The Exhibitionist|16|A Matter of Life and Death


Connie Kiernan and his brother in law Michael Donoghue spent 6 months and all of their savings , not to mention having to beg, borrow and steal materials to construct a Wall of Death in a field behind their house in County

This week I recommend checking out the new show opening at RUA RED, A MATTER OF LIFE AND DEATH, new work by Glasgow based artist Stephen Skrynka which deals with the obsession, risk and human cost associated with following a dream. His work examines the story of Connie Kiernan and his brother in law Michael Donoghue who, in 1977, spent 6 months and all of their savings on constructing a Wall of Death in a field behind their house in County Longford and the subsequent film made about their story called Eat the Peach. This show follows the artist’s quest to attempt to learn to ride the Wall of Death himself. This extraordinary piece of fairground architecture comprises an oversized wooden barrel, 26 feet in diameter and 20 feet high and will house an audience of 200 people viewing the action perched on a viewing platform along the top. As part of the exhibition the world-renowned Messham Brothers will be riding the Wall of Death and the artist himself will even be giving it a go. Not to be missed, I reckon.(via RUARED)

Wall of Death in action -
Wall of Death in action via RUA RED

There’s also some sad news for the arts in Britain this week as IdeasTap announce their closure after six years. The charity has been awarding grants to people in the creative industries, Peter De Haan, the founder, Chairman and principal funder of IdeasTap, explains why the charity is closing;

My trustees and I could see the impact it was going to have on young people leaving education and, in particular, we were concerned about those entering the arts and creative industries. We wanted to do something about it, and IdeasTap was our response: funding for creative projects, unique industry opportunities, training, advice, online and offline networking, job listings and more – all for free.

We’ve grown quickly, with just shy of 200,000 members across the UK today and millions of people visiting our website every year. We’ve given away more than £2.3m in funding and mentoring to our members and 62,000 people have benefited from opportunities we’ve created. That’s quite aside from those who have met collaborators through our site, found jobs or been inspired by our editorial and advice…Despite our success, to-date IdeasTap has been primarily funded by my charitable trust. Our efforts to secure government or corporate support have failed – and my charitable trust, which was set up in 1999 to improve the quality of life for people and communities in the UK, will soon run out of money. The result, regrettably, is that IdeasTap will close three months from now.(via IdeasTap)

Shows opening this week

David Begley at The Linenhall Arts Centre, Mayo

6 March – 11 April | Opening Friday 6 March at 7.30pmBreathe is a solo exhibition of charcoal animations by David Begley. David will introduce his new work and speak about the processes involved in the making of his charcoal animations.
T: 094 902 3733

Paul Woods at Tipperary Excel Arts Centre Gallery

Fields of War – Contemporary Approaches to Painting WW1
Exhibition of paintings by Paul Woods
27th February – 1st April
Tipperary Excel Arts Centre Gallery, Mitchell Street, Tipperary

2014 marks 100 years since the start of the First World War. Warfare and conflict are the predominant themes in the work of the artist Paul Woods. He believes that events of the past, though often unresolved or misrepresented, have a great influence on our understanding of society and community now. Through his art he deals with past and present traumas from history and tries to engage the viewers in the process of deconstructing generally accepted opinions. “The Iron Harvest” deals with the scars and wounds left on the land and on the people in the aftermath of WW1. The exhibition follows the trail of the main battles fought on the Western Front, including the Marne, the Somme, Ypres and Verdun, taking a bird’s eye view of the pummelled landscape. The paintings themselves are depicted in an abstract expressionist style, which bonds well with the original sourced archival photographic imagery. Many of the photographic images sourced for the painting process come from aerial photography and topographical views of the landscape in war. These images often have an inherent surreal and abstract visual quality. The photographs from WW1 capture powerfully the iconic images of the soldier in his war torn landscape, therefore the figure in the landscape is an important and integral part of the visual imagery of many of the exhibited paintings.

