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Downpatrick: Now and Then

Downpatrick: Now and Then

Former vice-president of the Royal Ulster Academy, John Breakey’s ‘Now and Then’ at the Down Arts Centre consists of a selection of recent watercolours and other paintings and prints. In his eighties, Breakey is well-known for his lithographic work, which combine landscape with abstract forms, creating colourful artworks. His work can be found in several national and international collections.
John Breakey: 4 September – 3 October

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Belfast; Autumn at ArtisAnn

Belfast; Autumn at ArtisAnn

ArtisAnn Gallery presents two new exhibitions – both in their gallery space and online. The first exhibition shows works from graduates of the School of Art at Ulster University, including Saffron Monks-Smith, Lauren O’Hara and Irene Sweeney. Later, the gallery opens a display of new works by painter and printmaker Jackie Crooks, with paintings, drawings and silkscreen prints produced during the spring and summer of 2020.
Graduate Exhibition: 1 – 26 September; Jackie Crooks: 29 September – 31 October

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Belfast: Place and time

Belfast: Place and time

The group exhibition, ‘at an uncertain place, at an uncertain time’ at Queen Street Studios, brings together three artists whose practices are concerned with the passage of time. Their work is primarily monochrome in palette, invoking an elegant simplicity. Jonathan Brennan shows cyanotypes and screenprint on paper, based on a series of negatives discovered by chance, combined with fossil drawings; Charys Wilson has large-scale still lifes in Conté crayon and ink; while Chris Wilson’s drawings are based on mapping strategies and multiple viewpoints. Prior to this, the gallery shows ‘It Crystallises into a Mould’, a new video installation by David Haughey.
It Crystallises into a Mould: 3 – 24 September; at an uncertain place, at an uncertain time: 2 – 29 October

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Banbridge: Picasso to Celmins

Banbridge: Picasso to Celmins

Spanning almost 100 years of modern art, ‘Living with Art: Picasso to Celmins’ at the FE McWilliam Gallery showcases highlights from the collection of Alexander Walker (1930–2003), a prolific collector of contemporary prints and drawings. Walker bequeathed his collection of over 200 works on paper to the British Museum. This exhibition includes thirty prints and drawings by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Lucian Freud, Bridget Riley, David Hockney, Vija Celmins and Avigdor Arikha.
Living with Art: Picasso to Celmins: 17 October – 30 January 2021

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Armagh: Art as psychotherapy

Armagh: Art as psychotherapy

‘Threshold’ at Market Place Gallery is a seminal exhibition by the first graduates of the MSc Art Psychotherapy course at Ulster University’s Belfast School of Art. The British Association of Art Therapy defines the art therapy profession as ‘a form of psychotherapy that uses visual art media as its primary mode of communication and… as a means of self-expression’. The graduating artists’ work ranges over printmaking, jewellery, painting, drawing, sculpture, ceramics, textiles, weaving, photography, journaling and eco-art.
Threshold: 18 September – 7 November

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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.
Until 3 October 2020.

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