The Garden Project

The Garden Project runs for the whole summer and builds on the ideas of growth and regeneration prevalent in the city.

The project consists of a group exhibition of four artists; Miriam de Burca/Belfast, Aoife Desmond/Dublin, Sandy Smith/Glasgow and Rupert White/Cornwall, in Catalyst Arts. Running alongside, is an extensive programme of events and activities taking place in the gallery, around the city and further afield.

The focus of the Garden Project is (re)development, with workshops such as seed-bomb making, sandcastle building, moss graffiti and visits from organic farmers and environmental consultants. It is hoped that the influence of these workshops, events and gatherings will extend beyond the timeframe of the project itself, resulting in a greater long-term awareness of our current environment and the city of Belfast.

The exhibition will be focused on the specifics of place, relating the themes of the project to the city, to the gallery space and to the nature of Catalyst itself.

Urban renewal, architectural injustice, botanical anarchy and larking about on the river are all on the cards for this summer long series of events!


Calendar of workshops, events and fun:

Masks and Hats workshop followed by a garden party barbeque on the terrace and live music.
Mon 30 Jun 3pm
£4 / 6 – suitable for all ages
(price includes materials and bbq)

Catalyst in the Box – 1 of 2 night of artist’s film/video screenings followed by live music from TBC
Thu 10 Jul 8pm
£10

Urban Gardening (info event and action with artist Kevin Flannagan)
Tue 15 Jul 6pm
No charge

Super 8 film screening and conversation – screening of film made by artist Aoife Desmond during initial stages of the Garden Project. The artist and gallery would particularly like to hear from members of the Belfast Naturalists Field Club for this event
Sat 19 Jul 7pm
No charge

WI Day – Afternoon tea and bake sale. Girls only.
Sat 26 Jul 12-3pm
No charge (to ladies!)

City Center Secret!
Sun 27 Jul, meet at Catalyst 5pm
No charge

Moss Graffiti masterclass with artist Kev Largey and the Urban Arts Academy
Tue 29 Jul 3pm
No charge

The Boating Party – A charity fundraiser. Catalyst hosts an evening soiree on the river with music, dancing, mojito’s and magic from special guest, Alex Kazam. (fabulous dress code applies!)
Sat 2 Aug 6pm
£20 (limited tickets)

Catalyst in the Box – 2 of 2 night of artist’s film/video screenings followed by live music from TBC
Thu 7 Aug 8pm
£10

Seed bombs and Self watering vases with advice from organic farmer and environmental consultant.
Mon 4 Aug 3pm
£4
(price includes materials and open discussion/advice)

Tie dye workshop with BYO barbeque on the lawn.
Thu 14 Aug 3pm
£6
(price includes dye materials and entertainment – bring an apron/coverup and whatever you’d like to dye)

Sandcastle Competition judged by esteemed architects Declan Hill (Todd Architect) and Mark Hackett (Hackett and Hall)
Sat 16 Aug, meet at Catalyst 12pm
No entry fee, bring your own sandwiches and train fare for Helen’s bay.

Followed by Fundraiser Barbeque on Catalyst’s roof terrace with live calypso band.
£5 - towards Autumn programming.
The Garden Project


Event Title: The Garden Project
Contact Email: catalystarts@googlemail.com