Members Show 2017 | Open Call

22/04/2017

 

 

TESTING

Opening: 4th May 2017 6pm – 9pm

Exhibition runs: 4th – 11th May

Catalyst Arts are excited to announce the open-call for it’s Members Show 2017, TESTING.

TESTING aims to give space to explore alternative perspectives and new approaches within your practice. We want you to play devil’s advocate with your usual working method, tease it, play with it, wriggle around it, blow it up and stick it back together, trick it and confront it. Without testing new ideas we run the chance of getting too comfortable and of missing that which could possibly lead to a more creative outcome. For this show we ask our members to see Catalyst Arts as a testing ground for experimentation and to showcase new perspectives and possibilities within your  work.

Each member is eligible to submit one proposal of work in any medium that you feel tests and explores the boundaries of your practice.

To be part of TESTING applicants must be a members of Catalyst Arts.

For further information on membership  see: http://www.catalystarts.org.uk/membership/

Terms and Conditions:

Due to the large amount of submission annually received applicants must consider the following specifications:

Maximum dimensions for canvas and photographic prints are 2.50×2.50 meters.

Sculptures and installations must be no larger than 3 meters cubed.

If you wish to submit a video work all technical equipment must be provided.

The submitted work must be delivered or posted to the gallery on the 2nd and 3rd of May between 11am – 5pm. Dates for de-install and the collection of work are the 12th and 13th of May between 11am – 5pm. All work must be collected on these days.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact the gallery via email at catalystarts@gmail.com

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Flatpack Commission | The Mechanical Child by Aideen Doran

04/04/2017

Catalyst Arts is pleased to announce the premiere of our Flatpack Film Festival commission, ‘The Mechanical Child’ by Aideen Doran. The premiere will take place at the film festival’s ‘On the Edge’ screening event this Friday the 7th of April 8.30pm – 9.30pm, at The Victoria, 48 John Bright St, Birmingham. The film was commissioned by Catalyst as part of the  recent Members Open Call opportunity, in partnership with Flatpack 2017.

This new work of Doran emerges from the artist’s research into the nature of consciousness, exploring the possibilities for new kinds of empathy and exchange between human and non-human minds.

It draws upon the 20th century psychiatrist Bruno Bettelheim’s case study of ‘Joey, A Mechanical Boy’, published in his (since discredited) book The Empty Fortress. Bettelheim theorised that not only were neurological conditions such as autism were caused by inattentive, uncaring parents (Refrigerator Moms) but also that the unique sensory and affective characteristics of autism-spectrum disorders could be cured with Freudian psychoanalytic techniques, a theory that caused untold damage to the lives of autistic children and their families. In his case study of the mechanical boy, ‘Joey’ suffered under a delusion that he was part machine, a hybrid creature of electricity and flesh and identified more with the inert objects of technology than with other children. Bettelheim attempts to coax the little boy out of his fantasy by reinvigorating his empathetic responses to the world of humans.

This highly problematic case study becomes a point from which to explore the uncanny, unsettling – yet also potentially emancipatory – new possibilities for mind and body in a world of vibrant matter.

For more information about ‘On the Edge’ screening: http://flatpackfestival.org.uk/event/on-the-edge/

Flatpack Film Festival website : http://flatpackfestival.org.uk/

Aideen Doran’s website : http://adoran.co.uk/

 

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Catalyst Walks | Love is Love | Chloe Cooper

16/03/2017

 

 

Love is Love – A Walk Down Memory Lane with LGBTQ Rights Dave

by Chloe Cooper

 

Saturday 25th March 2017 at 5pm

Departing from The MAC, 10 Exchange Street, Belfast, BT1 2LS

arriving at Catalyst Arts, 5 College Court, Belfast, BT1 6BS

Catalyst Walks is Catalyst Arts’ peripatetic programme that lets you enjoy art while getting out in the open air and feeling good about life. For this iteration artist Chloe Cooper will be riffing off the themes in our current exhibition As the Story was Told. The walk considers the narcissism of confessional narratives, the politics of sexuality, and the skulduggery/pragmatism of people taking on other people’s politics for their own benefit/the benefit of many. It’s basically an embodied exploration of appropriation, assimilation, and arseholes.

Chloe has recently exhibited and performed works at Dedications, ArtReview Bar, London (2017); Pop Up Feminist Library, Tate Modern, London (2017); Bedfellows: Sex Re-Education, Tate Modern, London (2016); Encounters, Galleri Mejan, Royal Institute of Art, Stockholm, Sweden (2016); Art From Elsewhere, Arnolfini, Bristol (2016); Chloe Cooper: Bronzin’ (Totally Bronze), Tate Britain, London (2016); 21st Century Fox in the Snow, Embassy, Edinburgh (2016); Secret Reasons, AND Publishing, London (2016); Doing What Comes Naturally Presents: Spare Rib at The Feminist Library, London (2015); Take Away Monad Mollusc, London Conference in Critical Thought 2015, UCL, London (2015); Feelings, Blockages and Pots, Centrum, Berlin (2015); Reactor Halls E15: You can’t win them all, ladies & gentlemen, Primary, Nottingham (2015); Looks Performatour, ICA, London (2015); Loop-the-Loop, Five Years, London (2015) and Teachers Study Day, Sandberg Institute/Gerrit Rietveld Academie, Amsterdam (2015).

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As the Story was Told

02/03/2017

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CATALYST ARTS  | 10th-31st March 2017

Opening Preview: 9th March, 6-9pm

As the story was told

YURI ANCARANI  |  GERARD BYRNE  |  JAMIE CREWE  |  DIEGO MARCON

Catalyst Arts is pleased to present As the story was told, which commences on the 9th of March and runs for a period of three weeks.

The project borrows its title from a short story of the same name by Samuel Beckett published in 1987, which  focuses on an exploration into frames of reference, stories told by an Other and the ongoing interplay of authority from a first person narrator. The text is concerned with the nature of the creative act, the struggle between the dissociation of storytelling, the split within the creative artist as embodied in the narration and the difficulty of uniting these two dwellings. This group show brings together four artists whose lens-based works re-consider and present gathered documents from recent history, texts and objects in a contemporary context  using methods of restaging, re-enactment and narration.

Gerard Byrne’s visually rich and intellectually complex work encompassing photography, film, theatre and multi-screen installation, examines the slippage between time and the act of image creation. Characterised by a laconic humour, Byrne’s projects examine the ambiguities of language and of what is gained or lost in the translation from text to image. Recent solo exhibitions of his work include; Mead Gallery, Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, UK (2016); Kunstmuseum St. Gallen, St.Gallen, Switzerland (2015); FRAC Pays de la Loire, Nantes, France (2014) and The Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK (2013).

Glasgow based artist Jamie Crewe’s methods as a maker are born out of pragmatism and restraint; objects are made in a semi-improvised way, contrasting with the “high” cultural principles of their source references, and imbuing the work with the precocious care of an amateur. In contrast to this, other more precise and nuanced strategies are employed, building to an overall sense of embraced incoherence. Recent solo and group presentations include; Female Executioner, Gasworks, London, UK (2017), But what was most awful was a girl who was singing, Transmission, Glasgow, SCT (2016) and Like A Floral Knife, Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh, SCT (2016).

Italian video artist and film-maker Yuri Ancarani’s works come from a continuous mingling of documentary cinema and contemporary art, and are the result of a research aimed to explore regions not visible in daily life, realities in which the artist delves in first person. Recent screenings have been presented at Centre d’Art Contemporary, Geneva (2012); MAXXI of Rome (2014, 2012); Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York (2012); The Encyclopedic Palace, 55th International Venice Biennale (2013) and the fifth Prague Biennial (2011). He has received numerous awards and honors, including the Short Film Grand Prize at the 10th International Independent Film Festival, Lisbon and the Grand Prix in Lab Competition, Clermont-Ferrand Film Festival.

Diego Marcon works mainly with video and film, focusing his research on the relationship between reality and representation. His works have been shown internationally in spaces and institutions such as; Whitechapel Gallery (London, UK), Fondation d’entreprise Ricard (Paris, France), De Vleeshal (Middelburg, The Netherlands), Centre international d’art et du paysage (Vassivière, France) NAi -National Architecture Institute (Rotterdam, The Netherlands), Artspace (Auckland, New Zeland), MATADERO (Madrid, Spain), Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo (Torino, Italy), PAC – Padiglione Arte Contemporanea (Milano, Italy), MACRO and Palazzo delle, Esposizioni (Roma, Italy), Fiorucci Art Trust (London, UK), Peep-Hole, Gasconade, Careof (Milano, Italy).

Throughout the month of March, Catalyst Arts will host a Screening Room Series which will present a one day programme of curated screenings by Artist Moving Image Northern Ireland in response to themes within the exhibition. The programme will also host  discussions and events which will run alongside the exhibition and act as a forum for dialogue and debate around current contemporary artist moving image practices in Ireland, the UK and Europe.  

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Tote Design | Open Call

22/02/2017

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Double Parrhesia

27/01/2017

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D O U B L E   P A R R H E S I A

KATHRYN ELKIN   ADAM LEWIS-JACOB   MARIA TOUMAZOU

3nd February – 21st February 2017

Opening Preview: 2nd February, 6-9pm

Catalyst Arts presents DOUBLE PARRHESIA, an exhibition of work by Kathryn Elkin, Adam Lewis-Jacob and Maria Toumazou which considers the potential of shared cultural memory, affectual labour and self-organisation, to generate new modalities in contemporary art practice and institutional activism.   

This project draws its title from Gerald Raunig’s essay ‘What is a Progressive (Art) Institution?’ which considers how an art institution can become part of a political multitude by making use of Michel Foucault’s concept of ‘parrhesia’. Raunig envisions an art institution that performs a ‘double parrhesia’; of both criticising hegemonic power and disclosing the truth about its own position. Each of the artists involved in the exhibition have practices which oscillate between the self and the collective, individual practices and artist-led initiatives. This duality, transition and exchange between positions has the potential to carve out a space in which to cultivate collaboration, test methods of sustainability and generate a radical collective consciousness.

Kathryn Elkin’s performance and video works concern role-playing and improvising and typically manifest through citing a referent- such as an artist, a song, a writer, or performer – upon which she applies personal methods of translation, transcription and representation. ‘Film 2016’ was exhibited at CCA Glasgow as part of a major solo exhibition titled ‘Television’ in 2016. Elkin has shown work throughout the UK, including ICA, London; Tate Modern, London; Collective Gallery, Edinburgh; Transmission, Glasgow; S1, Sheffield and CCA, Derry. She is the recipient of the 217 Warwick Stafford Fellowship at Northumbria University and teaches part-time at Liverpool John Moore’s University.

Based in Nicosia, Cyprus, Maria Toumazou’s practice identifies and rehearses gestures that mediate the tensions of material and affectual labour. In 2011 she co-founded Neoterismoi Toumazou (Neo Toum), an artist-led space and a collective in Nicosia. She is also co-founder of the publishing imprint MARIA†.Editions based in Nicosia and New York. Toumazou completed a BA in Art Practice Goldsmiths College where she was awarded The Nicolas and Andrei Tooth Traveling Scholarship in 2011 and her MFA from The Glasgow School of Art in 2014. Recent exhibitions of her work include ‘Vanity: How to burn bridges you haven’t build, Garage, Nicosia; BRADLEY xx, Glasgow International 2016, Glasgow; AyeBaDome:Super, Thkio Ppalies, Nicosia; and í drögum, Akureyri Art Museum, Akureyri.

Glasgow-based Adam Lewis-Jacob primarily works in video, animation and installation. Through the development of collaborative methodologies, Lewis-Jacob sets up situations of shared authorship and an exploration of filmmaking as a space for relinquishing total control; incorporating traces of process and performance, amidst a surplus of objects, information and images. He is the co-founder of the artist run exhibition space Celine and a current committee member at Transmission Gallery in Glasgow.

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GLOP

25/01/2017

GLOP

Bunscoil Bheann Mhadagáin / Catalyst Arts

Mitch Conlon / Liliane Puthod / Andreas Kindler Von Knobloch

Public Studio: 27th January 3-4pm @ PS²

PS² Address: 11 North St, Belfast BT1 1NA

Catalyst invite you to join GLOP, a collective of young students from Bunscoil Bheann Mhadagáin for the opening of their temporary public studio.

Investigating new models of art education within the existing primary school curriculum this partnership aimed to empower students to use new skills and knowledge to co-develop, organise and maintain their own collective studio.

Over two months, students were introduced to aspects of best practice in material fabrication, object-making as a collaborative process and studio design through the guidance of a diverse range of artists. Emphasising the importance of involving students throughout the decision making and production process

Inviting contemporary practitioners to explore new ways of working with the community and education sector, through a sustained relationship this programme aimed to support a school to instigate creativity and allow that creativity to take form in ways that are authentic to the school.

Through planting, budgeting, sourcing materials to casting concrete this collaborative workshop practice became a creative platform for the group and opened up the possibility for off-site production where experimentation from these studio labs will be displayed.

This project has being developed and produced by Mitch Conlon, with curatorial assistance from Peter Mueschler (PS²) for Catalyst Arts and was made possible through support from the Halifax Foundation for Northern Ireland.

Liliane Puthod 

Strongly linked to Conceptual and post-Conceptual discourse, Liliane Puthod is a multidisciplinary artist who works in the field of installation, sculpture and digital media. Her work leads to surprising connections between commodity, production and organism. She is wrestling with a crucial issue — can “beautiful” forms problematize the materials from which they are made. Subverting the frontiers between multiple and singular objects, her practice actively appropriates merchandise in relation to places and individuals, along with constructed narratives resulting in paradoxical situations.

Andreas Kindler Von Knobloch

Andreas Kindler Von Knobloch is a pragmatic utopian. His multidisciplinary practice is focused on ideas of collectivity and participation through the creation of structures and situations that question our material and social relations.

 

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Catalyst | AGM

14/01/2017

 

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Dear Catalyst Arts member / associate

        That time of year has come around again where Catalyst Arts asks you to come and have your say at the Catalyst Arts Annual General Meeting.
We are pleased to invite you to Catalyst Arts AGM 2017, which will take place at Catalyst Arts, 5 College Court, Belfast on Wednesday 15th of February 2017 at 6.30pm.
We will give a breakdown of last year’s projects and future programming, and will discuss what has happened since our last AGM and the exciting things in store for Catalyst Arts.

In order to gain the broadest range of opinions on all matters under discussion, we would request and very much appreciate your attendance at this event. This event is for members only.

Agenda

Opening remarks/welcome

Apologies

Minutes of previous AGM

Matters arising from the minutes

Presentation of annual report

Presentation of accounts

Election of management committee/office bearers

Summary of last year’s programming

Summary of future programming

Progressions

Archive Report

Governance Progress

Any Other Business

Closing remarks

  To RSVP your attendance or for any additional information on the AGM arrangements please contact us at catalystarts@gmail.com

Refreshments will be provided.

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Forms of Resistance

06/01/2017

Forms of Resistance

Jumana Manna and Sille Storihle  |  Francesco Nordio |  Vukasin Nedeljkovic

12th January – 24th January 2016. Catalyst Arts, Belfast

 

Forms of Resistance explores and calls into question the idea of resistance, meant as a reaction against different established powers driven by artists, collectives or even a whole community.

Manna and Storihle’s experimental documentary ‘the Goodness Regime’ explores the ambiguity of Norway’s image as a peacemaking nation, while Nedeljkovic’s work – part of the ongoing project ‘Asylum Archive’ – investigates the tough reality of Asylum Seekers’ provision centers in Ireland. On the other hand, Nordio’s work ‘About Culture. A Proposal For A Revolution’ creates a set of guidelines in the form of a how-to-do book, that describes how a cultural shift could be conducted – both on a global scale and in everyday life.

In this open playground, these various approaches coexist and overlap into a fluid itinerary that will expand over the course of the exhibition through various talks and discussions with the artists involved.

Opening Thur 12th January 6 -9pm

Francesco Nordio – Artist Talk Friday 13th January 5pm
Vukasin Nedeljkovic – Artist Talk Saturday 21st January 5pm

This project is kindly supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
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Trickster | 1st December 2016

01/12/2016

Photographs by Jordan Hutchings

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Trickster

23/11/2016

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Trickster

1st Dec – 17 Dec. Catalyst Arts, Belfast 

Chloe Brenan | Alexandra Brunt 

Catalyst Arts is delighted to announce details of it’s recent members open call  ‘Trickster’ featuring Dublin based artists Chloe Brenan and Alexandra Brunt. Opening 6PM, Thursday 1st December

The trickster is a mythological entity or archetype, indicative of absurd or destabilising re-evaluations of perception and its limitations. The work of both artists explore ideas of rearranging perceptual modes to break down and ultimately reassemble conceptions of self and objective reality respectively.

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Artist Moving Image Commission Announcement

10/11/2016

Catalyst Arts are proud to announce Aideen Doran as the recipient of the Artist Moving Image Film Commission. Her work will be presented during the FLATPACK Film Festival in Birmingham in April 2017.
We would like to make special mention of the shortlisted artists Renèe Helena Browne, Liliane Puthod and Alex Sarkisian for the high quality of their proposals.
 
Thank you to all the Catalyst members who applied.
Aideen Doran is a visual artist working across moving image, installation and writing. In 2016 she was shortlisted for the Margaret Tait award for artists working with moving image in Scotland, and her work has been supported by The British Council, Northern Film and Media and The Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Aideen has exhibited across the UK, Europe and further afield. Recent exhibitions include Coppice at Verge Gallery, Sydney (2016), Set Background at Embassy Gallery, Edinburgh (2016), Im Bau at Grand Union, Birmingham (2015), After Hours at Platform Arts, Belfast (2015) and Glasgow Project Room (2014) and Ghost in the Machine at Galway Arts Centre (2014).

The Revolutionary Machine, 3 channel digital video with single channel of audio.

10.45 minutes, 2014.

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Mediating Environments | Opening Night | 3rd November 2016

04/11/2016

Photography by Jordan Hutchings





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Catalyst Walks | Philip Napier | On the end of a stick

26/10/2016

‘On the end of a stick’
3pm | Saturday 15th October | Catalyst Arts
This work will explore the idea of a stick as a means of support, extension, connector and relay device. All sticks are welcome.
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Mediating Environments

25/10/2016

Mediating Enviroments

Mediating Environments

Matthew Bourree | Paula Deji | John Wild

Opens Thursday 3rd November 6-9pm. Exhibition continues until Wednesday 23 November

John Wild will be performing at 7.30pm on the opening night

The world beyond the confines of our body is intimately connected to our actions – as much cultural artefact as something wild and other, ‘out there’ – nature and techne vitally expressed through our lives and creations. We continually feed into and are moulded by an interminable flux of co-creative relationships and cycles, reflexive actors who fall in and out of sync with innumerable collectives and circumstances. How we perceive these complex ecologies and the meanings we derive from what we do within them, frames our worldview, subtly affecting how we are subsumed by social fields and evolutionary flows. In this time of accelerating change and spiritual transformation can we come to terms with our uncertain predicament? How to navigate the indescribable, manifold environments in which we are embedded?

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Indigenous | 21st October 2016

22/10/2016

Photographs by Jordan Hutchings

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Indigenous

18/10/2016

 

 

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INDIGENOUS

22nd October- In conjunction with Belfast Open Studios

Opening: 21st October 6-9pm

Catalyst Arts is pleased to present a group show of recent work from locally-based artists in conjunction with Belfast Open Studios, 2016.

INDIGENOUS showcases a selection of work from artists currently based in Belfast and offers a glimpse into diverse approaches and methodologies towards the process of art making within the city.

 

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Catalyst Walks | On the End of a Stick | Phillip Napier

07/10/2016

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 Catalyst Walks

 Philip Napier
‘On the end of a stick’
3pm | Saturday 15th October | Catalyst Arts
This work will explore the idea of a stick as a means of support, extension, connector and relay device. All sticks are welcome.

Performance – 3pm Saturday 15th October, meet at Catalyst Arts, 5 College Court (off College Street), BT1 6BS.

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Catalyst Arts | Gallery Exhibition | Members Open Call

03/10/2016


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Call for Submissions 

 

 

Catalyst Arts is seeking proposals for its gallery programme to be exhibited from the 1st to the 17th of December 2016. This opportunity is open to artists, collectives and cultural producers to propose a project for the gallery space. Catalyst Arts will provide technical support and gallery resources and a modest budget to include an artist fee, £100 transportation costs and a materials stipends of £200 towards the entire project. Catalyst Arts will also cover publicity costs for the promotion of the project. There is no theme for this selection and experimental and alternative forms of contemporary art practice are encouraged, however we cannot accept submissions for solo shows through this call.

Proposals may be submitted in any of the following formats:

  • Artist-organised Exhibition (with two or more participants per application)
  • Collaborative Projects
  • Site Specific Projects
  • Inter-disciplinary Projects
  • Sound / Live Art / Event-based Projects
  • Individual artists may also submit work for consideration as a part of a group show

We encourage applicants to visit the gallery space to get a sense of what is possible and for those who are not able to travel to Belfast, our gallery specifications are available on our website at http://www.catalystarts.org.uk/the-gallery/

Exhibition dates in Belfast will be between 1st to 17th December 2016. Gallery opening hours are Tuesday to Saturday 11am – 5pm each week, invigilated by the committee. Applicants must submit and email to catalystarts@gmail.com by 5pm Wednesday 19th October 2016 with the following attachments:

 

  1. Fully completed Application Form
  2. Artist CV
  3. Single PDF containing 5-8 high res images of current, recent or proposed work (10MB max)
  4. Links to video, sound, durational or performance works (youtube, vimeo, soundcloud or artist website only). Please note: media files will not be downloaded so please do not forward dropbox, google drive, or wetransfer links.

 

Applications can be accepted from Catalyst Arts members only.

Apply for membership here: http://www.catalystarts.org.uk/membership/

 

 

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Catalyst Arts | Artists Moving Image Commission | Members Open Call

03/10/2016

 

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Call for Submissions

 

Catalyst Arts is seeking proposals for a new artist moving image commission that will be launched as part of 11th Flatpack Film Festival, Birmingham 2017. Experimental and ambitious projects as well as alternative visions about contemporary moving images are encouraged.

The final work should be a single-channel video of under 20 minutes in length, and must be completed by 1st March 2017. Artists should be able to demonstrate the commission can be delivered within the awarded budget of £650 and the fixed deadline.                                                                                        

Applicants must submit and email to catalystarts@gmail.com by 5pm Wednesday 19th October 2016 with the following attachments:

  1. Fully completed Application Form
  2. Artist CV
  3. Single PDF containing 5-8 high res images of current, recent or proposed work (10MB max)
  4. Links to video, sound, durational or performance works (youtube, vimeo, soundcloud or artist website only). Please note: media files will not be downloaded so please do not forward dropbox, google drive, or wetransfer links.

Flatpack premiere: April 2017

Flatpack is a film festival which takes over venues across Birmingham every spring. Since 2006, the festival has been exploring the territory where film bumps up against other artforms. This commission is the first collaboration between Catalyst Arts and Flatpack Projects.

All submissions by email to catalystarts@gmail.com

 

 

Applications can be accepted from Catalyst Arts members only.

Apply for membership here: http://www.catalystarts.org.uk/membership/

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Call for Submissions

21/09/2016

 

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Call for Submissions 

Proposal (500 word max) | 5-8 Images of current or recent work | Artist Statement + Bio (300

Gallery Exhibition 

Catalyst Arts would like to invite all members to submit proposals of work for exhibition in the gallery. The exhibition will take place on 1st – 17th Dec

Each member is eligible to submit proposals of work in any medium/discipline for consideration.

Deadline for submissions: 19th October 5pm

Annual membership is £20 waged / £10 unwaged, and new members may pay this when submitting their work or through Paypal on our website www.catalystarts.org.uk.

Membership allows submission to all our open call-outs throughout the year as well as guaranteeing you a place in our annual Members’ Show.  

All submissions by email to catalystarts@gmail.com as one PDF file (10MB max) by the deadline containing:

Proposal (500 word max) | 5-8 Images of current or recent work | Artist Statement + Bio (300 words max) | Artist CV | Technical Requirements (installation, lighting, a/v equipment, etc) | Budget

Applications can be accepted from Catalyst Arts members only.

Apply for membership here: http://www.catalystarts.org.uk/membership/

Proposal (500 word max) | 5-8 Images of current or recent work | Artist Statement + Bio (300 words max) | Artist CV | Technical Requirements (installation, lighting, a/v equipment, etc) | Budget

Artists Moving Image Commission

Catalyst Arts is looking for proposals for a new artist moving image commission that will be launched as part of 11th Flatpack Film Festival, Birmingham 2017.

Experimental and ambitious projects as well as alternative visions about contemporary moving images are encouraged.

The final work should be a single-channel video of under 20 minutes in length, and must be completed by 1st March 2017. Artists should be able to demonstrate the commission can be delivered within the awarded budget of £650 and the fixed deadline.  

Deadline for proposal submissions: 19th October 5pm

Flatpack premiere: April 2017

Flatpack is a film festival which takes over venues across Birmingham every spring. Since 2006, the festival has been exploring the territory where film bumps up against other artforms. This commission is the first collaboration between Catalyst Arts and Flatpack Projects.

Proposal (500 word max) | At least three examples of relevant works (only links to vimeo and youtube are accepted) | Artist CV + Bio (300 words max) | A detailed breakdown of the production budget and scheduled time-frame of the project. Please note that we will cover an additional £50 for travel/accommodation.

All submissions by email to catalystarts@gmail.com 

                                 Applications can be accepted from Catalyst Arts members only.                                  

Apply for membership here: http://www.catalystarts.org.uk/membership/

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Become A Director

19/09/2016

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Catalyst Arts welcomes expressions of interest for new Co-Directors

Deadline for applications: 6pm Friday 14th October 2016

Catalyst Arts has been one of the most important and innovative artist-led spaces for contemporary art in Belfast since it began in 1993. The driving force behind the organisation has always been the dedicated committee of directors who have worked tirelessly over the years to ensure the gallery remains at the forefront of the visual art scene in Northern Ireland.

Catalyst Arts directorship programme has a local and international reputation of providing a unique training ground for artistic, curatorial and cultural production. Applicants who are seeking to advance their experience within an artist-led model of gallery programming and operations are encouraged, with successful candidates gaining valuable skills in installation, production, funding applications, commissioning, outreach, education, archiving and administration work. Although previous experience in all areas is not essential, interested candidates are encouraged to review and consider the director criteria when making their applications.

The role of co-director is a part-time, voluntary position carried out over two years, on a rolling structure.

Flexible working hours, including evenings and weekend will be required.

To apply for this position please download and complete the

Co-Director Application Form and consult the Co-Director Job Description

for further details on the role.

Applications should be submitted by email to catalystarts@gmail.com by the deadline.

Please note we can only consider fully completed application forms in word or pdf format (.doc, .docx, .pdf), please contact us should you need any further advice on this.

 

Deadline for applications: 6pm Friday 14th October 2016

Directorships beginning between November 2016 – February 2017

If successful, candidates will be notified by the 18th October, to attend an interview on 24th October 2016

Please feel free to e-mail or call us with any queries at catalystarts@gmail.com, 028 90 313 303 or call in to the office at 5 College Court, Belfast, BT1 6BS

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‘In the Mouth of the Wolf’ Event Programme

29/08/2016

 

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This project is driven by the act of witness and the encounter in contested spaces whether municipal or ideological. It looks at how artists approach research and the dissemination of thought and how the knowledge structures they access, personally, politically and philosophically are forming a channel for public practice. A series of multi-format texts form the basis of this project, examining the instrumentalisation of modes of broadcast and publishing, how narratives are constructed within contemporary communication and education systems and how these narratives may be authored by artists.

Thursday 1st September 6:00 – 9:00pm – Late Night Art

In the Mouth of the Wolf is also open for Late Night Art and will feature new event based work by Clodagh Emoe and readings by Mike Harvey and Emmy Beber.

Wednesday 31st August 7:00 – 8:00pm – Subject to Authority

 Subject to Authority is a reading group initiated by Emmy Beber, Mike Harvey and Pil and Galia Kollectiv. It aims to look at the relationships between subjectivity and authoritarian politics in critical, theoretical and literary writing.

Faced with authority, subjectivity is at stake. Michel Foucault described subjectivity like the atom – the most basic form of matter we can access – as a three-tiered structure. Subjectivity that categorises, distributes and manipulates; subjectivity through which we have come to understand ourselves scientifically, and subjectivity that forms ourselves as meaning. The aim of the reading group is to look at structural, theoretic and poetic thinking around the appeal of authoritarianism and its mechanisms of disguise and deploy, and specifically its relationship to subjectivity and subjectivisation.

 This group is open to all interested and you can email catalystarts@gmail.com to attend. Reading material for wednesday sessions can be found below:

Adorno, Theodor W. Minima Moralia; Reflections from Damaged Life. London: New Left Books, 1974. Print.

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Ahmed, Sara. The Cultural Politics of Emotion. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2004. Print.

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In the Mouth of the Wolf | Opening Night | 18th August 2016

19/08/2016

Photographs by Jordan Hutchings

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In the Mouth of the Wolf

08/08/2016

 

‘In the Mouth of the Wolf’

. 18th aug – 10 sept 2016. Catalyst Arts, Belfast

Clodagh Emoe, Anahita Razmi, School of Missing Studies, Subject to Authority Reading group, COLLECTED

Opens Thur 18th Aug 6 – 9pm / Event Thur 1st Sept 6-7pm / Closing Event Sat 10th Sept

‘I could be dead. He slit my tongue into ribbons. My head is hanging off the table, blood falling on the floor. I could be dead because I feel nothing but this happened before. Minutes without pain until it surged back through me like a river. Eyes full of water. A blurred insect slips out from behind a table leg and begins to feed on the pooling blood. Concentrate.’ -Francis McKee ‘What in the world can I do’

This project is driven by the act of witness and the encounter in contested spaces whether municipal or ideological. It looks at how artists approach research and the dissemination of thought and how the knowledge structures they access, personally, politically and philosophically are forming a channel for public practice. A series of multi-format texts form the basis of this project, examining the instrumentalisation of modes of broadcast and publishing, how narratives are constructed within contemporary communication and education systems and how these narratives may be authored by artists.

The ongoing destabilisation of institutional power structures globally has given rise to a more acute attempt to enforce social hierarchy and meritocracy socially, politically and economically. Yet traditional methods of exerting social dominance have become ineffective at maintaining stability in the current age of personal broadcast and visual agency. Increasingly, previously under-represented groups are affecting these narratives and gaining agency on their own representation in media through the proliferation of digital, visual footage, frequently charged with a dominant narrative of personal perception rather than that of an objective document of observation.

‘In the mouth of the wolf’ proposes a slight, altered reality where journalism and reporting is a defunct and unoccupied field. Artists have been drawn into the vacuum by gravitational force and are controlling the distribution of capabilities and the exercise of influence disseminating thought and action through new channels as the voice of authority. The gallery becomes a public square where thinking may be felt, a station for subjectivity, disembodied voices and notions of the unseen, a platform for hidden acts to be received by a new audience and a space for thought.

This project is kindly supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

www.clodaghemoe.com

www.anahitarazmi.de

www.facebook.com/missingstudies

http://www.xero-kline-coma.com/Events.html

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Student and Recent Graduate Show 2016

02/07/2016

Black

 

Student and Recent Graduate Show 2016

15h July – 5th August
Opening: 14th July 6-9pm

Marian Balfe | Daniel Coleman | Cillian Finnerty

Peter Glasgow | Aine McBride | Andrew McSweeney | Cliodhna Timoney

Catalyst Arts is pleased to announce details of its eagerly anticipated annual student and recent graduate show, Very Good Waves Now, from 14th July to 5th August 2016.

Very Good Waves Now will build on Catalyst’s reputation for showcasing the very best of work from UK and Ireland based recent graduates and final year students within this annual exhibition. Catalyst are delighted to be offering critical support and exposure at a formative stage in the artists’ development.

 

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Rebecca Smyth | Catalyst Arts Graduate Award 2016

22/06/2016

 

Catalyst Arts are pleased to announce that Rebecca Smyth has been awarded the Catalyst Arts Graduate Award 2016. Rebecca Smyth is a 2016 MFA graduate from the Belfast School of Art, University of Ulster .

