EventsNI


5 August to 23 September

An exhibition of over twenty unique and handcrafted baskets by expert willow artist Louise McLean.
As part of August Craft Month, we are delighted to present this exhibition by expert basket maker and willow artist Louise McLean of Atlantic Craft NI. An award winning artist who has featured on television,radio and magazines, Louise is based in Portrush and her work is influenced by our stunning coastline, rugged landscape and heritage.

In 2005, Louise entered and won ITV’s ‘Britain’s Craftiest’ competition, and since then she exhibits and retails her work internationally as well as undertaking substantial community projects, sharing her willow weaving and basketry skills with children and adults alike. Louise has been a finalist in the RTE Craft Master TV series and also worked on the Queen’s Coronation willow arches in 2013.

Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre
24 Main St, Limavady
T: 0044 28 7776 0650
E: information@rvacc.co.uk
W: roevalleyarts.com

Bogland, Branches and the Beach | Louise McLean at Roe ...


12 August to 7 October

Void is delighted to present the first showing of Collected Shadows, an exhibition of photographs from the extensive collection of the Archive of Modern Conflict, which will be shown in the UK for the first time, organised by Southbank Centre’s Hayward Touring. Opening at Void in Derry before embarking on a national tour, Collected Shadows offers a rare glimpse into the AMC’s extraordinary holdings of more than eight million images. First established twenty-five years ago as an archive of vernacular photographs and ephemera relating to the First and Second World Wars, the AMC has since expanded to encompass a plethora of subject matter. Curated by Timothy Prus, Director of the Archive of Modern Conflict, Collected Shadows presents a selection of 200 photographs, including works by renowned photographers Robert Frank, Brassai, Bert Hardy, Marketa Luskacova, Bertha Jacques, Eugène Atget and Walker Evans alongside a vast array of images by unknown and amateur photographers.

The exhibition will open with a curator’s talk at 6:30pm on Saturday 12 August. The exhibition then opens to the public at 7:30pm, with speeches commencing at 8pm. The Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council will officially launch the exhibition.

Void, Patrick Street, Derry, BT48 7EL Northern Ireland
T: +44(0)28 7130 8080
E: hello@derryvoid.com
W: derryvoid.com

Collected Shadows | Hayward Touring Exhibition at Void, Derry


27 July to 31 August

August Craft Month is the largest annual celebration of contemporary craft and the applied arts in Northern Ireland. Co-ordinated by the team at Craft Northern Ireland, the sector leading body for the promotion and development of the design-led contemporary craft industry in NI, and with support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, 2017 marks our 11th year of August Craft Month.

We have invited galleries, museums, local councils, craft organisations, arts centres, universities, heritage organisations and individual makers to join us and develop a rich programme of over 200 events and activities taking place this August all across the region.

August Craft Month is an opportunity for all of us to support local designer-makers and promote their work. It’s a wonderful oppertunity for the public to experience, participate in and learn more about contemporary craft through workshops, exhibitions, demonstrations, talks and much, much more.

Use the online guide to find out whats happening near you this year and celebrate craft your way: www.augustcraftmonth.com

August Craft Month 2017, Northern Ireland



5 August to 27 September
Opening: Friday 4 August, 7pm

A Free Bus will run between Belfast and Portadown on the evening of the opening. Leaves Belfast from Golden Thread Gallery at 6.45pm. Returns from Portadown at 9pm

(A) Dress is a significant exhibition of new work by glass artist Alison Lowry and will be part of the August Craft Month programme of activities across Northern Ireland.

With a family history in lace-making and embroidery, Alison studied textiles, then developed her skills in glass making in a variety of techniques. Inspired by her experiences of motherhood, Alison’s work captures small, but fleeting moments of life that are filled with memories, she says, “fabric preserves the essence of its maker; traces of the wearer become entwined with the warp and weft, allowing physical objects to become containers for memory.

The exhibition features exciting collaborations, a new film based on glass shoes and a large dress suspended from the ceiling, raining down droplets into the gallery.

The artist has used the technique of Pate de Verre to cast antique christening robes in the process, the original robe will be burnt away in the kiln but the glass will formed in its place – creating a fragile but haunting reminder of what was there before.

Artist Talk: Saturday 19 August, 12-1pm

Millennium Court Arts Centre
William Street, Portadown
T: 0044 2838 394415
E: info@millenniumcourt.org
W: millenniumcourt.org

(A) Dress | Alison Lowry at Millennium Court Arts Centre


27 July to 2 September

A pop up exhibition featuring a collection of work by Irish artists.

The exhibition features a wide range of works from artists and craft makers including jewellery by Robert Spotten, sculptures by Jo Hatty, animal ceramic sculptures by Sharon Regan, knitwear from designer Edel McBride and ceramics by Cula Ceramics – Patricia Millar, Malcom Murchison, Alan McCluney.

Further original works by artists Harry McMahon, Barry Williamson, Ashley Coulter, Les Sharpe, Robert Spotten, Joan Gibson and Nadia Kaczmarczuk.

Other artists include glass artist Catherine Keenan, photography by Conor Edgell, landscapes by Ossie Bruce, felted works of art by Linda Lewis, embroidered jewellery by Janice Gilmore and willow sculptures by Louise McLean complete the collection.

The Pop up gallery opening hours are 9.30am to 6pm, Monday to Saturday and 1pm to 6pm on Sundays. The gallery is situated in Ballycastle town centre, 44 Ann street, with an easy access to car parking.

