Jacqueline Wylie: In Conversation

Jacqueline Wylie: In Conversation
10th February 2023
6pm – 7pm 

Join us for an informal gathering with artist Jacqueline Wylie for an exhibition tour and talk about her work and ideas, it’s a great way to start the weekend and find out more about this unique and talented artist’s work. 
Light refreshments will be served.

All welcome
Access Booking – To book your access requirements please email ash@universityofatypical.org 

Visit Us Atypical Gallery 
University of Atypical 
109 – 113 Royal Avenue, Belfast, BT1 1FF
Northern Ireland

Atypical Gallery – Open
Tuesday – Friday
 11am – 5.30pm
Call Us
t: 02890239450

Visit Us – Online
w: universityofatypical.org

Access Information
Ground floor & level. Loop system. Accessible toilet. Height adjustable sink. Hoist & changing bench. Audio described tours. Braille. Onsite defibrillator. Period products.
Sanitizer units and a warm welcome!

See you soon.

Cover Image: She Walks Rope, Jacqueline Wylie, 2022 
(Photo credit: Robert Cleland)

Claiming Space, Creating Space  Dr. Jacqueline Wylie 

About the exhibition
Claiming Space, creating space is a new solo exhibition by Dr. Jacqueline Wylie. Wylie is a multidisciplinary artist whose ideas are often shaped and informed by her background as an industrial archaeologist.
Wylie’s playful approach to art has a serious intent: to test the boundaries of what is valued and considered ‘art’ or ‘craft’.
She has a fondness for using inexpensive, easily accessible and ephemeral materials, with a longstanding passion for textiles inherited from her mother. During the first lockdown in 2020 Jacqueline made and distributed coloured chalks to children within her local area. This process fired an interest into her immediate neighbourhood and the desire to understand more about the history of the area and its people. 
Wylie’s earlier work used handknitting to explore the divide between craft and art. In 2021 she began a new series of knitted paintings that shifted her practice in a colourful direction. 

During lockdown she began researching the location of the rope walks in Ballymacarrett, East Belfast, referencing ordnance survey maps from the 1830s.  
In response to her findings, she made a durational, site-specific performance walk, using chalk to map the location of a historic rope walk within her community. These marks retrace the footprint of the ropewalk, travelling over modern roads and pavements close to a contested interface area.  

For Wylie, walking and drawing is a powerful way to uncover local industrial heritage. The Belfast Ropeworks Company was the world’s largest manufacturer of rope during the early 20th century, with a large proportion of the workforce being female. 

Here, women knitted on a grand scale, making fishing nets and landing nets during WW2. 
Traditional narratives tend to downplay women’s role in the workforce, so their significant contribution to ropemaking remains largely invisible and unremarked. It is striking that no physical trace of this important economic activity exists today apart from archival references.
For this exhibition Wylie was invited to respond to the NI Screen’s video archive and ordnance survey maps in an attempt to memorialise generations of anonymous men and women who walked rope into existence.

The University of Atypical for Arts and Disability would like to thank our funders: Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council & Department for Communities 

We would like to acknowledge contributions from:
Northern Ireland Screen
Digital Film Archive 
(Copyright ITV) 
Ordnance Survey NI

About the Artist
Dr. Jacqueline Wylie was born in Dungannon and has a practice based in East Belfast. She has exhibited regularly, locally and nationally and in recent years has participated as an artist internationally in Lisbon, Oldenburg and Škofja Loka on the Erasmus project titled Craft:In for University of Atypical. 
For further information checkout @jacqueline_wylie

Commune – Group Exhibition

Group Exhibition
1 December 2022 – 20 January 2023
Launch from 5pm – 8pm

Join us on Thursday the 1st of December 2022 for Late Night Art for an evening of cultural celebration, community and to mark our final exhibition of 2022. Commune brings together a selection of new work by artists commissioned by the University of Atypical’s D/deaf Disabled Artists Support Fund during the Covid pandemic in 2021.

This multidisciplinary exhibition reflects the dynamic practices of artists from the region who identify as D/deaf, disabled and neurodiverse showcasing their creativity and contribution to our cultural landscape. The DDASF Award was funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Department for Communities.

Commune features work by Jacqueline Holt, Sinéad O’Donnell, Sinead O’Neill Nichol, Paul Moore, Alexandra McCalmont, Joel Simon, Dara Condon, Alice Burns, Ita Watson, Vikkie Patterson, Johanna Leech, Billy Woods, Benen Dillon, Jacqueline Wylie, Shiro Masuyama, Jamie Baker, Adam Elder-Mullan, Ciaran Magill and Emma Campbell.

Please note we will be closed for the festive season from the 20th of December 2022 until the 5th of January 2022 inclusive.