The Catalyst Arts Graduate Award includes a year’s membership to apply for all open call and exchange opportunities, access to and use of our archive and resource room, free hire of our a/v equipment, a series of studio visits and feedback sessions with the Catalyst board throughout the year, advice on funding and organising introductory meetings with relevant artists, curators and critics involved in the Catalyst programme.

We are very much looking forward to working with Rebecca and wish her every future success.

 

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Student and Recent Graduate Show 2016

31/05/2016

Catalyst Arts seeks applications for its annual Student and Recent Graduate Show. The exhibition is open to submissions from all current undergraduate and postgraduate students. Recent graduate is graduation in 2015/2016.

Submissions must include: five examples of your work (less than 30MB), an artist statement and a written proposal (less than 250 words each).

Entries to: catalystarts@gmail.com

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F L E X I B I L I S M

24/05/2016

F L E X I B I L I S M
 
LIAM  SLEVIN | MARK  BUCKERIDGE  –  ALL  CHOIR | CLAWSON  +  WARD
 
o p e n i n g 0 2 . 0 6 . 1 6 – 2 5 . 0 6 . 1 6 c l o s i n g
 
This project fosters practices concerned with the conditions for production, labour, autonomism, desire and decision. FLEXIBILISM is the appraisal of four artists who have been invited to develop and reconfigure a previously made or designed work in relation to explicit, esoteric and existential aspects of Catalyst Arts and its site in Belfast as a public space. These reproductions, rehearsals and repetitions interrupt the field of perception associated with a gallery space, resisting the familiarity of selected works in a groups show and instead espouse to re-configure civic, social and cultural frameworks for considering our role in public, as artists, citizens, communities and creative labourers.
 
The project draws its title from post-fordist theories of flexible specialisation which propositioned that flexibility and skill in labor is more profitable than the previous mass-production, factory format which informed Henry Ford and Albert Khan’s seminal architectural designs for industrial assembly lines, famously flexible to the changing modes of production. These theories propagate ‘flexibility’ as a benefit to workers, often alluding to the potential increase in personal agency and inferred time for leisure when in reality they only serve to remove the conditions of security and increase the need for competition. The dysfunction of this proposition is explicitly evident in the current, pervasive infrastructure of visual art practice and misperceptions of the value of culture as an instrument for harvesting social or financial dividends under the guise of desire and decision. Through disparate means of production, each artists’ work engage the almost invisible yet omnipotently perceived, instructive nature of civic structures and social order, reclaiming cultural sites for their own means and offering processes which can be utilised to interrupt or subvert these systems by its users and inhabitants.
 
Each of the artists involved in the project have practices which further agitate conventional notions of the autonomous artist and provide a contextual framework for examining how collectives and artist-led initiatives balance creative output with sustainability, often cultivating spaces and situations for audiences and peer artists to come meet, live and practice.
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Catalyst Walks | Daniel Jewesbury | 14th May 2016

18/05/2016

CATALYST WALKS

Daniel Jewesbury

Saturday 14th of May | 4.00 – 6.00 pm

Front of Lanyon Building | Queen’s University Belfast | University Road, Belfast, BT7 1NN

In collaboration with the Northern Ireland Mental Health Arts and Film Festival (NIMHAFF) we invite you to join Catalyst Arts for a stress busting Saturday evening promenade. For this first instalment of a series of peripatetic performances we have invited Daniel Jewesbury to take us out and about in south Belfast.

For more information on the festival please see NIMHAFF or get in touch with us at catalystarts@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

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Outside Line | Tanad Williams

10/05/2016

Outside Line

Tanad Williams

Opening: Thursday 12th May 2016, 6-9pm, Catalyst Arts

Catalyst Arts invites you to join us for the introduction to ‘Outside Line’ a new permanent commission by Tanad Williams.

Beginning through a shared residency in 2015 in a flexible period of research and investigation, Williams engaged with the early issues, strains and identity of the gallery’s archival space. Proofing for possibilities of fitted cooperation an expanded utility for public archival actions was drafted. Unfolding a progressively combined approach to building regulations and sculpture while upholding the poise and warm precision of the unqualified handyman, a skilfully manufactured architectural intervention is presented.

Indicative of ambitious contemporary restoration proposals ‘Outside Line’ sits assuredly creating a source designed around reading.  A structural elixir it reflects how it is we approach cached information and the objects we associate with it.

Williams works with philosophically engaged objects, dialogues and texts. Rooted in academic research and linguistic investigation, the final object is constructed so as to represent both its material reality and its theoretical conception.

This work has being kindly made possible through the support of The Elephant Trust.

 

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Lucy McKenna | Artist’s talk | 29th April 2016

10/05/2016

 

 

 

The Artist Observatory

Friday 29th April | 11.30am – 12.30pm

Armagh Observatory | College Hill, Armagh BT61 9DG

Lucy McKenna discussed her time at the Armagh Observatory & Planetarium as an artist in residence, the research she undertook and some of the ideas that have developed since:

“The main outcome of the residency for me has been the idea of reviving a dormant scientific method of capturing data in the form of an image. I’ve been thinking about why particular methods of information collection, like this, change or disappear as technology develops, and what can be gained or lost in the process.”

The project has been made possible through the support of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council and the generous collaboration of the staff at Armagh Observatory and Planetarium.

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The Spillover Room

05/05/2016

 

The Spillover Room

Ectoplasmic Materialism | James Moran | QUBe

Tivoli’s Barber Shop

6th of May | 8-9pm

Catalyst Arts presents ‘The Spillover Room’ as part of Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival featuring new works in script, sound and moving image by artists from Vienna, Copenhagen, Dublin and Belfast. Part video séance – part scratch comedy gig, the event features new works by duo Ectoplasmic Materialism and James Moran accompanied by a live score from a quartet of QUBe associates based in SARC. For the event, Catalyst Arts will occupy the back room of Tivolis Barbers on North Street. Come join us for some retina-rattling audio-visual experiences.

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Catalyst Walks

04/05/2016

 

CATALYST WALKS

Daniel Jewesbury

Saturday 14th of May | 4.00 – 6.00 pm

Front of Lanyon Building | Queen’s University Belfast | University Road, Belfast, BT7 1NN

The walk will start promptly at 4.00 pm

In collaboration with the Northern Ireland Mental Health Arts and Film Festival (NIMHAFF) we invite you to join Catalyst Arts for a stress busting Saturday evening promenade. For this first instalment of a series of peripatetic performances we have invited Daniel Jewesbury to take us out and about in south Belfast. The Catalyst Walks programme aims to offer the very best of contemporary art on the move, getting our audiences out in the open for a bit of fresh air and self-care. So, if you are feeling the worse for wear or just in need of some perambulatory entertainment, come along and experience a stimulating stroll.

For more information on the festival please see NIMHAFF or get in touch with us at catalystarts@gmail.com

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Artist Observatory | Lucy McKenna | Artist’s talk

16/04/2016

Catalyst Arts invites you to a talk with our Armagh Observatory artist-in-residence; Lucy McKenna

Friday 29th April | 11.30am – 12.30pm

Armagh Observatory | College Hill, Armagh BT61 9DG

Lucy McKenna will be discussing her time at the Armagh Observatory & Planetarium as an artist in residence, the research she undertook and some of the ideas that have developed since:

“The main outcome of the residency for me has been the idea of reviving a dormant scientific method of capturing data in the form of an image. I’ve been thinking about why particular methods of information collection, like this, change or disappear as technology develops, and what can be gained or lost in the process.”

Please book a place using Eventbrite (here) or phone us at 02890313303. A coach will leave Catalyst Arts (5 College Ct, Belfast, County Antrim BT1 6BS) in Belfast at 09.30 (returning to Belfast for 17.00), be sure to book a place for the talk to assure yourself a seat.

The project has been made possible through the support of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council and the generous collaboration of the staff at Armagh Observatory and Planetarium.


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Sephour 06 | 2nd Year Fine Art / Belfast School of Art

12/04/2016

21st April – 26th April

Opening event: 21st April, 6-9 pm

The 2nd Year Sculpture and Lens Course from the Belfast School of Art are presenting their end of year show.

Catalyst Arts is pleased to continue to provide opportunities for students, facilitating new and emerging artists and maintaining its relationship with Fine Arts universities.

Sephour is an anagram of Orpheus

Sephour is Orpheus transformed

Sephour is a homonym of Zephyr

Since our migration from the old Orpheus Building to our new purpose built art department we, the 2nd year Fine Art (Sculpture/Lens) students, have been negotiating and developing our relationship with our new space. We now welcome everyone to view an exhibition of our current work. This is the first group exhibition from the new Sculpture/Lens studios on the 6th floor.

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RAW | Members Show | 2016

26/03/2016

 

RAW

Opening | 7th April 6-9 pm

In conjunction with Belfast’s Late Night Art

Exhibition run | 8th – 14th April.

Members drop off:

5th-6th April 11-5pm

7th April 11-3pm

Catalyst Arts are pleased to announce RAW, Catalyst Arts’ 2016 Members Show.

Always fascinated by the alchemical moment in which stone turns into gold, our aim is to present a whole exhibition compiled of unfinished artworks: drafts, ideas, sketches, notes, collections, files, images – pretty much everything – in the middle of a productive or disastrous process, where a project could contain in itself all its potential becoming forms.

RAW as a statement.

In short, take the raw from your dusty studio and bring it here.

On 14th April all exhibiting artists will be invited for an open dialogue within the gallery, in order to present, discuss and explore the possibilities and metamorphosis of their raw works.

To exhibit in RAW all artists must be current members of Catalyst Arts.

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Percept | Claw, Craw and the Devil | 10th March 2016

15/03/2016

 

 

Percept: A sonic representation
 
Claw, Craw and the Devil
 
Michael O’Halloran
 
 
 
For ‘Claw, Craw and the Devil‘ Catalyst have invited Belfast musician and composer Michael O’Halloran to stage a new composition ‘Percept‘. The event will be pocketed within Barewoods, a longstanding architectural salvage company, secluded within the historic Smithfield and Union.
 
A percept is the mental product of perceiving. The composition will attempt to represent this cognitive experience through a live sampling of live music. Only a distorted and subjective reading of the separated relationships in the room is initially filtered and finally relayed back to the audience.
 
It seeks to explore to what extent the visual noise of a city effects its occupants.
 
The performance will feature original compositions from Belfast musicians Stevie Lennox (Pigs As People/Junk Drawer), Grace Loughrey (Bad Fit)?, John Macormac (Blue Whale), Michael MacBroom (ex Gaju/The Killing Spree), Ricki O’Rawe (Not Squares) and Phillip Quinn (Girls Names/ Gross Net).

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Members Show Open Call | RAW

12/03/2016

RAW

Opening: 7th April 6pm to 9pm
in conjunction with Belfast’s Late Night Art

Exhibition continues: 8th – 14th of April.

Catalyst Arts are pleased to announce the open-call for RAW, Catalyst Arts’ 2016 Members Show.

Always fascinated by the alchemical moment in which stone turns into gold, our aim is to present a whole exhibition compiled of unfinished artworks: drafts, ideas, sketches, notes, collections, files, images – pretty much everything – in the middle of a productive or disastrous process, where a project could contain in itself all its potential becoming forms.

RAW as a statement.

In short, take the raw from your dusty studio and bring it here.

To be part of RAW all applicants must be a members of Catalyst Arts.

For more information on our membership see here: www.catalystarts.org.uk/membership/

On 14th April all exhibiting artists will be invited for an open dialogue within the gallery, in order to present, discuss and explore the possibilities and metamorphosis of their raw works.

Terms and Conditions

Each member is eligible to submit one piece of unfinished work in any medium.

This must be brought or posted to the gallery. If posted, each artist has to cover shipping costs, included the expenses to post the work back.

Because of the large amount of submissions annually received, the applicants must consider the following specifications: the maximum dimensions accepted for canvas and photographic prints are 2.50×2.50 meters, sculptures and installation must be not larger than 3 meters cubed. If you wish to show a video, you must provide all the technical equipment required.

The drop-off for install will take place on the 5th and 6th of April, 11am- 5pm, and the 7th of April, 11am-3pm. We will be unable to accept works outside of these times.
The dates for de-install are the 14th of April, after 5pm, and the 15th and 16th of April, 11am-5pm. All work must be collected on those days.

If you have any questions or queries please send an e-mail to catalystarts@gmail.com

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Percept – Michael O’Halloran

07/03/2016

Claw, Craw and the Devil

Percept: A sonic representation

Michael O’Halloran

For ‘Claw, Craw and the Devil‘ Catalyst have invited Belfast musician and composer Michael O’Halloran to stage a new composition ‘Percept‘. The event will be pocketed within Barewoods, a longstanding architectural salvage company, secluded within the historic Smithfield and Union.

A percept is the mental product of perceiving. The composition will attempt to represent this cognitive experience through a live sampling of live music. Only a distorted and subjective reading of the separated relationships in the room is initially filtered and finally relayed back to the audience.

It seeks to explore to what extent the visual noise of a city effects its occupants.

The performance will feature original compositions from Belfast musicians Stevie Lennox (Pigs As People/Junk Drawer), Grace Loughrey (Bad Fit)?, John Macormac (Blue Whale), Michael MacBroom (ex Gaju/The Killing Spree), Ricki O’Rawe (Not Squares) and Phillip Quinn (Girls Names/ Gross Net).

The event is free to attend however booking is essential due to limited capacity. To book a place rsvp at catalystarts@gmail.com

 

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Claw, Craw, and the Devil

25/02/2016

Claw, Craw and the Devil
 
Jonathan HS Ross & Viviana Checchia | Tom Hughes | Michael Edgar | Phillip McCrilly & Tacacucina   Michael O’Halloran | Bobbie Seggie
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Opening 3rd March 6-9pm
 
Exhibition continues 4th-27th
 
The smell of feet, the smell of sweat, the smell of cider. ‘Claw, Craw and the Devil‘ looks to assemble, coax and scooch a motivated, forceful and at times deeply self-conscious group of technicians, designers, chefs and conspirators into an orderly rabble. Nodging together interests in manufacture and production, the possibilities of active usership and collective responsibility grinded with the future lack of a decent inner-city furniture store, a programme of proposals and prototypes unravels throughout March.
 
Realising the benefit of Catalyst’s rude, at times chin-first approach to introduction a creeping, marred but sincere wheedling scheme emerged. Tightening, stalling, re-stalling but ultimately unfolding an enquiry into working with a public, the contributors selected have being spot-welded at the tip to create a number of short-term unions, a schedule of choral pandemonium.
 
Crannied into the city each gesture, sometimes mobile, sometimes slow replaces, refurbishes and fits. It wanders the keening noise of a city where a butcher and trophy store share the keek of a black / cairn-hole area. Where products exhibited have the possibility to go door-to-door but may fall at the fagary of the opening night and rather than leech and scarper an amateur furniture maker shape-shifts, faces the cities demands and turns us back towards the river.
 
Reluctant but genuine, it blares, we live here. This is where we live.
 
Come and join us for the public opening on Thursday March 3rd 6-9pm.
 
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Call-Out | New Directors

24/02/2016

Catalyst Arts

Welcomes applications of expressions of interest for new Co-Directors 2016

Catalyst Arts has been one of the most important and innovative artist-led spaces for contemporary art in Belfast since it began in 1993. The driving force behind the organisation has always been the dedicated committee of directors who have worked tirelessly over the years to ensure the gallery remains at the forefront of the visual art scene in Northern Ireland.

Catalyst Arts directorship programme has a local and international reputation of providing a unique training ground for artistic, curatorial and cultural production. Applicants who are seeking to advance their experience within an artist-led model of gallery programming and operations are encouraged, with successful candidates gaining valuable skills in installation, production, funding applications, commissioning, outreach, education, archiving and administration work. Although previous experience in all areas is not essential, interested candidates are encouraged to review and consider the director criteria when making their applications.

The role of co-director is a voluntary position carried out over two years, on a rolling structure.

To apply for this position please download the Director Application Form and for further details on the role you can review the Job Specification.

Applications should be submitted by email to

catalystarts@gmail.com

Deadline for applications: 4pm Sunday 20/03/2016

If successful, candidates will be notified by the 25th March, to attend an interview on Wednesday 30th March.

Please feel free to contact us with any queries at catalystarts@gmail.com02890313303 or call into the office at 5 College Court, Belfast , BT1 6 BS

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THE ARTIST OBSERVATORY

13/02/2016

THE ARTIST OBSERVATORY | LUCY MCKENNA

FEBRUARY – APRIL 2016

‘The Artist Observatory’ is the second edition of a new alternative residency programme piloted by Catalyst Arts. This series began last autumn with Alice Clark as ‘Artist-at-Sea’ on board marine and oceanographic research vessel the RV Corystes and continues with artist Lucy McKenna taking up research residence at Armagh Observatory and Planetarium this spring. At a time when artists are experiencing a decline in accessible resources and facilities in the pursuit of their work and research, Catalyst Arts is committed to the mediation of new approaches to facilitating unique research opportunities for artists tailored to their specific practice and field of research.

Lucy McKenna makes work that is concerned with belief systems and seemingly divergent ideologies relating to reality and existence. The works she creates trace humanity’s continuous attempt to reconcile its positioning or exclusivity in the Universe, whether that be through methods of scientific experiment, technological progression, ritual practice, or folklore. The documented interpretation of anomalies, mysteries or unexplained phenomena in the world is very present in her work, along with semblances of the tools and equipment used in perceiving these events. Focusing on commonalities in different philosophical theories her works seek to unfold the information hidden in those spaces where the analytic and the intuitive concur.

This focused interest in the acts of observation  will be the initial point of departure for Lucy’s research period at the Observatory, ranging from learning how astronomers obtain and interpret their data to areas of cosmogony and how our collective ideas about astronomy and the sky have influenced humanity’s views and ideas over history. The residency will offer the rare opportunity to access first hand the processes carried out at the Observatory and Planetarium in Armagh, engaging with astronomers for discussion and research, diffusing the boundaries between artist and researcher and supporting the mutable position of the artist as observer.

In addition, the site’s rich history and heritage as a leading Observatory in the British Isles, specifically looking at its archive from the 19th Century is of key interest to the artists and she will see to find further information on Irish astronomer Charles E. Burton, whom she has been researching as part of an ongoing project.

The project has been made possible through the support of Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council and the generous collaboration of the staff at Armagh Observatory and Planetarium. The residency launch will coincide with NI Science Festival on 18th February and continue throughout Spring.

For updates on public events please see our website and social media as the project develops.

www.lucymckenna.com

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THIS IS WATER

04/02/2016

 

 

 

Simon Cummins | Paul Hallahan | Lee Welch  

Opening night: 11th February 6-9pm

Exhibition continues: 12th – 19th February

Catalyst Arts presents THIS IS WATER, an exhibition by Simon Cummins, Paul Hallahan and Lee Welch.

The exhibition takes its title from This Is Water: Some Thoughts, Delivered on a Significant Occasion, about Living a Compassionate Life, an essay by David Foster Wallace that was written as a graduation speech for Kenyon College in Ohio in 2005.

The text brings forward notions of the everyday, the banal and the outright frustrating nature of day-to-day life, something Foster Wallace was trying to describe to the crowd of new graduates. His offering up of ideas on how they may overcome these obstacles and take inspiration from perceived negative conditions was an attempt to reassess these small scenarios as moment’s beauty, sublime in nature, rather than the mundane and outright antagonising that they could be perceived as.

Cummins, Hallahan and Welch have produced an exhibition of works with Foster Wallace’s text in mind, through conversations with each other about the ideas behind it and the idea of beauty. THIS IS WATER sees the trio move forward from their collaborative project in 2013 titled Fuck, Shit, Piss, exhibited in 126 Gallery, Galway.
For Catalyst Arts the artists have put together works that will attempt to both stand on their own and also be part of one overall installation encapsulating the gallery.

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Intermission | Interim University Ulster MFA Exhibition

05/01/2016

Intermission is a group exhibition of the current final year students within the Ulster University’s prestigious and long standing MFA Fine Art course.

Intermission presents an interim exhibition at Catalyst Arts before their final show in May 2016. It offers a fascinating exploration of these emerging contemporary artists’ work in progress, creating an open dialogue across diverse disciplines including installation, video, photography, sculpture and painting.

This year’s artists include: Megan Burns, Stuart Calvin, Jacqueline Douglas, Dara Flanagan, Dermot Gibson, John Macormac, Damian Magee, Jade Magee, Will McConnell, Robert Moriarty, Mark Nangle, Rebecca Smyth, and Karissa Suparto.

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Catalyst Arts | AGM

18/12/2015

Dear Catalyst Arts member / associate

        That time of year has come around again where Catalyst Arts asks you to come and have your say at the Catalyst Arts Annual General Meeting.
We are pleased to invite you to Catalyst Arts AGM 2016, which will take place at Catalyst Arts, 5 College Court, Belfast on Monday 18th of January 2016 at 6.30pm.
We will give a breakdown of last year’s projects and future programming, and will discuss what has happened since our last AGM and the exciting things in store for Catalyst Arts. There will also be a number of extremely important issues discussed including a possible change of premises for Catalyst in 2016.

In order to gain the broadest range of opinions on all matters under discussion, we would request and very much appreciate your attendance at this event. This event is for members only.

Agenda

Opening remarks/welcome

Apologies

Minutes of previous AGM

Matters arising from the minutes

Presentation of annual report (Chair)

Presentation of accounts (Treasurer)

Election of management committee/office bearers

Summary of last year’s programming

Summary of future programming

Progressions

Archive Report

Governance Progress

Any Other Business

Closing remarks

  To RSVP your attendance or for any additional information on the AGM arrangements please contact us at catalystarts@gmail.com

Refreshments will be provided.

We look forward to seeing you in November.

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FIX15 | International Live Art Biennial

23/11/2015

Catalyst Arts is pleased to present the highly anticipated International Live Art Biennial FIX15.

Opening Night: Thursday 3rd December 7-10.30pm

Festival Runs: 03.12.15 – 10.12.15

fix15biennial.wordpress.com

FIX is an internationally renowned and distinctly Belfast biennial, established by Catalyst Arts in 1994. For over twenty-two years FIX has consistently delivered an innovative programme of local and international live, sonic and performance artists to the city of Belfast and is one of Europe’s longest running live art festivals. The legacy of FIX over the last twenty-two years has been to create opportunities locally for emerging and established practitioners, providing work for artists, photographers, videographers, writers, curators and arts administrators.

The eleventh instalment of FIX will take place over eight days with events, performances, art, music, talks, screenings and a whole plethora of events in between. Thursday 3rd December (the opening night) will encompass various events and activities taking place around the cultural block that surrounds Catalyst. This celebratory evening emphasises the importance of collaboration in the arts community in Belfast, particularly the need to work together to achieve something great for everyone.

FIX15 has been made possible through the support, collaboration and partnerships with local artists, arts organisations, businesses and communities providing an international programme of events within Belfast.

FIX15 Artists: Cian Donnelly, Continuous Battle of Order, School Tour, Dave Sherry, Emer Lynch, Harun Morrison, Ting Tong Chang, Rhubaba Choir, Ali Matthews, GETINTHEBACKOFTHEVAN, Kevin Burns, Patrick Coyle, with additional events happening across Belfast at Platform Arts, Array Studios, Pollen, The Bathhouse and QSS.

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Hot Glue | Call out

20/11/2015

Catalyst Arts are on the lookout for 3 individuals (under 25) to become Hot Glue for a total PR takeover starting 30th November.

Join Catalyst Arts for an intense 2 week period PR Takeover

Deadline: 24th November

Are you physically Hot Glue? Here at Catalyst, we’re wild eyed and chomping at the bit to launch yet another unmerciful edition of our stalwart live art & performance biennale FIX 15. We need three internet melters to keep buzzing the #FIXFEED #FIXBLEED live across Belfast and beyond this December as our official PR peeps in residence. Main criteria: OBSSESSIVE COMPULSIVE SOCIAL MEDIA POSTING. Welded to your phone and wanting an excuse to justify it? Send us a showcase of your social media skills and let us know if you really are hotglue. You. Glue. Ooooooh ####<3

perks include:

-time with the wonderful catalyst board (I know, right)

-free lunches to instawham about

-possibly a tshirt

-eventual fame?

#POTENTIAL

 Email applications to | catalystarts@gmail.com

| or |

Insta | CATALYSTARTS

Tweetz | @catalyst_arts

Snpcht | make us one

Tinder / Grinder #equalopportunites

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New Directors | Anthony Gartland & Joey O’Gorman

18/11/2015

 

Catalyst Arts would like to give a warm welcome to our two new (currently healthy) co-directors, Anthony Gartland and Joey O’Gorman. Joey joins us after recently completing a research associateship in Art and Science at Central Saint Martins while Anthony a recent graduate from University of Brighton arrives after spending six months on residency in Rotterdam. We look forward to working with them both over the coming years.

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Long Division

26/10/2015

LONG DIVISION
Susan Boyle | Derek Sutherland

Opening night: 5th November 6-9pm

Exhibition continues: 6th – 28th November 2015

Boyle and Sutherland will open the exhibition with an artist talk at 6pm on 5th November

Catalyst Arts is very pleased to welcome Scottish artists Susan Boyle and Derek Sutherland to Belfast as part of the exhibition, Long Division. After discussion with Mirja Koponen/ Director of Interview Room 11, Sutherland and Boyle were selected to show at Catalyst Arts for their combined use of the theme disorder and division. This exchange opportunity will extend to benefit artists from Belfast showing in Edinburgh with Interview Room 11 in the new year. Interview Room 11 is a newly emerged space that has opened in Edinburgh within the last two years. In this short time they have already begun to carve out a fantastic reputation for showing cutting edge emerging artists in imaginative and experimental ways.

Long Division is an exhibition, which draws from the themes present in both artists’ works. Sutherlands sculpture/ installation ‘Never Been in a Riot’ and Boyle’s photographs entitled ‘Disorder’ combine to create a show that skirts around the edges of the ‘unsaid’ in contemporary culture. The evidence of the riot in Sutherlands is overwhelming. However the title suggests that something has been missed, only debris remains, a sort of chaos, the reason for which, we as viewers are unaware. Similarly, in Boyles work ‘Disorder’, we are presented with images that do not at first sight appear irregular, yet, upon closer inspection we can be unsettled by the images, the dust of everyday life, the fallen cuttings of paper, the aged hands.

Long Division showcases these two artists talent in Northern Ireland together at Catalyst Arts for the first time.

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Artist Talk | Alice Clark

03/10/2015

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Catalyst Arts invites you to a talk with our Artist – At – Sea; Alice Clark

Thursday 8th October, 6pm
Catalyst Arts, Belfast

Catalyst Arts, in partnership with the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, are delighted to present a talk by Alice Clark, artist in residence on board the RV Corystes throughout August and September.

This oceanographic research vessel undertakes a diverse programme of marine research throughout the Irish Sea, enabling AFBI to examine the impact of climate change for environmental policies in the future. Clark was on board for two research cruises this summer.

Artist – At – Sea was the first in a series of residencies facilitated by Catalyst Arts, allowing artists to develop work within a site and context specifically tailored to their individual practice. Details of Clark’s residency and her findings on the Irish Sea can be found here

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Composition of Here

21/09/2015

 

Composition of Here

MEMORY / SITE
SUBJECTIVE / OBJECTIVE

  • unpacking
  • deconstruction of an experience
  • documentation of an experience – sounding / videoing / drawing / talking

Personal Memories – INTIMACY of sites and personal history
Personal Narratives

Intentionally composing memories – creating self-made experience

Site and how
.PROCESS BASED/MAKING….over a period of time, weeks, months, years eg. (James – started the project in August, Laura – 5 years ago, Jackie – over 10 years ago)

A form of / social / research that explores the researchers’ PERSONAL EXPERIENCE
and connects this / autobiographical / story to wider cultural, political and social meanings and understandings.

three conversations


– Just over a year ago I was looking at some old footage I’d taken well over a decade earlier.
The first is a video taken at London Zoo and the other is a video of black & white super 8 film of a windmill on the north Norfolk coast. I videoed the super 8 as it was projected onto a wall with a camera I was unfamiliar with, struggling to focus. I wanted to make a film piece that incorporated both videos.
This single screen film bridges these two pieces with footage taken over the last year in Belfast. –
Jacqueline Holt

– I bought Richard and Beryl for a fiver. The collection of nearly four hundred 35mm slides and a few polaroids spans over three decades of their lives.
They have been a part of my life since 2010. I began re-working my slideshow Richard, Beryl and Laura Too for the exhibition at Catalyst collecting the archive box from my best friend Lucy’s basement. Lucy asked me ‘How are Richard and Beryl?’ like I’d been out of touch with some old friends. The day that I picked them up from the local junk shop I didn’t expect to go on a seaside tour with them and I highly doubt when they took the photographs they thought a future art student would be wandering around the South West taking boat trips and meeting locals guided by their holiday snaps. –
Laura Reeves

– For a long time I endeavoured to articulate my experiences through the making of physical works.
I began a practice of papermaking; using materials exclusively sourced from locations I intended to represent and in many ways the pulp became a sort of metaphor for the organic and changing way that I recalled my experiences. After acknowledging my attempts to depict my subjectivity were futile, I instead began conjuring manifestations of this paradox.
After documenting a visit to Belfast in August 2015 using a cassette recorder, digital sound sampling, analogue photography and video, I endeavoured to create an abstracted re-presentation of my time in the city, but one that highlights boundaries through the implementation of ambiguity, humour, distortion and melody. The piece contains a palimpsest of information, both from my own documentation and that of archival news footage that affected me back in 2001. –
James Michael George


Catalyst Arts has commissioned Jacqueline Holt, James Michael George and Laura Reeves to develop new work and revisit past work for Composition of Here.

Opening preview – 1st October 6-9pm
Show continues 2nd – 24th October

You are invited to join Laura Reeves for a reading on the opening night at Catalyst Arts, 6pm.

There will be an Artists’ Illustrated Lecture with Jacqueline Holt on Saturday 17th October, Catalyst Arts 2pm.

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Artist – At – Sea

20/08/2015

 

 

Artist – At – Sea
Alice Clark

August – September

Catalyst Arts, in partnership with the Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute, are delighted to present Artist – At – Sea; an artist residency on board an oceanographic research vessel operating from the port of Belfast.

Using specialist acoustic technologies, fishing gear and instrumented buoys, the RV Corystes undertakes a diverse programme of marine environmental research throughout the Irish Sea. Data from surveys such as high resolution seabed mapping, and ground-truthing data collecting of marine habitats and fish stocks, is enabling AFBI to examine the impact of climate change for environmental policies in the future. The integrated marine science programme delivered by the Corystes aims to support the sustainability and development of Irish Sea fisheries.

To highlight the significant research being carried out by AFBI, Belfast based artist Alice Clark will be onboard as artist-in-residence throughout August and September. Clark’s practice reflects her own ecological ethos and investigates the way we live and its impact on the natural environment. Making objects of nature subjects of culture is at the core of her practice and she wishes to challenge where the current condition of nature resides as a subject for artistic intervention and discourse.After a medical examination and sea survival course, Clark will set sail and take residence on two research cruises; observing the scientists, engaging with the crew and developing work within a site and context specifically tailored to her practice.

Artist – At – Sea continues Catalyst Arts’ innovative and experimental public programme, developing partnerships with unconventional sites outside of the gallery walls and engaging new audiences with local contemporary art.Alice Clark will be onboard the RV Corystes between the 20th – 25th August, and again from the 27th August.

To keep up to date with Clark’s residency and her findings on the Irish Sea please follow her progress here

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Out for a Duck | Opening Night | 6th August

13/08/2015

Out of a Duck

Paul Gwilliam 


Performance: 6th August 6-9pm

This performative event sees the culmination of the Catalyst Arts < = > OUTPOST residency exchange.

As part of this programme OUTPOST presents ‘1/2 cuts chromes’ an exhibition of works by Mike Harvey, July 30th, 6pm.

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Call-Out | New Directors

07/08/2015

Catalyst Arts

Welcomes applications of expressions of interest for new Co-Directors 2015

Catalyst Arts has been one of the most important and innovative artist-led spaces for contemporary art in Belfast since it began in 1993. The driving force behind the organisation has always been the dedicated committee of directors who have worked tirelessly over the years to ensure the gallery remains at the forefront of the visual art scene in Northern Ireland.

