Thursday, 13 May 2010

Art rebels

Art Rebels

Catalyst Arts 1994-2010

Preview – Thursday 20th May

Exhibition Dates – 21st May – 12th June< /font>

Exhibiting artists:

Allan Hughes, Angela Darby, Benji DeBurca, Brendan O'Neill, Brian Patterson, Brown&Bri, Caelan Bristow, Cherie Driver, Cian Donnelly, Clive Murphy, Colm Clarke, Dan Shipsides, Deirdre McKenna, Dougal McKenzie, Duncan Campbell, Eilis O'Baoil, Elina Medley, Eoghan McTigue, Fiona Ní Mhaoilir, Fionnuala Doran, Fuyuka Shindo, Grainne Cullen, Helen Sharp, Johanna Leech, Julie Bacon, Justin McKeown, Karen Vaughan, Leo Devlin, Mark Orange, Meabh McDonnell, Peter Richards, Phil Collins, Philip Hession, Robert Peters, Sara O'Gorman, Seamus Harahan, Stephen Hackett, Susan Phillipz & Ursula Burke.

*Performances on the opening night from Julie Bacon, Brian Patterson & Peter Richards.

In darkest February 1996, the members of Catalyst Arts were invited to fill an empty box marked Art Rebels for the annual members show. 79 boxes were returned, and exhibited anonymously. The floorboards in the gallery were lifted up and the boxes placed between the beams, to be sealed off until 2010 when they would be unearthed and reopened. Now, in 2010 they reach their final destination. The Art Rebels boxes, like Catalyst, have survived the moves, the crises, the parties and the controversies of 14 years of artist led mayhem.

Art Rebels is a celebration of the creativity and ambition of the people that have made this possible- the directors who gave up two years of their lives to Catalyst. All of the exhibiting artists have served on the committee at some point from 1994 onwards; many have gone on to success as artists and curators, even being nominated for the Turner Prize, and others have taken on significant roles in the arts infrastructure of the UK and Ireland.

Art Rebels brings many of these people back together for the first time, with performances, discussions and workshops running alongside the gallery exhibition.

Cherie Driver will be working with Catalyst's extensive archive of art projects, publications and artifacts, making it accessible to the public and becoming an integral part of the exhibition.

Art Rebels Creative Careers Workshop

Monday 24th May, 1-5pm

Real, hands-on art world work experience has always been an important part of what Catalyst Arts offers its volunteers and directors. To celebrate the launch of Art Rebels, we’ve developed a careers workshop that offers a leg up to the next generation of creative talent in Northern Ireland.

The workshop is hosted by two of Catalyst’s ex-directors and looks at life after art college and how to find your feet in the art world, whether you’re aiming for a career as an artist, curator or arts manager. It’s aimed at final year students graduating from their MFA/BA fine art from the University of Ulster.

The workshop will take place from 1-5pm in the Catalyst gallery.
Numbers are strictly limited, so contact us by phone or email to reserve your place.

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