New space for Void
There are lots of exciting new developments at Derry based contemporary art space, Void. In recent months Void has entered into a new period of growth and development.
A new Board of Directors has been formed and most recently the organisation has received a substantial uplift from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Derry City and Strabane District Council towards new premises on the first floor of The City Factory Building.
“For ten years, Void has operated from underground premises tucked discreetly away on Patrick Street near the city centre in what once was the basement store of a shirt factory, presenting cutting-edge exhibitions and performances from all arts and parts, keeping Derry and the world abreast of one another. Void has now found new space where art and imagination can blossom and billow, transcending division, and abrasion at the interfaces of our society, spark new ideas, understandings and syntheses”, the newly appointed Chair of Void, Eamonn Mc Cann commented.
Speaking about Void, Deirdre Robb, Visual Arts Officer, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented
"The Arts Council is delighted to see Void move wholly into the City Factory following an uplift in their annual funding. The Arts Council is committed to bringing high calibre visual arts to Northern Ireland and this impressive space will offer Void greater opportunities to collaborate with international galleries and to bring high quality work to Northern Ireland audiences. We also extend a warm welcome to new Chair of Void, Eamonn McCann and wish him every success in this role.”
And the reaction from Oonagh McGillion, The 2013 Legacy Director, is really positive too
"I would like to congratulate Void in taking over the lease of the City Factory gallery space in Patrick St. Since 2013 the former Derry City Council held this lease and helped to create one of the largest visual arts spaces in Northern Ireland. This was in response to the unprecedented demand for visual arts programming in the City of Culture year and Council post 2013 had maintained the space for Legacy programming until April this year with support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.With a lot of hard work from Void they have secured the resources to develop the most exciting visual arts space in Northern Ireland and I am sure they will deliver a programme of visual arts exhibitions that will rival and be the envy of any contemporary gallery in these islands. The citizens and visitors to the Derry City and Strabane District Council area will directly benefit from this new development at Void."
Maoliosa Boyle Director of Void said
“This is an exciting time for the organisation. Since April 2014 Void has been programming the much larger galleries in the City Factory. . This has enabled us to grow both the exhibition and engage programmes and make new connections, nationally and internationally. However new developments necessitate change and it became clear to the Board of Directors when considering the future that maintaining the basement space in addition to the new gallery was untenable. This put both the studio programme and the Art School at risk. Whilst Void were able to secure an agreement for the studio spaces to be maintained, sadly no solution could be found to enable the Art School to be kept. Void Art School has been a significant part of Void's growth and development over the last eight years. It is therefore with deep regret that the School has had to close with the loss of a valued staff member due to a lack of resources.” Maoliosa went on thank the outgoing Chair Stephen Mc Cauley “Stephen has been the Chair of Void Board of Directors for the last five years. He has been an invaluable member of the team leading Void with great creative passion and energy throughout this time. Stephen is an incredible advocate for the arts in Derry and continues to be a patron of the organisation.”
Void is due to re-launch with a grand opening on Saturday 18th July. Further details of this and other events are available on the Void website, www.derryvoid.com