ART NOW 5 weekly sessions (SPRING 2019)


ART NOW (5 weekly sessions)          Spring 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.


Spring Series 2019              5 weeks               Class limit: 35                 Fee: £30.00                           

WEDNESDAYS       11.00am - 12.30pm, starting 8th May 2019          

THURSDAYS          11.00am - 12.30pm,  starting 9th May 2019     


The first ART NOW gallery visits are on WEDNESDAY 8th & THURSDAY 9th MAY to the Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown


Anne Acheson: A Sculptor in War and Peace



This series of ART NOW will also include visits to Materials Messages Meanings at R-Space Gallery, Lisburn; A Harlot’s Progress by Karen Daye-Hutchinson at Artisann Gallery, Belfast; Writers of Belfast by Neil Shawcross at Sea Holly Gallery, Belfast and the Scottish Colourists at the F.E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge.



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8th / 9th May                               Millennium Court Arts Centre, William Street,

                                                        Portadown BT62 3NX   Tel: 028 3835 0935


                                                        Anne Acheson: A Sculptor in War and Peace



15th / 16th May                           R-Space Gallery, 32 Castle Street, Lisburn

                                                        BT27 4XE        Tel: 028 9266 3179


                                                        Materials Messages Meanings: Body Language 

                                                        Ceramics, paintings, photographs and poetry



22nd / 23rd May                          ArtisAnn Gallery, 70 Bloomfield Avenue,

                                                        Belfast BT5 5AE                       Mob: 079 053 395 69


                                                        A Harlot’s Progress: prints and artist’s book by

                                                        Karen Daye-Hutchinson



29th / 30th May                          Sea Holly Gallery, Above the Orpheus, Above

                                                        the Harp Bar, Hill Street, Belfast BT1 2LA


                                                        Writers of Belfast: 36 paintings by Neil Shawcross



5th / 6th June                               F.E.McWilliam Gallery & Studio

                                                        200 Newry Road, Banbridge BT32 3NB

                                                        Tel: 028 4062 3322

                                                        The Scottish Colourists : The Wyfold Fleming





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Additional Lectures & Events: Spring 2019


Mondays @ QUB                               The Seasons: Springtime

                                                                 Two lectures on 13th & 20th May

                                                                  2.00pm – 3.00pm

                                                                  Class registration through Open Learning

                                                                  Queen’s University, Belfast

Tuesdays @ Ulster Museum         Art and the Garden

                                                                  lecture series x 5

                                                                  from 7th May   11.00am - 12.00pm

                                                                  Class registration through the Ulster Museum,

                                                                  Botanic Gardens, Belfast





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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 Autumn 2019 and Winter 2020will 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 Summer and Autumn 2019 

  • Summer 2019 - details of single events and visits will be posted in June
  • Art Now - Autumn Series 2019 - registration forms and tinerary will be posted in July/August


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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 SPRING Series 2019