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Winter – Spring events 2017

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The 174 Trust would like to thank all our funders for their support in developing the arts in north Belfast. Arts Council NI, Belfast City Council, EsmĂŠe Fairbairn Foundation, Foyle Foundation, The Ireland Funds and PRS for Music Foundation Beyond Borders.

PROGRAMME PARTNERS

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CONTENTS

FOREWORD

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LIVE MUSIC

Songs for a Winter’s Evening

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Joe McKeague, Sean Óg Graham, Niamh Dunne and Liam Bradley

Whileaways & Joe Fury

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David Munnelly Trio

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Cúig 18

Rioghnach Connolly with Honeyfeet and Blacklung

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Beyond Skin — #youth4peace

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Matthew Schellhorn

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Amy McAllister

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Alex Petcu & Ioana Petcu-Colan

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Ă?mar 30

Goitse 32

Skippers Alley

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Rura 36

Big Breakfast Sessions

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CLASSES & WORKSHOPS

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EXHIBITIONS

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FOREWORD

Once again we have ensured that our 2017 programme is our biggest and most ambitious to date, continuing our commitment to bring the best in 
live music, performance and visual arts to the heart of north Belfast. As ever, community development and increasing participation in the arts is at the heart of what we do. Our music programme continues to grow and includes a host of new names and talent from across the world covering a wide range of genres.
All this alongside the traditional music programme which has firmly established the Duncairn as Belfast’s number one trad venue. We have a series of new exhibitions this year, including partnerships with Ulster University, Belfast Exposed as well as featuring the work of three of our young resident artists. The exhibitions include work by different artists in mediums including painting, photography, ceramics, fashion and textiles.

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Our workshop programme includes our range of everpopular classes including crafts, drawing and painting, textiles and sewing, fiddle making, guitar. We have also introduced new classes such as Ceramics and Introduction to Photography. We are committed to ensuring as many people as possible have the opportunity to take part in our activities. To encourage this we have a range of concessionary and free spaces for our programme. Please contact the centre to find out more details about eligibility.

As well as a wide range of arts based activities at the Duncairn Centre we also operate a Community Arts Outreach Programme working with a wide variety of groups. If you think that your group could benefit from this outreach programme Please contact our outreach officer through reception@174trust.org or Call 02890 747114.

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SONGS FOR A WINTER’S EVENING

Joe McKeague, Sean Óg Graham, Niamh Dunne & Liam Bradley.

Born and raised on the Antrim Road Belfast Joe McKeague has been singing with world renowned folk band the Rapparree’s for 15 years and is widely recognised as one of Ireland’s finest ballad singers. Joe carries on the tradition of legends like Luke Kelly, the Pogues and many of the Irish Folk greats before him. On this special evening in the Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts Joe will be joined on stage by Liam Bradley, Sean Óg Graham and Niamh Dunne (Beoga).

Saturday 14 January Doors 8 pm £12.50 b.y.o.b 12


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WHILEAWAYS & JOE FURY Three powerful forces in Irish roots music in their own right, Noelie McDonnell, Nicola Joyce and Noriana Kennedy combine as The Whileaways to create a beguiling tapestry of harmonies, tradition and beautifully crafted original songs. The band came to know each other’s singing over a number of years, playing in sessions in the musical melting pot of Galway city. Using American folksong as a starting point, all three write and sing, drawing on their own life experiences and the result is truly captivating. Their recent highly acclaimed album ‘Saltwater Kisses’ received four stars in The Irish Times and was RTE Radio 1 Album of the Week. Prepare to be spellbound.

Saturday 21 January Doors 7.30 pm £12.50 b.y.o.b 14


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DAVID MUNNELLY TRIO David Munnelly is one of the most influential Irish accordion players of his generation: having played with De Dannan and the Chieftains. David works on a wide variety of projects, ranging from the multi-award winning pan-European accordion five-piece Samurai, duo McGowan / Munnelly, to the high-energy trad band Mórga. Guitarist Shane McGowan (Guitar) comes from Lavagh in southern Sligo. His father Harry is a well-known musician and was a big influence on him teaching him whistle and flute. Shane joined Dave and the band in June 2010. Joseph McNulty is an accomplished fiddle and bodhran player. By the age of 14 he had won 5 all-Ireland titles and 4 world titles. Most recently Joseph has toured with Ragús in Europe and has spent time working in the National Folk Theatre of Ireland.

