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Calendar

Jun
3
Thu
Online Exhibition- FGB
Jun 3 @ 6:00 pm – Jun 27 @ 7:00 pm

Photo by Kristi @campbellphotography

 

FGB is a man on a mission. That mission is to brighten up the streets and make you smile. Bold lines and bright colours create his distinctive style.

The tools at his disposal; paste ups, stickers, spray paints and stencils which are all used to bring his creations to life.

Those creations? Well; sometimes a googley-eyed character, sometimes a comment on what is happening in his home city or further afield, his work will always transport you from where you are to the world inside his head. 

Spread the love.

 

This exhibition is a collection of works old and new that I feel best represents my style and the methods I work with.

 

All items will be available at https://fgb.bigcartel.com from 6pm on Thursday 3rd of June

 

Covid is Over– This piece came about when the news of another lockdown was being introduced this year. I wanted to portray the message that if we all stayed home we might get out of this sooner rather than later. A take on the John and Yoko ‘War is Over’ piece.

Monotony – Upon hearing the news that another historic city centre building was to become hotel I created this piece. As with the other gentrification pieces, these paste-ups use humour to raise awareness of a more serious issue.

Gordon the Loafer -Watching the gentrification of the Cathedral Quarter over the years, this piece came about after making a joke about how not only all the bars were becoming identical, but the customers also. It’s only funny cuz it’s true.

Spread the Love – This is the classic paste up from 2015. An idea popped into my head fully formed. and I could see straight away how it would look. This is the one piece most people mention when speaking to me. I’ve even been introduced to someone once as ‘Spread the Love’. It really struck a chord with people.

Take no Shit– A new piece created during lockdown. Recently a lot of my work has been taking on a more simplified form. I’ve coupled this with a quote that I love and my usual bright style.

Rubik’s head– Another new piece from lockdown. I had seen a lot of people talking about the effect the various lockdown was having on their mental health. This piece represents the puzzle that trying to stay sane is, and how much of a struggle it can be to look after your mental health.

Love deck– I’ve loved skateboarding since I was a kid and I grew up copying the graphics of the decks I skated when I was younger. I always wanted to have my own graphic on a pro deck (that hasn’t happened yet) I thought a deck would be the perfect canvas to create a piece in honour to my love of skating.

Look after your Peanut –  I found this piece of wood when I moved into my studio at Vault Artist Studios and started painting it one day, loosely based around the idea of being open about how you are feeling about your mental health. I had no real plan for this piece apart from the rough character sketch so I let this piece come together as I worked on it.

Fire Escape –  Pretty straightforward here. I found this door and straight away knew I wanted to paint it. The neon sticker on the door just drew me to it. I played around with the idea of a character on this but stripped it right back to just a simple hand.

Cote D’Absurd  – Another charity-shop-find repainting. I love finding these paintings and transforming them to the world inside my head. With these paintings I’ll usually buy them and see what direction they take me. I enjoy mixing the fine painting details with my bold colours and solid outlines

Jun
26
Sat
Mini Moon online
Jun 26 @ 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

 

 

Jul
1
Thu
Online Exhibition- Emma Brennan
Jul 1 @ 6:00 pm – Jul 31 @ 7:00 pm

Emma Brennan (She/Her) is an interdisciplinary artist who works predominantly in performative practices to include multi-media installation, moving image and collaborative processes.

At the core of my practice is the persistent draw of the material of dough. With the unyielding bond between it and I, my relationship with this material is not just physical, it is also emotional, spiritual and political. The incorporation of dough into my work holds both ancestral and sentimental value. In capturing the processes of this material, in all of it’s alchemic, formal and sensory properties, I explore the complexities of the creation of a living, breathing thing.

My work is currently occupied with the cyclical processes of breathing/living and is formed upon the four pillars of; gestation, birth, life and death. My practice is moving towards a body of work specific to how these pillars relate to the female form. I am thinking about this within the context of Ireland (both currently and historically) and then more intimately where I stand amongst it, not only as artist and creator but also as a queer, Irish, female-identfying, living/breathing being.

Originally from Dublin, Brennan is now based In Belfast having fulfilled a directorship and term as chairperson with Catalyst Arts. She is a studio member of Flax Art Studios and has recently been chosen as one of the BBeyond performance collective’s new commissioned artists of 2021. As part of which she will present an entirely new work to be shown as part of the Cathedral Arts Festival in May. She will also be performing as part of the Belfast International Festival of Performance Art this coming March while working towards an exhibition later in the year in the Glór gallery, Ennis, Co. Clare curated by Moran Been-Noon.

Credited to the photographer Ben Malcolmson

Credited to Chloe Austin

Jul
6
Tue
Black Moon Online!
Jul 6 @ 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

Jul
17
Sat
Mini Moon online
Jul 17 @ 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

 

 

Aug
3
Tue
Black Moon Online!
Aug 3 @ 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

Aug
5
Thu
Online Exhibition- Alexandra Arellano Espinoza
Aug 5 @ 6:00 pm – Aug 29 @ 7:00 pm

Alexandra Arellano Espinoza, is a Chilean artist and designer based in France.

 

Focusing on movement as a subject of visual exploration, her main mediums are screen printing and digital animation. Through the use of textures, bright colours and abstract patterns, her work invites the viewer to go on a journey through a series of architectural compositions, where geometric lines combine and vibrate coming alive on paper revealing something new each time. 

She recently had her first solo exhibition in Paris.

Aug
28
Sat
Mini Moon online
Aug 28 @ 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

 

 

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.

Sep
7
Tue
Black Moon Online!
Sep 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

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