MFA Fine Art Awards 2017 – UPDATED!!! Super-well done folks!!


Paula Deji – production image for catalogue MFA Fine Art 2017.

Some great awards won by their years’ MFA Fine Art students – UPDATED!!!!


Paula Deji – DIGITAL ART STUDIOS Residency Award

Helouise O’Reilly – Catalyst Arts / Fenton Arts Trust – Graduate Award

Naomi Litvack – Alice Berger-Hammerschlag  Award (ACNI/UU)

Matthew Bourree – RUA  Award For Outstanding Students – Winner

Siobhan McQuade – RUA  Award For Outstanding Students – Winner

Declan Proctor –  Platform Graduate Award – Residency Award

Justine McDonnell – Flax Art Studios Graduate Residency – Studio Residency


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Hannah McBride MFA show (off-site) Pollen Studios Opens 1st June 6-9pm

Hannah McBride: MFA Installation
Pollen Gallery
37-39 Queen Street, Belfast
Opening Thursday 1st June, 6-9pm.

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Hannah McBride. Installation detail. MFA Show 2017. Pollen Studios

Gallery opening times to follow.
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MFA Fine Art Show Opens this Friday

MFA Fine Art, Belfast Show Opens this Friday 2nd June 2017. 
Belfast School of Art.
Block BB level 05 – Studios 11

Jacqueline Huskisson. Detail of final work for the MFA show 2017

MFA 2017 Final Show:

Rosanna Wilson
Paula Deji
Siobhan McQuade
Jackueline Huskisson
Colin Scott
Declan Proctor
Justine McDonnell
Nathan Crothers
Matthew Bourree
Angelina Chung
Cait Morrison
Helouise O’Reilly
Hannah McBride (Offsite at Pollen Studios)

More info to follow




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After Show Party: Black Box 10 – 1pm. Blue Whale and Bad Fit followed by Watson Krautrock disc. Late Bar. Fri 2nd June!

After Show Party: Black Box 9 – 1pm.
Blue Whale and Bad Fit followed by Watson Krautrock disc.
Late Bar.
Fri 2nd June!

Doors 9pm – LATE Bar. £3 

After the Belfast School of Art Degree Shows come to a close, keep the party going at the Black Box. We have live bands Blue Whale and Bad Fit followed by Watson Krautrock disco, with late bar and drinks offers! 

We are also delighted to have electronic musician Manu Louis all the way from Berlin performing in The Green Room.

Come on down für eine kleine Tanzmusik..


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How We Got Here. MFA Fine Art, 1st Year show at Platform Arts. Opens 11th May 6-9pm, 2017

How We Got Here
MFA 1st Year show at Platform Arts. Opens 11th May, 6 – 9pm.
Show runs until 21st may

Studio Image. Cathy Cannon. 2017

In a show that reflects the current flux of the world, intermixing collage, multi-media, sculpture and painting, this group of emerging artists on Belfast’s first year MFA explore such diverse themes as the monstrous feminine, what is sublime, how we encounter the abject, and the validity and durability of memory. Our attention is commanded by voices from within the zoetrope: highlighting, celebrating and challenging society’s myriad of axioms.

Artists showing are:

Rachel Alexander, Cathy Cannon, Dan Ferguson, Mary Gilfilan, Amy Higgins, Naomi Litvack, Gearoid McGinley, Rosemary McMillen, Joey O’Gorman, Jessica Snoddy, Vasiliki Stasinaki and Aaron Yendall.



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SHIPSIDES AND BEGGS PROJECTS. PRE-FIX at Microclima, Venice. 14th May

SHIPSIDES AND BEGGS PROJECTS. Pre-Fix, Catalyst Arts at Microclima, Venice. 14th May.

Decimation in D, production image. Shipsides and Beggs Projects, 2017

Decimation in D is live (but lowkey) video audio/music artwork commissioned by Catalyst Arts ‘in conjunction with the 57th Venice Biennale.  Performing in a folk, country, art-rock manner at PRE-FIX.

