Collaborative ventures with Colm Clarke including a pirate radio station, antagonistic political party and rocking chair staring competition.


October 2013 @ The Golden Thread Gallery 

Preview: Thursday 24th October 2013 7-8pm

End Date: Saturday 30th November 2013 17:30

 This is a WAB project in collaboration with Colm Clarke. We were invited to take part in Catalysts Art's Collective Histories project curated by Dr Cherie Driver which aims to show an archive of Northern Irish Art from 1945 to present.

Each instalment features a guest curator, and in the absence of any relevant permanent public collection, the project sets out to create a useful historical context from which audiences can engage with the stories of NI through the art of our time.  Central to the project is an acknowledgement that there are many versions of history.

For accompanying talks programme for this exhibition, visit

Tue to Fri 10.30am - 5.30pm

Sat 10.30am - 4pm

Images above by Joe Laverty Photography © Joe Laverty all rights reserved 2013

This installation revisits WAB FM's Community / Pirate radio which was originally produced for Catalyst Arts in February 2012. The show received a wide range of contributions from activists, politicians, musicians, artists, writers and many more.  

Above; Dancing Kev

 Artists in this exhibition; Julie Louise Bacon, Amy Brooks, Ursula Burke, Lorraine Burrell, Duncan Campbell, Gerard Carson, Colm Clarke, Brian Connolly, Ben Craig, Miriam de Búrca, Toby Dennett, Seamus Harahan, Kevin Henderson, Daniel Jewesbury, Lisa Malone

Ronan McCreaMary McIntyre, Susan MacWilliam, Deirdre McKenna, Dougal McKenzie, Stephen Millar, Eilis O'Baoil, Sinead O'Donnell, Mark Orange, Brian Patterson, Peter Richards, Duncan Ross, Helen Sharp, Dan Shipsides, Theo Sims, Keike Twisselmann & Karen Vaughan. 







 WAB FM Community / Pirate Radio at Catalyst Arts Gallery.


Dates: Friday 27th January - Friday 17th February 2012
Opening:  Thursday 26th January. 7pm

As part of the Press Start exhibition WAB FM is a community radio station which will run for the duration of the exhibition.

Radio for the people by the people…

WAB FM stands for freedom of speech and invites ALL the public to come in and make their own broadcasts. Half hour daily slots are available during gallery opening hours (11am - 5pm) to all to make whatever noise they wish. Interested participants should submit proposals to air their programme to…

Proposal forms available from

WAB workshop:
Thursday 16th February 12-5pm
Instrumental insurrection - learn how to co-ordinate and design your own marching band.



WAB FM Presents 'What's in your pocket Belfast?'






Stare Wars!

Dates for your diary: 


Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 March 2012

Belfast Children's Festival 

Waterfront Hall Belfast

Festival in a Weekend is presented by Belfast Waterfront and Young at Art.


Friday 23 September 2011

World Premiere Rocking Chair Staring Competition
Hilden Beer and Music Festival
Hilden Brewery, Co Antrim and

Sunday 28th August 2011

World's first International Rocking Chair Staring Championships
Culture Night Belfast UU Art College Foyer


STARE WARS is a battle of endurance, mind powers and ability to control your motor reflexes (not blinking) while in the age old comfort of a rocking chair. Challengers will be pitted head to head on bobbing furniture in quite literally a game of two eyes.

To the victor the spoils- the champion will receive a specially made trophy along with a deluxe hamper of locally sourced Culture including items from Katie and the Carnival, Not Squares, Seven Summits, Alex Kazaam, Indian Head Massage and limited edition artist prints and films along with much much more!



Stare Wars at Children Festival - Waterfront Hall Belfast 2012



Stare Wars at Culture Night 2011 at the University of Ulster Belfast