The “Iron Harvest” is the annual “harvest” of unexploded ordnance, barbed wire, shrapnel, bullets and congruent trench supports collected by Belgian and French farmers after ploughing their fields. The harvest generally applies to the material from World War I, which is still found in large quantities across the former Western Front. |


‘The Secret of Kells’ | Exhibition of Prints at the Droichead Arts Centre

4 March – 18 April
Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, Co. Louth

An exhibition of prints from the acclaimed animated film The Secret of Kells will be on display at the Droichead Arts Centre.

This is your opportunity to visit this exhibition of limited edition art prints of scenes from The Secret of Kells, the critically-acclaimed animated feature film by Kilkenny’s Cartoon Saloon.


Stephen Skrynka at RUA RED

A Matter of Life and Death
Stephen Skrynka
March 14 – April 11 2015 | Opening  March 13, 6pm
RUA RED, Tallaght

Is Art Worth Dying For? Ireland’s Wall of Death is brought back to life.

A new exhibition by artist Stephen Skrynka recreates Ireland’s famed Wall of Death, as immortalised in the film ‘Eat The Peach’. This story has it all, death-defying stunts, a 1970’s dream coming true, young Pat Kenny, a vanished film director, Elvis Presley, and an exhibition tying them all together and asking the question: “Is Art Worth Dying For?” Inside RUA RED Skrynka will build his own wall of death paper replica as part of the multi media exhibition, to include performance, painting, mosaic, animations and projections. Stephen Skrynka was inspired to create the exhibition by a quote from Michael Powell, who when talking about his 1948 film ‘The Red Shoes’ said “Art is something worth dying for”.

Screenings and Events:

Live Event: Friday April 10 & Saturday April 11, Motorcyclists from Messham’s*, the original stunt riders on ‘Eat The Peach’, will ride the Wall of Death for the public, with performances beginning on the hour each day from 12pm – 7pm. The original stunt bike used in the film can also been seen at RUA RED during the Messham’s live events.

Symposium: Friday April 10, 2pm The Art of Risk. Bringing together practitioners of the creative arts from a variety of backgrounds, to explore the pitfalls and creative potential of risk through presentations, provocations and performances.

Film Screenings: Eat The Peach will be screened regularly throughout the exhibition.

For Further Information
E: [email protected]
T:087 675 5329


Contemporarte: Visions of Contemporary Andalusia | Group Exhibition at Instituto Cervantes Dublin

25 February – 27 March
Instituto Cervantes Dublin, Lincoln House, Lincoln Pl, Dublin 2

What would you think of a photography competition that allows artists to learn about the visual arts dealing game? In Contemporarte, judges decide whether a piece deserves to be selected, not only based in its beauty, the harmony of its composition or the groundbreaking of its proposal, but also in how the artist has a sense of reality and has fixed a fair price following the criteria of the market.

Contemporarte aims for artists to experiment some reality bites about how to confront the difficult task of promoting yourself and survive the rules of the real world. The contest is part of the framework Proyecto Atalaya, which helps the collaboration of public universities in Andalusia to promote culture, artists and arts programmes on-line, and works as an observatory of the arts in this region of Southern Spain. Contemporarte started awarding new creators in 2009. Now, after five years of working to offer a selection of the best and more competitive artistic photography by university students, has put together an exhibition to display the valuable works of all this new talent.

‘Contemporarte: Visions of Contemporary Andalusia’ includes a broad and wide-ranging collection of works. The exhibition includes the realism of ‘Trabajando’ (Working) or the combative ‘Mujeres y capacidades’ (Women and abilities). It showcases the exotic landscapes of ‘Iceland 2009?, the intimacy of ‘Mujeres y desdichas’ (Women and Misfortunes) or the classically inspired ‘Retratos de Marta’ (Portraits of Marta). The suggestive and provocative aesthetic of ‘Descendiendo (Descending)’ and ‘La excepción confirma la regla’ (The Exception Confirms the Rule) by María Luna Huertas, awarded not once but twice at the competition and the evocative pieces ‘Ramar’, ‘Mare Nostrum Y’ or ‘S/T’ are some of the works exhibited at Instituto Cervantes Dublin, from 25th February.

