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Local Waves: Episode 4

The Ulster Transport Museum and NI Science Festival presents Local Waves, a four-part podcast series hosted by Curator of Transport and Industry, Clare Ablett, interviewing local people from across Northern Ireland who interact with the sea in different ways to learn about their 'local waves' and for insight into how water-based activities can help to improve mental health and establish connections with the sea. This series aims to encourage people of all abilities to engage with the water on a sensory level, using sound as a way of making our local waves more accessible to everyone. Stay tuned at the end of each podcast to relax and listen to the sounds of waves from around our coastline. In episode 4, Clare speaks to Libby Keatley, a passionate diver who tells us about what’s involved in the underwater sport, from training and equipment to the journey underwater, the surprising things that can be found in our local waters, and her adventures around her local waves of Larne and the Maidens lighthouse.

47mins

23 Mar 2021

Rank #1

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Local Waves: Episode 3

The Ulster Transport Museum and NI Science Festival presents Local Waves, a four-part podcast series hosted by Curator of Transport and Industry, Clare Ablett, interviewing local people from across Northern Ireland who interact with the sea in different ways to learn about their 'local waves' and for insight into how water-based activities can help to improve mental health and establish connections with the sea. This series aims to encourage people of all abilities to engage with the water on a sensory level, using sound as a way of making our local waves more accessible to everyone. Stay tuned at the end of each podcast to relax and listen to the sounds of waves from around our coastline. In episode 3, Clare speaks to Nicole Morelli, founder of the Menopausal Mermaids, a sea swimming club based in the Portrush area. Nicole discusses the many health benefits of cold water therapy, and how sea swimming has changed her life.

25mins

23 Mar 2021

Rank #2

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Local Waves: Episode 2

The Ulster Transport Museum and NI Science Festival presents Local Waves, a four-part podcast series hosted by Curator of Transport and Industry, Clare Ablett, interviewing local people from across Northern Ireland who interact with the sea in different ways to learn about their 'local waves' and for insight into how water-based activities can help to improve mental health and establish connections with the sea. This series aims to encourage people of all abilities to engage with the water on a sensory level, using sound as a way of making our local waves more accessible to everyone. Stay tuned at the end of each podcast to relax and listen to the sounds of waves from around our coastline. In episode 2, Clare speaks to Iain McCarthy, owner of SupHubNI, a paddleboarding school based around the North Down coast. Iain explains his passion for the sport of paddleboarding, how this led him to set up his own school, and some top tips for anyone looking to take up the sport. 

36mins

23 Mar 2021

Rank #3

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Local Waves: Episode 1

The Ulster Transport Museum and NI Science Festival presents Local Waves, a four-part podcast series hosted by Curator of Transport and Industry, Clare Ablett, interviewing local people from across Northern Ireland who interact with the sea in different ways to learn about their 'local waves' and for insight into how water-based activities can help to improve mental health and establish connections with the sea. This series aims to encourage people of all abilities to engage with the water on a sensory level, using sound as a way of making our local waves more accessible to everyone. Stay tuned at the end of each podcast to relax and listen to the sounds of waves from around our coastline. In episode 1, Clare speaks to the legendary surfer, Al Mennie, about his local waves along the north coast. As well as surfing some of the biggest waves in the world, Al has also written several books on the subject, with a focus on surfing helping to overcome and deal with anxiety and fear. His most recent project has been a sponsored 100km swim in the dark to raise awareness of depression during the coronavirus pandemic. Al describes what it’s like to ride a 70ft wall of water and how his time in the sea has impacted other areas of his life.

1hr 8mins

23 Mar 2021

Rank #4

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The Fine Print Episode 4: The Impressionists as Printmakers

This is a 4 part podcast series by National Museums NI, hosted by Curator of Art, Anna Liesching, which looks at exhibitions held in the Ulster Museum through the prism of the art of printmaking. In this episode, Anna chats to Dr Rachel Sloan, Assistant Curator of Works on Paper at The Courtauld, London, about the Ulster Museum’s latest exhibition, ‘Renoir and the New Era’, curated by Anna and which explores the Impressionists by taking Renoir’s masterpiece ‘La Loge’ as its centrepiece, alongside accompanying works on paper from the Ulster Museum’s collection. Anna and Rachel discuss prints in the exhibition, the place of printmaking in Impressionism and how important an artwork’s title can be for understanding its meaning. For a full audio tour of Renoir and The New Era, take the Smartify tour here or download the Smartify app. For further information on the artists and artworks discussed, follow the links below. Links Chicago Institute of Art  https://bit.ly/31wiQFG The Courtauld https://bit.ly/3od7WhI Courtauld Collections https://bit.ly/2HnQVAS Witt library https://bit.ly/3ofJEn8 Jacques Callot in The Courtauld collection https://bit.ly/3dPeQVy William Hogarth in The Courtauld collection https://bit.ly/3jkG4om Queue in front of butcher shop https://bit.ly/2XhIUmH Woman at a Window (1871-72) Edgar Degas (included Sickert’s anecdote in label) https://bit.ly/3jhFRlP Execution of the Emperor Maximillian Lithograph, Édouard Manet   https://bit.ly/2FPfF48 Berthe Morisot (1872) Edouard Manet (1832-1883) Ethcing  (in exhibition)  https://bit.ly/39RiJ95 Berthe Morisot with a Bouquet of Violets Edouard Manet (1832-1883) painting https://bit.ly/34pgjix Berthe Morisot (1872) Edouard Manet (1832-1883) Lithograph https://bit.ly/37sstJj Berthe Morisot drawing, with her daughter (1889) Berthe Morisot (1841-1895) (in exhibition) https://bit.ly/2wl4tHK Young Woman reclining  (1889) Berthe Morisot (1841-1895) (in exhibition) https://bit.ly/3e1su7R Marry Cassatt https://bit.ly/3kk4DTG Market at Gisors Camille Pissarro (1830-1903) (in exhibition) https://bit.ly/3aSGVsN An example of a Degas Monotype https://bit.ly/3kmwDpH Kermis at Hoboken (1559) Pieter Bruegel the Elder (ca. 1525-1569) original drawing https://bit.ly/31tcMNV Canaletto’s etchings of Venice https://bit.ly/34iJdR6