For more information email Brigitte Spotten at Brigitte@spottens.com

Group Pop Up Exhibition at Ballycastle, Co. Antrim


8 July to 1 October

A new contemporary visual arts exhibition exploring the life and work of poet Francis Ledwidge has opened at the Nerve Visual Gallery, Ebrington, in Derry~Londonderry.

A Name Unmade: Francis Ledwidge (1887-1917) features work by six contemporary visual artists presented in response to the Meath poet in the centenary year of his death. The exhibition, curated by Sabina Mac Mahon and Declan Sheehan, travels to Nerve Visual following its launch at the Solstice Arts Centre in Navan earlier this year with work from artists Patricia Burns, David Farrell, Clare Langan, Mick O’Dea, Niamh O’Malley and Sasha Sykes.

Famously remembered as Ireland’s soldier poet, Francis Ledwidge was stationed at Ebrington Barracks for a period in 1916 before being posted back to the Western Front in January 1917. During his time in Derry~Londonderry, he wrote some of his most famous poems about he events of the Easter Rising. He died on 31st July 1917 during the third battle of Ypres in Belgium.

The exhibition includes a Creative Centenaries interactive zone with animations, graphic novels, an interactive exhibition and multi-screen projection of archive footage.

Nerve Visual
Building Eighty81,
Ebrington
Derry,
Northern Ireland
T: +44 28 7116 0237
E: info@nervecentre.org
W: www.nervecentre.org

A Name Unmade: Francis Ledwidge (1887-1917) | Group Exhibition at ...



22 July to 16 September

CCA is pleased to announce an upcoming solo exhibition by Sarah Pierce, No Title, opening on 22 July. The exhibition is related to Pierce’s long-term project with CCA which hones in on dementia, on the one hand as a marked disorder, but with a potential to reorder and restructure what we consider to be – and how we construct concepts of – personal narrative and subjecthood.

The exhibition No Title will be launched alongside the artist book by the same name, which has been produced as part of the project and features contributions from Claire Potter, Mason Leaver-Yap, Jacob Wren, Karl Holmqvist, and TJ Clark.

Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry
10–12 Artillery St, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6RG
T: +44 (0) 28 7137 3538
E: info@cca-derry-londonderry.org
W: cca-derry-londonderry.org

No Title | Sarah Pierce at CCA, Derry


24 June to 22 July

Ceramics and its Dimensions is a project which examines European ceramics from the perspectives of the past as well as of the future, with its new possibilities. The project has partner institutions in eleven different countries in Europe and it is co-funded through the Creative Europe program of EU and coordinated by the Porzellanikon Staatliches Museum für Porzellan, Hohenberg a. d. Eger / Selb.

For more information on the project visit: futureceramics.aalto.fi

Millennium Court Arts Centre
William Street,
Portadown

T: 0044 2838 394415
E: info@millenniumcourt.org
W: millenniumcourt.org

Ceramics and its Dimensions: Shaping the Future | Group Exhibition ...


20 May to 8 July

CCA is proud to present a solo exhibition by Berlin-based artist Philipp Kremer – his first major exhibition in Ireland / UK. Basic Communities / Soft People features two recent series of paintings that depict groups of human figures, alternating between convivial scenes of reading and dancing (Basic Communities) and scenes that suggest people in a more violent and eruptive state of relationship (Soft People).

The idealism described in Kremer’s Basic Communities series is matched with a dense, compositional airlessness, painted with colours that offset the tonalities of skin, clothing and background environment. The works in the Soft People series are more capacious in their approach, registering the horror of their subject matter through light and gestural marks that suggest the human body in a cruel state of subjection. Across the two series, Kremer’s works evoke questions of representational ethics, both in art’s address of human suffering and in the promise of social togetherness.

Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry
10–12 Artillery St, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6RG
T: +44 (0) 28 7137 3538
E: info@cca-derry-londonderry.org
W: cca-derry-londonderry.org

Basic Communities / Soft People | Philipp Kremer at CCA, ...



20 May to 8 July

Emily McFarland’s presentation at CCA is titled after an essay by Martin Walsh that explores the relationship between film and German playwright Bertolt Brecht’s theories and works. The Complex Seer features a video installation that draws upon footage from a range of films including the cult movie Zabriskie Point, the fiction/documentary Ice, and La Chinoise, one of French-Swiss New Wave director Jean-Luc Goddard’s most political works. These films were produced in the late 1960s and early 1970s at a time when countercultural activity dominated the media and political landscape. In different ways they portray groups of radical students and young people who conspire to affect the upheaval of mainstream society. The works in The Complex Seer use this imagery as a way to recode the cinematic conventions of depicting revolutionary action and investigate the spaces in which these actions are collectively planned and formalised.

The installation makes reference to avant-garde architectural spaces by incorporating a digital print that depicts details in artist, designer, and architect El Lissitzky’s Cabinet of Abstraction (1927-28), a changeable room/artwork designed to house abstract art within a museum. Modular flat-pack shelving contains a cassette player and collection of hand made tapes with recordings of live concerts by the American countercultural rock band The Grateful Dead, sourced by the artist from the torrent site Pirate Bay. Originally collected by fan, ‘taper’, and later official Grateful Dead archivist Dick Latvala, the cassettes included in The Complex Seer draws parallels between the subcultural Grateful Dead analogue ‘taper’ bootlegging community and the activity of ‘plugging-in’ to contemporary collective online file sharing networks.

Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry
10–12 Artillery St, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6RG
T: +44 (0) 28 7137 3538
E: info@cca-derry-londonderry.org
W: cca-derry-londonderry.org

The Complex Seer | Emily McFarland at CCA, Derry