What's on in Northern Ireland

Belfast: Lisa Ballard 

Belfast: Lisa Ballard 

At Gallery 545, Lisa Ballard presents recent work comprised of a series of paintings inspired by landscapes in Ireland and abroad. Her distant views and close-ups of natural scenes lean towards abstraction but hold on to figurative elements. Ballard’s work explores the temporality of light on landscape through a varied palette of colours and hues. Lisa Ballard: 8 – 28 April 

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Belfast: Spring at ArtisAnn 

Belfast: Spring at ArtisAnn 

Three exhibitions at the ArtisAnn Gallery showcase established and emerging artists. Saffron Monks-Smith, recipient of the 2020 ArtisAnn Gallery Graduate Award, shows a series of paintings of urban and rural scenes. Stemming from a collaboration with art therapy groups, Carol Graham exhibits work that utilises collage and mixed-media techniques. And, Matthew Smyth shows a series of paintings focused on the intimacies of the human form.
Saffron Monks-Smith: 3 – 27 March; Carol Graham: 31 March – 1 May; Matthew Smyth: 5 – 29 May

Image: Matthew Smyth at ArtisAnn Gallery
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Belfast: Paul Moore & Sol Archer

Belfast: Paul Moore & Sol Archer

An exhibition by Paul Moore continues at the Golden Thread Gallery, the culmination of a 2019 Arts Council NI award to work with the gallery. Moore’s multimedia work reflects on this experience, exploring present-day struggles and how society deals with adversity. In April, Sol Archer presents his collaborative project with Household Belfast, developed with groups and individuals for whom Sailortown (an area of Belfast) forms a core community.
Paul Moore: until 31 March; Sol Archer: 24 April – 29 May

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Banbridge: Sculptors at Work 

Banbridge: Sculptors at Work 

Since the 1980s, Anne-Katrin Purkiss has photographed dozens of sculptors, often in their studios. She photographed FE McWilliam Gallery in London in 1989, and now, more than 30 years later, the image hangs in a museum dedicated to the sculptor. A collection of over 40 of these images is on view in ‘Sculptors at Work’ at the FE McWilliam Gallery & Studio alongside works by artists such as Elizabeth Frink, Kenneth Armitage, Tim Shaw, Geoffrey Clarke, and Rana Begum.
Sculptors at Work: until Autumn 2021

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Belfast: MFA at QSS 

Belfast: MFA at QSS 

Graduates of the two year MFA programme at Belfast School of Art are exhibiting at Queen Street Studios. The MFA programme encourages dialogue between a wide range of diciplines, maximising the opprotunity for indivudual development. Participating artists are Julia Bednarczyk, Kate Buryakova, Pamela Greene, Krunalkumar Gohil, June Hill, Anne McAlarney, Hannah McMurray, Thomas McNeill, Shahzeb Mughal, Lauren O’Hara, Emma O’Loan, Irene Sweeny and David Younglove.
MFA1 QSS: 7 – 27 May

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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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