What’s on in the Arts online
As more and more artists and arts organisations from Northern Ireland go digital to connect with audiences at home, the Arts Council has rounded up just some of these fantastic cultural things to do online, much of it supported by the Department for Communities and National Lottery funding.
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World Book Night: The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the MAC and Libraries NI have come together to encourage bona fide bookworms, families and occasional readers, to settle down, curl up and enjoy this year’s World Book Night celebrations; the annual celebration of reading campaign by The Reading Agency on Friday 23rd April 2021.
To mark the occasion, the Arts Council and the MAC will be gifting 160 free copies of East Belfast-author Glenn Patterson’s latest novel, Where Are We Now? to community groups, book clubs and members of the public. In addition Libraries NI will have copies of the book available in its branches across Northern Ireland for readers to borrow through its Book and Collect service.
One of 22 books chosen to be part of this year’s official UK World Book Night reading list, Where Are we Now? is a moving, funny and topical story about lost love and growing older, set against a backdrop of modern day Belfast. Members of the public will also be able to borrow a copy of Where Are We Now? from their local library, with ebooks and audio book versions also available.
For more information go to www.worldbooknight.org and follow the Arts Council online on Twitter @ArtsCouncilNI and Facebook facebook.com/ArtsCouncilNI. To borrow a copy of Glenn Patterson’s Where Are We Now?, contact your local library or visit www.librariesni.org.uk
Lyric Theatre: present SIGNED VERSIONS of Splendid Isolation Lockdown Dramas. Last Summer the Lyric partnered with BBC NI, & BBC Arts, supported by ACNI on a new exciting collaboration – Splendid Isolation: Lockdown Drama – a collection of five minute theatrical pieces exploring life in lockdown. They recently received funding from the Department for Communities to provide signed versions of the show which are available now.
Filmed on location in accordance with social distancing guidelines over several weeks, the pieces explored the positive and negative aspects of social isolation and lockdown. The project was part of a wider national collaboration between BBC Arts, theatres and Arts Councils in each nation during a challenging time for the creative sector. Each short film was broadcast on BBC Two Northern Ireland and afterwards on the BBC iPlayer where they are still available to watch until June.
Splendid Isolation went on to be nominated for an award by the Royal Television Society, of which we are all extremely proud. Watch the signed versions at https://lyrictheatre.co.uk/splendid-isolation-lockdown-dramas/
Lyric Theatre and Irish Arts Center New York: present, In the Pause Between Now and Next, a filmed monologue written by Jan Carson and presented in partnership with the Irish Arts Center, New York as part of their Grásta initiative. Directed by Rhiann Jeffrey, performed by Nicky Harley, and filmed and edited by Ross McClean. Visit www.lyrictheatre.co.uk for details of how to watch
SADIE at the Lyric: The Lyric Theatre is partnering with the BBC for another exciting initiative – SADIE. Available to watch now on BBC iPlayer at https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000tpz7/lights-up-sadie
Sadie is presented as part of BBC Lights Up; a major festival of UK theatre adapted for TV and radio at a time when theatres throughout the UK are closed. Continuing its Culture in Quarantine initiative – bringing arts and culture into the nation’s homes – BBC Arts has partnered with theatres across the country to produce this unprecedented season of 18 plays for audiences at home.
The international premiere of an unflinching new play from David Ireland centres on a Belfast woman reflecting on her turbulent life amidst the troubled past. Sharp-tongued cleaner, Sadie, develops an intense, dysfunctional yet passionate relationship with a much younger man triggering a psychological showdown with the remnant demons of her past. She confronts these ghosts, calling out their contribution to the path life took her down. Expect challenging scenes through painful and harrowing subjects and shocking consequences.
Directed for stage and screen by Conleth Hill, Sadie is the first production on the main stage of the Lyric Theatre, Belfast, for a full year due to Covid-19 lockdown. The cast rehearsed in isolation, following Government guidelines, and features award-winning actress Abigail McGibbon, David Pearse, Patrick Jenkins, Santino Smith and Andrea Irvine. It was filmed for television without an audience, giving viewers at home an exclusive first look at David Ireland’s new work.
