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Internal Celestial by Samuel Kennedy

Later Night Art – Thursday 4th May 5pm to 8:30pm
Gallery opening times: Tuesday to Friday 11am to 3pm

Internal Celestial will run from Wednesday 19th April until Friday 5th May


Internal Celestial showcases a series of paintings and drawings by Belfast artist Samuel Kennedy. Samuel obtained his master’s degree from St. Andrew’s University, specialising in the History of Art and now works in Belfast as an artist, outside of the mainstream.
Heavily influenced by the Fauvist and Symbolist movements of the early 20th Century, his work is vibrant, colourful and highly stylised, incorporating symbols from many artistic traditions. Looking closely at his work one may find symbols and shapes from prehistoric rock art, ancient Celtic art and Australian aboriginal art, alongside symbols common to everyday life. An exploration of the visionary experience provides Samuel’s main theme in these works, with particular reference to the internal interpretation of the symbols that surround us.
This inner world that we all experience is termed, by Samuel, as the Internal Celestial. As with most visionary art, colour is of prime importance, enhancing the everyday world into a world of living, beautiful shapes. The distinctive profile of Cave Hill features in several paintings, celebrating this majestic and ever present element of our daily lives in Belfast.

iDA grant recipients announced


Thirteen artists with disabilities from Northern Ireland have been announced as recipients of the Arts & Disability Forum’s iDA (Individual Disabled/Deaf Artists) awards. Supported by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, awards are made annually to Deaf and disabled artists working in a range of art forms, allowing artists to produce new works or receive professional mentoring. Pictured are 2017 iDA recipients Luna Kalo, Kevin Killen, Shiro Masuyama, Sinead O'Donnell and Nicola McLaughlin.



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The above are our core hours but we are often working away behind the scenes at other times. If the gallery lights are on just ring the bell and we’ll let you in.