R-Space Continuing to provide support to the community thanks to National Lottery Funding

This article was posted on July 14, 2020

R-Space Gallery in Castle Street, Lisburn, has received £47,000 from Arts Council National Lottery funds to support their re-opening in Lisburn City amid the COVID-19 pandemic with a deferred annual programme commencing on 12 September 2020.  The grant will allow R-Space to continue to provide its regular artistic services including exhibitions, workshops and activities, engaging with local artists, community groups and members of the public.

Alan Clarke, Chairman of the R-Space Board of Trustees comments on R-Space activity “Thanks to the Arts Council and National Lottery players, we have been able to adapt our services and prepare to reopen R-Space Gallery following a challenging time for the arts. We have had wonderful feedback from our community and are looking forward to welcoming familiar faces and new visitors to the Gallery.”

Like R-Space, other charities and organisations across the UK that have been affected by the unprecedented impact of the coronavirus outbreak are being given access to a comprehensive package of support of up to £600 million of repurposed money from The National Lottery. This will support some of the most vulnerable people in our communities and span the arts, community, charity, heritage, education, environment and sports sectors.

Noirin McKinney, Director at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented, “The National Lottery has always supported projects that help people and communities across the UK thrive. And now, the funds available are switching focus to support communities, arts, heritage, sport, education and the environment to mitigate the unprecedented pressure they are coming under as we all rally to overcome COVID-19. This project is just one fantastic example of how Arts Council National lottery funds are helping to support artists and arts organisations across Northern Ireland to reach out, share their work and keep communities engaged in these unprecedented times.”

The National Lottery is playing a critical role in supporting people, projects and communities during these challenging times

Thanks to National Lottery players, £30 million is raised every week for good causes many of whom will be supporting the most vulnerable in communities across the UK during the Coronavirus crisis. By playing The National Lottery, you are making an amazing contribution to the nationwide-response to combatting the impact of COVID-19 on local communities across the UK.

To find out more about the range of funding support announced by National Lottery distributors across the UK to date, visit the National Lottery Good Causes website www.lotterygoodcauses.org.uk/coronavirus-pandemic-response

For further information about R-Space Gallery, images and engagement opportunities, please contact: Mags White via rspace@linenroomslisburn.com www.rspace@linenroomlisburn.com

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R-Space reopening plans

This article was posted on June 23, 2020

We are delighted to confirm that R-Space will reopen on 12 September 2020 with the Preview of Re: New Wallace #3, new work by artist Robert Peters responding to his residency at The Wallace Collection, supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

There will of course be many measures in place to ensure your safety as we adapt to the challenging circumstances, but most importantly we would like to thank you thank you for all your support and encouragement over the last few months. We very much look forward to welcoming you back to R-Space!!

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MMM#8 Postponed – Covid-19 update

This article was posted on March 18, 2020

R-Space Management and Board have taken the decision to postpone our next two exhibitions due to the ongoing Covid-19 concerns. We look forward to rescheduling this later in the year, and hope all our artists, partners and friends stay safe and well in the coming weeks.

In the meantime, advice from the Arts Council Of Northern Ireland for artists and patrons can be found here.

Our sincerest apologies for any inconvenience this may cause, and we look forward to seeing you at the Gallery when we re-open for business.

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Open Call : MMM#8

This article was posted on January 09, 2020

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


Word family: (noun) obviousness (adjective) obvious (adverb) obviously 

  1. easy to notice or understand, it is obvious (that), obvious to
  2. behaving in a way that shows you want something very badly, when other people think this behaviour is not suitable.
  3. the/an obvious choice
  4. the obvious thing (to do)
  5. state the obvious


VERBS: seem/appear obvious, sound obvious, become obvious.

NOUNS: an obvious reason, an obvious example, an obvious question, the obvious answer.

ADVERBS: glaringly/blindingly obvious, transparently/patently/blatantly obvious, painfully obvious,

immediately obvious, fairly/quite obvious.

Artists / makers based in Northern Ireland, at any stage of their career, working in any media, will be selected from an open call as part of our Materials, Messages and Meaning series, and will receive a fee for a talk and exhibiting work.

