Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich are pleased to present a fascinating collection of watercolour paintings by renowned Belfast artist, Stephen Shaw. Shaw is acclaimed for examining overlooked and unusual parts of Belfast and beyond in finely detailed, realistic watercolour. These pieces, all completed within the last two years, many in lockdowns, offer interesting, humorous, sometimes challenging, glimpses of parts of Belfast and further afield.
Stephen had been working on some of these paintings before the covid pandemic and lockdowns. Being confined to his home and studio did not stop the creativity or “work ethic”. Unable to travel and gather new ideas or inspiration, the artist revisited archived reference material. This has resulted in an intriguing body of brand new works. No boundaries, no themes, no limitations, no deadlines, unconfined!
Scenes that interested him in recent times and the not so distant past are now finally, and happily, brought to life and presented in this new exhibition. Many are being exhibited for the first time.
Cultúrlann Mc Adam Ó Fiaich’s Ballaí Bana gallery, is delighted to host Artists At The Mill, an ever evolving group of creatives from Conway Mill from 05/08/21 to 30/09/21. Conway Mill is situated a mile or so away from Cultúrlann on the Falls Road. Rich in history this successful example of preservation now houses multi use business and community development. The top floor is dedicated to artists and makers of mixed disciplines, including painting, printmaking, glass, ceramics, sculpture, and textiles.
During the Covid pandemic the Artists At The Mill endeavoured to adapt to the sudden changes.
‘We had to work from home, as the mill was forced to close, and so we learned new technologies and explored new ways to present our work.’
We have needed to find ways to cope with the impact that this Covid-19 pandemic has had, events and concerns that were once resolved or experienced simply and with little disruption to our lives have become complicated, stressful, and frustrating.
A number of the artists gained the support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. This provided the means to continue their practice through exploring new ways to create and deliver exhibitions and outreach projects, ensuring their practice survived.
'I gCroílár mo Chroí’- 'In My Heart's Core’ not being a direct quote but inspired by the last line of WB Yeats’s 'The Lake Isle of Innisfree', is a version Artists At The Mill have chosen to use to further personalize, focusing on a celebration of what keeps us grounded through challenging times.
All of us are striving to get through these strange days and that which is embedded in our hearts core to keep us standing has been recognised, reinforced, and fully acknowledged. Being able to recognize that which keeps our feet on the ground, it has to be said, is in itself a blessing to be celebrated.
TheBallaí BánaGallery in Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich, Belfast seeks submissions from emerging artists for wall based artwork for either solo or group exhibitions for our 2022 programme.
Proposals exploring themes of language, language rights, communication, equality and cultural rights are particularly welcomed.
Interested artists should submitone single pdf documentwith the following information:
6 images of recent work – with dimensions, medium and titles
Cover letter with artist contact details
CV/History of artistic practice – no more than 2 A4 pages
Exhibition proposal – 500 words max
Biography – 300 words max
Submissions to be emailed firstname.lastname@example.orgOnly emailed submissions will be accepted. Submissions with missing information or in the incorrect format will be deemed ineligible.
Eligible submissions will be assessed anonymously on the images submitted in the first instance by An Chultúrlann’s Visual Arts panel – Dr. Aisling O’Beirn, Andrew Whitson, Seán Mackel and Emma Berkery.
Successful artists will be paid a fee of £300 and there is a 20% gallery commission charged on sold artwork.