We have lots of exciting events, projects and workshops coming up at Void over the next couple of months

Our exhibition Beating a Retreat with Cevdet Erek has just opened, and soon we will be sharing a pre-recorded In Conversation between Void’s Director Mary Cremin and Cevdet Erek. Alongside this, our family programme continues onsite and online – more details below – and we are delighted to be hosting events as part of Culture Night and University of Atypical’s Bounce Festival. Our Youth Programme, Void Visionaries, will also continue with a series of graffiti workshops with Peaball as part of Good Relations week.

See below for more information about the events that will accompany Beating a Retreat, and stay tuned to our social media channels to hear about more upcoming events. If you have a group that you would like to bring to the gallery, please do email Maeve Butler on engage@derryvoid.com and we would be happy to organise a tour for you.

Culture Night at Void | Family Workshop
6 – 8pm, 17 September

Join us for a family workshop led by Zoe McSparron, which uses drawing as a medium to explore Cevdet Erek’s exhibition Beating a Retreat – a site specific sound art installation.

The gallery floor becomes a sketchpad while we conduct experiments in translating sound to drawing using a variety of drawing and movement exercises and tools including charcoal, crayons and markers. The workshop will encourage us to listen closely to the sounds that we hear and create our own visions from it.

This is a drop in session but please note that numbers in the gallery will be restricted so you may be required to come back at another point during the session if the gallery is full.

The Curiosity Club at Void
18 and 21 September
1.30pm + 3.30pm

We are excited to welcome back The Curiosity Club @ Void. The Engage education space will be set up with a number of activities that have been designed by artist Zoe McSparron, with instructions and materials available for you to self-direct through with your kids.

£3 per family, max family members 5. Book here.

Lunchtime Director’s Tour of Beating a Retreat, Cevdet Erek

1pm on 29 September

Void’s Director Mary Cremin will be leading a Director’s Tour of our current exhibition Beating a Retreat with artist Cevdet Erek. Join her to hear more about Cevdet’s work and the process of curating the exhibition remotely.

Cevdet Erek is an Istanbul based artist and musician. A background in architecture, sound engineering, and performing in a band forms the basis of his practice. In his working process Erek often responds to the architectural context through interventions, using sound to inhabit the space.

The exhibition was disrupted by COVID 19 and due to travel restrictions, has been developed remotely. Erek has developed Beating a Retreat through the lens of conversations, processes of experimentation and virtual tools. The conditions of production from a distance create a direct connection and correlation with some of the artist’s previous works; Room of Rhythms – Long Distance Relationship, Sydney Biennial, 2016 and A Long Distance Relation, MUAC, Mexico City, 2017.

Printing: Myths & Magic
Shannon Patterson
1 – 3pm, 2 October

Price: Free/Donation

Have you always wanted to learn how to print? Well now is your chance! Join artist Shannon Patterson on a creative journey, where you will learn how to make your very own personalised stamp and postcard using lino printing. This workshop is for beginners and will explore Irish traditions and rituals associated with Samhain as a starting point to get your creative juices flowing.

The University of Atypical is delighted to have joined forces with Void Gallery for this one off workshop with L/Derry based artist Shannon Patterson and is part of Bounce Arts Festival 2021.

Book your place here.

Age: 16 +

Life Drawing with Mel Bradley and Stephanie Gaumond
7 – 8.30pm, 13 October

We are delighted to begin a new programme of Life Drawing Classes at Void, starting on the 13th of October. Mel Bradley will be our model and Stephanie Gaumond will guide you through a range of drawing exercises. It costs £2 to secure your place.


Please note, due to Covid we are limiting numbers to 10 people. All attendees must wear masks and will be asked to sign in for Covid Tracing.

Book here.

Silver Tongued Deviance | Poetry night at Void Gallery
6.45 – 8.30pm, 20 October

Silver Tongued Deviance, a monthly open mic platform, open to Spoken Word performers/singers/ (acoustic) musicians returns to Void. These sessions occur in tandem with our Autumn exhibition Beating a Retreat, Cevdet Erek. While performers are invited to perform any pieces of work from their repertoire at the evening, you are welcome to develop and perform a work loosely in keeping with the theme of the bodhrán/drumming, which is a centre piece of this exhibition.

Silver Tongued Deviance is a collaboration with Bluebell Arts, Derry and hosted by spoken word artist, Frank Rafferty

Book your place here

Please note, due to Covid we are limiting numbers to 20 people. All attendees must wear masks and will be asked to sign in for Covid tracing.


Void Gallery is supported using public funding from Arts Council Northern Ireland, Department of Communities, The National Lottery Community Fund, Derry City and Strabane District Council, Enkalon Foundation, Ragdoll Foundation, COVID 19 Charities Fund, Art Fund, The Arts Society, Community Foundation NI, and Garfield Weston Foundation.

Void Gallery is also a member of the PlusTate network.