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Visual Arts Outlook (29/9)

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The Turner Prize opens this week at Tramway in Glasgow. I know this isn’t actually in Ireland, and this is an Irish Arts Roundup, but as I endeavour to keep you all updated with the important stuff that’s going on, I thought I’d include it this week. Afterall Glasgow isn’t that far away and I hear flights are cheap at the moment! This is a particularly good one to check out as it’s in the beautiful Tramway and features this year’s shortlisted artists Assemble (get my vote), Bonnie Camplin, Janice Kerbel and Nicole Wermers.

If you get the chance to be in Galway City this weekend please go down and check out ANON | Art Now or Never, at 126 an Art Exhibition and Sale where you can pick up some great affordable art by local contemporary artists and help fundraise for the wonderful artist led space 126. This finishes on Sunday 4th October.

On Thursday afternoon at 2pm there will be a talk at Digital Arts Studios (DAS) in Belfast by Glenn Marshall. This is a great opportunity to speak to the Prix Ars Electronica winner and current Lumen Prize finalist. Please email to book a place

Also opening on Thursday evening is an exhibition at  Pollen Artists Studios and Gallery on Queen Street, Belfast. Rapture will feature artists Alice Maher, Tonya McMullan, Alison Lowry, David Withers and John Rainey. There will be an artists talk on Thursday 8th at 7pm.

The MAC – Belfast
Jarman Award Screening
01 October 2015

Taking place from 7pm – 9pm The MAC will be playing host to the Belfast Screenings of the prestigious Jarman Award. This year’s shortlist is Adam Chodzko, Seamus Harahan, Gail Pickering, Alia Syed, Bedwyr Williams and Andrea Luka Zimmerman. The Mac will also be instigating a conversation with Belfast based artist and nominee Seamus Harahan and film programmer and researcher Peter Taylor.

This event is free but remember to book to guarantee a place!

Catalyst Arts – Belfast
The Composition of Here
01 October – 24 October.

Three artists participate in this ‘Conversation’ initiated by Catalyst Arts which has evolved over the course of the last several months. Jacqueline Holt, Laura Reeves (pictured) and James Michael George explore issues such as “ MEMORY / SITE SUBJECTIVE / OBJECTIVE”, to explore three separate conversations with the Catalyst Arts Curatorial Team.

A reading by Laura Reeves will take place on Thursday evening at 6pm.

Array Studios – Belfast
A Suitable Hobby
01 October 15

This one evening only show presents the work of artist and activist photographer Emma Campbell. A current Phd resident artist at Array Studios, Emma Campbell will be showing in InCube, the exhibition/ project space at Array. Her series of photographs represent the 40 women a week who are required to travel for abortion and she examines the work of feminism’s impact on women today. Opens at 6pm.

Platform – Belfast
Eidolon – Helen MacMahon
01 October – 24 October 15

Helen MacMahon will be showing new work in Gallery 2 at Platform Arts. The experimental work, addressing the impact of light colour and the notion of ‘space’ on the senses. Opening on Thursday evening at 6pm.