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Calendar

Mar
7
Thu
Exhibition-Animist – Jonathan Brennan
Mar 7 @ 6:00 pm – Mar 31 @ 6:00 pm

Holding a discarded object in a junk shop, exploring its contours, feeling the patina it has acquired over time and use, one feels that the object could tell a story. Imagining that story is fanciful, yet tempting and inevitable.
In an increasingly digital world, we crave the ‘real’ or ‘analogue’: wooden floors, vinyl records, purposely-misaligned print registration, photo apps that imitate light leaks and vignetting… Simultaneously, the love of imperfection and transience, whether through the notions of wabi sabi or Kintsugi, or their superficial borrowing in the West – through current trends like ‘upcycling’ and ‘shabby chic’ – has become ubiquitous. Such is the extent that it has become a desirable look: furniture and other objects in our daily lives are ‘distressed’ with fake patina in an attempt to imply some kind of back story.
The works in this show stem from an urge to commemorate the real, to celebrate the sometimes innocuous objects that can carry so many personal stories and memories within them, as if they had lives, souls or at least some form of spiritual essence of their own – a belief known as Animism, which is still practised in certain cultures today. The objects depicted in these works are of personal significance to the artist. The most personal can be the most universal.

Animist is a collection of 40 works, mostly consisting of acrylic paintings on board by Belfast-based artist Jonathan Brennan. The number of works corresponds to the number of years the artist reached in 2018. Each object is painted using three primary colours (cyan, magenta and yellow) and black and white, mostly in a single sitting. Some of the pieces include collage, linocut, screenprint and cyanotype. The subject matter covers both natural and manmade objects.: from rhubarb, plums and oranges to ornaments, souvenirs and items of clothing. Most works are painted from life from a similar viewpoint – some are painted from memory, where real life examples can no longer be found.
Each object is painted on a black background. Extraneous detail is removed, thereby presenting the object centre stage to the viewer and lending it a heightened sense of presence. This isolation of the object in this way probably is influenced by Spanish 17th century still lifes by Sanchez Cotán and Zurbarán.

The black hole that future historians will encounter when endeavouring to document our age will be a significant obstacle: photos that are never printed, digital correspondence in deleted email accounts, entire lives stored on hard drives that will eventually perish, many within our lifetimes. When the living cease to live, what is left behind? Objects and memories. In Beckett’s short play Breath a life is reduced to 25 seconds, the vagitus cry of birth followed by a single inhalation and exhalation over a stage ‘littered with miscellaneous rubbish’. Among that rubbish there will be pieces worth retrieving, worth holding; objects imbued with life.

Mar
21
Thu
Skull
Mar 21 @ 7:00 pm
Skull @ The Green Room

Escape the relentless agora in a night of recorded music and live drawing. DJs Jeff Doherty and Stuart Watson develop an aural envelope each evening, whilst illustrator Duncan Ross strives to capture the consciousness of the moment through the inky medium of illustration. Adventurous clientèle may submit suggestions to Ross for realisation on the eve or, if feeling particularly exploratory, can contribute with the fruits of their own ductus (materials provided).

Mar
24
Sun
Belfast Street Art Walking Tour
Mar 24 @ 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 famous for its Street Art and there are hundreds of tours that will show you the murals of the conflict. But what about now? Where has this tradition of painting on our walls led us?

Like Berlin and Bethlehem, also famous for their walls, Belfast has become a place where street art has flourished, were artists from around the world have come to paint.

Devised and led by the local artists who have driven the scene in the last few years this 2 hours long, gently paced guide to the ever changing face of street art in the Cathedral Quarter.

For more information email [email protected]

Cost £10 pp

 

Mar
31
Sun
Belfast Street Art Walking Tour
Mar 31 @ 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 famous for its Street Art and there are hundreds of tours that will show you the murals of the conflict. But what about now? Where has this tradition of painting on our walls led us?

Like Berlin and Bethlehem, also famous for their walls, Belfast has become a place where street art has flourished, were artists from around the world have come to paint.

Devised and led by the local artists who have driven the scene in the last few years this 2 hours long, gently paced guide to the ever changing face of street art in the Cathedral Quarter.

For more information email [email protected]

Cost £10 pp

 

Apr
4
Thu
Real Sketchy
Apr 4 @ 9:00 pm – 11:00 pm

Since November 2012 Seedhead Arts has been running and developing Real Sketchy, a open live sketching event taking place in a bar environment. Over the years it’s developed from something that was largely populated by artists to being somewhere that anyone can have a wee sketch and a laugh over a few pints.

Although inspired by the spirit of Street Art, we’re really interested in the cross-pollenisation of different disciplines like comic, illustration, design, etc and how this plays out in a live environment, in a crowd of people with a wide range of skills and backgrounds. Plus beer. And music.

Thanks to sponsorship from Ink Monkey in North Street we are now able to provide pens, pencils and paper for everyone.

Apr
7
Sun
Belfast Street Art Walking Tour
Apr 7 @ 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 famous for its Street Art and there are hundreds of tours that will show you the murals of the conflict. But what about now? Where has this tradition of painting on our walls led us?

Like Berlin and Bethlehem, also famous for their walls, Belfast has become a place where street art has flourished, were artists from around the world have come to paint.

Devised and led by the local artists who have driven the scene in the last few years this 2 hours long, gently paced guide to the ever changing face of street art in the Cathedral Quarter.

For more information email [email protected]

Cost £10 pp

 

Apr
14
Sun
Belfast Street Art Walking Tour
Apr 14 @ 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 famous for its Street Art and there are hundreds of tours that will show you the murals of the conflict. But what about now? Where has this tradition of painting on our walls led us?

Like Berlin and Bethlehem, also famous for their walls, Belfast has become a place where street art has flourished, were artists from around the world have come to paint.

Devised and led by the local artists who have driven the scene in the last few years this 2 hours long, gently paced guide to the ever changing face of street art in the Cathedral Quarter.

For more information email [email protected]

Cost £10 pp

 

Apr
18
Thu
Skull
Apr 18 @ 7:00 pm
Skull @ The Green Room

Escape the relentless agora in a night of recorded music and live drawing. DJs Jeff Doherty and Stuart Watson develop an aural envelope each evening, whilst illustrator Duncan Ross strives to capture the consciousness of the moment through the inky medium of illustration. Adventurous clientèle may submit suggestions to Ross for realisation on the eve or, if feeling particularly exploratory, can contribute with the fruits of their own ductus (materials provided).

Apr
21
Sun
Belfast Street Art Walking Tour
Apr 21 @ 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 famous for its Street Art and there are hundreds of tours that will show you the murals of the conflict. But what about now? Where has this tradition of painting on our walls led us?

Like Berlin and Bethlehem, also famous for their walls, Belfast has become a place where street art has flourished, were artists from around the world have come to paint.

Devised and led by the local artists who have driven the scene in the last few years this 2 hours long, gently paced guide to the ever changing face of street art in the Cathedral Quarter.

For more information email [email protected]

Cost £10 pp

 

Apr
28
Sun
Belfast Street Art Walking Tour
Apr 28 @ 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 famous for its Street Art and there are hundreds of tours that will show you the murals of the conflict. But what about now? Where has this tradition of painting on our walls led us?

Like Berlin and Bethlehem, also famous for their walls, Belfast has become a place where street art has flourished, were artists from around the world have come to paint.

Devised and led by the local artists who have driven the scene in the last few years this 2 hours long, gently paced guide to the ever changing face of street art in the Cathedral Quarter.

For more information email [email protected]

Cost £10 pp

 

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