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Calendar

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

The Living Present

This Exhibition shows a new body of work by Belfast based artist Petra Dominova. A series of paintings, that depict a world that is guided by ritual, interconnectedness and the transcendental. A network which encompasses an internal universe merged with the material plane, as they are expressed in unity. Creating a sentient landscape, that has its own intuitive cosmology and grasps at our connection to Nature and the psyche, in which we are thoroughly immersed. The body of work is driven by a process, which fosters and gives room to a subjective experience, which is unique, personal and intimate.

Petra Dominova is a Czech born, Belfast based contemporary artist.

Through the use of myth and personal, intuitive iconography, her 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 ideas about consciousness and eco-psychology and expanding our field of vision into the future. Building worlds, that are weaved together through organic forms and futuristic figures, submerged in a collective sensuous reality.
Her practice is an attempt at introspective inquisition, with ideas manifesting in the form of painting, sound art, moving image and installation.

She has completed her MFA in Fine Art at the Ulster University in Belfast, Northern Ireland in 2019.

 

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
27
Wed
Tenx9
Oct 27 @ 7:30 pm

 

Tenx9 is returning to its home venue. Enjoy nine true stories on a theme told by the people who have lived them. Created in 2011 by Pádraig Ó Tuama & Paul Doran, tenx9 weathered the Covid storm on Zoom but is now ready for live events. Get in touch at tenx9.com.

Doors open 7:15PM Event start 7:30PM

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
12
Fri
Helen Gomez Cartoons
Nov 12 @ 6:00 pm – Nov 20 @ 7:00 pm

Helen Gomez is a Belfast-based LGBT+ cartoonist, zine-maker and multidisciplinary artist. Commissioned by Outburst, this series of large scale cartoon works responds not only to the themes of this year’s festival, but also to Helen’s recent experiences of adapting their art practice after becoming disabled with long Covid, having contracted Covid in March 2020.

Influenced by queer and indie autobiographical comics, punk zines and animation, and focusing on post-capitalism, trans rights, crip theory, housing and welfare rights and projects to support the local artist economy, Helen is one of the most vital queer cartoonist emerging from the burgeoning scene in Belfast.

They are supported in this project by production assistant Sam Mulrine.

 

Nov
24
Wed
Tenx9
Nov 24 @ 7:30 pm

 

Tenx9 is returning to its home venue. Enjoy nine true stories on a theme told by the people who have lived them. Created in 2011 by Pádraig Ó Tuama & Paul Doran, tenx9 weathered the Covid storm on Zoom but is now ready for live events. Get in touch at tenx9.com.

Doors open 7:15PM Event start 7:30PM

Dec
2
Thu
Exhibition- James Ashe
Dec 2 @ 6:00 pm – Dec 31 @ 7:00 pm

James Ashe is a visual artist based in Belfast. His work uses the mediums of illustration, typography, risograph and screenprinting. Predominate themes in his work include politics, LGBT rights, architecture and built heritage. He has exhibited locally as part of groups and within collections in the Ulster Museum, and has had recent solo exhibitions with The Black Box and Framewerk Gallery.

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

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