What’s on in the Arts
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, all supported by Exchequer and National Lottery funding.
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PROPHETS, MAKERS AND RISK TAKERS: A SHOWCASE OF WRITING FROM NORTHERN IRELAND. Curated by Jan Carson, this year’s Writers’ Symposium aims to bring together leading voices in writing from Northern Ireland to discuss how our writers are approaching global issues and themes; how they are revisiting ideas associated with the history and politics of N.I. but finding new ways to tell the stories; what opportunities exist outside N.I. and how best they might promote their work internationally and finally, what makes writing from Northern Ireland so distinctive.
Dr Dawn Miranda Sherratt-Bado will deliver the keynote address and participants throughout the day will include writers Nandi Jola, Mícheál McCann, Susan McKay, Darran Anderson and Michelle Gallen, in conversation with Emma Warnock (No Alibis Press), Peggy Hughes (National Centre for Writing), Nora Hickey M’Sichili (Centre Culturel Irlandais), Jim Hinks (British Council), Damian Smyth (Arts Council N.I.), Cathy Brown (Seamus Heaney HomePlace) and Jan Carson.
The symposium will show the breadth of talent that Northern Ireland has to offer and will give representatives from UK and international literary organisations and festivals an opportunity to sit at the table and take note.
Presented by EastSide Arts with support from Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Date: Thursday 14th January
Time: 9.15am - 5.15pm
Visit Prophets, Makers and Risk Takers: A Showcase of Writing from Northern Ireland | Facebook
Tinderbox: Due to new lockdown restrictions, Tinderbox has radically re-directed their Creativity in Motion tour to a series of online creative workshops and online performances called E-Motion 21 to help and entertain during periods of isolation. The E-Motion project aims to offer creative programmes as tools to develop a sense of play as well as invite audiences to engage with performances specifically created in this current lockdown. Two essential components to the E-Motion programme is their Creative Bubble workshops and performance Bubbles of online comedy performances throughout January 2021.
Creative Bubble Workshops: From 11th January to 5th February 2021, Tinderbox will deliver a variety of online workshops for artists and participants to use creativity as a source of inspiration and well-being during the lockdown. The content for the workshops range from dance, creative writing, music, physical theatre, mental health and laughter yoga and will be delivered by professional facilitators. These workshops will operate on a Pay-What-You-Can initiative to ensure as much accessibility and engagement as possible.
Performances Bubbles: Every week from the 15th January to 5th February 2021, Tinderbox will premiere on social media platforms and our YouTube channel a collection of Burlesque and satirical vignette films based on four characters who are discovering the meaning of life during the 6 week Covid-19 lockdown.
For full details visit Tinderbox Theatre Company | Facebook
Strand Arts Centre: With its latest temporary closure due to lockdown restrictions, Strand Arts Centre has teamed up with film distributor Dogwoof to begin virtual screenings. The first film on offer is resonant new documentary MLK/FBI, uncovering the extent of the FBI's surveillance and harassment of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Based on newly discovered and declassified files, utilizing a trove of documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act and unsealed by the National Archives, as well as revelatory restored footage, the documentary explores the government's history of targeting Black activists, and the contested meaning behind some of our most cherished ideals.
Featuring interviews with key cultural figures including former FBI Director James Comey and directed by Emmy® Award-winner and Oscar®-nominee Sam Pollard, MLK/FBI tells this astonishing and tragic story with searing relevance to our current moment.
