Mike Crane & Lee Welch, Assembly Room 1, 2012. HD video.


Mike Crane & Lee Welch, Assembly Room 1, 2012. HD video.

If what they say is true

Lee Welch

01.12.2012 - 13.01.2013

Curated by: Aileen Burns & Johan Lundh

CCA is pleased to announce the opening of our new venue with a commission by Lee Welch. Selected from a shortlist of applicants by a jury consisting of artist Locky Morris, writer Paul O’Neill, and curator Emily Pethick, Welch is the first recipient of CCA’s annual commission for an emerging artist with a connection to our region. This opportunity has been made possible through the generous support of Arts & Business NI, Caldwell & Robinson Solicitors, and The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

If what they say is true is a series of recurrent motifs that take shape in printed matter, arrangements and displays, objects, texts, and unwieldy social situations, that index a larger structure. The environment filters perceptions, adjusting not only one's sense of the surroundings but also one's awareness of others. Situations and events framed within this context ignite potential for unforeseen participation and communication between artist, artwork and audience.

Welch’s work has been featured in numerous exhibitions, such as Amikejo, Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, León, Spain; Clifford Irving Show, Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp, Belgium and Non-knowledge, Project Arts Centre, Dublin. Next year, he will present a solo exhibition at the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane.

The opening of If what they say is true coincides with the official opening of CCA’s new space at 10-12 Artillery Street. Entertainment and refreshments will be provided from 7 pm until late. Free and open to everyone.


CCA is supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland/The Lottery Fund, Northern Ireland Executive Supported by The Urban Regeneration Company Ilex, the Department for Social Development, Derry~ Londonderry City of Culture 2013, Caldwell & Robinson Solicitors, Arts & Business, Crown Paints, and our members and benefactors.