Contemporarte will stay in Dublin until 27th March, offering the possibility to admire the most recent photography created in Andalusia, a series of contemporary images with diverse aesthetics to allow you to value the visual wealth of these young creators’ works.


The Unofficial Parade: A4 Sounds and Triangular Brush at MART

14 March
A4 Sounds and Triangular Brush present a 7 hour art exhibition as parade with Laura Buckley, Paul Bloof, Jeni Johnson, Jenna Lee Eaton, Triangular Brush (Jojo Hynes, Annelie Fawke, Joanne Newman) and Flight of Fancy ( Marie Denham, Megan Woods, Cal Folger Day).
190a Rathmines Road Lower, Dublin 6, Ireland


Ériu at IMMA

16 March 2015
Guerilla Shout, Macnas and Felix Power

On St. Patrick’s Eve, Body&Soul will wrap an age old tradition in a contemporary cloak at IMMA for ÉRIU. The Baroque Chapel, Great Hall and ambient vaults will be brought to life for a cultural evening brimming with visual art installations, decadent dining and a carefully chosen music lineup.

The Macnas Hare inspired by the late Seamus Heaney’s ‘The Names Of The Hare’ will illuminate the night sky above IMMA’s historic courtyard. Art installations from Felix Power will adorn the North Wing accompanied by atmospheric visuals from multi-disciplined creative collective Guerilla Shout.

A wild Irish feast will first be served by masqueraders to a limited number of guests in a candelit banquet, courtesy of Keith Coleman (The Fumbally) and Katie Sanderson (Living Dinners, Dillisk), fuelling a reverie of traditional Irish music, old-school electronica and pop/folk melodies. Lineup includes LAMB, jape, Máirtín O’Connor Band, Donal Dineen, Katie Kim, Margie Lewis, Subplots and Landless.

Venue: Irish Museum of Modern Art, Royal Hospital, Military Road, Kilmainham, Dublin 8.
Dress code: Excessive/Transgressive
Further information:
E: [email protected]

 Sean Healy at Steambox, Dublin 8

13 – 22 March 2015 | opening 12 March 6pm

Rust: The Forgotten Truth by Sean Healy features a six year body of oxidation works.
School Street, Dublin 8


‘The Untold Want’ | Group Exhibition at the RHA

The Untold Want
13 March – 26 April
Royal Hibernian Academy, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2

THE untold want, by life and land ne’er granted,
Now, Voyager, sail thou forth, to seek and find.

Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass (1871-72)

Examining notions of immensity, nature, mortality and freedom, this exhibition will include work by Irish and international artists such as: Agnes Martin, Robert Gober, William McKeown, Vivienne Dick, Vija Celmins, Mary McIntyre, Félix González-Torres, Andrew Vickery, Ana Mendieta, and Dorothy Cross, amongst others.

This major group exhibition has been curated by RHA Director, Patrick T. Murphy and Caroline Hancock, curator of the William McKeown Foundation. The selection aims to create a stimulating relational environment between the chosen works in the gallery spaces.

This exhibition has been made possible through the support of the Joseph F. McCrindle Foundation.


Joe Dunne at the RHA

Life Stilled
13 March – 26 April
Royal Hibernian Academy, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2
A selection of still-life and interior-based paintings present particular aspects of Joe Dunne’s work.

These compositions have emerged and evolved in two familiar settings; mainly the studio and interiors of his home in south Dublin, and to a lesser degree, the environment within the RHA Drawing School where he has held the position of Principal from 2011 to 2014. This significant involvement with the School re-emphasised the approach and discipline of painting stimulated by direct observation. The selected works were tackled in this way and perhaps this process promotes a more genuine and sometimes unexpected outcome.

Usually, the primary stimulus is the formal, abstract and poetic aspect. Sometimes the choice of subject, whether conscious or unconscious, admits other elements, so an awareness of meaning may enter the process or be perceived on viewing the finished work.

