ART NOW 10 weekly sessions (WINTER 2019)


ART IN DUBLIN - Irish Museum of Modern Art - 13 March 2019

ART IN LONDON - 9 & 10 April 2019   



ART NOW (10 weekly sessions)          Winter 2019    

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.


Winter Series 2019              10 weeks               Class limit: 35                 Fee: £60.00                           

Thursdays      11.00am - 12.30pm, starting 24th January 2019          

Fridays           11.00am - 12.30pm,  starting 25th January 2019     


The first ART NOW gallery visits are on 24th & 25th January to the Island Arts Centre, Lisburn


Airport, Arrivals and Departures: paintings and sculptures by

Colin McGookin 



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24th/25th January                    Island Arts Centre, The Island, Lisburn

                                                      BT27 4RL     Tel: 028 9250 9509


                                                      Airport, Arrivals and Departures: paintings and

                                                      sculptures by Colin McGookin



 31st Jan/1st February              Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Stranmillis

                                                       Road, Belfast BT9 5AB          Tel: 028 9044 0000


                                                       Making Her Mark – wood-engravings, etchings,

                                                       lithographs and lino prints by late 19th/early 20th

                                                       century women printmakers


7th/8th February                       Pollen Studios and Gallery, 37-39 Queen Street,

                                                       Belfast BT1 6EA    

                                                       Cabinet of Curiosities: studio artists plus Aisling

                                                       O’Beirn, Nathan Crothers, Sharon Adams and

                                                       Catherine Ritchie.

                                                       N.B. this show will only run on these two days.



14th/15th February                  Island Arts Centre, The Island, Lisburn

                                                      BT27 4RL     Tel: 028 9250 9509


                                                      Re: Wallace Collection #2 – works by Anna Campbell,

                                                      Jayne Cherry and Vincent McDonnell in response to the

                                                      Wallace Collection, London

                                                      R-Space Gallery, 32 Castle Street, Lisburn BT27 4XE   

                                                     Tel: 028 9266 3179 

                                                      Re: Wallace Collection #2 – work inspired by the Wallace Collection

                                                     The Hope Bell by Vincent McDonnell




21st/22nd February                  Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Stranmillis                                                      Road, Belfast BT9 5AB          Tel: 028 9044 0000


                                                      Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing – 12

                                                      drawings from the Royal Collection Trust, part of  

                                                      One Celebration, across 12 UK cities, marking 500

                                                      Years since the death of Leonardo da Vinci



28th Feb/1st March                  Belfast Exposed Photography, The Exchange Place,

                                                      23 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2FF   

                                                      Tel: 028 9023 0965

                                                       Photographers from the Arts Council of Northern

                                                       Ireland Collection



7th/8th March                            Oriel Gallery @ Clotworthy House

                                                       Antrim Castle Gardens, Randalstown Road, Antrim BT41 4LH                                                                         Tel: 028 9448 1338

                                                       Home – sculpture, printmaking and painting by

                                                       Ned Jackson Smyth, Penny Brewill and Helen Bradbury

                                                       that explore the physical, emotional and social relationships

                                                       associated with Home



14th/15th March                        Golden Thread Gallery, 84-94 Great Patrick

                                                       Street, Belfast BT1 2LU        Tel: 028 9033 0920


                                                       Porous Plane/Lennon – new large scale paintings

                                                       by Dublin artist Ciarán Lennon



21st/22nd March                       The MAC, St Anne’s Square, 10 Exchange Street                                                                                              West, Belfast BT1 2NJ    Tel: 028 9023 5053    


                                                      The MAC International #3, 2018 – photography and film,

                                                      installation, sculpture and painting by artists from Ireland,

                                                      Italy, Romania, Hungary, Croatia, Canada, USA, Palestine,

                                                      Austria, France and Turkey



28th/29th March                       F.E.McWilliam Gallery & Studio

                                                      200 Newry Road, Banbridge BT32 3NB

                                                      Tel: 028 4062 3322

                                                      Once a day everyday all day long - works by Derry                                                                                         based artist Locky Morris





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Additional Lectures & Events: Winter 2019


Tuesdays @ Ulster Museum           Investigation Imagination Innovation

                                                              from 29th September 2019 (10 lectures)


                                                              Registration through the Ulster Museum





(minimum of 20 people / maximum of 30 people required)



There are two major international exhibitions worth visiting this Spring at the Tate Galleries in London – Pierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory at Tate Modern and Van Gogh and Britain at Tate Britain.  The exhibitions overlap during April allowing us to visit both.



On Tuesday 9th April we have a full day at Tate Modern starting at 11.00am with refreshments followed by a lecture on Pierre Bonnard, a buffet lunch at 12.30pm and then entry to the exhibition at 1.30pm.



Despite the Van Gogh exhibition at Tate Britain only opening at the end of March, it is already heavily booked so I have only been able to arrange a half-day visit comprising a lecture at 2.00pm and exhibition entry at 3.30pm on Wednesday 10th April.



The fee for both of these exhibition visits plus an introductory lecture/information session at the Island Arts Centre, Lisburn will be c.£100.00 (tbc). It will be less if you are a Tate Gallery or Art Fund member.  Please indicate on the registration form if you have either of these memberships and if you are interested in one or both exhibitions.  Full details will be sent to you once I have an idea of numbers – we need a minimum of 20 people for each exhibition.


N.B. the information session will most likely be scheduled for Wednesday 3rd April 2019.



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ART IN DUBLIN                                 WEDNESDAY 13th MARCH 2019




Wednesday 13th March 2019                         11.00am – 3.30pm   Fee: £18.00

                                                                                    (Fee includes donation to IMMA)



Lucien Freud Project: Part 3 – Gaze                                  11.00am – 12.30pm


Gaze is the third annual exhibition on the IMMA Collection: Freud Project; a major five-year initiative around 52 works by painter Lucien Freud (1922-2011) that have been lent to the museum’s Collection. The exhibition is concerned with the human gaze; of the artist, the sitter or the viewer of the work. Gaze particularly asks us to examine relationships between the artist and the sitter, and also focuses on the representation of the nude and the often visceral portrayal of the body in art, particularly in Freud’s work.  Gaze actively explores Freud’s practice by positioning his works alongside those by Marina Abramoviæ, Stephan Balkenhol, Phil Collins, John Coplans, Dorothy Cross, Pauline Cummins, Albrecht Dürer, Ann Hamilton, Edward Hopper, Rebecca Horn, Annie Leibovitz, Mark Manders, Edward McGuire, Danny Osborne, Rembrandt, Thomas Ruff and Hannah Starkey, all drawn from the IMMA Collection.


IMMA Collection: Then and Now, Janet Mullarney             2.30pm – 3.30pm 

The Then and Now series is a curatorial approach exploring works in the IMMA Collection where artists are invited to place their early work among their current practice. This exhibition of works by Janet Mullarney, from the early 1990s to 2018, demonstrates the remarkable multiplicity of her career through a wide-ranging body of work including sculpture, painting, drawing, video and installation and explores her use of materials as varied as wood, wax, papier-mâché and found objects.


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 Winter / Spring 2019 

  • London April 2019 - details of proposed trip to London will be posted to all interested
  • Art Now - Spring Series 2019 - itinerary will be posted after Easter


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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 Winter Series 2019