Chinese painting is one of the oldest continuous artistic traditions in the world.
Traditional Chinese painting uses many of the same techniques as calligraphy, where gesture and control of the brush form part of the artistic method. Since earliest times nature, in particular the landscape and the creatures that inhabit it, has been the main source of inspiration for Chinese artists.
Rong-Gen Yin, will be having his first solo exhibition in Chinese watercolours which coincides with the Chinese New Year. The paintings will range from detailed landscapes in traditional style - Gongbi, where intricate brushstrokes shape meticulously coloured landscapes, which can include narrative themes - to Shui-mo, the more fluid depiction of plants, birds, and animals using bold brushstrokes in ink and watercolours.
There will be on display over 50 beautiful paintings exquisitely mounted on Chinese silk brocade, as hanging scrolls or in traditional frames. Rong-Gen will also be doing daily live demonstrations.
This exhibition is supported by National Museums NI, Northern Ireland Museums Council, The Framing Table and The Crescent.
Rong-Gen Yin originally from Shanghai, began painting in the traditional Chinese manner in the 1970s. During the 1980s he was a member of an artist collective and taught painting in Japan and Germany while working there. Having come to Northern Ireland in 2003 Rong-Gen has continued to paint and teach traditional Chinese painting techniques in the Chinese Resource Centre, Belfast. Since 2014 he has exhibited and demonstrated his work during the annual Chinese New Year celebrations.
The Crescent is delighted to host this exhibition, which is showing as part of the 20th Belfast Children’s Festival.
PJ Lynch, Belfast born illustrator and current Laureate na nÓg, has chosen the theme “The Big Picture” to be his legacy project.
It will focus on the art of illustration and visual storytelling that celebrates children’s literature and the power of the imagination.
On display will be the work of five primary schools, who have explored the themes of “Family” and “Home” using visual storytelling. You are invited you to add to a sixth panel.
For more information about this exhibition and the Belfast Children's Festival visit: Youngatart.co.uk/festival
This exhibition is guide dog and wheelchair friendly
A comprehensive exhibition and series of participatory events: highlighting the extraordinary range of technique, imagery and vision of both past and current printmaking community. 40 Years, 40 Prints, 40 Printmakers is a testament to BPW’s printmaking facilities, showcasing the legacy and spirit of a thriving network of artists.
The exhibition features members work alongside prints that each member has chosen from the archive.
2017 marks the 40th anniversary of the Belfast Print Workshop. To celebrate this achievement, we have created a project, which reflects our longstanding commitment to the atelier tradition. Showcasing the most ambitious selection of artworks from our studio to date, and adopting new methods of engagement to meet the demand of our current following as well as attracting new participants to our existing programme.
For information on the public programme please visit the Crescent Arts Centre website:
Artists Members - Alison Fitzgerald, Anushiya Sundaralingam, Coby Moore, Dónall Billings, Dora McAvera, Eamonn McCrory, Fiona Ní Mhaoilir, Georgia McBride, Helen Lavery, Ivan Frew, Jackie Crooks, James Allen, James Millar, Jonathan Brennan, Joseph McFadden, Josephine McCormick, Julz Marulina, Karen Daye-Hutchinson, Leo Boyd, Liam De Frinse, Linda McBurney, Lynda Hamilton, Marg McArdell, Maura Lynch, Michael Doherty, Pauline Clancy, Pilar Morales C, Raquel Amat Parra, Stephen Conlon
Artists chosen from the archive - Alfonso Monreal, Anne Clarke, Anushiya Sundaralingam, Barbara Rae, Basil Blackshaw, Bill Penney, Ebrahim Ehrari, Elaine Megaghy, F Friel, Gemma Gore, Hughie O'Donoghue, James Millar, John A Evans, Karen Daye-Hutchinson, Kent Jones, Mary Farl Powers, Nick Morley, Paul Seawright, Raymond Henshaw, Una Hyland, Veronica Wallis
This December purchase a unique and special Christmas gift at the heART OF HOPE Art Exhibition.
Top artists from across Northern Ireland including Colin Davidson, Lisa Ballard and Terry Bradley, have donated work to the Northern Ireland Hospice’s bi-annual heART of Hope Exhibition that will run from December 15 to December 22 at The Crescent.
