<![CDATA[Pressat Main Newswire]]> https://pressat.co.uk/ https://pressat.co.uk/media/site/logo.png https://pressat.co.uk/releases/rss/ en-gb Copyright: (C) Pressat Pressat <![CDATA[ Haerfest opens at CCA Derry~Londonderry ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/haerfest-opens-at-cca-derrylondonderry-4f6f02876ecd0318ceb9e65f2123ec4f https://pressat.co.uk/releases/haerfest-opens-at-cca-derrylondonderry-4f6f02876ecd0318ceb9e65f2123ec4f Wednesday 21 August, 2019
Åsa Sonjasdotter, Asunción Molinos Gordo, Kevin Gaffney, Sonya Schönberger
27 August – 12 October 2019Launch event: Thursday 29 August 2019, 7–9pm

Bringing together four artists working with ideas around agriculture, trade and the politics of produce, Haerfest takes its name from the Old English word for the harvest season. Works in Haerfest draw on historical and contemporary narratives around inequalities within the international “free market” that produce both scarcity and glut, and consider the environmental and social impacts of changing farming methods and scales of production. The exhibition includes film, photography, textiles and audio works.

Kevin Gaffney is currently studying for his PhD at Ulster University. His film A Numbness in the Mouth takes place in the near-future on a self-sustaining, militarised island where climate change has benefited agricultural production. An enforced ration system shows a surplus of flour and, in order to retain economic balance between supply and demand, each citizen is requested to consume more than five pounds of flour per day resulting in absurd and increasingly horrific outcomes.

Sonya Schönberger is a Berlin-based German artist whose practice combines her studies in social anthropology and experimental media design in her artistic practice. Following her research into the impact of the Kenyan cut flower industry, she has developed a body of work, Kenyan Roses for the Kingdom. This project combines photography and documentary to discuss the geopolitical background story of the cut-roses and their colonial entanglement from the time of the British Empire until today.

Asunción Molinos Gordo divides her time between Cairo, Egypt and her hometown of Guzmán, Spain. Her practice is centred around the social and cultural changes that are taking place within the rural context, “always looking at what we are leaving behind in the rush of progress”. Ghost Agriculture (Unlimited Resource Farming) uses source material from satellite images of the delta and riverbanks of the Nile showing the thousands of small, rectangular plots of land cultivated by 4 million fellahin (Egyptian peasants) supplying the food demands of the nation. By contrast, large circles, roughly 25 times larger, appear in the reclaimed desert land, cultivated by a handful of private companies in partnership with the central government for the international export market.

Åsa Sonjasdotter is a Swedish artist who has devoted much attention to the potato plant. The potatoes that were bred and cultivated during the introduction of industrialisation of food systems carry memory of early colonial and capitalist transformations. The cultivating of these older varieties today, make possible a reconnection and re-reading of their embodied memory. Åsa presents different perspectives on these historical spacetimes. She works across narrative formats in various long-term projects. CCA is presenting a special screening of a new film produced by the artist on Saturday 5 October 2019, 3pm.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a Public Programme of events.

This exhibition and associated events are made possible through the generous support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and with the further support of Derry City and Strabane District Council. Sponsorship from Caldwell & Robinson, The Sandwich.co.

CCA Derry~Londonderry10–12 Artillery StDerry~Londonderry BT48 6RG, Northern Ireland+44 (0) 2871 373538Opening hours:Tuesday to Saturday, 12–6pm (during exhibitions)Admission Free

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21 Aug 2019 17:09:16 GMT
<![CDATA[ Fast Slow Fast final week at CCA Derry~Londonderry ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/fast-slow-fast-final-week-at-cca-derrylondonderry-587678c5fe0b28aa0e0c4a9307e62389 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/fast-slow-fast-final-week-at-cca-derrylondonderry-587678c5fe0b28aa0e0c4a9307e62389 Thursday 8 August, 2019

Fast Slow Fast Artists: Catriona Leahy, Darren Nixon, Joan Alexander8 June–10 August 2019

Fast Slow Fast presents artists’ works connected by ideas of temporality, the ephemeral and the effects of action over time.

