R-People, R-Time, R-Space – 1 to 22 Dec

Exhibition/Poetry book launch/10th Birthday Party

1 – 22 Dec 2021

December is traditionally a month of celebrations and in R-Space Gallery in 2021 we have a three in one.

Three is the Magic Number

R-Space would like to invite you to attend three events in one R-Space

  1. Exhibition – A Life in the Arts by Robert Martin, a retrospective exhibition that will include works in Glass, Plastic, Music and other ephemera from a lift in the arts runs from 1 Dec – 22 Dec 2021 at R-Space Gallery (32 Castle Street, Lisburn) with updates and stories via R-Space Social media channels and www.rspacelisburn.com
  2. Poetry Book Launch  – 05 06 50, an illustrated anthology by Robert Martin launch on 1 Dec 2021. The book is part poetry, archive, audio, historical, retrospective, fun and an expression of love. Words by Robert Martin, Design by Joanne McCrum, Music by Neil Foster.
  3. R-Space 10th Anniversary – Invitations to be sent out to celebrate 10 years of exhibitions and events at R-Space Gallery in the City of Lisburn.

Robert Martin has an extensive career in the creative sector spanning roles from artist, educator, curator to director. Starting his professional artistic career in 1975 as a glass maker, his path has taken him through many roles in different countries, creating a worldwide network of contacts.  Starting with an inspirational Supremes and Jazz playing teacher, Robert bought his first album by Thelonious Monk and became a Mod. Attending art school, he became a hippie before teaching in Art College, getting back to soul and starting The Boulevard Club playing Jazz Funk.

He was invited to Japan to set up a glass blowing furnace in Kumamoto with Toshinobu Takamitsu and on returning, set up his own glass studio, running that for ten years and teaching again. That led on to working at the Harris Museum and Art Gallery and a Maximum-Security Prison in Lancashire, followed by working for the Arts Council of England in the southeast. He left the arts council in 2010 and set up R-Space with Anthea McWilliams in 2011.

This exhibition is an opportunity to focus on his artistic practice and creative writing. Robert’s contemporary applied art practice underpins his interest in materials and the messages and meanings conveyed through artwork. His work has crossed disciplines, involving a wide range of media resulting in 2D and 3D work.

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R Space is a visual arts and crafts space, presenting and commissioning a programme of exhibitions and arts activity based in The Linen Rooms in the heart of the City of Lisburn, Northern Ireland. R Space’s ambition is to increase access, understanding and enjoyment of contemporary visual arts, crafts, design and other related arts activities.

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New Belfast Community Arts Initiative trading as Community Arts Partnership is a registered charity (XR 36570) and a company limited by guarantee (Northern Ireland NI 37645).Registered with The Charity Commission as New Belfast Community Arts Initiative - NIC105169.