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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Accidental Theatre: presents,
Duke Special’s Gramophone Club, Friday 2nd July Join Duke Special & Temperance Society Chip Bailey for another online edition of Duke Special's Gramophone Club - again, coming to you live from the Accidental Theatre in Belfast. This month, Duke and Chip will be joined in-person by special guest artist and activist, Juanita Rea. Writer and comedian Andrew Doyle and musician Matt Hales will also be making guest appearances so don’t miss out on this amazing guest line-up! For more details about other special guests, and tickets from just £7, visit www.accidentaltheatre.co.uk
Robb Murphy’s Yarn Bytes, Sunday 4 July In this third instalment of Yarn Bytes, Robb will be joined by his full band for the first time since before the Pandemic, a 4 piece containing drums, bass, trumpet, mandolin, guitars and vocals. The special guest this month is Pianist Darren Day, a skilled and versatile music professional with over 25 years of experience. Visit www.accidentaltheatre.co.uk
The Bruiser Arts Academy
Professional Development for Young People in the Arts
Taking place this July, Bruiser’s Arts Academy is an essential part of the training provision available to young actors in Northern Ireland. Participants will experience visually exciting, rhythmic, choral and choreographic elements for which Bruiser is renowned, culminating in professional performances throughout the Summer.
START and Summer Schools
Age: 14 -21 years
Venue: Queen's University, Belfast
Dates: 5th - 15th July 2021
These courses are designed to inspire and challenge young actors, providing them with the building blocks required to further pursue their acting ambitions. The Bruiser team will be joined by a range of industry professionals to coach and guide participants, holding them to a high standard of practice and providing essential experience and insight into the working world.
The Graduate Academy
Age: 18+ years
Venue: Queen's University, Belfast
Dates: 19th - 31st July 2021
Continuing our commitment to nurturing homegrown talent, The Graduate Academy seeks advanced students, with a real passion to make acting their career. Bruiser will create a bespoke and stimulating experience as each participant will receive tailored coaching to help them reach their full potential. Bruiser fosters a robust and supportive network of industry professionals to immerse our actors into this competitive field. The Graduate digital showcase will be for an audience of directors, casting agents and acting agencies, with the hope that the students will find an agent or gain employment from this event.
Lyric Theatre: is getting ready to re-open to live audiences from the end of July 2021 with the announcement of two productions on the Lyric's main stage.
The Lyric, like all other cultural venues in the region, will comply with both the latest Government and industry COVID-19 guidelines to ensure the safety of all audiences and staff members. It will re-open to the public on 19th July for patrons to enjoy the Café Bar, with the first live theatre performance scheduled to begin on Tuesday 27th July to a socially distanced audience, one-third of the main stage’s normal capacity.
Dracula is a masterpiece of the horror genre, probing questions of identity, sanity and the dark corners of Victorian sexuality and desire. Young actors from the Lyric’s hugely successful Drama Studio programme, which for over a decade has nurtured new talent such as Anthony Boyle, will perform a version of Dracula. This story has been adapted from the original Bram Stoker classic by former Makar, the Scots equivalent of the Poet Laureate, Liz Lochhead.
Set in Belfast 1917 – 1921 and based on true events, Rough Girls by Tara Lynne O’Neill, is the untold story of Belfast women who stepped onto a pitch in society-shocking shorts and footie boots, a ball at their feet and a point to prove. Rebels with a ball, who kept kicking their way through the outraged defence of a male-dominated game, they raised thousands of pounds for those returning from war. This ambitious, large-scale production features an impressive eleven strong female cast with live music creating the heartbeat of the city at the time. The new production is generously supported by Garfield Weston and Electric Ireland. Audiences also have the unique opportunity to sit amongst the action, with 24 onstage tickets available each night. This new play is not to be missed for theatre and football fans alike!
Tickets for Dracula and Rough Girls will be on sale on Friday 25 June 2021. For further details visit www.lyrictheatre.co.uk.
