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Contemporary textiles show at R-Space

By Elizabeth Baird

Published 27/05/2016

John Behan's Curved Oar Boat
John Behan's Curved Oar Boat

What Do I Need to Do to Make it OK R-Space Gallery, 32 Castle Street, Lisburn Tomorrow until July 8. Tues-Sat, 11am-5pm This exhibition was launched in The Pump House Gallery in London in 2015 and has since been in several other venues with pieces being added as the tour unfolds.

Organised by contemporary curator Liz Cooper, this collection by five textile artists gives some insight into just how far this kind of work has come.

One of the artists, Freddie Robins, describes herself as 'an anarchic knitter' who 'deals with issues as opposed to fashion or function.' The show explores the themes of damage and repair through the processes of textile mending, a far cry, however, from the very basic 'sock mending'.

 

John Behan: Bronze Sculptures

The Mullan Gallery, Crescent Arts Centre, Belfast

Until Sunday

Born in Dublin in 1938, John Behan studied at the NCAD Dublin and has exhibited in Ireland all over the world and his works, like Curved Oar boat, (right) are held in prestigious private collections throughout the world.

He is generally credited with playing a major part in the development of sculpture in Ireland over the last 40 years.

His works are dramatic with a substantial physical presence yet they are somehow extremely spiritual.

It is wonderful to see them being exhibited in Belfast again, albeit for a few short days.

 

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