Sadie is a Lyric Theatre Production in association with Field Day Theatre Company and is broadcast for BBC Arts’ Lights Up festival as part of Culture in Quarantine.
Please note, this production contains strong language throughout and scenes that some viewers may find disturbing. Visit www.lyrictheatre.co.uk
Belfast Book Festival: Crescent Arts Centre is excited to reveal the dates for the Belfast Book Festival 2021! The 11th Festival will be a digital celebration of books and will run from the 10th - 13th June. For updates on programming visit https://belfastbookfestival.com
Accidental Theatre: has released details of their new online spring programme, #AccidentalAwakening below,
Duke Special & Temperance Society Chip Bailey will return for another online edition of Duke Special's Gramophone Club, a night of unmissable entertainment.
Sole Purpose Productions are bringing their sell-out production of She Wants to be a What? to Accidental Theatre on Saturday 8th May. First performed in 2019 as part of the Stonewall celebrations for Foyle Pride this remount has been updated for a 2021 live streaming audience. The drama explores the journey of a transgender man from a mother’s perspective. It charts with empathy and dark humour the impact on their friends and family circle.
Since April 2020 Commedia of Errors have brought Plays Aloud At Home to 932 isolated older people across Northern Ireland a production of theatre, poetry and live music. Plays Aloud At Home is the brainchild of local theatre makers Clare McMahon and Benjamin Gould in partnership with Radius Housing and in association with Accidental Theatre, and will continue to bring a smile to the elderly this Spring.
Sixpenny Productions present Stray, a one-man show by acclaimed actor and playwright Cathal Ferris, who has recently swapped the bright lights of London to return to his Belfast home. Stray is one man's tall tale full of fantasy. voyage of personal growth, friendship and humanity. It will be streamed from Accidental Theatre on the 14th of May and is not to be missed.
More acts to be announced but you can find out more about the Accidental Awakening at www.accidentaltheatre.co.uk
Dylan Quinn Dance Theatre: has launched an exciting new health and well-being programme. It has been created and will be facilitated by Nutritional Therapist Hannah Quinn and Community Dance Artist, Anna Treanor. This programme will support positive mental health and well-being habits for young people, adults and older people.
Classes will include:
- Adults and Older People Dance
- Partner Dancing
- Children's Dance
- Morning Stretch
- Dance and Play
- Zumba and STRONG
Alongside the classes there will be nutrition & well-being information and advice to support you on a journey to feeling healthier. To find out more info about individual classes and to book a space please visit www.dylanquindance.com
Panarts: present PANARTS BELFAST SONGWRITERS™ SERIES, 8pm & 9pm virtual concerts every Saturday night, starting Saturday 24th April.
With music venues closed because of Covid, local charity Panarts plan to keep music alive every Saturday night on their website, Facebook and YouTube channel. Starting 8pm Saturday 24th April, a new series of online thirty-minute concerts will feature some of Northern Ireland’s finest songwriters. Almost forty writers have agreed to perform their original songs In Concert, as part of the PANARTS BELFAST SONGWRITERS™ SERIES and the free shows will feature a wide range of musical styles filmed live.
The 24th April Saturday night shows will feature the wonderful sounds of REWS (Shauna Tohill) at 8pm and guitar wizard Simon McBride at 9pm. Next Saturday 1st May is a special night of beautiful music featuring Emma Horan and Jonny Fitch at 8pm then Amy Montgomery, Simon Murphy, Kaz Hawkins at 9pm. You can follow the free series through the website panarts.org or on Facebook and YouTube at Panarts Belfast Songwriters.
Portico of Ards: presents a series of live concerts this April and May. Livestream concerts coming up in the next few weeks feature a recital by acclaimed organist Margaret Phillips on Sat 24 April, a concert from the alternative traditional music performers TRÚ on Sat 8 May and an afternoon piano recital from pianist Ruth McGinley on Sun 16 May. Live streams are available to ticket holders for one week following the live broadcast. For more information visit porticoards.com
Belfast Tradfest: presents Traditional Music Postcards from Belfast. Follow Belfast TradFest social channels to catch some local legends describe their traditional music journey in Belfast and perform a tune or two that is significant to their journey. Featuring Harry Bradley, Úna Monaghan, Francis McIlduff, Caoimhe Ní Cathail, Martin & Christine Dowling, Willie Hill, Conor Caldwell and Méabh Meir. Follow https://www.facebook.com/belfastTradFest1 This project was made possible with funding from Arts Council NI Organisations Emergency Programme.