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 Splendid Isolation: Lockdown Dramas - Lyric Theatre
SADIE at the Lyric: available to watch now on BBC iPlayer at BBC iPlayer - Lights Up - Sadie
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. Please note, this production contains strong language throughout and scenes that some viewers may find disturbing. Visit www.lyrictheatre.co.uk
Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company: This summer Echo Echo Dance Theatre Company launch their Digital Programme, a series of online bite-sized courses, each designed to encourage the exploration of creativity in movement, in the comfort of your own home. The courses are aimed at different age groups and are all led by the highly experienced artist-teachers of the Echo Echo Ensemble. Each course consists of 8 easy to follow videos of roughly 15-20 minutes long which include a variety of playful warm ups and exercises, some technical instruction and much guidance for the development Visit www.echoechodance.com to find out more and register. Once you have completed the sign-up form you will receive links for the programmes directly to your email address and it’s all completely free of charge!
The MAC: has launched their new Watch and Listen webpage where you are always guaranteed the 'best seat in the house' to enjoy MAC shows, audio plays, talks, films and more, whether you’re at home or on-the-go! The first project to be showcased is their new series of audio plays called On The Street Where We Live.
On The Street Where We Live explores love, tragedy and redemption; hope, compassion and forgiveness. It’s funny and upbeat; tragic and heart-wrenching. It’s about real people leading unreal lives in Belfast during the Covid-19 lockdown. It’s about the times we’re living through. It’s about the streets we’re living on. All eight of the 10 minute long episodes are now available to enjoy for free at www.themaclive.com
The Strand Arts Centre: has reopened to the public. In addition to their cinema programme the Strand Arts Centre is running a summer programme of creative workshops. With sessions for children and families, and for adults, there is definitely something for everyone. A wide range of activities will be on offer, from foraging and hula hoop, to creative writing, photography, paper-cutting, yarn-bombing and even stand-up comedy!
All the sessions will be suitable for beginners, and are designed to encourage us all to emerge from lockdown safely, and creatively, and ready for some fun. Sessions will take place throughout the summer, at a variety of times during the week. All relevant Covid regulations will be adhered to.
Find out more about the classes here: https://www.strandartscentre.com/classes/
Sestina Music: presents When David Heard with the Irish Baroque Orchestra in a stunning programme of music by Marini, Weelkes and Ramsey. It is available to watch now. In a programme based around the almost unknown work Lacrime de Davide by Biagio Marini, Sestina explore the nature of the lament of King David for his son Absalon, using a new performing edition produced by Mark Chambers. This rarely heard work will be paired with well-known choral settings of ‘When David heard that Absalon was slain’ by Weelkes and Ramsey, written as an outpouring of grief for the death of Prince Henry in 1612.
The performance features an ensemble of 8 singers, and Sestina is joined by members of the Irish Baroque Orchestra for this concert, which was recorded in St. Peter's Church, Drogheda. The concert premiered on 25th June 2021, and will be available to view online until 9th July. This is a free concert but you must register to watch at https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/when-david-heard-tickets-150877293045
Strand Arts Centre: turns your living room into a live lounge!
Turn your living room into a live lounge over the next four Thursdays with some great music and comedy performances starting with DJ, music producer and composer Phil Kieran on Thursday 24th June, followed by Ursula Burns, Neil Foster and finishing with Dan’s Leith’s Otter Debauchery!
Phil Kieran is a DJ, music producer and composer who has toured internationally and released records for the past twenty years. He collaborated with David Holmes on the soundtrack to Steven Soderbergh’s film THE GIRLFRIEND EXPERIENCE and contributed to the BAFTA-winning soundtrack for KILLING EVE, which was also nominated for an Emmy. He is currently in the process of creating the music and score for a film adaptation of EAST BELFAST BOY, a theatre production by award-winning company, Prime Cut Productions.
Songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and comedienne Ursula Burns (streaming 1st July) has been smashing the stereotypical image of the harp for 25 years by performing and touring the world through the mediums of Music, Theatre, Circus and Comedy.
Burns has invented her own wild style of playing and strong captivating live performance in her solo shows - a diverse and compelling artist who is not afraid to take risks and push the harp to places it has never dared to venture.
Neil Foster (streaming 8th July) is a composer, producer and performer based in Northern Ireland. His first album ‘Hiraeth’ was released in 2018.
