CCA is looking to strengthen its Board by adding new members to act as non-executive directors. The Board would particularly welcome applications from individuals with specialisms in Finance, Marketing or Community Development. Expressions of interest, outlining relevant interests, professional affiliations, other Board memberships and skills, should be sent to Cormac O’Kane, Chair of the Board of Management, together with a current CV. Expressions of Interest should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday 2nd October 2015.
CCA is pleased to present Out There, Thataway, a group exhibition curated through dialogue between Francis Halsall, Declan Long, and CCA that includes work by Stephen Brandes, Nathan Coley, Aleana Egan, Fergus Feehily, Kevin Gaffney, Rana Hamadeh, and Merlin James. Out There, Thataway has two conceptual starting points: first, a concern with imagining or navigating territories that are ‘beyond knowledge’; and second, an interest in ways that metaphors of geography shape thinking and behaviour. The exhibition takes its title from the last words spoken at the end of ‘Star Trek: The Motion Picture’: they are Kirk’s vague but determined directions as the Enterprise begins to venture further out than ever before beyond known frontiers.
Out There, Thataway opens Saturday, August 8th at 7pm and runs until 26th September 2015. The exhibition will be accompanied by commissioned playlists and a public programme of events. More information will follow soon.
This exhibition is made possible through the generous support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Image: Stephen Brandes, selected slideshow still from The Last Travelogue of Albert Sitzfleisch.
CCA is pleased to present an exhibition of new work by Swedish artist Anna Ådahl. Common Patterns opens on Saturday 6th June from 7pm to 9pm, and continues until 25th July. The opening will be preceded by a walking tour and conversation at 6pm between the artist and Declan Hill of the Forum for Alternative Belfast, looking at the specific choreographies of the built environment in Derry city centre. Please contact email@example.com for further information.
To accompany the exhibition, CCA’s library space will feature a film and a selection of publications made by OEI magazine editors Jonas (J) Magnusson and Cecilia Grönberg. OEI is a magazine, publishing house and platform for extra-disciplinary spaces and de-disciplinising moments; experimental forms of thinking; montages between poetry, art, philosophy, film, and documents; editorial enunciations and aesthetic technologies; alternative historiographies and speculative ethnography. Anna Ådahl is a member of the editorial committee of OEI.
Join us for the opening of Common Patterns, an exhibition of new work by Swedish artist Anna Ådahl, on Saturday 6th June at 7pm. Using video, sculptural works, and ready-made objects associated with methods of control, order, decoration and display, Common Patterns examines the conditions of the ‘mass ornament’ (a notion developed in the early twentieth century by cultural critic Siegfried Kracauer). The exhibition explores how urban patterns and the choreography of our bodies in the city shape our behaviour and further our subjecthood.
The opening will be preceded by a walking tour and conversation at 6pm between the artist and Declan Hill of the Forum for Alternative Belfast, looking at the specific choreographies of the built environment in Derry city centre.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
Image courtesy of the artist.
CCA is pleased to announce that it has been selected to join Plus Tate, the contemporary visual arts network. Along with 15 other institutions from across the UK, including The MAC and The Golden Thread Gallery in Belfast, CCA joins the original cohort of eighteen partners, plus the four Tate galleries. In 2010, Plus Tate was launched to share collections and expertise and build a network which would use Tate’s resources to strengthen the contemporary visual arts ecology in the UK.
The new partners are:
Artes Mundi in Cardiff, Camden Arts Centre, Centre for Contemporary Art Derry-Londonderry, Centre for Chinese Contemporary Art in Manchester, Chisenhale Gallery in London, The Fruitmarket Gallery in Edinburgh, Golden Thread in Belfast, Harris Museum and Art Gallery in Preston, John Hansard Gallery in Southampton, Liverpool Biennial, The MAC Belfast, MK Gallery in Milton Keynes, Modern Art Oxford, The Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art in Sunderland, the South London Gallery and Spike Island in Bristol.
They join the original eighteen partners which are:
Arnolfini, BALTIC, Cornerhouse/HOME, firstsite, Glynn Vivian, Grizedale Arts, The Hepworth Wakefield, Ikon, Kettle’s Yard, mima, MOSTYN, Newlyn Art Gallery and the Exchange, Nottingham Contemporary, The Pier Arts Centre, Towner, Turner Contemporary, Whitworth Art Gallery, Wysing, plus the four Tate galleries.
The enlarged Plus Tate group will meet together for the first time in July 2015 to set the agenda for the next phase of development to 2020.
CCA is delighted to announce that Alissa Kleist has been appointed to the post of Curator (Exhibitions). Welcome, Alissa!
Alissa Kleist is a curator and writer. She was a co-director of Catalyst Arts (Belfast) from 2011 to 2013, where she has worked with local practitioners and international artists on exhibitions such as In A Certain Light (2013); P.O.V. (points of view)(2013); FIX International Performance Arts Festival (2013); Fata Morgana (2012), and has curated projects in a variety of contexts. She is one of the co-founders and lead curators of the curatorial collective Household, with whom, amongst other projects, she has organised two contemporary art festivals hosted in domestic spaces in Belfast in 2012 and 2013. She previously held a temporary assistant curator post at CCA, and in this capacity has worked with artists such as Ryan Gander and Sarah Browne, and project managed the IKT Congress 2014. She works for Source Photographic Review, and regularly writes for a number of publications. In 2013/14, she was the recipient of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland ACES award for Curatorial Practice, in association with the MAC. She holds an MFA from Ulster University, Belfast.
The Lismore Castle Arts iteration of Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain opens at St. Carthage Hall, Lismore, Co. Waterford this Friday, 13 February. The opening at 6pm will be preceded by a curator’s talk at 5pm.
Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain will continue at Lismore Castle Arts until 19 April.
Image: Melanie Bonajo, Still from Night Soil, 2014
CCA’s Sara Greavu has been awarded a bursary to attend Public Assets, a one-day conference on February 6th to discuss the ways in which small-scale arts organisations produce artistic value beyond measurability and quantification. Speakers include: Jesús Carrillo, Kodwo Eshun, Charlotte Higgins, Maria Lind, Andrea Phillips, and Lise Soskolne. The conference has been organised by Common Practice, an advocacy group based in London working for the recognition and fostering of the small-scale contemporary visual arts sector. Click here for further information.
As part of CCA’s commitment to fostering contemporary arts practice in the region, we are pleased to announce a short-term exhibition by Year 2 students on the HND Fine Art Programme at North West Regional College, Derry. Titled ‘Diversion’, the exhibition features 11 emerging artists working in a wide-range of media including video, sculpture, painting, and installation. The exhibition will be launched on Tuesday 27th January, 18:00-20:00 pm, with the exhibition continuing until Saturday 31st January, 12:00 – 18:00.