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Unsettlement | Paul Moore at Platform Arts, Belfast

7 to 22 July
Opening night, 6 July, 6.45pm, with a procession-performance ceremony on the ground floor of Platform Arts

This exhibition is the latest outcome of the artist Paul Moore’s ongoing #nonarnia project. This Belfast-focused project critiques the adoption of fantastic cultural icons as signifiers of the gentrification processes.

For ‘Unsettlement’ Moore, a multidisciplinary Belfast-based artist, will take over Gallery 1 of Platform Arts Belfast in July to create a No-Narnia No-Fantasy artistic comment to these administration-directed processes in Belfast.

Curated by Moran Been-noon

Take part on #nonarnia and #atthelampost
Check for updates on www.nonarnia.com

Platform Arts, 1 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA
T: 028 9031 1301
E: platformbelfast@gmail.com
W: platformartsbelfast.com

domestic affairs | Group Exhibition at Platform Arts

7 to 22 July
Opening Thurs 6 July, 6-9pm

Francesco Simeti | Zsofia Schweger | Ursula Burke
Curated by Hayley Gault

We are inside and outside it. No so-called ‘elevated’ activity can be reduced to it, nor can it be separated from it…And another thing: do you think art is external and superior to real life…? Similarly, do you think that politics and state are above everyday life and external to society?

Gallery 2
Platform Arts, 1 Queen Street, Belfast, BT1 6EA
T: 028 9031 1301
E: platformbelfast@gmail.com
W: platformartsbelfast.com

BIBLE | Momo Okabe at Framewerk, Belfast

23 June to 22 July

In these award-winning, explicit portraits, Okabe sensitively presents her subjects: two of her transgender lovers who are going through the intense period of their transitions.

Okabe is the first Japanese photographer to receive FOAM’s Paul Huf award (a photography prize initiated by Dutch museum FOAM for photographers under 35 across the world) in 2015.

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Framewerk, 10 Upper Newtownards Road, BT4 3EL Belfast
T: +44 7931 655 155
E: framewerkbelfast@gmail.com
W: framewerkbelfast.com

Je t’aime moi aussi | Olivier Fermariello at Arts + Disability Forum Gallery, Belfast

22 June to 22 July
The exhibition will launch on Thursday 22 June, 5.30pm.

Arts + Disability Forum, in conjunction with Belfast Photo Festival, are pleased to present Je t’aime moi aussi, a collection of photographic works by Italian photographer Olivier Fermariello., The artist will be present at the exhibition opening to discuss how his photographic lens allows him to develop relationships between formal distance and intimacy, desire and impossibility. Born from his fascination with the complex relationship between Other and Self, Fermariello uses these intimate portraits to uncover the taboo of sex and disability.

By providing a window into the most intimate chambers of private domestic life, Je t’aime moi aussi is an exhibition that feels both voyeuristic and touchingly familiar. Choosing to confront and dispel the conventional expectation and acceptance of traditional physical beauty, Fermariello engages the viewer with a sexual aesthetic that is rarely seen and frequently denied.

Fermariello captures his subjects both in moments of domestic mundanity, and in moments of erotic fulfilment. With gentle guidance and careful skill, the end results are honest rather than fetishised. Fermariello’s nudes are courageous and proud, curious and provocative, tender and open; they defiantly dare the viewer to question their prejudices, to see what has for so long remained unseen.

Arts and Disability Forum
109-113 Royal Avenue,
Belfast, N.Ireland BT1 1FF
T: +44 28 9023 9450
E: info@adf.ie
W: adf.ie

Proximity | Platform and Pollen Studio Exchange Exhibition, Belfast

8 June to 6 July 2017
Platform Arts and Pollen Studios

Exhibition continues: Thursday 6th July with a closing evening Late Night Art July.

Proximity brings together new work from selected Pollen and Platform studio members. The exhibition creates a varied cross-section of visual art from within the close proximity of both collectives in the area of Queen Street. This exchange encouraged the studio artists’ to explore new surroundings in the form of a collaborative ‘exchange of space’ and create new work based on the idea of collaboration and celebration.

