Showing posts with label Ulster Museum. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ulster Museum. Show all posts

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Ulster Museum: 1914-2014: Evolution amidst Revolution

Ulster Museum: 1914-2014: Evolution amidst Revolution is an exhibition, curated by Rosaleen Hickey, celebrating the architectural history of the Ulster Museum over the last 100 years.

Featuring rarely seen archival drawings, photographs and footage of the museum, the exhibition sheds new light on one of Belfast’s most iconic buildings. The Ulster Museum: 1914-2014: Evolution amidst Revolution is part of Absorbing Modernity 1914-2014 a series of events celebrating modernist architecture in Northern Ireland as part of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queens inspired by this year’s Venice Architecture Biennale and the British Pavilion’s A Clockwork Jerusalem.

The exhibition opens on Friday 17 October, 6pm - 8pm in the Belfast Room at the Ulster Museum. All welcome and refreshments served. Tours take place 23 & 30 October at 1pm from the atrium led by architectural historian and exhibition curator, Rosaleen Hickey. Exhibition continues until Saturday 1 November (Closed Mondays).

In partnership with the Ulster Museum & supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the British Council.

For more information on Absorbing Modernity events please visit the Belfast Festival at Queens website.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Free Lecture: Heritage & Development - The Polish Experience | Thurs 6 Sept, 12.30pm

Polish Cultural Week are hosting a free public lecture in partnership with the Ulster Museum, the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Edinburgh, Polish Cultural Institute in London and PLACE. 

Professor Dr. Jacek Purchla will present "Heritage and Development - The Polish Experience" on Thursday 6th September at 12.30pm.

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For more information or to book email: [email protected].

Light lunch will be served after the lecture.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

PLACE Urban Design Summer School Day Four | Urban Design & Building Visits

The PLACE Urban Design Summer School is a week long event for 14 - 20 years olds to explore architecture, design, public art, sketching, photography, urban history and more! The week offers the 27 young people registered a chance to learn about the built environment through exciting workshops, fascinating tours and more!

The Summer School is a part of 'out of PLACE' in Ireland's tallest building, The Obel. With support from Karl Group and McConnell Property PLACE are occupying the ground floor with fantastic views over-looking the River Lagan until September. Out of PLACE will also host the 'Secret Laboratories' exhibition and the 'RSUA President's Medal: The Shortlist' exhibition.

Let's see what everyone got up to on day four with a particular focus on Urban Design and some exciting Building Visits...

Tuesday, 9 November 2010

Brutalist Building Visit and Workshop

The Ulster Museum

On Saturday 16th November Aisling Shannon introduced a group of young children to one of the most controversial architectural styles of the twentieth century. She explored the basic concept and aesthetic of Brutalism through a hands-on cast- making workshop and a tour around Belfast’s most iconic Brutalist building; the Ulster Museum.

Casting in progress

Children enjoyed creating their own personalised plaster casts in the Brutalist mould and - whilst their creations were setting - they learnt more about the design of the museum with a guided tour of the building with Aisling. The event culminated in the unveiling and exhibition of the casts. Both children and parents went away with both an original piece of Brutalist art and an insight into this most challenging of styles.

The unveiled casts

Written by Rosaleen Hickey
Photography by Amberlea Neely

Thursday, 21 October 2010

FAB Event: An Epoch Translated into Space

Paddy Lawson's role in the design of the Ulster Museum extension is explored in An Epoch Translated into Space at the Meter House tomorrow evening, Friday 22nd October

Our colleagues at the Forum for Alternative Belfast invite you to a special event for the Belfast Festival tomorrow night...

Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s
An Epoch translated into Space
A short first cut film, talk and discussion
The Meter House @ The Gasworks
Friday 22nd October, 6.00pm
Tickets £6 available from Festival Box Office (75 University Road), by phone 028 9097 1197 or online at

In 1963 a young architecture student from Portaferry saw an announcement for a competition to design the extension to the Ulster Museum in Belfast. Ten Years later Paddy Lawson handed over the keys of the new building.

As the critic Shane O'Toole asserts, the “cubist sculptural tour de force is internationally renowned for its daring and prescient splicing together of old and new”.

While working in the Greater London Council Lawson met a number Eastern European architects who exposed him to more central European modernism including the early work of Mies van der Rohe and his monument to socialist Rosa Luxemburg who was murdered in 1919. This monument with its Constructivist brick masses built in 1926 was torn down by the Nazis in 1935.

The suspended masses of concrete floating over the Botanic Garden in Belfast resonate through time with Mies's iconic image.

“Architecture is the will of the people translated into space” Mies van der Rohe

The role of Paddy Lawson in this building has never been fully acknowledged. Through documentary, original drawings, photographs and discussion the Forum for Alternative Belfast tell this unknown story.
Paddy Lawson will attend the event.

In conjunction with Factotum and Batik.

Not to be missed!

Friday, 8 May 2009

Ulster Museum progress

The press were given a sneak preview of the new Ulster Museum earlier in the week.

Culture Northern Ireland have an article and a video showing you round the interior, and interviews with Tim Cooke, chief executive of National Museums Northern Ireland, and Dr Jim McGreevy, director of collections and interpretations.

Update: The Ulster Museum is the 20th Century Society's current Building of the Month.