Void is a contemporary art space with up to 6 exhibitions per year showing the work of established international and Irish artists. A key element to the gallery is the Void Engage programme, which places participation, engagement and learning at the heart of Void, making contemporary visual art accessible to visitors of all ages.
In January 2003, a group of artists in Derry formed (DADA) Derry’s Artists for Derry’s Art with a vision of creating a contemporary art space with the remit of showing established Irish and international artists. The vision for this space included artists’ studios and a high quality education programme delivering an organisational ideology of ‘supporting artists at every stage of their career.’
The group secured Peace II funding through the Local Strategy Partnership and spent the next two years building the project, formulating an initial exhibition programme and supervising the refurbishment of the basement of the Old City Shirt Factory.
In January 2005, the Void Art Centre (Void) – a non-profit limited company with charitable status opened its doors with its inaugural exhibition Peripheral Vision. In July 2015, after ten years, the gallery launched its newly refurbished and fully accessible space the first floor of the Old City Shirt Factory, with the photographic exhibition A Many Splintered Thing.
Void, now in its eleventh year has established an international reputation for its wide-ranging and challenging exhibition programme. The exhibition programme is curated by a diverse group of art practitioners and artists, whose confluence of ideas generates a unique forward-thinking programme, in partnership with established artists and galleries internationally.
Access and Participation are central to the delivery of all of Void’s activities thus encouraging a greater understanding, engagement and appreciation of contemporary art. Void produces Void Comix with the aim of increasing access for younger audiences and through the Void Engage programme actively seek to bring people into the gallery through a wide range of interactive activities such as workshops, talks, tours, screenings and seminars.
In 2013 Void created Void Sites, an extensive programme which brought contemporary art outside of the gallery space and into the public realm in the form of artists gardens and a radio residency in partnership with Resonance FM. Void Sites will continue each year further increasing access to contemporary visual art.
Void’s philosophy is to support artists at every stage of their career. We provide access to research materials, meeting spaces and professional development opportunities. Void hope that by encouraging critical appreciation of, and participation in contemporary art practice that the audience for the sector will grow in size and the importance of contemporary visual art to our daily lives will be more readily appreciated.
Void’s Mission statement:
Void exists to present the contemporary visual arts and to support artists, through a programme of exhibitions, related educational and outreach activities from a national and international perspective.
Void Board Members and Profession 2015
- Eamonn McCann (Chairperson)
- Hugh Doherty (Treasurer)
- Sara Tuck
Researcher/ Previous Director of Create
Arts Management and Policies
- Maoliosa Boyle
Artist / Manager Void
- Jonathan Cummins
Filmmaker / Lecturer, University of Ulster
- Gregory McCartney
Curator, writer, editor of Abridged
- Conor McFeely
Artist / Lecturer North West Regional College
- Ciaran O Dohartaigh
- Susanne Stich
- Orla Ryan
Artist / Lecturer Carlow IT
- Declan Sheehan
Curator Picturing Derry
- Dr. Mhairi Sutherland
Artist / Educator