Catalyst Arts presents The Garden Project

26 June 2008 19:00 – 16 August

27th June – 16th August 2008

Opening Thursday 26th June at 7pm

The Garden Project runs for the whole summer and builds on the ideas of growth and regeneration prevalent in the city.

The project consists of a group exhibition of four artists; Miriam de Burca/Belfast, Aoife Desmond/Dublin, Sandy Smith/Glasgow and Rupert White/Cornwall, in Catalyst Arts. Running alongside, is an extensive programme of events and activities taking place in the gallery, around the city and further afield.

The focus of the Garden Project is (re)development, with workshops such as seed-bomb making, sandcastle building, moss graffiti and visits from organic farmers and environmental consultants. It is hoped that the influence of these workshops, events and gatherings will extend beyond the timeframe of the project itself, resulting in a greater long-term awareness of our current environment and the city of Belfast.

The exhibition will be focused on the specifics of place, relating the themes of the project to the city, to the gallery space and to the nature of Catalyst itself.

Urban renewal, architectural injustice, botanical anarchy and larking about on the river are all on the cards for this summer long series of events!

Calendar of workshops, events and fun:

Summer Solstice Midnight Film Screening (outdoors with BYO barbeque)
Friday 20th June @ 11pm

Masks and Hats workshop followed by a garden party barbeque on the terrace and live music.

Monday 30th June @ 3pm

£4 / 6 – suitable for all ages

(price includes materials and bbq)

Catalyst in the Box – 1 of 2 night of artist’s film/video screenings followed by live music from TBC
Thursday 10th July @ 8pm

Urban Gardening (info event and action with artist Kevin Flannagan)
Tuesday 15th July @ 6pm

WI Day – Afternoon tea and bake sale. Girls only.
Sat 26th July @ 12-3pm
No charge (to ladies!)

City Center Secret!
Sunday 27th July, meet at Catalyst @ 5pm
No charge

Moss Graffiti masterclass with artist Kev Largey and the Urban Arts Academy
Tuesday 29th July @ 3pm
No charge

The Boating Party – A charity fundraiser. Catalyst hosts an evening soiree on the river with music, dancing, mojito’s and magic from special guest, Alex Kazam. (fabulous dress code applies!)
Saturday 2nd August @ 6pm
£20 (limited tickets)

Catalyst in the Box – 2 of 2 night of artist’s film/video screenings followed by live music from TBC
Thursday 7th August @ 8pm

Seed bombs and Self watering vases with advice from organic farmer and environmental consultant.

Monday 4th August @ 3pm


(price includes materials and open discussion/advice)

Tie dye workshop with BYO barbeque on the lawn.

Thursday 14th August @ 3pm


(price includes dye materials and entertainment – bring an apron/coverup and whatever you’d like to dye)

Sandcastle Competition judged by esteemed architects Declan Hill (Todd Architect) and Mark Hackett (Hackett and Hall)

Saturday 16th August, meet at Catalyst @ 12

No entry fee, bring your own sandwiches and train fare for Helen’s bay.

Fundraiser Barbeque with live calypso band.
5 pounds – towards Autumn programming.

Aoife Desmond- Untitled (Detail)

Miriam DeBurca- You and Me

Rupert White- Rover

Sandy Smith- We Are All Building A New World

Catalyst Arts presents: Sandcastles

1 August 2009 02:00 –

Catalyst Arts presents…

The 2nd Catalyst Arts sandcastle building competition

Saturday 1st August 2009

2.30-5.00 PM


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