I was delighted to take part in this one day trans - disciplinary workshop at Bristol University. The venues were located around campus at the Royal Fort House and the Wills Memorial Building and the day was filled with diverse and provocative presentations of which mine was just one! I learned a lot - from gender non conformity at internment camps to auto -ethnography at the Imperial War Museum! Great keynote presentation by Prof. Christine Sylvester at the end of the day. Enjoyed a very bumpy flight home but was buoyed up by new ideas and thoughts!
The first in a series of exhibitions curated by Colin Darke - Unafraid Red - featuring the work of QSS members over the coming year. An opportunity for me to show all of Century (100 traces of war) and a few pieces from the Wounded Poppies series. Great turn out for the opening night on Thursday. The gallery is open Tues - Thurs each week . If you missed it you can read this review by Slavka Sverakova slavkasverakova.wordpress.com/2017/05/09/unafraid-red-april-6-may-4-2017-qss-belfast/
Took a day out of the studio to visit a photographer near Newcastle. On the way back, my scenic detour was a little longer and circuitous than planned (I got lost!). Still, it was an opportunity to drive around the Mourne Mountains and wonder at all the ruined cottages dotted about. Waited by a crossroads until a local eventually past and got me out of there!
Thanks to a grant from Arts Council Northern Ireland, I have been in hibernation and developing new work for exhibition later in 2017. The above image is a side bar but one for our times perhaps. From refugees to the imminent era of Trump, and the failed political system in Northern Ireland there seems to be increasing need to find a better way forward into the new year. I'll be giving it my best shot!
Summer is over and plenty of things on the horizon! Did a little travelling in Morocco to recharge the batteries before it all kicks off again. Upcoming in October - Belfast Open Studios (details to follow) and another opening of Intimate Transgressions, this time in Chiang Kai Shek Memorial Hall in Taipei. Check out my video + section to see the just released film of Irish Wave 2016 by Patrick Ketch. Keep busy!
Here's a small preview of just some of the work I have curated for Irish Wave 2016. The exhibition dates are from 12 March – 9 April 2016 starting with Birth of a Nation, at NING SPACE which opens: 5.30-8pm on 15 March at
2 Jiu Xian Qiao Road, 706 N 1 Street A05, 798 Art District, Beijing. Opening Hours: Mon-Sun 10am – 6pm. Then onto ‘STRUGGLE’ – Sanwei Art Center . This opens 6-8pm 19 March at 68 Xinqiao Road, Shanghai: Opening hours Tues-Sun 10am – 6pm . If you are going to Beijing or Shanghai at this time then look me up!
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