‘Bending Glass’ exhibition 2022

This exhibition took place on 3rd – 6th March 2022 in Havelock House, Belfast. 

Bending Glass tells the story of master glass bender and neon sign maker Adrian McNevison of AM Light. This exhibition illuminated the former UTV studios with artworks made from light and archive footage from the UTV vaults. It has been carefully crafted by Johanna Leech in collaboration with Stuart Calvin.  Explore these collections to experience the neon artworks made by AM Light with Michael Hanna, Stuart Calvin and Johanna Leech; neon crafted by Kevin Killen and Light boxes by Susan Hughes, writing by P.E.A Blair and GIF animation by Fionnuala Doran.

Explore the exhibition through the essay Welcome to Havelock House by P.E.A. Blair. This was originally a printed guide given to visitors. Click here for PDF.

Documentation below, further down is the short doc film video Bending Glass


‘Bending Glass’ 16-min doc-film about Adrian McNevison’s neon making journey. Made by Stuart Calvin & Johanna Leech.

To see more archive you can see the footage we used in the exhibition here:


Photos by Stuart Calvin

Bending Glass was commissioned by Northern Ireland Screen’s Digital Film Archive with support from the Department for Communities. The UTV Archive in this exhibition is courtesy of the partnership project (ITV, Northern Ireland Screen and PRONI). The project was made possible with the provision of space from Flax Art Studios and support from Arts Council Northern Ireland. Special thanks to Adrian McNevison, Chris McNevison, everyone at AM Light and Flax Art Studios, Sinéad Bhreathnach-Cashell, Michael Hanna, Susan Hughes, Stuart Calvin, Kevin Killen, Paula Blair and Johanna Leech.