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Calendar

Sep
3
Thu
Online Exhibition- Black Box Collective
Sep 3 @ 7:00 pm – Sep 28 @ 8:00 pm

Due to the venue being closed can we not have our regular exhibitions in The Green Room, instead our exhibitions will be moved online.

During the lockdown, the staff of the Black Box have unleashed their creativity to make some  pieces of work and we want to share them with you!

 

Helena 
 
I am an illustrator working predominantly in traditional watercolours but recently have been adding some digital elements to my work also. These paintings were created in lockdown and during this time of gazing out of windows or relishing a brief walk in the park, I found a new appreciation of nature. The natural world became a great source of comfort for me and to many others. Reduced human mobility brought the natural world into sharper focus. I found myself reflecting on our relationship with nature and how human activity affects wildlife. I see our futures as being intertwined and interdependent and that’s what these pieces try to show as the human aspects become immersed in plants, trees and fungi. It would be wonderful if through this period of crisis we could recognise the importance of reigning in our expansive lifestyles and rediscover the need of a healthy environment for our own well-being and the future of the planet. My work resides predominately in the natural world and is an endless source of inspiration to me. 
 
I sell prints of all of these pieces and have an online shop and portfolio where they can be purchased. 
 
Instagram: @alpineayita 
 
Holly
-Work in progress-

The impact of recent months of isolation and shielding has affected my mental wellbeing. Reflecting on the past has been a big factor

My practice explores relationships, nostalgia and the fragility of them but also photography as an object. Photographs of past memories have haunted me. These images almost manifest into a modern haunting of the past. I have had the desire to physically manipulate these photographs to heal and come to terms that these once happy memories are now tainted and distorted even though the photographs show something different.

Doing this has helped release these emotions in a creative outlet while making something strangely beautiful and haunting.

Insta:@hollyfoskettphoto

Email: [email protected]

Website: https://hollyjay2001.wixsite.com/hfoskettphotography

 

 

Isabella

Isabella is a Belfast-based painter and illustrator, with pieces spanning a variety of mediums from canvas and vinyl to digital. Her work is focused primarily on female portraiture, inspired by the subversion of drag, classic cinema, and iconic queer comrades.

Instagram: @isabella.anna.k

Website: www.isabella-anna-k.com

The People’s Champion of Alternative Milk

Don’t Look Up

 

Ollie

 

Romy

I love drawing and found more time to do so during lockdown. Often I’m a doodler of random patterns, so it’s good to try and draw an actual person or… I was going to say thing, but they’re all … birds…! I bought myself some lovely colouring pencils and sat at my bedroom desk, drawing while Zooming folks.
I drew Georgie Ramone for his lockdown birthday. He’s a sideshow, circus, and burlesque artist who has performed many times in the Black Box.
I drew John Mahood for HIS lockdown birthday. He’s a magician who has also performed a lot in the Black Box. They both own these pictures now, of course. I did mean to print a few of John’s out, for people to colour in… I still could, though people might get them all soggy, tryna disinfect them…
I seem to have been rather obsessed with birds during lockdown. Perhaps I was envying them their freedom, as I watched them soaring around. I drew real birds and weird birds.
I am grateful to the many children who have made stories with Fighting Words NI. They allowed me to rediscover the joy of drawing, by quickly illustrating their freshly written stories, before they had to get their bus back to school from Skainos.  Some of my drawings are on the website- https://www.fightingwords.co.uk/
Instagram: @romymckeeverart/
Seonaid
Seonaid is ‘Outreach Officer’ for The Moon Base Projects.She is a Community Musician, Saxophonist and Pianist. She also loves painting for fun and bright colours!
‘Everything has cracks, that’s how the light gets in.’
This piece is based on the lampshade in my living room which I am looking at a lot at the minute! And the shadows that it creates on the ceiling. I have also made a short playlist for people to listen to while viewing the painting, they are some tunes I was listening to while creating my painting! ‘Everything has cracks, that’s how the light gets in.’  is a line from ‘Anthem’ by Leonard Cohen that was part of my inspiration for the painting
Sep
20
Sun
Belfast Street Art Walking Tour
Sep 20 @ 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

 

Sep
23
Wed
Postponed – Tenx9
Sep 23 @ 7:30 pm

Tenx9 is a storytelling night where 9 people have up to 10 minutes each to tell a real story from their lives.

 

Sep
26
Sat
CANCELLED-THE MOTOWN SENSATIONS
Sep 26 @ 7:30 pm

Heralding from South Africa, Darryl Hendricks, Bongi Lolwana and Wesley Adams brings you Ireland and the United Kingdoms leading vocal tribute to all things Motown. At a typical MOTOWN SENSATIONS show you can expect to hear all those classic hits from iconic acts such as The Temptations, The Fourtops, The Drifters, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5, Lionel Richie, Marvin Gaye, Jackie Wilson and so much more. Delivered with the charisma, vocal harmonies and the on stage choreography that you would expect to hear straight from the Hitsville office.
No other record label in history has exerted such an enormous influence on both the style and substance of popular music and culture than Motown, come to a Motown Sensations show and witness a little musical history for yourself.

 

“Amazing vocal harmonies and on stage choreography, a fantastic tribute to Motown”

Sep
27
Sun
Belfast Street Art Walking Tour
Sep 27 @ 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

 

Oct
1
Thu
Exhibition- Lindsey Power
Oct 1 @ 6:00 pm – Nov 1 @ 7:00 pm

Lindsey Power is a Mixed Media Artist living and working in Co Clare. Her work is a response to the balancing of the effects of living with Bipolar. The work explores the fluid dynamic between opposing states of mind.

Chaotic mark making is slowly subdued resolving problematic issues into a functioning harmonious narrative. Paintings are often transformed from the brink of disorder into glimpses of landscapes to be travelled and the ever changing life of flora. The process whilst being explorative is emotionally soothing and aims to open up dialogue regarding mental health issues.

Lindsey Studied at The Chesterfield College of Art and Design before attending Derby University to study photography.

On leaving University Lindsey went back to her first love of painting. She currently is Resident at The Courthouse Gallery and Studios Ennistymon, Clare.

Lindsey is in the process of building her own teaching studio.

Oct
4
Sun
Belfast Street Art Walking Tour
Oct 4 @ 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

 

Oct
11
Sun
Belfast Street Art Walking Tour
Oct 11 @ 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

 

Oct
18
Sun
Belfast Street Art Walking Tour
Oct 18 @ 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

 

Oct
21
Wed
Postponed – Tenx9
Oct 21 @ 7:30 pm

Tenx9 is a storytelling night where 9 people have up to 10 minutes each to tell a real story from their lives.

 

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