Dan Leith (streaming 15th July) is one third of local comedy group Those Who Can’t. Individually, he is also known as Otter Debauchery and will perform live (to an almost void) his own witty sardonic songs from his upcoming album ‘Hate Songs from Before the Apocalypse’.
Find out more and sign up for the live streams here:
The City of Derry International Choir Festival: has announced plans for a ninth edition of the much-loved and anticipated annual autumn festival, due to take place from 20 – 24 October 2021. This year’s event will feature a programme of both live and digital concerts, performances, workshops, podcasts and events.
Internationally-renowned guest artists will include the Grammy Award-winning American a cappella ensemble Chanticleer, described as the “world’s reigning male chorus” by The New Yorker, and known across the globe as the “orchestra of voices”. The Festival will also welcome acclaimed conductor and composer Bob Chilcott, award-winning Derry chamber choir Codetta, and the Ulster Orchestra, for a programme of live and live-streamed concerts during Festival week.
For more information and updates visit www.derrychoirfest.com or follow the City of Derry International Choir Festival on Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram.
Panarts: present PANARTS BELFAST SONGWRITERS SERIES, 8pm & 9pm virtual concerts every Saturday night. With music venues closed because of Covid, local charity Panarts plan to keep music alive every Saturday night from 8pm on their website, Facebook and YouTube channel featuring 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. You can follow the free series through the website panarts.org or on Facebook and YouTube at Panarts Belfast Songwriters.
Northern Ireland Opera: presents ‘Northern Songs’ films, celebrating songs by composers from across the island of Ireland, performed in some of Northern Ireland’s most beautiful and historic locations.
This series features six opera singers: sopranos Catherine Donnelly and Susie Gibbons, mezzo-soprano Margaret Bridge, tenors John Porter and Andrew Irwin and bass baritone David Howes, all winners or finalists of our annual Glenarm Festival of Voice. They have worked with Northern Ireland Opera to create eight spectacular short films directed by Marty Stalker and produced by Causeway Pictures.
The series features Enniskillen Castle, Marble Arch Caves, Ballintoy Harbour, the OM Dark Sky Park, Beaghmore Stone Circles, the Ulster American Folk Park, Armagh Robinson Library, the Armagh Cider Company and Belfast’s Maritime Mile. As well as art songs, this series also features contemporary songs by Neil Hannon of ‘The Divine Comedy’ and by Duke Special as well as a traditional duet in Irish arranged by composer Neil Martin. All performances are accompanied by pianist Ruth McGinley and sound recorded by Andrew Simon McAllister.
You can watch series 2 of ‘Northern Songs’ each Thursday at 8pm on their YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/c/northernirelandopera
ITMA: 'Drawing from the Well' is an online monthly ITMA series which connects artists with archival materials to inspire new art. To date, nine videos, podcasts and blogs have been created by leading traditional musicians, singers, and dancers, including Louise Mulcahy, Martin Hayes, Edwina Guckian and Cormac Begley. All episodes are free to view online at https://www.itma.ie/drawingfromthewell
Dumbworld: present Fatal System Error, an interactive web-based opera experience created as part of The Royal Opera’s newly-commissioned experimental experiences, 8-bit. In Fatal System Error, participate in a digital deletion following the last moments of an operatic Artificial Intelligence, its life flashing before its eyes. Featuring a new composition by Brian Irvine performed by Jette Parker Young Artist Alexandra Lowe and members of the Orchestra of the ROH. The 8bit experience is available to watch from now on the Royal Opera House's social media channels: YouTube, Facebook and Instagram and 8bit (roh.org.uk)
Phil Taggart: ChillDaBeats is the brand new show from NI DJ, Phil Taggart. Every week he brings you a soft focus selection of the best alternative chill sounds along with the biggest guests picking some brain soothers in the Soul Food Selection. ChillDaBeats goes live every Sunday. Listen on Spotify at https://open.spotify.com/show/0M2IpL7ldc1Rui2aa9meX3 This podcast series is supported by emergency funding through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Department for Communities.
