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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R-Space Board Of Trustees recognised for Good Leadership, Governance and Commitment

This article was posted on November 30, 2018

The Leadership and Good Governance Awards, organised by VSB Foundation in partnership with CO3, Investec and Volunteer Now celebrate voluntary organisations which are working hard to improve their governance.  

At the Awards Ceremony in  Stormont, Denise Hayward, Chief Executive, Volunteer Now said: “Congratulations to all three organisations on winning this year’s Leadership and Good Governance Awards within their categories: Action Mental Health (Large Organisation), Parenting NI (Medium Organisation) and R Space Gallery (Small Organisation). It is great to see organisations recognising the need for Leadership and Good Governance in delivering high quality services.  Good governance underpins all we do in Charities in Northern Ireland so well done to all the nominees.”

Nora Smith, CEO, CO3 commented “The Governance and Leadership Awards have substantially grown in profile.  Now in their 3rd year this is the perfect platform to recognise and reward leadership and good governance at Board level.  We all know that charity governance makes a huge difference and by sharing examples of truly inspirational boards through these Awards it is fantastic recognition of their leadership, commitment and hard work.    By shining a spotlight on the best of the sector, we can demonstrate how effective governance can transform a charity and even more of the lives of its beneficiaries.”

Robert is delighted with this award and wishes to thanks the R-Space Team, fantastic Board of trustees and Volunteer Now for their recognition. “From hosting the first ever Linen Biennale to becoming registered as a Charity, R-Space has had an incredibly exciting year of growth. This award underpins the efforts we have made this year and as such, we hope to strengthen and develop our services throughout 2019 and beyond”.

To find out more on Good Governance, please see www.diycommitteeguide.org.



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Open Call – Re: New Wallace Collection #2

This article was posted on October 11, 2018

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 www.wallacecollection.org)  
  2. A solo exhibition at R-Space in February 2019 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. See http://www.rspacelisburn.com/renew-wallace-collection/ for details.

Deadline for submissions:
Tuesday 6 November at 12 noon
Exhibition Dates:
2 February – 1 March 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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Volunteer call out for Linen Opera extras!

This article was posted on 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.

This article was posted on 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!

This article was posted on June 01, 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

This article was posted on May 09, 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.

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