The 2021 NIMHAF programme is now live!

~ Throughout Festival ~

Tanimai I.jpg
Throughout

Anushiya Sundaralingam:

'Tanimai I'

 

‘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’.

unexpected-happenings-exhibition.jpg
Throughout

Brain Injury Matters
@ Arts for All:

'Unexpected Happenings'

 

An exhibition of drawings, paintings, mixed media and photography created during the pandemic on Zoom through workshops with adults with an acquired brain injury

looking-through-our-eyes-exhibition.jpg
Throughout

Brain Injury Matters
@ Belfast Exposed:

'Looking Through

Our Eyes' 

 

Exhibition exploring the theme of portraits by a group of individuals who have an acquired brain injury

let-your-imagination-flow.jpg
Throughout

Brain Injury Matters:

'Let Your
Imagination Flow'

 

 

'Let Your Imagination Flow' animation created by Brain Injury Matters participants, staff and families.

You Do Not Know What You Have Missed - C
Throughout

Cathal Cully:

'You Do Not Know What You Have Missed'

'You Do Not Know What You Have Missed' explores the idea of loneliness through the gaze of a parallel limbo of time. 

cathyimage.jpg
Throughout

Cathy Scullion:

'The Sound of Silence'

'The Sound of Silence' creates a visualisation of  how loneliness can make a person feel: invisible and isolated.

Chad Alexander_NIMHAF 2021 - chad alexan
Throughout

Chad Alexander:

'Moon and Branches'

'Moon and Branches' is a photograph created during a late night walk.

The_Clearing.jpeg
Throughout

NIIHR Art Project Group: 'The Clearing'

 

'The Clearing' is a short dance film produced by the Northern Ireland Institute of Human Relations’ Psychoanalytic Art Project. 

000017 - Christopher Steenson.JPG
Throughout

Christopher Steenson:

'Field Walk 040121'

 

'Field Walk 040121' is a sound walk recorded from the 'point of hearing' of the artist, following his journey along a pilgrim route. 

20210112_110946 - Clare McQ.jpg
Throughout

Clare McQuillan:

'Wild Super Champ Pie'

 

A new pie based on an old-fashioned make-do family dish called and including wild ingredients.

conversation-web.jpg
Throughout

Damo Laughlin

& Autumns

Conversation / Lozenges is a collaborative artwork created by Autumns’ Christian Donaghey and visual artist Damo Laughlin.

14.jpg
Throughout

Documenta
& Colm Laverty

 

Double bill of film premieres by Colm Laverty and Documenta. 

IMG_20210116_114654%20-%20E.%20G_edited.
Throughout

EG Dunne

'Invisible'

 

'Invisible' is a poem and meditation on loneliness and visibility and more. 

 

Title - vishfilms NI-youtube-thumbnail.j
Throughout

Elspeth Vischer & Aidan Vischer:

'A Message to Darkness'

'A Message To Darkness' is a short documentary about the creative output of Aidan Vischer, an artist living in Belfast. 

Emer-Maguire.png
Throughout

Emer Maguire 

Special

 

 

The benefits of music and comedy, told through musical comedy. Tunes,  facts and more in this NIMHAF special from Emer Maguire. 

unnamed.jpeg
Throughout

Heather Dornan Wilson:

'When I'm Alone... At least, I'd Rather Be Alone
With The Sky'

 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.

A%20Moment%20Alone_edited.png
Throughout

Helen Hall:

'A Moment Alone'

Dance artist Helen Hall Arts explores a brief moment in time when she finds herself alone. 

A moment to simply breathe.

The Ground Between Us 1 by Jacqueline Wy
Throughout

Jacqueline Wyle:

'The Ground Between Us'

& 'Life Goes On'

 

A selection of constructed photographs on the theme of loneliness and an exhibition at The Strand Arts Centre.

They Live, but the glasses don't work.JP
Throughout

Joseph Nawaz: 

'Loneliness'

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. 

Kieran Stewart-NIMHAF'21 (1).jpg
Throughout

Kieran Stewart: 

'Loneliness'

Honest account on the effects of brain injury and the theme of loneliness from Kieran Stewart. 

Also featuring a podcast and artwork.

me stand up - Leo Lardie.jpg
Throughout

Leo Lardie: 

'Loneliness'

Leo Lardie writes movingly and with great humour on stand-up, loneliness, how we see ourselves and others, and lots more.

image - Maiden Voyage Dance.png
Throughout

Maiden Voyage Dance: 'Outside My Window, Inside My House'

 

Working with ideas of isolation, loneliness, connectivity and relationship - through dance. 