Saturday 4 February Doors 7.30 pm £10 b.y.o.b 16


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CÚIG Hailing from Armagh and Tyrone Cúig have established themselves as one of the most promising up and coming trad bands in Irish music today. Their combination of fiery Irish tunes; infused with a strong rock based backbone is totally unique and sets them apart from any other act on the trad scene in recent years. This original sound, coupled with their powerful live performances, has mesmerized audiences in France, Italy and Holland to name but a few. Recently they starred in the renowned ‘Irish Heartbeat’ tour in Germany. Not only have they achieved success as a band, individually these multi-talented musicians can lay claim to a bag full of all-Ireland titles. Cúig’s debut album, ‘New Landscapes’ was recently released on the 1st of April, 2016. 


Saturday 25 February Doors 7.30 pm £10 b.y.o.b 18


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RIOGHNACH CONNOLLY

with Honeyfeet & Blacklung

The Manchester Music Review predicts that Honeyfeet are one Jools Holland appearance away from runaway success and who are we to disagree! Their unique mix includes ssongs about eating people! Dancing on graves! Infidelity! But it’s not all bad news. Manchester’s finest ethio-trad, folk-hop & barrelhouse-pop exponents have the skill, charm and the tunes to pull it all together into a joyful, foot-banging sound. Evoking the afro-funk of Mulatu Atstake, the exuberant folk of Flook, and the blues of Junior Wells without ever sounding contrived or unoriginal, Honeyfeet have in Ríoghnach Connolly one of the most striking front-women on the scene at the moment. Honeyfeet released the album ‘It’s a Good Job I Love You’ in November 2013. Their next, as yet untitled album, will be released in 2016 / 17.

Saturday 4 March Doors 7.30 pm £12.50 b.y.o.b 20


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BEYOND SKIN #YOUTH4PEACE Present Heartbeat Heartbeat’s touring band — ambassadors from the larger Heartbeat community of Israeli and Palestinian musicians — raises up an exuberant call of protest and unity, demonstrating the power of bridges over borders and inspiring audiences to imagine and create the future we seek. Along with nods of approval from Eddie Vedder and Neil Young, The Huffington Post declared this exuberant bunch to be “positively empowering the next generation of Israeli and Palestinian leaders”. But this is no dry, super-serious cultural exchange. Heartbeat ooze groove and invention, drawing from jazzy R&B, hip-hop, rock, reggae and folk, while adding flavours from their respective sides of the divide. This event, as part of the Global Youth Peace Summit, has been supported by the WOMAD Foundation, Arts Council Northern Ireland and IBIS Belfast Hotel. www.beyondskin.net www.heartbeat.fm

Wednesday 8 March (International Woman’s Day) Doors 7.30 pm £10 b.y.o.b 22


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“PEOPLE ARE USING VIOLENCE AND FEAR TO SEPARATE US, BUT WE WANT TO USE OUR TOOLS OF MUSIC AND LOVE TO FIGHT THEM BACK”

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MATTHEW SCHELLHORN Born in Yorkshire in 1977, Matthew Schellhorn has been guest soloist at several international festivals and has performed live on BBC Radio 3 and Radio France. Recent commissions have included a collection of studies by Nicola LeFanu and six miniatures by Tim Watts, Michael Zev Gordon, Cecilia McDowall, Cheryl Frances-Hoad, Colin Riley and Jeremy Thurlow. In 2012, he gave the world premiere of Ian Wilson’s Flags and Emblems in the Belfast Festival with the Ulster Orchestra. In 2014, Diatribe Records released Matthew’s solo disc, Ian Wilson: Stations, the world premiere recording of a new commission by composer Ian Wilson. Other recent recording projects in the field of new music include CDs for NMC (chamber works by Colin Riley) and Naxos (songs by Geoffrey Bush and Joseph Horovitz). Matthew’s performances of the music of Olivier Messiaen have been met with critical approval. His recent disc with the Soloists of the Philharmonia Orchestra, Messiaen: Chamber Works was awarded an AllMusic Classical Editors’ Favourite. www.matthewschellhorn.com

Saturday 25 March Doors 7.30 pm £10 b.y.o.b 24


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PROGRAMME Joseph Haydn (1732 – 1809) Sonata No. 41 in A major, Hob. XVI:26 Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 – 1827) Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Op. 13 (‘Pathétique’) Interval Ian Wilson (b. 1964) A Sonata of Solstices and Equinoxes Maurice Ravel (1875 – 1937) Sonatine