Featured Artists at Platform: Alice Clark, Jayne Cherry, Rebecca Smyth, Sinead Breathnach-Cashell, Aimee Magee and Rebekah Robinson.
Featured Artists at Pollen: Jack Cole, Andrew Glenn, Jacqueline Huskisson and Eamon Quinn.


Reception to Announce the Winner of The Suki Tea Art Prize, Belfast

Friday 9 June, 6pm
Official announcement at 6.30pm
Suki Tea HQ, 6 Twin Spires, Belfast, BT12 3JF.

The Suki Tea Art Prize offers professional artists a chance to win a two month, fully-funded, artist residency at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris, including flights, accommodation, studio space, a monthly stipend, and superb networking opportunities. The prize is worth over £4,000 and aims to provide artists with an opportunity to respond to a new environment and develop new work.

Courtesy of Suki Tea, and facilitated by the Arts & Business NI Investment Programme, Visual Artists Ireland initiated the prize in 2015. The prize is open to all professional artists resident in Northern Ireland and all Visual Artists Ireland members in the Republic of Ireland working in all visual art forms at all career stages. Colin Darke was announced as the inaugural winner of the £2000 prize at Stormont in October 2015.

Noel Kelly, CEO of Visual Artists Ireland said “It has been a great pleasure working with Suki Tea, Arts and Business Northern Ireland, and the Centre Culturel Irlandais in the development of this great opportunity. The winner will follow in the footsteps of well-known artists such as Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne, Henri Rousseau, Pablo Picasso, and Henry Matisse who all spent at least part of their careers being inspired by the unique atmosphere that Paris offers to those seeking inspiration. The winner will enjoy two months during which they can engage and immerse themselves in a city that defines the word creativity for many.”

Belfast School of Art Annual Student Exhibition

2 to 10 June

Come and see exciting, unexpected and innovative work made by our students in dynamic studios in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter.

View the work of future creative leaders in Contemporary Applied Arts: ceramics, jewellery and silversmithing; Animation; Interaction Design; Graphic Design and Illustration; Photography; Fine Art: painting, printmaking, drawing, sculpture, time-based art, performance, digital media, video; Textile Art, Design and Fashion and more

Ulster University
25-51 York St, Belfast

Catalyst Commissions | Aideen Doran and Ryan Moffett at Catalyst Arts

1 to 8 June
Preview: Thursday 1 June 6pm

Catalyst Arts is delighted to present ‘Catalyst Commissions’ which brings together two artists, Aideen Doran and Ryan Moffett, who have been selected to develop new work over a three month and one year period, respectively, with support from the board of directors at Catalyst Arts. This exhibition is the culmination of a research and development period for both artists with new lens based works presented in the gallery.

In his practice Belfast based artist Ryan Moffett explores the topics of representation, authenticity and fiction. Creating fictional narratives influenced by factual events, he explores the perceived ‘truths’ held within research rich spaces, such as documentary practice, museums, national geographic magazines, anthropological texts, and zoological gardens.

Glasgow based artist Aideen Doran was selected as part of a Members open call for a new artist moving image commission in partnership with FLATPACK, Birmingham, 2017. Doran presented a new work entitled ‘The Mechanical Child’ which premiered as part of ‘On the Edge’ screening event at FLATPACK. This new work of Doran emerges from the artist’s research into the nature of consciousness, exploring the possibilities for new kinds of empathy and exchange between human and non-human minds. It draws upon the 20th century psychiatrist Bruno Bettelheim’s case study of ‘Joey, A Mechanical Boy’, published in his (since discredited) book The Empty Fortress.

Catalyst Arts, 5 College Court, Belfast BT1 6BS
E: catalystarts@gmail.com
W: catalystarts.org.uk

Artist Talk | Juno Calypso at Golden Thread Gallery

Saturday, June 3, 2017
1:00pm to 2:00pm

In 2011, after two decades of taking pictures of herself in private, Juno began a series of self-portraits in which she staged herself as a fictional character named Joyce.