Joan Alexander uses photography, film and drawing to investigate time and finitude. Joan traces the movement of light over time in her shadow dial works. Through linear drawings and photography, Joan attempts to chart and solidify the ethereality of shadows as quiet markers of the passage of time. Joan will be creating new shadow dial works at CCA as well as presenting Dust, a film capturing the passage of light through floating dust particles.

Catriona Leahy examines time, duration and memory in both personal and wider social contexts. She is intrigued by the enduring presence and stability of structures and form – social, physical, geographical and cultural – and the transitory and malleable nature of memory. In Catriona’s film Sedementation, an illustration of a City Hall on paper absorbs water until the page is fully saturated. The resulting blurred image is a shadowy form of what might have been. Redundant and vacant spaces feature in Catriona’s work including prints of historical structures and coal dust mapping industrial spaces, commenting on both the brevity and impact of human activity on our environment.

Darren Nixon created a new, offsite work, Dislocate, as part of this exhibition. Darren uses painting, sculpture, photography, film, live movement and sound and is interested in the way these forms move amongst and inform each other. He creates shifting environments, which respond to but refuse to settle in the spaces and the time in which they find themselves. Darren used a set of recordings from two days spent working with dancer Lydia Swift as a starting point to then work with dancer Janie Doherty and others to create new work that unfolded across the offsite space over the fortnight.

For more information visit: cca-derry-londonderry.org/exhibitions/fast-slow-fast

This exhibition and associated events are made possible through the generous support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and with the further support of Derry City and Strabane District Council. Sponsorship from Caldwell & Robinson, The Sandwich.co and the Richmond Centre for providing the venue for this offsite project.

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08 Aug 2019 14:25:56 GMT
<![CDATA[ CCA Derry~Londonderry adopts Early Warning Signs by Ellie Harrison for 2019 ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/cca-derrylondonderry-adopts-early-warning-signs-by-ellie-harrison-for-2019-c88a853124dbafdccb2c189a667287b5 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/cca-derrylondonderry-adopts-early-warning-signs-by-ellie-harrison-for-2019-c88a853124dbafdccb2c189a667287b5 Wednesday 13 February, 2019


Early Warning Signs is an ongoing project by artist Ellie Harrison.

Initiated at Two Degrees festival in 2011, the project aims to allow the four rotating 'climate change' signs she produced for the festival to continue to promote their cause long into the future. Each autumn, four new host venues are invited to 'adopt a sign', agreeing to keep it on public display for the following year.

The yellow on black sign was adopted by the Centre for Contemporary Art here in Derry~Londonderry to be displayed outside the gallery for 2019. This marks the first time a sign has visited Northern Ireland.

"I'm very excited to see the sign arrive in Northern Ireland. It has been travelling around the UK since 2011, displayed outside arts venues in London, Glasgow, Birmingham, Northampton, Derby, Sussex and Southampton. The weather is starting to age it as it travels, but its aim remains the same to grab people's attention and provoke discussion and debate about climate change. It's be interesting to see what response it gets in Derry-Londonderry" Ellie Harrison.

The four signs are at the following venues throughout 2019:

CCA Derry~Londonderry10-12 Artillery StreetDerry~LondonderryBT48 6RG

Central Saint Martins Granary Building Granary Square London N1C 4AA Creative Factory Middlesbrough Town Hall Albert Road Middlesbrough TS1 2QJ Kinning Park Complex Cornwall Street Glasgow G41 1BA

MOV: Early Warning Signs (2011) by Ellie Harrison outside CCA Derry~Londonderry
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13 Feb 2019 03:23:40 GMT
<![CDATA[ SMILING, SWEATING AND RESISTING OPENS AT CCA DERRY~LONDONDERRY ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/smiling-sweating-and-resisting-opens-at-cca-derrylondonderry-37bf18306083ad09774b92761a510a4a https://pressat.co.uk/releases/smiling-sweating-and-resisting-opens-at-cca-derrylondonderry-37bf18306083ad09774b92761a510a4a Friday 2 November, 2018
Smiling, Sweating and ResistingBárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca, Mitch Conlon, Sonia Boyce, Susan Connolly27 October – 21 December 2018

Smiling, Sweating and Resisting is a group exhibition of works that circulate around the idea of the carnival and its promiscuous, politically-charged performances. The exhibition departs from the Halloween celebrations in Derry, where suppressed divisions and counternarratives to the conflict of the last 50 years can be seen to emerge in distorted forms, carnivalesque inversions and the overlay of dissonant symbolic systems.

