What's on in Northern Ireland

Belfast; Winter at ArtisAnn

Belfast; Winter at ArtisAnn

The ArtisAnn Gallery kicks off its festive season with ‘Christmas Showcase’, featuring artworks by established and emerging artists. The exhibition will be replenished throughout its run. In the New Year, ‘Belfast is my City’ shows artworks by overseas artists who have made Belfast their home, including Wilhelmina Covington, Lenka Davidikova, Valerie Giannandrea McKeag, Santa Leimane, Jolita Jarutiené, Gary Shaw and Anka Sikora. Following this, an exhibition by artist, scientist and academic Harry McMahon, entitled ‘Standing on the Shoulders of Giants’, brings the worlds of art and science.
Christmas Showcase: until 19 December; Belfast is My City: 6 – 30 January; Harry McMahon: 3 – 27 February 

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Derry: Beirut Artists 

Derry: Beirut Artists 

The Void Gallery has partnered with the Beirut Art Residency (BAR) to present ‘Before the Cypress Broke’. Bringing together works by contemporary Lebanese artists and past BAR artists-in-residence, the exhibition combines works on paper, photography and video works depicting personal investigations of artists in relation to the city of Beirut. Established in 2015, the BAR supports the production and dissemination of contemporary art through residencies, local exhibitions and public interventions, creating bridges between artists in Beirut and the global art community.
Before the Cypress Broke: until 15 December

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Online Group exhibition

Online Group exhibition

Gallery 545, an online and pop-up gallery, presents a group of emerging and more established Northern Ireland-based artists who have achieved recognition locally and internationally. This exhibition celebrates their originality and talent, showcasing a selection of diverse artworks. Artists include Lisa Ballard, Natalia Black, Ronan Bowes, Alacoque Davey, Ray Duncan, Craig Donald, Wendy Ferguson, Karl Hagan, Elham Hemmat, Trina Hobson, Ashley B Holmes, Janet Keith, Rachel Lawell, Rosie McGurran, Kevin Miller, Noel Murphy, Latisha Reihill, Katharine St Angelo, Charlie Scott and Anushiya Sundaralingam.
Online exhibition: 19 November – 12 December

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Omagh: McKenna Gallery 

Omagh: McKenna Gallery 

Over fifty collectable artists from across Ireland are showcased in the McKenna Gallery’s winter exhibition. Artists represented include: Katherine Boucher Beug, Anna Campbell, Simon Cook, Lenka Davidikova, Martin Gale, Cara Gordon, Jonathan Hunter, Brian McDonagh, Kenny McKendry, Carolyn Mulholland, Robert Ryan, Mark Shields, Lorcan Walshe and Colin Watson. Nestled in the Castle Street area of Omagh, the gallery is a beautiful place in which to browse and enjoy Irish art.
Winter showcase: ongoing

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Belfast: The pathos of things

Belfast: The pathos of things

An exhibition of new works by sculptor Patrick O’Reilly at The Culloden draws on the Japanese term ‘Mono No Aware’, which translates as the ‘pathos of things’ or ‘a sensitivity to ephemera’. The phrase conveys a sense of wistful sadness about the passing and impermanence of time and objects, and the reality of life – a theme that O’Reilly translates into this new body of work in bronze, resin and stone.
Patrick O’Reilly: 5 – 31 December

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Belfast: Queen Street Christmas

Belfast: Queen Street Christmas

Queen Street Studios’ Christmas Show features members Majella Clancy, Susan Connolly, Alacoque Davey, Catherine Davison, Dan Ferguson, Ciaran Harper, Ashley Holmes, Sharon Kelly, Clement McAleer, Sinead McKeever, Grace McMurray, Jane Rainey and Anushiya Sundaralingam, who work in a variety of media. To open its 2021 season, ‘Emergence IV’, the fourth showcase of selected work by recent graduates from the Belfast School of Art takes place in February. Featuring a diverse range of works – from photography and painting to sculpture, video, installation and printmaking – it shows the broad spectrum of work being produced in the School of Art.
Christmas Show: until 16 December; Emergence IV: 4 – 25 February

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Belfast: Art Loves 

Belfast: Art Loves 

Celebrating the opening of its new gallery in Belfast, Art Loves presents ‘Art Loves: The Edit’, an exhibition of contemporary paintings, sculpture and limited edition prints by Irish, British and European artists. Curated by Carrie Neely, the show includes Belfast-based artists Hannah Smith, Jonny McEwen and Esther O’Kelly alongside works by Damien Hirst, David Shrigley, Dan Baldwin, Sara Pope, Conor Harrington, Chloe Early and the Connor Brothers.
Art Loves: The Edit: until 15 January

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Antrim: Gallery 1608

Antrim: Gallery 1608

With the largest selection of art in Northern Ireland, Gallery 1608 covers not just paintings and sculptures, but also represents top Irish ceramicists, glass makers and jewellers. Work is on view throughout the year by gallery artists such as Basil Blackshaw, George Callaghan, Liz Doyle, Freda Gilmore, Cora Harrington, Raymond Kennedy, David McGlynn, Brian Kerr and Jin Yong.
Gallery 1608: ongoing

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Belfast: Renoir’s new era

Belfast: Renoir’s new era

A travelling collection of works from the Courtauld Collection comes to the Ulster Museum and is exhibited in ‘Renoir and the New Era’, which explores Impressionism and art in the late 1800s. ‘Heart of the Collection: Irish Art from after 1870’ complements this with a display from the permanent collection, while Cornelia Parker’s film, Left, Right and Centre (2018), continues its run. The museum also hosts the 139th Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition.
RUA Annual Exhibition, until 3 January; Cornelia Parker: until 17 January; Renoir: until 14 February; Heart of the Collection: Irish Art from after 1870: ongoing
 

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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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