Ulster Festival of Arts & Design 2015 – 2016. Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Role: Video documentation and publishing

Ulster University Festival of Arts and Design provides a space within which different perspectives and different intellectual and artistic trajectories meet, generate new ideas and new ways of engaging with the world.


For the eighth edition, Tues March 8 — Fri March 11 2016, we have worked in partnership with staff and students from across the University to create a multidisciplinary festival of installations, publications, talks, screenings and exhibitions and have broadened the programme to host artists, designers and cultural practitioners in Belfast, Ballycastle, Coleraine and Derry – Londonderry. We are also honoured to have worked with local communities in shaping the programme and the questions it asks. Taking its cue from the project title for the work with communities in Shankill, Making Conversations, UUFAD 2016 has been programmed to meet this ambition, to promote dialogue and facilitate exchange across the interconnected themes – gender justice, place and identity.

We invite you to be a part of this shared enquiry with artists, designers, writers and researchers so that the real contribution and challenge of artistic and cultural practice can be enjoyed and debated.

Sarah Tuck
Curator UUFAD 2016

9.03.2016 Giant’s Ring, Belfast, Northern Ireland

Public art commission in collaboration with Ballynafeigh Community Development Association

Magik door production
Sound artist and artistic director: Augustine Leudar
Production manager: Amy Sidiropoulos
Festival team: Kelly Gordon, Feargal O’Malley
Community Coordination: Peter Morgan Barnes, Sheelagh Colclough, Gerry Tubritt

9-10.03.2016 Belfast, Northern Ireland.

In collaboration with Aberrant Architecture, Spectrum Centre, Shankill
Matt Haycocks and 2nd year Interior Design Students at Belfast School of Architecture, Ulster University

The result of research and multiple conversations with the people who live, work and play in Shankill today.
Utilising traditional skills and digital tools architects, communities and students from The Belfast School of
Architecture explore ‘listening’ and ‘making’ to develop and install a pop up music booth and record label.
Festival team: Kelly Gordon, Feargal O’Malley

10.03.2016 Ballycastle, Northern Ireland

In partnership with Ballycastle Chamber of Commerce,
and supported by Causeway Coast & Glens Borough Council.

Transmission Ballycastle explores and promotes Ballycastle town as a multidisciplinary space for dialogue between architecture, urban planning, visual arts, sociology, histories and heritage. Prompted by an examination of how identity and place are communicated through architecture and landscape, Transmission Ballycastle presents a series of exhibitions, installations, screenings and talks developed by The Belfast School of Architecture and the Environmental Sciences Research Institute, Ulster University in collaboration with local residents and shopkeepers.

The talk is introduced by Bruce Ingman.
Designer Fernando Gutiérrez considers the dynamic flux between culture, identity and design. The talk is introduced by Bruce Ingman, Joint Course Director BDes Graphic Design & Illustration at Ulster University.

Fernando Gutiérrez received his BA degree in Graphic Design from the London College of Printing in 1986. He has worked from London, Barcelona and Madrid with high profile in public and private organisations including El Pais newspaper, Matador international arts magazine, Colors Magazine, Pace Gallery, The Prado Museum, Tate Modern, The V&A and The Design Museum. A former Pentagram Design partner, he established Studio Fernando Gutiérrez in 2006. He has previously worked at CDT in London and Summa Comunicació in Barcelona and co-founded Spanish consultancy Grafica Design. Gutiérrez has been a member of the Alliance Graphique Internationale since 1997 and was made a Royal Designer for Industry in 2014.

A performative lecture by artists Jesse Jones and Sarah Browne.

Artists Sarah Browne and Jesse Jones present an activist archive, developed as part of their current project In the Shadow of the State, a co-commission by Create (Ireland) and Artangel (UK). Burn in Flames: Post-Patriarchal Archive in Circulation does not deal with the objects of the past: it anticipates future, ideologically obsolete material that will no longer exist after the end of patriarchy, or however we might name this current regime.

Audience are invited to participate by bringing with them items from everyday experience that can be named as evidence of the current, late-capitalist oppression of women, from legal documents to consumer goods. These objects will be identified, stamped, and placed back in circulation. The project welcomes online contributions—virtual stamps include #burninflames, #pparchiveand #misogynisttimemachine.

