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Olivier Fermariello

Arts & Disability Forum
23rd June 2017 to 21st July 2017
Launch: 22nd June 5pm-7pm
Gallery opening times: Tues to Friday, 11am-3pm


In his staged narrative portraits, Fermariello gives voice to private urges and sensual fantasies that are so often kept veiled from public understanding.
– Ellyn Ruddick-Sunstein

The artist based this series of work on comments from people with disabilities, who reported that they can feel discrimination through not being considered entirely a man or entirely a woman.
For Fermariello, ‘these images portray people, who are suffering from this discrimination, but are not willing to give up their fight by choosing a direct way to express themselves’.


4th NI Mental Health Arts & Film Festival

TIME to CHANGE: Group Exhibition

Arts & Disability Forum
16th May – 16th June 2017


My mental health has changed me,
in the way I live & think.

– David Davies

NIMHAFF has teamed with Arts & Disability Forum to host ‘Time to Change’, a group exhibition drawn from an open call that attracted 80 submissions. Works by 17 artists from across Ireland combine in this must-see show – a vivid testament to the link between creative expression and inner resilience. ‘Time to Change’ is a wide, wild collection revealing the transformations (tiny & massive, gradual & sudden) that represent daily life for people who experience mental-health issues.

In addition to the visuals, musician Jim McClean will host and perform at the lunchtime launch (1 p.m. on Tuesday 16th May); he and Louise O’Donnell (DJ Fifites) will also provide musical entertainment at Late Night Art (Thursday 1st June).

For further information on the festival:

Full Festival Programme:


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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