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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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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