Celebrated artist Colin Davidson, who has donated a study on the late Seamus Heaney, is one of more than 100 artists who have committed work to the exhibition.
The charity, which specialises in providing palliative care to local people, is aiming to raise £30k from the exhibition, which will start with a private auction hosted by art specialists Ross’s on December 14.
Joanna Pawson, Northern Ireland Hospice Events Manager, said: “There’s an amazing collection of art at this year’s exhibition and we are really excited about the prospect of raising valuable funds for Northern Ireland Hospice. There are pieces from Ian Cumberland, Ciaran Magill and Stephen Johnston too.
“We raised £25,000 in 2015 and we are hopeful of raising even more on this occasion, supporting Northern Ireland Hospice to deliver the highest quality palliative care to local people when they need it most.”
The exhibition will be open on:
Friday 15th Dec 10am-8pm
Saturday 16th Dec 10am-5pm
Sunday 17th Dec 10am-5pm
Mon 18th Dec 10am-6pm
Tues 19th Dec 10am-2:30pm
Wed 20th Dec 10am-6pm
Thurs 20/21 10am-7:30pm
Fri 22nd Dec 10am-12noon
Featuring over 100 top artists from across Northern Ireland including Colin Davidison, Terry Bradley, Carol Graham, Brian Ballard, Rita Duffy, Ian Cumberland, Stephen Johnston, Lisa Ballard, Judith Logan, Cupar Pilson and many more.
Open daily from 9am - 8pm
We are delighted to welcome to The Crescent Gallery Polish artists Magdalena Miler, Natalia Majka and Ilona Kazimierska Maja as they present Pol Art NI.
This comprehensive and very personal exhibition, will take visitors on the path that brought the three Polish artists to love Northern Ireland. The work on display shows an extraordinary range of techniques and styles, ranging from traditional oil and acrylic techniques to pastel and gel pens, from bright landscapes to nostalgic portraits and eerie abstract shapes.
The exhibition is supported by Karolina Shop and the Association of Polish Artists in Northern Ireland (APANI)and is open daily from 9am - 8pm and runs from 30 October until 4 November.
APANI aims to promote Polish artists living in Northern Ireland and this exhibition is the first in a series of shows. For POL ART, they have selected three very different artists, who have been brought together by their interest for sensitivity and the experience of life. Whilst at the same time experimenting art through the filter of very different personalities and styles.
Magdalena Miler, born in 1968 in Bydgoszcz, Poland, is a Member of the Board and Chairman of the Association of Polish Artists NI. Professional photographer and retoucher, she’s also interested in design and decoration. She’s been specializing in the dotting technique (stippling) for over 30 years, adapting gel and ink pen to her abstract creations.
Ilona Kazimierska Maja, born in Bedzin, Poland, is a Member of the Board and Vice Chairman of the Association of Polish Artists NI. She started painting after moving to Northern Ireland, inspired by the country’s breath-taking landscapes. Her work is about fleeting moments,about the beauty of nature and its connection with the artist’s memories, about finding herself and her place in the world through the pastel, watercolour and oil technique.
Natalia Majka, born in 1995 in Bedzin, Poland, studies at the Academy of Fine Arts in Katowice. Winner of the competition “On the walls lived hope”, Natalia likes to experiment all forms of arts, from murals and graphics, to films and scenographies. She uses oil and acrylic painting to express her emotional self-research by focusing on her intuition and impulses in order to portrait people and places of her daily life.
This July, The Crescent is delighted to present a showcase of work created by students who attend courses and workshops here at The Crescent
An annual event for The Crescent, this is a chance for students to showcase their creatvity and talent and the exhibition is a variety of stunning pieces. The work on display ranges from portraits and landscapes to abstract art, mixing techniques from watercolour to collage, to oil and acrylic.
Join us to view to incredible work that is created here at The Crescent by talented students under the guidance of our tutors.
The Crescent, is excited to present The Tutors Art & Crafts Exhibition in The Crescent Gallery from 7th – 16th September.
