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Michael Boyle gallery opens up with a rural feel

Michael Boyle Good Craic Gifts, 13 Church Street, Rostrevor, Until May 29. Daily 10am-5pm

By Elizabeth Baird

It's always great to see a new gallery space opening and this one, the first in the area, is above a craft shop.

And Michael Boyle is the first artist to present his work.

The shop, which has only been open since April 9, stocks an interesting range of arts and crafts including hand made cards, crochet work, jewellery and ceramics.

Michael Boyle is a local artist who paints a wide variety of subjects, from landscape and pubs, to farmyards, dancers and musicians. His soft, rather impressionistic style, avoids detail in favour of shape and colour, both of which he handles well with some very pleasing results.

Double Act: Art and Comedy

The MAC, Belfast

Until July 31. Mon-Sat, 10am-6pm. Sun, 1pm-6pm

The premise behind this exhibition is that 'comedy is important in shaping meaning ... and can help us negotiate the complexities of everyday life'. Certainly a good sense of humour and the ability to see the funny side is an invaluable asset throughout life but can it become art? This group of 18 artists, from culturally very different backgrounds, clearly think so.

Curated by David Campbell and Mark Durden and showing in all the MAC galleries, as well as in the Bluecoat in Liverpool, the project stems from their own explorations of 'the comedic influence within British culture'. Each of the artists involved share an interest in humour as a means of animating their art practice and connecting with an audience.

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