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Calendar

Jan
7
Fri
Exhibition- Herald Black
Jan 7 @ 6:00 pm – Jan 31 @ 7:00 pm

A series of new collages and prints developed from the (de)construct exhibition at the Blackbox Belfast online in May 2020. The work takes reference from the 1970’s Brutalist architecture of the Ulster Museum in Belfast, designed by architect Francis Pym.

The bold collages look at various views of the concrete cubist structure. The multiple planes are broken down in to separate shapes, each piece is treated as an individual component before being reassembled. The sequence of collages explore positive and negative spaces in architecture.

Details of the making process can be seen on Instagram @heraldblack

About heraldblack

Stephen is an artist and printmaker based in East London, graduating from the Belfast School of Art in 1997 having studied textiles. He worked for John Rocha in Dublin later that year, printing fabrics for men’s and womenswear collections. His work background also includes over 10 years home accessories merchandising for Habitat & The Conran Shop before establishing his creative business heraldblack in 2014.

Now printing on paper instead of textiles, he produces a range of hand printed & original monoprints as well as card and poster ranges that are stocked by retailers in the UK, EU & USA. Stephen’s work is also licensed through Bridgeman Studios and East End Prints and has been used by Habitat, Anthropologie, Columbia University Press, LittleBrown Book Group and Pringle of Scotland.

Jan
26
Wed
OTL-The Nowhere Inn – St Vincent ** POSTPONED **
Jan 26 @ 8:00 pm

PLEASE NOTE THIS EVENT HAS BEEN POSTPONED. NEW DATE PENDING.

Further details can be found at CQAF

 

The Nowhere Inn – St Vincent

The Black Box (Green Room)

£5.00

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Starring real-life friends Annie Clark (a.k.a. Grammy-winning artist St. Vincent) and Carrie Brownstein (Portlandia, Sleater-Kinney), this is a mischievous, metafictional and frequently laugh-out-loud funny account of banding together to make a documentary about St. Vincent’s music, touring life and on-stage persona.

But they quickly discover unpredictable forces lurking within the subject and the filmmaker that threaten to derail the friendship, the project, and the duo’s creative lives.

From first-time filmmaker Bill Benz (Portlandia, At Home With Amy Sedaris) comes a densely woven and increasingly fractured commentary on reality, identity and authenticity.

A music documentary like no other, this is the story of two close friends who attempt to wrestle the truth out of a complex subject before the hall of mirrors that is their artistic lives devours them completely.

Doors 7.30pm | Unreserved Seating

Jan
30
Sun
**POSTPONED** OTL-Dig With It: The Issue 7 Shindig
Jan 30 @ 2:00 pm

Dig With It: The Issue 7 Shindig

The Black Box (Green Room)

Sunday 30 January, 2.00pm

£7.00

With Wendy Erskine, Acoustic Dan, Susie Blue, Paula Flynn and Stephen Sexton. Presented by Stuart Bailie.

Dig With It magazine is a Belfast magazine about music, arts and Nordy culture. The title is borrowed from Seamus Heaney and the aim is to write well about our singular arts family.

Issue 7 will be launched at this special event as Dig With It celebrates its second year as a quarterly read.

Wendy Erskine will talk music and play records. Acoustic Dan and Paula Flynn will reveal new music and collaborative work. Susie Blue will preview an upcoming body of story songs, Caught, while Stephen Sexton will salute WB Yeats and the Smashing Pumpkins in his recent poetry, collection, Cheryl’s Destinies. Expect surprises.

Every ticket holder gets a free copy of the new magazine.

Doors 1.30pm | Unreserved Seating

Tickets also available from: Visit Belfast | 028 90 246 609
9 Donegall Square North – Open 7 days a Week

Feb
3
Thu
Exhibition- Martin Reynolds
Feb 3 @ 6:00 pm – Feb 27 @ 7:00 pm

Martin Reynolds is an Irish-born; London-based photographer. His practice and work are influenced by an interest in humanity and human behavior. He is part of the LGBTQ+ community.

In 2021 he completed an MFA Photography, with Distinction from Belfast Fine Arts, Ulster University. He studied under the tutelage of Ken Grant, Donovan Wylie, Clare Gallagher, Haley Morris-Cafiero, and Ailbhe Greaney.
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Prior to developing his photographic practice, he worked for 20 years in corporate consulting specifically within the pharmaceutical, biotechnology, and business analytic sectors. Following the sale of his consultancy in 2010 he took up photography and has been practicing since.

The photographic work has progressed from street and portrait photography to a current focus on the human response to trauma. In 2021, his work “Reversing Through the Rear View” Chapter 3 was released. It is visual storytelling (photographs, altered images, and drawings), using reconstructed self-portraits covering a period of trauma (cancer) between 2008-2010. The methodologies used are Creative Autopathography and Reflective PhotoTherapy. The work is available for wall hanging and will be published in a photo book later this year.

Other works include: “Chasing the Light – Lockdown” which is a 16-month photo documentary where the light was captured at various times, dates, and places in my homes during the three lockdowns in The UK.

