Late Night Art For Belfast

CultureNorthernIreland and Belfast City Council launch new website

First there was late night shopping, now there's late night art, with a new series of late night public gallery openings across Belfast.

The initiative is being organised by Belfast City Council in partnership with CultureNorthernIreland and will involve venues remaining open until 9pm on the first Thursday of every month.

Guided tours and artists’ talks as well as music and wine will be included in the free-of-charge promotions aiming to encourage visitors and locals to explore Belfast’s rich and diverse cultural life. 

The initiative is backed with the launch of a new website

David Lewis, Director of CultureNorthernIreland, believes that while Northern Ireland’s visual arts scene is strong - with a new gallery opening nearly every week - not enough people know about it.

'Whether you're a tourist or living closer to home, will give you all the information you need,' he added.

'The website includes full exhibition listings for public and private galleries, the latest news from the arts world, an interactive map, online exhibitions with artist commentaries, and a monthly e-newsletter, offering the chance to win some great prizes.'

Councillor Michael Browne, Chairman of Belfast City Council’s Development committee, is a strong advocate of culture and the arts playing a vital role in the continued development of tourism.

'Belfast has undergone a dramatic metamorphosis in recent years with the Council working to develop the city as a dynamic and culturally-thriving European short-break and conference destination,' he said.

'Internationally, cultural tourism is developing into one of the fastest growing and most sustainable aspects of the tourism industry with this type of visitor now accounting for 37% of all world travellers. It is therefore vital that we promote the rich and diverse artistic background and the explosion of contemporary artistic talent that we have in the city as part of our overall tourism strategy.'

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Galleries participating on June 5:

'Venice' at the Golden Thread Gallery. Work from the Ireland and Northern Ireland exhibitions at last year’s 52nd Venice Biennale, featuring video installations by acclaimed artists Willie Doherty and Gerard Byrne.

'My Other Work' at Belfast Print Workshop Gallery. Belfast Print Workshop members exhibit work in various other mediums, including photography, sculpture, painting, and drawing, alongside their printmaking.

'Philip Flanagan: From Concrete to Acrylic' at the Naughton Gallery at Queen's. Belfast born painter's observations of light falling on an unused strip of concrete sill. A synthesis between the natural world and the personal world, between landscape and inscape.

‘Allotments’ at Catalyst Arts. This year’s Members Show takes on the theme of ‘Allotments’. ‘Allotments’ is an enquiry into the growth and regeneration of an art space and the city it inhabits. Followed by film screenings by Catalyst Arts members.

‘Studio C’ at the Engine Room Gallery. A group exhibition showcasing the work of six young members of Belfast’s Cathedral Group. An exciting glimpse into the fertile world of Northern Irish contemporary art.

’Famine Folio’ at the Gerard Dillon Gallery. The work of Belfast artist Ivan Armstrong, ‘Famine Folio’ recalls the darkest days of the Irish Famine. The exhibition consists of a suite of eight large etchings which refer to conditions, incidents and legislation during the period 1845-49.