7 December to 5 January

Loose Thread Quilters is a small group of active quilt makers drawn from all over Northern Ireland. Formed in 1996, the group established to promote the practice and art of patchwork, appliqué and quilting for the traditional quilt maker and the contemporary fabric artist.

The membership covers a wide range of abilities from beginners to tutors of the craft, all united by a common love of fabric art. Through a programme of exhibitions around the country, fellow quilters and the general public are able to enjoy the work.

2 Victoria Road,
BT40 1RN
T: 028 28 262443

Christmas Quilts | Loose Thread Quilters at Larne Museum and ...

18 November to 14 January

Archive film footage of Northern Ireland’s rich tradition of making has inspired Film | Makers, an exhibition of contemporary work. The exhibition includes new pieces from six makers responding to heritage footage from Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive. In celebration of Northern Ireland’s rich craft landscape past and present, six contemporary makers were invited to produce new work in response to the historic footage. From this inspiring starting point filmmakers TACA delved into the creative process of each maker and documented their journeys in a series of short films that illuminate the new archive-inspired works.

The exhibition features commissioned works by the makers:

Sharon Adams, using wood, metal and textiles; Sheena Devitt, stone carving; Alison Fitzgerald, basketmaking and willow work; Nicola Gates, weaving and textiles; Ronan Lowery, contemporary furniture in wood.; Peter Surginor, contemporary works in porcelain.

Their works are accompanied by films by TACA of the contemporary makers at work in their studios, shown alongside artefacts and the Digital Film Archive footage that inspired them.

Nerve Visual
Building Eighty81, Ebrington, Derry, Northern Ireland
T: +44 28 7116 0237

Film | Makers : Group Exhibition at Nerve Visual, Derry

9 December to 17 February

The F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio and Gallery will host a exhibition from this December to celebrate the artistic contribution made by Banbridge Art Club, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2018.

Established in 1976, Banbridge Art Club is one of Northern Ireland’s most successful local art clubs, with a dedicated and growing membership committed to the development of outstanding artistic talent and learning. For this year, and into early next year, the F.E. McWilliam Gallery will mark the contribution made by Banbridge Art Club to artistic life locally and regionally with the exhibition– Self-Reflections: 40 Years of Banbridge Art Club., Which focuses on self-portraiture and includes more than 20 stunning paintings and drawings created by its members inspired by a series of selected works from the National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland, housed at the University of Limerick.

Alongside the self-portraits created by local artists, the exhibition also incorporates 45 other significant works from Ireland’s National Self-Portrait Collection in Limerick which were carefully selected by the club’s members. The chosen works feature self-portraits by well-known contemporary Ulster artists including Joseph McWilliams, David Crone, Deborah Brown, Basil Blackshaw and Mark Shields; historical figures George Russell, Sean Keating, Dan O’Neill and Jack B. Yeats.

The exhibition also includes works inspired by contemporary Irish artists including Bernadette Kiely, Robert Ballagh and John Shinnors.

F.E. McWilliam Gallery, 200 Newry Rd, Banbridge
T: +44 28 4062 3322

Self-Reflections: 40 years of Banbridge Art Club at F.E. McWilliam ...

8 December to 27 January

Ards Arts Centre is delighted to host an exhibition of recent paintings from father and daughter, Brian Ballard and Lisa Ballard.

Lisa’s work furthers her exploration of colour and light through landscape painting, shown alongside Brian’s three genres of painting, Still life, Landscape and Life.

Ards Arts Centre
Town Hall, Conway Square, Newtownards, Co. Down BT23 4NP
T: 028 9181 0803

Paintings | Brian and Lisa Ballard at Ards Arts Centre, ...

1 December to 24 January
Opening: Friday 1 December, 7pm

In this exhibition of new work, Martin examines societal attitudes surrounding contemporary forms of mindfulness in a digital age, and questions its various associations to practices of occultism and worship. The title of the exhibition is adapted from a quote by the 13th century Persian poet and mystic Rumi, who originally wrote, “Be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop”, alluding to ideas of letting go, shedding inner demons and thereby submitting oneself to higher

transcendental states of consciousness. Having been taught the practice of transcendental meditation (TM) himself at the age of 11, Martin combines influences from personal experience with research into narratives surrounding tropes of contemporary occultism such as gurus, garments and symbols. A personal choice to remove himself almost entirely from most social media platforms also led to an interest in alternative forms of engaging with the self and how that can benefit a stronger awareness of mental health.

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

Millennium Court Arts Centre
William Street, Portadown
T: 0044 2838 394415

Let the Dead Leaves Fall | Miguel Martin at Millennium ...

21 November, 7pm

For twenty years, Sultan Zeib Khan has kept watch over a ruined Neolithic necropolis in the Sharjah desert in the United Arab Emirates. Although majestic, the wide–angle shots have no monumentalising intent: the beauty and extent of the site speak for themselves. What is playing out here is the possibility for one man to become part of a landscape that overwhelms him yet seems to need his help. Seen under the silhouette of a rock about to devour him or as a dwarfed gure spade in hand walking from the back of the frame, Sultan curiously busies himself from day to day to prevent the ruins… from falling into ruin.

The Digger, 2015, Video – 30 min
Courtesy of the artist and Galerie Imane Farès

Screening as part of Foyle Film Festival.

Void, Patrick Street, Derry, BT48 7EL Northern Ireland
T: +44(0)28 7130 8080

The Digger | Ali Cherri Film Screening at Void, Derry

1 to 24 November 2017

“I began to think of the space where the tree had been or would have been. In my
mind’s eye I saw it as a kind of luminous emptiness, a warp and waver of light…”
From Seamus Heaney’s essay on Kavanagh, “The Placeless Heaven” 1987

Drawing has always played a supporting, yet intrinsic role in the artist’s practice. Much of Barry’s studio work originates in a sketchbook, with studies created in situ and solely for the purpose of providing reference material. The work is reactionary and immediate, with a vitality and authenticity that is impossible to replicate. This body of work is a response to this self-imposed catch-22, borne of a long held desire to place drawing at the forefront of the artist’s practice. Deliberately monochromatic, the pieces expose the landscapes in their most primitive and fundamental forms.

Unit 20 Dunlop Industrial Units
8 Balloo Drive
BT19 7QY
T: 028 9146 0595

Warp & Waver | Tristan Barry at Seacourt: The Centre ...

27 October to 16 December
Opening Friday 27 October at 7pm.

Living and working between Amsterdam and Kolkata, India, Praneet Soi often develops work through an intuitive understanding of his social, economic and cultural landscape. One of his continuing concerns is the casting of a personal narrative over politicised subject matter. This installation is presented across CCA’s three gallery spaces and is the artist’s most significant presentation in Ireland and the UK to date.

The exhibition will include recent paintings and a newly commissioned sculpture. A video work incorporating the artist’s documentation of the Smyth & Gibson luxury shirt factory in Derry and the Mughal Minto Album at the Chester Beatty Library in Dublin is mapped to play on a specially designed curvilinear wall. Included within this body of works is Srinagar – on loan from the Van Abbemuseum collection – an extensive installation of wall-based drawings/texts and 47 papier-mâché tiles meticulously hand-painted with experimental motifs and patterns by the artist and Kashmiri artisans.

Patterns (The Falling Figures and other stories) is generously supported by the British Council, the Mondriaan Foundation, and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. With special thanks to the Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin, the Chester Beatty Library, Dublin, and Smyth & Gibson, Derry.

Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry
10–12 Artillery St, Derry~Londonderry, BT48 6RG
T: +44 (0) 28 7137 3538

Patterns (The Falling Figures and other stories) | Praneet Soi ...