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Terry Bradley Issues ‘Final Call’ For Young Artists To Enter 2024 Art Prize Competition

Deadline closes 31st March for Northern Ireland initiative is backed by Radius Connect Solutions  With just a few weeks remaining in his latest search for Northern Ireland’s best young artists, globally renowned artist Terry Bradley has issued a last call for entries to this year’s Bradley Art Prize. Submissions for the competition, which is sponsored […]

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Embrace The Splendour Of Armagh In Full Bloom This Spring

Discover Armagh’s charm this spring with its lush green landscapes and expansive apple orchards As warmer days banish the wintry chill, the city comes alive with a variety of attractions and activities, ideal for planning a day trip or staycation over mid-term or the Easter holiday. From history to art, to culture, and family fun,

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Terry Bradley Shines Spotlight On Young Talent With Bradley Art Prize Competition

Renowned artist Terry Bradley has launched the 2024 Bradley Art Prize giving hundreds of budding young artists a new chance to showcase their work in Belfast and Brussels and win a share in a total prize pot worth £4,000 for themselves and their school or college. Following unprecedented success last year and specifically designed to

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Mallusk Enterprise Park To Transform Into Festive Market To Support Over 20 Local Businesses This Week

An indoor market with over 20 stalls and a pop up Santa’s Grotto will transform the local enterprise agency at Mallusk on Wednesday November 29. The evening event will offer visitors the chance to pick up handmade presents and enjoy a night out supporting the business community in the countdown to Christmas. Hosted and supported by

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Painter And Artist, Anfaal Almughallis’s Exhibition Wows At Belfast’s Arts For All Festival

The Arts for All Festival has taken centre stage in Cityside Retail Park for the last week, showcasing a variety of amazing talent.  Anfaal Almughallis, a painter, artist and graphic designer from Yemen, who has been in Belfast for almost a year, is one of the many talented artists showcasing their own exhibits.  Her art

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Translink Connections Judges Announced

Translink has announced the judging panel for their Connections photography competition. The competition challenges aspiring photographers across NI to capture real and meaningful moments of connections as part of Translink’s Life Better. Connected campaign which celebrates all the connections made possible by public transport, whether it’s to friends, work, events, community, the planet, key life

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Join In The Big Draw Festival At Ards Arts Centre: Drawing With Senses

Ards Arts Centre in Newtownards will be celebrating The Big Draw Festival on Saturday 7 October when everyone is invited to come along and take part. The 2023 Big Draw Festival theme is Drawing with Senses which explores the way we personally process the world and internalise our experiences through our senses. The creative team

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October Exhibitions At Ards Arts Centre

Ards Arts Centre welcomes two new exhibitions to its galleries next week; SHADOWS ON THE WALL, a solo exhibition by Daniel Coleman and Ikebana, an exhibition of Japanese Floral Art by Mary Pearson. Both exhibitions open on Thursday 28 September. Daniel Coleman will present new paintings that explore place and the personal. Using memory and

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Bradley Art Prize Winners Attend Belfast Exhibition Showcase

The winners of Northern Ireland’s inaugural Bradley Art Prize competition – a new initiative led by renowned artist Terry Bradley and sponsored by Radius Connect – have been honoured at a special exhibition in the Terry Bradley Art Gallery in Victoria Square. To mark the launch of the exhibition, the young artists alongside their family

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Belfast International Arts Festival Reveals Autumn Programme

The 61st edition of Belfast International Arts Festival has officially launched with a special performance by the captivating Cara Dillon, who joined audiences in Belfast on Tuesday for the reveal of the festival’s spectacular autumn programme. This year’s festival returns from 12th October – 5th November with a bumper 26-day extravaganza of talks, readings, exhibitions

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Translink Connecting Communities Through Colour

Translink is teaming up with Belfast based Australian street artist Danni Simpson to create a large-scale art piece which will uniquely be completed with the help of the Northern Ireland public. In support of Translink’s latest Life.Better.Connected campaign the specially commissioned urban style mural depicting well known places and connections around Northern Ireland will, once

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Creative Peninsula’s Twilight Market Is Coming To Newtownards

Creative Peninsula – Northern Ireland’s premier celebration of Art and Craft, will showcase the Borough’s most talented artists and makers at the Twilight Market and Arts Night event Friday, 4 August. Formerly known as ‘Craft in the Square’, this year’s event has been renamed and moved to the later time of 4pm – 9pm. For

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Young Artistic Talent Shines Through as Prestigious Bradley Art Prize Winners are Revealed

