Culture Clash

Arts and Culture

In Arts & Culture we programme artistic events for students and the general public. Our work is extremely varied, ranging from lunchtime concerts to residencies, talks, masterclasses, screenings, workshops, exhibitions and festivals. Our work is largely allied to the University’s teaching and research in the arts and innovation, showcasing our own creative talent as well as visiting artists and practitioners of international distinction. Our year-round programme includes events that are linked to the development work of our colleagues in the Development and Alumni Relations Office (DARO).







DARO has an exciting programme of events. Please see below for more information 


Ulster University Artist Talk

Duncan Ross   

Due to unforeseen circumstances this event has now been postponed

Ulster University, Conor Lecture Theatre, Belfast campus

Duncan Ross contributed illustrations to The Vacuum newspaper in Belfast from 2002 to 2014. He has been involved in various forms of practice that can be described as public art, from co-directing a film screening organisation called Cinilingus, to working on ACNI Re-imaging Communities projects, to teaching an illustration course for Queen’s Open Learning programme. Duncan recently co-published a comic book called The Selfish Dream and currently runs a participatory drawing programme called The Tuesday Drawing Studio. He’s completing a practice-led PhD at the Belfast School of Art with a thesis on illustrative drawing within grassroots and communitarian forms of public art.

The artist aimnín wrote a sometimes regular column for The Vacuum called ‘Polite Fictions’. He had previously commissioned Duncan to design a header image for the column consisting of a pelvis and crossbones. For Beckenkopf, Duncan was invited by aimnín to repaint the logo on the artist’s head in front of a live audience.

This Lecture Programme is supported by the Development & Alumni Relations Office (Arts & Culture) Ulster University


Ulster University Music@ONE

Shaun Ryan   

25 April, 1pm - 2pm

Ulster University, The Great Hall, Magee campus

Shaun Ryan is Subject Director for Music at the Ulster University Magee Cmpus in Derry~Londonderry, where he has also been conductor of the University's Choir and Chamber Choir since 1999. As a pianist, Shaun has always enjoyed performing chamber music and has performed extensively, including at the Queen Elizabeth Hall on London's Southbank.

In 1996, as the keyboardist with the Dalriada Piano Trio, Shaun won the coveted 'Overall Exceptional Performance Prize' at the Belfast Festival. As a result of this win, the trio was selected by the British Federation of Festivals to represent Belfast at the 'Champion of Champions Festival' held in Warwick, England later that year. There, the trio won a gold medal for its interpretation of Maurice Ravel's Trio pour violon, violoncello et piano en la mineur. As part of this series of concerts, Shaun will be presenting a programme entitled 'piano miniatures', concentrating on some of the best-loved art pieces from the solo piano repertoire.


Ulster University Artist Talk

Dougal McKenzie   

27 April, 1pm - 2pm

Ulster University, Conor Lecture Theatre, Belfast campus

'This talk will look at the formation of a new body of work for an exhibition at The MAC, Belfast, in June 2017. The title of the talk is taken from a chapter in Alan Massie’s book ‘The Ragged Lion’- his partly fictional, partly factual account of Sir Walter Scott’s life. Having been interested in the idea of new approaches to history painting for some time, it felt right to deal with some histories closer to home for this exhibition.’

Dougal McKenzie was born in Edinburgh in 1968 and studied Painting and Drawing at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, before coming to Belfast in 1990 to undertake the MA in Fine Art.

He served on the first Catalyst Arts committee from 1994-96, before leaving to lecture at Limerick School of Art and Design for 7 years. He has exhibited twice at the John Moores Painting Prize in Liverpool, and was selected for the first MAC International in Belfast in 2014. His forthcoming exhibition ‘A Dream and an Argument’ takes place at The MAC in June 2017.

He has been a lecturer in painting at Belfast School of Art since 2011.

This Lecture Programme is supported by the Development & Alumni Relations Office (Arts & Culture) Ulster University


Ulster University Artist Talk

Sean O’Reilly   

5 May, 1pm - 2pm

Ulster University, Conor Lecture Theatre, Belfast campus

Sean O’Reilly is an artist and curator. He is the director of the Leitrim Sculpture Centre Located in the market town of Manorhamilton, North County Leitrim. The Leitrim Sculpture Centre is a major resource for the advancement of skills and knowledge in traditional, contemporary and experimental visual arts.

LSC supports the material practices of artists and furthers creative engagement with the wider contexts of place and community. At Leitrim Sculpture Centre, the programme evolves around a number of key activities including national and international artist-in-residencies,and exhibitions, masterclasses and workshops and community based activities.

This Lecture Programme is supported by the Development & Alumni Relations Office (Arts & Culture) Ulster University