Ulster Orchestra: music and concerts to enjoy include:
Siegfried and Schubert: Irish conductor Robert Houlihan leads the Ulster Orchestra in a programme that starts in one of orchestral music’s most personal moments, but which wakes up to finish in bustling Schubertian style! The programme of music includes
Wagner Siegfried Idyll
Dobrinka Tabakova Fantasy Homage to Schubert
Schubert Symphony No.3
Tickets cost £10 and can be purchased at www.ulsterorchestra.org.uk
Fanfare for Spring! Celebrate Spring with this lovely concert, featuring Orchestra Leader Tamás Kocsis as soloist. The programme of music include:
Stravinsky Dumbarton Oaks
Mozart Concerto No.5 for Violin Turkish
Haydn Symphony No. 85 La Reine
Esteemed Irish Conductor Sinead Hayes makes a welcome return to the Ulster Orchestra for this beautiful programme. This concert is now available to enjoy online. Tickets cost £10 and are available at https://www.ulsterorchestra.org.uk/whats-on/fanfare-for-spring/
Lush Classical 2019! watch highlights from the Ulster Orchestra’s 2019 Lush Classical gig available now on BBC iPlayer at https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000qvs1/lush-classical
The Ulster Orchestra is also delighted to release of a new recording, Our Songs, Our Place, which features nine songs by local songwriters developed through the Orchestra’s Your Song Now project. Our Songs, Our Place is available for purchase digitally from all major online retailers and in CD format from www.ulsterorchestra.org.uk/oursongsourplace at a cost of £10 plus package and postage.
Northern Ireland Opera: 'White Ribbon' is released! Download it here https://ffm.to/whiteribbon with proceeds to Women’s Aid-ABCLN.
This wonderful anthem was commissioned by NI Opera following a series of song-writing workshops with women supported by Women's Aid ABCLN and facilitated by Ruth McGinley, who co-wrote this song with Duke Special drawing on these women's experiences and her own. In a collaborative project with Ulster Orchestra, NI Opera recorded 'White Ribbon' in the Waterfront Hall, performed by vocalist Jolene O’Hara, Ruth McGinley, NI Opera’s Associate Artists and the Ulster Orchestra in support of the #WhiteRibbonCampaign to end male violence against women. Find our more at www.niopera.com
Kitchen disco anyone? Get your day off to a brilliant start with DJ Emma B’s latest 80s/90s mix available now at www.mixcloud.com/djemmabuchanan Emma recently received ACNI/DFC IERP emergency funding to support the wider creative sector during the pandemic.
