Late Night Art - October 6
A selection of public galleries in Belfast open late on the first Thursday of every month with exciting exhibitions, artist talks and more
Fragments. An exhibition by Jenny Haslett and Michelle Stephens illustrating the craft of weave as a core concept using deconstruction and conservation in contrasting ways. Haslett and Stephens challenge the traditional perception of weaving by making tangible the possibilities of weave in contemporary craft. September 1 – October 27. Craft NI, Cotton Court, 42 Waring Street, Belfast, BT1 2ED. Tel: 028 9032 3059.
Silent, Empty and Waiting for the Day. Photographs of quiet, suburban scenes by Mary McIntyre. McIntyre observes a process of entropy at work in these neglected and abandoned spaces. A domestic interior, a backyard, a public park; environments that were once ordered and animated through human presence, tend slowly towards disorder. September 1 – October 14. Belfast Exposed Gallery, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast, BT1 2FF. Tel: 028 9023 0965.
Under cover of Darkness. Fergus Jordan’s new exhibition Under cover of Darkness provides the critical distance necessary in order to think about darkness and light in relation to territory and identity. The visual composition of these photographs operate by disclosing the minimal amount of information necessary to negotiate the scene. October 6 - November 5. Golden Thread Gallery, 84-94 Great Patrick Street, Belfast, BT1 2LU. Tel: 028 9033 0920.
A mak9 Sampler: Conversation and Exchange. Showcasing mak9’s most recent ‘interventions’ - The Craft of Conversation and The mak9 Exchange - for those who missed them the first time around or who want to experience them again. October 6 - 29. SpaceCRAFT, 9b College Street, Belfast, BT1 6ET. Tel: 028 9032 9342.
October. The title October was used because of the timing of the shows and that the diverse nature of the work could not easily be encapsulated. The artists: Ben Allen, printmaker, Colin Davis printmaker, Ray Duncan painter and George Robb photographer work ranges from abstraction to realism. Something for everyone. October 6 - 28. Creative Exchange Artists Studios. Unit B5 Portview Trade Centre, 310 Newtownards Road, Belfast, BT4 1HE. Tel: 028 9045 2299.
Celebrating Conservation in Ulster. Showcasing conservation architecture across Northern Ireland, this exhibition hosted by Place and the RSUA Conservation Committee brings to light the painstaking and highly skilled work undertaken to restore and preserve fine architecture - much of which was previously at risk. Featured architects include the Boyd Partnership, Consarc Design Group, 22over7 Architects, Knox and Markwell, and more. September 8 - October 29. PLACE, 40 Fountain Street, Belfast, BT1 5EE. Tel: 02890232524.
Home on the Falls. Especially curated for this one-off exhibition, a collection featuring many of Gerard Dillon’s finest artworks marks the opening of the new Dillon Gallery. Gerard Dillon (1916-1971) is one of Ireland’s most famous and best renowned artists of the 20th century. Dillon, a native of the Falls Road, is best remembered for his mindscape paintings of Connemara, the pierrot paintings and Belfast scenes. This influential artist is remembered in a collection of paintings, sketches and hand-drawn personal memorabilia brought together for this occasion. September 19 - October 28. Culturlann McAdam O Fiaich, 216 Falls Road, Belfast. BT12 6AH. Tel: 02890964181.
Altar. A group show curated by artist Miguel Martin responding to the aesthetics of Kreeped Ovt Religious Kvlt Kool in a fine art context. Altar explores the superficial ambiguities imposed on our perception of horror and religious iconography through a variety of mediums including video, painting, installation and sculpture. Featuring Belfast based artists Ben Craig, Brendan O'Neill and Phillip McCrilly as well as international artists Ryan O'Neill, Karolin Reichardt, Alexander Binder, Cosmotropia de Xam, Ben Clarkson and Matt Allison (Brooklyn). October 6 - 15. Belfast Platform for the Arts, 1 Queen Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim, Northern Ireland, BT1 6EA. Tel: 02890311301.
Memorial Discourses. This exhibition brings together nine artists, Peter Richards, Gail Ritchie, Alastair MacLennan, Jennifer Trouton, Graham Gingles, Birgit Salling Hansen, Paul Seawright, Belinda Loftus and Jack Pakenham, whose work examine questions of memory and memorialisation. Oct 6 - Nov 5. Queen Street Studios, 37-39 Queen Street, Belfast. Tel: 028 9024 3145