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Open Call for Curators for New Spaces Project, Derry

Application deadline extension: Friday 11 May

Visual Artists Ireland, Northern Ireland invite curators to take part in New Spaces. This year long project offers four emerging curators the unique opportunity to develop all aspects of their practice by providing the space and budget to produce four exhibitions with artists of their selection, mentorship from experienced curators Mary Cremin (Void), Sara Greavu (CCA Derry~Londonderry) alongside two other high profile curators based in Northern Ireland and assistance throughout from project officers Rob Hilken & Anne Marie McKee.

New Spaces is a programme of 16 contemporary art exhibitions in four unconventional spaces across the Derry City and Strabane District Council area. Curators will be selected from an open call and will each produce four exhibitions over an eight month period. Each exhibition will run for up to 4 weeks.

View the full project brief here: New Spaces – Call for Curators

Project Aims

● Create opportunities for artists and curators
● Increase the number of skilled arts professionals/producers
● Retain talent in the region
● Develop long-term private sector partners
● Enhance the reputation of Derry City and Strabane as a centre of artistic excellence


The programme will include a programme of support and mentoring for selected curators that will be delivered by Visual Artists Ireland in partnership with local arts partners, Void gallery, CCA, Derry~Londonderry, and Nerve Visual. The mentoring programme will see participants work with experienced curators to develop their proposals, gain project management skills and enhance their professional networks.

Mary Cremin, New Spaces project mentor and Director of Void Gallery, has recently been selected to curate the Irish Pavilion at the 2019 Venice Biennale.

A two-day workshop – Project Management for the Visual Arts – will be delivered within the first month of the project.

The Spaces

We are currently in the process of finalising the venue partners. Venues will be high footfall, unconventional spaces in the Derry City and Strabane District Council. Confirmed at this stage are the Walled City Brewery, Gwyn’s Café and Pavilion, Brooke Park and The Cottage, Craft Village. The final venue is to be confirmed.

Curators will each produce four exhibitions, one in each of the four venues. It is anticipated that the first exhibitions of the programme will open on 23rd June 2018. The details of all exhibitions in the programme should be finalised prior to the programme going to print at the beginning of June.


● Curators will receive a fee of £250 per exhibition
● There is a fee of £200 per artist or artist collective (one fee per exhibition)
● There is a limited budget available for travel and transportation
● There is a limited budget available for installation costs

Each exhibition has a budget for one artist, or artist collective. There is also a limited budget for transportation of artworks and installation costs. Budgets must agreed in advance with the project officer. Special consideration should be given to project logistics within proposals. VAI artist payment guidelines dictate that the available fee will not be suitable for experienced artists or commissioning new work.

How to Apply

Curators are invited to submit proposals for two exhibitions according to the brief.

● Outlined proposal for Walled City Brewery and Gwyn’s Café and Pavilion, Brooke Park
● Covering letter that outlines your suitability according to the criteria outlined in the brief (no more than one side of A4)
● CV

Send your applications to:

If you have any questions about the position please contact Rob Hilken on the above email address or by telephone on 028 9587 0361

Principal Funder Arts Council NI through Lottery Funds in partnership with Derry City and Strabane District Council.

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Postgraduate Scholarships (ACW)

Following the successes of the two Masters programs offered by the School of Visual Culture at the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, a scholarship worth full tuition fees will be awarded to a student on the MA Art in the Contemporary World and the MA Design History and Material Culture. The scholarships will be awarded on academic merit and all applicants are eligible, including EU and non EU students.

To be eligible for consideration for one of the Visual Culture MA tuition Scholarship awards applicants should apply for admission to the programme in the normal way. In addition you should submit a one page covering letter outlining your academic achievements and the reason why you should be considered for the scholarship award. Please refer to Postgraduate Admissions for application procedures.

Both MA programmes are offered on a full-time or part-time basis over one or two years respectively. Click here for information on application guidelines, fees and funding. Application/admissions queries to

Deadline for applications: 30th April 2018

Austin Hearne – ‘Remains’ opening/ artist talk at Pallas Projects/Studios

Austin Hearne—Remains

Opening reception: 6–8pm Thursday 19th April 2018
Exhibition runs: 12–6pm Thursday 19th – Saturday 28th April
Gallery open: Thursday–Saturday
Artist’s talk: Saturday 28th April 2pm, in conversation with ACW alumni Michelle Hall

Pallas Projects/Studios are pleased to present Austin Hearne—Remains the second exhibition of our Artist-Initiated Projects programme.

“The visual and architectural apparatus of the Church is the embodiment of Catholic doctrine; promulgating the notion that one must submit oneself entirely, body and soul, to be a ‘good’ Catholic. Austin Hearne’s work reflects upon this but also injects a frisson of titillation via an irreverent and occasionally dark celebration of its sensuality.”

