4th Apr 2019 in Arts

Another packed month of exhibitions and openings in the CQ for this month’s Late Night Art.

LNAB takes place on the first Thursday of every month. Galleries in Belfast keep their doors open until after dark, with some planning exhibition launches and openings to coincide with the monthly celebration of visual art. The idea is to allow people the chance to stay in town after work and enjoy the incredible visual art on their doorstep, that they maybe would not otherwise have a chance to go and see.

There is also a Late Night Art bus tour and you can keep up to date with what’s happening across the city by following the Facebook page.

We have gathered up all the CQ Belfast galleries taking part this month and these are below – but please get in touch if we’ve missed anything out!

CQ Galleries open for #LNAB

Engine Room Gallery

Memoryhouse is a retrospective exhibition by the Bangor based artist Leslie Nicholl. The greater body of works encompasses a human testimony in relation to the Holocaust and the wider arena of war. The images seek out some sense of humanity at times in our histories when it has been difficult to find or hold on to. Nicholl’s empathetic and forensic use of materials lends an authentic link back to a place and time unimaginable for most.

The opening of the exhibition will take place at the Engine Room Gallery on Thursday 4th April, 7:00pm until 9:30pm. (Please note the gallery will be closed 23rd and 24th April for Easter).

Sea Holly

The CQ’s newest gallery is open tonight until 9pm for Late Night Art Belfast – with Resonance; an exhibition of portraits by the internationally acclaimed artist Julian Friers. These are 22 life sized portraits of Irish music legends, including Annie Mac, Paul Brady and Nathan Connolly. They are incredible and a must-see!

Belfast Exposed

Belfast Exposed invites you to the exhibition preview of ‘The Bully Pulpit’ by Haley Morris-Cafiero, in Gallery 1, on Thursday 4th April, 6-9pm. In an exhibition curated by Deirdre Robb, Morris-Cafiero’s latest photography series investigates the social phenomenon of cyberbullying in the age of Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Apparently anonymous, hidden behind their computer screens, some people bully others, and have done so for years. The prevalence of online bullying has encouraged countless more to mete out these abusive acts, apparently preying on those weaker than themselves.

Golden Thread Gallery

Digital Arts Studios – Annual Review Exhibition launched at last month’s LNAB and continues until Saturday 20th April. Selected by Daria Jelonek and Simon Poulter the show includes work by Digital Arts Studio artists Edy Fung, Duncan Herd, Justine McDonnell, Paul Mulgrew, EL Putnam and Peter Richards. This exciting body of work includes performative, sculptural, textual and videographic works. Look out for two exciting new exhibitions opening at the gallery on 18th April – Lovelustlonging by Sue Williams and Offsides by Oorlagh George.

University of Atypical

Richard Canning graduated from the BA (Hons) Fine Art at Belfast School of Art in 2018 and is the inaugural recipient of the first Atypical Gallery Graduate Award. The Space Between, which launched last Saturday, is an expansion of the work in Richard’s final BA end of year show and explores the consistencies of construction and deconstruction. Richard has created a series of four wall drawings, delicate observational studies of places in the process of destruction and disappearance. These quiet, still drawings place an emphasis on emptiness, creating tension in their exclusion of details; unused spaces and unfilled lines reminders of an intimacy long forgotten.

For further information, to discuss access requirements or to book BSL/ISL, touch tours, quiet tours or audio description, please contact paula@universityofatypical.org The gallery is open for LNAB from 5 – 8pm.





Feeling inspired by all the art you’ve seen? Make some of your own at Seedhead Arts’ Drink n’ Draw event. Although inspired by the spirit of Street Art, they’re really interested in the cross-pollenisation of different disciplines like comic, illustration, design, etc and how this plays out in a live environment, in a crowd of people with a wide range of skills and backgrounds. Plus beer. And music. Thanks to sponsorship from Ink Monkey, drawing materials are provided.

Getting to Know… The Emerald Armada – Oh Yeah Centre

The Emerald Armada are the next in The Oh Yeah’s ‘Getting To Know’ series, on this Thursday 4th April from 7 – 9pm. ‘Getting To Know…’ is designed to appreciate songwriters and to give their audience a fresh understanding of the work. By providing a constructive critique, the audience is also encouraged to participate in the artist’s creative process.

Thus far, the sessions have involved the Ivor Novello Award-winning Tim Wheeler of Ash while SOAK took part on her 17th birthday, long before she won the NI Music Prize and the Choice Music Prize for her debut album. Duke Special, Ciaran Lavery, Tom Robinson, Malojian and Ryan Vail have all contributed. ‘Getting To Know…’ is supported by the PRS Foundation for Music and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

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