For almost 40 years, The Crescent has worked with various artists across an extensive range of disciplines and these artists have inspired many hundreds of students generously sharing their knowledge and skills as part of our learning programme.
For the very first time, we are bringing together a collection of work from these artists to showcase the amazing talent and diversity that exists within our very own creative community!
In addition to showcasing their talent, this exhibition will also serve as an opportunity to thank these artists for their commitment and contribution to The Crescent and to the community we serve.
The exhibition will be open from 10.00am to 7.00pm each day with free admission!
Join us on Thursday 7th September at 6.30pm for our opening night.
Don’t miss it!
The Crescent is delighted to welcome artist Valerie Giannandrea McKeag for a solo exhibition of new works of acrylic paintings and ink.
Valerie Giannandrea McKeag graduated from the Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee, Scotland, in 1985 with a 1st class BA Honours Degree in Illustration. She moved to London and worked as a freelance illustrator working for various clients in advertising and publishing over a 12 year period.
She came to Belfast in 1997 with her husband John McKeag, re-trained as an Art teacher and is currently Head of Art at Ashfield Girls’ High School in East Belfast. Valerie joined the Belfast Print Workshop in 1998.
While Valerie is mostly known for her monoprints produced at the Belfast Print Workshop in Belfast, she recently moved to the Mourne area in County Down and these are her new acrylic paintings on canvas and wood. She has also produced pen and ink works on paper. Valerie is interested in the fall of light on a landscape and in capturing its mood.
She has work in various collections in Northern Ireland, Ireland, Scotland and London.
The Crescent is delighted to present a new exhibition featuring recent paintings and prints by 81 year old International renowned artist, John Kingerlee.
The exhibition will feature work from the past three years and includes Grids, Landscapes, Heads and prints. The centrepiece of the exhibition will be his very latest work titled SRIK paintings.
Professor Mike Catto who is an authority of Kingerlee’s work will open the exhibition on Thursday 11th January at 6pm.
A new book on the SRIK paintings, by Jonathan Benington, will be published in 2018. Benington writes "Like all great contemporary artists John Kingerlee has evolved his own distinctive handwriting. A visual language that is instantly recognisable as his and nobody else's. This is abundantly evident in his SRIKS series,with its multimedia mix of drawing ,painting and stuck down fragments of printed paper. At the hands of a lesser artist this could be easily a recipe of something incoherent or meaningless, but not so Kingerlee - his marks and gestures stem from 60 years experience and constitute his repertory, in the same way that the melodic phrasing and rhythm of a great piece of music."
The great American composer, Morten Lauridsen, is a great champion of the artist and compares John's paintings to his own music. 'I build Layers of notes and John builds layers of paint '
The SRIKS are absorbing and housing a lifetime's random collection of memorabilia. Old notes, old letters, old drawings etc which I carried for years, all passing out of my life and into the world of paintings. Kingerlee, the most remarkable environmental artist in the world is serving us a Universal message against global warming. He is by example, humbly and reverentially grateful for this source of inspiration. But ultimately it is us who should thank him for choosing to share it with us.
Accompanying the exhibition will be a premiere of new film on the life and work of the artist titled "Beyond The Beyonds ", words penned by the great Seamus Heaney on viewing Kingerlee’s paintings for the first time. The film has recently won two major merit awards in California. The film will show on Thursday 18th January at 7.30pm and we are delighted to welcome Ros Drinkwater, who wrote the script will join us.
John Kingerlee was born in Birmingham in 1936. The family moved to London in his early years where his father managed a gentleman 's poker club.
As a student he attended a boarding school in Exeter and was drawn to modern literature and considered becoming a writer. Instead he turned to visual art and started painting in 1962.
His early representational paintings were influenced by Surrealism, especially the work of Dalí. He also acknowledges an affinity to Kurt Schwitters, the Dada master of collage, Braque and Picasso (the co-originators of Cubism), Paul Klee and Asger Jorn of the COBRA group. Amongst the Americans, he hold Pollock and de Kooning in high regard, although Rauschenberg's use of collage in his work combines is second to none.