MLK/FBI is available to view from 15th January with a special extended version with director Q&A on 16th January only. Both are available to pre-order at www.strandartscentre.com
Out To Lunch: The 15th annual Out to Lunch Festival continues until 30th January 2021 with a series of shows including Joshua Burnside, Malojian, Jordan Adetunji, Kevin McAleer and Dea Matrona among many others. For tickets and full programming information visit www.cqaf.com
A Taste of Belfast in Brussels: As part of this year’s digital Out to Lunch Festival, the Office of the Northern Ireland Executive in Brussels will showcase a selection of artists from Northern Ireland online on Tuesday 19th January at 1pm. The pre-recorded programme features musicians, Anthony Toner, Ursula Burns, Ciara O’Neill and writer, Stephen Connolly, performing in the beautiful and historic Rosemary Street Church. For details of the full Out to Lunch Festival programme visit www.cqaf.com
Belfast Music Society (BMS): Belfast poet Michael Longley celebrates BMS's centenary. Michael Longley, one of Belfast's most cherished and renowned creative artists, has had a lifelong passion for classical music. During his time at the Arts Council, he developed a firm friendship with the then Music Director, Pamela Rogers, who was Chair of BMS for many years and a staunch supporter of the society until her death in 2008.
To mark BMS's centenary this year, Michael has written a beautiful poem in memory of Pamela. Titled 'Key-Changes', it is published in his latest collection, The Candlelight Master, (Cape, 2020). Late last year, Michael kindly agreed to record a reading of the poem, and went on to chat about his love of music and the many memories he has of concerts in Belfast over the years. To watch the video visit (3) Michael Longley reads 'Key-Changes' - YouTube
Belfast Music Society (BMS): Violinist Michael Trainor explores Bach
in a new online series. Michael Trainor – whom we were delighted to present with the Piatti Quartet last October – is bringing in the new year with an exciting series of three online programmes dedicated to JS Bach's solo violin sonatas and partitas.
The series will include guest appearances by other freelance creatives from around Northern Ireland: artist Sharon Adams, dancer Mayte Segura and composer Áine Mallon. There will also be talks on Bach’s life and compositions to accompany each episode.
Michael has been able to put the series together thanks to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Artist Emergency Programme, set up in response to the COVID-19 crisis last spring. Visit J.S. Bach, D minor Partita | Michael Trainor (bandcamp.com) for the first programme, which features Bach's Partita No. 2, BWV 1004
Live from the Ulster Hall: Live from the Ulster Hall is a new, innovative digital event experience, proudly supported by The Arts Council for Northern Ireland and the Department for Communities through their Organisations Emergency Programme. Visit www.ulsterhall.co.uk
Scott’s Jazz Club: Scott's Jazz Club is based at Ballyhackamore Club, 1A Sandown Road. The club was formed by Cormac O'Kane, Colin Harper, Scott Flannigan and Karen Smyth and is a dedicated jazz concert environment featuring amazing sound, lighting and projection mapping. Keyboard virtuoso, Scott Flannigan, is the club's musical curator and host. The gigs will feature the best of Irish Jazz talent in upcoming performances that will be live streamed online. Find out more at www.scottsjazzclub.com and https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=676917186352325&id=107191574457823
Armagh Pipers: The Armagh Pipers present a series of concerts in their Fonn Friday’s Concert Series 2020-21. Visit www.armaghpipers.com
Duncairn: has launched a brand new fortnightly arts magazine show called Take 2. Take 2 explores the uniqueness of our Belfast through music, poetry, imagery, artistry and insightful interviews. The fortnightly programme airs on alternate Saturday evenings at 8pm on YouTube and Facebook. You can watch the latest shows back and subscribe to Duncairn’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCW8vA0LnFDwumD_oGo2FwqQ?sub_confirmation=1
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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. Visit https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCQ85xLA2BlQQdrnWBhKw1hw
ArtisAnn: Throughout January the ArtisAnn Gallery, on Belfast’s Bloomfield Avenue, celebrates those people who have left their own homes to come to Belfast to make it their home. Artists from across the UK, Ireland and Europe will be showing work that has been inspired by Belfast, the place that is now their home.
