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.
Void is a contemporary art space housing two gallery spaces, six artists studios, an art school, a community gallery and a studio gallery. Void has 6 exhibitions per year showing the work of established international and Irish artists.
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 is now in its ninth year and has established an international reputation with 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, working with some of the most established artists and galleries internationally.
Access and Participation are central to the delivery of all of Void’s activities thus encouraging a greater understanding and appreciation of contemporary art for all. This is evident through the teaching in Void’s Art School, the Void Comix and also within the extensive outreach programme that Void facilitates in conjunction with the exhibition programme. Void hopes that by encouraging critical appreciation of and participation in contemporary art that the sector will grow in size and importance.
Void’s philosophy is to support artists at every stage of their career. This is evident through Void’s studio programme. The programme has recently flourished and now offers our studio artists the opportunity to expand their practice beyond their studios into three areas: Exhibitions, Exchanges and Workshops.
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 Board Members and Profession 2013
- Eamonn McCann (Chairperson)
- Hugh Doherty (Treasurer)
- Anne Crilly
Lecturer University of Ulster
- Sara Tuck
Researcher/ Previous Director of Create
Arts Management and Policies
- Martin McGinley
Editor Derry Journal
Media and Marketing
- Mark Nagurski
Director of Digital Derry
- 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