Events – Belfast

Thursday 7 December, 6pm

Pollen Studios invite you to the preview exhibition for our Christmas Fundraising Raffle. Artists based all over Ireland have contributed to the event – watch their Facebook page for updates.

The preview will be held in Pollen Studios on Thursday 7th December and the raffle will be held on Thursday 14th December.
Raffle tickets are £15 each and are limited, every raffle ticket is guaranteed to win a prize.

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

Happenstance | Pollen Studios Fundraising Raffle

4 December to 12 January

Series Nine exhibition of new paintings by Ray Duncan. ‘Series Nine’ uses painting as an evolutionary process, with unforeseen results, to create a magic for the artist and viewer. Rather than reproducing a view of the world contained in a picture frame these paintings are founded on the idea that colours have their own life. In terms of a painting process, which is important for the work I use intuition and chance, with the final format of the painting not decided until the end.

Linen Hall Library
17 Donegall Square N,
Belfast BT1 5GB

Series Nine | Ray Duncan at Linen Hall Library, Belfast

7 December

The Golden Thread Gallery will be hosting a Christmas Market to coincide with Late Night Art in December. There will be a number of stalls selling all manner of artisanal crafts and creations suitable for gifts for the whole family. Join us for a festive evening which will include a drinks reception, bucks fizz, festive treats for the kids and a great atmosphere. Stall holders will be announced soon and we will be treating you to glimpses of the treats available to purchase on the run up to the night.

– Free sweeties and drinks available for the kids.
– Face painting and glitter tattoos from 5 – 6pm.
– Disabled access friendly space.
– Breastfeeding friendly space.
– Free wine, beer and soft drinks between 5pm and 7pm.
– Free entry.

Market Sellers:

Foundation (Eva McDermott) – Geometric origami concrete home wear –
Jonny McEwen – Airplants –
Robyn Galway – Jewellery –
Marie – Louise Gormley – Felted Art Work
Conall Kearney – Tie Dye goods and printed bags –
Emma Knight – Jewellery –
Workshop – Limited Edition Prints –
Claire Nicholl – Ceramics
Sean Hillen – Collages and Limited Edition Prints-
Mary Price and Alice McDaniel – Ceramics
Deirdre McKenna – Jewellery and Accessories
Brian McAvera – A selection of art books

Golden Thread Christmas Market for Late Night Art Belfast

7 December to 4 February

The Naughton Gallery presents The Immigrants, a solo exhibition of new work by Pil and Galia Kollectiv. Through a series of small actions undertaken by costumed performers in different locations across the UK, an installation of filmed vignettes posits the futility of the border as a means of demarcating boundaries of identity, power and resources in an age of global capital flows, migrant labour forces, and environmental destruction that does not stop at abstract lines on a map.

Masks drawn from sources as diverse as Romanian folklore and riot police spit masks, combined with props suggesting checkpoints and rafts, invert the hierarchies of border guards and asylum seekers, refugees in boats and Brexit flotillas. The installation leads the viewer through a physical checkpoint to a short narrative film about the bio-political control of a plague village.

Pil and Galia Kollectiv are London-based artists, writers and curators working in collaboration. Their work is multidisciplinary – encompassing film, animation, collage, poster production, sculpture, installation, performance and costume design – and explores the relationship between art and politics, the legacy of modernism, and the avant-garde discourses of the twentieth century.

They are contributing editors at Art Papers, the directors of artist-run project space xero, kline + coma, members of the experimental band, WE, and work as lecturers in Fine Art at the University of Reading.

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

The Immigrants | Pil and Galia Kollectiv at The Naughton ...

1 to 19 December

QSS is delighted to present its annual Christmas Show which this year focuses on small works by Belfast-based artists. All styles are represented from painting, photography and sculpture to collage, 

mixed media works and some surprises too.

Featured artists include Sean Campbell, Colm Clarke, Susan Connolly, Alacoque Davey, Catherine Davison, Gerry Devlin, Craig Donald, Angela Hackett, Ashley Holmes, Brendan Jamison, Helen Lavery, Clement McAleer, Terry McAllister, Sinead McKeever, Grace McMurray, Zoe Murdoch, Raquel Amat Parra, Gail Ritchie, Jennifer Trouton, David Turner and more.

The QSS Christmas Show provides a perfect opportunity for budding art collectors to invest in contemporary art by local emerging and established artists. Or simply

 come along, enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie while you browse for a special Christmas gift.

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

QSS Christmas Show, Belfast

7 to 16 December
Opening Thursday 7 December 6pm

Belfast Print Workshop 40th Anniversary Christmas show, ‘Passion for Print’ this year takes place in the Cotton Court Gallery.
The exhibition features over 50 framed prints by current members working in a range of techniques from Drypoint to Mokulito. Join us for a celebratory open evening of wine and mince pies, meet the artists and spend time looking at the breadth of technique skill and subject matter at play. This special anniversary show features work from new members and those who have been with the workshop since the beginning.

Cotton Court Gallery
Cotton Court
30 – 42 Waring Street
BT 1 2ED

Passion for Print | Group Exhibition at the Cotton Court ...

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

30 November 2017 to 20 January 2018

Dissolving Histories: A Moment in Time takes five artists whose diverse practices seek to capture, explore and explain moments. The nature of time is unsubstantial; a moment, a second, a minute, an hour are all something or nothing depending on the context. How we navigate the art works, the time we choose to spend, alters our experience. Group exhibitions present an interesting dynamic, a power play between the individual and the group. This exhibition seeks to blur the boundaries, to challenge the viewer to decide when one work ends and another begins; to interrupt the time spent on each artist.

Liam Crichton, Erin Hagan, Dorothy Hunter, Kevin Killen and John Rainey have each produced works that speak to a certain moment as well as contributing to a collective voice. While each offer a distinctive practice, curators Peter Richards and Sarah McAvera placed them together as there is a commonality in how their works allow a multitude of readings and encourage alternative explanations. Sculpture, installation, neon and video are all used to capture not just moments of the past, but the moment of looking.

A Moment in Time is the first in the Dissolving Histories series, which itself follows on from the acclaimed Collective Histories of Northern Irish Art. That series was conceived to explore the unreliable nature of history. Our perception of the past can only be subjective: we are inextricably linked to our own experiences, values, memories and truths. It sought to appreciate the different versions of histories that combine through many voices – each instalment had a guest curator who specialised in a certain area of Northern Irish art history

Golden Thread Gallery, 84-94 Great Patrick St, Belfast BT1 2LU
T: +44 28 9033 0920

Dissolving Histories: A Moment in Time | Group Exhibition at ...

9 to 18 November

OUTBURST Queer Arts Festival is the annual celebration of queer art and performance in Belfast, Northern Ireland/ the North/ here.

OUTBURST showcases great local and international queer work and support the development of queer arts at home and internationally. They love work that is bold, challenging, accessible and brilliant, whether it’s grassroots events, professional touring productions or work commissioned specially for OUTBURST.

Amongst the highlights of a packed programme are Teatro La Plaza’s ‘Simon the Mole’, a show from Peru for children and adults that encourages understanding and acceptance of difference; the Arts Council’s 2016 Major Individual Artist award winner, Conor Mitchell, performs his acclaimed music-theatre piece, ‘Ten Plagues’; and the Golden Thread Gallery presents ‘Forms of Resistance’, a specially-commissioned exhibition of video art with an LGBTQI perspective from the VideoBrasil Historical Collection in Sao Paulo.

OUTBURST Queer Arts Festival 2017, Belfast