A Date … With Yourself

In Julia Cameron’s The Artist’s Way she talks about the concept of Artist Dates.

“The Artist Date is a once-weekly, festive, solo expedition to explore something that interests you. The Artist Date need not be overtly “artistic”– think mischief more than mastery. Artist Dates fire up the imagination. They spark whimsy. They encourage play. Since art is about the play of ideas, they feed our creative work by replenishing our inner well of images and inspiration.

Perhaps one of these suggestions of what to do might be your first date … With yourself. I mean isn’t it a bit mad that we go on dates with other people, but rarely ourselves?


Today we headed over to see the School of Art and Design End of Year Show 2012 at the University of Ulster. We didn’t get a chance to get around to every floor yet, but here are just a couple of our many favourites on the fashion and textiles floor. Well done to all the graduates for all their amazing work. The show continues until June 16.

Caoimhe O’ Prey

Maria Crean

Louise McCafferty

 Belfast Book Festival

There are so many things happening with the book festival over the next few days, so definitely check it out. Venues include Crescent Arts Centre, No Alibis Bookshop, Linen Hall Library, Oh Yeah Music Centre, Queen’s Film Theatre, Lyric Theatre and The Black Box


The very lovely Cathy Davey is playing in Whelans on saturday

Check out this tune, we love Cathy


Do you remember a few weeks ago we interviewed the wonderful Charlotte Hodkinson from theatre company 11:18 ?

Well, we thought we should remind you that their show MEAN BETWEEN TIMES will be on from 22nd – 30th June as part of the Greenwich Festival. A little bit in advance, we know, but tickets are selling out FAST! Perhaps because they are free?!

Meet at Charing Cross station for this thrilling audio theatre experience by 11:18 – featuring award winning playwright Bryony Lavery. London’s first ever railway has carried passengers to Greenwich since 1840. Now, as your train departs, voices and sounds of the city past and present will emerge from the passing urban landscape.

Well, there you have it. No excuses now.

Please let us know if you go on an artist date this week. Or have, in fact, been going on them for ages and think we are way behind the times … !

handsome and pretty



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