Without knowing how to explain what she was doing at the time, she used her grandmothers’ houses, or rented bedrooms online, and took pictures of herself while the hosts were asleep. Once alone she used Joyce to reenact the private underlife of a woman consumed by the laboured construct of femininity, carried out to the point of ritualised absurdity.

In this talk Juno will discuss her photographic practice and staged self-portraits, where she enacts solitary moments of preparation and anticipation with her alter ego.

Please RSVP to info@gtgallery.co.uk or ring Ruth or Deirdre 028 90330920 if you would like to book a place.

Belfast Photo Festival
All Welcome. Admission FREE. Tea, Coffee and Biscuits available at £1 per head or bring your own lunchbox.

Golden Thread Gallery, 84-94 Great Patrick St, Belfast BT1 2LU
T: +44 28 9033 0920
E: info@gtgallery.co.uk
W: www.goldenthreadgallery.co.uk/events/artist-talk-juno-calypso

Free Now | Pierre Liebaert at Queen Street Gallery, Belfast

1 to 30 June
Opening Thursday 1 June, 6pm

Free Now is part of the 2017 Belfast Photo Festival, the Photographic Biennial for the island of Ireland. This year, the Festival has taken as its inspiration the visual politics of sexuality and the ways in which the camera is used to construct and deconstruct gender binaries.

Pierre Liebaert invites us to a strange in-camera experience. In response to an ad placed by Pierre, models volunteered to pose nude and anonymously before the camera – as if this face to face with the unknown photographer was the one thing they had been waiting for.

By posing nude and masked, revealing imperfect bodies at odds with the standards of erotic photography, these men had nothing else in mind but to abandon themselves to the gaze of the other. The resulting photograph is for them a document which bears witness to this sublimation; a ‘photograph as proof’, an image of their momentary freedom.

Queen Street Gallery and Studios
31-33 Bedford Street, Belfast City Centre
Phone: +44 28 90 24 31 45
E: gallery@queenstreetstudios.net
W: queenstreetstudios.net

Late Night Art Belfast | Thursday 1 June

Late Night Art Belfast happens on the first Thursday of every month with over a dozen galleries opening their doors for an evening celebration of the vibrant visual arts scene in Belfast.

Join in around the world next week by following the hashtag #LNAB and reshare your favourite images, videos and surprises with your friends and colleagues.


Fully guided bus tour departs from outside the front of the Linenhall Library at 6.30pm and finishes approx. 9.15pm. Join this tour by booking through paypal on www.belfastarttours.co.uk or by ringing the Townhouse on 028 90311798. £10 per person.


Or make your way around the galleries at your own pace. Here are just some of the highlights of this Late Night Art:


Solo exhibition by John Connolly
Goose Lane Gallery @ Tivoli Barbers
15 North St, Belfast BT1 1LA
Exhibition runs from 1st June until 22nd June


Juno Calypso
Golden Thread Gallery
There will be a pre-launch tour of the exhibition with Juno Calypso at 5.30pm on 1 June.
1 June to 22 July

84-94 Great Patrick St, Belfast BT1 2LU
T: +44 28 9033 0920
E: info@gtgallery.co.uk
W: goldenthreadgallery.co.uk


Golden Thread Gallery

Abridged launches its 0 – 1979 issue. Come and grab a free copy! Also some great art to see! This issue is in collaboration with the Belfast Photo Festival


Of Objects and Me
Iiu Susiraja
01 to 30 June 2017
Opening: Thursday, 01 June, 6-9 pm

11 North St, Belfast BT1 1NA
T: +44 28 9023 5912
E: pssquared@btconnect.com
W: pssquared.org


The Naughton Gallery at Queen’s
01 June to 30 July
Open 1st June from 5.30pm with a live set by GIRL

