Close out the year with a selection (box) of creative and cultural excursions: from a flea market full of social and independent enterprise, to artist talks and our very first Christmas party. 

1. 25 Years of Catalyst Arts

Twenty-five years ago, a group of MFA graduates from the Belfast School of Art initiated a series of exhibitions, exchanges and events in the city. The organisation believed in non-hierarchal structures, making the work of the artist and art-project paramount. Their vision has lasted to this day, seeing almost 100 directors come and go, all with the shared vision of supporting contemporary art.

Where? Catalyst Arts Belfast When? 15 November – 15 December How much? Free


2. Artists’ Talk Jesse Jones

Jesse Jones will deliver an artist talk at the Centre of Creative Arts and Media, GMIT, as part of the 2018 Tulca festivities. The talk is part of a five-week series of artist talks focused on the Syntonic State; the theme for Tulca 2018, as selected by this year’s curator, Linda Shevlin.

Where? GMIT Galway When? 3 December How much? Free

3. Is the city afraid of the sea? – Dispatches from Palestine

A photographic study of the Israeli-occupied territories, by Hugh Malala, providing insight into the everyday realities of Palestine. The exhibition will run for the first two weeks in December with an opening reception on Monday December 3rd.

Where? Bernard Shaw When? 3-27 December  How much? Free


4. Thursday Lates Celebrating Herstory

Thursday Lates return to the National Gallery with a focus on creative women: combining guided tours, themed nail art and a zine-making workshop with LIT Ladies.  NGI will also play host to a live episode of The Women’s Podcast, featuring artists Amanda Coogan and Alice Maher, alongside curator and archivist, Leah Benson.

Where? NGI When? 6 December How much? Free – €15


5. Shaw Cinema Sessions | Jean-Michel Basquiat: The Radiant Child

From activist installations through the underground stations of New York City; to a full retrospective at the Whitney Museum of American Art. Jean-Michel Basquiat’s legacy as an artist lives on through his large-scale paintings depicting insight into his innermost thoughts. The Radiant Child provides a stark insight into those thoughts, and their inevitable victory.

Where? The Bernard Shaw When? 5 December How much? Free (ticketed)


6. Dublin Christmas Flea Market

The Dublin Christmas Flea Market returns to the Point Village with a spectacular 280 stalls in total. Flaunting the very best of indie, unique and artisan makers and producers over the course of two weekends. In a world consumed by big brands and mass production; the Flea Market truly portrays the importance of supporting smaller, local enterprises.

Where? Point Village When? 06-09, 13-16 December How much? Free


7. Proverbs – Robert Ellis

A subjective approach to life, landscape and culture derived from time spent in Uganda; Robert Ellis’ vibrant artworks captivate the naked eye, drawing its lens to the humanity and vibrancy of each piece. An artist, photographer and lecturer, Robert Ellis’ work has also recently been selected as one of thirty portraits on display at the National Gallery of Ireland.

Where? Rua Red  When? 7 December – 10 January How much? Free


8. Dublin Old School

Dublin Old School returns to the Project Arts Centre after a successful cinematic debut. Written and performed by Emmet Kirwan, with the film directed by former coffee|culture speaker, Dave Tynan. Dublin Old School charmed audiences in its initial run and now it’s back for round two.

Where? Project Arts Centre When? 12-22 December How much? €18-22


9. The Other Christmas Party

Last June, we launched The Other Podcast: the first in a series of initiatives aimed at empowering women in the creative industries. Through the manifestation of talks, events, workshops and a podcast we aim to equip women with the skills needed to advance in their careers. We’re inviting our listeners to join us for a cocktail and a chat, as we shape the future of this project.

Where? The Liquor Rooms When? 12 December How much? €5


10. Midas Touch – NYE Golden Palace Party

The team from Hunt & Gather are hosting another New Year’s Eve party to dust off the cobwebs and dance into the wee hours of 2019. The event will see live performers, spectacles and bonfires featuring the likes of Æ MAK and many more.

Where? Loughcrew House When? 31 December How much? €70


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