Gail Ritchie’s ‘Making Memory’ project

International artist Gail Ritchie chats about her ‘Making Memory’ project in the GLUE collage show, an IMPACTICA touring exhibition. Utilising collage as a mind-mapping technique, artist Ritchie recreates her studio wall, with the corner of the gallery transformed into a grid of historical photographs, dates, drawings, notes and timelines. Entitled ‘Making Memory’, Ritchie inserts herself into […]

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Inspired By Opera

Belfast-based artist Craig Donald, whose upcoming exhibition opens at Queen Street Studios on December 6, cheerfully admits that he’s a bit of an inspirational magpie: anything and everything is grist for his artistic mill. ‘It’s been years,’ says the 25-year-old, ‘since I’ve bought or been given something that didn’t inspire my art in some way. […]

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The vanishing present

With the accelerated pace of contemporary life, brought about by urbanisation, new technologies, cheap travel or what has been termed globalisation, space is expanding whereas time is shrinking. Svetlana Boym suggests this has led to a contemporary nostalgia that is not only about the past but ‘the vanishing present.’ Rather than a longing for place, […]

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An Activist Alphabet

15th April 2011 Abstract Title: An Activist  Alphabet: Landscape Art and Peace building in Northern Ireland is part of the Paper Session: Geographer- artists: creative practice as research tool? 3: Participating Author(s): Lia D Shimada, PhD* – University College London Abstract: “Post-conflict” Northern Ireland offers rich material for visual artists to explore the politics of peace […]

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Gail Ritchie at Rooftops Studios in Berlin

“Although no longer working in the field as an archaeological excavator, my work plays with the traditions and conventions of both visual art and archaeology, allowing both procedures to interlink and interfere with each other. There is a scientific element to the work reflecting a quest into the truth about death and decay. The visual […]

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Craig Donald’s Untitled

Slavka Sverakova review. A small number of exhibits manifest a noticeable homology between experimenting in art and the political elite facing crisis and aporia. Alone, unsupported, and watched with apprehension by monochrome paintings and drawings huddled on the other two walls, Craig Donald’s Untitled, June 2010 reminds me of Feuchtwanger’s Aesop standing at the edge […]

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The Black Mountain

Text by Emma Cowan In the true tradition of the people of these islands I will tell a story, my story of the relationship with the mountain, from afar and then close up. I lived last year in North Belfast, Workman Avenue to be precise – off the Shankhill Road, next to the Springfield/Workman separation […]

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Locus Of Control

Text by Eddie Molloy for Locus Of Control exhibition. 13th – 22nd January 2009.  Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, Northern Ireland. Read full catalogue. Prelude As Belfast continues to travel the seemingly inexorable road toward ‘normality’, ‘stability’ and ‘peace’, the past dies. Or, more accurately, it becomes delocated. Delocation does not destroy the past but rather shifts it, sanitises […]

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