In this sense, the predominant aesthetic and approach is reminiscent of a haiku poem. The paintings express a way of looking at nature and life through everyday subjects and experience, whether beautiful or ugly, exalted or humble. They are not overtly metaphorical but instead encourage the viewer to just pause and take notice. Being modest in scale, the works offer a momentary insight into the essence of the ordinary, or at least call to mind such a moment. |


Peter Maybury at The Library Project

Make Ready
5 – 22 March | Opening: 5 March at 6pm | Opened by Gerard Byrne | Discussion with printer Marcel Meesters
The Library Project, Temple Bar, Dublin 2

Make Ready is an exhibition of Peter Maybury’s studio output over a twenty year period. Rather than a retrospective, it provides an overview of the nature and output of his practice, one which he regards fundamentally as a joint venture. Each undertaking is a collaboration, whether with artists, musicians, architects, printers, programmers, curators, writers, readers or audience. Using the simple mechanism of a shelf to gather and compress information, the exhibition expands for the visitor as they interact with it by browsing and removing items from storage on the shelves for further interrogation. At the core of Peter’s work is this aspect of capture, storage and release. On the shelves are arranged books and prototypes, records & CDs, printed ephemera and artifacts from the process of making, and folders of project documentation. Nearby, a laptop plays out a looped sequence of film, video and audio works.

An accompanying book serves as reader to the exhibition, expanding on the nature of, and strategies at work in Peter’s practice.


Art House Wednesdays | Cinema Screening Nights at MARTCADE

MARTCADE, 46 Rathmines Road Lwr, Dublin 6

MART Cinema is pleased to announce Art House Wednesdays @ 7pm. A new cinema night screening artistic, experimental and independently produced film.

It’s a SURPRISE Cinema Club! Your favourite films shown on our big screen in The MARTCADE – come and hide out in a cosy underground film club! We can’t tell what film will be on (because it’s a surprise) but you can keep an eye out on our social media & mobile app for hints throughout the week!

Three surprise Art House films showing on Wednesday March 4th, 11th and 18th @ 7pm in MARTCADE 46 Rathmines Road Lower.

€5 | BYOB

Book here: |

More information: [email protected]


‘Panorama’ | Group Exhibition at Pallas Projects/Studios

11 – 15 March | Opens Wednesday March 11th at 6pm
Pallas Projects/Studios, 115–117 The Coombe, Dublin 8

Joanne Boyle, Diana Copperwhite, Mollie Douthit, Anne Hendrick, Gillian Lawler, Ruth E. Lyons, Niamh McCann, Aileen Murphy, Sinéad Ní Mhaonaigh, Lesley-Ann O’Connell, Sanja Todorovic, Kathy Tynan and Chanelle Walshe.

Panorama is a group exhibition which brings together the paintings of thirteen women artists who are affiliated with Dublin. The exhibition offers an acknowledgment of the variety and wealth of painting being produced by these artists.

Panorama has been initiated in a spirit of celebration and support, featuring work by artists who are at varying stages of their careers. Each participant has a unique approach to painting as process and medium. Style and subject matter range from real and imagined landscapes to dreams and memory, the animal kingdom, anatomy, architectural space, everyday objects, still life and pure abstraction. While the scope of this exhibition is truly vast, there are also some remarkable consistencies. The intrigue of the exhibition lies within particularities and novelties, but also within subtle similarities between artists and artworks. Panorama aims to look beyond its own boundaries, to a greater territory of painting and to a potential for encounter and discourse, especially between women artists.


Arts and Health Initiative with Deirdre Glenfield at RUA RED Cafe

Lying in Wait | Arts & Health Initiative at RUA RED Cafe
8 March – 21 April 2015 | Opening Tuesday 10 March at 3pm

Arts & Health initiative led by artist in residence,Deirdre Glenfield at the National Centre for Arts and Health, Tallaght Hospital, curated by Alison Baker Kerrigan

The experience for patients attending hospital either as an inpatient or outpatient can be a foreboding one, where time moves strangely and the uncertainty of what lies ahead can be daunting for patients and their families. In a situation where patients often feel out of control, art can serve as a therapeutic and healing tool, helping to reduce stress and anxiety and provides an opportunity for self expression.