Works in the exhibition use carnival and the carnivalesque to think through the conditions of plantation life and sugar production in the Caribbean and their dependence on the transatlantic slave trade (Sonia Boyce); the nascent bashment, hip hop and dancehall scenes in Belfast in the early 2000s (Mitch Conlon); and the intersection of vernacular culture, gender and socio-economic issues in northern Brazil, as embodied in ‘Frevo’ dance traditions (Bárbara Wagner & Benjamin de Burca).

Inspired by these works and the visual vocabulary of the carnival, Susan Connolly’s exhibition design uses ‘process’ colours at an outsize scale to consider the slippage between the precision of printing and the imperfections inherent in the handmade.

Events accompanying the exhibition include peer critique, artist surgeries and CCA’s reading group booksvscigarettes.

Visit cca-derry-londonderry.org/exhibitions/smiling-sweating-and-resisting for the full list.

About CCA:Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry (CCA) fosters a wide range of artistic, curatorial, and critical practices through five programme streams: research and production, exhibition-making, public programmes, publishing, and residencies.

Mission: CCA creates opportunities for audiences to experience ambitious, experimental and engaging art, and for emerging artists to develop successful careers. We welcome artists and projects with a connection to our region and collaborate with others to strengthen the arts, locally, nationally and internationally.

CCA is supported by Arts Council Northern Ireland and Derry City and Strabane District Council.

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02 Nov 2018 19:40:59 GMT
<![CDATA[ CALL FOR ARTISTS | URGENCIES ]]> https://pressat.co.uk/releases/call-for-artists-urgencies-d07e946fa26d955fd253f7ea1c44b414 https://pressat.co.uk/releases/call-for-artists-urgencies-d07e946fa26d955fd253f7ea1c44b414 Friday 2 November, 2018

URGENCIES is a new group exhibition at CCA Derry~Londonderry from 18 January–16 March 2019. This exhibition is selected from an open call, seeking to take the temperature of what artists working today consider to be urgent.

We are living in a time of rapid change, unrest and unpredictability. From forced migration, increasing precarity and expanding inequality across the globe, to the collapse of Stormont and the spectre of a hard Brexit border, to the ongoing campaigns for the extension of marriage equality and abortion rights to the North – this is a time of dissolving certainties.

This call seeks artists in the earlier stages of their careers based in Northern Ireland or with a connection to the region, who address urgencies through their work, to apply. The artworks will be selected by CCA’s new Director, Catherine Hemelryk and Artist Willie Doherty. Applications can consist of existing work or proposals for unrealised work.

Each selected artist will receive an exhibition fee, transport and in the case of unrealised works, a modest production budget. CCA will support artists curatorially and help connect artists looking to work with community groups at CCA or offsite.


Applications should demonstrate how the work is urgent and relates to CCA in this location in Derry~Londonderry at this time in history. Consider including information on the presentation of the work, equipment supplied or required and – for unrealised works, performances and pieces working with communities – include practical considerations and outline costs.

To apply please complete the application form, Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form and email it with a current CV to info@cca-derry-londonderry.org using the subject heading URGENCIES APPLICATION + YOUR NAME by 20 November 2018, midnight, or by post to:

Mel Bradley, AdministratorCCA Derry~Londonderry10–12 Artillery StreetDerry~LondonderryBT48 6RGNorthern Ireland

Forms available at cca-derry-londonderry.org/opportunities

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02 Nov 2018 19:40:53 GMT