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Visiting Hours: UWS & Maryville House

Hello, friends! I am so happy to be back after a busy old few months over in my other life as a wordsmith-for-hire at Quill Inc NI.It's great to return on such a positive note too, as I recently enjoyed the most gorgeous day in Belfast with my Mum, sister Polly and my Granny. Long-time… Continue reading Visiting Hours: UWS & Maryville House

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Visiting Hours: Buskfest 2015

This was my first ever visit to Buskfest, although the street-music festival is now in its 12th year, and it was clear to see from the outset why it has been going from strength to strength for so long.

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Visiting Hours: ‘Colliding Forms’ at R-Space Lisburn

On Saturday 10 January the R-Space Gallery in Lisburn launched their latest exhibition, Colliding Forms. A collaborative project between ceramic artist Sandra Robinson and print artist Helen Lavery, the work marries the 2-D and the 3-D, with images printed on to ceramic pieces. The artists, both currently resident at the Spectrum Centre on Belfast's Shankill Road, met… Continue reading Visiting Hours: ‘Colliding Forms’ at R-Space Lisburn

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Visiting Hours: Razz My Berries Rockabilly Bash!

Last Friday night saw Lisburn's R-Space Gallery playing host to a low-down, dirty, rock n' roll razzmatazz! Up-and-coming events organisers Extravaga once again pulled off a fun and imaginative little night in the heart of my home city, with a vintage-and-handmade market, a fortune teller, hot food and some good old blues and rock n' roll to round it all off.

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Visiting Hours: CraftBomb @ Ulster Hall / Craft Month

I can't believe we're already halfway through August Craft Month - the biggest one ever in fact, with Craft NI curating over 150 events celebrating Northern Ireland craftmanship. I attended the launch of CraftBomb in the Ulster Hall last Tuesday, an exhibition showcasing the best of the handmade decorations that adorned the streets of Northern Ireland during Voluntary Arts Week in May.

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Visiting Hours: Common Threads

Last Tuesday myself and a friend popped along to Common Threads for the first time. This laid-back little crafting circle has been meeting in the spacious function room of Common Grounds cafe every Tuesday for the past two or three years.

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Visiting Hours: Papergirl Belfast 2014

After featuring this innovative art project on the PQ last year, I fell in love with it and vowed to see it in the flesh if it returned for a second year. Thankfully it has, and the response from artists has been even bigger and better than in 2013.

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Visiting Hours: ReFound

Another new regular feature! Visiting Hours is the Quill's 'out and about' feature - be it a review of a gig or show, coverage of a festival or fair, or my thoughts on an exhibition, event or outlet, this is where you'll find it. I spent my first Visiting Hour doing something I have been meaning to do for a very long time - popping into ReFound!

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Goodbye Patrick; time for Luke.

  TO ANY DWELLER IN LEWIS STREET And do you know a man was born in your short street of brick and slate who made his life a simple chart that he might keep inviolate the clear precision of his sight for curve of hill and field and tree that he might set their colours… Continue reading Goodbye Patrick; time for Luke.

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Flax of Life

I'm so cross at myself for not posting this a few weeks ago! Three Saturdays ago, my mum, granny, sister and I drove to the Flax Gallery in Newtownabbey's Mossley Mill to see Aspects of the Lough; an exhibition by East Antrim Artists celebrating the Belfast Lough which they all live near in Whitehead. Unfortunately, I just… Continue reading Flax of Life