Free workshop

June 1, 2016

Janet Hackney presents a free workshop: Playing with Thread on Saturday 11 June, 2-4pm. Participants will use thread or yarn to make a brooch or tassel. The workshop is suitable for all levels of experience and ability, including children. Free admission, materials provided.

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We’re hiring!

May 18, 2016

PT Freelance office administrator/manager 

The post holder would:

  • Manage and maintain office systems: files, accounts, policies, communications, finance (incl spreadsheets), reports, minutes, contracts and databases.
  • Have successful fundraising experience.
  • Assist with the continuing development of the visual arts programme of events, exhibitions and workshops.
  • Act as gallery assistant and key holder as required.
  • Report to Co-Directors Robert Martin and Anthea McWilliams.

Fee: £2,800: 6hrs weekly @ £10 per hour over 48 weeks.
(ACNI Lottery funding dependent)

Apply by email or hard copy, with CV (max 1 A4 page).

Deadline: 20 June 2016, with a view to starting at the beginning of August.

This role is supported by ACNI and R-Space
R-Space subscribes to equal opportunities for all
32 Castle Street Lisburn BT27 4XE
028 9266 3179
Co-directors: Anthea McWilliams and Robert Martin


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Open Call

January 13, 2016

R-Space Gallery invites submissions from artists using Tattoos and/or Tattoo culture as their starting point or inspiration for creating works of art for an exhibition in Lisburn, Northern Ireland in April-May 2016. Selected works in any medium will be considered from artists in any location.

Please email your artist statement and short CV (max one side of A4) along with up to 4 images (include descriptions of size and medium of your work) to by 5pm 10 February 2016.

Selected artists will receive a modest fee for participation.

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Open Call

December 9, 2015

We are looking for a talented visual artist, sound artist or musician to deliver a workshop at R-Space Gallery on Saturday 6 February 2016 as part of our ‘VISIONING Weekender’.

The workshop should be related to sound or moving images in some way and should be fun, creative and engaging for the participants.

VISIONING at R-Space is now in it’s third year and is a short programme of audio-visual installations, performances and screenings. In 2015 we condensed the programme into a weekend event of multimedia performances and short films and this year we are offering this opportunity for an experiential workshop to be delivered as part of the VISIONING Weekender 2016.

We can offer a fee of £150 for delivering the afternoon workshop (including materials).

If you are interested, please email us at with details of your proposal and your artist CV which should include details of other workshops you have delivered.

Deadline for applications 31st December 2015


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Culture Night 2015

September 2, 2015

Friday 18 September 2015 6-9pm


Join us  for a packed evening of creativity, hospitality and entertainment.


Opening of On Your Marks, an exhibition showing interim work from a collaborative exploration of Irish and Swedish linen heritage. Introduction by textile artist Helen McAllister at 7pm. Meet participating artists from Dublin and Malmo, Sweden. Hear artist Margareta Bergstrand’s presentation on the history of Swedish linen at 7.30pm.


Introducing Brian, a short film by Nicholas Keogh, screening in the basement throughout the evening.


InfoRm, the new monthly lecture series at R-Space will be launched on the night.


Wille Drennan will perform live in the courtyard from 8pm with street artists on site and live blogging too.


All events are free to attend – we look forward to welcoming you to R-Space.




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August 27, 2015

Starting at R-Space this autumn, a series of informal monthly lectures.

Join us for the launch on Culture Night, Friday 18 September, 6-9pm.

Season 1: Autumn 2015

24 September: Dr Christopher Laughlin: William Todd Jones, radical MP

Eventbrite - InfoRm: Dr Chistopher Laughlin


29 October: Anthea McWilliams: Cultural and historical legacy of Lisburn’s Sir Richard Wallace

Eventbrite - InfoRm: Anthea McWilliams


26 November: Amanda Croft: Contemporary Textile Art

Eventbrite - InfoRm: Amanda Croft


Inform runs on the last Thursday of the month, 7.30-9.30pm.

Tickets £5 on the door or via Eventbrite, includes refreshments.

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Open Call – Materials Messages Meaning #4 2015

August 19, 2015

Materials, Messages & Meaning #4    2015

R-Space Gallery invites submissions from Northern Ireland artists in response to the theme: “Nothing is ever as it seems”

“The world is seldom what it seems; to man, who dimly sees, realities appear as dreams, and dreams realities”. Samuel Johnston

Materials Messages & Meaning 2015 will be our fourth group exhibition exploring artists’ and makers’ different approaches to the materials they choose to work with and why; the messages they wish to convey using those materials; what those messages are and the methods of production and process they use to make the work.

Material is a broad term for the (chemical) substance, or a mixture of substances that constitute a thing, this could also include other artforms, spoken or written word.

A message is a discrete unit of communication intended by the source for consumption by some recipient or group of recipients. A message may be delivered by various means, including courier, telegraphy, carrier pigeon and electronic bus.

In linguistics, meaning is what the source or sender expresses, communicates, or conveys in their message to the observer or receiver, and what the receiver infers from the current context.

Deadline for submissions – September 18th 2015
Exhibition Dates 17th October – 13th November 2015
Five selected artists will receive a fee for a talk and exhibiting work.
Worked to be delivered to gallery by October 13th 2015

Please send your proposal, artist statement and CV (no longer than one side of A4 each), along with up to 5 images of your work to Include dimensions and details of media used.  

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Donaghadee Workshops

July 23, 2015

imageLinen Futures is supported by a programme of workshops, hosted by Jane McCann in Donaghadee. Learn from the artists themselves in a glorious seaside location.

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Now, We are Three!

August 15, 2014


Dear Friends of R-Space,

We would like to invite you to attend our third birthday party on Tuesday 19th August from 3pm – 4pm.
We are celebrating our third year of Arts Council NI funding as well as the launch of our 2014-15 programme of exhibitions.
We would be delighted if you can make it!
Robert Martin, Anthea McWilliams & Rob Hilken

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Materials. Messages & Meaning 2014

July 29, 2014

Open Call for Northern Irish artists to respond to the theme “Lightness”


Deadline for submissions – Friday 22nd August 2014, 5pm


Exhibition open: 13th September 2014 – 11th October 2014


light·ness1  [lahyt-nis]


  1. the state or quality of being light in weight: the amazing lightness of the new metal.
  2. the quality of being agile, nimble, or graceful.
  3. lack of pressure or burdensomeness.
  4. lack of seriousness; levity in actions, thoughts, or speech: That kind of lightness seemed out of place.
  5. gaiety of manner, speech, style, etc.; cheerfulness: His lightness was just what the party needed.


R-Space Gallery would like to invite artists from Northern Ireland to submit proposals for our annual open exhibition – Materials, Messages & Meaning.

The exhibition will be a group show of four artists and makers with different approaches to the materials they choose to work with, the messages and meaning they wish to convey using those materials and the methods and processes they use to make the work.

Proposals may also include a workshop or performance. Selected artists will receive a fee for taking part.

Please email your proposal with up to 5 JPG images and an artist statement/bio to



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