Posts Categorized: Exhibitions & Events

Happy Carnival | Beat Carnival at Belfast Central Library, Belfast

5 October to 30 November 2017

Beat Carnival has been creating large-scale carnival parades here since bursting onto the city-centre streets with its first Belfast City Carnival in 1995. Over the past 22 years, 90 large-scale carnivals have been produced with artists and participants in our communities.

The “Happy Carnival!” exhibition at Belfast Central Library displays costume, props, photographs and designs from these creative celebrations for all.

Belfast Central Library
Royal Ave, Belfast BT1 1EA, UK
T: +44 28 9050 9150

Large array of negative feelings | Olga Dziubak at Array Studios, Belfast

5 to 7 October 2017

A video installation using the colour purple as a symbol of revolution.

“large array of negative feelings”

permanent state of emergency
to make violence unnecessary
men who speak when they have nothing to say
don’t know what to do with freedom
he interpreted her fight as an expression of her love for humanity

Olga Dziubak is a Polish multimedia artist, working primarily in painting and performance. Thematic interests include: camouflage, the aesthetics of pop culture and of the military, physical and emotional gesture, shame and transgression, and political influence on life and visual culture. She graduated from Academy of Arts in Szczecin with MA in Multimedia Arts in 2016.

Array Studios
48 King Street, BT1 6 Belfast, United Kingdom
T: +44 (0)28 9031 9248

Bands, Beacons, and Bystanders | George Robb at Duncairn Centre, Belfast

6 to 23 October 2017

Launch of a photographic exhibition by Embrace Studios photographer, George Robb. George is from East Belfast and premieres his solo exhibition, Bands, Beacons, and Bystanders, in the Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts in North Belfast, on Friday 6th October, 7pm – 9pm, with the exhibition continuing until 23rd October, supported by National Lottery funding from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Robb’s photographs explore the ‘Orange’ band and ‘Unionist’ culture of the 11th night bonfires and 12th of July parades. It is an observation of individuals in celebratory events simultaneously exploring changes in local cultural and political shifts.   Robb is particularly interested in the interdependence and relationships established in the parade with the bands and the audience.

The images play on the energy created by the community through the experience of fun, joy, and camaraderie; however, he acknowledges, with strong military associations and often considered anti-nationalist it has conflicting connotations.

In this exhibition, Robb poses an alternative narrative in post-conflict Northern Ireland. Highlighting this perspective, he is giving a voice to the community through observation and presentation rather than judgment.

Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts
Duncairn Avenue, Belfast BT14 6BP
T: +44 28 9074 7114

The Tempest: Ireland, Memory, Identity | Hughie O’Donoghue at Belfast International Arts Festival

10 to 28 October

This exhibition of paintings, painted constructions and sculpture draw on the artist’s own experience and connections, people and places that he knew or knew of. In this exhibition for Belfast International Arts Festival, O’Donoghue has expanded on the themes explored in the body of work One Hundred Years and Four Quarters commissioned by Galway International Arts Festival in 2016. Foregrounded are three new major works, some over six meters in length and an extended version of the moving sculpture A Distant Thunder.

Cinema and cinematic scale are one of the motifs of the new tarpaulin paintings exhibited in Belfast which draw their inspiration from (the) early silent cinema, in particular the work of F. W. Murnau, himself a soldier, pilot and survivor of the First World War. The ghostly image of the departing ship (actually the wreck of The Plassy on Inis Oirr) evokes The Demeter of Bram Stoker’s Dracula as envisioned by Murnau in his 1922 masterpiece of German Expressionist cinema, Nosferatu.

The storm that was the last one hundred years is the starting point. Looked at from the perspective of various events O’Donoghue likens the works to the four differing accounts of a murder in Kurosawa’s 1951 film Rashomon. In the film the murder of a Samurai is recounted by four characters; a bandit, the Samurai’s wife, his own ghost and a woodcutter. Their stories are mutually contradictory and self-serving.

The four characters O’Donoghue has evoked are the revolutionary, the soldier, the sailor and the rural farmer.

Through their differing perspectives the events that have shaped the century are alluded to in an attempt to explore the subjective and fugitive nature of truth.

Carlisle Memorial Methodist Church, Carlisle Circus

FIX 17 at Catalyst Arts, Belfast

5 to 9 October
Launching Thursday 5 October, 6pm

Catalyst Arts is pleased to present the highly anticipated International Live Art Biennial FIX17.

FIX is an internationally renowned and distinctly Belfast biennial, established by Catalyst Arts in 1994. For twenty-three years Fix has consistently delivered an innovative programme of local and international live, sonic and performance artists to the city of Belfast and is one of Europe’s longest running live art festivals. The legacy of Fix has been to create opportunities locally for emerging and established practitioners, providing work for artists, photographers, videographers, writers, curators and arts administrators.

For a full programme of events visit:

Catalyst Arts, 5 College Court, Belfast BT1 6BS

material conditions | Group Exhibition at Platform Arts

5 to 20 October
Opening 5 October, 6pm

“without these connections I could not have witnessed the constellation of ideas in local clusters and the transformation that occurs as messages pass from one place to the next” – Nikos Papastergiadis, ‘Spatial Aesthetics’

‘material conditions’ is a collaborative exchange between Platform Arts Belfast and Engage Art Studios Galway, responding to the immaterial and material conditions that transfer into artistic production.

Artists: Cecilia Danell, Jane Queally, Marias Diaz, Michelle Hill, Ruby Wallis, Simon Daly, Vicky Smith.

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

Pioneer | Conor McFeely at QSS Gallery, 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

Telluric | DAS Residency Exhibition at Cotton Court 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,