Scott’s Jazz Club: is back just in time for spring! ‘Scott's jazz club bites online' if offering a spring themed weekly series. Scott will be performing spring themed jazz piano pieces to help us throw away the winter blues and lift our spirits with the spring weather. Tune in at https://www.facebook.com/ScottsJazzClub
All Points North: is a new series of online music videos promoting local, emerging and established musical talent against the backdrop of venues of historical and cultural significance across Belfast City. All Points: North is an artist-led collaborative project managed by BEAMA (Belfast Electronic Arts & Music Academy). The team is made up of digital artists and creative arts managers from Northern Ireland; featuring singer songwriter Anthony Toner; electronic producer, DJ and label owner Timmy Stewart and creative arts director John Walls, joined by videographers including Ross McClean and Paul McParland. For further details visit : https://www.instagram.com/beama.arts/, https://vimeo.com/beama, https://www.facebook.com/beama.arts, https://twitter.com/BelfastElecArts
Outside The Box: is a new arts and music magazine show which showcases talent from Northern Ireland to the world. It premieres on YouTube at 7pm every Thursday where it remains for watch afterwards and is presented by Ibe Sesay. All shows can be viewed at:
Armagh Pipers: the Armagh Pipers marked its 55th anniversary with a concert which remains on their website to view for a few weeks to view and enjoy. Performers include their pupils, teachers and parents who have videoed solo and group performances of music, song and dance. This will be a very much cross-generational concert with performers of all ages from the youngest at six years of age up to the oldest at 81 years of age! Visit www.armaghpipers.com
Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich: presents Music Corner, the best of traditional music with great traditional musicians which is streamed live on their Facebook page every Saturday. Visit https://www.facebook.com/AnChulturlann
Open House: presents The Court House Sessions featuring music and words by local artists. The recorded sessions can be viewed on their website and social media in the coming weeks. Some of the upcoming artists include Moyra Donaldson, Colin Bateman, AEON, The Darkling Air, King Cedar and Ken Haddock. To view all artists taking part visit www.openhousefestival.com
Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich: welcome the coming of the season of Bealtaine and the heralding of the fairy folk with plenty of virtual events and entertainment. They will celebrate the indigenous festival and welcome the season’s growth and fertility with a varied and creative programme including, ‘Submerged in Echoes’ by Emma Berkery, their artist in residence’s new exhibition, music sessions, reading circles, Bealtaine concert with a host of fantastic musicians, thematic activity resources for young people along with youth art tutorials and more. Visit www.culturlann.ie
YouthAction Northern Ireland / Rainbow Factory: have some important dates for your diary to join in with Rainbow Factory’s Musical Madness Month. YouthAction NI's Rainbow Factory was established in 1990. Combining professional performing arts skills training, theatre productions and an interactive youth work approach creates a popular inclusive space for creative young people across NI. Find out more and how to sign up at https://www.facebook.com/Rainbow-Factory-YouthAction-NI-121846267898601
Duncairn: April makes a year on from when the Duncairn put their first arts show out online, unbelievable! Since then, we've paid over 250 artists and upskilled their team massively. To celebrate the anniversary they've put all their video content up on their website under The Duncairn Player perfect watching if you've missed anything over the year. Visit https://www.theduncairn.com/player
Make sure to catch the new Ring of Gullion Sessions on their Facebook page. The Ring of Gullion Sessions is a showcase of the many wonderful artists, poets, musicians and historians that live in the area surrounding Slieve Gullion in South Armagh. It was filmed in the beautiful Bluebell Lane Glamping Site. The first episode is available to watch back now and features:
Martha Guiney & Ruairí Cunnane
Colleen Savage - Oriel Events & Pádraig Carragher
Bláithín Mhic Cana & Piaras Ó Lorcain
Beyond Skin: Young musicians in Afghanistan & Northern Ireland have united to produce a music video based on a popular Afghan song ‘In Gham-e-be Haya’ meaning, Audacious Sorrow, composed by Ustad Salim Sarmast. This collaboration focuses on the International Women’s Day 2021 theme ‘Choose to Challenge’, and uses music to challenge the recent statement issued in Afghanistan banning girls from singing in school from age 12 years upwards.
This song is the follow up to ‘Arsala Khan’ released last year and the second shared production in the trilogy as part of a social action programme building relations between young musicians in Northern Ireland & Afghan Women’s Orchestra led by Beyond Skin and Afghanistan National Institute of Music. The project is supported by WOMAD Foundation, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Factor Law, Community Relations Council and Natali Márquez Foundation. Please enjoy the music video on the links below and feel free to share the song with the hastags #IAmMySong #ChooseToChallenge
YouTube link: https://youtu.be/iFQIuGsDu4c
Bandcamp link: https://afghanistan-northernireland.bandcamp.com/track/in-gham-e-be-haya
Beat Carnival: has released a new video documentary, Beat Carnival Creating St Patrick’s Day Parade which takes a look behind the scenes at Beat Carnival Centre, community workshops and some of the past Parade events. It will be featured on the Home page of their new website www.beatcarnival.com and is on the Beat Carnival Youtube channel https://youtu.be/IqFLfPqkRIE
Roe Valley & Cultural Centre: has a wonderful range of online activities including craft workshops for children, art workshops for adults, art competitions, storytelling, talks and tours. For more information visit www.roevalleyarts.com (Please note, these activities are not funded by the Arts Council).
