Friday, 27 February 2015

Festival of Art & Design, Belfast 2015

Arts and culture banner 2015
Festival of Art & Design

9th-14th March
This year’s Festival has over 70 events – a fantastic range of talks, workshops, discussions, performances and exhibitions all about art and design.

Fashion and textiles, drawing and painting, photography and animation, graphic design and illustration, architecture, sculpture, performance art……and much more

Internationally renowned artists such as Axel Scheffler (Gruffalo), Sylvia Ayton (Wallis Collection), Andy Stevens (Graphic Thought Facility), Mark Wallinger (Turner Prize winner) to name but a few.
Full programme at: 
Watch our short video:

Arts and Culture, Ulster University, Belfast campus, York Street, Belfast, BT15 1ED
Telephone: +44 (0)28 9536 7285 |
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Monday, 23 February 2015

Delicious and unique offerings for March, Belfast 2015

After the success of the Draw In Symposium last year, I was asked to create a drawing theme throughout the Ulster Festival of Art & Design, which takes place from 9th - 14th March 2015 in Belfast.
The festival comprises of many lectures, at lunch times and in the evening, from speakers from all aspects of the creative field. I have always been impressed by the quality of the speakers, no matter what their discipline and I was delighted to be asked to contribute.

Here is what I have come up with - all events take place at Belfast School of Art.

On Monday 9th, Tuesday 10th and Friday 13th March" Lunchtime Location Drawing".  I will be holding tutored sessions at 1pm for an hour.

Saturday 14th March, 11 - 1pm,  I will be teaching a tutored Life Drawing session.

Wednesday 11th March,  at 11am - award winning illustrator PJ Lynch will be delivering a talk and oil painting demonstration.

PJ Lynch oils demonstration 

Wednesday 11th March at 6pm - Katherine Tyrrell, artist, author and the UK's number 3 art blogger will be giving a talk about her new book about Drawing.

Thursday 12th March 11am - Drawing Together: a panel of artists including P Lynch, Katherine Tyrrell, set & costume designer David Craig, and Michael John Angel from The Angel Academy in Florence, will each speak about their work and answer questions from the audience and each other. This will be unique and very interesting.

Draw Together - a panel discussing the nuts and bolts of drawing practice. 

Thursday 12th March, 6pm - Michael John Angel, founder of The Angel Academy of Art, Folrence, will give a lecture entitled 'The Training of the 21st Century Realist Painter'.

Student from The Angel Academy, Florence, with his work

Bookings should be made through the festival website,
All sessions are subsidised and very inexpensive.

I hope you will be at as many of these sessions as possible!

For more details see the website, or email me at