Artist Talks | Steve McCullagh and Simon Mills

June 29 – June 30

Jun 29 at 4:30 PM to Jun 30 at 7 PM

Platform Arts Belfast
1 Queen Street, BT1 6 Belfast

Platform invites you to join us for an afternoon of discussion with the artists’ of our current exhibition and guest speakers.

Starting at 4.30pm

”Chaâba Valley, Safi Morocco.
Safi is famed for its ceramic production and over 100 workshops and kilns were built in the valley. Despite practicing in this environment for several generations the community has now been relocated to a new studio complex in another part of the city.”

Artist Simon Mills will host a discussion on his photographic work and installation in relation to the process of documenting not only the physical landscape of ‘the valley’ but the cultural, economic and political landscape of the region itself.

Simon Mills is a Belfast based documentary photographer. As well as exploring making processes and communities, his work also examines land use and our changing relationship with the landscape.

*Interlude with refreshments and discussion*

Starting 6pm

”Life on land is a multi format exhibition comprising of a series of large photographic prints and a sculptural installation of living mudskipper fish. The prints miscommunicate their subject: the sea. Wave ripples and singular reflections of light are obscured, as if the body of water is distilled down to its prototypical component. McCullagh’s artworks address the phenomenology of space and the subjectivity of perception studied through the photographic medium. Highlighting perceptual manipulation the works question the way we perceive things through direct interaction, expanding analysis and given contexts.

Presented by Platform Arts artist Steve McCullagh will discuss the development of his current Exhibition Life On Land with Dr. Francis Halsall, writer and Co-Director of the MA Art in the Contemporary World at The National Collage of Art Dublin and Dr. Ruby Wallis Artist and MFA Lecturer at Burren College of Art, Galway.”