Island Arts Centre: in Lisburn is encouraging young people to send a little sunshine by creating and sending a postcard to brighten someone’s day. All the instructions to make a postcard can be found at https://islandartscentre.com/news/discover-little-posties-and-stay-connected-in-lockdown
Streetwise: Fancy learning how to juggle and other circus skills?! In response to Covid 19 Streetwise Community Circus has developed a team of tutors who are now working via Zoom to reach out to those who can no longer participate in workshops. Following the latest round of restrictions we are now offering free zoom coaching to anyone who feels isolated or would just like to use the opportunity to learn something new under the guidance of some of Northern Ireland's most experienced circus street entertainers. To take advantage of this opportunity all you have to do is email Streetwise on email@example.com. Suitable for participants who range in age from 8 to 80 plus.
Wheelworks: is offering a jam-packed programme of online arts and craft activities to keep you entertained at home. Visit www.wheelworksarts.com
Also this Thursday from 4 -5pm Musician and all round artist extraordinaire, Ed Reynolds will be performing a song newly commissioned for Wheelworks Arts' 25th Birthday on the steps of Stormont. The song is called 'Celebrate the Artist' and is a joyful anthem to celebrate the importance of the Arts Sector in Northern Ireland, now in 2021 more than ever.
WHAT YOU CAN DO
As a show of support for the Arts in Northern Ireland WheelWorks want everyone to share, tag and retweet their social media posts from 4-5pm on Thursday with the hashtags #celebratetheartist and #Wheelworks25
Arts Care: has a wonderful range of arts activities available online on their Arts Care 4U Premium +, their online arts delivery channel that everyone can access. Arts Care’s new dedicated online arts and well-being workshop resource, ‘Break-Time’, accessed via their website to support the mental, emotional and physical well-being of children and young people through the Arts. All the videos are built on the ‘5 Steps to Well-being’ themes and key funders include Children in Need at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
This new online programme aims to support parents/teachers/play specialists/carers to engage children and young people in the Arts to support their well-being during Covid-19. New art, music, dance & exercise, drama, creative writing and clown doctor’s CDTV videos will be uploaded regularly and it’s all FREE and will give additional much needed creative support for parents, teachers, healthcare staff, play specialists and carers during this difficult time. Visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ85xLA2BlQQdrnWBhKw1hw
Future Screens NI: presents The Whalebone Box with Andrew Kötting on 27 Apr 2021 at 12 noon.
Andrew Kötting is one of the most innovative filmmakers who employs Punk multimedia aesthetic to circumvent the conventions of narrative cinema, experimental film and fine art. Kötting is known for his experimental travelogues that form portraits of landscapes and communities. Kötting employs the psychogeographical use of landscape and soundscape as a form of idiosyncratic and frequently playful wandering through and documentation of environments in order to examine the effects of natural and manmade landscapes on the psyche of individuals and communities. Kötting’s unique use of film and sound creates an at times hallucinatory effect that is simultaneously disorienting and familiarly cohesive.
Kötting will speak on his projects including a recent Documentary/Drama feature film The Whalebone Box (2019). The film follows the filmmaker returning a gift, the eponymous box, in a reverse pilgrimage from London to the Isle of Harris with his daughter and muse Eden, photographer Anonymous Bosch, and writer Iain Sinclair. Kötting frequently collaborates with his daughter and has previously worked with Sinclair on the films Swandown (2012), By Our Selves (2015) and Edith Walks (2016) and on several writing and performance art projects. Register for tickets at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/150707101999
R-Space: presents, Re: New Wallace Collection #4, through a window at R-Space Gallery from 17 April - 14 May 2021 and online via R-Space social media channels and their website. R-Space will present a preview on Saturday 17 April 2021 at 2pm - this will be an online event on their social media channels due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.
