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Calendar

Sep
2
Thu
Exhibition- Chad Alexander
Sep 2 @ 6:00 pm – Sep 30 @ 7:00 pm

Krips Flowers

 

Artist statement

Chad Alexander is an artist from Belfast, Northern Ireland. His practice is

characterised by his home and within his work the personal and political are often

interwoven. His work deals with associations and dissociations between place and

identity and explores the everydayness of contested spaces and people who inhabit

those spaces.He is interested in the segregational and confining nature of specific

architecture and urban environments and explores how these infrastructures impact upon lives.

 

Bio

Chad Alexander is an artist from Belfast. His work has been exhibited internationally

including most recently at the Victoria Gallery and Museum, Liverpool, The Ulster

Museum, Belfast and The Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast. His work is held in the

collection of the Arts council of Northern Ireland and the Northern Ireland Assembly.

He gained a BA Hons in Photography in 2017 from the Belfast School of Art.

Sep
26
Sun
Belfast Street Art Walking Tour
Sep 26 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Belfast Street Art Walking Tour

 

STARTS FROM: OUTSIDE THE DUKE OF YORK, COMMERCIAL COURT, BELFAST

START TIME: 12 NOON, (2HR), FINISHING AT BLACK BOX

Belfast is a weird, passionate, messed up place. The legacy of our conflict is about more than people, it’s about place. It’s about how the people of Belfast navigate this divided city, and how we build shared spaces for people of all backgrounds to co-exist.

If you spend any time in Belfast you’ll know that it’s walls are covered in art. Often this art has been used to mark territory for one side or the other but recently, alongside this, something transformative has been bubbling. Street artists from across the globe have joined a new breed of Belfast based street artists to leave their mark on the city, and in particular in the Cathedral Quarter where the annual festival Hit the North takes place.

As curators of this festival Seedhead Arts know the artists, the stories, and perhaps most importantly the need to forge a new narrative for Belfast. Our Street Art Walking Tour forms part of that narrative. This art speaks of love, of laughter, of anger, of beauty and of defiance but most of all it speaks of Belfast and the place that it’s becoming.

Join us for a gently paced, two hour walk around the ever changing face of Belfast Street art every Sunday at noon, leaving from the red benches on Commercial Court (beside the Duke of York)

For more information email [email protected]

Cost £10 pp

 

POSTPONED – HELP I SEXTED MY BOSS – POSTPONED
Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm

********* PLEASE NOTE THIS SHOW HAS BEEN POSTPONED. DETAILS TO FOLLOW ********

 

Life is full of personal calamities. Thankfully, William Hanson and Jordan North are here to help you navigate the daily struggles of modern life. Well, most of the time… William and Jordan’s lives couldn’t be more different. One’s more Buckingham Palace, the other’s more Crystal Palace. But that doesn’t stop them sharing very different advice on today’s everyday problems. Whatever the conundrum, they’re here to help!

Jordan North is a radio presenter on a certain national radio station. In his spare time he works as a professional northerner in London, the big city. He can be heard, but not always understood, on a certain national radio station between 10:30 and 13:00 every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. His years of practice in the industry mean that he is now very good at talking for large periods of time. Those words are often more easily relatable than those spoken by his opposite number.

William Hanson teaches etiquette. Yes, really. That’s actually a job. He travels the world teaching people how to behave at every possible social or diplomatic occasion. From royal families to leading business people to feral TV personalities, William has refined them all. Now his biggest challenge comes in the form of his good friend Jordan North

 

DOORS OPEN 7:30PM

Sep
29
Wed
Tenx9
Sep 29 @ 7:30 pm

 

Tenx9 is returning to its home venue. Enjoy nine true stories on a theme told by the people who have lived them. Created in 2011 by Pádraig Ó Tuama & Paul Doran, tenx9 weathered the Covid storm on Zoom but is now ready for live events. Get in touch at tenx9.com.

