Events 2008

Exhibitions 2008


Cheers Darling 55 x 44 cm

Rowena Keaveny:
Pandora Went Shopping but Forgot the List
ADF Gallery
August 27 - September 11, 2008

The Arts & Disability forum is delighted to announce it’s forthcoming exhibition which opens on Wednesday August 27th (5-7pm) and runs until September 11th. ‘Pandora went shopping but forgot the list’ features works by Offaly based artist Rowena Keaveny. All works will be on display in the A.D.F gallery at 109-113 Royal Avenue, Belfast and admission is FREE.

Originally from England Rowena has been living in Ireland since 1999. She currently lives in Birr with her partner and their three children. “As an artist I feel that it is important to challenge the viewer and to ask questions even if the answers might not always be easy to hear.” says Rowena of her work.

Rowena is a recipient of bursaries from the Arts Council (2004) and the Arts & Disability Award Ireland Scheme, (2005, 2007). This has allowed her to concentrate on developing her practice, “knowing that I had financial freedom meant I didn’t have to compromise at any stage of the process. Creatively and personally it was a very liberating experience.”

This exhibition, which was developed out of Rowena’s Award in 2007, examines the interconnections between experience and memory. “By using a series of images within each painting I want to create an environment in which the viewer’s eye can go beneath the surface and form its own story from what has been seen.”

Rowena’s work is in private and public collections including Laois County Council, Offaly County Council. She also will be exhibiting as part of ArtDublin08 (late Aug/Sept) in aid of ‘Aware’ – a charity whose aims are to assist all those who are affected by depression in Ireland.


Photo by John Rush

Photo by John Rush

John Rush:
Group ‘0’
ADF Gallery
September 18 - October 9, 2008

The Arts & Disability forum is delighted to announce it‘s forthcoming exhibition which previews on Thursday the 18th of September (5-7pm) and continues until the 9th of October. ‘Group ‘0’ ’ features photographic works by Belfast based artist John Rush. The exhibition is on at the A.D.F gallery at 109-113 Royal Avenue, Belfast admission is FREE and the gallery is fully accessible.

Rush has been involved in photojournalism and documentary work for almost twenty years. He has worked for newspapers and magazines locally, nationally and internationally at freelance, staff and editorial management level. In recent years he has concentrated more on project based documentary work both on a commissioned and personal basis. He has travelled extensively with most recent work taking the former Soviet Republic of Moldova, Cuba and Vietnam.

Group '0' examines the life of young people in low paid employment and government training schemes. Taken within the many working environments that these young people find themselves in, the portraits contemplate the psychological mind set of the subjects as they battle monotony and face an insecure and uncertain future.

Made exclusively around break time when these young workers are temporarily freed from their labour these observed portraits catch the fleeting moments when the mind seeks escape and solace far from the sometimes oppressive environment of the workplace.


R.J. McDowell. Icons.

R.J. McDowell. Icons.

R J McDowell:
ADF Gallery
October 16 - October 30, 2008                                             

The Arts & Disability forum is delighted to announce its forthcoming exhibition which previews on Thursday the 16th of October (5-7pm) and continues until the 30th of October. ‘ICONS’ features a collection of poems with accompanying images and prose, by Belfast based artist Ronald McDowell.

The works in this exhibition focus on the iconic perception of traditional religious icon painters and attempt to describe the iconic reality of the world around us.

The poems and images translate this perception into a language that calls upon all the sensory receptors to experience the totality of the work. As such these pieces are in essence thresholds into the infinite and encourage the reader and the viewer to see such portals in the face of every man by seeing through from this chaotic world into the serene realms of the spiritual.

McDowell was born in Belfast 1958, his first exhibition was in 1984 at the Octagon Gallery in Belfast, Since then he has exhibited with the Royal Ulster Academy in 2004 and 2005 along with an exhibition here at the ADF in 2006. The present work is a result of an Arts & Disability Ireland Award.


Xmas Exhibition Invite Card

Xmas Exhibition Invite Card

ADF Christmas Exhibition 2008
Elaine Lyness, Fred Blair, James Grant, Roisin O'Hagan, Ruth Alexandra Scott, Sasha Jay, Tommy Johnston:
ADF Gallery
December 10 - December 22, 2008

The Arts & Disability Forum is delighted to announce it‘s forthcoming Christmas Exhibition which previews on Wednesday the 10th of December (5-7pm) and continues until the 22ND of December. The Christmas Exhibition features the work of seven artists, whose individual practices range from the manipulation of fabrics to imaginative cultural comprehensions on paper.

This will be the 5TH ADF Christmas exhibition and the first in its £20,000 newly refurbished gallery. The exhibition hosts an eclectic range of artwork, including digital works, paintings, drawings, pastels and textiles. All are welcome to the launch of the exhibition where they will get the opportunity to talk with the artists about their creations and join them for sum mulled wine and mince pies.

"I use art as a vehicle for self exploration, a space for healing, a place where nothing exists but colours, space and time."
Elaine Lyness

“Somewhere between order and chaos lies my ideal."
Roisin O’Hagan

“I would like to take this opportunity to invite you the viewer to the twilight world that is my imagination.”
Ruth Alexandra Scott

The Artists

Elaine Lyness
Lyness will be showcasing her digital art work at the ADF Christmas exhibition 2008, using art as a healing medium in a contemporised.

Fred Blair
Blair lives in Belfast. Creating art works has always featured in Fred's life. However it was not until he suffered a period of mental ill health and became a user of mental health services that Fred became involved with artwork again which re-kindled his love of painting. Fred's works explores the use of colour and in content, 'I paint how I am feeling at that time.'

James Grant
Grant, born in Belfast in 1985 feels he is very much in the early developmental stages of his creative process creating. To-date many of his paintings and drawings explore Christianity and he is particularly interested in exploring hope through the culture of his native country - Northern Ireland.

Roisin O’Hagan
The Belfast based fibre artist, is current examining the theme of ‘ordered chaos’ the grounding of this idea is through looking at relationships between self, friends and family. The works have a particular attention to techniques such as dying, distressing and manipulation of fabrics within yarns.

Ruth Alexandra Scott
Scott’s work is influenced by Japanese prints and the overall theme of the oriental. The relationship between image and text are a key ingredient to the construction of her works, this juxtaposition creates an altered and alternative perception towards the origin of the oriental image.

Sasha Jay
Sasha Jay’s has been an artist and designer ever since a young child. Her work is fed by inner feelings depending what has been happening around her, happiness, joy, lost in the world, etc. The work is an expression of a depressed lady held in a box called ‘Life’.

Tommy Johnston
Tommy lives in Antrim. For many years, Tommy has created many art works in a wide range of media but is primarily interested in drawing with pencils and pens. Tommy's imaginative pieces are inspired by artists from the Renaissance to artists such as Van Gogh and Picasso.


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