What We Do
The 2021 NIMHAF programme is now live!
~ Throughout Festival ~
‘Tanimai’ is my response to the notion of loneliness.
Inspired by my memories of nature, growing up in Sri Lanka, and more recent reflections during ‘lockdown’.
An exhibition of drawings, paintings, mixed media and photography created during the pandemic on Zoom through workshops with adults with an acquired brain injury
Exhibition exploring the theme of portraits by a group of individuals who have an acquired brain injury.
'Let Your Imagination Flow' animation created by Brain Injury Matters participants, staff and families.
'You Do Not Know What You Have Missed' explores the idea of loneliness through the gaze of a parallel limbo of time.
'The Sound of Silence' creates a visualisation of how loneliness can make a person feel: invisible and isolated.
'Moon and Branches' is a photograph created during a late night walk.
'The Clearing' is a short dance film produced by the Northern Ireland Institute of Human Relations’ Psychoanalytic Art Project.
'Field Walk 040121' is a sound walk recorded from the 'point of hearing' of the artist, following his journey along a pilgrim route.
A new pie based on an old-fashioned make-do family dish called and including wild ingredients.
Conversation / Lozenges is a collaborative artwork created by Autumns’ Christian Donaghey and visual artist Damo Laughlin.
Double bill of film premieres by Colm Laverty and Documenta.
'A Message To Darkness' is a short documentary about the creative output of Aidan Vischer, an artist living in Belfast.
The benefits of music and comedy, told through musical comedy. Tunes, facts and more in this NIMHAF special from Emer Maguire.
Film exploring moments of loneliness, aloneness and connection. In these spaces, we experience the pain and joy of being deeply human and discover the possibility of finding freedom in our own skin.
Dance artist Helen Hall Arts explores a brief moment in time when she finds herself alone.
A moment to simply breathe.
A selection of constructed photographs on the theme of loneliness and an exhibition at The Strand Arts Centre.
He can't spell it, but he sure as hell can write about it. Read Joe's thoughts on the theme of loneliness: from Forster (Robert of course, no, not that one) to Bowie, to Joe himself.
Honest account on the effects of brain injury and the theme of loneliness from Kieran Stewart.
Also featuring a podcast and artwork.
Leo Lardie writes movingly and with great humour on stand-up, loneliness, how we see ourselves and others, and lots more.
Working with ideas of isolation, loneliness, connectivity and relationship - through dance.
Hanna presents this series in the form of digital placards: 'Necessary Generalisations for a Utopian'
A conversation on art and mental health with a panel of specially-invited guests:
'Art of Conversation'.
Three images and a sound piece in response, by Paddy McKeown.
An hour long music-led yoga practice. Follow along at your own pace with this session made specially for NIMHAF 2021.
Using illustration, music and voice ,“One” looks at the solidarity found when experiencing loneliness, offering moments of verbatim advice gathered from a range of people of varying ages.
Ruairi Fallon McGuigan weaves together poetry and drawing in this unique creation.
New work from Ruth, based on an extract of a personal journal, written when experiencing recurring mental health issues during the winter lockdown.
Follow Sal's cook-along for kids (and fans of cranberry and orange chocolate truffles!). This nutrition-led cookery class can be taken from the comfort of your own home.
Brought together by a shared love of showband music and drama, the group perform a mix of songs, old and new, stories from retired musicians, poetry and vignettes.
It took years to be initiated into the mysteries of '7 Card Brag'. Like all the best games, everyone has their own interpretation of the rules...
Let Trisha guide you through the creation of your very own 'Mini Mindful Garden' in this hands-on workshop.
Wee Nulz was invited by the festival to create a piece on the theme of loneliness in association with Framewerk.
~ open calls ~
Artists responded to our open call with visual art, video, text and audio - visit our virtual 'Loneliness' exhibition now.
Read the winning entries from our open call for poems on the theme of 'Loneliness'.
We couldn't get the Walker Brothers out of our heads so we asked for your help. YouTube and Spotify 'Loneliness' playlists built from your suggestions.
View all shortlisted poems on an interactive map.
If you've picked up a #NIMHAF2021 origami bird, here's how to fold it. Also, details on this year's publication.
~ scheduled events ~
Sabi has created a special episode on the theme of 'Loneliness' for her show 'Substrata' on Dublin Digital Radio. Tune in to listen live on your radio, or preview now.
Sign up to join a special NIMHAF 'Figure This' virtual and live life-drawing session
Join modern artist Ruth Bate in his studio for a special Instagram Live edition of his YouTube show 'Painting With Ruth Bate'.
Spark Opera Company brings #operasingersofinstagram alive with songs and arias tailored to suit you and your mood.
Join expert special FX make-up artist Connie McGrath for this live Zoom session using kitchen cupboard ingredients.
'Life Goes On' and other work by Jacqueline will be shared and discussed by the artist during her Instagram takeover.
Join Fears and friends for a Friday night Zoom disco to celebrate the release of her debut album Oíche.
The MINDS DJs are having a party! Shake along to the official Festival Party DJs in this live NIMHAF 2021 special.
James Joyce's daughter Lucia’s writing is interpreted by a cast of international dance artists, conjuring her world between 1915 and 1950.