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AMY MCALLISTER

‘String on String’ Album Launch

Amy McAllister is a new exciting talent on the traditional music scene. Hailing from Co. Antrim, Amy is much in demand as a harpist and singer. Drawing on her traditional roots, she adopts a contemporary approach to her music with clear and distinctive vocals and a contemporary harp style. Amy has toured across North America, Canada and Japan with Celtic Crossroads and Rhythm of the Dance. She has represented Ireland at the Rio Harp Festival (one of the largest international harp festivals) and was selected as one of Moving On Music’s ‘Emerging Artists’ in 2016. Amy will launch her debut album ‘String on String’, featuring a number of special guest musicians, at the Duncairn Arts Centre in what will undoubtedly be an evening of quality traditional music and song.

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ALEX PETCU & IOANA PETCU-COLAN

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Irish musician of Romanian origin, Alex Petcu has established himself as a percussionist of the finest calibre. One of the few Irish percussionists to focus on solo and chamber music, Alex has recently won first prize at the Irish Freemasons Young Musician of the Year competition and reached the semi-finals at the Tromp International Percussion Competition, one of the most prestigious international percussion competitions. For this concert Alex will be joined by his sister, and one of Ireland’s finest musicians, Ioana Petcu-Colan.

— Pre concert talk 8.15 pm, Performance 9pm

Wednesday 5 April Doors 8 pm £12 / Under 25 — £6 b.y.o.b 28


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PROGRAMME Tom Lane Oh Mistress Mine Chorale, Keiko Abe Dream of the Cherry Blossoms, Franco Donatoni Omar II, Paul Lansky Hop, John Cage Dream, Alan Barclay new work, Sam Perkin Prelude and Fugue, Komitas Yerkinkn Ampel A.

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ÍMAR With a line-up featuring members of Mànran, RURA, Talisk and Barrule, and a heavyweight collective haul of top prizes — including the 2016 BBC Radio Scotland Young Traditional Musician of the Year, a BBC Radio 2 Young Folk Award, nine All-Ireland and eight All-Britain titles — Ímar are: Adam Brown (bodhran), Adam Rhodes (bouzouki), Mohsen Amina (concertina), Ryan Murphy (uilleann pipes) and Tomás Callister (fiddle). The guys share a strong background in Irish music — although only Murphy actually hails from Ireland; Rhodes and Callister are from the Isle of Man, whilst Amini is a native of Glasgow and Brown is originally from Suffolk. Its these foundations which underpin many of Ímar’s distinctive qualities, in both instrumentation and material. Ímar’s unmistakable synergy, however, centers on the overlapping cultural heritage between Scotland, Ireland and the Isle of Man. All three places once shared the same Gaelic language, and a similar, clearly potent, kinship endures between their musical traditions. These guys are the living embodiment of a Celtic nation that once stretched far and wide.

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GOITSE The multi award-winning quintet Goitse, was forged in the white-hot creative crucible of Limerick University’s Irish World Academy. The guys have recently been crowned Live Ireland’s ‘Trad group of the Year’, Chicago Irish American News’ ‘Group of the Year’, as well as winning the ‘Freiburger International Leiter 2016’ award in Germany. Their third album, ‘Tall Tales and Misadventures’, has received rave reviews. Laying the foundations for the music are world and all-Ireland bodhrán champion Colm Phelan and Conal O’Kane, one of the finest guitarists of this generation. Áine Mc Geeney’s vocals draw audiences into the music in a way very few performers can achieve. Her energetic style of fiddle playing is complimented hugely by multi award-winning banjo and mandolin virtuoso James Harvey. Bridging the gap between melody and accompaniment is pianist Tadhg Ó Meachair. Lace up your dancing shoes and get ready for a night of wonderful music and fast paced fun with Goitse.

