What's on in Northern Ireland

Newtownards: Collection and solo

Newtownards: Collection and solo

A specially curated selection of the Arts Council Northern Ireland Collection will be presented at the Ards Arts Centre. With over 600 works by established and emerging visual artists, the primary aim of the collection has been to raise awareness of and interest in the contemporary visual arts from Northern Ireland, and to encourage the commissioning and purchase of work, as well as providing patronage to artists. The centre will also show a solo exhibition of new work by Aly Harte, ‘Placing Importance on the Everyday’. Comprised of twelve drawings, it celebrates the everyday achievements of women through the routines of everyday life.
The Collection and Aly Harte: 5 December – 25 January

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Belfast: New and old for New Year

Belfast: New and old for New Year

The ArtisAnn Gallery has two new exhibitions scheduled for January and February. Beginning with ‘My Name is Pronounced AI M-EE’, the gallery will host work by a trio of young artists: Aimee Melaugh, Aimée Nelson and Amy Higgins. All are recent graduates and work in a range of styles and across different contemporary issues. The gallery will then present a retrospective of work by Sam McCready, who, despite being better known as an actor and director, was also an accomplished painter. Early in his life, McCready studied with Kenneth Webb and Romeo Toogood at the Belfast College of Art. The exhibition will showcase work from these formative years through to his mature works.
My Name is Pronounced AI M-EE: 4 January – 1 February; Sam McCready: 5 – 29 February

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Armagh: Stray Sod

Armagh: Stray Sod

Orlaith Cullinane’s ten-month residency at Armagh County Museum has, by her own admission, been an adventure where the common object can take on strange new perspectives. The exhibition, ‘Stray Sod’, is the culmination of her work at the museum. She uses the folk tradition of the ‘fóidín meara’ to demonstrate that we often don’t have to stray far from the familiar path to be transported into a world where everything is suddenly disorienting.
Orlaith Cullinane: until 22 February

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Banbridge: Working together

Banbridge: Working together

The F.E. McWilliam Gallery presents ‘Together Now: The Engagement Project’. This is a large group exhibition of painting, drawing, installation, sculpture and film by artists from the Kilkenny Collective for Arts Talent (KCAT). Artists from very different practice contexts from all over Ireland have been working together in residencies and other forms of engagement since 2014. Touring to venues across Ireland, the work on show has been made as a result of collaborations and conversations between the artists from KCAT and artists who prioritise social engagement, performance, installation and a variety of media, from film and video to very un-traditional interpretations of traditional media such as painting and sculpture.
Together Now: 23 November – 1 February

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Lisburn: Pastels and photographs

Lisburn: Pastels and photographs

The Pastel Society of Ireland celebrates its 30th anniversary with its annual exhibition, held this year at the Island Arts Centre. The exhibition is open to all artists working in the medium and works are selected by a member of the society and two guest artists. The centre will also host the annual exhibition of the Northern Ireland Photographic Society, bringing together the best of local club photography.
Pastel Society of Ireland: 28 November – 21 December; Northern Ireland Photographic Association: 6 January – 1 February

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