Doors open 7:15PM Event start 7:30PM

Sep
30
Thu
Luisa Omielan: God is a Woman
Sep 30 @ 7:00 pm

Lee Martin for Gag Reflex presents…

Luisa Omielan: God is a Woman

 

Luisa Omielan is the most famous female British comedian you’ve never heard of. She is the first British Comedian to ever receive a BAFTA Breakthrough Award for comedy.

 

She has had 3 ground-breaking hit shows. First, she asked “What Would Beyoncé Do?! ” (sell out across the UK and Australia, is what she would do!), then she asked “Am I Right Ladies?!” and her thigh gap joke went viral with over 45 million views. Then she turned to Politics and got a show on the BBC titled “Politics for Bitches”. So the next logical step is to religion!

 

At a time when it feels like the world is about to be set on fire and we’re asking ourselves why it’s all going so horribly wrong and what can we do to fix it? Luisa’s upcoming show GOD IS A WOMAN couldn’t come at a more important time. Expect Mary Magdalene, dick jokes and a giant Bernese mountain dog.

 

Doors at 7pm. Show start at 8pm.

Oct
3
Sun
Belfast Street Art Walking Tour
Oct 3 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Belfast Street Art Walking Tour

 

STARTS FROM: OUTSIDE THE DUKE OF YORK, COMMERCIAL COURT, BELFAST

START TIME: 12 NOON, (2HR), FINISHING AT BLACK BOX

Belfast is a weird, passionate, messed up place. The legacy of our conflict is about more than people, it’s about place. It’s about how the people of Belfast navigate this divided city, and how we build shared spaces for people of all backgrounds to co-exist.

If you spend any time in Belfast you’ll know that it’s walls are covered in art. Often this art has been used to mark territory for one side or the other but recently, alongside this, something transformative has been bubbling. Street artists from across the globe have joined a new breed of Belfast based street artists to leave their mark on the city, and in particular in the Cathedral Quarter where the annual festival Hit the North takes place.

As curators of this festival Seedhead Arts know the artists, the stories, and perhaps most importantly the need to forge a new narrative for Belfast. Our Street Art Walking Tour forms part of that narrative. This art speaks of love, of laughter, of anger, of beauty and of defiance but most of all it speaks of Belfast and the place that it’s becoming.

Join us for a gently paced, two hour walk around the ever changing face of Belfast Street art every Sunday at noon, leaving from the red benches on Commercial Court (beside the Duke of York)

For more information email [email protected]

Cost £10 pp

 

Bounce- Poised! Drag Syndrome
Oct 3 @ 7:00 pm

Poised!

Drag Syndrome

Date: Sunday 3rd October 2021

Doors Opening Time: 7pm

Stage Time: 8pm – 11pm

Location: Black Box, Belfast

Price: £10/PWYC*

Age: 18+

Limited Tickets Available – Group booking advised.

The University of Atypical in partnership with the Black Box presents Drag Syndrome!

This is a drag troupe like no other and they’re coming to town! So dust off your tiara and slip into something fiercely fabulous and join us for a night of voguing and posing! Dick Von Dyke will be the jam in this delicious sandwich as our MC for the night’s proceedings.

Drag is about transformation. It’s about freedom of expression. But Drag Syndrome goes a step further – its talented artists broaden our horizons with their creativity, and effortlessly disarm the audience with their profound love of life.

The cherry on top will be DJ Twister & DJ Venus Rollergirl spinning disco beats to bring out your inner diva.

 

About Drag Syndrome

Drag Syndrome is a ground-breaking, internationally acclaimed drag  collective featuring highly addictive drag Queens and Kings with Down Syndrome. They are fierce, versatile,  hard-working, professional artists who know how to put on a  spectacular show and are committed to honing their craft.

 

Drag Syndrome is currently comprised of Horrora Shebang, Justin  Bond, Lady Francesca, Nikita Gold, Lady Mercury, Davina Starr, and  Artisque LaTrois.

They’ve collaborated with the likes of Hulu,  British Vogue, RuPaul’s DragCon, and the Royal Opera House,  amongst others.