 

Feb
9
Wed
The Night With… New Antonine Brass Quintet
Feb 9 @ 7:30 pm

The New Antonine Brass Quintet perform music by John
Dowland, Siobhan Dyson, Anselm McDonald, Lutoslawski and
James MacMillan.

 

DOORS 19:30 START 20:00

Mar
13
Sun
The Unholy Gospel Band
Mar 13 @ 1:30 pm

doors 13:30 start 14:00

This event will be unreserved seating. All ticket holders will be required to complete a COVID Status Check on arrival at the venue.

Ticketholders will need to provide ONE of the following;-

Proof of full vaccination – both doses received (A full 14 days must have passed since the final dose of COVID-19 vaccine was received)
Proof of a negative NHS Lateral Flow Test taken no more than 24 hours prior to attending the event
Proof of natural immunity antibodies based on a positive NHS PCR test result for COVID-19, lasting for 180 days after the date of the positive test and following completion of the self-isolation period

Covid Status Check conditions of entry full details- https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/covid-19/

Authentic American gospel, country & rock, delivered live and straight from the soul in true (unholy) gospel style.

Fronted by Cormac Neeson (of The Answer) and featuring songs by Mahalia Jackson, The Staple Singers, Gregory Porter and more. The Unholy Gospel Band, as the name suggests “ain’t holy but the music is gospel’.

“Great line-up, [and] pot of songs. The Unholy Gospel Band… at the service of saints and sinners alike.” The Irish News

Catch them live in the Green Room at Black Box – Sunday 13th & Sunday 20th March.

Doors 1.30pm. 2pm Showtime.

Tickets: £12 (+ £1.52 booking fee)

Mar
20
Sun
The Unholy Gospel Band
Mar 20 @ 1:30 pm

doors 13:30 start 14:00

This event will be unreserved seating. All ticket holders will be required to complete a COVID Status Check on arrival at the venue.

Ticketholders will need to provide ONE of the following;-

Proof of full vaccination – both doses received (A full 14 days must have passed since the final dose of COVID-19 vaccine was received)
Proof of a negative NHS Lateral Flow Test taken no more than 24 hours prior to attending the event
Proof of natural immunity antibodies based on a positive NHS PCR test result for COVID-19, lasting for 180 days after the date of the positive test and following completion of the self-isolation period

Covid Status Check conditions of entry full details- https://www.blackboxbelfast.com/covid-19/

Authentic American gospel, country & rock, delivered live and straight from the soul in true (unholy) gospel style.

Fronted by Cormac Neeson (of The Answer) and featuring songs by Mahalia Jackson, The Staple Singers, Gregory Porter and more. The Unholy Gospel Band, as the name suggests “ain’t holy but the music is gospel’.

“Great line-up, [and] pot of songs. The Unholy Gospel Band… at the service of saints and sinners alike.” The Irish News

Catch them live in the Green Room at Black Box – Sunday 13th & Sunday 20th March.

Doors 1.30pm. 2pm Showtime.

Tickets: £12 (+ £1.52 booking fee)

Apr
7
Thu
Exhibition- Hannah Smith
Apr 7 @ 6:00 pm – Apr 30 @ 7:00 pm

Hannah Smith is a painter based in East Belfast. Combining both figurative and abstract elements, the painting depict surrealist narratives. Working in oils, Hannah explores the physical and intangible strains of hierarchy within our society, how we navigate through spaces, how we are divided and where we intersect and cross paths. Drawing inspiration from dystopian societies, unsettling themes run parallel to the euphoric facade of the work.

Jun
2
Thu
Exhibition- Lenka Davidikova
Jun 2 @ 6:00 pm – Jun 30 @ 7:00 pm

Lenka Davidikova’s artwork explores the idea of searching for an interpretation of the human condition, through introspection, and relationships with others. There is a sense of attraction to alienated, displaced characters in Davidikova’s artwork. Davidikova does not aim to create fixed images, guided by concentrated, focused attention; rather, she aims to be guided by active but unfocused attention, resulting in correspondences guided by ‘unconscious scanning’. Davidikova’s artistic practice consists mainly in working with various drawing media or ink. It is the immediate action these media offer that Davidikova is drawn to. The versatile ability of charcoal and graphite allows Davidikova to capture both gestures and emotions. In contrast, the limitations of the usage of ink, place a demanding element upon the artist’s fluid fixations.

Recently Davidikova started to experiment with the idea of making hand sewn 3D textile sculptures representing the human form which is often crippled. Having studied Fashion Design in Slovakia and hand sawing from a very early age, going back to reinterpreting skills and motions she once enjoyed becomes an important fresh element to Davidikovas artwork. It reinforces meditative aspect to her work processes.

The idea of the ‘Presenting Female Exhibition’ is to place emphasis on the female figure, in both its natural and unnatural settings, reflecting on the position of women within traditions, culture, and society. Depicting some of my personal heroines from Ireland, Northern Ireland, and Slovakia, the ‘Presenting Female Exhibition’ questions often assumed female trajectories. The ‘ Presenting Female Exhibition’ aims to celebrate the ‘ female ‘ figure within this society to bring awareness of her abilities to cope and to embrace everyday life; cultural differences, traditions she keeps alive, challenges she deals with and strength she shows to stand up for herself.

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