Tommy Sands and Artsawonder: In this new online film series, legendary musician, Tommy Sands, films, sings, listens and learns from a singing five times world champion drum major Alan McBride, two young women, Jenna Stevenson and Wendy Graham Hanna, who initiate and drive an Arts hub shop, a rhythmic drum weaver rhythmic drum weaver Damien McKeown and a young woman Bronagh Kelly who lovingly echoes the poetry of her mother. To watch visit Media | Artsawonder (wixsite.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 Belfast TradFest here This project was made possible with funding from Arts Council NI Organisations Emergency Programme.
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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 OutsideTheBox - YouTube
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 Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich (facebook.com)
EastSide Arts Festival: EastSide Arts Festival 2021 will take place 5th–15th August and everyone’s invited! Featuring 100+ artists across more than 80 events taking place both in-person and online, you can choose to enjoy the festival from the comfort of your own home, outdoors in person, or at a small number of east Belfast locations as part of a socially distanced audience.
The theme this year is ‘connection’ and the festival is very much looking forward to connecting with their audiences at a number of in-person and online events in August (in line with government guidance). Tickets are now on sale at www.eastsidearts.net
Here’s a snapshot of some of the events you can enjoy this year:
- Anthony Toner new album launch
- Mixed Bill Comedy Night: Presenting comedy talent from across Northern Ireland for an evening of laughs at Vault Artist Studios.
- Greenway Celebrations: Get down to Victoria Park, part of the Connswater Community Greenway, for a host of things to do including sports activities, outdoor adventure, arts and crafts, street performances, food stalls, music, environmental activities and much much more... #GreenwayCelebrations.
- West Ocean String Quartet: Join them, live, for this very special event in the incredible surroundings of St. Patrick’s church to launch the new album, Atlantic Edge
- Billy Boy: Written by Rosemary Jenkinson, directed by Matt Farris, commissioned and produced by EastSide Arts.
- Mary Coughlan Sings Billy Holiday: Four in-person events will take place at the beautiful Stormont Hotel, the highlight of which is one of Ireland’s greatest jazz singers, Mary Coughlan, who will celebrate the life and music of Billie Holiday, in the style and period of her time.
- Literary events: A host of well-known names from NI and beyond will feature across a wide range of online literature and spoken word events streamed from Accidental Theatre. Jan Carson, Colin Hassard, Abby Oliviera, Andrea Montgomery, Susan McKay, Andrew Cunning, Sarah Moss and Louise Nealon feature – to name but a few.
- Live at CS Lewis Square: For the final weekend of the festival there will be 4 nights of live outdoor music at CS Lewis Square
- Dragtastic Wrap Party: Lady Portia D’Monte and friends will close the 2021 EastSide Arts Festival with glitz, glam and excitement in-person at Vault Artist Studios.
Larne Virtual Arts Festival: Larne is getting ready for a long weekend highlighting local creative flair, including music and performance, storytelling and art demonstrations. Normally thousands of people would line the streets of Larne to watch the annual arts festival parade and street performances over the weekend – but this year as we know, has to be a wee bit different!
So Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has teamed up with local artists, musicians, arts groups and storytellers to help create a special virtual festival promoting the local talent in the borough, whilst showcasing the beauty of the Antrim coast. The festival runs from 2-4 July on council’s Facebook and YouTube channels, with a variety of art demonstrations, storytelling, readings, music and a special virtual art trail of Larne Town Centre.
John Hewitt Society: presents the John Hewitt International Summer School from Monday 26th July until Friday 30th July at The Market Place Theatre, Armagh. The Society has adapted to deliver a high quality programme within current restrictions and all events will be subject to and compliant with public health guidelines at that time. They will deliver events that are a hybrid of in-person and online and are safe and accessible to contributors and participants. The theme of this year’s Summer School is, ‘Staking the Future: politics, people & planet’. For further information visit www.johnhewittsociety.org
Arts Ekta’s Belfast Mela: Belfast’s most-loved family festival returns this year, from 23-29 August, with an amazing week-long programme of world music, dance, food and art across Belfast finishing with a magical Mini Mela across the city centre. A full programme will be revealed soon at www.belfastmela.org.uk
Fermanagh Fleadhfest: Roslea Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann and the Fermanagh Comhaltas County Board held the Fermanagh Fleadhfest 2021 online on 25th June and it is available to watch back on their YouTube page.