This international exhibition features artists Magdalena Blazejewicz (Poland), Wilhelmina Peace Covington (France), Lenka Davidikova (Slovakia), Valerie Giannandrea McKeag (Italy/Scotland) Santa Leimane (Latvia), Jolita Jarutiené (Lithuania), Gary Shaw (Australia), and Anka Sikora (Poland). This is an exhibition by seven artists who have chosen to make Belfast their home. Visit https://www.artisann.org/now-on.html
CCA: in Derry-Londonderry are pleased to welcome you back to CCA with Jan McCullough’s Tricks of the Trade, a solo exhibition that explores spaces of construction through sculptural installation. The works installed across CCA’s galleries reference elements found in spaces such as workshops, garages, factory floors and sheds – that the artist has encountered and photographed over the last decade. Read more about the exhibition at CCA Derry~Londonderry | Jan McCullough (cca-derry-londonderry.org)
Catalyst Arts: presents Common or Garden
Chris Alton | Jérôme Bel | Bloomers | Emmet Brown | Victoria Brunetta & Kate O’Shea (Durty Books) | Just Books | Aidan Wall | Fiona Woods
Catalyst Arts Gallery, 5 College Court, Belfast, BT16BS
Common or Garden uses the gallery as a space to propose and foster approaches based on the model of the commons in which resources, ideas and knowledge are shared and distributed democratically. By exploring processes of exchange, collaboration and learning, it asks: can we build practices rooted in collectivity?
The exhibition will include works by Chris Alton, Jérôme Bel, Emmet Brown and Aidan Wall. It will also host a zine library, curated by Bloomers, and The Library of Common Knowledge, featuring books donated through an open call which will be open for visitors to use and share throughout. The associated programme includes contributions from Chris Alton, Bloomers, Victoria Brunetta & Kate O’Shea (Durty Books), Just Books and Fiona Woods and facilitates discussions on topics such as self-publishing, activism, commonist aesthetics and DIY culture. See https://www.catalystarts.org.uk/whatson for more details of upcoming talks and events.
VOID: Visit https://www.derryvoid.com/
Millennium Court Arts Centre: in Portadown, presents, Generation, an exhibition featuring artists: Hugo Byrne, Róisín de Buitléar, Mark Campden, Ryan Connolly, Mourne Textiles, Cara Murphy, Alla Sinkevich, Katherine West. This exhibition invites us to consider the unique perspective of a group of Irish based designer-makers who are custodians of a familial tradition of making and creativity, continuing and/or reinventing the work begun by previous generations of their family. It explores how generational relationships and personal histories have encouraged an added sense of responsibility, influenced aesthetic considerations and helped shape overall narratives. Based on the notion that making matters, the exhibition reminds us that no matter what form it takes, the importance of making and respect for tradition remains at the heart of these family enterprises. The exhibition continues until 23 January 2021. Visit http://millenniumcourt.org/new-page-1
Craft NI: Visit http://www.craftni.org/ for updates.
The MAC: has a series of new exhibitions across all three galleries - Peter Liversidge, In a Rainbow of Coalitions and Frederic Huska. Visit www.themaclive.com for updates.
An Cultúrlann: as part of their 30th anniversary celebration programme of events for 2021, An Cultúrlann presents an exhibition of a selection of the artwork bought by An Chultúrlann or donated to them over the years. Paintings, drawings and prints are on display in Dánlann Dillon, the gallery on the first floor that was added to the building in 2011. Although COVID-19 restrictions mean the public can’t access the gallery for now, you can still have a look at the amazing artwork in this beautiful video put together by Gráinne Holland and Frainc Mac Cionnaith https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8wsbZ8cOPBA&t=14s
Belfast Print Workshop: is launching three online workshops this week by three of their members as part of Belfast's Festival of Learning's online festival. The workshops are supported by Belfast Learning City. Each workshop is suitable for a different level but all are possible to practice at home, with some equipment required.
1. Printing from a Suitcase and Hand Monoprinting by Josephine McCormick
2. Printing with Card and a Variety of Household Materials by Coby Moore
3. Cyanotype Print Tutorial by Jonathan Brennan
The projects will be launched Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week at 10.30am on all of their social media platforms:
• @belfastprintworkshop Instagram
• @BPW_studio on Twitter
• @BelfastPrintWorkshop on Facebook
Once launched, these workshops will remain online for anyone to access. For full details visit https://www.bpw.org.uk/