Catalyst Arts directorship programme has a local and international reputation of providing a unique training ground for artistic, curatorial and cultural production. Applicants who are seeking to advance their experience within an artist-led model of gallery programming and operations are encouraged, with successful candidates gaining valuable skills in installation, production, funding applications, commissioning, outreach, education, archiving and administration work. Although previous experience in all areas is not essential, interested candidates are encouraged to review and consider the director criteria when making their applications.

The role of co-director is a voluntary position carried out over a two years, on a rolling structure.

To apply for this position please download the Director Application Form and for further details on the role you can review the Job Specification.

Applications should be submitted by email to

catalystarts@gmail.com

Deadline for applications: 10pm Monday 31/08/2015

If successful, candidates will be notified by the 8th September, to attend an interview on Monday 14th September

Please feel free to e-mail or call us with any queries at catalystarts@gmail.com,02890313303 or call in to the office at 5 College Court, Belfast , BT1 6 BS

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Saloon | Members Open Call

31/07/2015

 

Catalyst Arts are pleased to announce an open-call for Saloon, a four(1) day long members shee-bang(2).

Like the inflated ego of a retired prison sponge we wish to overturn the idea of the old-fashion bourgeois saloon(3), made to amuse fur-trimmed women and respectably bearded men. We want(4) to see your most visionary, indecent, controversial, amazing and original(5) artwork, across our whole community of members(6). We want to fill(7) up the walls, the floor, the ceiling, the freshly unblocked toilet(8), the crevasses and cracks of this warehouses warped banshee spirit. Using the spleen and spew of your un-watered and malnourished careers, we will transform Catalyst Arts gallery into a huge wonderhammer.

Opening: 3rd September 6pm to 9pm
in conjunction with Belfast’s Late Night Art

Exhibition run: 3rd – 5th of September.

To be part of Saloon(9) all applicants must be a member(10) of Catalyst Arts.

(1) It’s really just three.
(2) Denotes anything that is ridiculously hot, eg. “Ruaidhri was so shee-banging in that install shot”.
(3) Hairlicious on Castle Street being an excellent example.
(4) Want maybe a tad extreme, forced by funders maybe more appropriate.
(5) You haven’t made anything original in years, why do you still lie to yourself?
(6) Two at our last time of counting, which is why we are doing this call-out.
(7) If the gallery is filled before you arrive, your work will be displayed around the city on this.
(8) To block it again so we can call out the hot plumber.
(9) For an Italian translation please see below.
(10) We are actually quite fond of all our members. They’re all beautiful, like a horse.

For more information on our membership see here: www.catalystarts.org.uk/membership/

Terms and Conditions

Each member is eligible to submit one piece of work in any medium. This must be brought or posted to the gallery and will be installed wherever they choose.
Because of the large amount of submissions annually received, the applicants must consider the following specifications: the maximum dimensions accepted for canvas and photographic prints are 2.50×2.50 meters, sculptures and installation must be not larger than 3 meters cubed.

We encourage members to submit proposals for performances, which will be featured during the opening. If you want to propose a performance, please send us an e-mail (catalysarts@gmail.com) with a short text (150 words) and documentation (1 to 3 photo or a link to a video) of your work. The deadline for the submission for performances is 21st of August, 12 am.

If you wish to show a video, artists must provide all the technical equipment required (projector/screen, dvd player, headphones/speakers).

The drop-off for install will take place on the 1st and 2nd of September, from 11am to 5pm; and the 3rd of September, from 11am to 3pm. We will be unable to accept works outside of these times.
The de-install will take place the 7th of September, from 11am to 5pm. All work must be collected on this day.

If you have any questions or queries please send an e-mail to catalystarts@gmail.com

(9) Catalyst Arts è lietissima di annunciare Saloon, una roba della durata di quattro –anzi no, tre, SORRY – giorni. Vogliamo svecchiare l’idea del borioso salone-salotto borghese, luogo di intrattenimento per signore impellicciate e rispettabili signori hipster-barbuti. Vogliamo vedere i lavori più visionari, indecenti, controversi, sorprendenti e originali dell’intero gruppo dei cosiddetti “Members”. Con le vostre creazioni vogliamo tappezzare le pareti, il pavimento, il soffitto, la tavoletta del cesso, ogni crepa ed interstizio dello spirito tormentato che abita questo edificio. Facendo tesoro della malinconia e nausea che trasuda dalle vostre carriere di artisti falliti, trasformeremo Catalyst Arts in un’enorme wonderhammer.

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Catalyst Arts features in Art Monthly | Belfast Round-up

03/07/2015

 

Art Monthly Magazine, Belfast Round-up – July 2015

Art Monthly published an article on Belfast latest exhibitions, including our Members Show “Under the Radar’ along with the events in Platform and the MAC.

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Paul Gwilliam | Catalyst Arts < = > O U T P O S T Residency Exchange

01/07/2015

 

Catalyst Arts < = > O U T P O S T  |  Residency Exchange

Paul Gwilliam  | Mike Harvey

9th July : Paul Gwilliam Artist Talk, Catalyst Arts 6 – 7 pm

Catalyst Arts is pleased to announce Paul Gwilliam and Mike Harvey as the selected artists to participate in this month’s upcoming shared residency between Catalyst Arts and O U T P O S T Gallery, Norwich.

This exchange is a unique four week programme for both organisations and has being developed over the course of a year to reflect both galleries distinct ideologies and current attitudes. The selected artists will be introduced to each cities energetic arts community through a series of artist talks, evening suppers and curator critiques. The artists will also meet with a number of peers for discourse on contemporary studio practice to further cultivate a durable and worthwhile dialogue between the two cities.

With no history or previous motivation towards studio provision, to ease and encourage our resident Catalyst have constructed a temporary fling. A large solitary wooden atelier has being implanted within Catalyst’s vast industrial space. This location has been provided to contribute to the improvement of its occupant’s condition not only as a space for reflection but also frenzied manufacturing if required.

Over the course of the Catalyst Arts Residency, Paul Gwilliam will develop the second part of his ongoing work ‘A Portrait of a Lynx’. The project attempts to bind his creative writing and art practice through a short story, in which sculpture, painting and performance are born out of the narrative. Through a process of role-play, inhabiting various strategies of making in which process and concept themselves become a mis-en-scene: plotlines, characters, and moveable sets. These assemblages allow Gwilliam to become, or work inside of, an appropriated and commodified aesthetic of intimacy.

The first act was set in the lucid dreams of Henry Moore. At dinner on a cruise ship eating only ice cream, it becomes apparent that Moore’s mental health is declining as he attempts to escape (setting sail) from his vast body of sculptural production. In this second part, the role of narrative continues to be an aggressor, fallen equal to the blurred objects and bodies it envelops.

Catalyst Arts are also delighted to announce Belfast based artist Mike Harvey has being selected as the recipient to spend one month in Gildengate House where he will continue his practice based research.

O U T P O S T is an artist-run gallery committed to the uncompromising presentation of contemporary art. Since its founding in 2004, O U T P O S T has established itself as a leading centre for artist activity in the east of England, producing a core programme of 11 exhibitions per year. Alongside a programme of offsite projects, events and a series of artist editions. This activity is generated by a rolling Sterling Committee of up to eight members, with a limit of two years service.

Paul Gwilliam (b.1984) graduated from the Slade School of Fine Art with an MA in Sculpture in 2013.

Mike Harvey’s recent shows include So Swamped So, at Xero Kline & Coma, London (2015) The MAC International, The MAC, Belfast (2014) and other redacted theorems, PS2, Belfast (2014) & Little Kingdoms at Catalyst Arts, Belfast (2014)

 

 

 

 

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LETTERS OF THE ARCHIVE | Keats & Chapman | 25th June

27/06/2015

 

As part of GARRINCHA programme, Catalyst Arts presents “Letters of the Archive’. 
This is the second time we have worked with Keats & Chapman, the second hand bookshop on North Street, to disseminate different parts of our archive and this time we are focusing on letters that have been received by or sent into the gallery.  The 25th of June a reading of some of these letters has take place in the bookshop.

Throughout 2015 Catalyst will work with a number of organisations to present a series of individual off-site situations connecting disparate aspects and locations of the city into a neighbourhood of events. Bringing together a selection of artists, musicians, DIY collectives and live practitioners the GARRINCHA programme will begin cultivating new dialogues between Catalyst and the wider city of Belfast while reflecting on its position and re-questioning its own ideology.

 

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Catalyst Arts features in Cultweek | Greetings from Northern Ireland

26/06/2015

 

Cultweek Magazine, Greeting from Northern Ireland – 24th June 2015

An introduction to Catalyst Arts has been published in the Italian online-magazine Cultweek.

To read the article, click on the following link: http://www.cultweek.com/catalyst-art-gallery/

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‘and yet’ | New commission | Under The Radar

18/06/2015

Catalyst are delighted to announce a joint commission in collaboration with ‘Under The Radar’ curator, Michele Horrigan.

Belfast artist Jane Butler will create a new work titled ‘and yet’, this temporary site-specific installation will be situated on Dalton Street, East-Belfast from the 15th June until the 27th.

Jane Butler proposes an urban intervention in Belfast City centre, and yet. Acknowledging that a billboard at the top of Castle Street has sat empty and grown dilapidated for many years, the artist aims to replicate its identity and highlight its abandonment by copying and pasting it as a photographic reproduction onto a functioning billboard within the city. Butler notes that the project highlights the idea of the ‘discarded ordinary’  within the city, and acts to raise the familiar into the unusual.

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Under the Radar | Opening night | 11th June

17/06/2015

Under The Radar

Curated by Michele Horrigan / Askeaton Contemporary Arts

Charlotte Bosanquet | Jane Butler | Paul McAree | Tonya McMullan

Andy Parker | Jim Ricks | Amanda Rice

Opening night: 11th June 6-9pm

Exhibition continues: 12th – 27th June

We are delighted to announce that this year’s edition of Catalyst Arts’ members show will be produced in collaboration with artist and curator Michele Horrigan of Askeaton Contemporary Arts, Limerick. This collaboration has led to a selection of works which have been developed in response to particular aspects of the city and its situations.

 

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Alessia Cargnelli | Ca’Foscari & Erasmus + Scholarship

16/06/2015

 

 

 

 Catalyst Arts would like to warmly welcome Alessia Cargnelli who will be working with the gallery for the next three months.

This continues Catalyst’s relationship with Ca’Foscari University in Venice in providing opportunities for Italian recent graduates to work with artist led spaces.

 

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Catalyst Arts | Artist-led Archive

14/06/2015

Catalyst Arts is pleased to continue its collaboration with Megs Morley, the curator of the Irish Artist-led Archive.

The archive is currently hosted in IMMA (Dublin) as part of  ‘More Than One Maker’ project.

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Under The Radar

01/06/2015

 

Under The Radar

Charlotte Bosanquet | Jane Butler | Paul McAree | Tonya McMullan

Andy Parker | Jim Ricks | Amanda Rice

Opening night: 11th June 6-9pm

Exhibition continues: 12th – 27th June

11th June 6 – 7pm: A panel discussion between the selected artists and curator, Michele Horrigan

We are delighted to announce that this year’s edition of Catalyst Arts’ members show will be produced in collaboration with artist and curator Michele Horrigan of Askeaton Contemporary Arts, Limerick. This collaboration has led to a selection of works which have been developed in response to particular aspects of the city and its situations. Central to this was the legacy of Catalyst Art’s role as an agent for re­interrogating conventional modes of artistic practice and critical negotiations of private and public space. ‘Under the Radar’ presents the curator’s selection of seven member’s work, providing close mentorship with the artists and their current practice. Horrigan’s curatorial approach through her work with Askeaton Contemporary Arts focuses on the existing dynamics of the locale, intending to bring forward the diverse layers of daily life and create a rich framework for subjective encounters.

‘’For over twenty years, Catalyst Arts has followed a path of improvisation in its unsure, yet always invigorating existence. Secretly, no one really knows what lies ahead – its programme, community and members never harden into stable or institutional values. Instead Catalyst floats upon the transitory and provisional nature of contemporary urban life in Belfast – always provoking and alluding to the need for agitation and continual deviation from hegemonical structures imposed on culture. This summer, its’ members show seeks to further develop these themes. The seven selected artists and artworks have been considered for their role in exploring unnoticed situations within the city, the gallery space and the further frameworks that both contain and allow personal agency and freedom. Catalyst continues to offer a diverse platform for these discussions.’’

­ Michele Horrigan

Curator / Askeaton Contemporary Arts

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Catalyst Arts EGM 2015

30/05/2015

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NOTICE OF THE EXTRAORDINARY GENERAL MEETING OF

C A T A L Y S T   A R T S   L T D

This is notice that an extraordinary general meeting (EGM) of the members of the above-named company will be held at the following address:

5 College Court, Belfast, BT1 6BS

On: Monday 29th June 2015  At: 18:00

The main business of the meeting will be:

To consider and, if thought fit, to pass the following resolution which will be proposed as a special resolution for the amendment of Catalyst Arts governing document. (See below)

  1. Welcome / Opening remarks
  2. Swearing in of new Director
  3. To consider and, if thought fit, to pass the following resolution which will be proposed as a special resolution for the amendment of Catalyst Arts governing document. (See below)
  4. Discussion of current premises and potential options for future Catalyst Arts location
  5. Any other business
  6. Closing remarks

In order to gain the broadest range of opinions on all matters under discussion, we would request and very much appreciate the attendance of all members at this event. We look forward to seeing you in June.

To RSVP your attendance or for any additional information on the EGM arrangements please contact us at catalystarts@gmail.com

  The date of this notice is: 30/05/2015 By order of the Board of Directors / Signed: Micheál Conlon, Chair The registered office of the company is: Catalyst Arts Gallery, 5 College Court, Belfast, BT1 6BS Note A member of the company who is entitled to attend and vote at the above-mentioned meeting is entitled to appoint a proxy, who need not be a member of the company, to attend, speak and vote instead of him, her or it.

_______________________________________________________________________________________________

SPECIAL RESOLUTION

THAT THE MEMORANDUM AND ARTICLES OF ASSOCIATION OF THE COMPANY BE AMENDED AS FOLLOWS:

The charitable objects be amended to better describe the charitable work of Catalyst Arts Ltd and the entire memorandum and articles of association be amended and incorporated into the new form articles of a company to reflect the changes in company law and to improve the governance of the Company.

Four weeks notice has been given for this EGM in keeping with our standard procedures and to allow our membership adequate time to review the relevant documents. Catalyst Arts is a company limited by guarantee and its governing document is a Memorandum and Articles of Association (M&AA). Please click on the highlighted links to view;

 

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Generate | Opening Night | 8th, 21st, 28th May

30/05/2015

GENERATE | eegb | BYOB

Drydan Wilson | Edmund Eva & George Baldwin | BYOB

Opening 7th May 6-9pm

8th May – 28th May

Catalyst Arts is pleased to present Generate, an exciting temporary format to provide a platform for artists based currently in Belfast.

Over the course of May several events take place in order to shine light on the exciting developments in different areas of art in Belfast this spring.

Drydan Wilson is a current student of University of Ulster in Belfast who has just finished his Erasmus year in Finland. His work is expansive and growing and he take on the entire gallery space.

eegb (Edmund Eva & George Baldwin) is a research group focussed around drawing who design and construct various machines that to simulate various behavioural phenomena.

Generate culminate with the BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer) night, during which participants are invited to bring a projector and show their work wherever they can find a space on the walls of Catalyst Arts.

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PRIME Collective | Catalyst Arts & MAC | 26th May

27/05/2015

PRIME collective visits Catalyst Arts for the eegb event as part of GENERATE on 26th of May.

The event is part of PRIME collective’s mentorship scheme with the ‘MADE’ group at MAC.

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BYOB | Bring Your Own Beamer night | Open Call

19/05/2015

Want to show your video work in Catalyst?

Our first BYOB night happens on the next Thursday – no selection process, just send us an email to catalystarts@gmail.com then drop in with your projector and video on the 28th May to set up.

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New Director | Brónach McGuinness

15/05/2015

Catalyst would like to give a warm welcome to our new Director, Belfast artist Brónach McGuinness who has recently joined the board. We look forward to working with her for the next two years.

Brónach McGuinness (b. 1991) graduated from the University of Ulster with a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art in 2014. She received the Royal Ulster Academy Award for Outstanding Students and the Platform Arts Graduate Residency Award for her degree show exhibition. She has exhibited widely within the North of Ireland most recently in the Market Place Arts Centre, Armagh, Féile an Earrigh, Atelier Design Studios and the Royal Ulster Academy Annual Exhibition in Belfast. Her practice ranges from drawing and painting to assemblage and installations made from wood and metal. In 2014 she worked in Italy collaborating with Centro Ave Arte, a group of international artists based in Incisa in Val d’Arno. She is currently artist in resident at Platform Arts, Belfast. 

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Call-out for New Directors

13/05/2015

Catalyst Arts welcomes applications of expressions of interest for new Co-Directors. 

 

Catalyst Arts has been one of the most important and innovative artist-led spaces for contemporary art in Belfast since it began in 1993. The driving force behind the organisation has always been the dedicated committee of directors who have worked tirelessly over the years to ensure the gallery remains at the forefront of the visual art scene in Northern Ireland. Catalyst’s directorship has an international reputation as a training ground for young curatorial talent, with each director serving a term of two years working on a voluntary basis.

Please click the following links to download our Co-Director Application Form and Co-Director Job Description which can be sent by email to catalystarts@gmail.com.

Deadline: 13/06/15

 Please feel free to e-mail us with any queries at catalystarts@gmail.com or call in to the office at 5 College Court, Belfast , BT1 6 BS

 

 

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In Focus 2011| Archive video on Catalyst Arts

09/05/2015

 

Here is a nice find from our archive showing what Catalyst looked like in 2011 with ‘In Focus’, featuring some great ex-directors : https://vimeo.com/131093082

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Generate

30/04/2015

Drydan Wilson

8th – 15th May

Opening 7th May 6-9pm

eegb

21st – 23rd May

Opening Event 21st May 6-9pm
Artist Talk at 6pm

BYOB

28th May

 

Catalyst Arts is pleased to present Generate, an exciting temporary format to provide a platform for artists based currently in Belfast.  Over the course of May several events will take place in order to shine light on the exciting developments in different areas of art in Belfast this spring.

Drydan Wilson is a current student of University of Ulster in Belfast who has just finished his Erasmus year in Finland. Wilson’s work is expansive and growing and he will be taking on the entire gallery space of Catalyst. The sheer scale of his work swells to fit any space that the work is inhabiting and we are very pleased to be able to give his work the opportunity to materialise in Catalyst.

eegb (Edmund Eva & George Baldwin) is a research group focussed around drawing who design and construct various machines that to simulate various behavioural phenomena. The Machine serves as a mechanical extension of the artist and as a medium allowing us to explore and visualize concepts concerning power, creativity, authorship and the act of mark making. Using a drawing machine, they will graph a simulation of flocking behaviour over a three day period. The machine will plot the path of each individual agent within the flock, one at a time, building up a trace of the overall movement, creating a dense, textured drawing with an emergent fluidity. Currently based at DAS (Digital Arts Studio Belfast) Eva and Baldwin are now making themselves known in the arts community of Belfast.

Wilson’s work coupled with eegb provide a delicate nuance of ideas. There is a clear line of stylised rhythm between the three artists. At different stages of their careers, the group provides an interesting dialogue between sculpture, drawing and digital media.

Generate will culminate in Belfast’s first BYOB (Bring Your Own Beamer) night, during which participants are invited to bring a projector and show their work wherever they can find a space on the walls of Catalyst Arts. BYOB is a series of one night events that happen all over the world, invented by Rafaël Rozendaal. This exciting and celebratory night is a way of showcasing literally everyone’s (that can fit!) current digital media visual arts practice, and highlights our current aspect of screen viewing. The idea brings the online seclusion of many video artists right out of the internet and into the gallery space. If you would like to be involved in Catalyst’s BYOB, please get in touch at catalystarts@gmail.com

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The Existence Of Flamethrowers On Your Street | Catalyst Arts & 126, Galway | Opening Night | 24th April

29/04/2015

Martin Boyle | Liliane Puthod | Atom Tick | Iain Griffin | John Macormac | Anita Delaney | John Lawrence | David Blandy

24th April 2015 – 8th May 2015

Opening: Friday 24th April 2015

18: 00 – 19:30: Exhibition Opening at 126, Galway

20:00 – ­21:30: Live Event at Áras na nGael, Galway

This year, through a series of small scale collaborations with artists, collectives and organisations Catalyst Arts will pilot a new auxiliary off­site programme titled ‘Garrincha’ which will further promote the commissioning of new works of artistic merit by emerging artists with a non ­gallery centred practice, for temporal and event based works.

The first of these collaborations has been through the invitation of 126 in Galway, for which Catalyst Arts has selected artists working across a range of disciplines, encompassing a two ­person exhibition at 126 Gallery space by Martin Boyle and Liliane Puthod, whose work excavates or activates commonplace aspects of the civic and urban landscape which have been ignored or overlooked in recent times as the sites for new interventions and dialogues.

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The Existence Of Flamethrowers On Your Street | Catalyst Arts in 126, Galway

22/04/2015

 

Martin Boyle | Liliane Puthod | Atom Tick | Iain Griffin | John Macormac | Anita Delaney | John Lawrence | David Blandy

24th April 2015 – 8th May 2015

Opening: Friday 24th April 2015

18: 00 – 19:30: Exhibition Opening at 126, Galway

20:00 – ­21:30: Live Event at Áras na nGael, Galway


“The very existence of flamethrowers proves that some time, somewhere, someone said to themselves. You know, I want to set those people over there on fire, but I’m just not close enough to get the job done.”

― George Carlin

Since its inception over twenty years ago, by a multidisciplinary group of artists, theatre makers, architects and educators, Catalyst Arts is one of the longest running artist ­led organisations in Ireland and the UK, committed to delivering a programme which embraces risk and expands beyond the gallery to provide innovative opportunities for artists.

This year, through a series of small scale collaborations with artists, collectives and organisations Catalyst Arts will pilot a new auxiliary off­site programme titled ‘Garrincha’ which will further promote the commissioning of new works of artistic merit by emerging artists with a non ­gallery centred practice, for temporal and event based works.

The first of these collaborations has been through the invitation of 126 in Galway, for which Catalyst Arts has selected artists working across a range of disciplines, encompassing a two ­person exhibition at 126 Gallery space by Martin Boyle and Liliane Puthod, whose work excavates or activates commonplace aspects of the civic and urban landscape which have been ignored or overlooked in recent times as the sites for new interventions and dialogues.

Following the opening of this exhibition on Friday 24th audience are invited to a join us for an off­site, live event held at Áras na nGael from 8pm showcasing a selection of video screenings, performance and music by artists from across Ireland and the UK. Within this context of re-­interrogating conventional modes of artistic practice ‘The Existence of Flamethrowers in your Street’ aims to continue Catalyst Arts commitment to providing opportunities for a range of multi­disciplinary activities both in the gallery framework and off­site.

Catalyst Arts would like to thank 126 for the invitation to collaborate on this projects and to extend an open invitation to all to attend both the opening and live events which are free.

Primary Resource is a curatorial project taking place in 126 throughout 2015 that aims to make a practice based response to the 126 FOOTFALL research report that was published in March 2015. FOOTFALL began an line of enquiry into what separates the activities of artist led organisations from those of other art institutions in Ireland and what role they play in artists’ careers. With Primary Resource we invite five diverse artist led organisations to react to the FOOTFALL research and findings though their own practice. These five responses may take varying forms and will take place in the 126 gallery space throughout 2015. Each organisations response to one curatorial arc will contribute to a process that can be critically viewed as a whole.

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Orpheus B Exhibition | 2nd year Fine Art / Belfast School of Art

17/04/2015

16th April – 18th April

Opening event: 16th April, 6-9 pm

The 2nd Year Sculpture and Lens Course from the Belfast School of Art are presenting their end of year show.

Catalyst Arts is pleased to continue to provide opportunities for students, facilitating new and emerging artists and maintaining its relationship with Fine Arts universities.

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O U T P O S T | Residency Exchange

16/04/2015

 

 

Call for Submissions: Residency Exchange 2015

Catalyst Arts Gallery, Belfast <> OUTPOST, Norwich

1 – 31 July 2015

Information for prospective Catalyst Arts Member applicants

OUTPOST is an artist-run gallery committed to the uncompromising presentation of contemporary art. Since its founding in 2004, OUTPOST has established itself as a leading centre for artist activity in the east of England, producing a core programme of 11 exhibitions per year. Alongside a programme of offsite projects, events and a series of artists editions. This activity is generated by a rolling Steering Committee of up to eight members, with a limit of two years service.

Artists who have shown at OUTPOST include Elizabeth Price, John Russell, Karla Black and Nicholas Byrne. OUTPOST is supported by the Arts Council England and operates a membership scheme which is open to anyone to join. Members are encouraged to submit material to the members’archive, to be considered for various artists’opportunities and affordable studios. A five minute walk from the gallery building, OUTPOSTstudios provide fit for purpose facilities for 80 artists, a residency space, a workshop and a secondary exhibition space.

 Following the success of prior residency programmes, OUTPOST is delighted to continue partnering with peer artist-led galleries and invite Catalyst members to apply for Members’Exchange 2015, a residency programme co-produced between OUTPOST and Catalyst. This twinned residency offers an opening for two artists, one selected from each organisation’s respective membership, to develop their practice on an national platform, engage in current debate concerning contemporary art practice, carry out research and experimentation and contribute to the dynamic of an artistic community.

 The Catalyst member will be working in a large ground floor exhibition space (Gildengate House) for three weeks, with an option to extend the residency by one week. This fourth week is an opportunity to present a solo show in Gildengate House. Whilst resident in Norwich, the Catalyst member will receive full technical, promotional and logistical support. The artist will be provided with a budget to cover travel, accommodation and materials in addition to a daily stipend for the duration of the residency. A proportion of the total budget has been allocated to providing some mentoring, which can be arranged in dialogue with the selected artist to ensure a relevant group of people are invited to studio visits.

 For further information about OUTPOST please contact:

questions@norwichoutpost.org or follow on Twitter https://twitter.com/outpostgallery

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OUTPOST Residency Overview

The selected Belfast based artist will be based in OUTPOSTstudios, using Gildengate House as a studio facility and exhibition space.

Accommodation will be provided in the city centre of Norwich.

The allocated budget of £1200 will cover travel expenses, material costs, subsistence and mentoring.

At the beginning of the residency period, the selected artist will be asked to give a brief introductory presentation.

At the conclusion of the residency the participant will be invited to make a solo show in the form of a public exhibition.

The resident artist will receive full technical, promotional and logistical assistance from OUTPOST steering committee.

 

 Submission Information for Belfast Applicants

Catalyst members are invited to submit applications to participate in Members’ Exchange 2015. All applications must be made by email to questions@norwichoutpost.org, cc catalystarts@gmail.com and have the subject heading Members’ Exchange 2015 Belfast applicant.

 Application Guidelines:

CV

Please include your exhibition and educational background. Artists Statement in 250 words or less, write a statement outlining your current practice. Statement of Objectives, in 250 words or less describe your proposed plans for projects, ideas and your expectations for the residency.

Documentation

Text – .pdf / .doc / .rtf

Image – .jpg / .png / .gif (72dpi, maximum 10 images)

Audio – .mp3 / .wav

Video – .mov / .mp4 / .avi (maximum 10 minutes duration)

Unfortunately we are unable to accept applications in the form of links to websites, please only include this information for reference in your CV, along with the material listed above. Please note that the maximum attachment size per email is 10mb, for larger files please send either a We

Timetable for Applications:

Deadline: 31st May 2015, 11:59pm

 Selection

All applications by Catalyst members will be reviewed by OUTPOST steering committee and the successful applicant notified on 5th June 2015.

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Sluice Art Fair Encounters | Video interview on Catalyst Arts

05/04/2015

Sluice Art Fair meet Catalyst Arts’ Directors Jane Butler and Edel O’Reilly recently.  

A short video interview – part of the series Encounters – can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/122990901

 

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Expanded Territories | Catalyst Arts

01/04/2015

Catalyst Arts is delighted to host the Expanded Territories exhibition tours.

2nd April – 10th April 2015

Opening 2nd April, 6-9 pm

Expanded Territories explores the outcomes of bringing together people from divergent industries, fields and disciplines and encourages them to create solutions together, step out of their comfort zones and collaborate, support and inform each other. Expanded Territories will demonstrate the creative and innovative talents of the region, and highlight the distinctive resources and character of the region articulated through prototype products, concepts and experiences. Certain unifying themes are evident – (re)connection to natural resources, the sharing of creativity, sustainability and regeneration, and re-localisation, focusing on the overall objectives of the HCP. The April Exhibition will showcase concepts from cycle 2 of the Creative Labs and we would propose that the opportunity between June and December would bring together Creative Labs concepts from both cycles in addition to the presentations of the 12 new products which have been supported & developed through the HC programme. The exhibition will showcase the creative Labs concepts from both project cycles , 12 new product development projects and if possible an ancillary representation of the results of some of the HCP master classes which were based on the use of new techniques and digital technologies. The exhibition will be a culmination of the results of the overall Harnessing Creativity Project which concludes in June 2015. A number of the individual Creative Labs concepts from both cycles could have regional significance or could be developed across NI / Ireland.

For more information: http://www.harnessingcreativity.eu/

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Catalyst Arts features in State Magazine | Alchemy & Art

30/03/2015

State Magazine – March 2015

State Magazine’s article on Catalyst Arts and Platform Arts.

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A False Sense | Video Documentation

18/03/2015

 

In July 2014 we commissioned Liam Crichton, Hannah McBride, Mark Orange, PRIME Collective and Tom Watt to make five new site-specific works as part of ‘A False Sense‘.

A short documentary was made for the opening of this exhibition and can be viewed here: https://vimeo.com/122537883

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ArtWorks Conversations: Colin Darke & Paul Sullivan

18/03/2015

Discussion: March 26th 5.30-7.30pm

As part of the ArtWorks Conversation series initiated by the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Catalyst Arts will host a discursive event focusing on projects which take a contemporary approach to unfolding issues around public art commissions and re-interrogates notions of collaboration and community in this process.

Artist Colin Darke and Paul Sullivan of Static, Liverpool have been invited to deliver lectures on relevant projects based in Northern Ireland.

Colin Darke will discuss his temporary public work ‘Crash‘ from 1997. Paul Sullivan will present his research on a new project, ‘Four Square Laundry‘.

For more information on the ArtWorks series see here: http://www.artworksphf.org.uk/artworks-conversations/

Crash

In September 1997, the Association of International Art Critics (AICA) held its Congress in Belfast and Derry, organised by Liam Kelly, under the title Art and Centres of Conflict, Outer and Inner Realities. In support of the main conference in Derry, Professor Kelly commissioned a number of artists to make temporary public artworks in the city.

Colin Darke’s commissioned piece was titled Crash, located on the grass banking running from Derry’s 17th-century fortifications to Fahan Street in the lower Bogsidearea of the city. This stretch of the old wall had been for many years a politically contentious space, a flashpoint for tension when the Orange Order and the Apprentice Boys used it as part of their marching routes. The work consisted of an enlarged copy of Malevich’s Black Square, Red Square, cut into the turf, the earth coloured accordingly. The piece was intended to consider the dialectic between material and religious considerations in art around the time of the Russian Revolution, juxtaposed with the debatable identity of the northern sectarian/class conflict.

Four Square Laundry 
On the Twinbrook Estate, Belfast, 2nd October 1972, a British Army undercover operation called the Four Square Laundry Service was ambushed by the Provisional IRA.

The fictitious laundry service toured Catholic areas touting for custom at cut-price rates. The clothes collected could then be subjected to forensic tests and returned the following week. Regular runs would also provide an opportunity for observation of particular suspect houses.

Source: ‘The Guineapigs‘ by John McGuffin (1974, 1981) Chapter 9: Down on the Killing Floor.

