Polyphony 21 | QSS Gallery
QSS is delighted to host Polyphony 21, the MFA 1st year show from the Belfast School of Art. Although this exhibition opened online on 6th May, in person visits can take place for the final week from Tuesday 25th May through to Saturday 29th May at the following times: 10am-5pm Tuesday to Friday and 10am-2pm on Saturday. An informal viewing will also be held on the Thursday evening (27th) from 6-8pm – register here to attend: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/polyphony-21-tickets-156084656409
Polyphony, having two or more harmonies or tones of equal resonance, describes the interdisciplinary nature, and collective-curatorial thought behind this exhibition.
For the first time in the history of the MFA course the entire exhibition event has been planned virtually by a 1st year group who have never been together in the same physical space at the same time. The pursuit of harmony describes their process during a time of struggle, determination and hope, uniting seventeen artists from diverse cultural and linguistic backgrounds.
The exhibiting artists draw inspiration from an eclectic plethora of topics including climate change, our interior and exterior landscapes, cultural fables, phenomenological experience, spiritual planes of thought, liminality, and ontology. Artists include: Julia Bednarczyk, Kate Buryakova, Pamela Greene, Krunal Gohil, June Hill, Zara Lyness, Patrick Maguire, Anne McAlarney, Tracy McCoey, Hannah McMurray, Thomas McNeill, Shahzeb Mughal, Emma O’Loan, Lauren O’Hara, Irene Sweeney, Pauline Talbot and David Younglove.
Established in 1979, the MFA at Belfast School of Art is a multi-disciplinary, studio based programme with a proven track record of supporting the radical, alongside more traditional or orthodox practices. Notable alumni have gone on to receive prestigious awards including: the Turner Prize, Bloomberg New Contemporary, the Paul Hamlyn, Derek Jarman and Nissan Art Awards.
The MFA course is integrated fully within the local, national and international art scene, offering students many opportunities to professionally connect and feed into that network. This environment makes Belfast a fantastic and viable place to further an emerging practice.
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