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SKIPPERS ALLEY Skipper’s Alley are a 7-piece ensemble whose dynamic take on traditional Irish music has garnered critical praise. Described by The Irish Times as “gloriously three-dimensional”, the group spring from harp-accompanied Sean-Nós songs to feral, unkempt sets of reels, creating a sound that is both “scintillating” and “a model of tender delicacy” (David Kidman, The Living Tradition). Skipper’s Alley first came to prominence in the summer of 2013 after winning the ‘Loic Raison Trophy’ at Brittany’s Interceltique de Lorient festival, an award previously won by such established acts as Danú, Clannad, and The Bothy Band. In the same six-month period, the group launched an EP, made their live television debut on The Late Late Show. They were also the subject of an hour-long radio special on RTÉ’s ‘Céilí House’. The band continue to enjoy success on the back of their live shows and the release of their critically-acclaimed debut album ‘Skipper’s Alley’.

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“THERE IS NO DOUBT THAT THIS GROUP WILL HAVE AN IMPACT ON THE FUTURE OF TRADITIONAL IRISH MUSIC” Kieran Hanrahan, Stockton’s Wing

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RURA Live Act of the Year at the 2015 Scots Trad Music Awards, RURA are “one of the most exciting bands on the Scottish folk scene” (Songlines). With their second album, 2015’s ‘Despite the Dark’, accompanied by extensive UK and international touring, RURA have well and truly reinforced their reputation as one of Scotland’s most powerful folk-based bands. Their exquisitely rugged, yet refined, blend of fiddle, Highland pipes, whistle, flute, bodhran, guitar and voice has proven a resounding hit across the board. The five-piece’s fire first ignited in 2010, as award-winners at Glasgow’s world-renowned ‘Celtic Connections’ festival, where they have now appeared on a remarkable seven consecutive occasions. Since then, Steven Blake, Adam Brown, David Foley, Adam Holmes and Jack Smedley’s powerful instrumentals and haunting songcraft has been a highlight of many of the world’s leading folk festivals – including Cambridge and Tønder, They are undeniably one of Scotland’s most sought-after, universally appealing acts.

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THE SUPER SUNDAY BIG BREAKFAST SESSIONS The coffee is brewing, the papers are opening and the food is on its way. The kids are enjoying themselves working on arts and crafts and you can relax. Why? Because you are at the Duncairn Centre for Culture and Art’s Sunday sessions which return again for Autumn. And that’s only the start. The soundtrack to your lazy Sunday morning is being provided by our in house DJ Paddy Cash, interspersed with the best in traditional music as the headline act from Saturday night returns on Sunday for a low key session. The laid back mornings proved a big success and this year they are being expanded to allow local budding musicians to come along and play for the crowd. At the Duncairn, we are serious about developing the next generation of cultural superheroes at the Sunday Sessions and where better to cut your teeth than in front of a crowd that knows what’s what when it comes to trad.

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“ART WASHES AWAY FROM THE SOUL THE DUST OF EVERYDAY LIFE.” Pablo Picasso

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Classes / Workshops

SET DANCING 10.01.17 8.15 pm – 10.15 pm £4 per night Ronan Eastwood has been teaching set dancing at various venues from beginner level right through to the more advanced levels at regular weekly classes throughout Belfast for well over 20 years. Set Dancing is great craic, fun, fantastic aerobic exercise, sociable & highly addictive when you get It reduces the effects of social isolation by encouraging as many people as possible from various backgrounds & socio economic groups to attend the dances and builds up confidence levels and self esteem. Don’t worry if you haven’t danced before, expert tuition at a leisurely pace will be provided; so why not come along & have a bit of craic and a great workout at the same time!

Set dancing workshop for all with beginners especially welcome — Saturday March 4th Workshop runs 11 am – 3 pm Admission £5 Beautiful lunch provided

11 – 12:30 LUNCH — 12:30 – 13:30 13:30 – 3

— Further info: Ronan Eastwood on rge1112@ntlworld.com or mobile 07885 739258

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FIDDLE MAKING COURSE WITH RAB CHERRY 06.02.17 15 week Course

6.30 pm – 9 pm £45 / Concession £30

Belfast born Rab has been making instruments for more than forty years and is recognized not only as one of Ireland’s greatest craftsmen but as an authority of all things to do with Irish fiddle music. Participants will learn, woodworking skills, how to use planes, scrapers, knives, chisels and gouges. Also how to maintain and sharpen these tools, how to prepare and use traditional woodworking glue (hide glue), how to clamp up the various parts of the box fiddle while gluing, making some clamping blocks etc. A basic understanding of the function and manufacture of the various parts of a box fiddle will also give an insight into the workings and manufacture of instruments of the violin family. Best of all, everyone will get to make and take away their very on instrument.