Following the success of the Re: New Wallace Collection exhibitions since 2018, R-Space will deliver the fourth in a series of collaborative cultural projects involving a Northern Irish artist/maker and the Wallace Collection in London, thus celebrating his historical/cultural connection with Co. Antrim and Lisburn in particular. Re: New Wallace #4 will link the Wallace Collection with the historical past of the Hertford family and their strong links with Lisburn where Sir Richard Wallace was the local MP, benefactor and land-owner.
R-Space’s selected artist this year is Matthew Wilson, an artist living and working in Northern Ireland. A recent graduate of Belfast School of Art, he has previously been included in exhibitions such as the Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition 2018, London and the Royal Ulster Academy of Arts Annual Exhibition 2019, Belfast. In 2019, he was granted a scholarship to attend the New York Academy of Art Summer Residency. He has worked on a number of commissioned projects, both with institutions such as Ulster University and Queens University and within the local community. For more details visit www.rspacelisburn.com
aemi online: is an ongoing virtual exhibition space for new and existing moving image work by Irish and Ireland-based artists. Each work showcases on the platform will screen for a fixed duration and will be accompanied by a commissioned introductory text that will remain accessible after the film has drawn to a close. Previous exhibitions and upcoming works will be listed at https://aemi.ie/online/
Screening now until 27th April is Emily McFarland, Curraghinalt, with an introductory text by Matt Packer. For this edition of ‘aemi online’ aemi is partnering with EVA International, Ireland’s Biennial of Contemporary Art, to present Emily McFarland’s Curraghinalt, a remarkable work in documentary form that aemi had the privilege of screening in real life in 2019 in partnership with AMINI as part of ‘No Longer Peripheral’, an event that explored artist moving image cultures in Ireland, Northern & Scotland. In Curraghinalt we encounter the disembodied voices of seven members of the Greencastle Peoples Office. Watch now at https://aemi.ie/works/emily-mcfarland-curraghinalt/
CCA: presents, URGENCIES (2021), opens offsite across Derry~Londonderry and online.
It is the second iteration of CCA Derry~Londonderry’s biennial group exhibition. The artwork selected for the exhibition comes from an open call that seeks to take the temperature of what emerging artists working today with a connection to our region consider to be urgent.
Two key themes of identity and environment thread throughout the off-site exhibition as well as many other topics encompassing both deeply personal experiences and global political events. The artists explore questions of care and labour (Siobhán Kelly), mental health (Brian Farrell, Lucie McLaughlin), borders, technology and nature (Bryony Dunne, Christopher Steenson), home and self-expression (Kathryn Graham, Michael Hanna, Patrick Hickey), pollution and the effects of global crises (Martin Boyle, Edy Fung) and the role of the artist and communication (Frank Wasser).
URGENCIES (2021) was selected by artist Locky Morris and CCA Director Catherine Hemelryk and features new and recent work ranging in media from print, film, photography, sound, painting, manifestations online and in daily life.
URGENCIES (2021) would usually be held within CCA’s galleries at 10–12 Artillery Street, however due to the ongoing pandemic, the project is taking place offsite and online. Artworks are visible across our city through the windows of landmark buildings, commercial spaces, homes and arts organisations also currently closed to the public. Visit the interactive map for locations here URGENCIES (2021) - Google My Maps
Also at CCA is, nothing (but windows), by Janie Doherty and Locky Morris in the CCA Project Space until Saturday 24 April 2021.
Nothing (but windows) is a new body of work by Janie Doherty and Locky Morris commissioned for CCA Derry~Londonderry’s Project Space. Largely improvised, the videos respond in part to the environment it seems to play with, imbuing them with the atmosphere of the now, and giving them painterly qualities. The Project Space is visible at all hours through CCA's windows on Artillery Street and more excerpts will appear on their social media platforms.