In 1982 Kingerleee moved with his wife to the wild and remote Beara Peninsula in the West Cork area of Ireland. The West of Ireland's wind-swept, elemental landscape of rock, sky and water has had a deep effect on his work, and his painting captures its essence in near abstract form. Kingerlee works slowly on his paintings, building them up in layers over a period of months and years. He has also produce collages, which involve found printed matter and drawing, and figurative paintings including an ongoing series of heads.
His abstract grid paintings reflect both the walls of Fez and an acute sense of the power that resonates from a site such as the mound of Tara in County Meath, Ireland, reputed to have been the seat of the High King of Ireland. Some critics describe the grids as pneumas, from the ancient Greek word for breath or, when used in a religious context, spirit or soul.
With the advent of the new Millennium, Kingerlee’s art has been reaching new audiences and it has begun to attract much wider recognition.
The last 10 years of his life and work have been the subject of a television documentary and two critical volumes with texts by William Zimmer, Ted Pillsbury and Jonathan Benington, among others.
An 80th birthday retrospective of his work was staged by Oriel Centre Dundalk Goal last year. Prior to that, a US touring exhibition of his work travelled to 16 different venues.
Esther Brown is an international artist, who was born and raised in Japan and joins us in The Crescent Gallery for her latest exhibition that has been inspired by the concept of Eden.
Eden: an unspoilt natural paradise - a place that is elusive in our world, where habitats are constantly destroyed and species are endangered.
The artist draws the eye to the magnificence of birds by painting them as subjects of beauty and royalty in their own kingdoms.
Esther Brown completed a BA in Fine Art, worked as a print designer at Alexander McQueen and has won an award for her drawings. She works across mediums using oils, acrylics, spray paint and gold leaf to create depth and texture in her paintings.
Och Ochón is a visual response to fear, superstition and mortality developed out of personal experience. This exhibition will combine installation elements with projected video images across the 3 spaces within The Crescent's Gallery.
Filmed in the ‘found footage’ style (popularised in the horror genre), the artist uses staged sequences (inspired in part by the old Irish traditions and customs around death - such as caoineadh or keening), juxtaposing these with sudden bursts of reflective moments. These ‘disruptions’ filmed using a deteriorating analogue camcorder reinforce a Cinéma Vérité approach.
In late 2017 Mac Cana created a multi-media body of work, Yellowstone, in which he explored personal psychological and physical concerns relating to a life-threatening illness. Och Ochón is a further development of these concerns.
Éanna Mac Cana lives and works in Belfast where he produces art across a range of media, including short film, installation, photography. A recent short film by Mac Cana has been selected for South London Shorts; Moving Pictures Festival, Belgium and Athens International Film + Video Festival, Ohio, USA.
His most recent exhibition, ‘Yellowstone’ was presented at PS2 Project space, Belfast, December 2017.
2018 mark’s the 50th anniversary of the death of local artist William Conor (1881–1968). To celebrate the life and work of this much-loved Northern Irish painter, BBC Northern Ireland is producing a three part series entitled The People’s Painter, which celebrates the local artists work.
William Conor enjoyed depicting his local community through his portraits and paintings. In a similar vein this series will introduce five amateur artists from around Northern Ireland who have been set the challenge of painting interpretations of Conor’s work and that represents elements of their own lives.
Working in conjunction with the Ulster Museum, the five artists will draw inspiration from Conor’s work across a different theme for each of the three episodes - Everyday Life, Work and Portraiture.
The series will climax in an exclusive exhibition of carefully selected paintings by William Conor and The Crescent is delighted to play host to this work. In addition, the most successful amateur artists’ paintings will be selected by our team of experts to take pride of place as the winning painting within this exhibition.
This exhibition is based on the Life of St. Patrick which has been created in batik and bronze.
"Every man is, at it were, linked with another age, historical or imaginary, where he alone finds images, that arouse his energy" W.B. Yeats
Grace Digney's art responds to the deeply felt needs for a sense of rootedness and continuity with the rich spirituality of both the Celtic and Christian traditions. The Gracearts studio has produced paintings, batiks, sculptures and prints reflecting the mystery of Celtic Mythology and the Celtic Religion.
The nature-based character of Celtic religion pervades the entire spectrum of belief and workshop, which exudes from Grace's magical creations.