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ALL THINGS CRAFTY IN THE NORTH 06.02.17 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm 15 week Course £45 / Concession £30 No previous experience necessary. All welcome.

Craft for beginners with Debbie Young, Bill McBride, Julianne Skillen & Pauline Matthews. This 15-week introduction to crafts is designed to engage audiences of all ages & abilities. Over the centuries, Arts and Crafts have factored into the day-to-day lives of every generation. Today, it has become more and more a means of escape for the busy housewife/ husband, a tool for creating an atmosphere of bonding and reconciliation, and in more stressful times a fun filled activity used to promote health and wellbeing. During this series of workshops participants will be buying into all of the above. Participants will have the opportunity to explore and develop a diverse range of arts and crafts skills and activities delivered by Belfast based facilitators Debbie Young, Julianne Skillen, Bill McBride and Pauline Matthews. They will also create their own take home pieces of work and will be invited to exhibit their work at the Duncairn at the end of the series.

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IMPROVERS FIDDLE WITH CONOR CALDWELL 06.02.17 10 week Course

6 pm – 7 pm £20

This class is for students who have progressed beyond beginners level or who are looking to take up the instrument again after a break.

LEARN IRISH TRADITIONAL MUSIC IN A RELAXED AND FRIENDLY ENVIRONMENT

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FASHION 06.02.17 15 week Course

6.30 pm – 8.30 pm £45 / Concession £30

No previous experience necessary. All welcome.

Introduction to Fashion Design, an introduction to making a shift dress, and for those more experienced an introduction to jacket design and production. All garments will be made in a standard sizing, once a standard sizing method of production is understood, then students can go on to learn how to measure and create according to a specific body size or shape or even for themselves. All skill levels welcome, beginners can start with a basic shift dress and more advanced sewers can develop a standard jacket design. — Learning how to use our sewing machine
 — Practicing stitches — Practice drape on the body — Making paper pattern and toiling our final pieces, understanding the importance of the toiling process 
 — Measuring each other to familiarise body shapes

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PRINT MAKING WITH EIMEAR MCCANN 06.02.17 7 pm – 9 pm 10 week Course £30 All materials and equipment supplied.

“PRINTMAKING IS ABOUT DISCOVERY AND EXPERIMENTATION” This experimental and engaging course explores a variety of printmaking techniques including monoprinting, drypoint and relief printing. As part of the course you will explore the unique range of marks that can be made through the different printmaking processes and learn how to successfully produce a mono, drypoint and relief print. At the end of the course a final printed outcome will be produced and participants can choose to focus on one, or a combination of printmaking techniques. Subject matter will be tailored to individual interests and needs so come prepared with inspirational images.

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SEWING & CRAFT MAKING WITH BERNADETTE CARLIN 08.02.17 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm 10 week Course £30 All materials and equipment supplied.

These classes are designed to build the knowledge and confidence necessary for participants to complete their own projects and progress to a more advanced level of sewing. Each class will introduce participants to new skills and techniques and give them something to take home and be proud of! Projects include: Tote Bag —
An introduction to construction, seam allowance, cutting techniques, French seams and pinning techniques.

practice their new zip insertion skills. The finished cushion will look as professional as something you would purchase in a shop.

Bunting —
Session to increase participants sewing confidence and introduces intricate pinning and stitching as well as how and when to use bias binding.

Patchwork Cot Quilt —
 Patchwork can involve a bit of time and skill so this project may run for more than one week.

Zipped make-up bag — Learn how to insert a zip and lining.

Individual project —
This class will give participants the opportunity to start their own project of choice

Piped Cushion —
Learn how to make and insert piping and

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IRISH LANGUAGE CLASSES FOR ADULTS 06.02.17 10 week Course

6 pm – 7 pm Free*

Here at the Duncairn we offer a full range of Irish language classes with experienced expert teachers. Our approach to teaching the language is to create a welcoming, relaxed and fun atmosphere in which all participants can develop their competency and understanding of the language.

Irish Intermediate — term 2 06.02.17 7 – 9 pm

Irish Beginners level 2 — term 2 06.02.17 7 – 9 pm

Irish for Beginners — term 2 8.02.17 7 – 9 pm — *We do not have a fixed fee for these 10-week courses but rather encourage students to make a weekly donation for the teaching staff.

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PAINTING & DRAWING WITH TRISHA CAMPBELL 08.02.17 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm 10 week Course £30 All materials and equipment supplied.