This exhibition is a selection of the artworks produced by adult patients attending Tallaght hospital over the last 6 months who engaged with the arts programme run by the National Centre for Arts and Health. It represents a valuable, positive, creative engagement in contrast to the sometimes adverse encounters often experienced within the hospital environment.

Exhibited in conjunction with the patient’s work, is a video artwork by Deirdre Glenfield titled ‘The Waiting Room’, exploring tensions experienced by patients in the waiting room when faced with life changing health implications.

For further information about the exhibition:
RUA RED, South Dublin Arts Centre, Tallaght, Dublin 24

For further information on the arts programme at Tallaght Hospital, contact Hilary Moss, National Centre for Arts and Health
T: 01 414 2076
E: [email protected]


Barbara Craig at Easter Snow Gallery, Seamus Ennis Centre, Naul

Runs until 29 March.
Easter Snow Gallery, Seamus Ennis Centre, Naul, Co. Dublin
Open daily, from 10am to 5pm, admission is free.

Many painters lament that their painting style is too ‘tight’. Artist, Barbara Craig will illustrate how she develops her work to produce spontaneous, loose acrylic landscapes. Barbara will show her sketchbooks of source material; pencil, pen, colour sketches and photographs and demonstrate how a painting progresses from this vital ‘first hand’ information to a finished painting injected with her own personality.

Barbara believes painting should be fun and you need not worry too much about following rules, go with the flow and enjoy yourself! All welcome.

Barbara’s work will be exhibited in our Easter Snow Gallery during February and March.


Boz Mugabe at Ancient Rituals Tattoo & Art Gallery

Fragments of Spring Hellion
14 March – 11 April | Opening: 14 March at 7pm
Ancient Rituals Tattoo & Art Gallery, The Coach House, Chapel Place, Killarney, Co. Kerry

Boz Mugabe is a visual artist believed to be operating somewhere in Dublin, Ireland. His work is an anthropological study of strength, subsistence and tribal instinct. Evolving a cryptic narrative, the work ventures through a dark tangle of dystopia and uncertainty. This uses strange zoomorphic forms, fear of perceived parasites, paranoia, demons and deities as its central elements. Revising and reconstituting these sources skews the evolution of organic life and the physical, psychological and social characteristics assumed to be hardwired into place. |


Tadhg McGrath at Garter Lane Arts Centre

23 Small Pieces
13 March – 29 April | Opening: 13 March at 6pm
Garter Lane Arts Centre, FOH Space, O’Connell Street, Waterford
Open daily Tue – Sat, 11am- 5.30pm

23 Small Pieces opens Fri 13th March at 6pm in Garter Lane Arts Centre FOH Space, kindly sponsored by AIB, Waterford. Runs until Wed 29 April, open daily Tue – Sat, 11am- 5.30pm and during performances.

This small exhibition is composed of boxes and packaging, made according to the exact materials and design of Airfix model kits from the 1970’s and 80’s. They are so realistic that they could easily be taken for real artifacts, but of course these boxes are fictional, as no company ever produced toys like this for the market.

The starting point for the project is the idea of an alternative universe whereby a toy company made playthings based on military and paramilitary parties to the armed conflict, which was raging in Ireland and Britain at that time.The toy boxes are an examination of the visual legacy of political violence, and also function as devices to evoke memories and reactions. They are also funny.

Each one has a picture on the front in the style of the original Airfix illustrations, but rather than stereotypical depictions, the new images are derived from things produced by the parties to the conflict.These pieces are designed to be placed in interstitial spaces such as lobbies and stairways where they can be happened upon, and seen first in passing. Integral to their effect is their non-confrontational quality. They evoke memories of childhood games, while also inviting the viewer to analyse their own feelings about the passing into history of the conflict period.


