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.
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.
Sometimes the fact that I live in a parallel universe becomes really highlighted, like this Sunday with Churches open I’m back on my odyssey of visiting every church in Belfast for a service.
Carol Graham is a well-known painter who initially was famed for her portraits. Her observation and technique around light has had made her much sought after for commissions.
In my second week as an attendee at the United Nations Commission for the Status of Women, I tried to focus on the art-related inputs although I found myself pulled to parallel events such as Gender Data and Economic Power , or Young Women’s Voices on Gender Equality.
As someone who considers herself a pretty global citizen nothing has prepared me for the mindblowing experience of being an official delegate at the UN Commission for the Status of Women, thanks to that amazing organisation punching well above it’s weight the Northern Ireland Women’s European Platform (NIWEP).
Congratulations to the team behind the Academy Award-nominated animated feature film Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon: Richard Phelan, Will Becher and Paul Kewley. I am sure we will hear lots more of their experiences over the coming weeks.
There are a lot more male curators in Northern Ireland than women and this can influence programming decisions in galleries in weird ways and, as a result, women’s careers.
Last week I saw my first blooming daffodil in the wild, randomly at the side of a road, always a sign that nature is waking up.
Every year, the Kilkenny Arts Centre KCAT hosts a retrospective exhibition focusing on the work of a long term studio artist. It has always been an unparalleled opportunity to really unpack and explore in detail the full spectrum and creative output of the exhibiting artist. In addition, an important part of the retrospectives has been to publish an artist's book of images, commissioned text and interviews. KCAT Studio artist Declan Byrne was scheduled for the next exhibition. This was originally due to take place in 2020 as a public event but due to Coid restrictions the exhibition has now been re-imagined for presentation online.
How do you change the trajectory your life has been going in for that of yourself or your future family? Where might we all have been with different ancestors?
Art has the power to go straight to the heart of the matter. The determination and drive for some artists to develop and stick at their practice does not always pay off.