Aspiring young artists from Ulster University and Friends School in Lisburn come out on top from over 300 entries submitted. The winners of Northern Ireland’s inaugural Bradley Art Prize competition – a new initiative led by renowned artist Terry Bradley and sponsored by Radius Connect – have been revealed. The competition, which was launched in

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ForM Sculpture Exhibition Returns To Bangor Castle Walled Garden

The popular ForM Sculpture Exhibition has returned to Bangor Castle Walled Garden for the whole month of June. This awe-inspiring showcase will delight art enthusiasts and nature lovers alike as visitors experience this unique fusion of art and nature. This is the twelfth annual ForM Sculpture Exhibition, and it is a fantastic opportunity for artists

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New Murals Draw Crowds At Biggest Art Festival Yet

Vibrant new murals have been added to the walls of Belfast by local and international artists thanks to the annual ‘Hit The North’ Street Art Festival. Organised by Seedhead Arts and supported by Hennessy, ‘Hit The North’ has grown from humble beginnings to become the biggest street art festival in the UK and Ireland this year.

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Nerve Centre Announced As Partner For Imperial War Museums’ £2.5m Art Commissioning Programme

Nerve Centre has been awarded funding to deliver an artistic commission with street artist Joe Caslin as part of the IWM 14-18 NOW Legacy Fund, a national partnership programme of over 20 artist commissions inspired by the heritage of conflict. Led by Imperial War Museums, the IWM 14-18 NOW Legacy Fund was created following the

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Belfast Artist Farhad O’Neill Displays Exhibition In Belfast Central Library

Libraries NI is delighted to announce that a stunning exhibition of bas relief sculptures in bronze, by local artist Farad O’Neill, will be on display in Belfast Central Library until 27 May. The exhibition, titled ‘A Life in Low Relief’ was launched in the library on Thursday 6 April and  includes 71 works in total,

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Belfast Parks Photographic Competition Now Open For Entries

The Belfast Parks Photographic Competition is open once again for entries from amateur photographers in the city. Organised by Belfast City Council, the competition is sponsored by John McQuillan (Contracts) Ltd. There are four award categories to enter with three prizes in each category and you can enter the competition online or by post. The

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Career Spanning Show By Master Watercolourist Launches In Belfast

Barbara Allen is a renowned watercolour artist. She is a six-time winner of the Watercolour Prize at the Royal Ulster Academy. She has exhibited extensively including at the White House and at Bergen in Norway. Her work is held in many important collections, including the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, National Self Portrait Collection of

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Murals Commissioned Depicting Life In East Belfast

Two murals, covering three storeys of the City East building at the gateway to East Belfast, on Newtownards Road, are to be created by cross-community groups with direction from local artist Dee Craig. The project — Connecting Communities Through Art — is the brainchild of East Belfast Enterprise, a charity and social enterprise focused on

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New Judges In The Frame As Bradley Art Prize Competition Deadline Looms

Young artists across Northern Ireland have just five weeks to put the finishing touches to their creative masterpieces and enter the inaugural Bradley Art Prize – a new art initiative led by renowned artist Terry Bradley and sponsored by Radius Connect which aims to support fresh artistic ideas and talent. With an unprecedented number of submissions already

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Local Brothers Nail Their Passion For Carpentry With Their Very Own Custom Woodworking Business

Two brothers from Lisburn have turned their passion for woodwork into a successful custom woodworking furniture business, Alderwood Studios, thanks to help from the Go For It programme in association with Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council. This project is part funded by Invest Northern Ireland and the European Regional Development Fund under the Investment for

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Four Sunday Afternoon Recitals at Portico in Portaferry

Dearbhla and Finghin Collins take sibling rivalry to the next level when they share the spotlight in a special afternoon recital on Sunday 19 February at Portico in Portaferry. The programme includes the world premiere of Sean Doherty’s new work Sonatina for two pianos. The piece is a response to Joan Trimble’s work of the

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PEACE IV Black Gates Art Project in West Of City Brings Local Communities Together

As part of the council’s PEACE IV Transform for Change project, communities in the west of the city came together to create a special artwork on the black gates located at Kells Avenue, which was unveiled last week (Friday 16 December). The project was part of the £14.5m PEACE IV Local Action Plan which has

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Terry Bradley Launches Major Art Prize To Inspire A New Generation