Visit Us – Atypical Gallery
University of Atypical
109 – 113 Royal Avenue, Belfast, BT1 1FF
Northern Ireland

Gallery – Open
Tuesday – Friday
11am – 5.30pm

Call Us
t: 02890239450

Visit Us – Online
w: universityofatypical.org

Access Information
Ground floor & level. Loop system. Accessible shower toilet. Height adjustable sink. Hoist & changing bench. Audio described tours. Braille. Onsite defibrillator. Period products.
Sanitizer units and a warm welcome!
See you soon.

Image: Courtesy of the artist Paul Moore, Video still from A man walk into a room (2021)

Images of Incoming

The Images of Incoming exhibition is the result of a project which engaged with some 50 women from Northern Ireland and Canada. The Northern Ireland -Canadian project emerged from an initial partnership between Queen’s University Belfast’s Open Learning (Adult Education) Programme and the British Columbia’s Adult Education Department of University of Fraser Valley. The University of Atypical for Arts and Disability, Northern Ireland’s lead organisation on arts and disability, later joined the partnership to curate an exhibition of photographs from participants, facilitate the creation of an accessible website and make a documentary film – recognising the importance of accessible dissemination and impact.

The project participants were women from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures, from Africa to China to India and Pakistan, the Netherlands, Germany, Poland, Kosovo, Spain, Kurdistan, East Timor and Mauritius. The women took photographs to express their sense of exclusion and belonging in their new country and came together through a series of online workshops to discuss their images. The Northern Irish participants were able to gain Open Learning credits for their participation.

The rich insights of the project will help inform all those working with incomer people, including policy makers about what are the key issues and how they can be addressed.

The Queen’s University Belfast’s Open Learning (Adult Education) Department offers our thanks to everyone who contributed to the success of the Images of Incoming project and we are privileged that the participants have given so freely of their time and shared their experiences with us.

Professor Tess Maginess

Director, Queen’s University Belfast’s Open Learning (Adult Education) Programme

Dr Federica Ferrieri, Images of Incoming Project Co-ordinator

Queen’s University Belfast Open Learning Programme: The Open Learning Programme offers a wide range of adult education courses and research. The programme has three main strands: a large Humanities curriculum featuring daytime, evening, weekend and online courses meeting the needs of the community, a Continuing Professional Development Programme, delivered in partnership with voluntary and statutory organisations and an outreach projects programme focused on the Grand Challenges of our time, including migration and the wellbeing of older people, and developed in partnership with local, national and international partners.

University of Fraser Valley Adult Education Department: The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) Adult Education Department offers a wide array of programs including a Bachelor’s Degree in Adult Education, a Workplace Education (WE) Associate certificate and an Integrated Learning Design Associate certificate. UFV Adult Education Department also offers a certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language. These programs prepare students to work in any setting where adult learning takes place. This includes formal classroom settings, non-formal and informal settings such as the workplace. A diverse group of students from all over Canada participate in UFV’s Adult Education programs.

University of Atypical for Arts and Disability: The University of Atypical for Arts and Disability (UofA) is the lead sectoral organisation for arts and disability in Northern Ireland and plays a key role in increasing opportunities for D/deaf, disabled and Neurodiverse artists and audiences. UofA delivers a sectoral development programme in equality, access and inclusion and showcases the work of d/Deaf, disabled and Neurodiverse artists through the Atypical Gallery, Bounce Arts festival, and the Ledger Studio for performing arts. Learning programmes include EU wide research partnerships, Digital Horizon an arts based digital innovation scheme and British Sign Language courses for art workers.

QUB, UFV and UofA offer our thanks to our funders:

Queen’s University Belfast: ESRC Impact Acceleration Account, Engaged Research Seed Fund & SDG Research Fund

University of Fraser Valley: Strategic Initiative Grant, Faculty/Student, Research and Scholarly Activity Fund & SSHRC Explore Grant

University of Atypical for Arts and Disability: Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council & Department for Communities

Workshop Exploring melody, music and Rhythm – Project Sparks

Come along and explore melody, movement and rhythm with Project Sparks’ exceptionally talented disabled/neurodivergent mentors. Every voice and ability will shine in this inclusive music workshop, as participants explore their creativity through drumming, singing, xylophones and other inclusive instruments. Everyone will leave wanting more music in their lives!

Since 2017, Project Sparks’ Leaders (who have lived-experience of autism, learning-disability, Down’s syndrome, cerebral palsy and spina bifida) have mentored children and young people from Catholic, Protestant, rural and minority-ethnic communities from across County Derry, which is an unprecedented achievement in our community.

Supported by the Public Health Agency in partnership with Derry City & Strabane District Council.

Booking Required

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Bounce Arts Festival Launch – KIC & Tony Kaluarachchi

The Lord Mayor of Belfast and Chief Executive of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland will open the Bounce Arts Festival 2022.

The launch will include video messages from our partners Derry City and Strabane District Council and Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.

The Bounce launch will be an afternoon of celebration, fun, music and friendship featuring music by Tony Kaluarachchi and a performance by Kids In Control.

Light refreshments will be served.

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