14th Apr 2019 in Arts

It was hard to pick just five events for our top picks of what’s on in the Cathedral Quarter this week!

Check out our What’s On guide for a full run-down of everything happening in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter over the coming seven days.

The Belfast Film Festival continues as well; check out everything happening in the CQ here and keep an eye on our Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for some fantastic ticket giveaways over the next couple of days.

As always, we love to hear from you – send us a heads up about any events happening in the Cathedral Quarter, people you think we should interview or stories and features you would like to read here. Just email heather@cathedralquarterbelfast.com

MAC Question Time

Wednesday 17th April

This MAC Election Question Time (QT), chaired by the BBC’s political correspondent Jayne McCormack and presented in partnership with MW Advocate, offers our political parties the opportunity to present their arts policies in the flesh.In keeping with previous MAC QTs this event promises to be a lively and interactive opportunity for you – the audience – to ask the challenging questions. It will give you the chance to quiz the politicians and parties who are asking for your vote on 2nd May.

Confirmed panellists, so far, include:

  • Cllr Emmet McDonough-Brown, Alliance Party
  • Cllr Donal Lyons, SDLP
  • Cllr Jeffrey Dudgeon, UUP

Lit Up

Thursday 18th April

This monthly event features poets and spoken word artists reading other artists’ work. Headliners and Open Mic participants read the works that inspired them. This month’s features Jack Loughrey and Gaynor Kane. Jack is the winner of the All Ulster Slam Final 2018. He delivers heavy-hitting highly lyrical poetry. Jack also performs as a rapper and MC. Gaynor has been published by journals such as The Honest Ulsterman and The North. Her first pamphlet Circling the Sun has been published by Hedgehog Press, her next publication is due next Spring.


Thursday 18th April

LoveLustLonging is Sue Williams’ first solo exhibition in the North of Ireland in more than a decade. In this exhibition internationally renowned artist Sue Williams reflects the sense of a society perpetuating its own fear. Offsides by Oorlagh George is a triptych projection installation. Three screens play distinct versions of the same scene in a continuous loop. The piece is an exploration of generational trauma and communal silence in Northern Ireland. A strange recursive loop of simultaneously trying to confront and escape the past. Both exhibitions open today at Golden Thread Gallery and run until 25th May.


Thursday 18th April

Escape the relentless agora in a night of recorded music and live drawing. in the Black Box. DJs Jeff Doherty and Stuart Watson develop an aural envelope each evening, whilst illustrator Duncan Ross strives to capture the consciousness of the moment through the inky medium of illustration. Adventurous clientèle may submit suggestions to Ross for realisation on the eve or, if feeling particularly exploratory, can contribute with the fruits of their own ductus (materials provided).

Photoshop Basics

Saturday 20th April 

This technical course is aimed at beginners to Photoshop and those wishing to refresh previous knowledge.
The course will introduce you to the Photoshop interface and will cover the basic Photoshop features such as working in layers, and techniques that you can use to adjust, correct and enhance your photographs.
What you will learn:

  • Basic overview of the display, interface and controls of Photoshop.
  • How to use and work with layers.
  • How to use exposure adjustments such as levels, curves etc.
  • How to use colour adjustments such as saturation, colour balance etc.
  • How to use the dodge and burn tool effectively.
  • How to use tools such as clone stamp, spot healing brush etc.
  • How to size and save your photographs for both print and web use.

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