Participants will be taught and guided by Ulster Watercolour Society Artist, Trisha Campbell in a relaxed, creative and fun environment. The course is ideal for those who would like to learn new drawing and painting skills and also for those who would like a refresher course. Throughout the 10 weeks we will experiment with different painting and drawing techniques, both traditional and experimental, whilst covering a range of subject matter. Participants will have the opportunity to explore a variety of media, including pencil, charcoal, watercolour, acrylic, inks and pastels. We will study the work of past and present Artists to inform and inspire our own creative ideas.

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AN INTRODUCTION TO CERAMICS FOR BEGINNERS WITH EIMEAR Ó’CAOILTE 08.02.17 10 week Course

7 pm – 9 pm £30

All materials and equipment supplied.

This is a great opportunity for adult beginners to learn and develop new ceramic making skills. This 10-week course introduces a range of hand-building techniques including pinch pots and slab building work. Participants will create a range of objects throughout the course and they will learn decorating techniques such as glazing, impressing and incising along with creative slip work. Participants do not need to have any experience at all as this course is designed for beginners.

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ACOUSTIC GUITAR FOR BEGINNERS WITH RUAIRI CUNNANE 08.02.17 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm 10 week Course £25 Designed for absolute beginners, This Acoustic Guitar for Beginners course offers a relaxed and enjoyable introduction to the guitar and what it can do. Students begin with basic left- and right-hand technique, and the lessons then progress through a varied and interesting repertoire – including folk, pop and rock songs – while students develop their skills. Ruairi will teach you about holding the guitar and pick, playing notes and melodies, beginner chords, strumming, and more. Participating students will need a good quality acoustic guitar to bring to class and practice at home.

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DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY FOR BEGINNERS 08.02.17 6.30 pm – 8.30 pm 10 week Course £30 This course will provide an introduction to digital photography. You will learn how to control the settings of the camera and how that affects the image. You will learn about aperture, shutter speed, ISO, exposure, focus, depth of field. We will look at how cameras and lenses work and how to get the best out of yours. The course will explore a variety of creative composition techniques and different lighting techniques and how that can dramatically change your photographs. There will be practical exercises and you will be able to use different lighting set ups. At the end of the course you will also have the chance to get a large print of one of your photographs.

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SHARED READING

Mondays, 2 – 3 pm New group! Tuesdays 7 – 8 pm ‘Shared Reading’ is a relaxed, social and enjoyable way of connecting with literature and with other people. Each week a short story and poetry is read aloud and discussed. Participants join in or sit back and listen.

“IT IS SPONTANEOUS, SUCH A JOYOUS EXPERIENCE OF ALL TYPES OF LITERATURE. THANK YOU SO MUCH.” We encourage participants to make a voluntary contribution towards running costs. Stories @ the Duncairn is a volunteer-led, community literature project with Shared Reading, creative writing and storytelling at its heart. Get in touch if you have ideas or would like to be involved. — www.facebook.com/stories.at.the.duncairn

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STORY TIME FOR LITTLE ONES Tuesdays, 10 – 11 am Free An hour of fun with books! For parents and their babies & toddlers. Grandparents and other carers welcome too! Stories @ the Duncairn is a volunteer-led, community literature project with Shared Reading, creative writing and storytelling at its heart. Get in touch if you have ideas or would like to be involved.

— www.facebook.com/stories.at.the.duncairn

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“I DO NOT WANT ART FOR A FEW; ANY MORE THAN EDUCATION FOR A FEW; OR FREEDOM FOR A FEW” William Morris

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Exhibitions

JAMES MCCOURT IF YOU FALL, WE FALL

16.01.17 – 27.01.17 Over the past year James McCourt has spent time photographing various aspects of life in the St James area of West Belfast. The series of images in this exhibition focuses on St James Fight Back, a community-led initiative by a local martial arts club following an increase in people taking their own lives. “West Belfast has seen an increase in suicide and the use of drugs. This work is a response to both the issues experienced by people in St James, as well as my own experiences of loss of friends through suicide when I was growing up. St James Fights Back offers free weekly martial arts classes to bring together children, young people and other residents from the community to release the stresses of life through martial arts.”

