Distributed through Space and Time

5 December 2013 – 19 January 2014. Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast Review by Slavka Sverakova Installation view Curated by Sarah McAvera the exhibition takes its title from one line in Canto 1 of Pale Fire(1962) by V Nabokov. The curator limited the number of artists to three, possibly in relation to the small size of the […]

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Something about Painting

Carissa Farrell explores the way in which Susan Connolly, Jennifer Trouton and Judy Carroll Deeley forge their own vision of oil on canvas at the Solstice in Navan. Using the word ‘struggle’ in the context of writing about painting conjures up outdated and sentimental notions of what it is to be an artist. But each time I […]

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Fergus Jordan: Garden Estate

Photographer and researcher Fergus Jordan talks about his exhibition Garden Estate featuring a series of night scenes captured on the Dunclug Housing estate in Ballymena. The exhibition was presented in association with Belfast Exposed, and Fergus hopes to further develop the work and apply his research to other areas of the UK. From 4th September […]

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Moments of Inception review

17 October – 16 November, 2013, QSS Studios and Gallery, Belfast Review by Slavka Sverakova See documentation of the exhibition Expanding the curatorial field Eoin Dara has chosen the unexpected.  Objects that may or may not be art, nonchalant debris of something else, birth of an idea made just about visible, or not. Dara describes his […]

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‘Bit Part’ by David Turner at UNIT exhibition

17 October – 5 November 2013 at Platform Arts, Belfast David Turner is an artist who works in a variety of media. By using themes such as conflict and violence, Turner tries to develop forms that do not follow logical criteria, but are based only on subjective associations and formal parallels, which incite the viewer […]

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Precursor at Catalyst Arts Gallery

From original published on August 16, 2013, by Slavka Sverakova. Veni, vidi 81 artworks from 81 artists, one, John Ryan, invited, the rest all paying members of Catalyst Arts. It was founded twenty years ago, as Peter Richards puts it in an accompanying brochure, ‘homeless’, appropriating temporary spaces and site specific projects until in 1994 […]

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Dougal McKenzie – Art & Opportunity

Dougal McKenzie on balancing preparedness with understanding the importance of the ‘lucky break’ in his art career. Dougal McKenzie Things of This World mixed media & collage on paper If one thing is true in the life of an artist (whatever stage of your studies or career) it is that no matter how much you think […]

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QSS members in GLUE exhibition

11 April – 3 May 2013 QSS artists Gail Ritchie, David Turner and Brendan O’Neill are currently exhibiting work at the Hardman Hall Gallery, Mercer University, Georgia (USA) as part of the GLUE exhibition curated by Brendan Jamison. The exhibition will travel to the 4Most Gallery, University of Florida in March 2014 and was previously exhibited […]

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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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