Hannah Starkey in association with Northern Visions and Belfast Exposed.

Practising within the realm of photographic portraiture and the representation of women for nearly 20 years, Hannah Starkey discusses her use of staged characters and places to recreate scenes of women engaged with the routine tasks of working and shopping. The event is chaired by Ailbhe Greaney.

Hannah Starkey was born in Belfast in 1971. She received a B.A. in Photography and Film from Napier University in Edinburgh in 1995 and an M.A. in Photography from Royal College of Art in London in 1997. She has received numerous awards and honours throughout her career, which include the Vogue Condé Nast Award (1997), the 3rd International Tokyo Photo Biennale’s Award for Excellence (1999), and the St. James Group Ltd Photography Prize (2002). In 2000, the artist presented her first major solo exhibition at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin. Other important solo presentations include Twenty-Nine Pictures at the Mead Gallery at Warwick Arts Centre in Coventry, UK (2011) and Church of Light Altarpiece, a site-specific commission for St. Catherine’s Church in Frankfurt (2010).

The talk is chaired by Doris Rohr.

Artist Beth Harland considers the spatial and temporal implications of the digital on painting. The talk is chaired by Doris Rohr, Associate Lecturer in Fine Art: Painting at Belfast School of Art, Ulster University.

Beth Harland is an artist, Professor of Fine Art and Director of Insight, a research centre at Lancaster University. She is Associate Editor of the Journal of Contemporary Painting and has exhibited and curated widely, most recently Behind The Eyes; making pictures, Gallery North, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, and painting/tableau/stage, Urban Space, Columbus Ohio. Her recent publications include Painting: Critical and Primary Sources, a four-volume work published by Bloomsbury Press. She is principal investigator of Modes of Address in Pictorial Art, a research project in collaboration with the Centre for Vision and Cognition, University of Southampton; publications include experimental eye-tracking studies of spectatorship.

Higher arts education is under pressure. Threatened by the current economic ‘crisis’, a shifting institutional landscape and an increasingly globalised context, the panel will consider alternative models of art education that reimagine ways of teaching art and definitions of artistic success.

Sheila Gaffney (chair)is the Head of Fine Art at Leeds College of Art. Gaffney is a member of the steering group for NAFAE, the National Association of Fine Art Educators. As a sculptor and academic her contributions to debates around the art school have recently featured in the Radio 4 broadcast Art School Smart School (2014), Shift Symposium: Leeds Voices discussing the future of cultural funding and art education at the University of Leeds (2015); and The Hidden Curriculum at London Metropolitan University (2016).

Ahmet Öğüt born in 1981 in Diyarbakır, Turkey, is a sociocultural initiator, artist, and lecturer who lives and works in Berlin and Amsterdam. He is the initiator of The Silent University, which is an autonomous knowledge exchange platform by refugees and asylum seekers.

Anna Colin is a curator and writer based in London. She is a cofounder and co-director of Open School East, a non-fee paying study programme and communal space which launched in 2013 in East London, associate curator at Fondation Galeries Lafayette in Paris, and co-curator, with Lydia Yee, of British Art Show 8 Leeds, Edinburgh, Norwich and Southampton, (2015—16).

Lindesay Dawe is a Chartered Architect and member of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Since 2007 Dawe has been a member of RIBA (Education) Validation Panel, supporting Architecture schools across the UK in curriculum and new course development. Educated at Ulster Polytechnic, Royal College of Art and Edinburgh College of Art/Heriot Watt University, Dawe is currently a lecturer at Belfast School of Architecture, Ulster University

Conán Meehan is a recent Fine Art graduate from Ulster University. Having completed his undergraduate studies, he now works as Vice President of Academic & Student Affairs for Ulster University Students’ Union (UUSU). Conán’s main interest is the relationship between art and politics in the Irish context, and the theoretical discourse between the two.

Maxine Bristow discusses a new body of sculptural and installation based practice that has emerged out of her recent doctoral research, exploring tensions between the medium specific conventions of textile and the post medium condition of contemporary fine art practice. The event is chaired by Hazel Bruce.