Paul Sullivan uses this one incident during the Troubles in order to investigate a wider set of complex issues, in particular the military urban planning tactics that were developed and deployed in Northern Ireland in the early 1970′s, and the possibility that these tactics have subsequently been transferred and continue to be used in major British cities for the purpose of control.

Through the use of doubling every drawing with slight variations – each one referencing either a Republican or a British version of events – the Four Square Laundry drawing series mirror the immediate and long-term points of counter-claim evident from oppositional factions in any war situation, thus making the notion of what is truth and what is lie almost subservient to what needs to operate as myth within the cultural and media contexts of the given situation.

The series also examines how the British Army successfully recruited large numbers of 1st or 2nd generation Irish catholics in Liverpool, who in turn pretty quickly found themselves back in Ireland fighting a war. In examining this issue, the drawings depict the urban environments of the British Army’s recruitment grounds and by proxy, begin to examine the reasons of how and why a relatively recent Irish diaspora would lose such a connection with their immediate past. The drawings also speculate on the urban myth that the British Army built a replica Belfast housing estate in a major British City in order to recruit and train.

The Four Square Laundry drawing series is the first phase of a wider set of works that will lead to a film reconstruction of The Four Square Laundry incident, a performative project and a publication.

 

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Catalyst Arts | Michele Horrigan Curates Members Show 2015 | Open-Call

11/03/2015

 

Catalyst Arts are delighted to announce that Irish artist/curator Michele Horrigan will be curating this years Members Show, 2015.

Deadline: 07/04/15

For over twenty years, Catalyst Arts has followed a path of improvisation in its unsure, yet always invigorating existence. Secretly, no one really knows what lies ahead – its programme, community and members never harden into stable or institutional values. Instead Catalyst floats upon the transitory and provisional nature of contemporary urban life in Belfast – always provoking and alluding to the need for agitation and continual deviation from hegemonical structures imposed on culture.

Our 2015 members show seeks to further develop these themes. Curated by Michele Horrigan, artworks will be considered for their role in exploring unnoticed situations within the city, the gallery space and the further frameworks that both contain and allow personal agency and freedom. How can Catalyst continue to offer a diverse platform for these discussions? As ever in its history, let its members decide! We welcome new proposals and existing artworks in all media.

Submissions must include: C.V | 250 word statement/proposal | Bio. | 5-10 Images in PDF format

Email submissions to: catalystarts@gmail.com

Applications can be accepted from Catalyst Art members only. Apply for membership here: http://www.catalystarts.org.uk/membership/

About the curator: Michele Horrigan is an artist and curator based in London and County Limerick. She studied at the Univeristy of Ulster and the Stadelschule in Frankfurt am Main. Since 2006, she is founder and curatorial director of Askeaton Contemporary Arts where over sixty artists projects have been produced in direct relationship to the town of Askeaton, County Limerick.

See: www.askeatonarts.com

(Image: No Trustpassing, Catalyst Arts Members Show, 2010)

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Catalyst Arts in 126 Gallery | Members Open Call

11/03/2015

Catalyst Arts are pleased to announce an exhibition opportunity in collaboration with 126 Gallery, Galway.

Deadline: 01/04/2015

Following on from the research initiated by 126 into the agency and legacy of artist-led spaces, Catalyst Arts’ intention for this collaboration is to further pilot projects which are mutable and alternating, reflecting core aspects of Catalyst’s model to instigate new opportunities for artists beyond conventional art infrastructure.

As an artist-led organisation Catalyst Arts has remained a dedicated advocate for new and innovative opportunities for artists and audiences of all ages and disciplines, which cannot be provided by conventional art institutions. In the coming year, Catalyst intends to reignite this off-site activism questioning the role and relationship between Northern Ireland’s history of artists commissions and public space. This will begin in the new year through a series of small scale collaborations with artists and collectives whose practice excavates or activates commonplace aspects of the civic, urban and rural landscape which have been ignored or overlooked in recent times as the sites for new interventions and dialogues. Projects such as these will continue to be developed through a new auxiliary off-site programme titled ‘Garrincha’ which will further promote the commissioning of new works by emerging artists with a non-gallery centred practice, for temporal and event based works.

For this collaboration, Catalyst will extend its off-site ‘Garrincha’  programme to Galway, and are seeking proposals from Catalyst Arts membership. Artists are sought to participate in two different formats, of the gallery space and those who propose to stage and test new event/live work for a one night festival. The 126 gallery space will be presented as a two-person show.

Submissions must include: C.V | 250 word statement/proposal | Bio. | 5-10 Images in PDF format

Email submissions to: catalystarts@gmail.com

Applications can be accepted from Catalyst Arts members only. Apply for membership here: http://www.catalystarts.org.uk/membership/

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GET IN LANE | Opening Night | 5th March

07/03/2015

STUDENT AND RECENT GRADUATE SHOW 2015

6th March – 28th March 2015
Opening: 5th March 6-9pm

Pre-Opening Tour: 5th March 5.30-6pm

Corie Denby McGowan | Deirdre Canavan | Rachel Marum | Louise Concannon |

Brian O’Shea | Nuno Direitinho | Cate Smith

Catalyst Arts is pleased to present the Student and Recent Graduate Show 2015. Get In Lane refers to the stifling necessity for graduates to decide on their future direction. Aiming to break these boundaries Catalyst encourages artists to experiment with their work in the space, creating new freedoms in a professional context. Selected through a UK and Ireland open call, seven artists show the breadth and variety of work being made in universities today. While gaining experience exhibiting alongside their peers, Catalyst is excited to encourage the artists at this point in their careers.

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James McCann | MONOMANIA 5 | GARRINCHA

05/03/2015

 

James McCann | MONOMANIA 5 at Flax Studios

Screening: 5th March 6-9pm

Continuing Catalysts development of one night off-site events through our GARRINCHA programme, Catalyst Arts in collaboration with Flax Art Studios presents a new video work by Glasgow based artist James McCann, MONOMANIA 5.

‘Situated within the detritus and imposing machinery of a dark workshop, ‘MONOMANIA 5′ is a video culmination of a number of different projects undertaken while trying to make sense of Cognitive Diagrams given to me as part of a course of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.’

James Mc Cann is a Cork/Glasgow based artist and Royal College of Art graduate, he is currently studying for a PhD at Glasgow School of Art. His work is usually Sculpture, Video, or Performance based.

With thanks to44-46 Corporation St, Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT1 3DE

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Catalyst Arts Open Day | 9th March

03/03/2015

On Monday the 9th of March we are having our first open day. The day is particularly presented for potential candidates who would like to apply to be a future director of Catalyst. From 1pm-3pm we will host an informal introduction to the workings of Catalyst, its current board and the problems and potentials of running an artist led space. The day is also open to those interested in our new volunteer programme.

There will also be an informative seminar led by ex-directors on their experience of running Catalyst Arts.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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GET IN LANE | Student / Recent Graduate Show

02/03/2015

Corie Denby McGowan | Deirdre Canavan | Rachel Marum  Louise Concannon | Brian O’Shea | The Edinburgh Nude Historical Re-Enactment Society | Nuno Direitinho | Cate Smith

6th March – 28th March 2015

Opening event: 5th March 2015, 6-9pm

Pre-show tour: 5pm – 6pm

 Catalyst Arts is pleased to present the Student and Recent Graduate Show 2015. Get In Lane refers to the stifling necessity for graduates to decide on their future direction. Aiming to break these boundaries Catalyst encourages artists to experiment with their work in the space, creating new freedoms in a professional context. Selected through a UK and Ireland open call, seven artists show the breadth and variety of work being made in universities today. While gaining experience exhibiting alongside their peers, Catalyst is excited to encourage the artists at this point in their careers.

 

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Professional Practice | Belfast School of Art and Design

24/02/2015

 Our Co-director Mary Stevens will give a talk about Catalyst Arts as part of the Professional Practice programme to the students of the Belfast School of Arts on 24th February 2015

 

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Archive Assistant

10/02/2015

 

In partnership with the University of Ulster, Catalyst Arts are looking for an enthusiastic archive assistant to work alongside Dr. Cherie Driver, lecturer in the Belfast School of Art. This voluntary role will allow the assistant to learn a number of skills in the care and preservation of archive collections. The assistant will be expected to work a maximum of five hours a week but this can be negotiated according to the assistants schedule. The assistant will also present documents and media for public display within Catalyst Arts throughout the year and be a vital asset to our resource team.

Please submit a C.V and short statement detailing your relevant experience and interest to: catalystarts@gmail.com

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BASIC OPERATION | Opening Night | 26th February

08/02/2015

BASIC OPERATION

5th-25th February 2015

April Chiders | Ben Craig | Jerstin Crosby | Rivkah Gevinson | Jonah King | Ben Kinsley | Jessica Langley

Una Lee | Johanna Leech | Andrew Salomone | Leah Beeferman & Pierre Le Hors

Basic Operation is an experiment in a collaborative process between New York and Belfast based artists, concerned with the creation, value and experience of art.

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Common Practice | Central Saint Martins London

06/02/2015

Two of our Co-directors are attending Public Assets, a conference organised by Common Practice at Central Saint Martins in London on 6th February. Common Practice presents a one-day conference to discuss the ways in which small-scale arts organisations produce artistic value beyond measurability and quantification, provide spaces for public experience extra to the market, and in so doing contribute importantly to cultural wealth. In this way, small-scale arts organisations provide ample evidence of the necessity to build rather than diminish state funding for the arts as a core public asset.

 

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Basic Operation

05/02/2015

 

April Chiders | Ben Craig | Jerstin Crosby | Rivkah Gevinson | Jonah King | Ben Kinsley | Jessica Langley

Una Lee | Johanna Leech | Andrew Salomone | Leah Beeferman & Pierre Le Hors

5th-25th February 2015 
Closing Event: 25th February 6-9pm

Basic Operation is an experiment in a collaborative process between New York and Belfast based artists, concerned with the creation, value and experience of art.

Initial ideas, concepts, starting points and proposals were firstly gathered from New York, with no restrictions on content, detail or format. The only request was that the submissions must be proposals for as-of-yet unrealised works of art and uploaded to the Basic Operation blog.
The suggestions may be from small observations to larger strategies; sketchbook pages, post-it notes, drawings, plans for social events and interventions.

Catalyst Arts will invite a selection of Belfast artists to respond to these original ideas and encouraged to open up, interpret, and misinterpret, the levels of the submitted content.

To follow the artists progress see here: http://basicoperation.tumblr.com/

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Basic Operation | Johanna Leech perfomance

02/02/2015

As part of Basic Operation, this Thursday 26th February 2015 from 7-7.30 pm Belfast based artist Johanna Leech presents a new perfomance, ” Ononharoia”.

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As it Stands | RESORT

01/02/2015

Catalyst Arts is delighted to present As It Stands, a collaborative exploration of isolated space at Riddells Warehouse, Ann Street. 

Over the last week, Catalyst Arts & Resort have been working collaboratively in this ‘isolated retreat’ away from the confines of the conventional gallery and studio space.

Catalyst Arts and Resort have taken up residence in Riddell’s Warehouse located on Ann Street, Belfast. Now a dilapidated listed building, its close proximity to Belfast City Centre and its inaccessibility to the public, mean it correlates with our working methods.

The empty warehouse which is due to become the future site for the Royal Ulster Academy, now stands expectantly, awaiting funding and further administrative work to allow it to become an art gallery. During their short stay in the historic site, Resort will begin to restore and expedite Riddell’s re-introduction into its urban surroundings.

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Student And Recent Graduate Show 2015 – Call for Submissions

31/01/2015

STUDENT AND RECENT GRADUATE SHOW 2015

CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS
Catalyst Arts is now seeking applications for its Student and Recent Graduate* Show of 2015.
Submissions should include 5 images of work, c.v, an artists statement and a written proposal of no more than 250 words each.
Closing date for submissions is Friday 13th February 2015 4pm.
Please send entries to: catalystarts@gmail.com
*Please Note: Criteria for recent graduate is graduation within 2014
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James McCann | ’99 Music Videos | GARRINCHA

27/01/2015

 

Initiating the GARRINCHA programme for 2015, Catalyst Arts in collaboration with The Hatfield House presents Glasgow based artist James McCann’s99 Music Videos’ on Friday 30th January 5pm.

The Hatfield House | Ormeau Road | January 30th 5pm

James Mc Cann is a Cork/Glasgow based artist and Royal College of Art graduate, he is currently studying for a PhD at Glasgow School of Art. His work is usually Sculpture, Video, or Performance based. His most recent work 99 Music Videos, is an ambitious project containing 99 separate films.

“I am interested in the idea of the compulsive artist/maker as allegorical construct, and that as an artist I am endlessly re-incarnating and re-appropriating what is essentially one unknown object. 

99 Music Videos is a project I have been working on for the last two years. The title is an appropriation of a utilitarian term, which has developed its own history and cultural identity. The number 99 was chosen because it is the largest double digit number. Similarly to the words ‘Music Video’, 99 is a number which has developed it’s own poetics (through ice creams, Nena, and Jay Z) while still retaining a utilitarian sense of units and of production.

This duality between utilitarianism and poetics is a theme that underlines the project as a whole. It’s origins were a pragmatic way of generating of work without a studio and utilizing non sequiturs and half formed ideas. Conversely, I have also been thinking about Walter Benjamin’s writings on the fragment and idea’s as constellation. A constellation as something which has a unique collective identity which only exists as the sum of all its parts.”

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Elena Francesca Doni | Leonardo da Vinci scholarship

27/01/2015

Catalyst Arts is delighted to welcome Elena Francesca Doni, an Italian Arts management student who is joining us on a four month internship thanks to a Leonardo da Vinci programme’s scholarship.

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BECOME A DIRECTOR

06/01/2015


Catalyst Arts welcomes applications of expressions of

interest for a new voluntary Co-Director

Would you like to be involved in running one of the leading artist-led galleries in the U.K.

We are currently looking for one new director with skills in P.R&Marketing and Admin&Finance.

Please download the information below which outlines the personal criteria as well as the roles and responsibilities for the position of director at Catalyst Arts.

Director Call Out – Application Download

Details of how to apply are also in this document.

Email us for anymore queries at catalystarts@gmail.com

Deadline 5pm 28th January

 

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Keats & Chapman | GARRINCHA | 31st January

02/01/2015

 

As part of GARRINCHA, Catalyst Arts will present a public selection of its archive at Keats and Chapman, an independent bookstore based in Belfast which specialises in second hand books.

Throughout 2015 Catalyst will work with a number of organisations to present a series of individual off-site situations connecting disparate aspects and locations of the city into a neighbourhood of events. Bringing together a selection of artists, musicians, DIY collectives and live practitioners the GARRINCHA programme will begin cultivating new dialogues between Catalyst and the wider city of Belfast while reflecting on its position and re-questioning its own ideology.

 

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COLLECTED review Amanda Beech: ‘All Obstructing Walls Have Been Broken Down’

22/12/2014

 

All Obstructing Walls Have Been Broken Down was the first solo show in Northern Ireland of British-born artist Amanda Beech, who is currently based in Los Angeles, where she is Dean of Critical Studies at Cal Arts. Given Beech’s academically-situated practice, it was appropriate that the exhibition was accompanied by public events – an artist’s talk in Ulster University and a related presentation by writer and critic Maeve Connolly, Televisual Transport: Freeways, Museums and Model Homes – that served to help unpack the work’s complex ideas around philosophical realism, the ontological underpinnings of art, spectatorship and public space. Read the review here.

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NOISE FEST | Opening Night | 11th December

12/12/2014

Opening 11th December – 16th January

Considering the overlapping tensions inherent within music culture and contemporary art practice, ‘NOISE FEST’ brings together the work of Ericka Beckman, Vivienne Dick, and Seamus Harahan. Collectively harnessing a vocabulary and sensibility that oscillates and slips between clear categories of distinction, the works incorporate the disparate tropes of experimental filmmaking with the aesthetic rhetoric of pseudo music documentary and video.

Ericka Beckman | Vivienne Dick | Seamus Harahan (with Cashier No.9 and BEW) | Kim Gordon | Dan Graham | ‘No New York’ (1978)

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NOISE FEST

11/12/2014

Ericka Beckman | Vivienne Dick | Seamus Harahan (with Cashier No.9 and BEW) | Kim Gordon | Dan Graham | ‘No New York’ (1978)

11 December 2014 – 16 January 2015
Opening: 11 December, 6-9pm 

‘No New York: Post-Punk Reflections’

An illustrated presentation by Phillip McCrilly in the gallery on January 15th from 6pm.

Vivienne Dick will be giving a short presentation on her work as part of ‘Noise Fest’ on January 7th at 1pm.

Considering the overlapping tensions inherent within music culture and contemporary art practice, ‘NOISE FEST’ brings together the work of Ericka Beckman, Vivienne Dick, and Seamus Harahan. Collectively harnessing a vocabulary and sensibility that oscillates and slips between clear categories of distinction, the works incorporate the disparate tropes of experimental filmmaking with the aesthetic rhetoric of pseudo music documentary and video.

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Duncan Campbell | Turner Prize

01/12/2014

Turner

Congratulations to ex-director Duncan Campbell on winning this year’s Turner Prize! We had the pleasure of working with Duncan earlier this year as part of ‘W I L D S C A P E S’.

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Hilary Murray Review | Amanda Beech

15/11/2014

Hillary Murray reviews All Obstructing Walls Have Been Broken Down, the first solo presentation of Amanda Beech in Northern Ireland. The review can be read here

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Catalyst Arts | Annual General Meeting 2014

28/10/2014

 

Dear Catalyst Arts member / associate

        That time of year has come around again where Catalyst Arts asks you to come and have your say at the Catalyst Arts Annual General Meeting.
        We are pleased to invite you to Catalyst Arts AGM 2014, which will take place at Catalyst Arts, 5 College Court, Belfast on Wednesday 26th of November 2014 at 6.30pm.
        We will give a breakdown of last year’s projects and future programming, and will discuss what has happened since our last AGM and the exciting things in store for Catalyst Arts. There will also be a number of extremely important issues discussed including a possible change of premises for Catalyst in 2016.

        In order to gain the broadest range of opinions on all matters under discussion, we would request and very much appreciate your attendance at this event. This event is for members only.

Agenda

Opening remarks/welcome

Apologies

Minutes of previous AGM

Matters arising from the minutes

Presentation of annual report (Chair)

Presentation of accounts (Treasurer)

Election of management committee/office bearers

Summary of last year’s programming

Summary of future programming

Progressions

Archive Report

Governance Progress

Alteration of Articles of Association by Special Resolution*

Any Other Business

Closing remarks

*See details and links below for Outline of Special Resolution

Catalyst Arts Governing Document Alterations

Catalyst Arts is currently in the process of amending its governing document, which has been developed and legally drafted in consultation with NICVA. In keeping with due process for the adoption of new Objects and Articles to our constitutionArticles of Association, Catalyst Arts will present the new draft of its proposed constitution to the members for adoption by special resolution. If successfully passed we will then be submitting this to Companies House for register.

Please click here to read over proposed Special Resolution, which covers the amendments and alterations to the governing document we intend to submit for register.

With reference to our original articles of association, the amendments outlined below have been drafted in accordance with new regulations for companies with charitable status to reflect best practice in our sector and safeguard against vulnerability of the organisation’s operations, finances and policies. The following objects and articles have been highlighted for special resolution, as they were never clearly defined in the original governing document and focus on the company’s objects, powers, quorum for meeting proceedings and appointment of directors.

For your consideration please click on the following links to see our original governing document 1993-2014 and final draft for new Articles of Association 2014.



        To RSVP your attendance or for any additional information on the AGM arrangements please contact us at catalystarts@gmail.comRefreshments will be provided.

        We look forward to seeing you in November.

 

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AMANDA BEECH All Obstructing Walls Have Been Broken Down | Opening Night | 16th October

17/10/2014

 

Opening 16th October – 21 November 2014

Catalyst Arts is pleased to present ‘All Obstructing Walls Have Been Broken Down’, the first solo presentation in Northern Ireland of the work of British-born, California-based artist Amanda Beech. The exhibition features a new suite of works on paper (2014) alongside the large-scale video installation, ‘Sanity Assassin’ (2010).

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Sinead Kennedy | GARRINCHA

08/10/2014

Sinead Kennedy

Opening: Thursday 9th 6-9pm

Sinead Kennedy is an artist working between the disciplines of Avant Garde fashion and Fine Art. Although her work in the past has been in the Avant Guarde fashion context, she is currently investigating the prospect of pushing out of this Avant Guarde fashion boundary and into the broader Fine Art context where the compositions need not be restricted to the confines of ‘a body’ and could be considered as sculptures in their own right.

Catalyst launches GARRINCHA, a new programme where artists will begin cultivating new dialogues between Catalyst and the wider city of Belfast through a series of exhibitions, events and off-site interventionist projects. Bringing together a variety of artists, DIY and live practioners GARRINCHA will run as a year long project.

Jill Quigley

Opening event : Thurs 21st Aug 6pm
21/08/14 – 04/09/14

Catalyst Arts launches GARRINCHA, a new programme where artists will begin cultivating new dialogues between Catalyst and the wider city of Belfast through a series of exhibitions, events and off-site interventionist projects. Bringing together a variety of artists, DIY collectives and live practitioners GARRINCHA will run as a year long project.

– See more at: http://www.catalystarts.org.uk/category/news/#sthash.lgyKueY7.dpuf

Jill Quigley

Opening event : Thurs 21st Aug 6pm
21/08/14 – 04/09/14

Catalyst Arts launches GARRINCHA, a new programme where artists will begin cultivating new dialogues between Catalyst and the wider city of Belfast through a series of exhibitions, events and off-site interventionist projects. Bringing together a variety of artists, DIY collectives and live practitioners GARRINCHA will run as a year long project.

– See more at: http://www.catalystarts.org.uk/category/news/#sthash.lgyKueY7.dpuf

Jill Quigley

Opening event : Thurs 21st Aug 6pm
21/08/14 – 04/09/14

Catalyst Arts launches GARRINCHA, a new programme where artists will begin cultivating new dialogues between Catalyst and the wider city of Belfast through a series of exhibitions, events and off-site interventionist projects. Bringing together a variety of artists, DIY collectives and live practitioners GARRINCHA will run as a year long project.

– See more at: http://www.catalystarts.org.uk/category/news/#sthash.lgyKueY7.dpuf

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New Director | Edel O’Reilly

05/10/2014

Catalyst Arts would like to welcome new Co-Director Edel O’Reilly to the board. We look forward to working with her over the next two years. 

Edel O’ Reilly (B. Laois 1985) is an inter-disciplinary artist and producer. A graduate of Crawford College of Art and Design, she was previously based in Cork city where she co-founded artist-led initiatives Cork Contemporary Projects / CCP (2008-2012) and associated project gallery The Space (2009-2010). Previous positions include Project Liaison Manager for Frieze Projects at Frieze London (2011-2012), events management with Temple Bar Gallery + Studio (2012) and archivist of time-based works at Boers-Li Gallery, Beijing (2011). Prior to joining Catalyst Arts she was a recipient of the artist-in-studio scheme with the National Sculpture Factory (2013-2014), which she utilised as an incubation period for site-specific research regarding changing modes of artistic production and labour in post-medium practice. 

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All Obstructing Walls Have Been Broken Down

04/10/2014

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All Obstructing Walls Have

Been Broken Down

Amanda Beech

Opening Thursday 16 October, 7-9pm

Exhibition continues until 21 November 2014

Catalyst Arts is pleased to present ‘All Obstructing Walls Have Been Broken Down’, the first solo presentation in Northern Ireland of the work of British-born, California-based artist Amanda Beech. The exhibition features a new suite of works on paper (2014) alongside the large-scale video installation, ‘Sanity Assassin’ (2010).

Together the works produce a certain narrative on the condition of reality and its architectures. ‘Sanity Assassin’ interrogates our obsession with reality, our desire to manifest our ideas of what reality really is, and the consequences of this desire, whilst Beech’s new works on paper respond to this folly in the proposition that we construct reality.

Taking the freeways, the retreats, and the housing tracts of Los Angeles as their primary reference, and traversing the landscape of alienated systems of life, both installations interrogate the hopes, possibilities and consequences of new forms of constructing life in lived space.

The works on paper operate through invented mobile insignias of power, employing graphic institutional propaganda derived from the sides of haulage lorries that consistently pound the concrete of US state-to-state economies. ‘Sanity Assassin’ mixes genres of noir, hip-hop rhetoric and science-fiction graphics in an assault on the senses. Whether spread across the paper as symbolic landscapes or revealed in time through the space of the video work, the works confront the annihilation of spatial borders, categories and paradigms. But these are not works that go nowhere or aim anywhere. Instead they deal out a form of force that has drive: a form of violence that operates with a specific set of rules.

*Artist Talk: Thursday 16 October, 1.15pm
Conor Lecture Theatre
Belfast School of Art

*Lecture by Maeve Connolly: Saturday 15 November, 2.00pm
‘Televisual Transport: Freeways, Museums and Model Homes’
Catalyst Arts
5 College Court, Belfast

Download Publication PDF

Amanda Beech is an artist and writer. Her work proposes a new realist politics of the artwork and its possibilities in the context of contingency and neo-rationalist conceptions of power. Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Everything Has Led to this Moment’, xero, kline & coma, London, 2014, and ‘Final Machine’, Lanchester Gallery Projects, UK, and HaGamle Prestagard, Norway. She also presented work as part of ‘AGITATIONISM’, EVA International, Limerick, 2014, and was recently artist in residence at Fieldwork: Marfa 2014 (Texas). Beech holds a PhD in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College, London, and is currently Dean of Critical Studies at CalArts, USA.

Image: ‘Sanity Assassin’ (2010), courtesy of the Artist

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ALLEYCatalyst | as part of CNX Night | 19th September

19/09/2014

 

 2nd Catalyst Bike race as part of Culture Night Extra 2014

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Little Kingdoms | Opening Night | 4th September

05/09/2014

Opening 4th September – 26th September

Český Krumlov, Buda and Kawotice are three areas in Eastern Europe situated outside each of their nation’s more prominent famous cities. Existing in such close proximity to their larger, metropolitan counterparts these regions and 
townlands are often overlooked despite their unique qualities. They are omitted from the pathways of most foreign travellers, with the possible exception of 
recognising their names as one of the stations passed on their train journey.

Český Krumlov | Buda | Kawotice 

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LITTLE KINGDOMS | Table of Events

04/09/2014

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Little Kingdoms | Members Festival

01/09/2014

Catalyst Arts presents

Little Kingdoms
04.09.14 – 26.09.14

Opening preview: 4th September 6pm

Český Krumlov, Buda and Kawotice are three areas in Eastern Europe situated outside each of their nation’s more prominent
famous cities. Existing in such close proximity to their larger, metropolitan counterparts these regions and
townlands are often overlooked despite their unique qualities. They are omitted from the pathways of most foreign travellers, with the possible exception of
recognising their names as one of the stations passed on their train journey.

Over the course of three weeks, three exhibitions will present new works from over 50 of our current members,
highlighting the disparate and varied practices of artists, both local and international.

This years members festival seeks to re-evaluate and re-align the position of the members show within the Catalyst program.
It is a rolling event that will feature performances, talks and free workshops for our members to attend over the month of September.

Český Krumlov opening : 4th Sept
Buda opening : 11th Sept
Katowice opening : 18th Sept

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EX | Sarah Tuck Closing Lecture

28/08/2014

Catalyst Arts Invites you to:
Sarah Tuck

Closing Lecture
Saturday 30th August, 12pm
Catalyst Arts, Belfast
Part of:
EX
8th – 29th August
Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 5pm
Catalyst Arts, Belfast
 
In response to the curatorial research and thematics of it’s current exhibition EX, Catalyst Arts presents a lecture by Sarah Tuck to mark the closing of the show. Using Mark Fisher’s publication Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative as a starting point, Tuck will address the issue of political interpassivity in relation to post-conflict Northern Ireland.
Capitalist Realism: Is There No Alternative by Mark Fisher can be purchased online, read at Catalyst Arts or browsed online here:
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BYO BBQ Fundraiser

21/08/2014

BYO BBQ Fundraiser to celebrate the launch of Catalyst Arts’ exciting new venture ‘GARRINCHA’ featuring the work of Jill Quigley

Meat and vegetarian options available, the BBQ will be located in the yard at Catalyst Arts. Come join us and help us to continue our support of local and emerging artists. 

£7 Meat plate
£5 Veggie plate
4pm at Catalyst Arts Yard!

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GARRINCHA

20/08/2014

 

Jill Quigley

Opening event : Thurs 21st Aug 6pm
21/08/14 – 04/09/14

Catalyst Arts launches GARRINCHA, a new programme where artists will begin cultivating new dialogues between Catalyst and the wider city of Belfast through a series of exhibitions, events and off-site interventionist projects. Bringing together a variety of artists, DIY collectives and live practitioners GARRINCHA will run as a year long project.

Jill Quigley is the first exhibiting artist for GARRINCHA. She is from County Donegal and is currently based in Belfast. Having recently completed an MFA in Photography at the University of Ulster, she previously studied Art History at Trinity College Dublin.

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A False Sense | Opening Night | 3rd July

12/08/2014

Opening July 3rd – 25th

A False Sense seeks to challenge institutional structures for displaying art whilst asking questions of what the experience of visiting a gallery has become. The exhibition questions ideas around expectation, encounter and uses the peripheries of the gallery as a site for all the work. Catalyst Arts has commissioned the artists to create five new works.

Liam Crichton | Hannah McBride | Mark Orange | PRIME Collective | Tom Watt

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EX | Opening Night | 7th August

08/08/2014

Opening 7th August – 29th August

EX considers the tense relationship between theoretical belief and the extent to which those beliefs are or are not enacted. The exhibition deals with how conviction is continuously subverted by political and theological apathy which produces a society that is unable to absolutely realise ideological propositions of dissent. 

 Michael Fortune | Jeremy Hutchison | Jonah King | Eva & Franco Mattes | Ebrahim El Moly | Frank Wasser

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Catalyst Artists in Residence at Somewhereto_

07/08/2014

Catalyst Artists in Residence at Somewhereto_ Antrim open studio and dinner party

summer of somewhereto_, is a nationwide festival celebrating young people doing innovative and inspiring things in amazing spaces.

somewhereto_ along with Catalyst Arts hosted three artists in residence into the abandoned shop space in Antrim town; Drydan Wilson, Ciaran Mc Cusker and Rosanna Mc Kenna. One of the artists, Rosanna is hosting a dinner party in the studio space where people are invited to come along to see the art, dine and discuss how the space could be used in the future.
A free bus will leave Catalyst Arts at 5.30pm on Thursday 7th August to the somewhereto_ space in Antrim town and return to Belfast at 7.30pm.
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Frank Wasser | Jonah King | Artist Talk

07/08/2014

Frank Wasser and Jonah King will be giving a presentation of their work for the opening of EX on August 8th at 5pm

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EX

03/08/2014

Catalyst Arts presents:

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Michael Fortune | Jeremy Hutchison | Jonah King | Eva & Franco Mattes | Ebrahim El Moly | Frank Wasser

EX considers the tense relationship between theoretical belief and the extent to which those beliefs are or are not enacted. The exhibition deals with how conviction is continuously subverted by political and theological apathy which produces a society that is unable to absolutely realise ideological propositions of dissent.

Opening Night: Thursday 7th August
Exhibition runs: 8th – 29th August

Artist Talks: Featuring Jonah King and Frank Wasser

Thursday 7th August, 4pm  

Film Screening: Children of Men, Alfonso Cuarón (2006)

Thursday 14th August, 7pm

Panel Discussion: Chaired by Sarah Tuck

date to be confirmed

 

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Become A Director

22/07/2014

Catalyst Arts welcomes applications of expressions of

interest for new voluntary Co-Directors

Please download the information below which outlines the personal criteria as well as the roles and responsibilities for the position of director at Catalyst Arts.

Director Call Out – Application Download

Details of how to apply are also in this document.

Email us for anymore queries at catalystarts@gmail.com

Deadline 5pm 10th August

 

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All That Remains To Be Seen | Opening Night | June 5th

16/07/2014

Opening: June 5th – 6-9pm

All That Remains To Be Seen’ has been created in response to a joint members open call with Ormston House, Limerick. Two separate shows have been developed from a collection of artist members from the two galleries.

