Friday, February 14, 2014

New Site & JDIFF 2014!

Hey! Our new group site has gone live at! Big up to fellow brainbelters Lauren O'Neill and Gareth Teggin for that. It is sure to grow with time with more profiles of members past and present and futuristic!

The site also profiles the our alternative movie poster group show we did with the Dublin Film Festival of 2014! Organised by our fab group leaders Michelle Cunningham and Emma Rowe.

That exhibit can be seen in the flesh be the way – till 13-23 Feb 2014, basement of Filmbase, Curved Street Templebar!

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Stephen McNally :: Raspberry Cane / Youth Lagoon

Be sure to check out fellow Brainbelt member Stephen McNally's amazing atmospheric video for Youth Lagoon's new song Raspberry Cane. It has already been tweeted and featured by Pichfork and Rolling Stone!

Stephen is a currently over in London at the Royal College of Art studying animation.

Go Steve!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Pet Peeves :: Brainbelt Group Exhibit

Brainbelt Illustration Collective will be launching an exhibition soon featuring works from Michelle Cunnigham, Emma Rowe, Alan Dunne, Lauren O Neill, Eileen O Neill and Stephen McNally. Date and location is yet to be announced. 

The Theme of the exhibition is "Pet Peeves" exploring just what it is that winds you up, grates on your nerves, pisses you off or gets on your tits, if you're lucky enough to own a pair that is.

Facebook event page

Monday, February 18, 2013

JDIFF Poster Sales

Hi folks, The exhibits are in full swing!  The Lighthouse cinema being our newest venue in front of Screen 1 & 2.

If you liked what you saw, check out the price details of the images below.

Poster Sales

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Cloud Atlas :: Ultan Courtney

Cloud Atlas premiered on Saturday evening at The Savoy for JDIFF. Ultan Courtney's poster lavishly adorned the red carpet event, where is was admired by Cloud Atlas star, James D'Arcy.

The dapper Mr Courtney

James D'Arcy checkin' out the art innit!

Photograph courtesy of Pat Redmond

Thursday, January 24, 2013

JDIFF 2013 Exhibit

Brainbelt Illustration Collective have teamed up with this year’s Jameson Dublin International Film Festival to bring you a diverse range of exciting illustrations of movie posters, classic lines and movie icons.

All inspired from a hand picked selection of films from this year's festival line-up. Keep your eyes peeled, as they will be dotted around a variety of participating cinema lobbies, box offices and bars.

Pieces are limited edition prints from contributing illustrators:
Emma Rowe
Stephen McNally
Alan Dunne
Ultan Courtney
Michelle Cunningham
Gareth Teggin
Jamie Murphy
John Corrigan
Peter Dawson

See the entire collection at JDIFF HQ, Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar!
Now - 24th February
JDIFF HQ in Filmbase, participating cinema lobbies, box offices and bars.
If you are interested in purchasing a limited edition print, contact that individual illustrator or contact us at:

Facebook event page:

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Spooky poo

A wee thing I was messing with round Halloween

Board game idea sketch

A few sketches for a board game idea. 
Make an army of zombies or robots to be the last surviving scientist brain on the planet :P

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Me Hands :: A Graphic Short

Here are some roughs for a graphic short I did recently called Me Hands.
And here is how it all looked finished!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Brainbelt member JP Murray & Katie Taylor

Brainbelt member John Paul Murray's painting of Katie Taylor in action, was presented at the launch of An Post's commemorative Olympic Games stamps! Its on Broadsheet 'n all!

John Paul graduated with an MA in Children’s Books Illustration at the Cambridge School of Art

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Brainbelt :: Exhibition 2012

Brainbelt Exhibition 2012 Promo from Brainbelt on Vimeo.

Its that time of year again!

This is Brainbelt's 4th group show.
Tell all your friends and enemies.
Facebook Event Page:

Monday 5 Nov :: Opening Night!
7:00pm - 10:00pm

Tuesday 6 Nov
9:30am - 5:30pm

Wednesday 7 Nov
9:30am - 5:30pm

Thursday 8 Nov
9:30am - 5:30pm

Friday 9 Nov
9:30am - 10pm

Saturday 10 Nov
7:00pm - 10pm

Sunday 11 Nov
11am - 5pm

The basement of Filmbase, Curved Street, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

In association with

See the facebook event page here!

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Two Exhibits to watch out for this week!

There are two great shows this week from fellow Brainbelters...

An Exhibition of Art by John Paul Murray

Whites Hotel, Wexford during the Opera Festival 2012 from 24th to 29th October.
John Paul's Website:
Facebook Event:

Blessings & Curses: Fuchsia MacAree Exhibit
The Bernard Shaw as part of The Beatyard festival.

Starts 7pm with free drinks reception from Becks Vier.
Fuchsia's Website:

Facebook Event:


Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Albert, Ernest & the Titanic :: Jamie Murphy

Brainbelt member Jamie Murphy will be giving a talk about his book Albert, Ernest & the Titanic at the National Print Museum tomorrow the 13th of September at 6.30 pm. The Print Museum is located in Beggars Bush on the Haddington Road, Dublin 4.

Friday, August 10, 2012

Denise Nestor at the Bernard Shaw

Brainbelt member Denise Nestor's exhibition at The Bernard Shaw, Portobello, is launching tonight, Friday the 10th of August, at 7pm, and running for the month.

Pop along if you can!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Brainbelt's First Ever Meetup

Brainbelt's first ever meet up & drinks (apart from the group shows) is happening next Wednesday 8th of August in The Bank, on College Green at 7:30pm. So if you have any ideas for collaborations, publications, organising shows, new members, sketchbooks... bring them!
Check out the Facebook event link!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Hi folks, I have been meaning to introduce myself for ages. I'm a friend of Denise Nestor and I hope to get involved in future projects. At the moment what  I'm working on is getting a project published here's a link where you can learn about it. We hope to do more books/zines in the future and would love to get some brainbelters involved. You can find me here

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Diarmuid Ó'Catháin's Rasputin for Le Cool

Diarmuid's deadly design on the latest Le Cool cover. He's even interviewed!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Peter sketch

Le Cool review

We got a great write up in this week's Le Cool!
Text below:

Brainbelt Illustration Collective

Have you ever wondered how Bigfoot staves off boredom? Or how a spider plays the symbols? These ever pressing ponderings can be answered by taking a trip through the arch and into the wonderful world presented by the Brainbelt Illustration Collective. In this engaging and delightful show you can enjoy the creations of nine artists. Diarmuid Ó Catháin will bring out a smile with his fantastic Punphabet, C being for cheesus; a bearded cheese, and F being for furrari - you can guess where this is going... Lyn Allen invites you to follow the documented social diary of the glamorous and sophisticated Maud and her floating cat Minet. Other delights are the fantastical creatures of Kevin, Peter and Ann, 3D scenes of colourful characters, and the musings of Duffy Mooney-Shepard’s single lined figure. / Sarah Maguire