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.
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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.
In conjunction with our forthcoming exhibition, Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain, PVA (the journal of contemporary art criticism) will deliver two day-long workshops on writing art criticism. These workshops, taking place in February and March, will be led by PVA editors and art critics Nathan O’Donnell and Marysia Wieckiewicz-Carroll, with talks by guest writers Rebecca O’Dwyer and Morgan Quaintance. These workshops are for writers at any level with an interest in writing about art.
Through a mixture of theoretical and practical exercises, participants will engage as critics with the exhibition material, producing reviews and other texts in response. These will be open and welcoming sessions, exploring some of the major questions facing the writer on visual art, and asking what it means to produce a regional art criticism.
Workshop #1 Saturday, 7 February, 10 am – 5 pm (with guest writer Rebecca O’Dwyer)
Workshop #2 date Saturday, 7 March, 10 am – 5 pm (with guest writer Morgan Quaintance)
Workshops are free but registration is essential. Please contact email@example.com for further information or to register. The project forms part of CCA’s ‘Open Book’ programme supported by Arts Council Northern Ireland / Derry City Council Legacy Funds,
Image: Melanie Bonajo, Night Soil, video still, 2014
CCA Director Matt Packer has selected artist John Russell for an exhibition at Black Church Print Studio, Dublin, opening on Friday 16th January and continuing until 31st January 2015. The exhibition, titled Eton, is the latest in a series of exhibition at BCPS selected by guest curators. A performance by the artist will take place on the opening evening, at 7pm.
John Russell was a founder member of the London-based art group BANK (1990-2000) and as part of that collective practice was responsible for the production of a series of exhibitions and artworks throughout the 1990s. Since 2000 he has worked both independently and collaboratively to produce paintings, films, large-scale digital images, publications and curational projects, at venues in the UK, Europe and the US including Tate, Royal Academy London, and Nottingham Contemporary. In addition, he has edited and designed three books Frozen Tears 1-3, (ARTicle Press, 2003-2007) and written for publications such as Frieze, eflux and Mute Magazine.
CCA will be closed from Tuesday 23 December through to Tuesday 6 January. Sarah Poots’ exhibition, Can be used over and over, is available to view through this period by appointment. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to welcoming you in 2015.
Artist Hu Yun will be in residence at CCA in December, researching the storytelling traditions and colonial interactions between China and Northern Ireland. Based in Shanghai, Hu Yun has developed projects for Magician Space, Beijing, Natural History Museum, London, 7th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale, and 4th Guangzhou Triennial. He was previously artist in residence at Gasworks, London, and iaspis, Stockholm.
Hu Yun’s research will be developed into an artist book that will be launched at CCA in May 2015. The project forms part of CCA’s ‘Open Book’ programme supported by Arts Council Northern Ireland / Derry City Council Legacy Funds, with additional support from The British Council.
CCA is looking for a part-time Curator (Exhibitions) to assist the Director in the development, management, and delivery of the temporary exhibition programme. For further information, please download the job description and application details here. Deadline for applications: 31st October, 5pm.
Posters have just arrived for our new residency project with Sarah Browne and respondent artists. We’re looking for participants to explore ideas around animal and human interaction and animal knowledge. Contact us at email@example.com for more information.
Our current exhibition, Magic Touch, featuring work by Kate Davis, Jessie Flood-Paddock, Katja Novitskova, Pádraig Spillane, and Artie Vierkant, is reviewed by Chris Clarke in the September 2014 issue (No. 379) of Art Monthly. Read the review in Art Monthly or contact us for a scan of the review.
Image: Magic Touch installation view