30mins

14 Dec 2020

Rank #5

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The Fine Print Episode 3: Reflecting on the Impact of Women Printmakers

This is a 4 part podcast series by National Museums NI, hosted by Curator of Art, Anna Liesching, which looks at exhibitions held in the Ulster Museum through the prism of the art of printmaking. In this episode, Anna speaks to Niamh Kelly, Youth Ambassador for Reimagine Remake Replay, about ’Making Her Mark’ an exhibition curated by Anna in 2018 that explored the impact women artists had on the print tradition. Anna and Niamh discuss Niamh’s role in RRR and the project itself, her first impression of the Making Her Mark exhibition and the role of woman printmakers throughout history. If you want to know more about the exhibition and woman printmakers mentioned, purchase the Making Her Mark publication in the Ulster Museum shop.

52mins

7 Dec 2020

Rank #6

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The Fine Print Episode 2: Talking with a Printmaker

This is a 4 part podcast series by National Museums NI, hosted by Curator of Art, Anna Liesching, which looks at exhibitions held in the Ulster Museum through the prism of the art of printmaking.  In this episode, Anna speaks with print artist Anushiya Sundaralingam about her life and practice, as well as the annual Royal Ulster Academy show, a highlight on the Belfast art calendar celebrating its 139th year and which has been held in the Ulster Museum in recent decades, showcasing and selling work from local artists across many mediums. Anushiya tells us about the inspiration behind her artwork, her time at Belfast Print Workshop - the first student of the collective – and the many hats that artists wear. Links Royal Ulster Academy Virtual Exhibition Royal Ulster Academy Shop Belfast Print Workshop

40mins

30 Nov 2020

Rank #7

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The Fine Print Episode 1: Rembrandt and Poetry

The Fine Print is a 4 part podcast series by National Museums NI, hosted by Curator of Art, Anna Liesching, which looks at exhibitions held in the Ulster Museum through the prism of the art of printmaking. In this episode, Anna chats to Belfast-based writer Padraig Regan, author of two poetry pamphlets, Delicious and Who Seemed Alive & Altogether Real, and teacher at the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queens. Anna and Padraig explore the thinking behind A Unique Silence, an exhibition in the Ulster Museum curated Anna which welcomes six etching by the famed Dutch artist Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn into the Ulster Museum collection, the practicalities of curating an exhibition during lockdown, and their love of the connection between art and poetry, including a closer look at the term ‘ekphrasis’. For more information on the artists and artworks discussed, take the A Unique Silence Smartify tour here or download the Smartify app and search for the Ulster Museum. 

49mins

23 Nov 2020

Rank #8

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The Fine Print - Trailer

The Fine Print is a 4 part podcast series by National Museums NI, hosted by Curator of Art, Anna Liesching, which looks at exhibitions held in the Ulster Museum through the prism of the art of printmaking.  Each week, Anna invites a different artist, writer, curator or creative, to discuss, from home, past and present exhibitions in the Ulster Museum related printmaking and our wider works of art on paper collection. Listen to immerse yourself in the world of printmaking though the eyes of some of history’s most renowned printmakers, and reconnect with some our much-loved art exhibitions.

1min

20 Nov 2020

Rank #9

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Elementary My Dear Episode 6: Radioactivity

Elementary My Dear is a 6 part podcast series by National Museums NI, hosted by Emer Maguire, where we explore the wonders of some of the most fascinating elements in the periodic table. Elements are everywhere! Each week we discuss their importance in unusual places, from their contribution to the art world, to the gold in mobile phones. This is the final episode in our first series and it is all about radioactivity. Mike Simms tells us about the radioactivity all around us, which can be found in the most unusual places - like your fruit bowl! We also talk to Kate Moore who tells us about the devastating story of the Radium Girls. These were women and girls who suffered horrendous radium poisoning while working as watch dial painters during the First World War. Listen, subscribe, and let us know what you think!

40mins

23 Dec 2019

Rank #10