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.
There is nothing like a deadline to make or break an artist. There is an added anxiety that can spur on the creativity or kill it completely. Thus, the arrival of the exhibition of Ulster University Ceramics, jewellery and silversmithing graduates at Craft NI exhibition space gives a much needed opportunity for the graduates of Ulster University 2021 to show their work.
Have you ever wondered about stained glass? Dr David Canon, a retired head of department at the National College of Art and Design, has worked on an updated version of The Gazetteer of Irish Stained Glass and recently gave a talk for the National Churches Trust.
It’s very heartening that the talent the University of Atypical has nurtured and supported in regards to what disabled and D/deaf artists Artists are achieving is getting a wider recognition. Alice McCullough performance poet is one of the BBC Culture in Quarantine stars with a tag line: Alice is not ok!
Cathedral Quarter Arts festival starts this week with a veritable tapestry of events — the vast majority in-person as we emerge tentatively from lockdown. The whiskey tour is sold out but with many artists filled with pent-up energy from a lack of gigging it’s an opportunity to experience something otherworldly — in the safest possible way.
One of the interesting things about visual art is that every material has its own niche of creators and specialists — just like music where you would not lump everyone together.
The House was billed as part exhibition-part theatre, an intriguing partnership between the Commission for Victims and Survivors, Big Telly Theatre Company and the Northern Ireland Housing Executive in their 5oth year: “the project has been but together to raise awareness of the voices of victims and survivors who would not otherwise be heard.”
Stephen Shaw has always admired the Gerald Dillion Gallery at Cultúrlann and he’s delighted now to show in the Falls Road venue works completed over the past 30 months.
Féile an Phobail has lift off. I’ve written an art blog for years but the title of the most-viewed blog post ever was 'Féile an Phobail for paranoid Protestants'. Maybe it said something about those who subscribed to it or perhaps it spoke to an untapped curious audience?
Art is never static. It pulses and shifts with new materials, the resurgence of traditional materials and moves on a whim and a prayer. Likewise, the spaces where practitioners work on the alchemy of art shift over time.
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.