Smoke and Mirrors Group Exhibition at Garter Lane Arts Centre

Smoke and Mirrors
Opening: 13 March
Garter Lane Arts Centre, O’Connell Street, Waterford

Garter Lane Arts Centre is delighted to present Smoke and Mirrors, an exhibition of new work by Waterford artists Kate Bowe O’Brien, Tom Dalton, Sarah Edmondson and Darragh Lyons which investigates notions of constructed and deconstructed realities. The real and the fabricated.

The work of Kate Bowe O’Brien explores the abstraction and perception of light through photography, video and projection. She is interested in stripping back photographic image making to its most basic elements, creating images that are purely a manipulation of light, just shadows fixed on paper. Kate developed this series of work through an experimental analog process using her own custom-made glass pieces to distort and refract light onto photosensitive paper. The resulting clusters of shadow create patterns that suggest abstract scenes, forms that allude to something that never was.

Notions of entropy inform the work of Tom Dalton. The work is conceived as a means of playfully considering processes of change and degeneration in natural as well as man-made structures and landscapes. Working through drawing, print and object making, works hover between abstraction and figuration, and play on the tensions between the orderly, the intuitive and the chaotic. Rather than fully explain themselves or directly declare their origins, my aim is that these fragments form a series of propositions; a procession of new structures and images that sit somewhere between coming into being and coming undone.

Sarah Edmondson uses many mediums in her work in order to explore a variety of different concepts and themes, including paint, photography, image transfers, cardboard construction, and digital film. In her work there is always an interest in space and the occupation or desolation of that space. Her paintings tend to be non-figurative, instead using inanimate props to convey a message or to translate a story. She looks at our (humans) relationship with objects and how the arrangement of these objects can be used to initiate a personal response or to create a narrative.

Darragh Lyons paintings are metaphors for many different situations, but can be seen as anything from just colour and shape to the more complex metaphorical and metaphysical explorations. His current work in the dichotomy of illusion and reality, and that there are as many different realities as there are experiencers of that supposedly singular reality.


‘No Time For Hysteria’ | 126 Members’ Show at The Burren College of Art

No Time For Hysteria – 126 Members’ Show
6 – 28 March 2015 | Preview: 5 March at 7pm
The Burren College of Art, Newtown Castle, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare

Aoibheann de Brún, David Callan, David Finn, Róisín Foley, Sean Guinan, Austin D.H. Ivers, Breda Lynch, Eimear Jean McCormack, Cormac O’Neill, Kristian Smith, Louise Spokes, Rebecca Strain, Gianna Tomasso.

No Time for Hysteria is a group show of 126 Members’ work. Curated by 126 Gallery and hosted by The Burren College of Art The works selected for this exhibition reveal a recurring engagement with mid – late 20th Century popular culture reflections on social anxiety. The works collectively develop a sense of foreboding mitigated by black humour, much like the documentary that inspired the title of the show The Atomic Cafe*.

The Atomic Cafe was a documentary created from a broad range of 1940s, 50s and 60s archival media footage and US government issued propaganda films which were designed to reassure Americans that the atomic bomb was not a threat to their safety. The film offers a glimpse into an era rife with paranoia, anxiety and misapprehension and illuminates with black humour, the often comic paradoxes of life in the Atomic Age with a genuine nostalgia for an earlier and more innocent time.

References to Doctor Strangelove (Kubrick), WarGames (Badham), Lost Highway (Lynch) and allusions to sci-fi through several works that engage with mutation or dystopias feature in No Time For Hysteria. More than just a re-appropriation of the simulacra of a bygone hysteria, many of the works in this exhibition use the potent visual images of a distinct historical period to point to enduring concerns about our increasingly complex technological relationship with our world and the tactics of sublimation we employ in defence of this. GETTING THERE

For the preview, 126 have arranged a bus leaving from outside the Gallery at 6pm on Thursday 5th March returning from Burren College of Art at 9pm.

Bus tickets cost 8 Euro and are allocated on a first come first served basis. Entrance to the exhibition is free of charge.