Jamin Keogh | Elaine Leader | Lorraine Neeson | Paul Quast

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Visual Artists’ Cafe: Working in the creative sector

11/07/2014

VAI Northern IrelandVAI Northern Ireland in association with Catalyst Arts is pleased to host the Visual Artists Cafe: Working in the creative sector

This Visual Artists Ireland Professional Development event brings together speakers that make a living in the creative sector. The speakers have very different approaches to their careers in the arts and include entrepreneurs that have started their own businesses in different fields and artists that work in community arts. Speakers include Charlotte BosanquetDr Sarah McAleer, Oisin O’Brien and Patricia Clyne-Kelly. This will be followed by a seminar on how to price your work from Patricia Clyne Kelly of the Clyne Gallery, Dublin.

The Visual Artists Ireland ‘Show and Tell’ is also accepting applicants to present on the day, this provides artists with the opportunity to give a presentation on their practice in an informal setting where they can network and meet people with similar ideas and interests. There will be a maximum of 10 speakers asked to present. Speakers must be recent graduates (2013/2014) and current members of Visual Artists Ireland.

If you are interested in participating, email your selected images to rob@visualartists-ni.org. Images should be in JPG format and be no more than 1MB each.

The event will take place at the Catalyst Arts Gallery, Belfast on Friday 1st August 2014.

For further information on prices and booking see: here

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NURTUREArt | Multiplicity

11/07/2014

NURTUREart is delighted to announce the opening of:

MULTIPLICITY
City as subject/matter: Belfast, Hong Kong, New Delhi, New York, Tel Aviv, Tirana and beyond

The first exhibition in the series, featuring works by: Erik Benson, BroLab, CPak Studio, Endri Dani, John Duncan, Aisling O’Beirn, Yael Efrati, Vibha Galhotra, Michael Hanna and Nicholas Keogh will open on:

Friday July 11, 7-9 pm at NURTUREart, 56 Bogart St., Brooklyn. The exhibition will be open to the public during regular gallery hours from July 11 to August 25.

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MULTIPLICITY is an international survey of artworks sharing an interest in the politics and poetic potential of contemporary urban environments and exposing the irresistible pull of the similarities—intercultural meeting points, common problems, goals and dreams—around which people converge. Multiplicity features a wide-ranging selection of works exploring culturally and geographically distant urban spaces, curated by Marco Antonini in collaboration with a network of curatorial advisors based in Belfast, Hong Kong, New Delhi, New York, Tel Aviv and Tirana, and presented as a series of four consecutive exhibitions hosted by NURTUREart, Mixed Greens, INVISIBLE-EXPORTS and Union Docs. The works address the myriad public and private rituals of the city, mining its institutional and vernacular histories while re-imagining its formal and functional aspects. /// Calendar of future exhibitions and events in the Multiplicity series: Part 2: Mixed Greens. 531 West 26th St., Manhattan (Chelsea.) From July 24 to August 24. Opening Reception: July 24. Please consult www.mixedgreens.com for gallery hours and details. Part 3: INVISIBLE-EXPORTS. 89 Eldridge St., Manhattan (Lower East Side.) From August 1 to August 27. Opening Reception: August 1. Please consult www.invisible-exports.comfor gallery hours and details. Part 4: UnionDocs. 322 Union Ave., Brooklyn (Williamsburg.) Video Screening with works by: CPak Studio, Nicholas Keogh, Alban Muja and Yll Citaku, Alice Schivardi, Sasa Tkacenko, Amir Yatziv. Screening: August 9, 7:30pm. Please consult www.uniondocs.org for info and updates. /// IMG: John Duncan, Bonfires series.

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A False Sense | Prime Collective Swim | 9th July

09/07/2014

For A False Sense, the Belfast based PRIME Collective invites visitors to join them at Catalyst Arts at 6pm on Wednesday, 9th July. The gallery will act as the departure point for a journey to Templemore Avenue Swimming Baths in East Belfast.

A False Sense seeks to challenge institutional structures for displaying art whilst asking questions of what the experience of visiting a gallery has become. The exhibition questions ideas around expectation, encounter and uses the peripheries of the gallery as a site for all the work. Catalyst Arts has commissioned the artists to create five new works. The artists selected engage with ideas surrounding architecture, navigation, and boundaries in a variety of media including sound, video, installation, sculpture and critiques.

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Catalyst Totes

08/07/2014

A nice big box of Catalyst Arts Tote bags has arrived with a lovely design from our member Miguelito Martinez.

Call down to the gallery to collect one for a bargain price of £5 

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OPEN CALL – Members Festival “Little Kingdoms”

07/07/2014

Little Kingdoms

 

Catalyst Arts would like to invite our members to submit to this years Annual Member’s Show

‘Little Kingdoms’

Firstly, We would like to thank all our members, your support is an essential part of our programming, aiding us to provide opportunities throughout the year plus the chance to host a number of international artists, events and provide essential voluntary training positions.

As part of our continued commitment to support our membership, Catalyst Arts is delighted to announce our annual members show ‘Little Kingdoms’, with a difference.

This September, Catalyst Arts shall be dividing submissions into three curated shows for a month long festival. We aim for this to be a cross section of current work that is being produced across our members base and Catalyst is excited to see what will be submitted in order to find common themes: What is being addressed presently by our members within their individual practices?

With such a varied membership base we are looking forward to expressions of interest in all medium including event based practices. ‘Little Kingdoms’ will differ this year in solely requesting current/new works from our members.

Alongside the format of three individually curated shows we also want to call upon our members to propose to host artist talks and workshop. A fee will be provided for selected hosts although there is limited slots available.

Please note this OPEN CALL is only available to Catalyst Arts members.

To register your interest, please provide an image of your proposed work and a description (500 word max), an artist statement and a CV to catalystarts@gmail.com with the subject heading Member’s Festival – PDF format only.

Submissions will be assessed by the Catalyst Board and curated into the appropriate exhibition, members will receive confirmation detailing drop- off times.

Deadline for submissions is August 10th 5pm

By being a member of Catalyst Arts, Your work is guaranteed to be in the Annual Members show.
Our membership runs from January to January for each membership year and the fee is £10 un-waged £20 waged

Information on membership can be found here: http://www.catalystarts.org.uk/membership/

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Prime Collective | 9th July

07/07/2014

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For our current exhibition A False Sense, the Belfast based collective Prime invites visitors to join them at Catalyst Arts at 6pm on Wednesday, 9th July.

The gallery will act as the departure point for a journey to Templemore Avenue Swimming Baths in East Belfast.

Bring along the £2.00 swimming pool entry fee, your swimsuit and a towel. Caps, badges, and refreshments will be provided by PRIME. This event will last from 6pm until 9pm and all are welcome to attend.

Register at: catalystarts@gmail.com

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Alley CaTalyst 2014

05/07/2014

Documentation of the doped up younger cousin of the Giro D’Italia. 
On the 5th July 12 cyclists set off from Catalyst Arts on their bicycles and 2 on a moped. Along the the way to the Ormeau Park finish line participants had to take a photo with a tourist at Titanic Belfast, get a programme from the Lyric Theatre and take a selfie with an art piece at the Ulster Museum.

At the finish line prizes galore awaited for 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 11th, last place, best get up, best costume and best profile photo.

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Alley Catalyst | 5th July

05/07/2014

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Don’t have a bike? Get one!

Join us at the starting line at Catalyst Arts for our first Alleycat cycle race. £5 entry fee, all ages and abilities welcome! 

Contestants will race to five checkpoints to be given a novelty task and details of the next location. The majority of the event will take place on designated cycle areas and will end in Ormeau Park for a winners ceremony.
Prizes to be won for the winners and best costume. Prizes including Lifetime Catalyst Membership, a half day masterclass bike one on one at Belfast Bicycle Workshop, Belfast Bicycle Tee and 4 Boojum vouchers!

Register by emailing catalystarts@gmail.com

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Mark Orange | Artist Talk

04/07/2014

As part of A False Sense, Catalyst Arts founding member Mark Orange will talk about his new work “Bel Edifice” on July 4th in the OMAC

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Ormston House | Expansive Traces Opening

03/07/2014

Preview: Thursday 3 July, 7-9 pm
Exhibition dates: 4-26 July 2014 

Expansive Traces is the second of two exhibitions developed in collaboration between the membership programmes of Ormston House, Limerick and Catalyst Arts, Belfast. All That Remains To Be Seen was the first of the exhibitions developed and took place in Catalyst Arts from 5-20 June. The artists selected for this exhibition were Jamin Keogh, Elaine Leader, Lorraine Neeson, and Paul Quast. Both information and documentation of this show will be available to view.

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PRIME Collective Swim

28/06/2014

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For upcoming exhibition A False Sense, the Belfast based PRIME Collective invites visitors to join them at Catalyst Arts at 6pm on Wednesday, 9th July.

The gallery will act as the departure point for a journey to Templemore Avenue Swimming Baths in East Belfast.

Bring along the £2.00 swimming pool entry fee, your swimsuit and a towel. Caps, badges, and refreshments will be provided by PRIME. This event will last from 6pm until 9pm and all are welcome to attend.

Please pre-register at catalystarts@gmail.com

PRIME collective was founded by Belfast based artists/curators Charlotte Bosanquet, Alissa Kleist and Tonya McMullan in January 2011. The collective encourages a process-based approach and its members actively seek to collaborate with other artists, collectives and organisations. These collaborations can take the form of exhibitions, peer reviews with guest artists/curators, residencies, seminars, talks and critiques.  Members of the collective were curators-in-residence at PS2 Gallery in Belfast in 2011/12, where they archived the gallery storeroom to help create a curatorial ‘hub’, held exhibitions, talks, workshops and peer reviews, and organized a series of events that questioned the nature of certain prearranged structures.  They have ‘artistically archived’ an abandoned doctor’s surgery on the Newtownards Road in East Belfast and since October 2012 have run ‘The Bathhouse’ a project/residency/exhibition space situated in the Templemore Avenue Swimming Bath’s former caretaker’s residence on 4 Glenmore Street.

http://primecollective.wordpress.com/

 

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A False Sense

24/06/2014

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Catalyst Arts presents

A False Sense

 

Liam Crichton | Hannah McBride | Mark Orange

PRIME Collective | Tom Watt

  4 – 25 July 

Opening Preview: 3 July, 6-9pm

 A False Sense seeks to challenge institutional structures for displaying art whilst asking questions of what the experience of visiting a gallery has become. The exhibition questions ideas around expectation, encounter and using the peripheries of the gallery as a site for all the work.

Catalyst Arts has commissioned the artists to create five new works for the show.  The artists selected engage with ideas surrounding architecture, navigation, and boundaries in a variety of media including sound, installation, sculpture and critiques.

Liam Crichton, Hannah McBride, Mark Orange, PRIME Collective, Tom Watt

 

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Catalyst Arts Emerging Artist Award Announced..

23/06/2014

 

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Catalyst Arts is pleased to announce our Emerging Artist Award

This year Catalyst Arts wished to support the recent graduates from the University of Ulster by offering one student the opportunity to exhibit within our gallery.

Elizabeth-Anne Curistan was awarded The Catalyst Arts Emerging Artist Award, who is an MFA graduate. Elizabeth-Annes residency will commence after the summer 2014.

Catalyst hopes this will give Elizabeth-Anne the opportunity and support to further her practice.

http://www.elizabethannecuristan.com/  

 

 

 

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somewhereto_ Antrim Residency

13/06/2014

somewhereto_  residency

Deadline 20 June 2014

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Catalyst Arts, is delighted to announce that we are currently seeking applications for a three-week

residency based in Antrim between the 15th July and August 10th 2014.

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The residency will provide 2-4 successful applicants with the opportunity to participate

in a large UK funded project and engage creatively in a disused industrial space with

potential to create highly ambitious work. Catalyst Arts encourages proposals from

any discipline – Ideal candidates will be students or recent graduates whose work deals

with the site-specific and would benefit directly from access to a large studio space.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their ability to respond to the environment.

The residency aims to provide an opportunity for artists to research and develop their

practice within an exciting environment, allowing the successful applicants to benefit

from peer to peer support and reach new audiences through the somewhereto_ national

campaign.

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Successful applicants will be provided with:

 Rent-free workspace for three weeks,

Support and mentorship relevant to your area of work,

 A £800 bursary divided amongst the selected artists,

Profile-raising promotion across the UK,

Contribution towards commuting costs,

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Please note this OPEN CALL is only available to Catalyst Arts members.

Applicants must be aged 16-25 years-old and normally resident in the UK. Successful applicants will be

required to work from the address at 55 High Street, Antrim, for a minimum of 15 hours

per week, across no fewer than 2 days per week between July the 15th and 10th August 2014.

To apply, please send a 500 word proposal, 5 images of recent work, an artist statement

and a CV to catalystarts@gmail.com with the subject heading somewhere to_.

Submissions will be assessed on their suitability for the project and decided upon by the

Catalyst Board.

Deadline for submissions is 20 June 2014

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somewhereto_ received a £7m grant from Big Lottery Fund to support its UK-wide expansion to 2016. It is delivered in Northern Ireland by PLACE.

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New Director | Mary Stevens

09/06/2014

Catalyst Arts would like to welcome new Co-Director Mary Stevens to the board. We look forward to working with her over the next two years.

Mary Stevens (b. Belfast 1988) is a writer, reader, curator and maker who is currently based in Belfast and Edinburgh. Having recently graduated with a Masters in Modern and Contemporary Art: History, Curating and Criticism from Edinburgh University she has returned to Belfast to join Catalyst. While in Edinburgh she completed an Internship at the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, gaining experience in gallery administration and curatorial projects. With an undergraduate degree from University of Ulster in Fine and Applied Art, she has also contributed writing to various newspapers and arts publications. 

www.maryatthelights.wordpress.com

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All That Remains To Be Seen

02/06/2014

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‘All That Remains To Be Seen’ has been created in response to a joint members open call with Ormston House, Limerick. Two separate shows have been developed from a collection of artist members from the two galleries. Common themes became apparent within the submissions, with Ormston deciding to produce a show exploring drawing. ‘Expansive Traces’ features Catalyst members Laura Kelly, Shane Murphy and Emma Roche, alongside Ormston House members Darek Fortas and Susan Lynch.

 Catalyst have developed an exhibition with four members of Ormston House; Jamin Keogh, Elaine Leader, Lorraine Neeson and Paul Quast. Each piece makes use of the gallery to create light based installations and sculptures. While some works are intense and transient, others use light to create a more subtle and ambient atmosphere. As well as questioning the possibilities of an open call, the show has given Catalyst the opportunity to experiment with the dynamics of the gallery space.

All That Remains To Be Seen

Catalyst Arts Gallery

Opening: June 5th – 6-9pm

Exhibition Runs: 5th – 21st June

Expansive Traces

Ormston House

Opening: 3rd July

Exhibition Runs: 4th – 26th July

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Catalyst Tote Bag Competition

24/05/2014

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Perhaps

24/05/2014

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‘Perhaps’ is a group exhibition from second year BA Hons Fine Art Students specialising in sculpture and lens based artwork.

The exhibition is a collection of artwork over the past year that the students have been developing.

Opening 6 – 9 Monday 26th May

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Catalyst Cinema Club

21/05/2014

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Catalyst Arts invites you to our one off cosy Cinema Club this Wednesday 21st May 8pm 

Help us decide what to screen on the evening!

£2 in with lots of popcorn, comfy beanbags included & don’t forget to bring something to drink of course

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Slavka Sverakova review of W I L D S C A P E S at Catalyst Arts May 2014

20/05/2014

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W I L D S C A P E S, an exhibition of work by Duncan Campbell, Allan Hughes and Ryan Moffett which considers the overlapping tensions inherent within documentary filmmaking and contemporary art practice, Slavka Sverakova reviews the show here.

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Turner Prize 2014 Nominations announced

09/05/2014

Massive congratulations to Catalyst ex-director Duncan Campbell who has been nominated for the Turner Prize 2014 for his film ‘It for Others’.

‘It for Others’ is being screened as part of our current exhibition W I L D S C A P E S, which continues until Wednesday 21 May.

Duncan is the third previous director of Catalyst Arts to be nominated for the Turner Prize.

Read more here >

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W I L D S C A P E S | Opening Night | 1 May

03/05/2014

Opening Preview: 1 May, 6-9pm

Catalyst Arts presents W I L D S C A P E S, an exhibition of work by Duncan Campbell, Allan Hughes and Ryan Moffett which considers the overlapping tensions inherent within documentary filmmaking and contemporary art practice.

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W I L D S C A P E S

26/04/2014

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W I L D S C A P E S

Contemporary Reflections on Colonialism and Documentary

 Duncan Campbell | Allan Hughes | Ryan Moffett

  2 May – 21 May 2014

Opening Preview: 1 May, 6-9pm

 Catalyst Arts presents W I L D S C A P E S, an exhibition of work by Duncan Campbell, Allan Hughes and Ryan Moffett which considers the overlapping tensions inherent within documentary filmmaking and contemporary art practice.

Through the entanglement of artifice and authenticity, the works question the often deceptive nature of documentary, whilst reflecting upon contemporary understandings of colonialism.
Whether examining the production of remediated histories or presenting manipulative forms of fiction, each of the works strives for ever more authentic representations of reality.

Duncan Campbell’s film works blend archive footage and documentary material with fictional elements. ‘It for Others’ was exhibited at the Venice Biennale in 2013 as part of Scotland + Venice. Campbell has previously presented his work in solo exhibitions at venues including the Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh; Artist’s Space, New York; Tramway, Glasgow; Chisenhale Gallery, London; and Tate Britain, London.

Based in Newcastle Upon Tyne at the Northern Charter studios, Allan Hughes’s practice and research explores the production of remediated histories through an interest in the language and structure of video making processes. Recent exhibitions of his work include ‘Enemy Blue’ – a solo exhibition at Belfast Exposed – and ‘Lights, Camera, Action!’ at Temple Bar Gallery, Dublin. Hughes is currently Head of Sculpture in the Fine Art Department at Northumbria University.

 Belfast-based Ryan Moffett creates fictional narratives influenced by factual events. He explores notions of representation and authenticity, exposing the perceived ‘truths’ within areas such as anthropological texts, documentary practice, museums and zoological gardens. Moffett is a recent MFA graduate from the University of Ulster and is currently Graduate in Residence at Flax Art Studios, Belfast.

 

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VAGABOND | Opening Night | 3rd April

23/04/2014

Catalyst Arts have curated a group exhibition which will tour to selected regional art centres in Northern Ireland: (Sean Hollywood Arts Centre, Newry; Flowerfield Arts Centre, Portstewart; The Alley Theatre, Strabane; Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick) and Catalyst Arts, Belfast.

A number of contemporary works have been selected that thematically or structurally respond to the concept ‘VAGABOND’. Artists have been selected through an open call process for Catalyst Arts members. Featured artists include Charlie Bosanquet, Mitch Conlon, Victoria J Dean, Rob Ireson, Katharine May, Maria Macias, Samantha McGahon, Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh, Rima Otilia Qvale and Sarah Mac Keever.

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Slavka Sverakova review of TACTILE at Catalyst Arts March 2014

23/04/2014

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An exhibition of work to coincide with The Belfast Children’s Festival. Tactile is a one to one experience that has a direct encounter with the viewer, that reinforces the bond between artist and audience. Slavka Sverakova reviews the show here.

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New Director | Mitch Conlon

07/04/2014

Catalyst Arts would like to welcome new Co-Director Mitch Conlon to the board. We look forward to working with her over the next two years.  

Mitch Conlon (b1985) is a artist based in Belfast originally from the west of Ireland. He holds a BA in Fine Art sculpture from GMIT and has recently received a Masters from the Faculty of Fine Art, NCAD. He was a member of the artist collective Knee-jerk, a committee member of The Niland Gallery and is current Chairperson of Engage Studios, Galway.

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Tactile (Belfast Children’s Festival) | Opening Night | 6th March

28/03/2014

An exhibition of work to coincide with The Belfast Children’s Festival. Tactile is a one to one experience that has a direct encounter with the viewer, that reinforces the bond between artist and audience. Tactile embraces engagement with the work rather than the usual “Do Not Touch Artworks’.
Clodagh Lavelle, DSNT, David Frederick Mahon, Helen MacMahon & Rachael Campbell-Palmer

Photos by Jordan Hutchings

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momentum (MFA Interim) | Opening Night 23rd January 2014

11/03/2014

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New Director | Jonathan H.S Ross

11/02/2014

Catalyst Arts would like to welcome new Co-Director Jonathan H.S Ross to the board. We look forward to working with him over the next two years.

Born in Newtownards in 1987, Jonathan H.S. Ross studied at the University of Ulster where he gained a first class BA Honours in Fine and Applied Art. He received the RDS James White Drawing Award in 2012 and has recently written an essay for Intellect Books entitled “drawing: from education to artistic practise”. He is now based in the Ards Peninsula where he lives and works.

 www.jonathanhsross.com

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New Director | Michaela Butler

02/02/2014

 

 

Catalyst Arts would like to welcome new Co-Director Michaela Butler to the board. We look forward to working with her over the next two years.

Michaela Butler (b. 1990) graduated with a first class honours degree in Fine Art from Cardiff School of Art and Design. Originally from Bath, she is now based in Belfast where she works at Catalyst Arts, as well as continuing with her own practice.

Within her work she attempts to depict the journey of memory. She creates installations using a variety of mediums including drawings, assemblage, photocopies and printmaking.

www.michaelabutler.co.uk

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Slavka Sverakova Review of Momentum (Belfast MFA)

01/02/2014

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Ten postgraduate students of the MFA at the University of Ulster  presented interim exhibition  in both exhibition spaces of the CA gallery.

Read the rest of the review here

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Bel-Mad

28/01/2014

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Bbeyond in assosication with Accion!MAD (Madrid)

Catalyst Arts, Belfast 6th,7th & 8th Feb 7pm
&
Echo Echo Dance
L/Derry 9th Feb 4.30pm

 Presents:

BEL-MAD Exchange places

Spanish / N.Ireland performance art exchange
+ Workshops from Nieves Correa: 3rd – 5th Feb

 www.facebook.com/BBEYOND.PerformanceArt

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Nieves Correa Performance Art Workshop

20/01/2014

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 The 3-Day Performance Workshop 

Mon 3rd -Wed 5th Feb

11am to 4pm

Final Presentations will be on Wed 5th evening with possibly some taking place throughout the event.

Location: Catalyst Arts, 5 College Court, Belfast BT1 6B5

 

The objective of this workshop is to equip the participants with the necessary tools for self expression of their own sensitivity and interests using Performance Art.

The workshop is highly practical and is structured around the analysis of the formal elements of Performance Art: TIME – SPACE – BODY

 In each session we will try to understand, analyze and work about the formal aspects of Performance Art through the works proposed by the attendants themselves.

The attendants will participate in all sessions showing the works that they have developed from the guidelines that have been given previously and analyzing the proposals of the rest of their teammates

www.nievescorrea.org

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www.accionmad.org

Cost: £50 for members and £70 non-members

For Further Information please contact:

Brian Patterson, 07968643871

or

Email: bbeyond@europe.com

 

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Co-Director Call Out

19/01/2014

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Catalyst Arts welcomes applications of expressions of interest for new voluntary Co-Directors

Please download the information below which outlines the personal criteria as well as the roles and responsibilities for the position of director at Catalyst Arts.

Director Call Out – Application Download

Details of how to apply are also in this document.

Email us for anymore queries at catalystarts@gmail.com

Deadline 5pm 7th February 

 

 

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Call Out for Catalyst Arts’ Annual Student & Recent Graduate Show (2014)

17/01/2014

Catalyst Arts welcomes submissions for its annual Student & Recent Graduate Show. This exhibition is open to all current undergraduate, and postgraduate students as well as all those who graduated in 2013.

Closing date for submissions: 5pm, Friday 7th February 2014

Submissions should include:
Five examples of your work, an artist statement, as well as a written proposal.

Please email your submissions to:
catalystarts@gmail.com

 

 

Student show

 

 

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Membership 2014

10/01/2014

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Thank you to everyone who supported us in 2013

 Membership is now open for 2014….

 

Membership entitles you to:

Attend and vote in our AGM’s – members input into the programming
 and running of the organisation is welcomed and encouraged.

Exhibit in the Annual Members Show and to summit for curated member shows.

Use of Catalyst Equipment when available.

Join an online database with links to your website.

The use of our new resource room with wifi, staff on hand for
 critical opinion and access to Catalyst’s extensive archive of books,
videos, dvd’s and assorted paraphernalia.

Catalyst continues to:

Offer support to artists at all stages of their careers

Provide advice when sought and facilities when necessary to all our members

Seek opportunities for our members and share any perks we can muster

You can pay your fee through PAYPAL (follow link for information) or you can pay it in person in the gallery.

http://www.catalystarts.org.uk/membership/

We would also like to stipulate that the membership fee is not binding 
to the suggested fee. Any amount over and above the suggested minimum
 will be gladly and gratefully accepted.

 We will only use your address to send you updates from the mailing 
list that you have joined. Your address will not be added to any other 
lists, shared with any other parties or used to send you unsolicited
 mail.

 Catalyst Arts is a registered charity NI28068

Membership is

£10 Unwaged

£20 Waged

£250 Life Member

(Membership runs from Jan to Dec)

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VAGABOND Touring Exhibition

07/01/2014

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VAGABOND is a group exhibition which will tour to selected regional art centres in Northern Ireland: (Sean Holywood Arts Centre, Newry; Flowerfield Arts Centre, Coleraine; The Alley Theatre, Strabane; Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick) and Catalyst Arts, Belfast.

A number of contemporary works have been selected that thematically or structurally respond to the concept ‘VAGABOND’. Artists have been selected through an open call process form Catalyst Arts members.

Featured artists include

Charlotte Bosanquet,

Mitch Conlon,

Victoria J Dean,

Rob Ireson,

Katharine May,

Maria Macias,

Samantha McGahon,

Ciarán Ó Dochartaigh,

Rima Otilia Qvale,

Sarah Mac Keever.

 

Sean Holywood Arts Centre, Newry

Opening night Thursday 9th January 7.30pm

Exhibition runs 10-26th January

Flowerfield Arts Centre, Coleraine

1st February – 22nd February

Alley Theatre, Strabane

3rd March – 28th March

Catalyst Arts Gallery, Belfast

3rd April – 24th April

Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick

1st May- 24th May

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Slavka Sverakova reviews Fiona Larkins Backstory

18/12/2013

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The idea that something commonplace can be transfigured into exceptional has been habitually compulsorily twinned with reason and consent. Both appear at the preparatory stages of this  exhibition. The black and white posted on Facebook several months ago. Larkin invited writers to respond, eleven of them did (see names on the poster). Their texts added to the intention and inspiration are seamlessly included in the video called Her Translation.  Some of the verbal layers descended more visibly as Larkin’s embroidery on the secondhand head scarfs in an installation First Person You (the many I’s):

See the whole review here

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Christmas Closing

18/12/2013

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Christmas Closing times:

We close on Friday 20th December at 5pm and open again on Friday 3rd January 11am

Don’t miss us too much

Have a lovely Christmas!

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Catalyst Arts & Ormston House Call for Submissions

13/12/2013

Catalyst Arts call for submissions

 In partnership with Ormston House Limerick, we are inviting members from both organisations to apply through one submission process for two exhibition opportunities scheduled in Belfast & Limerick for 2014.

There will be two distinct exhibitions developed from this call and we would like to invite expressions of interest from artist-members to submit a selection of existing works or proposals for new works to be considered for this project.

The exhibition in Ormston House will be selected and curated by Eimear Redmond (artist & Gallery Manager of Ormston House) and the exhibition in Catalyst Arts will be selected and curated by the Catalyst Board.

 Information on Catalyst Arts membership here

Information on Ormston House membership here

 Deadline: Friday 31 January 2014, 5pm

Guidelines:

Please send your submission via email with the subject title “Member’s Submission” to ohca.submissions@gmail.com including:

 1. Up to 10 x jpg images and/or up to 3 x mpg files

2. Artist’s CV

3. Brief artist’s statement/biography

4. Work statement

Gallery plans of both spaces are available on request.

Please note: Applicants must be members of at least one of the host organisations and may be selected for both opportunities.

www.catalystarts.org.uk

www.ormstonhouse.com

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BACKSTORY Opening Night Thursday 5th December

11/12/2013

A selection of images from BACKSTORY a Solo Show from Fiona Larkin

Images by Jordan Hutchings
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Backstory

30/11/2013

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Catalyst Arts is proud to present

 Backstory

 

 Catalyst Arts is pleased to present a solo show by the Irish artist Fiona Larkin. Larkin has developed a new body of video work titled Backstory which involves writers responding to the character in the accompanying photograph. Thematically the work oscillates between fiction and documentary. The audience are encouraged to create rather than translate meaning.

 Fiona Larkin artist and writers talk – discussion and readings – 07.12.2013 1pm

 Opening preview: Thursday 5th December 6-9pm

 Exhibition dates: Friday 6th December 2013 – Friday 17th January 2014

 Gallery opening times: Tuesday – Saturday 11-5pm

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Slavka Sverakova’s Review of FORCES

26/11/2013

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Richard Box, The Field, (2004, 8:59 minutes)
 

FORCES offers a chaste view on relationship of art and science. Five artists zoom on nature’s forces e.g. radiation, gravity, electricity, and magnetism, traditionally subjects of scientific investigation, appropriating them for sculpture, video and installation, as if mindful of Plato’s words ” things slip away and do not wait to be described”.(Timaeus, 495) In doing so, they manifestly challenge an older paradigm, formulated by C P Snow in 1959 Rede Lecture. In his view the two cultures, science and art could not find a common ground because of the mutual incomprehension, hostility and dislike between artists and scientists.

To see the full review follow the link to Slavka’s Website

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Catalyst Arts At 20 – Arts Council NI

19/11/2013

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Formed in 1993, Catalyst is an annually funded visual arts organisation that provides exhibition space and opportunities for emerging and established local artists to showcase their work

Catalyst  are currently exhibiting at Golden Thread Gallery with ‘Catalyst Arts: Collective Histories of Northern Irish Art X’ curated by Cherie Driver, the tenth instalment of Golden Thread Gallery’s ‘Collective Histories of Northern Irish Art’ series. The project forms a significant archive of Northern Irish Art from 1945 to the present and this instalment celebrates 20 years of innovative Visual Art offerings from Catalyst. It is perhaps fitting that the opening coincides with the opening of the Turner Exhibition in Derry/ Londonderry, given that a number Directors of Catalyst have themselves been Turner nominees.

From its very early beginnings and in each of its incarnations, Catalyst Arts’ dynamic and rich programme of activities has come to incorporate artists and practitioners a number of whom would later come to be associated with the Turner Prize.

Catalyst Arts was established in 1993. Their arts programme is renowned for being cutting edge and experimental throughout its 20 year history, showcasing both NI and national/international artists. Catalyst has fostered two Turner Prize nominated ex-directors (Susan Philipsz, who won the Turner Prize in 2010, and Phil Collins, who was nominated in 2006). Current Turner Prize nominee David Shrigley had his first solo show outside of Scotland at Catalyst in 1996. Shrigley also designed Catalyst’s well known ‘fingerless hand’ logo in 1999 which features in the celebratory exhibition. Luke Fowler (Turner Prize nominee in 2012), Lucy Skaer (Turner Prize nominee in 2009) and Cathy Wilkes (Turner Prize nominee in 2008) have all exhibited in Catalyst. Bill Drummond, who infamously presented Rachel Whiteread (Turner Prize Winner in 1993) with the ‘Worst Artist of Year’ award on the steps of the Tate after receiving her Turner Prize award, has maintained a close relationship with the gallery throughout the years.

Noirin McKinney Director of Arts Development at the Arts Council said

‘Visual Art is a powerful tool that can provoke discussion and thought from those who experience it. Catalyst is one of our leading visual arts organisations who have over the past 20 years been instrumental in the development of our thriving visual arts community. This exhibition and Catalysts long life demonstrates their creativity and the demand for high quality work here. We look forward to seeing what the next 20years will produce’

The exhibition runs at Golden Thread until 3rd December.

