Late Night Art - March 4

A selection of public galleries in Belfast open late on the first Thursday of every month with exciting exhibitions, artist talks and more

We Invented Halloween, Catalyst Arts, Mar 4. We invented Halloween is a five-channel installation recorded on Halloween night, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 in the artist’s family home in rural County Wexford. Each year a central activity of the night involves the artist’s mother dressing up in an improvised manner with anything that will disguise her identity, and calling to his granny’s house, which is next door.

The Journey of the Hysterectic Woman/Substance, Golden Thread Gallery, until Mar 18/Mar 6. A pictorial history of Sonya Whitefield's hysterectomy from the moment she accepted she needed one up to lighting the bonfire to which she consigned a tiny white coffin containing her womb.

Unprivileged Highs and Lows, PS2, until Mar 20. Joanna Karolini's installation seeks to uncover and request the meaning of the ignored. It challenges the notion of dematerializations by emphasizing the elimination of the ‘art-object’. Exploring the given 23m2 project space, this site-specific installation seeks to uncover and request meaning of the ignored, be it glorious or catastrophic.

Notebooks and Narratives, PLACE, until Mar 27. The Secret Laboratory reveals the hidden world of the architect’s sketchbook. This selection of work by local, national and international architects from Ireland North and South shows the quality of ideas, observations, thoughts and reflections that are often concealed in a drawer in the studio, a coat pocket or in the individual imagination of the architect.

The Lives of Spaces, Ormeau Baths Gallery, until Mar 27. Through the use of film and moving image, the nine pieces in The Lives of Spaces explore the central role of space in our society, how it frames and structures the patterns and practices of our collective life, from domestic to civic, from personal to public.
The exhibition involves many new collaborations and experiments, which open up new ways of envisaging, designing and understanding space. Taken together, the nine pieces provide a spatial portrait of Irish architecture, and of Irish society.

Inspired By..., SpaceCRAFT, until Mar 27. The Inspired by... exhibition is designed to celebrate the recent reopening of the Ulster Museum. Artist/Designer/Makers were invited to visit the Ulster Museum and then to create one-off or limited edition pieces inspired by an object or objects within the museum’s collections or to submit an existing piece or pieces that show an affinity with an object or objects within the museum’s collections.

Ralf Sander: Equation, Queen Street Studios, until Mar 27. Ralf Sander’s artistic work is characterized by a profound fascination with and passion for the laws and principles of physics and mathematics, for technology and history. His sculptures contravene ideas about how machines function and interact with the natural environment. They oscillate across art science, nature, the machine and the human body.

Ben Allen, Creative Exchange, until Mar 27. Solo exhibition from the multimedia artist, including seldom seen collages from 1990. Allen is best known for his painterly prints of Northern Irish landmarks and for his inventive sculptures in bronze & painted Aluminium. 

33, Belfast Print Workshop, until Mar 29. Since 1977 Belfast Print Workshop has been a hub of activity for both local and international artists. Many of the artists who have worked with BPW in the last 33 years have given copies of editioned prints. This sellout exhibition was an amazing opportunity to pick up rare hidden gems from a collection of artworks that have been meticulously looked after for the last 33 years.

Davy Portrait Awards, Naughton Gallery, until Apr 4. Davy, Ireland’s leading provider of stockbroking, wealth management and financial advisory services, has announced the shortlist for the 2010 Davy Portrait Awards. A total of 28 portraits were chosen from 300 submissions for the awards from Irish artists based locally and internationally and are on display at the Naughton Gallery.

Exchange Mechanism, Belfast Exposed, until Apr 9. An exhibition that questions the demands and denials of freedom in contemporary life, alongside artists’ responsibility to actively engage with the political. Increasing regulation of public life, restrictions on travel, censorship and self censorship, routine invasions of personal privacy, amidst a general sense of public disengagement from political process and debate. This is the exhibition’s starting point.

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