Artform: Drag Party/Closing Event

Age: 18+

 

*Pay What You Can

 

Oct
5
Tue
Black Moon Online!
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

We are bringing Black Moon to your living room (or wherever you want to dance and listen to tunes!)

Join us on Vimeo  7-9pm for our at home Black Moon disco.
https://vimeo.com/blackboxbelfast

2nd Feb, 2nd March, 6th April, 4th May, 2nd June, 6th July, 3rd Aug, 7th Sept, 5th Oct, 2nd Nov, 7th Dec

We will also have some themed nights in-between these events to keep the party going at home

Black Moon is a night for and by adults with learning disabilities – giving people a chance to socialise in a cool, modern environment, meet new people and learn new skills. Usually held in the Black Box and is £3 entry or £1 for carers or support workers

Oct
7
Thu
Exhibition- Petra Dominova
Oct 7 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 31 @ 7:00 pm

I am a visual and sound artist based in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Through the use of myth and personal narrative, the work brings attention to the subconscious layers of the psyche, where significance is given to symbolism, depicting a connection to the unity of Nature and our roots, whilst also exploring the themes of technology, cosmology and mysticism.  The work is an attempt at self-explanatory inquisition, with ideas manifesting in the form of painting, moving image, sound art and installation.

Online Exhibition- Amy Higgins
Oct 7 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 31 @ 7:00 pm

Amy Higgins is an artist living in Belfast and works from a studio in QSS (Queen Street Studios) where
she is also a member of the board of directors, where includes the running of the gallery and studio
space. Higgins completed a BA (Hons) and Masters in Fine Art and has been a practicing artist
professionally since the completion of her Masters in 2018 (Ulster University). She tends to work with
oil paint as key medium which evolves from drawings or collages. The subject matter of the paintings
usually comes from the idea of “The Human Condition” (Hannah Arendt) and “The Monstrous
Feminine” (Barbara Creed). The practise is based around deep, internal thoughts, the subconscious,
the sublime, and with an idea around the viewer and the “embodiment of looking”. Higgins often
questions how one can disconcert the viewer through use of the canvases insinuated “planes” and
spaces. She often makes work with geometric shape and strong grid like lines, she believes this helps
to underline the main theories and ideas she invesitagates.
There is a methodology to the painting practice wherein several different aspects are studied to reach
a desired conclusion which are; the scale of the work, the suggested space within the work, geometry
and perspective and most importantly, the darkness of the painting (in terms of colour palette and
imagery.)
Principally, in order to fashion a “space” that is distorted and uncertain, the fourth aspect is what
effectively allows this to happen; geometry and perspective. This idea is somewhat parallel to the
painting techniques in the sense that there is a personal perspective challenged where the figures are
collectively looking in one direction and the literal viewer is positioned behind something, but with
this aspect, Higgins intensifies this with the perplexed use of sites, planes and layers distorted to
corrupt any fragment of location or subject knowledge that the viewer may have.
Researching around the human eye and its light-sensitive cells, the phosphene patterns of
hallucinations have crept up in the paintings and drawings. The grids-like forms that are layered on
the canvas connote utopian ideologies of modernism but when infused with these different aspects
altogether in one work brings relief to the suggested space with tension and arrest to the physical
qualities of the paint; creating aesthetic possibilities for the suggested three-dimensional space in a
chaotic geometric way. The worked-up image is an attempt at being uncertain in terms of a
fragmentation and break up of linear spatial descriptions that are convergent, divergent, cross-cutting
and parallel.
There is an underlying medieval, religious manner to the work which stems from the idea and context
of Fra Angelico’s monastery paintings. The thoughts currently around the installation of the paintings
is to encourage and emphasise the awareness of specific space which is invoked in the painting and in
the relationship of the physical space with the viewer.

Contact us

The Black Box & Green Room Café
18-22 Hill Street | Belfast | BT1 2LA

Tel: +44 (0) 2890 244400

Registered Charity No: NIC100983

Supported by

Belfast City Council ACNI & Lotto John Hewitt Department for Communities Film Hub NI BFI Cinema Children In Need