Volunteer call out for Linen Opera extras!

September 19, 2018

10 people (18+yrs) are required to perform non-singing roles in a new opera created by R-Space for the Linen Biennale in partnership with Northern Ireland Opera. Waking Beauty is written by Peter Morgan Barnes and composed by Seán Doherty; it explores what might happen in the present day if, as in the tale of Sleeping Beauty, the government fell asleep for a hundred years. What kind of world might they find when they wake up, and how would people have treated the sleeping bodies in the meantime?

These non-singing roles are government advisors who listen to a furious row between the King and his daughter, before going off to tweet about it on their phones. They fall asleep when the King’s daughter is pricked by an enchanted thorn and remain in those recumbent positions for most of the opera – half an hour. They awake when the thorn is accidentally removed and are not at all pleased with how things have changed.

Rehearsals are on Saturday 13 and Sunday 14 October 3.00-5.00pm, at R-Space Gallery, 32, Castle Street, Lisburn, BT27 4XE.

The Performance is at the Island Arts Centre in Lisburn on Saturday 20 October. The cast are called between 2.00pm to 5.00pm with a break between 5.00 and 7.00pm, before the performance at 7.30/8pm.

If you would like to have a nap on the floor during a short opera, please contact R-Space Gallery on 02892 663179 or email rspace@linenroomslisburn by the closing date Friday 12 October 2018 at 12noon.

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It’s official! We are now a registered charity.

August 31, 2018

R-Space Gallery have achieved another important milestone – we are now registered with The Charity Commission for Northern Ireland!

We would like to thank The Charity Commission, our funding partners, visitors and patrons and most importantly our amazing Board of Trustees for their hard work and support in this step forward in the provision of our cultural services to the City Of Lisburn.

As the nature and output of our charity is evolving, we will be recruiting shortly for additional Board Members – opportunities will be advertised on our website and social media in the coming months. Our current trustees are as follows:

Alan Clarke – Chair

Development Officer at Maze Longkesh & Chartered Surveyor with over 20 years industry experience. Includes 5 years at Lisburn City Centre management and involvement in Bridge Street Townscape Heritage Scheme. Alan also acts as a Voluntary Director at Lisburn Buildings Heritage Trust.

Norbert Sagnard

Director Digital Technology professional bringing 25 years of Corporate Governance and international marketing skills coupled with an interest in arts / culture and heritage.

Paul Beaton

Head of Careers, Wallace High School Lisburn with an interest in Arts Education and Outreach.

John Bradbury

Community Sector Development Officer with experience of handling media, press conferences, photocalls and social media in the disability / arts / culture sectors


Charity registration number :NIC 106350 

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Don’t miss out – sign up to our Mailing / Artist Open Call list today!

June 1, 2018

You may have heard about the new General Data Protection Regulation (“GDPR”), that came into effect on May 25, 2018. To help comply with GDPR consent requirements, we need to confirm that you would like to receive information about our workshops, exhibitions, events, and open calls for artists.

To receive information about R-Space events and invitations to exhibition previews, please sign up at this link.

To be the first to hear about paid opportunities for artists as part of our exhibition programme, please sign up here.

You won’t regret it!

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Connections in material and practice with Rhiannon Ewing-James – FREE Workshop

May 9, 2018

Friday 18 May

11-5pm Book here

This workshop exercise hopes to create an opportunity for an open dialogue between practitioners through materials, objects and finding connections. Workshop participants will experience various approaches to creating, what is and can be used and why.

British Ceramics Biennial Creative Producer and Artist Rhiannon Ewing-James will facilitate the Connections in Material and Practice workshop in a way that offers participants the opportunity to lead discussions through various forms of mapping, re-mapping and making connections. This workshop hopes to expand our material palette beyond our practice into finding appropriate materials and aesthetics that are authentic to our concepts and hopes.

This workshop is suitable for all practitioners (students, emerging/professional artists, designers, creatives) who are open to thinking critically about their own work, concept building and to those who are a bit stuck.

A friend of mine works as a pharmacist and he helps people to choose medicines, consult them about indications, possible side effects, etc. DapoDrug reports that Priligy along with drugs for the treatment of erectile dysfunction is one of the most popular meds among men.
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Re:New Wallace Collection Artist’s Talks

April 18, 2018

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Northern Ireland’s Linen Biennale 2018

March 21, 2018

Hosted by R-Space Gallery, Northern Ireland’s Linen Biennale celebrates the past, present and future landscape of linen through an extended arts festival, presented and hosted by multiple venues across the region.

Every two years R-Space will lead on a three-month festival of arts, craft and design, including exhibitions and installations, conference, master-classes, and performances under the key themes of RecallRethink and Reform.

The Linen Biennale will stimulate new thinking about Ireland’s oldest textile products: flax and linen. Reaching out to the last of a generation who worked in the heyday of Ulster’s linen production, the Linen Biennale forms a bridge to connect our internationally renowned linen heritage with contemporary uses and highlight the very best in cutting-edge developments from around the world.

Showing linen’s applications within arts, craft, design and technology from past, present and future perspectives gives the linen story relevance to a wide range of audiences locally, nationally and internationally. Presenting a collective story of Ulster linen in an international context will stimulate new ideas and developments in Northern Ireland.

Please like, share and keep up to date on our Linen Biennale Facebook and Twitter!

The conference takes place 3rd and 4th October 2018 in Lisburn, Northern Ireland.



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Printmaking Workshops with Lucy May Schofield

January 4, 2018

Thursday 18 January 2018 11am & 7pm 

Book here

Mokuhanga is perfect for artists interested in a non-toxic, table-top printmaking technique. During this taster session you will learn the basic skills to transfer and carve a ‘key line’ and colour separation blocks, in the tradition of Japanese Ukiyo-e printmaking. With no press required, only a hand held barren, you will have the opportunity to ink up a woodblock and pass a print on Japanese paper. You will be sure to fall in love with both the process and results of this accessible, water-based printmaking method which provides endless possibilities.