PRE-FIX | VENICE 2017  Keef Winter | Shipsides and Beggs Projects 18:30-22:00 | 14th May 2017 Serra dei Giardini, Viale Giuseppe Garibaldi 1254, Venice, Italy .

PRE-FIX, the illegitimate seed/spore/pre cum of this year’s instalment of possibly Europe’s longest running performance and live art biennial FIX, laps the honeyed banks of Italy’s Adriatic Queen. Officially the unofficial representation for Northern Ireland in Venice. PRE-FIX is not a collateral event but we will bring a flag, our shoestring and a rental drum kit. Imagine a bit-piece, post-openings carousel orgy of soul purification, where the languid beauty of serra lawn is caressed by the savage melodies of a distant shore. *pavilion not included*

PRE-FIX will feature newly commissioned works by Northern Irish artists  Shipsides and Beggs Projects and Keef Winter, curated by Catalyst Arts. The event is hosted by Microclima and supported by the British Council.

—————- PROGRAMME 6.30 pm / Presentation by Catalyst Arts. 7pm / Performance : Keef Winter, Handyman, 2017, 40’ mins. 7.40 pm  / 15 Minutes Break with interactive soundscape (Shipsides and Beggs Projects) 7.55 pm / Audio Visual happening : Shipsides and Beggs ProjectsDecimation in D major, 40’ mins, 2017. —————-

Shipsides and Beggs Projects; Dan Shipsides (based Belfast) and Neal Beggs (based Nantes) are individual artists who have worked together on regular basis since 2004 – sharing a love of art, mountains, music and creative madness. As Shipsides and Beggs Projects they have exhibited nationally and internationally including; L’Atelier, Nantes (Collectif R), Bel Ordinarie, Pau (No Shooting in this Area), L’Orangerie, Bastogne, Belgium (Still Not Out Of The Woods – Zombie Line), Chateau Gontier, France (Gothic Cinema), ACCA, Melbourne (Desire Lines), The MAC, Belfast (Still not out of the woods), Aliceday Gallery, Brussels (Vigil | Star) and CIAC, Carros (Frontiers & other songs of Freedom).

Keef Winter (b. 1980, N. Ireland) lives and works in London. Winter studied architecture at Edinburgh College of Art and received a PhD in Philosophy entitled ‘The Handyman Aesthetic’ from Ulster University. His recent exhibitions include: ‘On Becoming Fluid’, Hardwick Gallery, Gloucestershire (2017); ‘Sticky Enough’, Chalton Gallery, London (2016); ‘Salon Sebastian Monteux’, Glasgow International (2016); ‘Deep Inside’, Galeria Breve; Mexico City (2016); ‘Neutral’, TULCA Festival of Visual Art, Galway (2014). More info:

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Dougal McKenzie, Artist Talk, Thursday 27th April 1pm. Conor Lecture Theatre. Belfast School of Art. All Welcome!

Dougal McKenzie
Artist Talk
Thursday 27th April 1pm.
Conor Lecture Theatre.
Belfast School of Art.
All Welcome!

Notes on a Dream and an Argument, Dougal McKenzie

‘This talk will look at the formation of a new body of work for an exhibition at The MAC, Belfast, in June 2017. The title of the talk is taken from a chapter in Alan Massie’s book ‘The Ragged Lion’- his partly fictional, partly factual account of Sir Walter Scott’s life. Having been interested in the idea of new approaches to history painting for some time, it felt right to deal with some histories closer to home for this exhibition.’

Dougal McKenzie was born in Edinburgh in 1968 and studied Painting and Drawing at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, before coming to Belfast in 1990 to undertake the MA in Fine Art.

He served on the first Catalyst Arts committee from 1994-96, before leaving to lecture at Limerick School of Art and Design for 7 years.

He has exhibited twice at the John Moores Painting Prize in Liverpool, and was selected for the first MAC International in Belfast in 2014. His forthcoming exhibition ‘A Dream and an Argument’ takes place at The MAC in June 2017.

He has been a lecturer in painting at Belfast School of Art since 2011.

This Lecture Programme is supported by the Development & Alumni Relations Office (Arts & Culture) Ulster University

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