Available online now is: Tricks of the Trade by Jan McCullough. Explore the gallery space and read Instructions on the Assembly of Workspace, a publication made in collaboration with writer, Wendy Erskine. To see the show visit http://cca-derry-londonderry.org/exhibitions/tricks-of-the-trade/
Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich: present an online art exhibition, Submerged in Echoes, by Emma Berkery. Associate artist with Cultúrlann for the last number of years, Emma presents an exhibition of new work developed and created in An Chultúrlann itself. Emersed within the life and language of the building, the artist produced works in a variety of media reflecting her experiences during this time. Works include abstract paintings, and text based screen prints. Challenging both artist and viewer, many of the paintings are produced with a limited palette and suggest both physical and psychological spaces. Visit https://www.culturlann.ie/en/visual-arts
VOID: has a series of crafting workshops to keep you and the kids entertained. Once uploaded, all the workshops are available for free on their website at www.derryvoid.com, social media @derryvoid on Facebook and Instagram IGTV, as well as their Vimeo channel @derryvoid. You can go back and forth to view them as many times as you’d like.
Art Packs - make your own pencil case! Available while stocks last. Void’s art packs have been overwhelmingly popular and they are delighted to announce the latest activity - create your own pencil case! As usual, it is first come first serve so email firstname.lastname@example.org now to reserve your pack. * Suitable for ages 8+.
Void Offsites: continues with a new project Slowtime by artist David Beattie, generously funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. They are inviting the community to get involved by recording audio in and around the River Foyle. Why not grab the kids and your smartphone, take a wander around the Foyle, recording the sounds you hear along your way and send them in to them?
You can send your recordings to email@example.com. For more information visit the website where you can find a Zoom recording of the first workshop which went ahead on Saturday 6th March. www.derryvoid.com
Belfast Exposed: working with Translink, local Belfast Photographic Gallery, Belfast Exposed will this week launch a competition to capture the 'Natural Connections’' which have sustained, surrounded, supported and encouraged people and communities since 23 March 2020, the first day of lockdown last year. The competition will run from 1 March – 22 April (Earth Day) and can be entered online.
To get involved in the photographic competition, participants can send images taken since 23 March 2020 until Earth Day on 22 April 2021, capturing ‘Natural Connections’ using the hashtag #NaturalConnections2021 on social media. Entries can also be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org
ArtisAnn: presents an online exhibition, Creative Undoing, by Carol Graham RUA from Wed 31st March to Sat 1st May. Carol Graham is a well-established and critically acclaimed artist whose work is held in many important collections. This includes the permanent collections of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Ulster Museum. Her work is also held in private collections, public institutions, businesses and galleries across the UK, Ireland, USA, South Africa and Australia.
Stemming from her work with art therapy groups, this new development in Carol’s work derives from collages using photocopied fragments that are then ‘filled in’ using acrylic, oil, and other mixed media. Over time, the space between the fragmented photographed assumed a greater importance and became the focal point of these exciting new works.
All artworks are available to buy, and can be delivered free of charge. You can also buy art from this exhibition through the Arts Council supported, Own Art scheme, which gives you an interest-free loan over 10 months (and you still get to take the art home immediately the exhibition ends). Visit www.artisann.org
Catalyst Arts: https://www.catalystarts.org.uk/whatson for more details of upcoming talks and events.
Craft NI: Visit http://www.craftni.org/ for updates.
The MAC Art at Home: Unlock your imagination with The MAC’s Art at Home activity pack. The MAC has teamed up with six local artists to create their Art at Home activity pack to help lift your spirits and spark some creativity. Free to download, these sheets are for anyone to enjoy, whether you are looking for inspiration for home-schooling, would enjoy time out to yourself, or some fun with your family or maybe even your pet. Designed to enjoy at home, or in a place you call home for now, tucked up in bed or maybe in the great outdoors. Some of the sheets you can work on straightaway, others like the colouring-in are best printed. Visit www.themaclive.com for updates.
The MAC also presents, HOME - Noli Timere, a series of short films as a collective artistic response to our lives in lockdown during the COVID-19 pandemic. As announced in the summer, HOME - Noli Timere, has worked to collate the photos, videos, lyrics and literature which have inspired hope in lockdown life. Translated as, ‘don’t be afraid’, Noli Timere was the final text sent by Seamus Heaney to his wife, Marie. The sentiment is equally powerful and appropriate in the context of the current pandemic. Submitted to the project by members of the public and artists alike, these artistic responses to the ongoing pandemic have been transformed into a series of short films that we have released as Facebook and YouTube premieres. For links to the films visit www.themaclive.com
Golden Thread Gallery: is offering a series of fun workshops online which can be accessed at www.goldenthreadgallery.co.uk
Belfast Print Workshop: present a series of workshops as part of Belfast Learning City's Festival of Learning. In 2020 Belfast City's Festival of Learning did not go ahead as planned, and instead took the form of an online festival. Five Belfast Print Workshop artists, Danielle, Helen, Josephine, Jonathan and Coby have been hard at work and prepared online workshops for you to try at home.
