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Belfast Two at QSS

Belfast Two at QSS

The Queen Street Studio’s Christmas Show features work by a number of artists including Majella Clancy, Amanda Coogan, Mary Cosgrove, Craig Donald, Joy Gerrard, Karl Hagan, Sharon Kelly, Rachel Lawell, Clement McAleer, Sinead McKeever, Sharon McKeown, Grace McMurray, Jane Rainey, Charlie Scott and Anushiya Sundaralingam. In the New Year, the Studio hosts an exhibition of work by recent graduates, selected from the Belfast School of Art Degree Show and highlighting the diverse range of art being created in the city.
QSS Christmas Show: 4 – 16 December

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Armagh: Vallely at 80

Armagh: Vallely at 80

To mark the artist John Vallely’s eightieth birthday, and over sixty years of creating art, a major retrospective of his work is showing across three venues in Armagh: the Market Place Gallery, the Archbishop’s Palace, and Benburb Priory. The exhibitions revisit old drawings and paintings, as well as showcasing recent work. Drawing on rich subject matter, including music, sport, mythology and history, the exhibition also shows Vallely’s collection of religious works.
Vallely at 80: until 15 January

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Banbridge: Theatre of Secrets

Banbridge: Theatre of Secrets

A retrospective of Graham Gingles’ work, ‘Theatre of Secrets’ features at the FE McWilliam Gallery. Gingles’ hand-made constructions are contained within vitrines or architectural boxes; close examination reveals tableaus representing the artist’s mediations on love, sex, conflict, and death. The exhibition includes Gingles’ boxes from the 1960s.
Graham Gingles: until 19 February

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Belfast: Christmas at ArtisAnn

Belfast: Christmas at ArtisAnn

The annual ‘Christmas Showcase’ at the ArtisAnn Gallery returns with a range of artists, from recent graduates through to established members of the Royal Ulster Academy. In the New Year, ‘Conjuring Winter Stories’ presents new work by Carol Graham, exploring the rich colours of winter; this is followed by ‘Science Fiction’, presented as part of the NI Science Festival with works by Tony Bartley, Magdalena Blazejewicz, Leo Boyd, Wilhelmina Peace Covington, Rachel Lawell, Harry McMahon and Neil Shawcross.
Christmas Showcase: until 18 December; Conjuring Winter Stories: 5 – 29 January; Science Fiction: 2 – 26 February

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Limvady: Causeway Collection

Limvady: Causeway Collection

‘Causeway Collection 100’, at the Roe Valley Arts Centre shows works from the Causeway Coast and Glen Borough Council’s Arts and Museum Collections. Gathered for the most part through bequests and donations, as well as assistance from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, the exhibition showcases artists associated with the borough, with a range of genres and mediums on display. Highlights include works from the Robert Sellar Print Collection and the Peggy McSparran Collection.
Causeway Collection 100: through December

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Belfast: Testimony and Tissot

Belfast: Testimony and Tissot

Colin Davidson’s powerful series ‘Silent Testimony’ returns to the Ulster Museum, as part of the National Museums NI’s ‘100 Years Forward’ programme. Through eighteen large-scale portraits, the artist and sitters reveal powerful stories and connections to loss through the period of the Troubles. Elsewhere in the museum, ‘Kathleen Kelly, Tissot’s Mysterious Muse’ showcases a new acquisition by James Tissot, featuring his frequent model and lover, Kathleen Kelly. Image: Colin Davidson
Colin Davidson: until 23 January; Kathleen Kelly: until 2 January

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Omagh: Winter Show

Omagh: Winter Show

Returning for its thirteenth year, the Winter Group Exhibition at the McKenna Gallery presents paintings by Gerry Davis, Maurice Desmond, Cara Gordon, Gearóid Hayes, Josephine Kelly, Maria Levinge, Kenny McKendry, Aimee Melaugh, Peter Monaghan, Jack Pakenham, Robert Ryan, John Shinnors, Donald Teskey and Colin Watson, along with new sculptures by Anna Campbell, Ana Duncan, Peter Killeen and Vera Klute. Image: Peter Killeen
Winter Group Exhibition: until 26 February

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Belfast: Slip Tank

Belfast: Slip Tank

In his new exhibition ‘Slip Tank’ at the Naughton Gallery, Belfast-based artist John Rainey’s sculptures and installations are concerned with things not being as they seem. Exploring portals, post-internet worlds, and sculptural glitches, Rainey makes reinterpretations and remakes of familiar forms using both old and new methods of object making. Rainey uses a combination of traditional casting processes such as porcelain and digital fabrication technologies such as 3D printing.
John Rainey: until 23 January

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Armagh: Three at Market 

Armagh: Three at Market 

Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre‘s autumn programme begins with Michael Moore’s ‘Intersect’ which features a collection of sculpture based on mapping. Lesley Alexander’s ‘Essence of Emotions’ is a series of paintings, installation and poetry inspired by flower remedies. ‘Vallely at 80’ celebrates the life and career of JB Vallely, with displays in the Market Place Priory, the Archbishop’s Palace and the Benburb Priory. Michael Moore: 10 September – 25 October; Lesley Alexander: 11 September – 23 October;
JB Vallely: 6 November – 15 January 

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Belfast: Belfast Exposed

Belfast: Belfast Exposed

Belfast Exposed hosts three photographic exhibitions, opening with Noel Bowler’s ‘Above the Fold’, a series of photographs taken over an eight-year period of newsrooms worldwide. Following that, David Copeland’s ‘A Blanket of Woven Shadows’ explores the atmospheric effects of light and dark, to question how we perceive landscape; and Paul Seawright’s ‘Beasts of Burden’ explores reconciliation work in Rwanda, twenty-five years after the 1994 genocide.
Noel Bowler: until 25 September; David Copeland: 2 September – 2 October; Paul Seawright: 7 October – 18 December

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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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