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Opening Times

TuesdayTu
11:00 – 17:00
WednesdayWe
11:00 – 17:00
ThursdayTh
11:00 – 17:00
FridayFr
11:00 – 17:00
SaturdaySa
11:00 – 17:00
SundaySuClosed
MondayMoClosed
Closed.
Opens in  12 h 10 min.
12 h 10 min

Official Data

Official Name
CATALYST ARTS LTD
Reg. office address
GROUND FLOOR 5 COLLEGE COURT, BT1 6BS, Belfast
Company Number
NI028068
Jurisdiction
Northern Ireland
SIC Code
90040 - Operation of arts facilities
Date of Incorporation
07 Jan 1994

Description

Catalyst Arts is always a gallery, but has also been a 24 hour cinema, a recording studio, a publishing house, a skip, a radio station, a jumble sale, a wrestling ring, a sauna, a distillery, an agnostic chapel, a banquet hall, a darts team, a leisure centre, a night club and most recently a shop. Beyond its gallery walls, it has staged exhibitions on billboards, on gable ends, under floor boards, in a clothes shop, in the back of a van, car and a bus, on the airwaves, under the Lagan, in an airport baggage scanner, up a mountain, down the Falls, up the Shankill, over in Lisbon (not in Lisburn), in a helicopter, in an archive, in a museum, and in a haunted house. Working for Catalyst has been likened to handling a hot potato, holding onto the mane of a stampeding lion, a white-knuckle rollercoaster ride, running the gauntlet, a crash course in crisis management and a baptism of fire for those who believe in it enough to take the risk.
It has accidentally shut down Stormont, been robbed, beaten and sued, has had to move four times and amazingly, it has survived through the madness of over fifty directors to date. Now in its teens it has reached the age of reason, is determined to stand up to adversity, conventional perceptions of what contemporary art should be, to socio-political correctness and the ever more stringent policing of freedom of expression.All these are objectives only a (possibly troubled) teenager would be brave enough to tackle.
Although chronically under-funded, Catalyst Arts is probably best known for challenging the formal structures of curatorship by realising projects of an experimental nature which break the mould of the artist-audience relationship and confirming art as something to engage in or react to rather than something to "consume". This is underscored by the fact that Catalyst runs the oldest biennial performance art festival in Europe.


Keywords:
Crafts, Martial Arts Equipment, Arts and Crafts, Performing Arts Venues, Non-Profit Organisation, Arts centre, Border Fine Arts, Art Facilities
Products
Art
Services
Art Gallery, Artist-Led Gallery, Design
Categories
Art Gallery
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