The Naughton Gallery
Queens University Belfast
T:+44 28 9024 5133
E: art@qub.ac.uk
W: www.naughtongallery.org


Abandoned; Not Forgotten?
The Engine Room

6.30pm – 8.30pm

A multidisciplinary installation by
Visual artist Lise McGreevy, artist and composer Marie Therese Davis, poet Jim Johnston and film maker Paul Whittaker

Engine Room Gallery
Portview Trade Centre, 310 Newtownards Road, Belfast
T: +44 7591 202287
E: info@engineroomgallerybelfast.com
W: engineroomgallerybelfast.com


Pierre Liebaert
QSS Bedford Street Gallery

Opening: Thursday 1 June 2017, 18.00 – 21.00
Exhibition dates: 2 to 30 June 2017

Queen Street Gallery and Studios
31-33 Bedford Street, Belfast City Centre
Phone: +44 28 90 24 31 45
E: gallery@queenstreetstudios.net
W: http://www.queenstreetstudios.net


Clare Strand
Belfast Exposed Photography Gallery

28 April to 17 June 2017

Belfast Exposed Photography
The Exchange Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast
T: +44 (0)28 9023 0965
E: info@belfastexposed.org
W: belfastexposed.org


Golden Thread Gallery
Greater than I – Stuart Calvin

4 May – 17 June, 2017

84-94 Great Patrick St, Belfast BT1 2LU
T: +44 28 9033 0920
E: info@gtgallery.co.uk
W: goldenthreadgallery.co.uk



Real Sketchy
The Green Room @ The Black Box

When Late Night Art just isn’t late enough, Real Sketchy is here for you. (I mean 9pm isn’t really that late is it but ‘Early Night, Tucked Up in Bed with an Ovaltine by Nine Art’ doesn’t really scan does it)

InkMonkey Art Supplies provide the pens and paper, Black Box serve up the booze & pizza and we scan the hell out of everything while playing you the finest tunage.

You’d be surprised the amount of fun you can have with a pencil, a scanner and a premium Spotify account.

Oh and it’s free in like!


Belfast Photo Festival – Launch Night
Bullitt Hotel

The party to launch the 2017 Belfast Photo Festival will be lead by one of the hottest DJ groups to come out of Northern Ireland, the one and only Schmutz. This energising house and techno duo will have you hear subtle bells ring, percussion rattle and a whole load of twisting and turning for some nearing the end of the night.

The night will also feature screenings in partnership with LensCulture and Festival Circulations

The Honeymoon Suite | Juno Calypso at Golden Thread Gallery

1 June to 22 July
There will be a pre-launch tour of the exhibition with Juno Calypso at 5.30pm on Thursday 1 July

The Honeymoon Suite is possibly Juno Calypso’s most startling photographic mission. Dressed in lurid pastels and a wig, Calypso’s one-woman tour of honeymoon hotels defies the typical perceptions of gender and identity through an edgy prism of wit, humour and courageous vulnerability.

Since 2011 Calypso has used a fictional alter ego named Joyce to “reenact the private underlife of a woman consumed by the laboured construct of femininity”. The Honeymoon Suite is a continuation of the ‘Joyce’ series. In the Spring of 2015 Calypso spent a week posing as a travel writer at a couples-only honeymoon resort in Pennsylvania USA. She was granted keys for every suite in the resort where she photographed herself alone as Joyce.

Juno Calypso’s disconcerting way of presenting the body, generally her own body, to the public puts two fingers up at the male gaze and subverts Jean Claude Forest’s Barbella as a psychedelic comic-strip heroine. Barbarella was a hedonistic, free-spirited, interplanetary astronaut travelling the universe in search of love whereas Calypso’s Joyce protaganist is searching for something darker and more challenging.



Golden Thread Gallery, 84-94 Great Patrick St, Belfast BT1 2LU
T: +44 28 9033 0920
E: info@gtgallery.co.uk
W: goldenthreadgallery.co.uk