Some recent feedback from a participant…

“It was fabulous. Lucy is such a patient, inspirational teacher and I felt I learnt a whole new skill… The course numbers were just right and we all got to know each other – a good chance to network. I’m now inspired to continue with this form of printing and to use it in my MA project.”

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Open Call: The New Wallace Collection

September 21, 2017

This Open Call represents a unique opportunity for one NI Artist/Maker to undertake the following:

  1. 1-week residency at The Wallace Collection London (by arrangement and in conjunction with Anthea McWilliams at R-Space Gallery and the staff of The Wallace Collection – see Wallace Collection)
  2. A solo exhibition at R-Space in April 2018 commemorating the bicentenary of the birth of Sir Richard Wallace 1818-1890. Together with an artist fee, the costs will include travel & accommodation, materials and participatory activities which will be agreed prior to contract.

Aims / Objectives:

  1. To provide the opportunity for a Northern Irish artist/maker to work with new approaches and techniques in response to the paintings and decorative art objects collected from around the world by Sir Richard Wallace and his predecessors, the third and fourth Marquesses of Hertford.
  2. To facilitate responses to the Wallace Collection and produce new commissioned signature works of art plus a series of prototype objects* that may go into production to be exhibited at R-Space Gallery and be offered for sale through the Wallace Collection Shop.
  3. To celebrate and promote the creativity of a Northern Irish artist/maker and help place Lisburn (central to the former Hertford Estate in Co. Antrim), more firmly on the creative and cultural map.


Proposals are sought from established artists, working in any media, who are based in Northern Ireland.

Deadline for submissions:     Wednesday 25 October 2017 at 12 noon
Exhibition Dates:                       7 April – 4 May 2018

Please send a one-page personal statement containing details of how you feel you are suited to this residency, and CV (no longer than one side of A4), along with 5 images of your work to Anthea McWilliams and Robert Martin via rspace@linenroomslisburn.com, or deliver to 32 Castle Street, Lisburn, BT27 4XE.

*Commissioned works would remain the property of R-Space Gallery Lisburn


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Open Call: MMM#6

September 5, 2017

Open Call for Artists and Makers whose work responds to the theme:

Dark – Darkness

Darkness, the polar opposite to brightness, is understood as a lack of illumination or an absence of visible light.

Humans are unable to distinguish colour in conditions of either high brightness or darkness.[1] In conditions of insufficient light, perception is achromatic and ultimately, black.

 The emotional response to darkness has generated metaphorical usages of the term in many cultures.

Complete darkness is when the sun is more than 18 degrees below the horizon.

We are looking for work that involves:

The Perception ~ The Physics ~ The Technical ~ The Cultural ~ The Artistic ~ The Literature ~ The Religion ~ The Philosophy ~ The Poetry ~ The Language ~ The Mythology of Dark – Darkness

Proposals are sought from artists at any stage of their career, working in any media, who are based in Northern Ireland. Five selected artists will receive a fee for a talk and exhibiting work.

This group exhibition will explore artists and makers different approaches to the materials they choose to work with and why, the messages and meaning they wish to convey using those materials, what those messages are and the methods of production and process they use to make the work.

Deadline for submissions:    26 September 2017
Exhibition Dates:                     28 October to 23 November 2017

Please send your proposal, artist statement and CV (no longer than one side of A4 each), along with 3 images of your work to Robert Martin via rspace@linenroomslisburn.com.

Include dimensions and details of media used.

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Project Manager (freelance)

April 12, 2017


Northern Ireland’s Linen Biennale 2018

August/September/October 2018

Based at R-Space Gallery, 32 Castle Street, Lisburn BT27 4XE



Tel: 028 92663179


Flat Fee Phase 1 (incl)  £6,000                               

Timeframe  June 2017 – November 2018

Phase 1:  2 days weekly  June 2017 – November 2017 (6 months)

Phase 2:  Dec 2017 – November 2018 Full time (funding dependent)


Purpose of contract:

To lead the development, delivery & evaluation of THE ART OF LINEN Northern Ireland’s first Linen Biennale 2018.


The post holder would:

Work alongside the small, dedicated team at R-space and

(i) Compile and submit funding applications & explore sponsorship opportunities

(ii) Manage and maintain all the administrative and production aspects of the Linen Biennale: files, accounts, policies, communications, finance (incl spreadsheets), reports, minutes, contracts and databases.

(iii) Be responsible for the continuing development, production and delivery of events, exhibitions and workshops.

(iv) Contribute to the strategic research to establish creative partnerships province wide.

(v) Manage & complete the evaluation to inform the second Biennale in 2020.


The post holder would also be required to:

(i) Travel to on-site inspections and project manage events

(ii) Liaise with artists, contributors and venues

(iii) Manage the marketing and publicity around all events

(iv) Report to the R-Space Board


Person Specification

The successful applicant will have actual and demonstrable experience in the following areas: (i) Fundraising (ii) Event / Festival management  (iii) Project and people management (iv) Arts & Culture sector or visitor attraction venue (v) Interest or knowledge of textiles / linen (vi) Comprehensive IT skills including professional experience in the use of of all Microsoft packages.

Have access to a car or other means of transport.


Apply by email or hard copy, with 1 page CV and a 1 page description of how you meet the Person Specification.

Deadline: Tuesday 2 May 2017 with interview meetings by appointment Mon 8 May.                

This role is supported by ACNI            

R-Space subscribes to equal opportunities

www.linenbiennalenorthernireland.com  E: biennale@linenroomslisburn.com    

Co-directors: Anthea McWilliams and Robert Martin

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