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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.

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
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.

Oct
23
Sat
Mini Moon online
Oct 23 @ 1:00 pm

Mini Moon is a sensory disco for young children with any type of disability and their families and friends in The Black Box Belfast

The Music is low, there are mats to lie on, bright lights and lots of dancing

Mini Moon is a free monthly event thanks to BBC Children in Need

2021 dates:
Jan – 23rd
Feb – 20th
March – 20th
April – 17th
May – 22nd
June – 19th
July – 24th
Aug – 21st
Sept – 25th
Oct – 23rd
Nov – 27th
Dec – 11th

Due to Covid-19 Mini Moon will be online until further notice

 

 

Nov
2
Tue
Black Moon Online!
Nov 2 @ 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

Nov
4
Thu
Online Exhibition-IN JUXTAPOSITION
Nov 4 @ 6:00 pm – Nov 28 @ 7:00 pm

IN JUXTAPOSITION is collaborative body of work between textile artist Sarah
Cathers and Contemporary jeweller/maker Rosie Elwood. By combining individual
practices, the project pushes the boundaries of making and thinking, through
exploring instinct and response to found objects.

Rosie Elwood, Jeweller
I am an emerging contemporary artist, concerned with found objects and story telling.
Increasingly, I am interested in exploring the boundaries between body and object.
“I’ve been working on a collaborative project with textile artist Sarah Cathers. We’ve
been using a selection of found objects to create a collection of wearable and non
wearable pieces. We embarked on this project to gain experience working with
different materials as well as experience working collaboratively. During this project
we both attended the artists talk held by Goldsmiths in which Sturt Cairns, Jo Pond
and Zoe Arnolds. Which discussed the use of found objects in jewellery making. We
are hoping to submit the collection to open calls as well as exploring any opportunity
to have the work exhibited. This project has been both great and a little unusual. It
has been different to navigate working with each other, without meeting in person.
But wonderful to have the joint purpose during lockdown.”

 

Sarah Cathers, Textile Artist
A collector of oddities with an urge to document and preserve the forgotten.
Driven by the process of fragmentation, I gather pieces of found objects with the
incentive to mend and rebuild the broken and repurpose the discarded.
I work with a wide range of materials and methods, responding to each individual
object differently.
“I have been working alongside jeweller Rosie Elwood, to create a collaborative body
of work based on instinct and response to found objects. Rosie explores past and
present through materials in her work. Similarily to me, she works across disciples
exploring the relationship between humans and objects but is more experienced in
metals and wearables. We combined our skills and materials, challenging ourselves
to respond to objects selected by each other; A process which was new to both of

us. Through our response, we have curated a collection of 11 wearable and non-
wearable pieces. The project developed during lockdown when I needed it most. It

felt very refreshing to push the boundaries of my thinking and challenge my practice
by working with Rosie.”

Nov
27
Sat
Mini Moon online
Nov 27 @ 1:00 pm

Mini Moon is a sensory disco for young children with any type of disability and their families and friends in The Black Box Belfast

The Music is low, there are mats to lie on, bright lights and lots of dancing

Mini Moon is a free monthly event thanks to BBC Children in Need

2021 dates:
Jan – 23rd
Feb – 20th
March – 20th
April – 17th
May – 22nd
June – 19th
July – 24th
Aug – 21st
Sept – 25th
Oct – 23rd
Nov – 27th
Dec – 11th

Due to Covid-19 Mini Moon will be online until further notice

 

 

Dec
2
Thu
Online Exhibition- Tara McCullough
Dec 2 @ 6:00 pm – Dec 31 @ 7:00 pm
I am most interested in visual and audio memory recall. I have been looking at this through art practice and developing a series of techniques to represent the mind’s layering process and the architecture in which a memory is stored. Recalling a memory is not like watching a film of what happened. It’s often distorted, layered and clouded.
It’s a feeling, not a narrative. I wish to express the feeling of clouded memory through visual art in attempt to externalize the internal mind’s eye

Dec
7
Tue
Black Moon Online!
Dec 7 @ 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

Dec
11
Sat
Mini Moon online
Dec 11 @ 1:00 pm

Mini Moon is a sensory disco for young children with any type of disability and their families and friends in The Black Box Belfast

The Music is low, there are mats to lie on, bright lights and lots of dancing

Mini Moon is a free monthly event thanks to BBC Children in Need

2021 dates:
Jan – 23rd
Feb – 20th
March – 20th
April – 17th
May – 22nd
June – 19th
July – 24th
Aug – 21st
Sept – 25th
Oct – 23rd
Nov – 27th
Dec – 11th

Due to Covid-19 Mini Moon will be online until further notice

 

 

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