Thank you to all who attended Derek Jarman's The Last of England which ran from 16 November 2019 – 18 January 2020. The exhibition focused on work that was made during the 1980s and marked a shift in his focus from the personal to the political. In this exhibition Jarman’s politics and activism were at the forefront; the GBH painting series (1983-84) and his film The Last Of England (1987) reflecting and resonating with our current political environment. The exhibition was well received and we held a range of events from film screenings, talks, and workshops. We welcomed community groups such as Eden Arts Centre and The Playtrail and partnered with University of Ulster on a talks series featuring Michael Charlesworth and Francesca Balboni from the University of Texas, Austin. Void would especially like to thank film producer and moving image curator James Mackay for giving an illuminating introduction to Jarman's Super 8 films – a selection of which were screened as part of the opening events.
Our Void Engage education programme is kindly supported by http://www.artscouncil-ni.org/, Derry City and Strabane District Council, Edward Gostling Foundation, Enkalon Foundation, Esme Mitchell, Garfield Weston Foundation, Halifax, Ireland Funds, Ragdoll Foundation, and Ulverscroft.