Text taken from The Arts Council of Northern Ireland

See more here

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Collective Histories | Talks at the Golden Thread Gallery

19/11/2013

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Catalyst Arts at The Golden Thread Gallery

As part of Collective Histories, The Golden Thread Gallery & Catalyst Arts would like to invite you to:

Friday 22nd November 2013 1-2pm Operating as a Collective | Catalyst Arts Now!

The current board will discuss collective and collaborative mechanisms, personal stories of working as a co-operative, the positives and negatives of working as a collective (to the individual/organisation) and will be announcing some news regarding the programme for next year.

Friday 29th November 2013 1-2pmThe Future of Artist-Led Spaces

The current board along with ex-directors and other artist led organisations, will be discussing the future of artist led spaces and the social/cultural importance they have now and in the future.

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FORCES Opening night | 7th Nov 2013

09/11/2013

A selection of images from FORCES opening on Thursday 7th November 2013

Participating artists included Aisling O’Beirn | Thorsten Fleisch | Pól Murphy | Christian Cherene | Richard Box

Images by Jordan Hutchings

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Martin Boyle

30/10/2013

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Catalyst Arts is pleased to present

Genuine Replica

by

Martin Boyle

 

Catalyst Arts Artist in Residence a the Ulster Museum

4th Nov – 2nd Dec

Martin Boyle produces work that is both playful and performative.

 Using already existing objects, he re-presents mass produced items and packaging in multiple forms, through video installation and sculptural pieces.

His work highlights a preoccupation with ideas of value, or lack there of. Through the use of expendable goods work is made from the position of the consumer; dealing with feelings of anxiety, disillusionment, escapism and hope in the face of despair as well as the desire for personal freedom.

 Always preferring to understate his point, he creates a context where the viewer requires time in order to view the work. Through subtle manipulation or illusion he plays on our need for immediate gratification with expectation to reveal, to unfold, to expose.

Martin will be in discover art ever Tuesday 10-4pm ans every Saturday 11-4pm

Free artist talk 26th November: Details to follow

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Forces

29/10/2013

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Catalyst Arts is proud to present

Forces

Aisling O’Beirn | Thorsten Fleisch | Pól Murphy | Christian Cherene | Richard Box

Forces is a group exhibition that investigates artists that relinquish control to natural forces or attempt to harness them in their work.

Each work is made from found objects that, by exploiting specific scientific properties of the materials, the artists have created dynamic works where functional objects are re purposed and become animated.

Radiation, electricity, electrical resonance, entropy and gravity are manipulated in order to create works where the final outcome is uncertain.

Frequently flirting with danger, the exhibition becomes a high energy, tense environment.

Preview opening: Thursday 7th November at 6pm

Exhibition dates: Friday 8th November – Friday 29th November 2013

Gallery opening times: Tuesday – Saturday 11-5pm

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Catalyst Arts: Collective Histories of Northern Irish Art X

09/10/2013

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24.10.2013 – 30.11.2013

Launches between 6.00 – 8.00 pm on Thursday 24th October 2013  continues through to the 3rd December 2013

Curated by Cherie Driver

The tenth instalment of Golden Thread Gallery’s Collective Histories of Northern Irish Art Series, a project that forms a significant archive of Northern Irish Art from 1945 to the present.

Catalyst Arts: Collective Histories of Northern Irish Art X curated by Cherie Driver centres on the artist led initiative established in 1992. The exhibition examines the role mainly Belfast based artists, collaborative projects and performative actions and events have played in dissolving individualistic notions of the artist, pushing boundaries of contemporary art practice, and appropriating curation as an artistic practice and critical collaborative process.

Grappling with the impossible task to curate the curated the exhibition in neither chronological nor the greatest hits but asks us to go to the heart of what Catalyst Arts represents as a space that is reactive, proactive and active, a history still in the making.

Cherie Driver is a lecturer in Art Theory and Joint Course Director for Fine Art at the University of Ulster. Cherie is currently working on the administration, digitisation and preservation of the Catalyst Arts Archive.

 

 

 

Sign by David Shrigley – Photograph Courtesy of Jordan Hutching

 

 

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OPEN CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS – VAGABOND

08/10/2013

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Catalyst Arts would like to invite all members to submit work for the upcoming ‘VAGABOND’ touring exhibition, scheduled to be exhibited between 5th January – 24th May

‘VAGABOND’ will be an exhibition which will tour to various regional art centres in Northern Ireland

(Flowerfield Arts Centre, Coleraine; Newry and Mourne Arts Centre, Newry; The Alley Theatre, Strabane; Down Arts Centre, Downpatrick) and Catalyst Arts, Belfast

The selection panel are particularly interested in works which can adapt in scale (flatpack, inflatable, foldable, expanding etc) and are designed specifically to subvert the process of a touring exhibition.

Each member is eligible to submit one proposal/image of work in any medium for consideration.

Annual membership for 2013 is £10 unwaged/ £20 waged, new members may pay this when submitting their work or through Paypal on our website

NB Anyone joining as a new member specifically to submit for this show will also be entitled to membership for 2014.

Deadline for submission: 5 pm Thursday 31st October 2013

Work may be submitted to catalystarts@gmail.com

 

 

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A Subtle Matter Opening 3rd October 2013

07/10/2013

A selection of images from our opening night of ‘A Subtle Matter’ which opened on the 3rd Oct 2013

Patricipating Artists: Dorothy Cross | Emmanuelle Negre | Marie Farrington | Laura McMorrow | Jacqueline Holt

Photos by Jordan Hutchings

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A Subtle Matter

24/09/2013

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Catalyst Arts is proud to present A Subtle Matter 

Dorothy Cross | Emmanuelle Negre | Marie Farrington | Laura McMorrow | Jacqueline Holt

A Subtle Matter is an exhibition that will predominantly focus on fragility.
A discrete set of works by artists from the UK, France and Ireland will prompt considerable movement within the gallery space. The artists will explore the theme through video, sculpture and installation. Using the aforementioned mediums to engage with space, light and time. The show will never be what it seems to be, as it will constantly change; thus creating intrigue and excitement to highlight miniscule happenings.

A Subtle Matter will include two artist talks

04.10.2013 – Emmanuelle Negre at 12pm
11.10.2013 – Marie Farrington at 12pm

Opening preview: Thursday 3rd October 6-9pm
Exhibition dates: Friday 4th October – Friday 25th October
Gallery opening times: Tuesday – Saturday 11-5pm
Catalyst Arts, Ground Floor, 5 College Court, Belfast, N.Ireland, BT1 6BS

 

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FIX 13

27/08/2013

Catalyst Arts Presents:

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Tenth International Live Art Biennial

4th – 20th September 2013

The 10th edition of FIX performance art festival will be held 4th – 20th September 2013 in Catalyst Arts Gallery and around the city centre of Belfast.

FIX 13 is the tenth installment of Europe’s longest running performance and live art biennial. Established in 1994, FIX has sought to bring together a dynamic and diverse range of local and international practitioners across a variety of city centre and site-specific locations.

Bringing together both emerging and established artists and performance collectives, FIX 13 will launch with an open platform at Platform Arts on 4th September for all those wanting to be involved.

This is the most heavily programmed FIX to date, with over twenty performances across a two week period. FIX 13 is an integral part of Catalyst Arts’ twentieth anniversary celebrations.

Participants include Amanda Coogan, Bbeyond, Charlotte Bosanquet, Colm Clarke, CROW, David Fagan, Debbie Guinnane, Essi Kausalainen, Katharina Greevan, Janks Archive, Marcel Sparmann & Mayte Kappel Rovira, Mediations: The Map is not the Terrain, Mitch Conlon, Nora Jacobs, Phil Hession, Rob Ireson, Remi Voche, Sighle Bhreathnach-Cashell, Tonya McMullan, Unit1, and Triple AAA.

FIX 13 is supported by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland and The Belfast City Council.

If you would like more information on FIX 13 please contact us catalystarts@gmail.com or visit fix2013.wordpress.com

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Catalyst Arts AGM

29/07/2013

Catalyst Arts invite you to attend the annual general meeting on Wednesday 7th August 2013 @ 5pm.

The committee call on the membership to put forward your opinions and suggestions on how the organisation should proceed and develop.

The Agenda for discussion is:

• Programming for 2013-2014

• Future strategies for Catalyst Arts

• Accounts

• Website,PR & marketing

• Any further business

Catalyst Arts appreciates your ongoing support and looks forward to seeing you at the A.G.M.

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Slavka Sverakova’s Review of Long Drawn Out

27/07/2013

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Curated by Alice Clark (2011, MFA University of Ulster) the display of drawing in a continuous space engages with discoveries and new tools, in a pronounced contrast to the academic models of higher research degree in visual arts that only rarely do not lean on stagnating social sciences.

 The curator celebrates the playful oscillation between drawing as a noun (stasis) and a verb (change and process made visible) and between chance and indeterminacy. Her selection commands prestige as well as play and humour. In relation to the sectarian futility filling some of the city’s streets at times, one of John Cage’s quotes insists to be repeated here:

 In the case of chance operations, one knows more or less the elements of the universe with which one is dealing (and perhaps I fool myself and pull the wool over my eyes) that I am outside the circle of a known universe, and dealing with things that I literally don’t know anything about”(1961)

 The ensuing methodology is made up of posing questions and using chance to find answers (that may be further questions) while being aware that there are many answers to one question (indeterminacy). And drawing, like music, does not need to mean anything to give pleasure of aesthetic experience as an answer.

To see the full review please visit Slavka’s Blog

Slavka Sverakova Blog

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Catalyst Arts 2013 Members Show

23/07/2013

Precursor - The Canatlyst Arts Members' Show

Catalyst Arts would like to invite all members to submit work for the 2013 members exhibition, scheduled to open on 1st August and centred around the notion of ‘PRECURSOR’.

Each member is eligible to submit one piece of work in any medium, but we would ask that members take into consideration the large amount of submissions annually received, all to be displayed in the gallery, and to tailor the scale of the work accordingly.

Annual membership for 2013 is £20 waged / £10 unwaged, and new members may pay this when submitting their work or through Paypal on our website (www.catalystarts.org.uk).

Deadline for submission: 5 pm. Saturday 27th July 2013.

Work may be submitted in person 27th July from 11 am-5 pm or via post or email (catalystarts@gmail.com).

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Open Call for Members – The Waterfront on Culture Night 2013

18/07/2013

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Catalyst Arts at the Waterfront – Culture Night 2013

Catalyst Arts would like to invite all members to submit work for

Catalyst at The Waterfront on Culture Night 2013

Each member can submit up to 5 pieces to be chosen for selection.

Please check the specifications in the poster above.

Annual membership for 2013 is £20 waged / £10 unwaged, and new members may pay this when submitting their work or through Paypal on our website

www.catalystarts.org.uk/membership

Deadline for submission: 5 pm. Friday 23rd Augst 2013.

 

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I Heart Catalyst Arts

18/07/2013

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Catalyst Arts would like to invite you to our twentieth birthday celebrations!

On August 10th from 6-10pm Catalyst will hold a raffle alongside an evening of cocktails, merriment and dirty dancing. The raffle will begin at 8pm.

This is a fundraiser and all pieces of work have been donated by previous directors, artists and current directors.Tickets for the raffle can be purchased by buying a raffle ticket from the Catalyst Arts office. Tickets are priced at £15, and they will be sold on a first come first served basis. 1 work per customer. Your raffle ticket guarantees you an A5 piece of artwork donated to the organisation.

All of the art works will be displayed in the project space from August 1st until August 9th. So you are more than welcome to peruse the works of art and investigate which one could be yours!!

Each piece of work has been kindly donated and made specifically for Catalyst’s 20th birthday.

There will be more announcements in the coming weeks so keep checking facebook, twitter and the Catalyst website for updates.

https://www.facebook.com/catalystartsgallery

https://twitter.com/Catalyst_Arts

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Director Call Out

11/06/2013

Catalyst Arts welcomes applications of expressions of interest for new Co-Directors. Please download the information below which outlines the personal criteria as well as the roles and responsibilities for the position of director at Catalyst Arts. Details of how to apply are also in this document. Email us for anymore queries at Catalystarts@gmail.com

Director Callout – Application Download

Closing Date July 19th


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Monster Truck at Catalyst

24/05/2013

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Nailing Jelly to the Wall

Neil Carroll / Jane Fogarty & David Lunney / Helen Hughes
Tadhg McSweeney / Maggie Madden / Liam O’Callaghan

31st May – 29th June, 2013

Opening reception: Thursday 30th May, 6pm – 8pm

Monster Truck’s exhibition will look at at how seven sculptors, two working collaboratively, utilise walls and other vertical gallery surfaces in a variety of different ways that is essential to their work, whether laying bare the processes of artistic design, using painterly techniques to expand narratives, elaborating into three dimensions from two, or amplifying the dialogue between construction and representation.  The show will not be a typical ‘in the round’ affair, with floor works being tethered to the wall in various ways.

http://www.monstertruck.ie/

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II Sight

14/05/2013

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II Sight

Thursday 16th – 18th May
Opening Thursday 16th May 7-9pm

A collection exhibition of works from the students of STVP, University of Ulster.

 2nd year Sculpture UUB would like to invite you to their end of year exhibition – II Sight.

 The exhibition shall be held at Catalyst Arts on Thursday 16th May untill Saturday 18th May

 The opening shall be held Thursday 16th 7-9pm

Refreshments provided

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Catalyst Arts Emerging Photographer Exhibition 2013

25/04/2013

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Open call for submissions

Catalyst Arts and the Belfast Photo Festival would like to invite emerging photographers, students and recent graduates to submit work to our Open Call for Submissions. The call out is open to local, national and international photographers to show a diverse range of contemporary photography.
The premise of the exhibition is to present innovative and dynamic work currently being produced within contemporary photography.

Catalyst will present a slideshow projection of the chosen work on Belfast Photo Festivals opening night at Love and Death on the 7th of June at 10pm.
From the 8th of June the photographs will then be projected at The Black Box intermittently throughout the Belfast Photo Festival.

Please send no more than 3 images of the proposed work and a short artist statement to catalystarts@gmail.com

– Hi-Res Jpegs

– No watermarks

Deadline: 5pm Friday 17th May

WWW.belfastphotofestival.com

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Catalyst Arts Committee 2013

24/04/2013

 

Emmanuelle Negre, Alissa Kleist, Rob Hilken, Ruaidhri Lennon,  Alice Clark, Philip Mcrilly,

Iain Griffin, Katrina Sheena Smyth, Jane Butler, David Mahon and Amy Brooks

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TWELVE/ELEVEN – UNTITLED GALLERY OPENING 11th April 2013

16/04/2013

TWELVE/ELEVEN – UNTITLED GALLERY OPENING 11th April 2013

 

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Bryan Birtles – UNDERCONSTRUCTION

12/04/2013

Catalyst Arts invited Bryan Birtles to write about UNDERCONSTRUCTION.

 

“At its most basic, construction is about hope. I don’t want to get too sentimental or grandiose about it: it’s just an honest hope that the future can be made better by the work we put in today.

I’ve noticed that business is a bit precarious in this town. Blame it on the recession, call it a penchant for risk-taking, but businesses open and close constantly around here.

And so, Belfast feels like an unfinished city to me, one constantly being worked on, tweaked. Each day, somewhere along my road, there’s construction being done. I see workmen walking in and out of empty shops all the time, their clothes covered in paint and dust, hauling drywall and wood to skips that sit in the bus lane.

They take a space that was one thing—and failed at being that thing, I guess—and turn it into a space that is a new thing. And then the whole neighbourhood waits to see if that works.

Each job is a leap of faith. Somewhere there’s a person with an idea, who brought in a bunch of people to help her realize it. Tangled up in the construction is that idea and the hope that people will respond well to it, that the shop will be successful and stay open for the long term, be able to pay the rent, to sell its products or services, to be able to make it all work.

Within the act of construction is the hope for the future that may or may not come, but we bet that it will come and that we will be there to see it and we build and we build and we refuse to be knocked back by failure, we refuse to be knocked back by foreclosure. We gut the place and we build it again.

Sometimes we let that hope expand into something bigger than a shop. The Parthenon wasn’t built for a single generation, nor was the Colosseum. Humans construct monuments to their existence to be read by other humans well into the future. Through what we construct when we’re alive we can, in a sense, live forever.

But, like I said, I don’t want to get too grandiose about it. All construction is a message to the future, one that says, “I was here, I existed, I was human.” Text by Bryan Birtles

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Duo Days Monika Gunther and Ruedi Schill Workshop

07/04/2013

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Monika Gunther and Ruedi Schill Workshop

http://duodays.info/

This is a three-day workshop-taking place from Monday 29th April to Wednesday 1st May, 11am – 3pm daily at Catalyst Arts Belfast.

Cost £50

Includes tea/coffee and light lunch.

This is not a specific duo workshop, individuals may apply and duo’s welcome.

There are some ‘FREE’ places available for those on a first come first served basis. In order to gain a free place please email one line saying, ‘’Why you want to do the workshop’’ to hughyod@hotmail.com Places are limited so don’t delay.

As a participant of the workshop you will have the opportunity to make a performance on the opening night of DUO DAYS: Wednesday 1st May 2013 7pm onwards in Catalyst Arts Gallery Belfast. You will also receive documentation of your performance.

About the workshop:

Training in Performance is about gaining experience through touch, gesture and language; and through acoustic, visual and physical stimuli. The lessons encourage playful spontaneous activity, full of enjoyment as well as systematic investigation. Through mutual improvisation, participants attain skills in communication and interaction.

All together you strive for the dawning of consciousness about your own bodies, and for the discovery that images can also emerge through action. When observing the work of others, it is important to be able to concentrate and persevere, without constantly losing attention and focus.

Elements of the workshop:

1) Illustrated Discussions’ on:

– CHILDHOOD AND PERFORMANCE ART

– RELATION OF ANIMAL, HUMAN BEING AND ART

”Do cows give more milk when they hear music?”

2) Performance Art body exercises.

3) Talks about how to find an idea, a way to create your own performance-piece.

To book a place on this workshop or for more information please contact hughyod@hotmail.com or phone

0044 (0) 7814954707

About Monika Günther & Ruedi Schill:

Günther and Schill have been working together as a duo in Performance Art since 1995. Performances in Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Poland, Mexico, Canada, Belgium, Belarus, Vietnam, Singapore, Italy, Spain, Chile, Bali, Java, Greece, Japan, Israel, Scotland, Sweden, Thailand, Northern Ireland, Norway since 1995 also teaching Performance Art at several Art Schools and Universities 2004 Art Price of the town of Luzern (Switzerland) 2008 Swiss Performance Art Price. Since 1998 artistic direction „International Performance Art Turbine Giswil“ (Switzerland).

About:

DUO DAYS is a performance art event, inviting artist couples from around the world, (artists in a relationship, collaborating in performance) to investigate the theme of duality. Through collaborative performances we observe how two people who co-exist and co-inhabit through performance art as well as domestically, utilise this closeness and intuitiveness which their relationship affords, providing opportunity to further test the nature of relationships; from domestic life to social ethics, from mind and body to art and audience. Duo performances demonstrate how exchange and dialogue in the live moment can reflect upon interconnectedness in the wider sphere of social responsibility.

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UNDERCONSTRUCTION – PAUL CHAZAL ‘Tell Me More Smiley Faces’

05/04/2013

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UNDERCONSTRUCTION Opening Night

02/04/2013

 

 

 

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UNDERCONSTRUCTION / EARS WORKSHOPS

21/03/2013

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Catalyst Arts will be UNDERCONSTRUCTION 1st – 24th April and would like to invite you to the events by one of the collectives: EARS

ABOUT EARS
For all things that buzz, bleep or bloop…EARS is a collective operating out of the School Of Creative Arts at Queen’s University Belfast. Whether bending circuits, performing with laptops or out in the streets capturing the sounds of the city, EARS promote all things electronic and artistic, hosting events and workshops in and around Belfast since 2010.
EXHIBITION THEME:
EARS presents an opportunity to blur the boundaries between existing forms of electronic music making through a series of innovative workshops. Drawing on the “Beyond Soundscape” theme of this year’s Sonorities 2013 at Queen’s, workshop participants will learn how to build both physical and digital instruments, find new way to interact using them, and stage a public performance as result. In addition to engaging members of the public, the exhibition will also forge new connections between artists, improvisers and musicians at the Sonic Arts Research Centre who have yet to work together.
WORKSHOP SCHEDULE:
Saturday 6th April
10am – 5pm : Bend and Build Workshop
Develop your own playable musical device with circuit bender and instrument builder Barry Cullen. All materials provided, but feel bring additional toys or devices to break apart and play with. The instruments you produce will be used throughout the exhibition, but will be yours to take away at the end of April. 8 participants maximum. RSVP
Sandwiches and soft drinks provided
Wednesday 10th April
6.30pm – 9.30pm : SuperCollider Sound Design Workshop
Work with users of the SuperCollider open-source audio software environment to create code and sounds inspired by the physical instruments produced in the Bend and Build Workshop (see above). http://supercollider.sourceforge.net
Sunday 14th April
10am – 5pm : Collaborative Laptop Performance Workshop
Join Graham Booth to explore programming as musical performance using networked laptops and new software developed at the Sonic Arts Research Centre. The workshop will introduce some simple structures for live coding, as well as techniques for performing collaboratively over a local network. Participants will have the opportunity to perform in concert on 25th April (see below). Apple Mac laptop required. RSVP
Sandwiches and soft drinks provided
Wednesday 17th April
6pm – 9pm: Improvisation Workshop Part 1
Kevin McCullagh and Tullis Rennie invite you to explore the limits of the physical and digital instruments developed in the previous EARS workshops. Participants will have the opportunity to perform in concert on 25th April (see below). RSVP
Monday 22nd April
6pm – 10pm: Improvisation Workshop Part 2
Tullis Rennie and Graham Booth invite you to develop and participate in a live performance using laptop and physical devices. Rehearsal open to the public from 10pm. Participants will have the opportunity to perform in concert on 25th April (see below). RSVP
Thursday 25th April
9pm – 12pm : EARS @ Sonorities Concert
The results of the previous EARS workshops will be showcased as a public performance on the opening night of the Sonic Arts Research Centre’s Sonorities festival (http://www.sonorities.org.uk/). In addition, local artists and EARS members Katrina O’Kane (aka Kiani), Kevin McCullagh (aka Jan Jeffer) and Michael Spears will provide melodic electronica and wall-shaking bass with live drums. Venue: QUB Student Union (Bunatee Bar). Free entry.
To reserve a place for the workshops please contact Catalyst Arts at: catalystarts@gmail.com with your name, the workshops you would like to attend and the dates, thank you.
ALL THE WORKSHOPS APART FROM THE SONORITIES CONCERT WILL TAKE PLACE IN CATALYST ARTS: 5 College Court BT1 6BS, Belfast. More info on: http://www.catalystarts.org.uk

 

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Opening night of ‘In a Certain Light’ at Lismore Arts Gallery

21/03/2013

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In a Certain Light

06/03/2013

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Catalyst Arts and Lismore Castle Arts present

 

In a Certain Light

 

Featuring works by Alessandra Giacinti, Liam Crichton, John Duncan, Jacqueline Holt and Stephen Madden

 

9 March – 14 April 2013

Lismore Castle Arts: St Carthage Hall

 

 

The works selected for In a Certain Light engage with ideas surrounding alternative narratives and shifting physical and liminal spaces in a variety of media, including drawing, sculpture and photography.

In ‘Cruise Calls Belfast’, John Duncan documents the changing physical, political and economic landscape of Belfast. Tourists were an unusual sight during ‘The Troubles’, but tourism is now an everyday part of the Northern Ireland economy with a resulting emphasis on brand identity. These images (made between 2007 and 2012) show tourists visiting the site of the city’s former shipyard that is now dwarfed by the new Titanic Visitor Centre. Cruise ships – superstructures that have the appearance of floating hotels – dock here while their passengers visit the city. In the foreground, paving stones for Belfast’s public realm project ‘Streets Ahead’ are being stored prior to the re-landscaping of the area as part of the Titanic tourist trail, marking Belfast as a city in-flux that constantly evolves and reshapes.

 

Jacqueline Holt’s installation ‘International Style’ consists of a print that appears to have slipped onto the floor next to a free standing wall emitting the soft glow of an unseen yellow light, hinting at another presence. Originally shown in the University of Ulster, ‘International Style’ references the changing architectural status of this building, which is currently in the process of a major new redevelopment. The work engages with the past and present function of space and becomes more poignant in the context of the refurbished St Carthage Hall; a building with a number of past architectural lives.

 

Alessandra Giacinti’s three modest drawings are an exercise in the economic use of line and space. She depicts a table centre piece that becomes animated; a portable city garden with handles; an urban night-time performance leads to an open doorway into another world. Seemingly ordinary objects and vistas touched by the artist elevate themselves above the everyday and are able to exist in a new, imaginary space.

 

The mirrored sculpture ‘Witch Dance’ appears to constantly shift and is sometimes barely visible, existing halfway between our field of vision and another plane, a liminal object. Using seemingly simple, ordinary materials, Liam Crichton’s sculpture references the story of a marshland witch-hunt, the rock salt symbolic of a cleansing agent to drive out the devil and purify. Rich with autobiographic meaning linked to his upbringing in Scotland, ‘Witch Dance’ juxtaposes rural and urban and past and present, contrasting the hard angles of mirrored glass with the coarse earthiness of salt.

 

Stephen Madden’s careful re-appropriation of two everyday materials has resulted in an object that is at once familiar and recognisable as a utility tool but at the same time has truly transformed into a delicate art object. Useful yet ornamental, through a shift in the perception of the ‘everyday’ ‘Brush’ questions notions surrounding the construction of value.

 

 

Biographies

 

John Duncan‘s photography deconstructs the metropolis of the Peace Process, the ceasefires and the influx of capital investment that have transfigured the urban cityscape of the last decade. Duncan’s current work finds Belfast between loss and redemption, transient through a redefinition of cultural, social and material values in process of transforming the city.

Jacqueline Holt moved to Belfast from London in 2010. Her installations incorporate sculpture, photography, film and print, forming spatial relationships between individual works. Her work is concerned with the nuances of difference within hierarchies relating to the political, social and cultural order in contemporary society.

 

Alessandra Giacinti graduated from the Academy of Fine Arts, Rome, in 2006 and recently studied painting under Prof. Peter Doig at the Kunstakademie Düsseldorf. She works with painting, drawing and printmaking to develop a personal iconography informed by the imagery of quotidian dreaming.

Liam Crichton, a born and bred Gallovidian, graduated in Sculpture from Edinburgh College of Art 2010 and is now based in Belfast. His developing area of interest centres around the liminal expanse between life in the rural setting and life in the urban environment, the pastoral and the industrial – the idyllic and the seemingly baleful.

 

Stephen Madden is a Belfast-based artist currently completing his second year as an MFA student at the University of Ulster, Belfast, and graduate of the Cooper Union, New York in 2009.  Madden works in painting, sculpture and installation. His current practice explores the theatrical within today’s high-tech society, showing key interest in subjects such as hyperreality, simulation and semiotics. Madden has exhibited his work in various galleries throughout New York, Massachusetts and Northern Ireland.

 

Catalyst Arts is a Belfast-based, artist-led organisation established in 1993. It is run by a group of voluntary directors who manage the gallery on a two-year rolling basis, ensuring that the organisation supports new directors and exhibits a perpetually changing, ambitious contemporary arts programme. Over the last 20 years Catalyst has promoted and supported cutting edge art practices and practitioners in Belfast and continues to serve as a training ground for emerging artists, curators and arts administrators.

 

For more information visit www.catalystarts.org.uk

 

 

 

 

Open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 1 – 6 pm. Admission free

Lismore Castle Arts: St Carthage Hall, Chapel Street, Lismore, Co Waterford, Ireland

T: 058 54061, gallery@lismorecastlearts.ie, www.lismorecastlearts.ie

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SCORE @ The Linenhall, Mayo

01/03/2013

SCORE

 

As part of our 20th year, Catalyst Arts and The Linenhall presents SCORE. An exhibition of small works by members of Catalyst Arts, Belfast. The exhibition is now open at The Linenhall in Castlebar, County Mayo, Republic of Ireland and runs until Saturday 30th March.

Featuring works by

Anne O’Byrne
Brigit Egging and Tobias Baudry
AnnaMaria Kardos
Zoe Murdoch
Gerard Carson
David Turner
Ana Mendes
Marie Farrington
Ann Marie Curran
Deirdre Hegarty
Sinead McKeever
Sarah Lundy
Ramona Burke
Joanne Proctor
Frances Ryan
Lydia Holmes
Mairead Dunne
Paul Moore

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Charlotte Bosanquet Artist Talk at The Ulster Museum

12/02/2013

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Catalyst Arts artist in residence at the Ulster Museum Charlotte Bosanquet will give a talk about her work.

 Wednesday 13th February 1pm Lecture Theatre, Ulster Museum

Biography 

Charlotte graduated from Glasgow School of Art in Painting and Drawing in 2004 and has moved to Belfast in 2009. After graduating she worked as a curator for Cabin Exchange in Glasgow before becoming a studio assistant for Orta Studio, Paris. In 2009 she became a Director of Catalyst Arts, Belfast before co-founding the Artist Collective PRIME in 2011.

Statement

Charlotte Bosanquet current practice uses events to create spaces for conversations to take place. Focusing on the action of ‘work’ that is hidden or taken for granted using worker as personification of this action. She uses these situations as research for ideas of social harmony and a democratic approach to the creative process.

Starting to make objects that distill these performances work is falling into three stages of making. The first is the conversation, the event, the second is the object or objects that sum up the exchange and the third is the display of these objects.

 

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Open Call for Submission

10/02/2013

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Catalyst Arts would like to invite our members to submit work for selection for SCORE, an exhibition taking place at Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar, County Mayo, from 1st to the 30th March 2013.

We will accept wall-based works that are no larger than 20x20cm (excluding frame) or sculptural works that are no larger than 20x20x20cm.

Please email no more than 5 images and a short bio or statement to catalystarts@gmail.com.

Deadline – Friday 15th February

Annual membership is now open and allows submission to all our open call-outs throughout the year as well as guaranteeing you a place in our annual Members’ Show. You can join to become a member at www.catalystarts.org.uk/membership

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Psychic Sleep and Collective Thought with Clodagh Emoe

02/02/2013

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Thursday 31st January | 18:00 – 19:30 | Psychic Sleep and Collective Thought with Clodagh Emoe

Clodagh Emoe will give a lecture on Psychic Sleep and Collective Thought.

As numbers are limited, please email catalystarts@gmail.com to reserve a place

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Culture NI talking to Helena Hamilton

02/02/2013

http://www.culturenorthernireland.org/article/5506/0/1/helena-hamilton-at-catalyst-arts
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The conceptual artist hopes to ‘make you feel a little bit sick’ with her current exhibit in the Belfast gallery, which features multiple audio recordings

Updated: 31/01/2013
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Anyone who’s ever been caught short in the Black Box in Belfast has, in a way, experienced the dizzying, immersive quality of Northern Irish artist Helena Hamilton’s work. One of her installation pieces decorates the gent’s toilets there, and when you view it you are, literally, caught with your pants down.

‘Lock your soul in the brain of my world…’, which is indefinitely on show in the Black Box, is exhausting – an MC Escher checker-board, trailing black on white glossolalia up the walls and ceiling, producing impossible perspectives, an explosion of words and ideas draped across every surface and everywhere snaking, sneaking language.

It is language as gnomic anti-communication: words push one way and then double-back on themselves or flip up, disappearing into ellipses. This effect is monomania, words that fail to signify anything beyond the proliferation of words themselves. It is a heady, bewildering experience.

Hamilton’s current exhibition piece, ‘Climb through the holes in my brain to get to my soulluos, I promise to wake up soon’, is part of Catalyst Art’s OUT / TUO exhibition, which runs in the Belfast gallery until February 7.

It is concerned with language in a very different way. It is a white cube set into the centre of the exhibition space and fitted with a large sub-woofer speaker which plays the bass frequencies of the artist’s voice repeating the words ‘I am’.

On top of the structure, three kilograms of salt dance along with the bass resonance. The voice has been overdubbed 65 times (like ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’) but with the top and middle range removed (unlike ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’). The resulting industrial rumble renders the words unintelligible, the tooth-rattling bass growl filling the exhibition space.

