Workshops & Events 2017


Marcus Patton Artist Talk and Sketching
Saturday 4 November, 12pm – 3pm, £3

Join Artist and Belfast Print Workshop member Marcus Patton in the Studio for a talk about his practice followed by sketching in and around the area. Please bring with you sketching materials, a packed lunch and wear warm and comfortable clothing.

Marcus Patton was born in Enniskillen and studied architecture at Queen’s University. His work ranges from pen-and-ink drawings to watercolours and silkscreen prints. He has drawn buildings in every county of Ireland and many parts of England, Scotland and Wales, and abroad as far as Australia.  Marcus will drawing discuss his practise, go through some of the techniques he uses before leading an afternoon of sketching on the street.

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Documentary Screening, Northern Ireland Screen Digital Film Archive
Introduced By Jack Pakenham
Sunday 22nd October 6.00 – 9.00pm
Crescent Arts Centre
Free Event
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Join us for a night of film as we bring you two documentaries by Double Band Films. The first documentary, made for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland in 1989 is about the Belfast Print Workshop, set in the old kitchen at Riddell Hall. This fascinating snapshot of the workshop features Sophie Aghajanian, Camilla Brown, David Crone, Diarmuid Delargy, Micky Donnelly, Kent Jones, Colin Mc Gookin, Pancho Mondrial and the current BPW chair of the board James Allen.

This will be followed by ‘The Trouble with Art’ a revealing documentary inviting us into the studios and thoughts of 13 artists as they reflect on the impact ‘the Troubles’ has on their lives and their art. Through painting, sculpture and performance they each find their own way to respond to the situation they find themselves in. Featuring Tom Bevan, Gerry Devlin, Michael Donaghy, Micky Donnelly, Rita Duffy, Nuala Gregory, Catherine Harper, Colin Mc Gookin, Philip Napier, Jack Pakenham, Dermot Seymour, André Stitt and Ross Wilson.

We are delighted to have artist Jack Pakenham introduce the films in this one off screening event with Northern Ireland Screen Digital Film Archive.

Belfast Print Workshop, 1989, 20 Minutes
The Trouble With Art, 1993, 41 Minutes


Launch event: Thursday 19 October, 5.30pm – 9pm.

Embrace Studios are excited to launch and warmly welcome artists and the public to their new studios and exhibition space in Unit 1616, Blackstaff Mill, 81 Springfield Road, Belfast on 19th October from 5.30pm – 9.00pm. The launch is part of the Belfast Open Studios events – a key visual arts feature in the Belfast International Arts Festival 2017. Embrace Studios aim to make the visual arts more accessible to everyone, opening our doors to the public offering a special opportunity to engage with the visual arts and gain behind-the-scenes access to artists in their studio.

About Embrace Studios

We are Belfast visual arts collective whose artists explore political, social, gender or cultural inequality issues. The studios are a catalyst for the creation of experimental and innovative contemporary visual arts. Embrace studio artists are dedicated to exploring and giving voice to the uniqueness of the individual, locations, and communities in which they investigate.

Embrace Studios are a collective who provide affordable studio provision for artists at all stages in their career. We have a unique exhibition space offered to affiliated artists who wish to showcase their work and require temporary studios space. Embrace Studios also offer opportunities for international artist wanting the take a residency lasting between a 7–30-day periods. Embrace artists work individually, however, are open to supporting and partnering in projects that fit with the ethos of their practice.



Hugh O’Donnell: ‘Liminal’
21 October, 2pm to 4pm, suggested charitable donation: £3
Location – 2nd floor, Flax Art Studios

Hugh will interact with the materials in his studio as part of a durational performance and make various actions with chairs, wood, tea cups & more. The work will be suitable for all ages. No photography permitted.

O’Donnell (b.1978 Dublin) is based in Belfast and holds a BA and MA in Fine Art. His work is of an auto personal nature and includes performance art, drawing, installation and the found object. He has completed many national and international residencies and exhibited his work in galleries, site-specific locations and alternative spaces around the world.

This event is free but there is a suggested donation of £3 per person. All proceeds will be donated to the PDSA:  Items for donation, such as pet food, toys, blankets etc., will also be gratefully received.


Semblance and Resemblance Portraits Exhibition
21 October 

Trina Hobson has been commissioned by members of the public to make thirty portraits, in two styles – playful 3-5 minute sketches and 1 hour studies. These will be exhibited at Lombard studios on 21 October.




Thursday 26 October, 7pm – 9pm

‘The Art of Tea’ is a fun event which will excite not only your taste buds, but the (occasionally neglected) right side of your brain.

Suki Tea and Studio Souk are fusing tea with creativity to give you an evening of tea tasting from the co-founder of Suki Tea, Oscar Woolley, alongside a painting workshop with the talented Belfast-based artist Timmy White. You can actually learn to paint with tea and leave with your very own masterpiece.

So what not’s to love…we know we already have you hooked…so the only question now is – who is going to win the trophy for the best ‘Art Of Tea’ masterpiece?

To book please visit our website


QSS Bedford Street

Saturday 21 October

12 noon           Gail Ritchie                  3rd Floor

Gail Ritchie will give an overview of her current practice, focusing on the development of new work for an upcoming exhibition at Platform Arts, Belfast in November. During the talk Gail will share how ideas can be developed and discarded; how writing and research can influence or even interfere with project development and discuss when, or if, a piece of work can be considered finished.


2.30pm            Amanda Coogan         2nd Floor

Amanda Coogan will talk about her recent projects; ‘Talk Real Fine, Just Like a Lady’ at Dublin’s Peacock Theatre in collaboration with the Theatre of the Deaf and ‘I’ll Sing you a song from around the town’ in Spain’s Niemeyer Centre. These projects comprise large bodies of work – they emerge from periods of collaboration and manifest as interdisciplinary performance practice.


4pm                 Ashley Holmes                        2nd Floor


Creating an acrylic photo transfer is a way of embedding the ink of a copied or printed material into acrylic film without sacrificing the original. The resultant acrylic “skin” can then be painted and collaged onto canvas. In this session Ashley will demonstrate how to make a transfer and avoid the many pitfalls – she will also show examples of how she uses this technique in her work.


Saturday 28 October


3pm                 Susan Connolly           1st Floor

Susan Connolly will open her studio for an investigation into the ‘site’ of production. She will introduce her research methods and give an insight into how she has developed her practice in recent years.


3.30pm            Colm Clarke                3rd Floor

Colm Clarke will provide an insight into the methods and the materials he uses when developing new socially engaged works. For the talk Colm will show the studio/workshop area he uses for building bee hives and planning interventions – visitors will also have a chance to try out broadcasting on his pirate radio station!


Saturday 4 November


Live performance by Roisin Owens, curated by Amanda Coogan


Pull yourself together and put on some lipstick.

TAKE THE TUBE. POP OPEN & TWIST. RUB THE STUMP ALL OVER THE LIPS. BLOTCH & KISS. A performance exploring my relationship with, the pressure of, the reliance on and the resilience of the tube of colour I spread on my lips.