The Fermanagh Fleadhfest '21 performance was created as a testament to the rich and unique heritage of traditional Irish Music in Fermanagh as well as a showcase of some of the exceptional musicians and singers in our county. The Fermanagh Fleadhfest '21 celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Fermanagh Fleadh.
Tune in to hear two generations of the McDermott family discuss the history and growth of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in Fermanagh, Damian McKenna sings 'Lovely Fermanagh', a song which was composed by John and Valarie McManus from Derrylin. John McCann and Gary Curley give a fine example of the accordion playing for which Fermanagh is gaining a reputation. All this and much more is free to view at www.youtube.com/watch?v=MtFlVRORTKA
Open House Festival: Open House Festival has announced its initial line-up for the 2021 August festival in Bangor, with three weeks of music, comedy, spoken word and classic cinema in the beautiful surroundings of Bangor Castle Walled Garden.
While it will look a lot different to the trademark 140+ events in 40-odd venues festival that audiences have come to associate with Bangor in August, the Open House team are delighted to be back delivering live events once again. All events will be open air, fully seated and Covid-compliant, and there’ll be no need to worry about the weather as audiences will be protected under a stretch canvas cover.
Headline acts include internationally acclaimed Irish musician, Mary Coughlan, comedian, former doctor and author of the bestselling memoir This is Going to Hurt, Adam Kay, and bestselling Irish author, Marian Keyes. However, the bulk of performers and artists come from Northern Ireland, with comedians Shane Todd and Paddy Raff, and musicians Duke Special and Dana Masters featured in the programme.
For the full programme visit www.openhousefestival.com
Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival: Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival unveils the first acts for their September festival. This year’s Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival has moved from its traditional slot in May to 2nd-12th September and has unveiled a hosts of new artists set to perform across a range of venues.
A full programme of Music, Theatre, Comedy, Theatre, Literature and Film will be announced in the coming weeks and stringent safety measures will be in place for what organisers hope will be one of the first major celebrations of the arts after sustained periods of lockdown. Visit www.cqaf.com
EastSide Arts Festival: EastSide Arts Festival 2021 will take place 5th–15th August.
The theme this year is ‘connection’ and the festival is very much looking forward to connecting with their audiences at a number of in-person and online events in August (in line with government guidance). Keep up to date at www.eastsidearts.net
Féile an Phobail: Ireland’s biggest community arts festival returns for its 33rd year from 5th-15th August 2021. Programme details are still in planning but visit www.feilebelfast.com for details as they are released and watch the video promo at August Féile 2021 Announcement - YouTube
Duncairn: has released details of their new programme of digital classes for August – November 2021. Classes include bookbinding for beginners, sketching and drawing, embroidery, poetry, paper art, calligraphy, quilt-making, weaving and more. To book visit www.theduncairn.com
Duncairn Player: all of the previous video projects can now be viewed from the Duncairn Player including The Duncairn Virtual Cabaret, Take 2, Carlingford and the Ring of Guillion Sessions. Visit Player — The Duncairn
Greater Shantallow Community Arts: has launched their May-September arts programme for young people. For dance, visual art, gaming, drama, singing, fitness, dj-ing and much more visit the programme at https://online.fliphtml5.com/sfmw/frue
Wheelworks: is delighted to support you right now with in person and online workshops in everything from digital music making, street art, animation, coding, drama, Virtual reality and much more. All of their workshops are bespoke to suit you and your organisation, whether that's driving to your venue in our mobile studio, the ArtCart, or bringing their professional artists to you virtually to delivery online masterclasses. To book your perfect digital and arts activities just email email@example.com and visit www.wheelworksarts.com
Wheelworks is also delighted to be delivering a T:BUC Tech & Adventure Summer Camp this July.
These camps are designed to help young people have fun and make new friends through shared interests and experience. Join them for two weeks of adventure while getting creative with digital technologies. Participants will work with professional artists to learn new skills in Virtual and Augmented Reality, Filmmaking, Animation, Audio Recording and more. In between workshops there will be trips out to venues such as Todds Leap and Let’s Go Hydro.