Maxine Bristow has a history rooted in textiles but has taught within fine art programmes for twenty years and is currently Reader in Fine Art and MA Fine Art Programme Leader at the University of Chester. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and is represented in the permanent collections of the Crafts Council, London, Whitworth Art Gallery and Nottingham Castle Museum & Art Gallery. She was selected for the Jerwood Textiles Prize in 2002, and in 2008 was one of the artists nominated for the Northern Arts Prize. She is in the final stages of a practice based PhD at Norwich University of the Arts and University of the Arts London entitled ‘Pragmatics of attachment and detachment: a constellatory reinscription of medium specificity’.

Helen Hester in association with the Institute for Research in Social Sciences.

For the opening of the festival and to mark International Women’s Day Helen Hester presents Xenofeminism. A political and theoretical project, Xenofeminism is distinctly future-oriented, tracing emerging developments in technology in order to imagine a world beyond current understandings of gender, race, and class. In order to think the future, however, one must reflect upon the conditions for biological existence upon which any future-oriented project will necessarily depend. Starting with a brief introduction to xenofeminism, this talk will explore the links between gender, ecology, and debates about human population size, whilst questioning the current rhetoric of climate change activism. How can better understanding of the queer and feminist dimensions of ecopolitics help us to navigate towards an alien future? The event is chaired by Suzanna Chan.

Helen Hester is Senior Lecturer in Media and Communication at the University of West London. Her research interests include technofeminism, sexuality studies, and theories of social reproduction, and she is a member of the international feminist collective Laboria Cuboniks. She is the author of Beyond Explicit: Pornography and the Displacement of Sex (SUNY Press, 2014), the co-editor of the collections Fat Sex: New Directions in Theory and Activism (Ashgate, 2015) and Dea ex Machina (Merve, 2015), and series editor for Ashgate’s ‘Sexualities in Society’ book series.

In association with Transitional Justice Institute (TJI) and the Law Society of Northern Ireland.

The Northern/Irish Feminist Judgment Project came together to write the “missing feminist judgments” in key cases that have shaped Northern Irish and Irish law. In this lunchtime event, the organisers and participants of the project explain their motivations and approach to judgment-writing. The event focuses on the Northern Ireland High Court judgments on abortion, by comparing and contrasting the feminist judgments with the High Court’s approach. The event includes a contribution from Justice Siobhan Keegan, who will comment on the implications of the project for the Northern Ireland jurisdiction.

Lunch will be provided. Attendance at the event is approved by The Bar of Northern Ireland with a CPD accreditation (1.5 CPD points). Solicitors attending this event are eligible to claim 1 general group study CPD hour.

Osama Esid presents the ideas that inform his photographic and exhibition work and his ongoing research on the image and representation of the Arab world. The event is chaired by José Luís Neves.

Osama Esid studied photography at the Technical Institute of Damascus. In 1996 he relocated to Minneapolis, Minnesota where he is currently based. His photographic projects include ‘A play on representation; the Egyptian experiment’ a tudio based practice (2003—2005), exhibition and publication (2007); and Still/Life/Syria portraits of displaced Syrians living in a refugee camp in Turkey (2014—2015).

Linda Montano is a seminal figure in contemporary feminist performance art and her work since the mid-1960s has been critical in the development of video by, for, and about women. Attempting to dissolve the boundaries between art and life, Montano continues to actively explore her art/life through shared experience, role adoption, and intricate life altering ceremonies, some of which last for seven or more years.


Documentation of Belfast International Festival of Performance Art programmed as part of the seventh edition of Ulster festival of Arts & Design 2015

Fergus Byrne
Marilyn Arsem – Marking Time VI
A thousand and one kisses – Christoff Gillen
Performance art workshop with Helge Meyer
Maurice Block
Aliansyah Caniago
Resonance Remembrance – Helge Meyer
Sculpture workshop with Paddy Bloomer
Pauline Cummins & Sinead Keogh
Hugh O’Donnell
Jennifer Hanley
Peter Morgan-Barnes
Mads Floor Andersen
James King and Wahshi Kuhi performances I & II
‘Performance & Re-performance’ seminar I – III part. Marilyn Arsem, Amanda Coogan, Alastair MacLennan.
Artist talk by Marilyn Arsem. I – II part