Now in its eighth year, 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:     Thursday 6th February by 4pm

Exhibition Dates:                     28th March – 24th April 2020

Please send a short CV and explanation (no longer than one side A4) of your practice, and how it fits in with the theme obvious, plus 4 high resolution images of your work. Include dimensions and details of media used to Robert at rspace@linenroomslisburn.com 

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Re:New Wallace #3 Open Call

This article was posted on November 12, 2019


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 in early 2020 (by arrangement and in conjunction with Anthea McWilliams at R-Space Gallery and the staff of The Wallace Collection – see www.wallacecollection.org)  
  2. A solo exhibition at R-Space in May / June 2020 celebrating the life and collection 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. Year 1 was extremely successful with artist Alison Lowry responding to the Wallace armoury through her own practice as a Glass Artist, and in Year 2 artist Vincent McDonnell exhibiting a set of ceramic bells which related to different elements in the Wallace collection.

See http://www.rspacelisburn.com/re-new-wallace-2/ for details of last year’s exhibition.

Deadline for submissions:     Monday 2 December 2019 at 5pm
Exhibition Dates:                     16 May – 12 June 2020

Applicants will be contacted regarding the success of their submission by Friday 6 December 2019.

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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Linen Biennale 2020 – Open Call

This article was posted on September 27, 2019

Open Call/Expressions of Interest

Following on from the success of N.Ireland’s inaugural Linen Biennale in 2018, Lisburn’s R-Space Gallery is at the Planning & Fundraising stage for next year’s events programme and is seeking Contributors, Collaborators, Partners, Researchers and Businesses to help us realise the second Linen Biennale N.Ireland , 1st of August – 31st of October 2020*.

The team at R-Space are inviting expressions of interest from individuals and organisations who would like to be involved, participate in or contribute to the 2020 programme. 

The three themes of Recall, Rethink, Reform will once again form the basis of enquiry and delivery.

If you have a specific idea, please send us details about your proposed events, with any provisional dates/info by Friday the 31st October 2019, Max 1 A4 page including your name and contact info and please specify how any project will be funded/supported.

We will respond to all proposals/suggestions by the end of November 2019.

For further information, please visit our website to browse the 2018 programme and recently completed evaluation.

NB * Linen Biennale 2020 subject to confirmation of funding.

R-Space contact info.

Robert Martin 
R-Space Gallery
32 Castle Street
BT27 4XE

Charity no 106350
Company no 610493

Tel 028 9266 3179
e-mail linenbiennale@gmail.com

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We are recruiting!

This article was posted on August 23, 2019

R-Space are now recruiting for the role of Board Trustee, initially co-opted for a period of 6 months, with expectation to become a voluntary director of R-Space Gallery Limited, a company limited by guarantee and a registered charity. Company No NI610493
Deadline: 12/9/19

About our organisation 

R-Space Gallery is a visual arts and cultural space, presenting and commissioning a programme of exhibitions and arts based activity based in The Linen Rooms, in the heart of Lisburn’s Historic Quarter.  Our programme encourages participation and engagement with local and international artists, promoting visual art, contemporary craft and a variety of art forms, including community arts collaboration.  This is underpinned by our contemporary ground floor gallery / workshop / creative space located within a listed heritage building.  Our ambition is to restore further aspects of this characterful building to expand our creative offering and enhance our organisational sustainability.


Meetings take place at R-Space Gallery, 32 Castle Street, Lisburn, BT27 4XE. 

Description of Duties
The role of the Board is to set the strategic direction for the organisation and support the team involved in delivery of current and new programme activity, set in the context of good corporate governance and promotion of the objects of R-Space Gallery as a registered charity – CCNI No106350. 
The Board wish to recruit additional Board members to help drive a new phase of growth based on our Mission Statement; ‘R-Space Gallery is an innovative charity that fosters arts, culture and heritage to enhance the wellbeing, education and fulfilment of all’. 

Profile of candidates sought (knowledge, skills and experience) 

R-Space Gallery is seeking new Trustees who can help motivate and enable individuals and volunteers to see how their efforts can contribute to the overall vision for the charity ‘To be a welcoming pro-active space in Lisburn City, delivering valuable and fulfilling creative and cultural experiences for all’. 
Trustees can bring attributes and gain experience in any of the following areas;
For example:  

  • Business / Professional or Administrative / Financial experience
  • Awareness of Corporate Governance and / or Project Management
  • Interest in Arts / Culture / Heritage and /or Community Engagement
  • Confidence to represent R-Space ethos and enjoy social networking

Opportunity to develop personal and professional experience of 3rd Sector

Approx. Time Commitment 
Board meetings are bi-monthly, mostly evenings, lasting approximately 2.5 hours. Choice of Sub-Group participation that meet generally quarterly.
The Board would particularly welcome Trustee approaches from women and from people with experience in the fields of finance, funding and marketing.

