ART NOW 10 weekly sessions (WINTER 2020)


ART IN DOWNPATRICK: Wednesday 25th March 2020



ART NOW (10 weekly sessions)          Winter 2020    

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 2020              10 weeks               Class limit: 35                 Fee: £60.00                           

THURSDAYS       11.00am - 12.30pm, starting 23rd January 2020          

FRIDAYS            11.00am - 12.30pm, starting 24th January 2020     


The first ART NOW gallery visits on 23rd & 24th January are to the

Naughton Gallery @ Queen's University, Belfast

Natura Naturans - Laura Callaghan, Irish born illustrator



This series of ART NOW will include visits to see exhibitions by Martin Gale and Jack Pakenham at the Sea Holly Gallery, Belfast; Mark McGarry at The MAC; China Exchange artworks at Belfast Exposed; Andrew Butler at the Island Arts Centre and Sharon Adams at R-Space, Lisburn; Ursula Burke at the Ulster Museum and exhibitions at The Golden Thread Gallery in Belfast and the F. E. McWilliam Gallery, Banbridge.


 Click here to view the full itinerary - details for the Winter Series 2020 below





23rd/24th January                    Naughton Gallery @ QUB, Lanyon Building,

                                                      Queen’s University Belfast BT7 1NN

                                                      Tel: 028 9097 3580

                                                       Natura Naturans: solo exhibition by Irish born

                                                       illustrator Laura Callaghan. Paintings, ceramics

                                                       and tapestries reflecting contemporary life.



 30th/31st January                    R-Space Gallery, 32 Castle Street, Lisburn

                                                       BT27 4XE        Tel: 028 9266 3179


                                                       Horizon: Sharon Adams – wood, metal, textile and

                                                       drawn responses to the Co Antrim landscape



6th/7th February                       The MAC, St Anne’s Square, 10 Exchange Street

                                                       West, Belfast BT1 2NJ    Tel: 028 9023 5053     


                                                       Songs & the Soil: Mark Garry – drawn, sculptural and musical                                                                         installations responding to landscape



13th/14th February                  Sea Holly Gallery, Above the Orpheus, Above

                                                      the Harp Bar, Hill Street, Belfast BT1 2LA


                                                      Martin Gale – recent works by Dublin based artist

                                                      organised by the Mullan Gallery


20th/21st February                  Golden Thread Gallery, 84-94 Great Patrick Street,

                                                      Belfast BT1 2LU       Tel: 028 9033 0920


                                                      Dissolving Histories: Acts of Refusal – new work

                                                      curated by Mary Cremin, Director of the Void Gallery, Derry

                                                      The Salt House: Sharon Kelly – new work




27th/28th February            NO GALLERY VISITS this week         



5th/6th March                           Belfast Exposed, 23 Donegall Street, Belfast BT1 2FF 

                                                     Tel: 028 9023 0965

                                                      China Exchange: work by staff and top students at the University

                                                      of Ulster and Luxun Academy of Fine Arts, Shenyang.



12th/13th March                        F.E.McWilliam Gallery & Studio

                                                      200 Newry Road, Banbridge BT32 3NB

                                                      Tel: 028 4062 3322

                                                      Parallax: painting by 8 contemporary Irish artists.

                                                      Sarah Dwyer, Alison Pilkington, Fiona Finnegan,

                                                     Louise Walsh, Hannah Casey-Brogan, Susan Connolly,

                                                     Yasmine Robinson, Sinead Aldridge



19th/20th March                       Sea Holly Gallery, Above the Orpheus, Above the

                                                      Harp Bar, Hill Street, Belfast BT1 2LA


                                                      Jack Pakenham: large scale retrospective paintings

                                                      and recent works relating to themes from his series

                                                      A Broken Sky.



26th/27th March                      Ulster Museum, Botanic Gardens, Stranmillis Road,

                                                     Belfast BT9 5AB          Tel: 028 9044 0000


                                                     A False Dawn: Ursula Burke - issues of representation

                                                     and identity explored through porcelain sculpture,

                                                     embroidery and drawings.  This exhibition was shown

                                                     at the Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris in the autumn of 2019.


2nd/3rd April                            Island Arts Centre, The Island, Lisburn

                                                     BT27 4RL     Tel: 028 9250 9509


                                                     Secret: Andrew Butler – work based around the

                                                     ideology of the Lebensborn Programme (Fount of Life)

                                                     developed by the SS in Nazi Germany. Now based in Bournemouth,                                                                Andrew Butler lived and workked in Northern Ireland

                                                     from 1994 to 2004.



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Additional Lectures & Events: Winter 2020


Tuesdays @ Ulster Museum        Decades: 50s & 60s

                                                                  lecture series x 10

                                                                  from 21st January 2020   11.00am - 12.00pm

                                                                  Class registration through the Ulster Museum,

                                                                  Botanic Gardens, Belfast



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DOWN ARTS CENTRE, 2-6 Irish Street, Downpatrick BT30 6BP


Arts Council of Northern Ireland: Recent Acquisitions

“An exhibition drawn from the Collection of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.  Many of the artists in the Collection have national and international reputations.  The works in this exhibition will include some of the best examples of contemporary art by N.I. artists.  The artworks have been created by both emerging and established artists and the exhibition will include photographic work, painting, printmaking and silver.”


Wednesday 25th March 2020         11.00am-12.30pm                 £6.00



A couple of suggestions for possible trips later in 2020: just ideas at the moment but do let me know if you think you might be interested.



ART IN LONDON                 June 2020


A major Andy Warhol retrospective will be showing at Tate Modern and an important exhibition on Artemisia Gentileschi will be at the National Gallery. Other shows include Steve McQueen and Marina Abramovic at Tate Modern and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye at Tate Britain



ART IN LIVERPOOL        late August/early September 2020


The 11th Liverpool Biennal runs from 11th July-25th October 2020.  This year the theme is The Stomach and the Port with work by international artists presented in locations across Liverpool, including public spaces, historic sites and the city’s leading art venues: Bluecoat, Liverpool Central Library, Cotton Exchange Building, Exchange Flags, FACT, National Museums Liverpool, Open Eye Gallery, St George's Hall, Tate Liverpool and Victoria Gallery & Museum. New for 2020, Liverpool Biennial’s reach will also expand to the city’s historic Fabric District.


A visit to the Lady Lever Art Gallery, Port Sunlight is another possible idea.




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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 Spring 2020will be posted at a later date. 

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

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  • Summer 2020- details of single events and visits to London and/or Liverpool will be posted in March/April
  • Art Now - Spring Series 2020 - registration forms and itinerary will be posted in March/April


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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 2020