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Limavady: Conflict Textiles

Limavady: Conflict Textiles

Featuring quilts and arpilleras (Spanish patchwork scenes) from around the world, ‘Embracing Human Rights: Conflict Textiles’ Journey’ at the Roe Valley Arts Centre invites visitors to explore human rights through the tactile medium of textiles.
6 March – 12 April

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Lisburn: The secret

Lisburn: The secret

The Island Arts Centre hosts a series of paintings and drawings by Andrew Butler. Titled ‘Lebensborn’, it explores the Lebensborn programme, a regime of the Nazi Party that saw children removed from their parents to be raised in new families according to Aryan criteria.
Andrew Butler: 12 March – 8 April

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Belfast: Golden Gerrard

Belfast: Golden Gerrard

The Golden Thread Gallery mounts a major solo exhibition of internationally acclaimed artist Joy Gerrard. Drawing on over a decade of image-making and research on themes of protest and urban space, Gerrard archives and painstakingly remakes media-born crowd images. The artist uses this solo exhibition as an experimental space to create new work at this critical, uncertain time in Belfast’s already fragmented, troubling yet powerfully hopeful history.
*Due to the COVID pandemic the gallery is currently closed until further notice. Please check our website for further updates.

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Belfast: Soil songs

Belfast: Soil songs

Spanning all three of the MAC’s galleries, Mark Garry’s ‘Songs and the Soil’ comprises a series of installations and individual works engaging with the related subjects of landscape and music or sound, looking at each element from historical, social and cultural perspectives. The exhibition also includes a new film work, An Lucht Siúil (The Walking People), which explores the relationship between Irish Travellers and Modernism.
Mark Garry: until 19 April.

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Belfast: A False Dawn

Belfast: A False Dawn

At the Ulster Museum, Ursula Burke presents ‘A False Dawn’, a culmination of her work in porcelain sculpture, embroidery and drawing. Burke often takes a post-conflict Northern Irish context as a critical point of departure to approach international concerns. This exhibition showcases artworks that act as a bridge to connect the classical ‘ideal’ with the ‘reality’ of today’s world. The museum also hosts Cornelia Parker’s ‘Left, Right and Centre’ exhibition as well as the BP Portrait Award 2019, including the winning work by Charlie Schaffer.
*Due to the COVID pandemic the gallery is currently closed until further notice. Please check our website for further updates.

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Downpatrick: Three at Down

Downpatrick: Three at Down

Recent acquisitions by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland are exhibited at the Down Arts Centre, with work by some of Northern Ireland’s leading artists in photography, paint, print and silver. The centre also displays work by Valerie Giannandrea McKeag, whose work captures derelict industrial and agricultural buildings and discarded machinery, tracing the story of the region’s economic history. Another exhibition, ‘Ink on Paper’, showcases new work by the Belfast Print Workshop, the oldest printmaking collection in Northern Ireland.
Recent acquisitions: 6 March – 4 April; Valerie Giannandrea McKeag: 10 April – 2 May; Ink on Paper: from 8 May

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Belfast and Dublin: Gormley’s Spring Show

Belfast and Dublin: Gormley’s Spring Show

Gormley’s Fine Art hosts its annual Spring Group Show at its Belfast and Dublin premises. The show features works spanning a range of practices, with artists including Nigel Cox, April Young, Stephen Forbes and David French Le-Roy. Cox’s minimalist landscapes stem from his participation in an expedition circumnavigating the globe via both poles, while Young’s sculpture is concerned with the expression of life through figurative study. Forbes is represented by recent figurative paintings of everyday life, and French Le-Roy through hyper-realistic still-life work inspired by the Dutch masters.
Gormley’s Spring Show: 7 March – 31 May

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Armagh: Kinney’s Calligraphy

Armagh: Kinney’s Calligraphy

Known for his work in mosaic and calligraphy, Desmond Kinney exhibits a series of calligraphic paintings at the Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre. Kinney’s illustrations are based on the myth of Buile Shuibhne (The Madness of Sweeney), using illustrated vignettes to tell the story of the king’s wild existence.
*Due to the COVID pandemic the gallery is currently closed until further notice. Please check our website for further updates.

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Banbridge: Penumbra

Banbridge: Penumbra

‘Penumbra’, an exhibition of contemporary painting, features the work of eight Irish artists: Sinead Aldridge, Hannah Casey-Brogan, Susan Connolly, Sarah Dwyer, Fiona Finnegan, Alison Pilkington, Yasmine Robinson and Louise Wallace. The exhibition at the FE McWilliam Gallery, increases the visibility of the painterly practice of women artists in, of and from the island of Ireland. It presents us with a range of material practices that are reimagining and transgressing the terrain of what defines Ireland and broadly Irish cultural identity.
*Due to the COVID pandemic the gallery is currently closed until further notice. Please check our website for further updates.

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Belfast: Spring at ArtisAnn

Belfast: Spring at ArtisAnn

The ArtisAnn Gallery hosts a busy spring schedule with international and local artists. ‘Belfast is My City’ is an exhibition that celebrates people who have come to the city and made it their home. Following this, Sophie Aghajamian and James Allen present an exhibition of their prints and paintings, while ‘Painted Collage – Creative Undoing’ is an exhibition of new works by Carol Graham.
*Due to the COVID pandemic the gallery is currently closed until further notice. Please check our website for further updates.

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