Mick O’Dea at Triskel Arts Centre, Cork

The Tan War
Mick O’Dea
13 March – 4 April 2015 | Opening 12 March at 6pm
Triskel Arts Centre, Christchurch, Cork City

The Tan War by Mick O’Dea draws inspiration from the Irish War of Independence which was fought from 1919–1921. The Tan War paintings are taken from three previous series of works, namely his 2010 show, Black and Tans, Troubles from 2012 and 2014’s Split. O’Dea is personally steeped in this period, two uncles served in the Clare Irregulars. As a boy in Ennis, O’Dea served Mass for De Valera and he drew Seán MacBride (who shared a cell with Liam Mellows). O’Dea’s work is infused with more than documentary feeling and the viewer is shown this through his ethical scrutiny of this period. The Tan War has its genesis in hours spent researching the national archives for images and information on this slice of Irish history. The result is a series that highlights both the official and unofficial record through black charcoal and ink washed in the sepia tones recalling old photographs.

The work has been described as challenging and brave. Working from historic photographs, O’Dea brings back to vivid life the figures of this period in all their flawed and slightly sinister humanity. These are gunmen of various hues, living with and on the edge of violence. The Black and Tans and Auxiliaries carry themselves knowingly, presenting a confidant swaggering image to the camera yet always with the overt presence of violence. Guns and holsters are everywhere, forcing the observer to engage with them not as abstract and remote figures, but as real people in a real time and place.

The Tan War is part of Calling Up The Vangard, an exhibition series by guest curator John P Quinlan.


Andi Mcgarry at Limerick School of Art and Design Library

2 – 31 March
200 Artists Book works made by Andi Mcgarry covering the last 30 years on show for the month of March. The books on display can be handled.

Further information contact details:


‘MEAT CLUNK’ | Group Exhibition at the Golden Thread Gallery

Curated by Trinity Miles
5th – 26th March 2015 | Opening 5th March 6pm – 8pm
Golden Thread Gallery, 84-94 Great Patrick Street, Belfast, BT1 2LU

Paddy Bloomer, Helen Lavery, Lisa Malone & Ralf Sanders

MEAT CLUNK is an exquisite marriage of human and mechanical relationships. This visual art exhibition explores cause and effect, with machines and materials tested for tolerance levels.

Paddy Bloomer will give us a vision of the punter’s descent, with his take on the stair lift. There are rumours of strange noises like the Countdown theme tune, combined with a slow motion catering disaster!

Helen Lavery’s Stop Motion Machine began its life as a collection of reclaimed material, traditional binding methods and digital printed stills, using animated footage developed during her residency at Digital Arts Studios. Come in and see how it has transformed. The Machine has evolved!

Lisa Malone makes a magical conversation happen between her steel drawing and its own shadow. Malone is an artist that knows how to describe her world with a pure and simple line that wanders, twists and then hops quickly off into the horizon.

Ralf Sander has collected tubas and trumpets from around the world to create a new instrument with an important message. The Armageddon Machine is a sculptural construction exploring the use of fear to reduce our human rights, a powerful instrument of manipulation which will have you asking questions about the world in which we live. We welcome children and families to spend some time in the space making fantastically freaky paper dolls for the duration of the exhibition, think Lady Gaga’s meat dress meets nuts and bolts!

MEAT CLUNK is open to the public and is part of the Belfast Children’s Festival 2015. Everyone is welcome and admission is FREE.

For further information see our website:


‘When the Wind Blows’ | Group Exhibition at Millennium Court Arts Centre

When the Wind Blows
Curated By Yumi Song & Shiro Masuyama
Opening: Friday 13 March, 7-9pm
Millennium Court Arts Centre, William Street,Portadown, Co Armagh, BT623NX

Millennium Court Arts Centre presents When the Wind Blows, a cultural exchange between Fukushima, Japan and Portadown, Northern Ireland, curated by Japan based curator Yumi Song and Northern Ireland based artist and curator Shiro Masuyama.