From the most part the Celts did not build temples but worship, which exudes from Grace's magical creations.
For the most part the Celts did not build temples, but workshopped their Gods in sacred groves amongst the trees of the natural landscape.
The work produced in the studio reflects the progression of pagan Celtic religion into Christianity. The chosen materials used in production of the work include wax dyes, bronze, wood and stone in keeping with those discovered in archeological finds.
Based in Newry, the Gracearts Studio has produced paintings, batiks, sculpture and prints for solo exhibitions and selected group exhibitions throughout the Island of Ireland for the past 10 years; including the Cavan County Museum, The Waterfront, Belfast, and St. Patrick's Centre Downpatrick. Grace's work forms part of the art collection in St Louis Museum Missouri, and Queen's University Belfast; and has been televised by UTV, TG4 and RTE 1.
Grace holds an MA in Applied Art from the University of Ulster and is a qualified art teacher, a career which Grace still pursues on a part-time basis. Grace welcomes individual approaches regarding commissions and training.
For more information about the artist visit gracedigney.com
“Talking about art is like dancing about architecture.” David Bowie.
Join artist Konrad Pawlaszek, for an exhibition that features a series of contemporary paintings presenting the artists current view of his surroundings and circumstances, reflecting on 13 years of his life, lived in Northern Ireland.
The paintings express a love of nature and are catalysed by a movement away from human and social interaction as a focus point, that are caused by an increasingly hostile social climate and politically divisive situation here.
"Due to this increasingly hostile culture and narrowing worldview, my work represents a trip to the “other”; invisible worlds in my imagination, yet still connected with my reality. You can never separate yourself fully from the real world.
Our vision is impaired by barriers we teach ourselves, obscuring different aspects and experiences in favour of the routine, the expected, the learned viewpoint. With this collection, I have tried to catch my moments, thoughts and reflections unfiltered, and to inspire the viewers’ imagination and stretch their perceptions.
Mankind has always chased the limits of perception and altering of the mind to explain their situation, and accept their place in the world; be it through spiritual, meditative or hedonistic means. I have used these pieces to reconnect in a world that increasingly strips the humanity or individualism from life."
For more information about the artist visit: konradpawlaszek.com
We are delighted to welcome to The Crescent Gallery the talented Sharon Kelly as she presents Mind Fuel: an art project that has been inspired by endurance and ultra distance runners.
This exhibition is new multi-media work (stop-motion animation, video, drawing and painting), focusing on athlete motivation; the emotional, mental and physical challenges of endurance running. The artist interviewed a range of athletes, as well as bringing her own running experience to bear, in creating this work. Included in this exhibition will be work created as part of Sharon's engagement as Artist in Residence at the Belfast 24 HR Race, June 2018 and a selection of sketches from the World Championship 24 Race 2017.
This innovative project brings together the artist's considerable art experience and passion for running as she explores the parallels between art and sport.
Related works are also installed in the hanging spaces at Kaffe O, at their Botanic Avenue and Ormeau Road locations in Belfast, from Thursday 16th August – end of September.
This project is supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Special Gallery Event Friday 31st August 6 – 8pm
Join the artist in an open platform introduced by Painter and Lecturer, Belfast School of Art, Dougal McKensie, with guest contributors:
John Brown, poet
Seamus McKillop, runner
Louise Smart, Irish International ultra runner
Ed Smith, race organizer, Left Field
Join us for an exciting exhibition, which will provide a unique opportunity to discover contemporary abstract paintings and exciting sculptures that have been inspired by the artists’ life experiences.
F. Rabolios (Artist) was born and raised in Montparnasse, Paris. He has lived in Ireland since the 80’s but spends every summer in central France, where he does most of his painting.
Painting predominantly on wood, he uses both new and distressed forms, drawing inspiration from many sources both in France and his adopted homeland (Ireland) to create a unique, dynamic piece each time. His recent paintings are enhanced by bespoke metal frames.
John B. Martin (Sculptor)
Someone once asked John ‘Why do you want to do art?’
His answer then, was that sculpting was like scratching an itch. He would get an idea and that would gnaw away at him until the piece was made; the itch relieved. Completing the task simply removed that impulse and let John settle for a while.