Does it matter to you that what you’re saying in this piece – ‘I am’ – becomes inaudible?

No, I wanted that. That’s why the piece is accompanied by a text. I don’t always do a write up, but there is a lot of significance in the numbers and you wouldn’t necessarily get that whenever you look at the piece. We did the recording and we layered it 65 times – equivalent to my weight in kilos – but then we changed the sub-harmonic generator to create low frequencies so you couldn’t hear what I was saying even if it was just one layer.

You wouldn’t have a clue that it was a human voice. It’s this big, scary, industrial rumble.

I like the way it makes the doors shake when you’re walking in. I wanted that, I liked the idea of it making you feel a little bit sick.

In some ways it reminds me of your permanent installation in the Black Box, Belfast, though it seems almost the opposite in its intent. With this piece there is a deliberate occlusion of language; with the installation there’s too much, you can’t really make out what’s going on.

And I like that. Words are essential to the way I work. A big influence on me would be the dictionary. A dictionary and a thesaurus: I always have one with me. This Black Box piece is the first piece I’ve done that actually will continue to exist. It’s something I struggled with, the idea of it staying, because I like the idea of the piece dying. If a piece is important to an individual they’ll remember it through memory and I never want to force any artwork on anyone. But I’m comfortable with it now. It is what it is.

A unique lavatorial experience!

Exactly, and I think it’s an interesting space. I’ve always wanted to work in a toilet. I think it’s the perfect place to put an installation. It’s very personal.

So why the use of salt in your exhibit in Catalyst Arts?

There are a lot of associations with salt – the salt of the earth, worth your weight in salt. It used to be a wage, hence the word ‘salary’. But it’s also a corrosive; if we eat too much it kills us. And there’s also the purity of it. I was obsessed with it falling. I placed some at the top of my studio space and it just falls so slowly, you couldn’t see it unless you stuck your hand out. It also dries up the air around it and you can actually taste the salt. It affects the atmosphere.

Do you see this piece as a self portrait? Especially as it has part of you, your voice, contained within it?

There’s a quote on my website from Arthur Schopenhaur: ‘Every man takes the limits of his own field or vision for the limits of the world.’ You can’t see the world through anyone else’s eyes, no matter how hard you try. So I very much like to explore that idea of ‘I’ and who ‘I’ is, because everyone refers to themselves as ‘I’.

All of my work is basically an exploration of myself and my ideas at the time. Some people have said, ‘Helena, it’s a bit egotistical’. But I can only explain things through my experience.

What are you doing next?

I’m actually working on a piece down in Cavan, in Bailieborough, though I’m not sure what it’s going to be. I always jump at the chance to be in exhibitions, it’s not everyday you get to try out what’s going on in your head. You can try it out as much as you want in your studio but you really need something to work towards. And you get feed-back, which is essential to your growth as an artist.

I want to make pieces that are relevant to anyone, whether it’s a teenager, or someone in university, whether it’s an artist or an older person, I want it to be something that anyone can engage with on a certain level, so they can enjoy it. I like it when kids come go up and feel the top of the box and go, ‘Hey, what’s this? Is this salt?’, or ‘What’s that sound?’ I like the layers.

OUT / TUO runs in Catalyst Arts, Belfast until February 7.

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Catalyst Arts in Visual Artists Newsletter

28/01/2013

Catalyst Arts began life in 1993 in Belfast, with no fixed abode, and is now nearly 20 years old. It was formed as a not-for-profit, artist-led initiative in response to a perceived lack of exhibition opportunities for emerging artists living and working in Belfast and the surrounding area. By 1994 Catalyst had secured its first dedicated gallery space at Exchange Place, and has moved five times since. Now based at 5 College Court, Belfast, the organisation consists of eight voluntary directors who work together to deliver a dynamic contemporary art programme.

Catalyst Art’s constitution was initially modelled on Glasgow’s Transmission Gallery, an artist led space set up in 1983. Since Catalyst’s founding its model has in turn been adopted by 126 Gallery in Galway.

Catalyst is managed at all times by a committee of up to 10 unpaid directors who meet on a weekly basis to plan the gallery’s schedule for the week ahead. Each director volunteers at Catalyst on a two-year rolling basis. This ensures that the organisation continues to support new directors and produce a perpetually changing, ambitious programme.

This non-hierarchical system means that, as directors, we each have an equal say over, and responsibility for, the day-to-day running of the organisation. In nearly two decades Catalyst has had more than 60 directors who have served their term on the committee, and to this day many of them continue to support the organisation.

As directors, we aim to provide people of all ages with an opportunity to get involved with the organisation by becoming a member, submitting work for exhibitions, volunteering with the installation of shows, assisting artists with their work and, of course, by becoming a director themselves. As a members-based organisation – whose membership is made up of past directors as well as annually registered members – we strive to provide opportunities and support to hundreds of members every year.

All members have the opportunity to exhibit in the annual members show, submit for curated members-based exhibitions and can have their say in how the gallery should move forward in the future at the annual AGM.

We endeavour to create new opportunities for members and emerging artists to show their work, and aim to secure the organisation’s future by training new directors to continue to carry the Catalyst torch.

The gallery’s annual exhibition programme usually consists of over 20 exhibitions showing hundreds of artists at all stages of their careers. Catalyst also holds the oldest biennial live art festival in Europe, ‘FIX’. Since its inception in 1994 the festival has played an important part in the organisation’s development and has helped to define contemporary performance art in Belfast.

Admittedly this is quite an intense two-year experience for a part-time group of volunteers. However, this large workload gives directors the chance to obtain a broad skill set and to act in a range of supportive roles such as project manager, technician, administrator and curator. Often this type of hands-on experience is hard to gain in a more traditional gallery setting and Catalyst therefore functions as an important training ground for emerging arts administrative staff.

Catalyst is approaching its twentieth anniversary, and we have begun to focus on exploring our legacy, with an emphasis on evaluating the organisation’s considerable archive and promoting the sustainability of the Catalyst model (demonstrated by recent archive-based exhibitions at NCAD, Dublin and the MAC, Belfast).

With a newly elected archive committee, we are working on cataloguing and digitising Catalyst’s archive. In recent months, the organisation has also expanded its online presence, providing exhibiting artists and members with an opportunity to have their work viewed by an ever-increasing global audience. With thousands of new viewers to the website, we have achieved a marked increase in the number of visitors to the gallery and the amount of artists submitting to open calls for. The website also functions as an accessible archive of past exhibitions, projects and events as well as acting as a promotional tool for members’ websites.

Catalyst Arts remains an important part of Belfast’s visual arts culture; we continue to promote young and emerging artists and curators and to extol art as a viable career option for new and existing practitioners.

 

Written by Ruaidhri Lennon

www.catalystarts.org.uk

 

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O U T | T U O Opening Night

19/01/2013

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Opening night of our Annual Student Show

16/12/2012

Our selection of students and recent graduates work ranges from performance, installation, painting, sculpture and inter-disciplinary practice.

Participating artists
Sarah Doherty, Marie Farrington, Eimear Friers, Debbie Guinnane, Barbara H. Larkin, Daniel McMillan, Holly Parmley, Jean-Philippe Paumier & Andrew Shannon

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Brian J Morrison Artist Talk

01/12/2012

 

 

Artist Talk: 4pm Thursday  Dec 6
Catalyst Arts Gallery
Free Admission

Sublimation – modification of natural expression of an instinctual impulse or desire into a personally and socially acceptable activity.

Catalyst arts presents Sublimation, a one hour lecture by Brian J Morrison exploring artists whose work has involved constructed identities as an alternate method to engage with the world.

Brian will also discuss the work he has produced for WE and his own experiences dealing with X, a constructed persona for an amateur Pro-Wrestler,

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Applying for postgraduate art programmes? Talk Tuesday December 4th

01/12/2012

 

 Talk:  2pm Tuesday Dec 4

Catalyst Arts Gallery
Free Admission

Applying for postgraduate art programmes

 

Amanda Ralph, Programme Director of the MA in Visual Arts Practices will conduct a meet and greet session to discuss applications to postgraduate art programmes. While there will be specific information provided on the MAVIS programme, Amanda will also discuss her own experience of applying to and studying in the United States along with general advice regarding proposals for study at Masters level.

 

The session will include a presentation entitled “You don’t do art for no good reason. It costs so much” James Turrell, Sunday Independent, 1991, which focuses on one of the research themes that will be taken up during the 2013 MAVIS programme.

 

MA in Visual Arts Practices is a Masters of Arts programme, provided by the Institute of Art, Design & Technology www.iadt.ie. It is based in the centre of Dublin, and encompasses pathways in art-making, criticism and curating. The programme runs February to December. From January 2012, this is a two-year programme which builds on the success of the original MAVIS course which began in 2004. In refining the best elements of the previous full and part-time modes into a two-year programme this single extended mode gives students the flexibility to access Dublin’s richly varied cultural opportunities and to build their practice within the networks and resources of the city, combining professional activity, studio practice or artworld employment and study, while maximising personal and professional development. For further information please visit www.mavis.ie

 

Amanda Ralph is an artist whose practice is based on ideas generated though consideration of material in the public realm. Amanda is Programme Director of the MA in Visual Arts Practices at Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology. She holds an M.Sc. from Trinity College Dublin, an MFA from the University of Arizona Tucson, and a BA(Hons) from the National College of Art and Design Dublin. Awards include Fulbright Scholarship, a one-year artist residency at the International Studio Programme at PS1 Museum of Modern Art, New York, a three-year artist residency at the Fire Station Artist’s Studios, Dublin and Arts Council of Ireland bursaries. Amanda has served on the board of the National Sculpture Factory Cork, the board of The Sculptor’s Society of Ireland and is currently a member of the International Association of Art Critics, Ireland and Advisory Board member of Askeaton Contemporary Arts

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‘WE’ Opening night

17/11/2012

Open Nov 16 – Dec 7

Photos by Jordan Hutchings

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PROJECT SPACE

07/11/2012

 PROJECT SPACE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

The Project Space is an opportunity for students and recent graduates to curate and exhibit their own work in Catalyst Arts.
The project Space events will run alongside our programmed exhibitions and can last up to two weeks max.
We are currently looking innovative submissions for our 2013 programme. If you are interested in submitting, please send a proposal, no more than 3 related images and a short artist statement before the 5th of december 2012 to catalystarts@gmail.com. All mediums are welcome.

 

 

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“F For Fake” | Fata Morgana

02/11/2012

“F For Fake” directed by Orson Welles +
Jean Renoir ” Parle de Son Art” interview.

Screening starts at 8pm

Saturday 3rd November 2012

in our beautiful cinema.

Free event

Popcorn provided

B.Y.O

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Fata Morgana featured on Culture NI

26/10/2012

Fata Morgana at Catalyst Arts

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The illusion between art and reality is explored by various national and international artists in the central Belfast gallery

Updated: 26/10/2012
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In 1913, Donald Baxter MacMillen set out in search of a huge island known as Crocker Land. The island had been sighted, and named, in 1906 by Robert Peary. MacMillan had the co-ordinates – 83 degrees N, longitude 100 degrees W. The search covered 125 miles of ice and cost $100,000 – yet MacMillan never found a single pebble.

That is because Crocker Land was a Fata Morgana, a ‘complex superior mirage’, and also the title of the latest exhibition at Catalyst Arts gallery in central Belfast. Curated by Alissa KleistFata Morgana uses sculpture, painting and video installations by a variety of national and international artists to examine and deny ‘aspects of reality’.

Kleist explains that her own artistic work, although not featured in Fata Morgana, frequently dwells on the balancing point between what is real and what isn’t. So the idea of an exhibition exploring similar ideas from the viewpoint of other artists appealed to her.

‘The exhibiting artists in Fata Morgana are Persijn Broersen, Stuart Calvin, Phil Collins, Martin Healy, Margit Lukács and Tim Millen,’ Kleist says. ‘We have a really good mix of sculpture, installation, photography, video and painting.’

Although the theme of ‘constructing and deconstructing’ reality is the unifying theme of the exhibition, the different artists each approached it in their own way – appropriately enough, since once you discard the idea of an objective, undeconstructable reality, then all that is left is an individual’s perception of what is real.

Some of the artists directly reference the Fata Morgana phenomenon. Martin Healy’s white neon sculpture is, in fact, entitled ‘Fata Morgana’ and uses the imaginary co-ordinates that MacMillen set sail for during his search. The piece is an odd blend of the utilitarian modern – what can be less mystical than an actual neon sign? – and the eerie.

Stuart Calvin‘s sculptural installation ‘Constant Bewilderment’, on the other hand, deals with actual smoke and mirrors. It consists of two large exhibition cases of wood and glass. One is empty – a control group of sorts – while the other gradually fills with mist and then empties again. ‘But there’s always a faint haze inside,’ Kleist points out, ‘so you know that something was there.’

Other artists explore new technological methods of creating, or debunking, reality bending myths. Kleist points out a huge painting by Tim Millen on one wall of the gallery, entitled ‘Wilderness Pleases (Virtual Matterhorn)’. The painting is striped with yellow sight-lines and dotted with small white flag-stickers.

‘The Matterhorn is traditionally an unconquered peak, a wildness that man has always wanted to explore,’ Kleist says. ‘But rather than going there physically to sit in front of Matterhorn and paint it, Millen sought out images on Google Maps.’

The various white marks that dot the painting are therefore where people have uploaded their photographs to Google. The unconquered peak is available to view on your laptop.

There is also a video installation created by Phil Collins on a constant loop in a constructed cinema at the back of the gallery. Commissioned by the Aspen Museum as part of the Jane and Marc Nathanson Dintiguished Artist in Residency Program, ‘soy mi madre’ deals with ideas of class and race. ‘It’s loosely based on Jean Genet ‘The Maids’,’ Kleist explains.

In ‘soy mi madre’ Collins uses the tropes and aesthetics of a telenovela to toy with the various ambiguous levels of reality and fiction involved in long-running soaps. Sometimes the camera follows the actors off the set, including the film crew in the shot, and the characters will change actors mid-scene with no explanation.

It also had a secondary layer of commentary, since the film was originally dual-aired. So while the wealthy art lovers were watching it, so were the people who worked for them.

Finally there is Persijn Broersen and Margit Lukacs’ ‘Mastering Bambi’, which removes the cuddly, anthropomorphic animals and replaces them with a constructed, ornamental nature and dissonant re-imagining of the Bambi soundtrack. The swooping, occasionally ominous score fills the empty gallery with the expectation that something is going to crack the peace any second now.

Fata Morgana will include a number of artist talks and screenings in the gallery. The next isFantasia on October 27 at 8. Fata Morgana is at Catalyst until November 9.

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Call for submissions | Annual student and recent graduate show 2012

23/10/2012

Call for submissions

Annual student and recent graduate show 2012

Open call to all undergraduate and postgraduate students, including those that graduated in 2012.

If you would like your work to be considered for the exhibition please submit a written proposal, an artist statement and no more than 5 images of your work to catalystarts@gmail.com

Deadline 16th November at 5pm

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Ex-Directors Interviewed during 2010’s Directors Show

01/10/2012

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experiMENTAL Opening Night

01/10/2012

Opening night of experiMENTAL our annual members show, featuring 101 artists.

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Annual members show ‘Call for Submissions’

10/09/2012

************** Return postage must be submitted with posted works **************

Catalyst Arts would like to invite all members to submit work for the 2012 members exhibition, scheduled to open on 27th September and centred upon the theme of ‘experimental’.

Each member is eligible to submit one piece of work in any medium, but we would ask that members take into consideration the large amount of submissions annually received, all to be displayed in the gallery, and to tailor the scale of the work accordingly.

Annual membership for 2012 is £20 waged / £10 unwaged, and new members may pay this when submitting their work or through Paypal on our website (www.catalystarts.org.uk).

Deadline for submission drop off : 5p.m. Saturday 22nd .

Work may be submitted in person from 1st – 22nd September from 11am-5pm or via post.

Catalyst Arts
Ground Floor
5 College Court
Belfast BT1 6BS

http://www.catalystarts.org.uk/membership/

************** Return postage must be submitted with posted works **************

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Artist in Residence – Sighle Bhreathnach-Cashell

02/09/2012

 

Catalyst Arts is proud to announce that our new ‘Artist in Residence’ at the Ulster Museum is Sighle Bhreathnach-Cashell!

 

 

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Project Space – Claire Muckian

21/08/2012

       

   Come to Catalyst this Thursday 23rd for a sneak-peak at what our project space artist Claire Muckian has been working on.

This special preview will be open from 5pm – 6pm.

Also for those of you who haven’t yet seen Necrospective  the main gallery will be open!

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NECROSPECTIVE

04/08/2012

Preview Opening Thursday 9th August 6pm – 9pm
Exhibition 10th August – 31st August
Featuring Artists | Motohiko Odani | Takeshi Murata | Thomas Johnson | Alexis Milne | Craig Fisher————–Necrospective explores the relationship between violence and acting out. Freud’s death drive has been described by Jean Baudrillard as a “nostalgia for a state before the appearance of individuality and sexual differentiation, a state in which we lived before we became mortal and distinct from one another”. Baudrillard discusses this subconscious desire in relation to the project of science and technology, which he suggests, is driven by a quest for immortality, exemplified through cloning and cryogenics. Science and technology also have the effect of manifesting homogenous and uniform objects and experiences, which embody the formal qualities of the death drive. In this sense he suggests that the project of science is “to reconstruct a homogenous and uniformly consistent Universe.” This clone of the real world, in a technological form, embodies the formal qualities that satisfy the death drive; repetition and homogeneity.The show will explore the relationship between Baudrillard’s notion that science and technology produce objects and experiences that embody the death drive and Freud’s notion that the death drive leads people to re-enact (act out) and repeat traumatic experiences. This relationship can be realized by viewing technology as a form of performance or acting. The resultant technological object / experience is a kind of travesty, a fake or re-enactment of nature. The works in the show will explore the new sanitised invention of the world, our technologically mediated environment, the environment in which abject and mucky nature has been eradicated. This environment is presented as a world in which the death drive is satisfied, where violence and the abject have been displaced through a technological, man made infrastructure, suggesting that, through our engagement in a technologically mediated world, we have suppressed our fear of mortality and absolved ourselves of responsibility, distorting our relationship with the origins of all our actions; “real,” unmediated nature.

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Catalyst Arts at the Waterfront Belfast

01/08/2012

AUGMENT EXHIBITION
2nd August – 31st August 2012
Catalyst Arts showcases some of its current members work at the Waterfront, Belfast.
Exhibiting Artists include:
Blaine O’Donnell
Robbie Nolan
Joanne Proctor
Fiona ni Mhaoilir
Ramon Kassam
Michael Fitzgearld
Greg Rock
Carol Anne Connolly
Ciara McMahon
Heather Gabel
Sharon Boothroyd
Emma Campbell
Aoife Flynn
Cainneach Lennon
Janet Moris
Tadgh O Cuirrin
Olivier Lariviere
Leo Koivistoinen
Ross Watson
Judith Leupi
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Working on the Catalyst Archive

21/07/2012

Huge thanks to Cherie Driver and Johanna Leech for the excellent work they are doing on repackaging and organising the Catalyst Archive. It’s a treasure trove of material and if anyone would like to get involved in helping us with this work then please get in touch.. the more the merrier!

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Catalyst Screen

20/07/2012

Catalyst Screen

Catalyst Arts will begin regular screenings of films and documentaries in the gallery starting next week. Starting with the ‘The Eye’ documentary series back to back on Thursday the 26th followed by the channel 4 series ‘This is Modern Art‘ screened back to back on Friday the 27th of July.

Screenings will start at 2pm each day

Free Admission 

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Project Space – Eamon Quinn

19/07/2012

Artist Eamon Quinn is working in our project space this week, pop in and say hello!

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Opening Thursday the 21st June

21/06/2012

∆CURSED∆

22nd June – 13th July
Opens Thursday 21st 7pm

Flora Moscovici, Craig Donald, Karin Hagen, Emma Boyd, Helen
McDonnell Deirdre McKenna & Miguel Martin (workshop)

An exhibition of works by contemporary painters, maybe.

∆CURSED∆ provides a platform for these artists to display works that exist on
the periphery of the medium. Their practices all challenge the formal
qualities and explore or bridge boundaries between painting and everything
else. This a painting show in the loosest possible sense.

Workshop with Miguel Martin, Saturday 23rd June 12pm – 4pm (Free of
charge)
For bookings please contact catalystarts@gmail.com

 

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Call For Submissions

28/05/2012

Catalyst Arts are currently looking for submissions of wall based works from current members for an upcoming exhibition opening at the Belfast Waterfront in August.

If you are interested in submiting work(s) for selection, please send images of work you would like to be considered, as well as a brief description/statement and measurements to catalystarts@gmail.com.

Catalyst Arts membership can be obtained here http://www.catalystarts.org.uk/membership/

Deadline 25th of June

 

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‘fifteenovereight’ opening

25/05/2012

It was great to see over 400 people turn up to the ‘fifteenovereight’ opening last night!!.

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Annual General Meeting

16/04/2012

AGM
Monday 16th April, 6pm
Catalyst Arts, 5 College Court, Belfast 

We find ourselves in a position where interesting changes are happening within the Arts sector in general, how does Catalyst Arts fit into this discussion and how do we want Catalyst Arts to progress in the coming years.  The current Catalyst Arts committee will present a breakdown of both last year’s and future programming, as well as a presentation from the new archive committee.  In order to ensure that Catalyst Arts is headed in the best possible direction over the next year, and to gain the broadest range of opinions on all matters under discussion, we would request and very much appreciate your attendance at this event.

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“Walking as Research – Research as Art”, chaired by Pauline Hadaway

12/04/2012

MA Art in Public, public discussion, “Walking as Research – Research as Art”,  chaired by Pauline Hadaway,  Friday 13th April 5:30pm
The theme is “Walking as Research – Research as Art”.  This is quite broad but based on what we have identified as distinct but connected aspects of our Vicinity Experience.  In the first instance there was our practice of shared journeys on foot to gather material and generate encounters, we were fairly happy with this as an emerging methodology.  Then there is the issue of transmuting this material somehow into “artworks” for presentation to a public, in this context in a gallery situation, and  the effectiveness of the “Lab” concept as a link between research and presentation. 
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Jean Pierre Bertrand

08/04/2012

Brussels based artist, Jean Pierre Bertrand,  travelled to Belfast to make new work for

Vicinity, his hexagonal concrete blocks can be found at six locations on the outskirts of Belfast

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Upcoming events for V I C I N I T Y at Catalyst Arts

30/03/2012

Saturday 31st March 12noon
This Saturday Jim McCracken will give an urban print w.shop, learn how to use rasterbator technology to create large scale prints for fly – posting in the area.
To book a place please email or call the gallery

Thursday 5th April 6pm 
zones of response will give a talk about the interactive work VICINITY Openzone.

Saturday 7th April 10 – 5pm
Play, Subversion and The City with Mr. Hook

This day event looks at games in the spaces of the city, and how the use of play in the city (traditionally a space or commerce and capitalism) can be thought of as a form of ambient (and fun) resistance. This workshop will look at existing pervasive games, such as PacManhattan, Cruel 2 B Kind, and 7 Days of Manchester and help participants think about how to create games for the spaces of Belfast. Too long our cities have been a place for corporations and capital, let’s make them a place of play.

Saturday 7th April 1pm
Marie Flaherty will take groups of people on a walking and drawing expedition

 

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Davy Mahon

25/03/2012

I am David Frederick Mahon and i was born in a place called Larne, no one is born in Larne anymore. I do art, i did it from nursery school till University, i still do it, But that doesn’t make you good at it. I love to go dancing and i enjoy a gentle cycle by the sea.  Also, I like Pina coladas. So Visit my blog, would you.

Davy Mahon

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Catalyst/Joinery Exchange opens Thursday the 22nd

21/03/2012

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V I C I N I T Y

20/03/2012

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CALL FOR SUBMISSION Nice Exchange

09/03/2012

Catalyst Arts, Nice Exchange in partnership with ”La Station”.


Catalyst Arts would like to invite their membership to take part in an international project. An exhibition which will take place in La Station, Nice, France, in May 2012.

Annual membership  can be purchased via paypal on our website: catalystarts.org.uk/membership/

If you are interested in being part of this project send us a short proposal no more than five images of your work, Artist Statement or website address,  before the deadline on march 15th at 1pm to catalystarts@gmail.com

La Station is an Organisation that promotes the most contemporary artistic creations through its artists’ studios and its exhibition space. The collective has occupied many different spaces since 1996 and is now situated in a disused slaughterhouse.
La Station has participated in several projects and exchanges with other organisations around France and Europe.

more information on La Station can be found at www.lastation.org or via facebook:
www.facebook.com/LaStation.nice

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Artist in Residence Launch

05/03/2012

This March Catalyst Arts in collaboration with the Ulster Museum, Belfast sees the launch of an Artist in residence at the Ulster Museum. First to take residence is Artist Jayne Cherry, Jayne will be in residence from the 1st to the 31th of March.

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Late Night Art – 1 March 2012

02/03/2012

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Jayne Cherry

01/03/2012

Jayne Cherry

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3rd March
I think we had about 150 – 200 kids on saturday who all engaged and produced some interesting images. most children feel he has trawled himself out of the ocean with a few voting for subterranean and one or two suggesting the sky or a new planet called ‘sweetie land’ and he lived on lollipops. . . . a few kids went home and brought their siblings back to the museum to demonstrate the wax resist technique and were quiet possibly an improvement on me.
no cold wax free casting today as it was too hectic and we needed a powerpoint to heat the wax cookers.
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7th March
school class from lurgan – 1st years on a history trip – about 30 kids and two teachers. they noticed the moaning sound first and fell quiet. following a short explaination of my role in the museum and materials i like to work with they viewed malcolm and returned to the table to disscuss the work. intriqued by the cow horns and latex.
afternoon mainly nursery age children who mastered the wax resist mark making with thheir parents making work too. from 2pm older children attended and made cold free wax casts at my work table – very successful. these will fill the platform that malcolm sits on.
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10th March
Busy day today, both workshops going full tilt and all age groups enjoying the 3d wax scale making. Interpretations of the type of beast ranging from oceanic type to giant squid to sky dweller and venus fly trap. Many different nationalities in today, bulgarian, american and australian.
Everyone is interested in supplying the beast with an exoskeleton for protection and are genuinely fascinated with pouring warm wax and seeing it become solid and ‘other worldly’. I asked if he could be a candidate for visiting during the ‘night at the museum’ event for children and adults who actually sleep over and go around the exhibits and view with torches. I stated that Malcolm would be deligthed with the company.
i am making work while there and this is on display in the workspace in a locked perspex box.
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14th March
I saw a good amount of younger children again who were enthralled again and spent a long time looking at the ‘beast’ and then made images of him as well as his ‘planet’ ‘underground cave’ ‘deep sea cove’…one was able to tell me that the strobe light was a way of contacting others when noise couldnt be heard…..
i am working on an exoskeleton for an egg that we all think may well be the answer to re-establishment of the species.
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17th March
I Thought was very quiet while the st.patrick parade was on but busy before and after. children got into making the cold wax free casting right away. grandparents and parents interested in how work was all made and inquiring again about where they can purchase my work. salt mark making explained and demonstrated. interest shown in attending classes.
Continuing to add steel wool, nails, etc to large wax egg.
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21th March
discover art was booked in the morning so closed to the public. collage workshop also being offered to children as part of creativity month with the subject being stripes. weaving also offered.
Children still amking the cold wax free castings to make an exoskeleton for Malcolm to get him back home…..
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24th March
Another fabulous day in the discovery art department. both workshops on offer and i added a drawing machine that spirals ink into an underground cavern. german visitors asking about the belfast art scene and completely enthralled. a ‘retired’ artist who claimed she had divorced herself from art was going straight home to break out the canvas and brushes……..
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28th March
is looming and it will be my last day in the discover art department as i will be teaching these methods to art teachers on saturday 31st.
i shall be sad to leave this residency. it has been wonderful to share art and it many merits with children and adults and to see their sheer delight with what they can make with just a few marks. they will never look at a household candle and salt in the same way!

Sean Lynch Artist Talk

24/02/2012

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Sean Lynch Opening Night

23/02/2012

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Sean Lynch Solo Show

13/02/2012

 

Sean Lynch

24 February – 16 March

Opening to the public on Thursday 23 February, 7–9pm.

 

Catalyst Arts presents the first solo show in Belfast by Irish artist Sean Lynch, showcasing an expanded version of the artist’s ongoing DeLorean Progress Report. Based around the bankruptcy and subsequent aftermath of the DeLorean car factory, which operated in Dunmurry from 1981-2, a series of photographs trace a path taken by the artist to find the location of the tooling once used to make the body of the car. Furthering this investigation of the materiality of DeLorean, the gallery will feature ongoing work by Lynch to produce sections of a DMC-12 car by handmade rather than industrial means. New developments in the project are detailed in a free booklet accompanying the exhibition

In addition, a collection of photographs, sculptures and archival material are displayed in Catalyst’s Project Space, all collected through Lynch’s investigations into the contexts and histories of public art in Ireland.

Sean Lynch (b. 1978, Kerry. Lives and works in Berlin and Co. Limerick) has exhibited at IMMA, Dublin; Camden Arts Centre, London; Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt; neugerriemschneider, Berlin, and the Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh.  He is represented by the Kevin Kavanagh Gallery, Dublin.

 

Sean Lynch will give a talk in the gallery on Friday 24 February at 1pm. All are welcome to attend.

Sean Lynch Website

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Catalyst Arts Talk at NCAD

12/02/2012

NCAD Gallery Talk:
Catalyst Arts directors Alissa Kleist & Rob Hilken will give a talk tomorrow on the Catalyst Arts and it’s archive to its present day function.
13th February 5pm in the Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre, NCAD.

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‘Directors Cut’ Catalyst Arts Archive Exhibition at NCAD Gallery

09/02/2012

New Ecologies of Practice: A short season of projects by

Catalyst Arts [Belfast] / Occupy Space [Limerick] / The Good Hatchery [Offaly] /

Basic Space [Dublin]

NCAD Gallery is presenting a series of new projects which will represent the work of a number of artist led
initiatives, working throughout Ireland, which embodies a new approach and a challenge to institutional visual
arts programming.

In recent years, and pre-dating recession in some cases, Catalyst Arts [Belfast]; Occupy Space [Limerick]; The
Good Hatchery [Offaly] and Basic Space [Dublin] have established strong, coherent and critically significant
presences in the Irish visual arts context and, in their strategic ideologies, argue for a reconfiguration of
inherited thinking about the nature and purpose of art and the nature and purpose of art institutional practice.
This aligns with other transnational artist led initiatives and ideologies which respond to ‘situations’.

For this project artist-led Catalyst Arts presents ‘Director’s Cut’ a selection of work sourced from the
organisation’s archive symbolising a legacy of commitment from past members and directors. Transforming
the gallery ‘Director’s Cut’ will display artefacts, past publications, a selection of posters, the re-exhibit of Art
Rebels, a selection of slides with notes by the current Catalyst directors and the original Catalyst Arts neon
sign designed by David Shrigley. In addition, a number of archive posters will be fly-posted in proximity to
NCAD, re-contextualising them in light of this exhibition.

Catalyst Arts ‘Director’s Cut’ is open from 9 – 25 February at NCAD Gallery celebrated by an opening view on Monday
13 February 6pm. *Catalyst directors Rob Hilken and Alissa Kleist will give a talk on the Catalyst Arts archive to its
present day function on 13 February 5pm in the Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre, NCAD.

Occupy Space is a non-commercial gallery in the heart of Limerick City, established through the Creative
Limerick Scheme in 2009. As part of the programme at NCAD Gallery they have invited Art Links Limerick
(ALL) present their on-going research about Irish water to the public in the form of an Interactive Public Studio
(IPS). ALL will disseminate their research to date while continuing to use the gallery as an open studio space
over a three day period, encouraging interaction and dialogue within the space.