NGfaU_9.png
Throughout

Michael Hanna: 'Necessary Generalisations for a Utopian'

 

Hanna presents this series in the form of digital placards: 'Necessary Generalisations for a Utopian'

182055610_911496992755471_40247428987280
Throughout

Noelle McAlinden:

'Art of Conversation Mental Health Special'

 

 

A conversation on art and mental health with a panel of specially-invited guests:
'Art of Conversation'.

NIMHAFtriptych3 - paddy mckeown.jpeg
Throughout

Paddy McKeown: 
'Harmonics'

 

Three images and a sound piece in response, by Paddy McKeown. 

image.jpeg
Throughout

Rodger Montgomery
& Eleanor Steane:
'Music-led yoga practice'

 

 

An hour long music-led yoga practice. Follow along at your own pace with this session made specially for NIMHAF 2021.

 

 

image1.jpeg
Throughout

Ro Owens

& Ciaran Flynn:

'One'

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.

unnamed.jpg
Throughout

Ruairi Fallon McGuigan: ‘Fentanyl Dreams and Pills for Breakfast’

Ruairi Fallon McGuigan weaves together poetry and drawing in this unique creation.

Ruth.jpeg

Ruth Crothers:
'The distance might as well be from here to Mars'

 

New work from Ruth, based on  an extract of a personal journal, written when experiencing recurring mental health issues during the winter lockdown.

C3FB200988AF4150855C867692E92E69.png

Sal Hanvey: 

'Kids Cook-along'

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. 

Strabane_mens_group.png
Throughout

Strabane Men’s Project: 'Music To Your Ears'

 

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. 

children+should+be+seen...jpg
Throughout

Thomas Wells:

'7 Card Brag'

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... 

trisha-mcnally-photo.jpeg
Throughout

Trisha McNally:
'Mini Mindful Garden' Workshop

 

Let Trisha guide you through the creation of your very own 'Mini Mindful Garden' in this hands-on workshop. 

IMG_20201015_132355_043.jpg
Throughout

Wee Nulz:
'Loneliness' street art

 

Wee Nulz was invited by the festival to create a piece on the theme of loneliness in association with Framewerk. 

~ open calls ~

Kerrie Hanna 'Loneliness'.jpeg
Throughout

Open Call: 

'Loneliness Virtual Exhibition'

Artists responded to our open call with visual art, video, text and audio - visit our virtual 'Loneliness' exhibition now. 

Crows_descending.jpg
Throughout

Open Call: 'Poetry Submission' Winners

Read the winning entries from our open call for poems on the theme of 'Loneliness'. 

Loneliness playlist.jpg
Throughout

Open Call: 2021 NIMHAF
'Loneliness Playlist'

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. 

Screen Shot 2021-05-08 at 01.53.48.png
Throughout

Open Call:

'Poetry Map'

View all shortlisted poems on an interactive map. 

RL7B5774.jpg
Throughout

'Your Thoughts
For the Birds' 

& NIMHAF 2021 Publication

If you've picked up a #NIMHAF2021 origami bird, here's how to fold it. Also, details on this year's publication.  

~ scheduled events ~

substrata.jpeg
Monday 10 May

Sabi Nicholson: 

'Substrata'

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. 

Figure-this-life-drawing-web-version.jpg
Monday 10 May

Figure This: 

'Live Life Drawing'

Sign up to join a special NIMHAF 'Figure This' virtual and live life-drawing session

ruth-bate-1200x1200.jpg
Tuesday 11 May

Ruth Bate: 

'Live led painting'

Join modern artist Ruth Bate in his studio for a special Instagram Live edition of his YouTube show 'Painting With Ruth Bate'.

spark-opera-logo.jpg
Thursday 13 May

Spark Opera: 

'Big Mood'

Spark Opera Company brings #operasingersofinstagram alive with songs and arias tailored to suit you and your mood.

kitchen cupboard SPFX.jpg
Friday 14 May

Connie McGrath: 

'Kitchen Cupboard SFX Makeup Workshop'

Join expert special FX make-up artist Connie McGrath for this live Zoom session using kitchen cupboard ingredients. 

The Ground Between Us 1 by Jacqueline Wy
Friday 14 May

Jacqueline Wylie: 

'Instagram Takeover'

'Life Goes On' and other work by Jacqueline will be shared and discussed by the artist during her Instagram takeover.

connie.png
Friday 14 May

Fears: 

'Oíche - Album
Launch Party'

Join Fears and friends for a Friday night Zoom disco to celebrate the release of her debut album Oíche.

MINDSCover-web-version.jpg
Sunday 16 May

Minds: 

'Festival Party'

The MINDS DJs are having a party! Shake along to the official Festival Party DJs in this live NIMHAF 2021 special.

horrible_creature.jpeg
Sunday 16 May

Áine Stapleton: 

'Horrible Creature'

James Joyce's daughter Lucia’s writing is interpreted by a cast of international dance artists, conjuring her world between 1915 and 1950.