’24’ exhibition Dec 2014 at Golden Thread Gallery

24                     4-19th December 2014, Curated by Sarah McAvera

Sinead Bhreathnach- Cashell, Charlotte Bosanquet, Stuart Calvin, Christopher J Campbell, Sheelagh Colclough, Mick Cullen, Leo Devlin, Sarah Faulkner, Ciara Finnegan, Graham Gingles, Gerry Gleason, Deirdre Hawthorne, Johanna Leech, Lisa Malone, Clement McAleer, Colin McGookin, Brain J Morrison, Geoff Molyenx, Hazel Neill, Brendan O’Neill, Robert Peters, Anne Quail, Duncan Ross & Katrina Sheena Smyth

24 aims to capture the excitement of opening an advent calendar: each door a miniature surprise. The twenty-four artists selected are an eclectic mix, not a combination you would necessarily expect. Video, drawing, painting, photography and installation are all represented, with themes ranging from the extraordinary to the minutiae of existence.

My piece ‘Do Not Touch Penguins’, chalk marker on window, Wade pottery whimsie

Flax 25 – Flax Art Studios 25th Anniversary Exhibition & Artist Talk

Exhibition at Golden Thread Gallery 6th – 27th Nov 2014  [my piece below]

25yrs Flax show in GT Nov 2014 my drawing

In 1989 a group of students graduating from the University of Ulster fine art MA established a studio group and secured premises on the top floor of a 19th century flax spinning mill on the Crumlin Road in Belfast. Flax Art was born.

Twenty-five years on Flax Art Studios, now located in the city centre, is celebrating by looking to the past and planning for the future. The year long programme of events will culminate in an exhibition in the Golden Thread Gallery which will document the early years of Flax Art and the studios relationship with the city of Belfast, the network of international artists who have participated in the international residency programme, and the work of current studio holders. Alongside the exhibition a 25th anniversary publication will be launched.

This exhibition will coincide with a ground breaking symposium on future models for sustainable and affordable studio provision in Belfast to be held on the 6 – 7 of November at the Black Box. A programme of Flax Art Studios based artist led talks will also take place throughout the exhibition at the Golden Thread Gallery: –

Talks Programme – Time: 1pm – 2pm

Tuesday 11th November – Alastair MacLennan

Tuesday 18th November – Ryan Moffett

Tuesday 25th November – Barbara Freeman

Thursday 27th November – Johanna Leech

Belfast Open Studios & Artist Show and Tell presentation

Header-1 My studio in FLAX is open as part of ‘Belfast Open Studios’ ran by Visual Artists Ireland. http://belfastopenstudios.com

“Celebrating it’s 25th Birthday, Flax includes some of Belfast’s most well known artists. Flax Art Studios is committed to developing and strengthening the visual arts sector in Belfast, and has provided 25 years of best practice work at the cutting edge of contemporary art.”

Johanna flax studio Oct 2014.1

Johanna flax studio Oct 2014.2

Above photographs of my studio

On Thursday 23rd October I’m giving a ‘Show & Tell’ presentation in the Black Box about my practice. Which was also part of Belfast Festival at Queens. “Quickfire artist talks at the Black Box – Each day at the Black Box we are hosting a lively, fast-paced hour of artists talks. This is a unique opportunity to hear from ten artists talking about their work in this series of revealing ‘Show & Tells’. This free event provides a fascinating insight into the range of work being made by artists today.” Belfast Festival at Queens website listing