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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William Eastwood Photography

March 18, 2014

William Eastwood is a Photography and Graphic-Design student in the first year of his HND and the model in the pictures is Philip Jones, a Photography and Graphic-Design student in his final year of the HND course at SERC Lisburn.

William writes “I would like to say thank you again for the opportunity to use the R Space Gallery for my photography project. My project is based around urban/street environments, using them as a backdrop for my models. By using the off-camera flash as a source of light, I can get studio-style lighting outside and this, combined with the ambient light from the sun, can create some great photos. ”

All Photographs © William Eastwood, 2014

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Interview with Sarah Warsop

March 11, 2014

flyer for workshop

Fame Magazine recently interviewed Sarah Warsop about her forthcoming exhibition at R-Space. You can find a full transcript of the interview online here

Sarah is a jeweller and a choreographer. Her gold and silver jewellery is hand-made, every element hand forged on small stakes to create one off pieces. Each resulting sculpture has a dance at it’s heart.

She uses her own choreography to make limited edition collections and accepts commissions, working closely with each client to create a piece of jewellery which holds within it a personal, dynamic story.

This exhibition comprises a selection of her work including jewellery, drawings, and artist film, plus an artist talk aimed at professional Makers, Artists and Dancers. M.A.D.?.

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Sarah Warsop – Workshop

February 19, 2014

For professional makers
and dance makers/dancers


Thursday 10 April 2014
10.30am – 4.30pm


  • Max 10 participants 
  • Registration essential: please phone to book place 
  • Cost: £10 (payable on the day)


When we make movement where do we start?

If dance is just the beginning of a process, where can it take us next? Using the making of her film ‘Lying in Wait’ (2009)* as a starting point, Sarah will show how simple words and text can be the springboard to create a piece of dance, a series of drawings and a collection of jewellery objects.

During the workshop we will look at the motivation for moving and the physicality in mark making, and how perhaps we can see and interpret these marks.

SarahWarsop studio RSpace

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Jon Adams – Artist talk & Workshops

January 28, 2014

combined picture jpeg webAs part of our next exhibition ‘Asperger’s, Science/Art’, artist Jon Adams will be giving a talk about his work and will run two workshops that allow the public to gain a greater understanding of his work and how Asperger’s syndrome can be both a gift and a disability.

Artist talk

Saturday 1st Feb, 3pm

Workshops: “Layers of our Lives”

Monday 3rd Feb, 2 – 4pm
Tuesday 4th Feb, 2 – 4pm

Maximum 10 participants + Carers where appropriate
Booking required: please phone Anthea or Robert for more details and to book places (groups of & individuals welcome, 16 years +, free of charge)

The workshops will explore how to produce a graphic representation of everyday ordinary data by creating a time-line in a geological field diary format.

A lot of people keep a diary to record key events or important things to remember. This workshop will focus on showing you how to mark events, from the seemingly insignificant to the life-changing, in a visual way by mapping a single day, a week, a month or whatever time period you choose. Previous workshop participants have created graphics from single events such as a trip to the Isle of Wight through to mapping the whole Dr Who series.
Jon Adams is a trained geologist, a collector of objects that remind him of important memories, who systemizes and uses geological metaphor to create the imagery seen in his exhibition. He is keen to share his love of autobiostratigraphy (translation: Your Life-time Time-line) to enable participants to create layers relating to their own story or interests in a graphic way.

About the Artist:

International Artist Jon Adams’ fine art practice draws upon a wide range of materials and processes which include photography, video, sound recording and digital sound and visual manipulation, 3D installations, traditional sculpture and illustration. Jon is currently a Research Fellow in Disability Arts within the Faculty of CCi at the University of Portsmouth. His work includes themes of hidden disability and positive dyslexia and Asperger’s awareness combined with a subversive or geological context.

pdf_icon Download our Press Release for this exhibition here

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