Featuring artists Ursula Burke (IE/NI), Zoë Murdoch (IE/NI), Shiro Masuyama (JP/NI), Chiharu Mizukawa (JP), Jun Kawada (JP), Kouichi Tabata (JP/DE), L? (HK), Nobuhiro Kuzuya (JP), Nyubo Abe (JP), Ryo Shimizu (JP), Satoru Aoyama(JP), Shingo Aruga (JP), Taihei (JP), Takashi Hokoi (JP), Tohru Matsushita (JP), Yuji Shimono (JP) and Arafudo Art Annual(JP).


Ulster University’s Festival of Art & Design 2015: Events

11 – 18 March 2015
UFAD & the Sheelagh Foundation present a series of walks, talks, tours and discussions. Contributors include Sarah Browne and Sara Greavu, Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry-Londonderry, Charlotte Bosanquet and the Belfast Taxis Community Interest Company as well as AR Woollock, Emer Grant and South Belfast Alternatives.

Further information on events and tickets:
Further information on The Sheelagh Foundation:


Recent Graduate Show at Catalyst Arts, Belfast

Get in Lane
6 – 28 March  | Opening 5 March 6pm
Corie Denby McGowan, Deirdre Canavan, Rachel Marum, Louise Concannon, Brian O’Shea, Nuno Direitinho and Cate Smith

Catalyst Arts is pleased to present the Student and Recent Graduate Show 2015. Get In Lane refers to the stifling necessity for graduates to decide on their future direction. Aiming to break these boundaries Catalyst encourages artists to experiment with their work in the space, creating new freedoms in a professional context. Selected through a UK and Ireland open call, seven artists show the breadth and variety of work being made in universities today. While gaining experience exhibiting alongside their peers, Catalyst is excited to encourage the artists at this point in their careers.

Further information:
5 College Court, Belfast, County Antrim, BT1 6BS
T: +44(0)28 90 313 303
E: [email protected]


Brian Kielt at The Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts

Alternate State
12 – 29 March | Opening: 12 March at 6pm
The Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts, Duncairn Complex, Duncairn Ave, Belfast, County Antrim, BT14 6BP

Artist – Brian Kielt
Poets – Geraldine O’Kane and Colin Dardis

Alternate State is a solo exhibition by Brian Kielt whose works explore methods of depicting the phenomenological. Life is in a constant state of change and experiences may merge fact and fabrication throughout.

This exhibit is a highlight of works produced in the past two years from Kielt’s studio in Belfast. Paintings merge found and original imagery from eclectic sources which hint at caliginous narratives of the viewer’s own making. To record this constant flux is to widen the scope for interpretation. By manipulating imagery, layers and perspectives the work may force the viewer to accept multiple points of view on one subject matter.

In addition to the artwork selected, accomplished poets and writers Geraldine O’Kane and Colin Dardis have created works to accompany the paintings. These literary interpretations can guide or misguide the viewer into other realms of interpretation.

Aiming to raise funds and awareness of the ‘StART Talking’ charity – an initiative to support students in the Belfast area who deal with mental health issues.

Deirdre Mulrooney Premiere at the Belgrade-Irish Festival, Belgrade

16 & 18 March 2015 at 6.30pm
Journey to Yu (in the footsteps of Rebecca West) is a photo-documentary by Deirdre Mulrooney about Dragana Jurisic’s exhibition ‘Yu – The Lost Country’ premiers at the Belgrade-Irish Festival. This hour-long documentary features Dragana Jurisic, Olwen Fouere, Pat Laffan, Colin Graham, Zlata Filipovic and Dijana Milosevic, and photography by Dragana Jurisic.
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Cathy Carman, at Centrum Promocji Kultury, Warsaw

March 5 – 27 March 2015This is My Diary is a collection of 13 new works in bronze and other media. The work explores the inner dialogue present with the artist and the day-to-day thoughts that feed into the process of making.
Centrum Promocji Kultury, w Dz, Praga Poludnie, Warszawa,