MFA Fine Art Belfast – Call for Applications for starting September 2019.

MFA Fine Art Belfast
Call for Applications for September 2019

MFA Fine Art, Belfast is a multi disciplinary, studio based programme. Established in 1979, it has a proven track record of supporting the radical, alongside more traditional or orthodox practices. It has a rich legacy of awards including, the Turner Prize, Bloomberg New Contemporary, the Paul Hamlyn, Derek Jarman and Nissan Art Award successes, as well as many other notable high achieving alumni. The Course is extremely well networked into the local, national and international art scene, offering students many opportunities to professionally connect and feed into that network. This support network, along with affordable living costs and Course fees, makes Belfast a fantastic and viable place to further an emerging practice.

Whilst we operate a rolling deadline, places are competitively allocated as we go through the interview process, so early application is advised. Our 1st round of interviews will take place through March – so you are advised to apply as soon as possible.

More information about the MFA Fine Art course:

Application information:

Other useful info (all of which can be accessed from the ‘Application’ link above).

Fees info:
Note this is 2019/20 information. Any further updates have not been announced at this stage, however significant changes are not anticipated.

Student Loan Finance useful resources:

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Mohammed Sami: Artist Talks Thursday 14th Feb 1pm. Conor Lecture Theatre. Belfast School of Art. All Welcome!

Mohammed Sami
Artist Talks
Thursday Feb 14th 1pm.
Conor Lecture Theatre.
Belfast School of Art.
All Welcome!


Les Miserables, Acrylic on Canvas, M. Sami 2018

Mohammed Sami utilises Painting as a means to trace the anecdotes of personal memory. He believes that the medium of painting has the capacity to record lived processes, searching inaccessible memories which one cannot rid oneself of.

Sami’s painted subject matter ranges from the symbolic to the everyday and historical moments. The objects he paints, underline the absence which is indexical to an existential connection beside the physical aspect. Sami’s works invites the viewer to analyse from cognitive psychological perspectives.
Mohammed Sami was born in Baghdad, Iraq, 1984. He studied drawing and painting at the Institute of Fine Art, Iraq, Baghdad, 2005. He immigrated to Sweden in 2007. In 2015, he received a Bachelor with honour degree from Ulster University-Belfast School of Art, Northern Ireland. He had recently completed a Master of fine art at Goldsmiths College, London, 2018. Sami has had five solo exhibitions and many participations, some of the most recent: 2018  Bloomberg New Contemporaries, following by Liverpool Biennial and South London Gallery and The sea is Limited, York Museum, York, UK.

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Aideen Barry: Artist Talks Thursday 1st Feb. 7th. 1pm. Conor Lecture Theatre. Belfast School of Art. All Welcome!

Aideen Barry
Artist Talks
Thursday Feb. 7th. 1pm.
Conor Lecture Theatre.
Belfast School of Art.
All Welcome!


Aideen Barry is a practising Visual Artist based in Ireland with a national and international profile. She has shown projects in Mothers Tankstation (IRL), The Irish Museum of Modern Art (IRL),  Louise T. Bloudin Gallery (London) , Moderne Mussett Sweden, The Loop Biennale (ESP), The Wexner Centre Ohio (USA),  The Royal Hibernian Academy (IRL), the Museum des Beux Arts in Lyon (FRA), The Crawford Municipal Gallery (IRL), The Butler Gallery (IRL), The Banff Centre Canada, the Headlands Centre for the Arts San Francisco (USA), Liste Art Fair Basel Switzerland, BAC Geneva (CH), Arco Art Fair (ESP) and Catherine Clark Gallery ( USA). In November 2018 she will show solo at Matucana 100 in Santiago de Chile and  her co-directed Art Film collaboration with Alice Maher, 6Skin, debut at the Cork International Film Festival in 2018. In 2019 She will show at Elephant Gallery in London( UK),and further solos at Galway International Arts Festival, and a two person show at the Katzen Centre in Washington DC. She has just received the prestigious Myron Marty Lectureship at Drake University Iowa for 2019 and well as other significant previous awards for her practice including: A Culture Ireland Award 2018, The Vermont Studio Centre Fellowship Award 2017, A Project New Work Awards from the Arts Council of Ireland ( 2008/2009/2010/2018), Arts Council of Ireland Bursary Awards (2017/2017/2015/2013/2011), Modern Ireland in 100 Art Works Award 2016, the Silent Light Film Award, Travel and Training Awards from the Arts Council of Ireland and in 2010 was shortlisted for the prestigious AIB Prize. Her works are in the state collections of the OPW, the Department of Education & Skills, the Arts Council Collection, The Art OMI Collection ( USA), The Banff Centre Collection ( CAN) and the Centre de L’Art, Malaga, ( ESP) numerous local authority collections.

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Sharon Kelly: Artist Talks Thursday 1st Jan 31st 1pm. Conor Lecture Theatre. Belfast School of Art. All Welcome!

Sharon Kelly
Artist Talks
Thursday Jan 31st 1pm.
Conor Lecture Theatre.
Belfast School of Art.
All Welcome!


Sharon Kelly

Kelly’s practice centres on drawing, incorporating moving image, video, painting and print. Recentwork has investigated the notion of liminality and has focused on the parallels between running and drawing. Her recent body of work Mind Fuel 2018 examined the physical and psychological challenges of ultra running and a 2013 body of work The Liminal Space of the Runner included experiments in running, drawing and mapping.