How to apply or to seek further info 

Please email rspace@linenroomslisburn.com to request a short expression of interest / application form. 
Contact Alan Clarke 07808718765

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This article was posted on March 13, 2019

R-Space Gallery is pleased to announce it has received Making Art In Communities and Arts Encounters funding from Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council’s Arts Service, and private sponsorship from JP Corry Lisburn, to support the a new Urban Art Project.

The project, which is now underway, is an intergenerational urban art project on self-esteem, identity and place. Artist Jonny McKerr has been working with the youth group ‘Diversity’ and Stephen Mackey has been providing sessions to the Men’s Shed Group, both based in Resurgam Trust Lisburn. The Men’s Shed group have made a skateboard ramp (with materials subsidised by JP Corry, Lisburn) which is being customised by the younger group, who will also be making their own urban artworks.

These items will be showcased at R-Space Gallery as part of the Leo Boyd’s ‘The Ghost in the Screen’ exhibition from 23 March – 19 April.

Participants have been encouraged to to express their own sense of identity and place in their designs. The aim of the project has been to encourage creativity within this community, enhancing self esteem and pride in their surroundings, and therefore providing a positive learning experience and increasing wellbeing and social inclusion.

“The DECKD Project is a wonderful example of how R-Space has embraced partnership working with our valued funders Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council, host group Resurgam Trust, and private business sponsors JP Corry, in a project that has far reaching community benefits.

As a newly registered charity we trust that this will be an example of what we plan to roll out in the future for the benefit of communities in Lisburn City and beyond.”

Alan Clarke, Chair of R-Space Board of Trustees

‘The Ghost In The Screen’ preview featuring Resurgam Trust Youth artwork will take place on Saturday 23 March 2-4pm at R-Space, 32 Castle Street Lisburn. Entry is free; all welcome.

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Open Call : MMM#7

This article was posted on February 12, 2019

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

Body Language

…the gestures, movements, and mannerisms by which a person or animal communicates with others.

…in Indian art, whether in reference to poetry, painting or music, the operative word is rasa or “juice” and the person who responds to a work of art would inevitably taste its “juice” or “flavour”

Amit Chaudhuri : unpublished thesis on D H Lawrence

…to go beyond art into the dance of life itself

Tom Paulin’s Masterclass

Artists / makers based in Northern Ireland, at any stage of their career, working in any media, will be selected from an open call as part of our Materials, Messages and Meaning series, and will receive a fee for a talk and exhibiting work.

Now in its seventh year, 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:     Tuesday 5 March by 4pm

Exhibition Dates:                     27 April to 24 May 2019

Please send an explanation (no longer than one side A4) of your practice, and how it fits in with the theme Body Language, plus 4 high resolution images of your work. Include dimensions and details of media used to Robert at rspace@linenroomslisburn.com

Naked to the sky
What you hide
What is veiled
All will be revealed

Time in the body Corinne Diserens

Every day, perhaps every hour, I touch my radio or record player

Richard Hamilton, Artist

Quality, Chief part, Band, Mater, Object, Structure, Corpse, Person, Savouriness, Print type, Corporation

A vocabulary and way of using it. Method of expression. System of symbols. Words and their use. Person’s style of expressing. Oaths and abusive talk. Strong language

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DECKD Project launches in Lisburn

This article was posted on February 08, 2019

Friday 8 February saw the launch of DECKD, an R-Space and The Resurgam Trust partnership, kindly supported by Lisburn & Castlereagh City CouncilJP Corry and Arts Council of Northern Ireland National Lottery fund. 

Stephen Mackey Artist and JMK ART will be working with the Men’s Shed group and The Resurgam Youth Initiative to build a skate ramp and create urban art works which will be displayed as part of our upcoming Leo Boyd exhibition.

Huge thanks to our sponsors, artists and to Resurgam for hosting this project – we can’t wait to see the finished results!

Further updates about the project can be found on the R-Space Facebook page

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