Bronagh Lawson is an artist based in Belfast who has written a blog about the vibrant local contemporary visual arts scene for the last ten years. Previously starting as a participant then manager she ran cross-community cross border development programmes for 13 years.
Originally from Portaferry and Strangford she is a Fulbright scholar and graduate of Winchester Achool of Art.
Bronagh is a co-founder of the Hydrangea project a Belfast — a Chicago collaboration which uses contemporary art underpinned with art therapy to act as a healing mechanism. Her book 'Belfast City of Light: Looking and Listening to Belfast Come with Me' is based on her experience as a non-churchgoer attending every church in Belfast for a service during 2019.
Launchpad exhibition at Craft NI features four individuals with very different takes on Craft. Clare Skelton has come up with an elegant way of transforming heirloom gold with her jewellery portraits.
Artist Miguel Martin, originally from West Belfast, has been commissioned by the MAC along with Isobel Anderson to develop a series for children where they are invited to 'Let’s do Art'.
Belfast Exposed Photography Gallery currently has scaffolding around it but do not let that put you off: the sensitivity shown in the 'A Lightness of Touch' exhibition on the first floor gallery features the Masters of Fine Art graduates.
How do people draw lines between themselves and others? What can Ireland’s borderland teach the world? Thinking globally, can lines once drawn be erased?
Ancient Ground, Invisible violence. Headlights, Border Road at Dusk. Some of the titles of Willie Doherty previous 72 exhibitions or art pieces should give us some clue to its contents.
Has Belfast Photo Festival taken over Botanic gardens? The festival has had a presence within the gardens for a few years now and while this is certainly the most images I have ever seen around one of Belfast’s green lungs, we have to consider that this was being planned without knowing whether galleries would be open to the public by now.
As part of its 2021 economic recovery plan, the Irish Government is bringing forward a pilot of a basic income for the arts sector which "recognises the necessity to remove the precarity from the lives of artist and art workers of all disciplines, so that they might develop, create and present their best work for the benefit of all society".
In the name of Art I have experienced many things and visited many nooks and crannies around the City. But it’s the first time I’ve actually become numb while participating in Art.
Anyone reading this likely to go to North Korea any time soon? And if you do would you get out alive?
Many galleries seem to be opening at the end of May but I noticed that An Cultúrlann has already announced its opening. And although outdoor drinking and dining have been creaking open over the last weeks and many are happy to partake, other people in more vulnerable categories or age groups are rightly still very reticent. It will take caution and consideration to feel truly at home in such environments.
The nomination of the Array Collective in Kings Street for the Turner Prize is the biggest news of the week.
The role of artists in society is often overlooked or laughed at, treated with suspicion or ridiculed. The artist has become a mythical creature, often not content with the status quo and pushing for new boundaries. Many do not receive the recognition for the work they do, but still they push on.
In the southeast corner of Lough Neagh, scattered across the landscape of Derrytresk Bog, a unique temporary environmental sculpture trail has been installed by artist Rosalind Lowry.
Watching the Irish Echo Arts and Culture awards on Friday night and Saturday morning (they concluded at 2:45am local time) I was inspired by the young women in Chicago, Megan Derrig, who was using traditional Irish music in lockdown with her dementia patients to connect them with their ancestral home.
Back in the day when there were talks about talks, I was heavily involved with the women’s sector. As news filtered around that there might be a women’s political party, I remember a conversation with a women from West Belfast who said she was a republican first and for gender equality second.