Alongside her studio-based practice, Sharon has undertaken many residencies, site-specific projects in hospitals, collaborative productions with poets, dancers and choreographers. (4 Quartets, for Maiden Voyage Dance 2009 and Landscapes of Loss, 2013 – a collaborative dance project exploring the physical and emotional territory of grief over time. It was performed as part of the Triple Bill Dance Production at the MAC Belfast, March 2017).

Kelly has been involved in numerous exploratory multimedia projects in the field of education across Ireland since 2000. She is Associate Artist for the Sligo-based Kid’s Own Publishing Partnership and since 2011 has been working with St Patrick’s Primary School,Crossmaglen, Co Armagh, on the Virtually There Project which connects artists in their studio with teachers and children in their classroom.

Kelly was co-founder of Flax Art Studios 1990 and co-founder and director of Paragon Studios/PS2 1993 – to 2016 and where til recently, she had her studio. She has been the recipient of numerous awards and her work has been exhibited widely nationally and internationally since 1990.

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7Day Itch. MFA 2nd Year’s Interim Show at Catalyst Arts. Opens 10th Jan 6-9pm.


7 Day Itch. MFA 2nd Year’s Interim Show at Catalyst Arts. Opens 10th Jan 6-9pm. 2019.

Exhibiting Artists are: Stephen Conlon|Caoimhe Diamond | Petra Dominova |Erin Healey | Leila Ghandi | Saskia Lassman |Jennifer Mehigan |Aisling McGibbon | Tara McGinn | Johanna Nulty | Ronan Smyth | Nathan Walker

Morte info and gallery contact:

The MFA Fine Art in Belfast was established in 1979 and the course’s vision today remains as radical and relevant as it was then in providing a studio-based multidisciplinary art education experience that asserts plurality, relevancy, criticality and quality in today’s contemporary art world.

More info on MFA Fine Art Belfast:

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Zombie Line –Wheel and Wire. Shipsides and Beggs Projects and friends. T5 Field Cinema Screening. Derry-Londonderry. Sat 1st Dec 2018.

Zombie Line –Wheel and Wire.
T5 Field Cinema Screening.
NEW SPACES – Visual Artist Ireland
Shipsides and Beggs Projects and friends.
5.30-7.00pm Saturday 1st December 2018
Walled City Brewery, Ebrington Square & Parade Ground.

Zombie Line bikesgreendot

Still from ‘Zombie Line’. Shipsides and Beggs Projects, 2015.

The T5 Field Cinema uses a converted T5 generation VW van to screen moving image works selected to respond to or inform the environment in which they are shown. Parked outside the Walled City Brewery for one night only, this T5FC “frostbite” event will comprise a show-reel screening and performative presentation. Shipsides (in person) and Beggs (in virtual form) will present contextual and anecdotal material circulating around their film Zombie Line (2015), an open work which connects two key motifs – the bicycle wheel and the partition wire – both of which become connected to other works, motifs, periods and histories.

The location provides a contextual resonance to many of the themes encountered in the screening event which will also the include recent Berwick Film Festival award winner Callum Hill’s Crowtrap (2018), Derry/Londonderry-based artist Conor McFeely’s Imperial City (2008) and Belfast-based Petra Dominova’s The Red Star is the Pulse of the Forest (2018).

Dan Shipsides (based Belfast) and Neal Beggs (based Nantes) frequently work in partnership as Shipsides and Begg Projects. It is a mutually enriching relationship based on friendship, trust and the divergent unknowns each may bring to their projects.

Alice Butler is a writer, film programmer and curator. She is co-director of aemi (Artist Experimental Moving Image), a Dublin-based initiative that supports and regularly exhibits artist & experimental moving image work in cinema or event-based settings.

5.30pm Sat 1 December 2018
The Walled City Brewery, Derry/Londonderry
Dress for the weather. Rain shelter and (limited number of) seating provided.

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Ruairí Ó Cuív: Artist Talks Thursday 6th Dec. 1pm. Conor Lecture Theatre. Belfast School of Art. All Welcome!

Ruairí Ó Cuív
Artist Talks
Thursday 6th Dec. 1pm.
Conor Lecture Theatre.
Belfast School of Art.
All Welcome!


Cliona Harmey, Dublin Ships, 2015

Ruairí Ó Cuív is the Public Art Officer with Dublin City Council since 2008 devising and implementing the City’s first Public Art Programme.

As an independent curator and arts consultant he co-curated the public art commissions for An Post GPO 1916 centenary with Valarie Connor and for Terminal 2, Dublin Airport with Clíodhna Shaffrey in 2010.

Previous public art curation includes the programme for Kerry County Council 2003-2008, Health Services Executive, Department of Education and Letterkenny Institute of Technology.  Previously he was director of Temple Bar Gallery and Studios (1991-96), curator of exhibitions at the Douglas Hyde Gallery (1989-91) and Royal Hospital Kilmainham (1987-89).  In 1982 he co-founded Ireland’s first professional art installation and transport company.  He began his career as a History of Art lecturer and also as an archaeologist.  His writing has been widely published.





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