The deterioration of a mind.
A visual response on the descent of a transient relationship through representational processes.
I decontextualize, then I reconstruct. Dissecting and looking past the obvious, close observation of the subject. I work on small scale because I believe it allows a more intimate, delicate connection with the piece while still allowing the viewer a broad exploration into the individual reality of each work.
I attempted to give up everything I loved that did not love me back. But now, I analyse and I make. Using first and second-hand experiences of toxic behaviour within a relationship as the subject matter while extracting the essence and feeling involved in those experiences through a trail and error process of stitching techniques to create an atmosphere within each piece that will push the audience to hopefully question and explore the meaning behind every action taken within their own relationship. Any relationship.
Within the range of small works, I have a variety of muted, pared-down pieces as well as over-worked, heavily-stitched pieces. The range of stitch techniques and styles are relevant to the depth and complexity of relationships.
So after resurrecting Freddie Mercury, what do you do next? After the worldwide success of ‘Little Freddie Goes to School’ in 2015, local duo Stuart Leathem and Esther Trousdale have been feverishly crafting a new album. Combining dream pop with microtonality, music concrete with dancehall, and more killer riffs than the average music festival, it is finally time to unleash ‘Experiments In Energy’. The Black Box hosted the only live playing of the Freddie track, and we are thrilled to bring the world premiere of the new album to the same venue.
A magician in his art, Stuart is a voice crying in the wilderness, behold the new work!” – WD McCrum
Show contains spoken word, interviews and loud music.
Rachel is a contemporary artist living and working near Belfast, Northern Ireland. She is currently in her final year at the Ulster University, Belfast studying fine art, painting. Rachel focuses on both the human form and the affect humans have on the environment.
She explores the human mind-set where we think we know everything when, in fact, sometimes nature knows more.
No matter where you live, the day-to-day human struggles remain the same. We give ourselves a very hard time, going over things in our heads, things we should have said, done, or just feeling like the world is against us. We are our own worst enemies. This body of work looks deep into our souls and explores the emotions we have, both of ecstasy and despair.
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.
Midweek Magic Club
All magic is not the same. Midweek Magic Club is the magic equivalent of a garage band playing in a sweaty basement bar. It’s rough, it’s intimate, it’s full of raw energy and we’re going to be right up in your faces blowing your minds.
MWMC is a two and a half hour event which is all about the close up. Close up magic that happens right at your table. It was the first event that Seedhead ever set up and it’s still one of our favourites because it changes the dynamic of what it means to go to a show. It’s an event that allows you to see old friends or make new ones because the micro performances are spread out over the evening, allowing you to socialise and have a beer in-between. There’s really not another night like it in Belfast.
It’s always different, always rowdy and ALWAYS worth leaving the house on a Wednesday for.
Periods, Pee and Pregnancy
Saturday 15 February, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Suitability: 16 Yrs+
£2 with proceeds going to the Homeless Period Belfast.
Should we just put on a pad and put up with what we’ve got? Do women in France really get better post-natal care? How the hell do you actually engage your pelvic floor? We’ll look at how taboos and stigma around women’s bodies has impacted societal views, our own views and how we look after ourselves. Join social historian Dr Kate Lister, Katrina McDonnell from the Homeless Period Belfast, a pelvic health professional and chair Liz Nelson to discuss these issues. We’ll be collecting donations of wipes, underwear and sanitary items for Homeless Period Belfast if you’d like to donate.
Spilling the Tea on the Perfect Brew
Tuesday 18 February, 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Ahhh! There’s nothing quite like a good cuppa. But did you know that there is a whole science behind making the perfect blend? Join SUKI Tea for a tea tasting session where you will learn how to create your own personalised tea blend under the watchful eyes of our experts and also learn about the history of the company and its founder Oscar Woolley.
Women Don’t Breastfeed…
Saturday 22 February, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm
“Women don’t breastfeed, cultures do” – Kimberly Seals Allers, 2019
Join us on a fascinating journey through different cultures and how they feed their babies. Dr Lesley Dornan a lecturer at Ulster University studied women, babies, and milk in different cultures in South East Asia where mothers milk is valued and cherished. Lesley will be joined by Breastival co-founder Dr. Jennifer Hanratty for a discussion on our culture and how it impacts women’s choices in feeding their babies.
Microbiology of Milk
Saturday 22 February, 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Dr Simon Cameron and the Breastival team invite you to discover the amazing world of the microbiology of human milk. Explore the unique compounds that make breastmilk so special. In this interactive session, current nursing mums will also have a chance to participate in new research to help us learn more about human milk. Dr Simon Cameron featured in Channel 4 Dispatches documentary “Breastfeeding Uncovered” and recently joined Queens University Belfast to study the microbiology of milk.
The Murdering Mind of Serial Killers – A Faculty Lecture
Sunday 23 February, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Suitability: 12 Yrs +
Serial killing is one of the most extreme and bizarre behaviours that humans exhibit. Explaining the phenomenon of serial killing throws up many challenges. This talk will explore the murdering mind of serial killers to examine how much we actually know about them. With illustrations and examples from serial killers from around the World, this lecture with Peter Hepper (QUB) will explore what serial killing is and attempt to get into the mind of serial killer to examine why they kill.
The talk will conclude with a look at serial killers in Northern Ireland and Ireland. Are there any? Are they any different from killers seen elsewhere in the world?