe, and Asia/The Pacific, every single female illustrator – on average – made less than her male counterpart.

Phlox demonstrates how illustration industry sexism cannot silence female perspectives, with depictions of women as diverse as those who create them, exploring identity, race, sexuality, and representation.


The Naughton Gallery
Queens University Belfast
T:+44 28 9024 5133

PHLOX | Group Exhibition at Naughton Gallery, Belfast