They have posted these projects on our social media channels during January and March 2021, and they remain available for you whenever you feel the urge to print at home! Some equipment or materials may be necessary for part of the work demonstrated, we've included that information whenever possible. Check out the projects below:
PRINTED PAPERS: MAKING DECORATIVE PAPER (NEW) available here: vimeo.com/522795919
Let's explore colour and shapes to make decorative papers. Danielle Morgan demonstrates basic printmaking techniques using a soft rubber block and tub of funky foam to make bespoke stamps. This video explores, tinting paper, carving a rubber stamp, making a stamp with funky foam shapes and printing with a gelli plate and stencils. A fun easy project which can be enjoyed with young children. There's no age restriction on creativity, but supervision may be required for using a carving tool.
TURKISH FOLD: ADHESIVE BOOKMAKING TUTORIAL (NEW), available here: bit.do/BPW-FOL-5
This “how to” tutorial by Helen Lavery tutorial will take a beginner about 30 minutes to complete. Once practiced, a book can be completed in 5 - 10 minutes, plus drying time. Today, the Turkish fold can commonly be found to store traditionally large maps for convenience. This folding technique has since become popular with artists, creating an interesting collapsing structure that unfurls pages at surprising angles, resulting in an interesting variation on the classic concertina.
Enjoy creating these out of finished artworks to give a new lease of life, or create with blank pages for future use. Once you have the basics, there are so many variations that can be discovered, adding a wealth of playtime and creativity. These small books will delight at any age, and can be used for a variety of journaling and notebook purposes and as gifts.
PRINTING FROM A SUITCASE AND HAND MONOPRINTING, available here: vimeo.com/498318473
Join Artist and Printmaker Josephine McCormick at Belfast Print Workshop, as she demonstrates some enjoyable and creative printmaking techniques that you can undertake at home with some equipment bought in advance. The video covers drypoint, collograph, and monoprinting with cut stencils (you can make monoprints without a home press). This video is suitable for the complete beginner 15+ or someone that would like to expand their printmaking skills.
PRINTING WITH CARD AND A VARIETY OF HOUSEHOLD MATERIALS, available here: bit.do/BPW-FOL2. You don't need a print press or ink to make a print at home! With this photographed workshop by artist Coby Moore learn how to print at home using acrylic paints or watercolour and materials you have in the house. Use a CD, card, or cartridge paper to make great prints. This workshop is suitable for adults or for kids, with help of an adult. People who have visual impairments might also give this a try using textured objects like a CD or a flat stone.
CYANOTYPE PRINT TUTORIAL, available here: vimeo.com/498704048
This workshop, by Jonathan Brennan, looks at the cyanotype process, also called blueprints or sun prints, a process almost as old as photography itself. Choose your level of difficulty: printing with paper and A & B solutions is easy and suitable for all ages, all you need is daylight and tap water. If you choose to create the solutions from chemicals, the level of difficulty rises. A sunny day is best, but even overcast days can produce images. Let yourself experiment and have fun! For full details visit https://www.bpw.org.uk/
Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre: is hosting a powerful new virtual exhibition until 30th May charting global progress on the journey to realising children’s rights. ‘Arpillera Voices for #ChildrensRights’ is a collaboration between Conflict Textiles, Roe Valley Arts and Cultural Centre and Fundació Ateneu Sant Roc and builds on previous collaborations over the past 10 years. The Arpillera Voices for #Childrens Rights exhibition will run online at www.roevalleyarts.com. It’s also part of the live archive of Conflict Textiles where it will be available to view at https://cain.ulster.ac.uk/conflicttextiles/search-quilts2/fullevent1/?id=225