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‘Connected Emotions’ Exhibition

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About the event

Open Tuesday-Saturday

R-Space Gallery and artist Jill Phillips are delighted to present an innovative interactive exhibition. ‘Connected Emotions’ brings together art, crafts, design and science, to create a textile installation and explore connections between emotions and different types of design. Visitors will have the opportunity not just to view but interact and contribute to this installation, and thus explore their very own emotional connections with design.

Artist and designer Jill Phillips has worked in collaboration with Dr Tim Foster of the Psychology Department, Queen’s University, Belfast. Together they have discovered possible relationships and relationships’ patterns between emotional words such as happy, sad and disgust, and design characteristics including shape and depth. In this exhibition they will explore further these possible relationships, inviting visitors to pick emotional words and place them in linen pockets and sleeves with different designs attached to a wide length of linen. Other linen pockets and sleeves with the outcomes of previous studies will be hung. Combined together they will create a unique installation clearly displaying what before had been unconscious and unknown relationships between emotions and design.

More information:

The exhibition is part of the Linen Biennale. This is a visual arts initiative of R-Space Gallery across Northern Ireland, celebrating the linen history, while giving it contemporary relevance.

Jill Phillips is a textile artist, facilitator and designer who works across the arts, academia and design industry. She has exhibited locally and internationally including at the National Craft Museum of Ireland, and has facilitated workshops with different groups. She has also worked/works as a designer and design consultant for several companies and Queen’s University.

R-Space Gallery is a contemporary visual arts and crafts space based in The Linen Rooms, Lisburn. R Space’s ambition is to increase access, understanding and enjoyment of contemporary visual arts, crafts, design and other related arts activities. It collaborates with a diverse range of excellent and challenging artists and designers working in different media, providing audiences from a wide range of educational, social and cultural backgrounds with different points of access to the arts.

Visit the gallery’s website for more information.


Where is it taking place?

R-Space Gallery
The Linen Rooms
32 Castle Street
BT27 4XE


Gallery accessible to wheelchair users. No public toilets.

Who is it suitable for?

R-Space Gallery and Jill Phillips look forward to welcoming visitors of all ages to this unique exhibition and to them actively participating in this ‘art, crafts, design, and science’ experiment.

When is it taking place?

Open during the week Tuesday – Saturday, 11am-5pm from the 28th July to the 25th August.

Price and do you need to book?

Free, no booking required.

Contact details

T:    004428 9266 3179





Additional information

This event is a part of August Craft Month with Craft NI, Northern Ireland’s celebration of craft. Summer 2023 will mark the 17th annual August Craft Month with makers all across Northern Ireland getting involved.



All August Craft Month events are run independently by the event organisers. For questions regarding this event please contact the event organiser directly.

Event Details

Maker: Jill Phillips

Starts: Fri 28 Jul at 11:00 am

Ends: Fri 25 Aug at 5:00 pm

Craft Type: Textile Making

Event Location: Antrim

Event Type: Exhibition

Price: Free