Renowned artist Terry Bradley is launching a new art initiative to drive fresh talent and creativity among young people in Northern Ireland. The inaugural Bradley Art Prize, which is backed by leading local business Radius Connect Solutions, will run across the current academic year with a deadline for submissions by 31 March 2023. The competition is

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Cathedral Quarter Trust and University of Atypical Helping To Brighten Up Royal Avenue and parts of Cathedral Quarter

This autumn Royal Avenue has been brightened up thanks to a joint project from Cathedral Quarter Trust and University of Atypical that features a combination of specially commissioned street art and a bespoke LED lighting scheme.  Funded by Belfast City Council’s Community Cluster Grant Scheme, the theme for the project was ‘A year in the

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Young people In Ards and North Down Invited To Participate In Summer Schemes

To make summer holidays both fun and useful for young people, the Ards and North Down Borough Council is running free summer schemes. These events are part of the larger programme, PEACE IV CYP (Children and Young People), and feature sporting and recreational activities. After the successful completion of The first Youth Shelter / Skate

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Learn the Secrets of Soap Making in Ebb & Flow’s Workshops and Live Demonstrations

What started out as a hobby for Dawn Demain, owner of Carnlough-based Antrim Rain Natural Soap Co., has turned into a successful  brand, gift shop and tourist experience. Initially making soap to pass the time and give them out as gifts, Dawn has steadily built up a client base for her product including the Giant’s

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Learning to Carve Into Ancient Limestone 74 Million Years Old

‘Carved at the Castle’ offers a variety of unique traditional craft courses, giving you the chance to learn how to create something distinctive in limestone that is 74 million years old. Run by The Rock Stone Masonry in the picturesque Glenarm Castle estate, ‘Carved at the Castle’ have a variety of courses for people wanting

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9 Exhibitions To Visit This December

Belfast is blessed with an abundance of wonderful art galleries which showcase the very best in local and international talent.  This December, why not take some time out and visit one of the many exhibitions based within the city?  From long standing art showcases to pop-up shops selling artwork (the perfect Christmas gift!), what follows

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7 Events To Check Out At The MAC

With winter fast approaching and night stretching longer into the day, we all need a burst of vibrancy in our November. Thankfully, The MAC has arranged an array of fabulous events to attend this month.  Ranging from thought provoking art exhibitions, to creative family friendly workshops, thrilling theatre to stirring concerts, there’s truly something for

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Anne Tallentire: But this material… At The MAC

Wondering what’s on? Look no further: your fix for artistry comes directly from Northern Irish talent Anne Tallentire with her exhibition ‘But this material…’, hosted at the MAC.  Anne Tallentire is a modern artist famed for her representation of shifting geographies and diasporas. Hailing originally from Armagh, Tallentire moved to London during the mid 80’s

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Explore Portrait of Northern Ireland at The Golden Thread Gallery

Some of you may know The Golden Thread Gallery as simply that – a gallery. But did you know it hosts a wide variety of contemporary art exhibitions and participatory events by a mix of Northern Irish and international artists?  October at The Golden Thread Gallery is home to many events and exhibitions, here are

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The Countdown Is On To CNB21 Presents The Ogham Grove

One week to go until thought provoking installation opens at Writers’ Square With just one week to go before a very different Culture Night Belfast this year organisers are emphasising to visitors that “it’s definitely not the same as years gone by”. Replacing the previous city centre based programme of street based activity and pop-up

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Belfast Harbour Announced As Culture Night 2021 Sponsor

Culture Night Belfast is back this year with a new format and new approach thanks to the support of Belfast Harbour. Last month the creative team behind this year’s Culture Night Belfast installation revealed ambitious plans to create a vast structural, lighting and sound show that will fill the Cathedral Quarter’s Writer’s Square. Belfast artist

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Meet The Artist: CNB21 Creative Artist Zipporah Reynolds

Zipporah (Zippy) Reynolds is a 28-year-old Freelance Artist from Banbridge, specialising in street art/illustration. For the past 9 years, she has been working as a Textile Artist for film and TV after studying Fashion Design at the University of Creative Arts.  For CNB21 Presents The Ogham Grove, Zipporah has laser-etched Ogham symbols on wooden plaques

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An Ancient Language, A Living Structure – CNB21 Presents

Creative lead unveils thinking behind Ogham Grove This year’s Culture Night promises a spectacular structural, lighting and sound experience designed by Belfast artist Gawain Morrison around the ancient Druidic language Ogham. Promising to be both large in scale with the opportunity for learning and contemplative Gawain believes the Writer’s Square transformation from September 17-19 will

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