Dates: July 6th – 9th & 15th – 16th, suitable for ages: 11 – 18. Visit www.wheelworksarts.com
EastSide Arts: check out EastSide Arts’ YouTube channel which includes lots of videos of their past work, event launches and festivals. They have also been uploading lots of our recent online event recordings to the channel and these range from the series of EastSide Greenways webinars to events that took place during C.S. Lewis Festival. Visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDZ02s2XSQ6tLcJyD_3S3kQ
Friendship Packs- I Got You Dolly, Love Cher. EastSide Arts has created the ‘Friendship Pack’. The Friendship Pack is free and is all about bringing you together with a loved one through the power of music and laughter. It’s free, dementia-friendly and features the following goodies:
The DVD of ‘I Got You Dolly, Love Cher’**
An uplifting quote card
Tea and biscuits for two people
EastSide Arts has 500 packs to give away so there’s plenty to go around! If you, or someone you know, would like a creative ‘pick-me-up’ then get in touch to reserve your Friendship Pack by emailing calling Aimee on 07526003325 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
** ‘I Got You Dolly, Love Cher’ is an entertaining musical comedy featuring some of Dolly and Cher’s greatest hits. This show will warm your heart, make you smile and have you dancing and singing along from your sofa.
EastSide Learning's Covid Year: EastSide Learning team has been sharing a number of highlights from the past year and how they adapted their work during the pandemic on the EastSide Learning Facebook page, these include:
Early years and family support packs
STEM summer school
Bedrock reading programme
Online training-social and emotional wellbeing
Supporting teachers and classroom assistants
You can view all the updates on their Facebook page.
Eastside also present their Moments of Joy Exhibition which is now on display at Holywood Arches (442-446 Newtownards Road). For this exhibition, local people donated objects that represented a moment of joy they have experienced since March 2020. They hope that by sharing these, you will be inspired to find the things that help when circumstances are challenging.
Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich: a heritage project celebrating the 30th anniversary of the founding of Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich, the pioneering arts and cultural Irish language centre situated in the heart of the Gaeltacht Quarter on Falls Road in Belfast, will be officially launched online on 6th May 2021 at 8pm. Thanks to support from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, a special programme of events has been created, including an oral history project, a heritage website, a photographic exhibition, a lecture series, educational and art activities for children, an interactive exhibition and a concert. A photographic exhibition,’30 Years A-Growing, will be live on their new heritage website www.culturlann30.com from 6th May 2021, with pictures from our own archive, that of Belfast Media Group and private collections.
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.
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 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
Please note visual art galleries are now permitted to open to the public, please check individual websites for opening times and booking information.
Seacourt: presents two exhibitions this summer. Joanne Fitzpatrick launches a solo show in Seacourt’s large gallery in July and August with screen prints and cyanotypes inspired by landscape and place. Nathalie Caleyron will showcase lino cut prints in Seacourt’s Member’s Gallery sharing works created during lockdown offering a glimpse into her observations on home and place.
Seacourt is also offering a range of online courses to introduce you to printmaking in the comfort of your own home. Printmaker Clinton Kirkpatrick introduces intaglio printmaking through a free to view tutorial. Stephanie Harrison demonstrates the magical technique of cyanotype printing through a video tutorial and kit to purchase for experiments in the sun.
Seacourt also features in the ever popular Creative Pennisula during the first week in August and they’ll have a week of printmaking demonstrations and practice talks from our exhibiting artists. Visit www.seacourt-ni.org.uk
Craft NI: presents the LAUNCHPAD exhibition featuring work from the four participants in Craft NI’s professional Development Programme, Launchpad 2020-21 including, Anne Butler (Ceramics), Anna Smyth (Ceramics), Claire Skelton (Jewellery and Metals) and Claire Mooney (Jewellery and Metals). The exhibition is available to view from 24 June until 22 July.