But now he thinks the truth is more simple than that: He just like making things. He has always made things. Often it is a sculptural piece, realistic or fanciful, in lots of different media and limited in size only by practicality and cost. Then sometimes it is an almost-useful object like a ceramic bowl, string made from nettles or a walking stick but the common thread is that he has made it with his hands. John’s hands may be the only common factor.
His inspiration can come from a fleeting glimpse of an image that sticks with him.
‘As I work the piece can change and take it’s own direction. In the end the title may be the only link to the original inspiration.
Fulfillment for me comes when someone lifts my work, turns it in their hands and smiles.’
The Crescent is delighted to welcome Mullan Gallery as they host John Behan’s Solo Sculpture Exhibition in his 80th Birthday year. It has been two years since his last solo exhibition in The Crescent when he filled the three rooms of the Art Gallery with magnificant bronze work.
Inspired by his extensive travel to far away places, Irish literature, poetry and in particular ‘The Tain’ Behan will exhibit a range of work to reflect his interests at home and abroad.
For further information visit MullanGallery.com
John Behan was born in Dublin in 1938 and studied at the National College of Art & Design, Dublin. He helped establish the Project Arts Centre in Dublin in 1967 and the Dublin Art Foundry.
Famous for many public, life sized sculptures such as the Famine Ship in the National Famine Memorial Park in County Mayo and ‘Arrival’ sited at the United Natiions Building in New York, Behan is firmly established as an artist of international repute.
He became a member of the Royal Hibernian Academy in 1990, and is also a member of Aosdána. He has shown with Mullan Gallery for over 16 years.
This June, The Crescent is delighted to welcome Brian Griffin as he presents POP, which is part of the Belfast Photo Festival.
For 10 years, from the late 1970's until the late 1980's, Brian Griffin was one of the photographers that record companies, band managers and groups approached to do their album covers, single bags and publicity.
For many photo-shoots they would journey into the dark hinterland of London's Docklands, a warren of litter strewn streets left to rot after the closure of the docks, to his studio.
Featured in this exhibition are both studio and location images from Brian’s personal collection, some of them rare vintage prints, all captured prior to the digital age, when you needed to be technically proficient and inventive as a photographer, whether it was twanging nicker elastic to create shafts of light or producing an album cover front, back plus inner sleeve for less than a pound.
Belfast Photo Festival
Launched in 2011, this major photographic event has been described as one of the "top ten photography festivals in the world" (Capture Magazine, 2016) and attracts upwards of 80 thousand visitors a year, celebrating some of the finest National and International contemporary photography across 30 museums, galleries and public spaces. Capturing wide appeal through popular culture, accessible themes and unexpected encounters with photography, the festival aims to instil and inspire public enjoyment and participation by utilizing the most accessible artistic medium and bringing it to new audiences in cool and unusual ways.
The Belfast Photo Festival 2018 runs between the 1 - 30 June and the programme consistently addresses the political, social and cultural climate of Belfast, raising global issues and animating them through high caliber international photography.
The Festival consists of exhibitions, talks, symposiums, workshops, screenings, masterclasses, portfolio reviews and tours.
For more information about the festival visit belfastphotofestival.com
The Crescent is delighted to welcome to the Gallery, Youtube sensation, LoreCraft!
On display will be a collection of life-size bust sculptures from the big screen. Expect to see characters, creatures, and villains from across the fantasy, dark fantasy, horror, and sci-fi genres displayed as true to as the original.
Every sculpt done by the artist, has been displayed online via his Youtube channel to great success and this is the very first exhibition of his work, to be seen by the public in person.
Expect to see villains from popular cinema, such as Game of Thrones’ “Night King”, and “Pennywise the Dancing Clown” from Stephen King’s “IT”, as well as Harry Potter’s “Dobby”.
Nicholas Brown is currently pursuing a Phd in Cognition and Culture at Queens University, Belfast.
He picked up the clay and the brushes only recently, but it’s become a passion. He created the YouTube channel LoreCraft, to display his works and has attracted tens of thousands of subscribers and many millions of views of his work on YouTube and other social media platforms.
For more information about the artist visit: lore-craft.com