—excerpt from Of Lillies and Remains, Pádraic E. Moore

What remains when the other parts have been taken away, consumed, rotted. The Catholic Church is sick, dying, dead, remaining. Its remains stubborn, permanent – can not and will not rot. They are an empty carcass, leftover, ready to be re-inhabited, reanimated by the next wave in its sicker, deadlier form.

Austin Hearne’s practice is rooted in photography wherein he explores its possibilities to produce installations, objects and performances that expand the limits of the photograph and indeed the medium. Prints, furnishings, wallpapers, garments and the materials of the painting and decorating industry all feature, carrying his created imagery and weaved narratives which merge fact and fiction, creating worlds, characters and scenarios that may or may not exist.

Hearne’s research stems from an analysis of the surfaces, iconography and politics of the Catholic Church, with the churches of Dublin and beyond serving as impetus for works in this show. The majesty and misery of this institution’s past and present dwells in the exhibition, with Hearne presenting photographs as interior decor and furniture. One of these pieces entitled Slab, a functional painter and decorator’s wallpaper pasting table acts as a storyboard, holding constructed photographs coalesced with archival documentary photos from the artist’s archive. This amalgamation of photographic work spans two decades posing narratives that the viewer can but glean.

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A weekend of talks, performances and artist responses within a historical home in South Belfast curated by Hickey + Hickey, featuring ACW student Dorothy HUNTER.

Exhibiting Artists
Sighle BHREATHNACH-CASHELL, Joseph BEUYS, Declan CLARKE, John D’ARCY, Irina GHEORGHE, Allan HUGHES, Tom HUGHES, Dorothy HUNTER, Alexey KRASNOVSKY, Gillian LAWLER, Julie LOVETT, Roseanne LYNCH, Colin MARTIN, Lorcan McGEOUGH, Una MONAGHAN, Maeve O’LYNN, Tullis RENNIE, Penelope WARD, AMINI (Artist’s Moving Image Northern Ireland)

This exhibition is made in response to a recent unexpected discovery about the house. During WW2 it held a secret function as the Northern Irish Intelligence Headquarters for a covert operation involving a network of secret listeners who tuned in to their radio sets in homes across the province listening to enemy communications. The logs recorded by the listeners were forwarded to ‘Heathcote’, where they were transferred directly to codebreakers in Bletchley Park to be decrypted.

Events Programme – Friday 20 – Sunday 22 April 2018

Friday 6pm – 8pm Opening Reception
Friday 7pm Opening Performance: HIVE Choir
Saturday 2pm Reading: Julio Cortázar’s ‘House Taken Over’ followed by new exhibition response by Maeve O’Lynn
Saturday 3pm Performance: Tullis Rennie
Sunday 11am Lecture: Penelope Ward
Sunday 1pm Screening: Presented by AMINI with talk by Jaqueline Holt
Sunday 3pm Performance: Tullis Rennie

Opening Times for exhibition (viewing by appointment)
Saturday 21 April, 11am – 5pm
Sunday 22 April, 11am- 5pm

For more information, to view the exhibition or to book an event please email us at

House Taken Over is presented as part of the Sonorities Festival organised by the Sonic Arts Research Centre at Queen’s University Belfast and includes work that draws on core festival themes: forms of listening, techno-human encounters and matters such as machine-listening and audio-coding.

This project is generously supported by the British Council. With thanks to Irish Art Courier and Golden Thread Gallery

Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris: House Taken Over is part one of a project which will result in a group exhibition on surveillance in the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris (September – December 2018) and in Solstice Arts Centre Navan in 2019.

Hickey + Hickey is the collaborative curatorial practice of sisters Ciara Hickey (Learning Producer at Hillsborough Castle since 2017, Co-Director of Household Belfast and former Curator at Belfast Exposed) and Nora Hickey M’Sichili (Director of the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris, Ireland’s International Arts Centre, since 2013 and former Director of Mermaid Arts Centre in Bray).

GUM Collective in Residency at the National Gallery

ACW Students Stephen Lau and Sadbh O’Brien as part of GUM Collective along with Aaron Smyth, Alex de Roeck, Aimee Gallagher, Ciara O’Brien Ciaran Gallen and Sofya Mikhaylova are undertaking a residency at the National Gallery from 1 – 30 April 2018.

“As part of the education and public programme for Emil Nodle: Colour is Life, GUM, a young artist collective, have been invited to engage with, and respond to the exhibition originally printmaking students fro the National College of Art and Design, Dublin, the members of GUM have evolved beyond print to embrace other art forms including sculpture, assemblage, video, performance, animation and paint. However, the community ethos and core sensibilities associated with printmaking continue to inform their practice.

For the month of April 2018, GUM will be based here in the Millennium Wing Studio at the National Gallery of Ireland. Working as artist in residence they will investigate the life and work of Emil Nolde, both through their individual art practices and via an evolving programme of education and public engagement activities. Detalis of these activities will be posted in advance outside the Millennium Wing Studio and on the Gallery’s social media accounts. The residency will culminate in a display of work produces by the collective. Open May|3|10|17|24|31. ”

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