Craft NI also presents, Re-New: August Craft Month Exhibition 2021 from 2 August until 3 September. Craft NI’s annual August Craft Month Exhibition at Craft NI celebrates and promotes the work of Northern Ireland’s makers. We are particularly grateful to the former Guild of Northern Ireland Designer Makers (The Guild) who have given us a legacy gift for the development and promotion of the craft sector in Northern Ireland, providing five prizes for the exhibition. Makers have been invited to reflect on the theme ‘Re-new’. Visit www.craftni.org
University of Atypical: University of Atypical presents their new exhibition, I Want To Believe, as part of Belfast Photo Festival 2021, featuring work by David Vintiner & Gem Fletcher. This captivating exhibition poses profound questions about what it is to be human, challenging our understanding of what a body is and how we converge with technology in a world of evolving possibilities. The exhibition is available to view until 8 July 2021. Visit www.universityofatypical.org for opening times.
Belfast Exposed: is proud to present ‘Natural Connections’, 17 June-17 July, an exhibition which showcases the 60 shortlisted winners of the ‘Natural Connections’ competition that took place earlier in the year. The photography competition, in partnership with Translink, aimed 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 was open to all ages, wishing to capture through photography our ‘Natural Connections’, the link between nature and connecting in the last year. With all 1,365 submissions now compiled, and 60 shortlisted, 6 finalists and an overall winner selected by a panel of judges, Belfast Exposed presents the Natural Connections exhibition with all 60 shortlisted images on display. Visit www.belfastexposed.org
Belfast Exposed: is also currently showing three showstopper exhibitions.
Gallery 1: AEON – Marcel Rickli
Gallery 2: A LIGHTNESS OF TOUCH – MFA Photography Graduates
Street View: YAN WANG PRESTON
For further details visit www.belfastexposed.org
Flowerfield Arts Centre: presents, Close to Home, an exhibition by acclaimed artist, Maurice Orr, inspired by the writings of Seamus Heaney, opened at Flowerfield Arts Centre on Wednesday 16th June 2021. Through a series of large canvasses and smaller paintings, Maurice takes the viewer on an atmospheric journey through bog, stream, lough edges, rugged fields and dramatic skies as far as the eye can see. Using earthen colours, texture, panoramic vistas and scale as tools, the viewer is enveloped by the enchantment of Ireland's rural landscape and in particular, the environment of Lough Neagh and Bellaghy which so nurtured the work of the Nobel Laureate. Close to Home continues until Saturday 24th July 2021.Visit www.flowerfield.org
Golden Thread Gallery: is delighted to be premiering the installation of Suzanne Lacy’s, Across and In-Between, 12th June – 14th August, presented in association with IWM Imperial War Museum, The Whitworth and Ulster University. Co-commissioned and presented as a work-in-progress for the closing season of 14-18 NOW and the Belfast International Arts Festival; the project amplified the voices and experiences of border residents during Brexit negotiations through words, imagery, sound and performance, providing them an opportunity to reclaim the landscape around them.
Across and In-Between will be shown across the entirety of The Golden Thread Gallery. The installation consists of: Border People’s Parliament; a series of portraits, a soundscape and The Yellow Manifesto in Gallery One; The Yellow Line; a 3-screen video projection shown in Gallery Two; and additional photos alongside a 29’ documentary film, Across and In-Between: Voices from the Border in Ireland, shown in the Project Space. For further information visit www.goldenthreadgallery.co.uk
Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich: presents, Tim Franco: Unperson | North Korean Defectors , a photographic exhibition as part of Belfast Photo Festival’s 2021 offering running from 3 June - 30 July 2021.
Tim Franco is a French-Polish photographer born in Paris in 1982. In 2005, he moved to China where he started documenting the country’s incredible urbanization and its social impact while collaborating with newspapers such as Le Monde, the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times. In 2016, Franco moved to South Korea where he started working on a long term project about North Korean defectors. In documenting North Korean defectors Franco travelled to the crossing points where they made their escape, aiming to capture the diversity of landscape that is the background of North Korean defection. Visit https://www.culturlann.ie/en/visual-arts
Void: is delighted to present CHOREOGRAPH, the first solo exhibition of Elizabeth Price in Northern Ireland, from 22 June – 21 August 2021. Price’s distinctive film works inhabit the digital world using computer animated voices, graphics and a saturated videography that give the works a dystopic sensibility, exploring the human experience from industrialisation to the digital age. For more about the exhibition and to visit their viewing rooms please go to www.derryvoid.com
Void online workshops: a variety of fun and creative workshops can be found online at www.derryvoid.com, on Void’s Vimeo channel, and also on Facebook and Instagram IGTV @derryvoid so you can go back and forth to them as many times as you would like.
