A HOME FOR LIVE MUSIC, THEATRE,
LITERATURE, COMEDY, FILM, VISUAL
ART, SCIENCE, CIRCUS, CABARET
AND ALL POINTS IN BETWEEN

Calendar

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

Landscaping, Catalyst Arts Gallery, Re-Vision Festival, 2020 Photo credit: Ben Malcolmson

 

Emma Brennan (She/Her) is an interdisciplinary artist who works predominantly in performative practices to include multi-media installation, moving image and collaborative processes. Originally from Dublin, she is now based In Belfast. She is a former Co-Director and Chairperson of Catalyst Arts and a current studio member of Flax Art Studios Belfast. She has recently been chosen as one of the BBeyond performance collective’s new commissioned artists of 2021 to present a new work to be shown as part of the Cathedral Arts Festival, Belfast. She has performed as one of the invited artists at the Belfast International Festival of Performance Art, March 2021. Alongside these performances she is working towards exhibiting work in the Glór gallery, Ennis, Co. Clare in an upcoming show curated by Moran Been-Noon.

 

Hatching, Glassbox Gallery at Ulster University, Belfast International Festival of Performance Art, 2021 Photo credit: Siobhan Mullen Wolfe

 

Landscaping, Catalyst Arts Gallery, Re-Vision Festival, 2020 Photo credit: Ben Malcolmson

 

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 concerned with finding balance within the contradictions of the transient and the fixed. Through process-based methods I explore the space between the two, where magic and ritual, landscape and the body all fold in on one another. My current research concerns feminist readings of a Pagan Ireland and the maternal body, exploring the ritualistic, mythological and traditional practices through the pillars outlined above. By comparing these practices I hope to capture the physicalities of the intangible, visualising the weight of intimacies and palpable tensions between living things.

 

Dehydrated dough over three years between glass slides, Platform Arts Studio, 2019

Dough Scales, Flax Art Studios, 2021

 

The global pandemic has threatened all aspects of the ‘live’ within cultural practices. Within this context we must all re-evaluate how we all make and create in relation to shifting distances between the artist and viewer. I am eager to investigate alternative intimacies within this crucial relationship, striving to create work with integrity that honours its community by respecting the time and commitment of all who engage and participate.

 

Bbeyond Catalyst Walk, FIX19 Festival, Catalyst Arts Gallery, 2019 Photo Credit: Jordan Hutchings

Water Bodies, Cara Farnan and Jennifer Moore, Catalyst Arts Gallery, 2020 Photo Credit: Simon Mills

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
12
Thu
Féile an Phobail- BLACK BOX PROJECTS, SURVIVING LOCKDOWN THROUGH ART AND MUSIC
Aug 12 @ 2:00 pm

BLACK BOX PROJECTS, SURVIVING LOCKDOWN THROUGH ART AND MUSIC
FALLS ROAD LIBRARY

Black Box projects, ‘Creating Connections’ and ‘Moon Music’, for and by people with learning disabilities will be presenting a video showcase of visual art, music, poetry, and creative writing. The video is narrated by the voices of the makers and creators and their experience of lockdown. The work will be exhibited and available online within the library from 2pm – 4pm with an opportunity to discuss the themes and experiences with group members. Event will be determined by Covid restrictions at the time of the event. Registration in advance is essential via [email protected]

Aug
28
Sat
BELFAST MELA- TONGUE, TIED & TWISTED
Aug 28 @ 7:00 pm

Date and time

Saturday 28th August 7pm

Venue

The Black Box

Ticket Price(s)

General – This event is free

Access

Venue is wheelchair accessible. Contact us if you have access requirements.

Covid-19 policy

Booking essential. This event will require social distancing.

Indian tales with a contemporary twist!

Tongue Tied & Twisted is a storytelling show with a theatrical twist. Blasting Indian storytelling into the 21st century: by combining the talents of international performer and storyteller Peter Chand live on stage with UK music producer PKCtheFirst.

The show celebrates the art of live storytelling, by presenting a unique blend of Urban Hip Hop and classical South Asian sounds combined with traditional Indian Punjabi folk tales. The performance features a selection of the folk tales retold in English, accompanied by an original music score and live DJ mixing.

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

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
Exhibition- Petra Dominova
Oct 7 @ 6:00 pm – Oct 31 @ 7:00 pm

I am a visual and sound artist based in Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Through the use of myth and personal narrative, the work brings attention to the subconscious layers of the psyche, where significance is given to symbolism, depicting a connection to the unity of Nature and our roots, whilst also exploring the themes of technology, cosmology and mysticism.  The work is an attempt at self-explanatory inquisition, with ideas manifesting in the form of painting, moving image, sound art and installation.

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.

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