Late Night Art - October 1

Belfast's public galleries open to 9pm on the first Thursday of the month with exciting artist talks, exhibition launches and more

View a selection of participating Late Night Art events for September 2015 as well as other exhibitions running throughout the month below. Book your coach tour, departing from Linen Hall Library at 6.30pm.

Blood, Sweat and Tears - Photographs of the Miners' Strike 1984/85 - Running from October 1 - November 7 at the Red Barn Gallery

Fifty images by John Sturrock, one of a small number of photographers who covered the whole of the strike for the trade union and labour movement press, commemorating the defining moment when tens of thousands of miners were willing to face the hardship of a strike.

The Ragamuffins Art Works - Running from October 1 - 31 at the Engine Room Gallery

An exhibition of new works by East Belfast Arts Collective members Penelope Watson, Fred Woodhead and Richard Darling.

Composition of Here - Opening October 1 at the Catalyst Arts Centre

Catalyst Arts has commissioned Jacqueline Holt, James Michael George and Laura Reeves to develop new and revisit past work for Composition of Here, the opening night of which features a reading by Exeter artist Laura Reeves. Read more.

Diagrams - Opening October 1 at Queen Street Studios

Featuring work by: Colin Martin, Bea McMahon, Elvira Santamaria Torres, Craig Donald, Martin Boyle, Brigid McLeer and Jacqueline Holt, Diagrams is a mixed media show of work comprising lens-based media, drawings, paintings and sculptures. Read more.

Chance and Necessity by Des Edwards - Running from October 1 - 31 at Clarence Street Gallery

Exhibition of new work by Des Edwards. Read more.

Paul Gaffney: Stay - Running until October 16 at Belfast Exposed

Ulster University student Paul Gaffney presents work from a number of recent studies related to the research theme of his practice-based PhD.

His research is aimed at developing a meditative approach to landscape photography, and explores how the act of image making can enable and disrupt a sense of connection with one’s surroundings. Read more.

HOME presented by the Craft and Design Collective in partnership with Art Jewellery Network - Running from October 1 - 31 at Space CRAFT

The result of a collaboration between convoi exceptionnel (Finland) and Art Jewellery Network (Ireland), this travelling exhibition brings together nine Finnish and nine Irish art jewellers to each create a piece on the theme of 'Home'.


Eidolon by Helen MacMahon - Running from October 1 - 24 at Platform Arts

Eidolon is an experimental piece, prompted by a fascination with the impact of light, colour and space on the senses. Using light as a medium to 'dematerialise' a large scale painting, an immersive colour field is created for the viewer. Read more.

Portraits of writers and wildlife - Running from October 1 - November 23 at Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich

Drawing on Words by Joanna Mules celebrates some of our most celebrated writers with portraits of them reading from their own work. Patricia Craig will open the exhibition in the Ballaí Bána, upstairs gallery. 

In the café we will see evidence of the close connection between health and the arts. Belfastman, Paul McCourt was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2010. He found research showing that engaging with art showed positive effects for sufferers of Parkinson’s. Paul tested the theory and discovered his talent. The flora and fauna of the Bog Meadows is the subject of his series of sketches 'Field of Dreams'.

Augustine Leudar: Garden of Membranes - Running until October 18 at Naughton Gallery

Garden of Membranes is a multidisciplinary installation bridging science and art. It is part sound art installation, part living sculpture and part scientific research project.

With the Gallery dimly lit, the installation will create an immersive and unusual sonic environment using unconventional spatialisation techniques and sounds. Read more.

Augustine Leudar Surrounded

Invisible Barriers: Moving Images - Running from October 9 - 11 at the Golden Thread Gallery

Draw-Down-The-Walls and Belfast Film Festival present a programme of special event cinema to unique locations between the City Centre and North Belfast. Five unforgettable events featuring five moving image artworks, five feature films and five community shorts all linking with the theme of invisible barriers. Read more.

Barbara Freeman: Drifting the Bann - Running until October 18 at The MAC's Sunken Gallery

In the past, Barbara Freeman has created many visual/sound installations always responding to particular places both as a physical space and a sonic environment. This is her first film, following the course of the River Bann in with a montage of images and sounds, creating a poetic vision in both space and time that expresses aspects of culture in relation to place.

She finds metaphors for locations along the river, choosing a geographic, historic or industrial aspect that brings the river alive: the dying oaks on Rams Island, the Gaelic rebellion in 1641 at Portadown, eel fishing at Toome.

Drifting the Bann

Paddy McCann: Black QuarterRunning until October 18 at The MAC

This exhibition by Paddy McCann presents a major new body of work developed over the past two years and marks the beginning of a new direction in the artist’s practice, exploring new ideas in gesture and scale and methods of working with the medium of paint.