R-Space: presents, Luckily We Do Not Have to Be Perfect, by Birgit Schoenaker, 3-30 July 2021.
Originally a stand-out submission for the 2020 Linen Biennale, this exhibition features mixed media linen-based sculptural pieces from Dutch artist Birgit Schoenaker's series “white”.
Artist statement: “The theme in my life at this moment is vulnerable. During graduation and writing down the process to explain the road I have been traveling, It started with wonder and ended that it is all about searching, fragility, patterns in which we got stuck, all with a little bit of humour.”
For more details visit www.rspacelisburn.com
Centre for Contemporary Art Derry-Londonderry (CCA): presents,
MODERNISMS: legacies of Northern Irish modernism
Artists: James Ashe, Rachael Campbell-Palmer, Philip McCrilly, Grace McMurray, Ben Weir
Curators: Catherine Hemelryk & Matt Retallick
Dates: 29 May–18 September 2021
CCA Derry-Londonderry presents MODERNISMS, an exhibition of five artists responding to themes of modernism in Northern Ireland. From architecture and infrastructure, to everyday domestic design, the artists are brought together and ask us to look again, revealing the remarkable in the commonplace. From weaving and textiles, tower blocks and fireplaces, abandoned shoe factories and churches, MODERNISMS demonstrates the complex and nuanced influence of modernism on all our lives.Visit www.ccadld.org for further information.
Catalyst Arts: presents, "And, if we observe the present", a new exhibition by four emerging artists who engage with photographic practice, from across Ireland. Accompanied with a publication by three emerging writers responding to the new commissioned works. Realised with the support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and in partnership with the Belfast Photo Festival 2021.Now open.
Catalyst Arts will also present, Re-turn, Rachel Botha Director’s Show, from 5 August until 2 September 2021. In this exhibition artists Alice Rekab, Duncan Campbell, Nollaig Molloy and the Department of Ultimology, the Digital Archive of Artists’ Publishing and the Artist-led Archive will look at archive alternatives. This exhibition challenges the politics and power dynamics of the traditional archive. It enlivens the archive to understand it not as a collection of ‘inanimate fossils’ but exploring its potentiality to disrupt and agitate. Further details can be found at www.catalystarts.org.uk
ArtisAnn: The ArtisAnn gallery in Belfast is hosting a new exhibition by the renowned print maker Margaret Arthur. She is a member of the prestigious Royal Ulster Academy of Arts and was one of the founder members of Seacourt Print Workshop. This exhibition is inspired by the ever-changing light and colour of the coastlines and tides of Counties Donegal and Down
The exhibition runs at the ArtisAnn Gallery, 70 Bloomfield Avenue, Belfast until Saturday 26th June 2021. All artworks are available to buy. You can also buy art from this exhibition through Own Art, an Arts Council supported 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
The MAC: present three exhibitions; Ambera Wellmann in the Upper Gallery, Maya Balcioglu in the Tall Gallery and Jaap Pieters in the Sunken Gallery. All exhibitions are available to view in person from now until 8th August 2021.
Ambera Wellmann in the Upper Gallery
This is the first exhibition in the UK and Ireland by Canadian-born and New-York based painter, Ambera Wellmann, whose paintings of amorphous figures resist the binaries of active and passive, male and female.
Maya Balcioglu in the Tall Gallery
Maya's first institutional exhibition consisting large scale works on paper, latex and fabric completed over a 15-year period. Her mark-making hovers around formlessness, reminiscent of stains left from bodily fluids and stigmata like appearances located in an in-between state of consciousness and slumber.
Jaap Pieters in the Sunken Gallery
Dutch artist Jaap Pieters is a stalwart specialist of Super 8mm filmmaking and has created dozens of films on the small-gauge “amateur” medium over the course of four decades. Jaap’s films will be shown on three showreels rotating throughout the duration of the exhibition.
Visitors must book to visit The MAC galleries at www.themaclive.com
Belfast Print Workshop: present 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. For full details visit https://www.bpw.org.uk/