Occupy Space at NCAD Gallery is open to the public for participation from 28 February – 3 March 2012.
* Presentations by Aoife Madden, Creative Limerick Coordinator and by Noelle Collins and Kevin O’Keeffe of Occupy Space on Tuesday 28 February, 12 – 3pm, NCAD Gallery
* Presentations by Creative Limerick Spaces; Faber Studios, The Raggle Taggle Consortium, Ormston House on Friday
2nd March 12pm – 3pm, NCAD Gallery

The Good Hatchery is an artist-led initiative and space based in the remote bog lands of North Offaly. In its
development, large portions of The Good Hatchery have been constructed from recycled artworks and
salvaged materials from the exhibitions that its members have been involved in throughout the years. Its
development is on-going. Through a series of collaborations, curated projects and free residencies it
challenges methodologies of contemporary art making and often investigates relationships between site and
resource.

A new installation, Good Hatchery, will be presented at NCAD Gallery. Opening view Monday 12th March 6-8pm.
Exhibition continues until 21st March 2012. * The Good Hatchery directors Karl Giffney and Ruth E.Lyons will host a
seminar on Thursday 29th March at 5pm Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre, NCAD.

BASIC SPACE located on Vicar Street, across the road from the NCAD Gallery has been running since
August 2010 and during this time has existed as a space for exhibitions and projects. For the duration of a
week BASIC SPACE shop will open at the NCAD Gallery. Mementoes from artworks and performances,
limited edition collectables and memorabilia from exhibitions, and the opportunity to be involved in “Sq Foot of
BASIC SPACE” scheme, will all be up for grabs. Avoiding romantisization of BASIC SPACE while outlining the
physical and ideological elements that structure the space, the visitor can ‘browse’ the shop, but will be
immediately involved in accumulating a knowledge of BASIC SPACE that is recognisably estranged from the
memorabilia.

* BASIC SPACE shop opening view Monday 26 March 6-9 pm, it is open to the public from 26 –30 March from 10am-9pm and remains in situ at NCAD Gallery from Thursday 22 March–Friday 13 April 2012.
BASIC SPACE Artist talk Wednesday 28th March at 5pm Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre, NCAD.
* Refreshments & Discounts available on the opening view night.

In addition to work by the artist-led initiatives the exhibition programme includes The Artist-led Archive –

Sustainable Activism and the Embrace of Flux open to the public to view by appointment at the National
Visual Arts Library (NIVAL) housed at NCAD Library. The archive was initiated by the artist and curator
Megs Morley in 2006 as part of an on-going investigation into artist-led initiatives in Ireland. The project aimed
to decipher the kind of cultural conditions that led to artist-led initiative’s birth, their economic independence (or
lack of), their organizational structures and how all of these factors effected their activities and life spans.

For more information on The Artist-led Archive please see www.theartistledarchive.com.
*NIVAL is open Monday-Friday 10am– 5pm Contact: +353 (0)1 636 4347 or +353 (0)1 636 1102 and romanod@ncad.ie.
For more information on NIVAL please see www.nival.ie

To coincide with New Ecologies of Practice exhibition What Do You Stand For Now? is a public seminar
and discussion that looks at some artistic and curatorial practices from the last few decades in Ireland. In
particular, they all proposed methods and models of display and distribution as alternatives to established
mainstream and institutional practices. What Do You Stand For Now? is chaired by Francis Halsall and Vaari
Claffey, speakers include Valerie Connor; Mark Garry; Garrett Phelan; Sarah Pierce; members of The Enquiry,
Gradcam and others. What Do You Stand For Now? Saturday 31st March, 2012, 12.30-5pm at the National College

of Art and Design, (Harry Clarke Lecture Theatre), Dublin.

In currently redesigning its own provision, NCAD is an appropriate context in which to explore aspects of this
increasingly visible dynamic in the visual arts, as articulated in the NCAD Gallery space and the
accompanying events and discussions.

The National College of Art and Design Gallery, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8.
NCAD Gallery opening hours 10am–5pm, Monday-Saturday.

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“Press Start” Presents Skip Cloud

03/02/2012

Sound Artist Skip Cloud Performs at Catalyst Arts as part of the exhibition ‘Press Start’. Listen to Skip Cloud here Skip Cloud

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‘Press Start’ Opening Night

03/02/2012

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Press Start

20/01/2012

Preview Thursday 26th January 7pm-9pm

Friday 27th January – Friday 17th February.

Opening hours  Tuesday- Saturday 11am-5pm.

Press Start will be an innovative interactive show, featuring work by international and local artists, that aims to showcase artworks that have been inspired by retro video games, old technology and the gaming experience.

 

Catalyst Arts Director call out

12/12/2011

Catalyst Arts welcomes applications for new Co-Directors. Please download the information below which outlines the personal criteria as well as the roles and responsibilities for the position of director at Catalyst Arts. Details of how to apply are also in this document. Email us for anymore queries at Catalystarts@gmail.com

Director Callout – Applications Welcome

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Featherweight Portable Museum

22/11/2011

Catalyst presents The Featherweight Portable Museum, a joint venture between Catalyst Arts (Belfast) and Media Pyhat (Finland), bringing together an eclectic body of work made by selected UK, Irish and Finnish artists in a travelling multi-media exhibition. The first showcase of the exhibition will take place at Catalyst Arts on Thursday 1st of December, with screenings, installations and performance art running from 6pm to 9pm. The work (a combination of the independent selections made by both organisations) will travel to Finland next year.

Feather Weight Portable Museum

14/11/2011

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Culture Night Friday

23/09/2011

For Culture Night Friday 23rd September 6 – 9pm

Catalyst Arts Presents

THE TRUTH BOOTH.

The Assembly Rooms, Cathedral QuarterIn

Search of the Truth (The Truth Booth)  A Cause Collective project(Jim Ricks, Hank Willis Thomas and Ryan Alexiev)

Three artists aretraveling the world with an inflatable ‘Truth Booth’ searching for thetruth.It is a massive cartoon speech-bubble that asks the public: “What isthe Truth?”.American artists Ryan Alexiev, Jim Ricks and Hank Willis Thomas willbe touring their new public project titled In Search of the Truth (TheTruth Booth). The inflatable piece is a new collaborative piece byCause Collective and is shaped like a giant cartoon speech bubble. It is a portable video ‘booth’ that will be available for members of the public to leave their opinions and responses on video. The piece will travel throughout Ireland gathering video documentation and then onto the rest of the world.

PreFIX.

Bridge Street, Cathedral QuarterCatalyst Arts organises Fix – a biennale of live performance art.

For Pre FIX we will utilise the two phone boxes on Bridge Street,performance artists who use improvisation as part of their practicewill telephone the phone boxes for passers by to pick up and listento/ converse with the artist.

Thisyear Fix takes places on November 10th – 15th and the launch Pre FIX -takes place as part of Culture Night Belfast.

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Pre-Fix

23/09/2011

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FIX09 BBEYOND PERFORMANCE RE SCHEDULED

01/10/2009

FIX09 BBEYOND PERFORMANCE RE SCHEDULED

1 October 2009 00:00 – 04 October

Bbeyond – Brian Connolly

FIX09 BBEYOND PERFORMANCE RE SCHEDULED

NOW ON SUNDAY 4TH OCTOBER,

OLD DUNNES CAR PARK,

CRUMLIN ROAD, BELFAST

9.30am – 1pm

Due to circumstances beyond our control Brian Connolly’s performance at the St. George’s market will not take place as advertised on Friday 2nd October. It has been moved to Sunday 4th October on the Crumlin Road Old Dunnes Store’s car park, 9.30-1pm.

 

For any enquires please ring us on 02890313303 or email catalystarts@gmail.com

Please accept out apologies for the inconvenience.

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FIX 09 Action Hero Guardian Review

04/09/2009

FIX 09 Action Hero Guardian Review

4 September 2009 00:00 – 04 October

http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2009/aug/28/a-western-edinburgh-review

Action Hero will perform A Western in FIX09 26th Sept – 4th October 2009

see: http://fixcatalyst.wordpress.com/

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Barry Cullen: Archive Remix

03/09/2009

Barry Cullen: Archive Remix

Date: 3 September 2009

Barry Cullen- Archive Remix

An installation and performance by Barry Cullen, re-examining work curated and accumulated by Catalyst over its 16 year history.

Cullen will delve into the hoard of material stored in the Catalyst archive, in order to celebrate and commemorate the institution.

Hands on cut and paste techniques and digital sampling will be used, to create new work from the old, remixing and editing the past.

The finished piece may not depict history accurately.

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M.A.R.I.N. Irish Sea Residency at ISEA 2009: Panel Presentations at the Black Box

27/08/2009

M.A.R.I.N. Irish Sea Residency at ISEA 2009: Panel Presentations at the Black Box

Date: 27 August 2009

M.A.R.I.N. Irish Sea Residency at ISEA 2009

Continues at Catalyst Arts until 29 August

Thursday Aug 27th ISEA2009 Conference

Panel Presentations – Black Box

11:00 – 13:00 M.A.R.I.N.

Tapio Makela, Marko Pejhan, Matthew Biederman

14:00 – 16:00 Ecolocated

Environment,  Sound and Engagement.

Nigel Helyer, Tapio Makela, Andreas Siagian and Daniel Woo

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Capitalyst Arts, Charlotte Andrew – Art conveyed limited company

22/08/2009

Capitalyst Arts, Charlotte Andrew – Art conveyed limited company

22 August 2009 09:00 – 29 August

CHARLOTTE ANDREW
ART CONVEYED LIMITED COMPANY
22nd-29th August 2009 at SHAC (Writers Square)

ART CONVEYED LIMITED COMPANY
Dear ladies (though not exclusively, men are welcome),
I am doing a project in Belfast from August 22-29 at the S.H.A.C. which is on Writers Square opposite St Annes Cathedral. It is part of Capitalyst week and will run in conjunction with the Catalyst Gallery.
I plan to turn the little disabled flat into a sweat shop with a bunch of sweaty artists working as if on a conveyer belt, each making their own mark on the paper which moves down the line and so on, producing at the end of the line a multiple original art work. You will of course be paid for your labours, in line with the basic sweat shop pay scheme, which after tax, national insurance, pension and devaluation is 2p per day, 1p for half a day. Hours will be 1000-1500 with I hour for lunch. Split shifts available. A rota will be set up, please clock in and out on arrival.
The work which is now owned by the company will be put up for sale. Seconds will be sold in the factory shop outlet at a reduced price. The best work will be packaged and exported to the Catalyst Gallery.
Profits from sales will go to the Managing director (me) and probably be spent on expenses such as large lunches with the board (you).
Applications for factory workers will be assessed on grounds of equal opportunity disregarding race, colour, religion and sex. All applications tocharlotteandrew@mac.com, please mark the form S.H.A.C.
Charlotte Andrew
Managing Director and Head of Recruiting

residence is an artist-led experiment in how space changes and stays the same through its use by different people and activities. With each new project the boundaries between living, working, private and public change. It is organised by Sighle and Sinéad Bhreathnach-Cashell and these spaces are currently being provided by SHAC Housing Association. Projects so far include residence: Flat 1, House/Home in a house on the Shore Road and ongoing events and residencies in Flat 4.
Flat 4 is our artist led space located in the Donegall Street flats in Belfast city centre. Each month it hosts a variety of artists in residence (AiR) who’s activities range from film screenings and workshops to open studios and tea parties. Click on Fresh Air to see the latest programme of residencies and opening hours.
Keep an eye on Fresh AiR to find out what you can look forward to this summer with residence

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ISEA 2009:M.A.R.I.N.

06/08/2009

ISEA 2009:M.A.R.I.N.

6 August 2009 18:00 – 29 August

Catalyst Arts presents…

ISEA 2009: M.A.R.I.N

Preview: Thursday, 6th August 5-8pm

Exhibition continues 7th-29th August

 

Founded by artists Tapio Makela (Finland) and Marko Peljihan (SL/USA), M.A.R.I.N is a mobile residency programme set on board a catamaran sailboat, redesigned and equipped to be a sustainable environment for transdisciplinary research in arts, sciences and technology.

M.A.R.I.N. will host an 11 week long residency on the Irish Sea, starting from Belfast and travelling down the coast of Cumbria to Liverpool. The gallery exhibition hosted by Catalyst Arts will highlight work developed during the residency.

Ecolocated: Littoral Lives by Tapio Makela, Nigel Helyer (AU), Andreas Siagian (ID), with Audio Nomad collaborators Daniel Woo (AU) and Michael Lake (AU) will map marine ecology along the northwest coastline using sensors and a small field laboratory. Combining maritime history, interviews and a workshop offshore, the artists will create podcasts, a geo tagged web blog and an Ecolocated audio installation in 3D.

For more information on the residency and its projects for ISEA 2009, please seehttp://marin.cc

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Catalyst Arts presents as part of FIX09: T5 Field Cinema by Dan Shipsides

03/08/2009

Catalyst Arts presents as part of FIX09: T5 Field Cinema by Dan Shipsides

3 August 2009 09:00 – 05 October

T5 field cinema

Small groups of people going to remote-ish and pertinent locations to watch films and artist videos.

This is the launch of artist Dan Shipsides’ ongoing project of informally showing artist and feature films in interesting remote locations. It utilises a T5* generation VW van, converted as a campervan to screen videos in remote locations (screen, video projector and petrol generator).

The T5 field cinema is supported by a forum which will bring together people, films and locations. Participants can use the forum to involve themselves and help initiate or propose screening events.
Please register to become involved
It’s Belfast based with potential screening locations initially within an hour or two drive of the city – but anyone can take part via the forum and potentially in person.

T5 field cinema is launched as part of FIX 09 – the 8th Catalyst Arts performance art biennial, which this year focuses on participatory aspects of contemporary live art practice. Screenings will take place during the week of the festival, which runs from from 26 September – 4 October 2009.

* T5 – the 5th generation of VW van – lineage of the cult Split and Bay window vans.

T5 field cinema forum:
http://www.danshipsides.com/cgi-bin/forum/YaBB.pl

Dan Shipsides:
http://www.danshipsides.com

http://www.catalystarts.org.uk

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Captalyst Arts, The Light Surgeons, The Waterfront Hall

25/07/2009

Captalyst Arts, The Light Surgeons, The Waterfront Hall

Date: 25 July 2009

Capitalyst Arts

The Light Surgeons

The Waterfront Hall, 8.00pm
The result of a year long digital performance art project
produced and directed by Christopher Thomas Allen and
commissioned by EMPAC, The Experimental Media and
Performing Arts Centre in Troy, New York. The final piece
was completed and presented in September 2007 and has
begun touring to festivals internationally.

True Fictions is an audio visual spectacle that fuses

documentary film making, music, animation and motion
graphics with cutting edge digital performance tools. A
stunning collage of music and live cinema which explores
the themes of truth and myth through a multitude of
American and Native American voices; with a original
musical score created through the collaborations of 25 New
York based musicians and vocal artists.

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Pedro Lagoa- Record Breaking Party, Friday 24th July

24/07/2009

Pedro Lagoa- Record Breaking Party, Friday 24th July

24 July 2009 22:00 – 25 July

Capitalyst Arts

Pedro Lagoa, Record Breaking Party

Catalyst Arts, Friday 24th July, 10pm

Guests are invited to bring old unwanted records, which Lagoa will play and depending on the crowds response they will either be saved or thrown out into the crowd to face destruction.  The records that guests bring can be used as token in exchange for a drink.
After Lagoa’s set the party will continue with DJ,s

Doors 10pm Tax £10 BYO

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Capitalyst Arts: Ivo Burokvic, Life as a Fake Artist as a Young Business Model

23/07/2009

Capitalyst Arts: Ivo Burokvic, Life as a Fake Artist as a Young Business Model

Date: 23 July 2009

Catalyst Arts presents…

Capitalyst Arts

Ivo Burokvic, Life as a Fake Artist

An artists talk and presentation by Paul Weirbinski
Catalyst Arts, Thursday 25th July 7.30pm.
Told through the character of artist Ivo Burkovic, Weirbinski documents the ordering of a custom oil painting from China, and it’s sale as an original artwork at a renowned auction of emerging artists work.
Wierbinski’s work touches on the tensions between the material and symbolic value of a contemporary art product.
“In a world of greed nothing is worth more than something which cannot be sold.”

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Capitalyst Arts: Aisling O’Beirn- Boom or Bust Pub Quiz

02/07/2009

Capitalyst Arts: Aisling O’Beirn- Boom or Bust Pub Quiz

2 July 2009 21:00 –

Catalyst Arts presents… as part of Capitalyst Arts

Aisling O’Beirn

Some Things About Belfast (or so I’m told)

The Boom or Bust Quiz

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Capitalyst Arts, Martin Boyle

01/07/2009

Capitalyst Arts, Martin Boyle

1 July 2009 12:00 – 30 July

MARTIN BOYLE
VARIOUS RETAIL SPACES AROUND BELFAST CITY CENTRE
1st – 30th July

Martin Boyle produces video pieces that are playful and performative.  He re-presents mass produced objects and packaging in digital form for the viewer and highlights a preoccupation with ideas of value or lack off, through the use of consumer goods.  This is achieved through manipulation and illusion playing on our need for gratification and the need to reveal and expose.  At first glance his pieces may seem like any other advertisement for a product but looking closer Martins shorts depict issues of capitalism using subtle movements or quickly moving objects.
Boyle’s work will be displayed in various retail spaces around the city centre.

CURRENTLY DISPLAYED IN THE WINDOW OF
COPPER MOON, 3 WELLINGTON  STREET, BELFAST

VIEW WORK ONLINE AT: www.irishartnow.com/mbshow01.html

http://www.coppermoon.co.uk/

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Capitalyst Arts presents… Jen Sykes ‘Blogcabin’

22/06/2009

Capitalyst Arts presents… Jen Sykes ‘Blogcabin’

22 June 2009 09:00 – 28 June

JEN SYKES

166-174 UPPER NORTH STREET (opposite Star Bingo) OPENING 7pm Saturday 27th June

22nd June – 28th June

Blogcabin is a wilderness retreat that strives to be at one with nature while at the same time refusing to detatch itself from technology. Blogcabin will move through various locations around Belfast becoming an information point, a cinema, an internet location and a space for exchange.

27TH JUNE at 166-174 Upper North Street.
(across from Star Bingo)

Watch Ray Mears as he instructs you through the wilderness and come and see the products of blogcabins week on the streets. Receive mobile instructions for sourcing the internet.

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Capitalyst Arts, Martin Carter, Burn the Banks

20/06/2009

Capitalyst Arts, Martin Carter, Burn the Banks

Date: 20 June 2009

BURN THE BANKS,
MARTIN CARTER, LAWERENCE STREET WORKSHOPS, Saturday 20th June,9pm,
Burn the Banks is a unique event that will give you a chance to voice your revenge by joining in the burning of effigies of major banks.  Come along and bring any unwanted bills to help fuel the flames of change.

Pictures from the Night:

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Capitalyst Arts, Rich White, Vigilance

18/06/2009

Capitalyst Arts, Rich White, Vigilance

Date: 18 June 2009
RICH WHITE
VIGILANCE UPPER NORTH STREET (opposite Star Bingo), OPENING 7pm Thursday 18th June

Vigilance was originally installed in a pair of vacant retail units in Barrow-in Furness.  It was inspired by the town’s submarine building history with the form of the derived from the shape and scale of the vanguard class nuclear submarine.  The work was constructed from flattened cardboard boxes suspended from the ceiling by string and designed to make it appear that the submarine had landed on top of the building,  but instead of demolishing it the building had adapted itself to accommodate the shape of the hull.   For Capitalyst White will be recreating the work in a vacant shop on North Street.

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Helen Sharp ‘The Hero and Now’ Closing Event

14/05/2009

Helen Sharp ‘The Hero and Now’ Closing Event

Date: 14 May 2009

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Derek Holzer, Eisberg & Resnick, Neanderthal Electronics Workshop Participants

25/04/2009

Derek Holzer, Eisberg & Resnick, Neanderthal Electronics Workshop Participants

25 April 2009 21:00 –

Derek Holzer, Eisberg & Resnick, Neanderthal Electronics Workshop Participants
Saturday, 25 April 2009 at Catalyst Arts
9pm til late.
BYO. £5 donations welcome to support Catalyst Arts.

dB6 Festival (digital belfast 6)
20th April – 3rd May
Derek Holzer will be performing his TONEWHEELS concert. Support from Eisberg & Resnick, and participant’s of Derek’s workshop will present their hand crafted synthesizers.
TONEWHEELS is an experiment in converting graphical imagery to sound,
inspired by some of the pioneering 20th Century electronic music inventions.
Transparent tonewheels with repeating patterns are spun over light-sensitive
electronic circuitry to produce sound and light pulsations and textures, while
projected graphical loops and textures add richness to the visual environment.
This year the Digital Arts Studios is 6 years old and we will be holding 2 weeks of events in April to celebrate. Workshops and events focus on sound one week, and video the second week with artists coming from as far as Berlin and L.A.
The Workshops and Talk will take place at the Digital Arts Studios, and there will also be evening events at Catalyst Arts and Brown & Bri.

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Capitalyst: Fundraiser with Deviant Sound System

27/03/2009

Capitalyst: Fundraiser with Deviant Sound System

Date: 27 March 2009

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Catalyst Arts Annual General Meeting

13/03/2009

Catalyst Arts Annual General Meeting

13 March 2009 18:00 –

CATALYST ARTS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Catalyst Arts invite you to attend the annual general meeting on Wednesday 11th March 2009 @ 6pm, tea and coffee from 5.30pm.

The committee call on the membership to put forward your opinions and suggestions on how the organisation should proceed and develop.

The Agenda for discussion is:

• Programming for 2009-2010

• Future strategies for Catalyst Arts

• Funding applications

• Relocation

• Any further business

Catalyst Arts appreciates your ongoing support and looks forward to seeing you at the A.G.M.

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126 Member’s Swap

03/02/2009

Catalyst Arts presents… 126 Members Swap

3 February 2009 19:00 – 19 February

126 Member’s Swap

The swap is now entering its fourth year, 126 was set up onthe model of Catalyst Arts.  The galleries have a shared ethos of providing space and opportunity for artists atvarious stages of their careers and a strong commitment to their membership bases.
The Annual Members Show provides a prime opportunity for early career artists to exhibit alongside more established artists.  The richness and diversity of practice in the membership is best reflected in the open submission policy.

The exhibitions this year will run simultaneously in both galleries.

Opening event Tuesday 3rd February at 7pm.

Exhibition runs in 126 in Galway, 5th Feb – 20th Feb.

 

 

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Open Studios Week 4: Cian Donnelly

08/12/2008

Open Studios Week 4: Cian Donnelly

8 December 2008 11:00 – 20 December

Open Studios Week 4: Cian Donnelly

‘Vampire on his hands and knees’
Donnelly will be working and performing within an enclosed space created in the gallery. Inhabiting the character of Daniel Cullen, a man who following the death of his wife and child has retreated to this room and made pieces in remembrance of the family he has lost. The two-week period will culminate in a closing performance, with songs from The Order of the Golden Ghost, a choir of artists and musicians.
This project will for the first time bring together all the aspects of Donnelly’s practice: song, painting, works on paper and storytelling.

Opening event Saturday 20th at 8pm.

 

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Open Studios Week 3: Revati Mann

01/12/2008

Open Studios Week 3: Revati Mann

1 December 2008 11:00 – 06 December

Open Studios Week Three: Revati Mann

London-based artist Revati Mann will create an immersive environment with materials collected from Belfast: personal affects, found objects, fabricated objects. Over the course of the week, she will be creating a space that allows for free associations of colour, shape, movement and form; balloons, cardboard, trinkets, images, slide projection, sweet wrappers….an open ended impermanent space, welcoming and engaging. A space to spend time in.


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Open Studios Week 2: Ben Craig & Sinead Bhreathnach-Cashell

24/11/2008

Open Studios Week 2: Ben Craig & Sinead Bhreathnach-Cashell

24 November 2008 11:00 – 29 November

Open Studios Week 2: Ben Craig and Sinead Bhreathnach-Cashell

Ben Craig ‘Goodie Boxes’

Ben Craig will be giving away all his stuff as presents for free; toys, videos, tapes, books and a lot of other little things. He will bring his stuff round to the gallery and sort through it. Each present will be beautifully wrapped and a tag will be attached to each one with his email address on it. The week will close with a lunchtime event on the Friday where visitors are invited to take presents.
‘Six years ago they began to get invisible, glass or no glass. Nobody has ever seen the last five I made because no glass is strong enough to make them big enough to be regarded truly as the smallest things ever made. Nobody can see me making them because my little tools are invisible into the same bargain. The one I am making now is nearly as small as nothing.’

Page 76, chapter 5 of ‘The Third Policeman’ by Flann O’Brien.

Sinéad Bhreathnach-Cashell ‘Plunder’

Sinéad will take on the roles of Builder and Pirate, plundering the surrounding area for treasure in her umbrella boat and construct a pirate’s lair out of Belfast’s debris. During this time she will fill a section of the gallery with sand and ask people to hide treasure in it, for herself and others to search for. Using the Catalyst Archive Sinéad will create video dominos /video Jenga with vhs tapes. Sinéad will close her activities along with Ben Craig with the lunchtime event on the Friday afternoon.

Sinead Breathnach Cashell

Ben Craig

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Open Studios Week One: tit-tat Disco Olympics

17/11/2008

Open Studios Week One: tit-tat Disco Olympics

17 November 2008 11:00 – 23 November

Open Studios Week One: tit-tat Disco Olympics

tit-tat is a collaborative effort between artists Jude Bennett and Ruth McCullough. tit-tat put on live events that they find inspiring and fun, bringing extraordinary delightful art events to the public.
During the week tit tat will be designing, developing and creating a temporary sporting installation.
On closing event on Saturday 22nd November tit-tat will have the disco olympics with events such as techno sprint, disco ball shot put, wrestling, and sequined sac race ending the night with a Wedding Disco! tit-tat strive to bring a little bit of friendly rivalry mixed with ridiculous sporting fancy dress and silly games.
Let the Games begin!
www.tittat.org

The Winners

Score Board

Sack Race – 1st place: Kate McCollough
Sequin – 1st place: Kate McCollough 2nd place: Darren 3rd place: Mike
Ribbon Dance – 1st place: Diana 2nd place: Cecilia 3rd place: Gemma
Techno Sprint – 1st place: Marty Carter 2nd place: Sighle Breathnach Cashell 3rd place: Phil Hession
Cocktail 1- 1st place: Colm’s team 2nd place: Kate’s team
Cocktail 2 – 1st place: Fiona’s team 2nd place: Mike’s team 3rd place: Abbie’s team

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Accidental Theatre presents…No Exit by Jean Paul Sartre

29/09/2008

Accidental Theatre presents…No Exit by Jean Paul Sartre

29 September 2008 20:00 – 01 October

Accidental Theatre presents…No Exit by Jean Paul Sartre
Translated by Stuart Gilbert
Monday 29th September- Wednesday 1st October 2008, at 8pm
Tickets available on door: £5/£3 concession

No Exit or Huis Clos was written by Jean-Paul Sartre and was first performed in Paris in 1944 just before it’s liberation. It stands as the finest example of his existentialist philosophy. It has been argued that in No Exit Sartre discusses the idea of creating one’s own future and the result of not having the power to control one’s future, therefore, one’s existence.

Each of the three main characters has a connection with the other and this beautiful play comes alive in the interplay between these three, as they look at themselves and each other for hope, salvation and torture.

The most famous line from the play and one that describes it perfectly, “Hell is…other people” is one of the great lines in 20th Century Theatre.

Fore more information, see Accidental Theatre’s website.

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Moss Graffiti Workshop

29/07/2008

Moss Graffiti Workshop

Date: 29 July 2008

Moss Graffiti Workshop
Tuesday 29th July 3pm
No charge

Introduction to Moss Graffiti, how to do it, and where to do it..

For more info on Moss Graffiti visit here

Image from storiesfromspace.co.uk

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F L E X I B I L I S M

24/05/1993

F L E X I B I L I S M
 
LIAM  SLEVIN | MARK  BUCKERIDGE  –  ALL  CHOIR | CLAWSON  +  WARD
 
o p e n i n g 0 2 . 0 6 . 1 6 – 2 5 . 0 6 . 1 6 c l o s i n g
 
This project fosters practices concerned with the conditions for production, labour, autonomism, desire and decision. FLEXIBILISM is the appraisal of four artists who have been invited to develop and reconfigure a previously made or designed work in relation to explicit, esoteric and existential aspects of Catalyst Arts and its site in Belfast as a public space. These reproductions, rehearsals and repetitions interrupt the field of perception associated with a gallery space, resisting the familiarity of selected works in a groups show and instead espouse to re-configure civic, social and cultural frameworks for considering our role in public, as artists, citizens, communities and creative labourers.
 
The project draws its title from post-fordist theories of flexible specialisation which propositioned that flexibility and skill in labor is more profitable than the previous mass-production, factory format which informed Henry Ford and Albert Khan’s seminal architectural designs for industrial assembly lines, famously flexible to the changing modes of production. These theories propagate ‘flexibility’ as a benefit to workers, often alluding to the potential increase in personal agency and inferred time for leisure when in reality they only serve to remove the conditions of security and increase the need for competition. The dysfunction of this proposition is explicitly evident in the current, pervasive infrastructure of visual art practice and misperceptions of the value of culture as an instrument for harvesting social or financial dividends under the guise of desire and decision. Through disparate means of production, each artists’ work engage the almost invisible yet omnipotently perceived, instructive nature of civic structures and social order, reclaiming cultural sites for their own means and offering processes which can be utilised to interrupt or subvert these systems by its users and inhabitants.
 
Each of the artists involved in the project have practices which further agitate conventional notions of the autonomous artist and provide a contextual framework for examining how collectives and artist-led initiatives balance creative output with sustainability, often cultivating spaces and situations for audiences and peer artists to come meet, live and practice.
 
C L A W S O N + W A R D
 
Clawson & Ward is the collaborative partnership of Anna Clawson & Nicole Ward. Working together since 2010, their current practice incorporates sculpture, photography and video. A central concern of their work is the desire to explore the ways in which individuals, groups or institutions gain influence. For their work at Catalyst Arts, Clawson and Ward have produced new upholstery foam drawings as part of their ongoing series, ‘Both alone and in packs’. This series takes the everyday acts of defacing public furniture as a starting point. An apathetic visual language is absorbed by the artists because of the connection to printing techniques. The commission for FLEXIBILISM sees Clawson and Ward focus on the evolution of politically motivated typography, resulting in the five central columns of the gallery assuming the form of an ornate, tactile and anachronistic timeline of the letter (or character) ‘R’.
 
L I A M  S L E V I N
 
A multi-disciplinary artist, noise art curator and producer based between Stockton and Berlin, Slevin works predominantly in experimental sonic and noise art. The scripts, compositions and parameters for each project are informed by the full sonic spectrum and the auditory fields which we inhabit. His research is embedded in low frequency/infrasonic sound phenomenon, particularly how sound envelops our individual and collective experiences with his work exploring our relationship with sound in cultural, political, anthropological, geographical and social contexts. Liam’s FLEXIBILISM commission develops a long-term project utilising feedback loops as a disciplinary structure in live composition and how their ontological aspects are recontextualised when transitioned from noise club nights to a gallery environment. The work is situated at the intersection of sound, performance and audience participation, influenced by instrumentalisation of the built environment and its users.
 
M A R K  B U C K E R I D G E – A L L  C H O I R
 
Mark’s work primarily focuses on composition, performance, drawing and is heavily influenced by his background in music, with a history of producing, publishing and disseminating projects as sonic outputs such as EP ‘Ground Yourself’ (2012), Live installation ‘I could use this knife but I won’t’ (2013) and ‘Instructions for electronic station’ (2014). He has recently produced a Zine series titled ‘How to write a pop song’ charting a fictionalised chronology of music from 1950’s to modern day. The work ‘ALL CHOIR’ is predominantly a singing group formed by the artist in May of 2016 for FLEXIBILISM. The goal and ambition for this group is to use the commonality of music as a starting point for discussions, social gatherings and occasional live performances. ALL CHOIR is inclusive and open to singers of all levels of abilities and will be an active part of the project throughout June and beyond.
 
 
The project will launch at Catalyst Arts Thursday 2nd June 2016 from 6-9pm and run until Saturday 25th June. For further details on the project or interest in participating in ALL CHOIR through the month of June you can contact catalystarts@gmail.com
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