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DIGITAL ARTS STUDIOS

30.1.17 – 10.02.17 Each year the Digital Arts Studios host 15 artists-in-residence at their Belfast centre. Over the last 13 years the output from DAS residents has proven eclectically thought provoking, often with a dash of quirky thrown in. In that vein DAS is proud to present new works by Shane Finan, Dan Moxham, Will McConnell, Kathleen O’Leary and Elien Ronse, who have recently completed their digital residencies. This exhibition is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council.

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“ART WASHES AWAY FROM THE SOUL THE DUST OF EVERYDAY LIFE.” Pablo Picasso

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ULSTER UNIVERSITY EXHIBITION SERIES

13.02.17 – 24.02.17 — Photography 18.04.17 – 29.04.17 — Applied Arts We continue our series of exhibitions with Ulster University’s Belfast School of Art. The two exhibitions in our Winter/Spring programme include photography and applied arts. As part of our ongoing partnership with Ulster University’s Belfast School of Art, we are committed to providing a range of opportunities and support for the best new and emerging artists. This includes graduate residencies in our studios, mentoring and advice, and exhibitions throughout the year.

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Ileagh Kerr ‘Along The Dotted Line’

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MATERIALITY: THE QUALITY OF BEING COMPOSED OF MATTER

27.02.17 – 10.03.17 Artists: Trisha Campbell, Emma Hawthorne, Sandra Robinson, Sally Young The exhibition explores the issue of what makes us human; the biological makeup of cellular structures or the emotion, the experience, the existence of soul. The exhibiting Artists, Trisha Campbell, Emma Hawthorne, Sandra Robinson and Sally Young engage with people of all ages, backgrounds, abilities through their community Art roles and acknowledge the effect in which the human condition has on their practice. The process of birth, ageing, physical/anatomical health and mental well-being are all key issues explored. These ideas will be explored individually and collaboratively through 2D drawing, painting and 3D ceramic work. This diversity in material choice and process provides a variety of interest which reflects the different personalities and life events of its creators.

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Exhibitions

BELFAST EXPOSED FUTURES PRESENTS: INTERACTIONS

13.03.17 – 30.03.17 Interactions is a group exhibition that looks at how photographers have explored aspects of portraiture and human presence in relation to particular landscapes and places, both real and imagined. Belfast Exposed Futures is a programme dedicated to supporting new photographic talent in Northern Ireland. This is the second exhibition through our new partnership with Belfast Exposed, featuring a number of the artists who are being supported by the Belfast Exposed Futures Programme. Belfast Exposed is Northern Ireland’s principal gallery specialising of contemporary photography, showing local and international work from emerging artists alongside some of the major names in photography today. Belfast Exposed Futures is dedicated to showing the best new photographic talent from Northern Ireland. It supports the development and presentation of new work by six artists a year in a series of solo shows at Belfast Exposed’s Exchange Space Gallery.

— The exhibition is supported by: Foyle Foundation, Arts Council Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council, The Directory

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Image © Andrew Rankin

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EIMEAR O’CAOILTE

18.04.17 – 30.04.17 Eimear O’Caoilte was awarded a residency at Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts, as part of our partnership with Ulster University’s Belfast School of Art. Eimear’s first exhibition at the centre will run in parallel with the Ulster University’s Applied Arts exhibition, demonstrating how she has successfully made the transition from graduate to practicing applied artist.

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AISLING KANE & STANISLAV NIKOLOV

01.05.14 – 26.05.17 We are delighted to announce this specially commissioned exhibition with two of our long-term collaborators, awardwinning photographers Aisling Kane and Stanislav Nikolov. Stan and Aisling regularly photograph our gigs and teach classes here at the Duncairn. Both have excellent reputations as fine art photographers and have been been featured in exhibitions locally and internationally. This exhibition will see new and previously unreleased work by both artists and will continue our ongoing series of fine art exhibitions at Duncairn Centre for Culture and Arts.

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“ART SHOULD COMFORT THE DISTURBED AND DISTURB THE COMFORTABLE” Banksy

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address: The Duncairn Centre For Culture And Arts Duncairn Complex, Duncairn Avenue, Belfast, BT14 6BP telephone:

028 90747 114

web: www.theduncairn.com twitter: @DCCultureArtsNB facebook: www.facebook.com/dcacentre

Event tickets available from reception – Duncairn Centre for Culture & Arts, 028 90747 114 & online at www.theduncairn.com

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DCA – Winter _ Spring – Programme 2017  
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