ART NOW 10 weekly sessions (Autumn 2018)

ART IN DUBLIN - National Gallery of Ireland - 3 October 2018     FULLY BOOKED

ART IN DUBLIN - Irish Museum of Modern Art - 28 November 2018    



ART NOW (10 weekly sessions)          Autumn 2018    

Contemporary art in Northern Ireland now thrives in a wide variety of locations - galleries, artists’ studios and workshops, public spaces and buildings.


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ART NOW gallery visits will introduce you to a different exhibition and venue each week and offer you the opportunity to engage with the work of local, national and international artists who employ different materials, techniques and stylistic approaches.

Details of each week’s visit (in and out of Belfast) will be distributed before the first meeting. Class members are responsible for their own transport arrangements and costs to and from each venue.


Autumn Series 2018              10 weeks               Class limit: 35                 Fee: £60.00                           

Thursdays      11.00am - 12.30pm, starting 27th September 2018          

Fridays           11.00am - 12.30pm,  starting 28th September 2018        


N.B. The first ART NOW gallery visits on 27th & 28th September will be to see:

        Modigliani  Female Nude 1916 - masterwork from the Courtauld Gallery, London

        at the Ulster Museum, Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5AB


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27th /28th September                Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Stranmillis Road,

                                                        Belfast BT9 5AB          Tel: 028 9044 0000


                                                        Modigliani – Female Nude 1916 – a masterwork

                                                        from the Courtauld Gallery, London alongside

                                                        works by Orpen, Spencer, Auerbach, Rossetti,

                                                        Sickert, Gertler, O’Brien and Starkey from the

                                                        Ulster Museum’s collection



 4th /5th October                        R-Space Gallery, 32 Castle Street, Lisburn

                                                       BT27 4XE        Tel: 028 9266 3179


                                                       Christien Miendertsma – Dutch designer

                                                       (Linen Biennale: Recall, Rethink, Reform)




11th/12th October                     The MAC, St Anne’s Square, 10 Exchange Street West,

                                                      Belfast BT1 2NJ    Tel: 028 9023 5053      


                                                      This is the Day: The Meaning of Style 2011; Delete Beach 2016;                                                                    Ceremony 2017 – films by Turner Prize nominee Phil Collins



18th /19th October                    Island Arts Centre, The Island, Lisburn BT27 4RL  

                                                      Tel: 028 9250 9509

                                                      Lost in Linen – work by 9 artists working in textiles, jewellery

                                                      and ceramics

                                                      (Linen Biennale: Recall, Rethink, Reform)





25th /26th October                   F.E.McWilliam Gallery & Studio

                                                      200 Newry Road, Banbridge BT32 3NB

                                                      Tel: 028 4062 3322

                                                       Lucienne Day: Living Design – overview of the

                                                       career of the influential post-war textile designer

                                                       with links to Mourne Textiles and Ulster Weavers                                                                                             (Linen Biennale: Recall, Rethink, Reform)                                                                                                                   



1st/2nd Nov                              NO GALLERY VISITS this week



8th /9th November                   Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Stranmillis Road,

                                                      Belfast BT9 5AB          Tel: 028 9044 0000


                                                      Royal Ulster Academy – 137th annual exhibition.



15th /16th November               The Crescent Arts Centre, 2-4 University Road,

                                                      Belfast BT7 1NH         Tel: 028 9024 3744

                                                      Ulster Watercolour Society 42nd annual exhibition.



22nd /23rd November              Ards Arts Centre, Town Hall, Conway Square,

                                                       Newtownards BT23 4NP     

                                                       Tel: 028 9181 0803       

                                                       At a Loss for Words: Rachel McBride - paintings

                                                       Territory: Amy Mackle - 3D drawings & ceramics



29th/30th November                 Belfast Exposed Photography, The Exchange

                                                       Place, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2FF   

                                                       Tel: 028 9023 0965

                                                       Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2018: new works by

                                                       Alejandra Carles-Tolra, Sam Laughlin and Lua Ribeira that

                                                       explore themes of death, belonging and the fragility of the

                                                       natural world



6th /7th December                    F.E.McWilliam Gallery & Studio

                                                      200 Newry Road, Banbridge BT32 3NB

                                                      Tel: 028 4062 3322

                                                      Dissent: collaborative exhibition with work from the Arts Council                                                                   Collection and the Highlanes Collection, Drogheda  



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Additional Lectures & Events: Spring 2018


Tuesdays @ Ulster Museum           Still Life

                                                              from 25th September 2018 (10 lectures)


                                                              Registration through the Ulster Museum



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ART IN DUBLIN                                 WEDNESDAY 3rd OCTOBER 2018     


NATIONAL GALLERY OF IRELAND                                                   FULLY BOOKED                           


Roderic O’Conor and the Moderns. Between Paris and Pont-Aven


(group minimum: 15 – maximum: 30)


“The first museum show in over thirty years to focus on the painted and graphic work of Irish artist Roderic O’Conor (1860–1940), this exhibition highlights O’Conor’s highly original contribution to the experimentation that revolutionised art in Europe in the late nineteenth century. The artworks reconstruct the critical phase of O’Conor’s career between 1887 and 1895 when he became dissatisfied with Impressionism and Neo-Impressionism. The exhibition examines the evolution of O’Conor’s expressionist style and places his work side-by-side with that of the artists with whom he connected and collaborated, including Vincent van Gogh, Paul GauguinArmand Seguin and Robert Befan.”


Wednesday 3rd October 2018             1.00pm – 2.00pm   Fee: £15.00


N.B. timed entry ticket – includes entrance and fee for guided tour


Class members, who are responsible for their own travel/lunch arrangements and costs, should meet at the reception desk at the Millennium Entrance, Clare Street, Dublin at 12.45pm sharp.




ART IN DUBLIN                                 WEDNESDAY 28th NOVEMBER 2018




Mary Swanzy: Modern Irish Master


“Pre-dating Evie Hone and Mainie Jellett by several years, Mary Swanzy can arguably be identified as Ireland’s first ‘modernist’ painter. However, her experimentation with a wide range of styles, along with her reluctance to participate in large exhibitions led to her being critically side-lined and although one of the most iconic and recognisable of modern Irish artists, there has not been a substantial retrospective of her work since 1968. This exhibition aims to make a definitive study of her work.”


Wednesday 28th November 2018     11.00am – 12.30pm   Fee: £12.00

                                                                         (Fee includes donation to IMMA)


Class members, who are responsible for their own travel/lunch arrangements and costs, should meet at the reception entrance to the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Kilmainham, Dublin at 10.45am sharp.


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In addition to the ART NOW gallery visits Arttalks : Artwalks also runs a number seminar days at the Island Arts Centre, Lisburn.

Information on future Themed Days for Winter & Spring 2019 will be posted at a later date. 

Please contact Arttalks:Artwalks if you are interested in any of these days.

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FUTURE EVENTS Autumn 2018 & 2019 

  • London/Liverpool 2019 - details of proposed trips to London & Liverpool will be posted later
  • Art Now - September - December 2018 - itinerary will be posted shortly


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If you are interested please contact Arttalks:Artwalks and/or complete the registration form by clicking here.

To register please click here or alternatively download an application form here in MS Word format which you can print it out and return by post or send by email to

Download application form for Autumn Series 2018