Helen Cammock The Long Note

Overview of Engage Events


Thank you to everyone who visited Helen Cammock's The Long Note which celebrated the anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement of 1968 and the role of women in particular.

The Long Note was a very popular show, with close to 600 visitors for our Engage programme of events, with over 25 tours, workshops, tours, performances, and an in conversation between Helen and curator Mary Cremin.

Artist filmmaker Mara Cavalli made a video which provides an overview of the exhibition. You can watch the video here.


Opening events

Friday 5th October, 6:30-9pm


We were delighted to welcome Bernadette Devliln McAliskey who formally launched the exhibition. Bernadette was one of the primary interviewees on the film The Long Note – commissioned specially by Void to celebrate the role of women in the Civil Rights Movement in Derry in 1968. We were also delighted to welcome other women who appeared on the film and who were involved at the time.


School Groups, Tours, and Family Workshops

Continuous throughout exhibition


We welcomed several school and community groups such as North West Regional College, Moville Community College, Artbridge Youth Community, and Western Trust. Each group responded positively to the exhibition and its subject matter.

We also welcomed Leann McLaughin who led an immensely popular Dreamcatcher Workshop and Helen Cammock came back towards the end of the show to run a series of workshops with women from the local community. Artist facilitator Karen Cassidy also ran our annual Christmas Decorations Making workshop which brought lots of Christmas cheer to the gallery.


In Conversation – Helen Cammock & Mary Cremin

Saturday 15th December


We were delighted to present this insightful event with curator Mary Cremin and artist Helen Cammock.


The Long Note – Workshops and Live Performance


Workshops 11-13 December

Performance: Friday 14th December, 8pm


During this week of workshops, women and girls from the local community of Derry met with artist Helen Cammock at Void to write the words to the composition The Long Note. Helen wrote the piece whilst making the film of the same name that was on display at Void and which celebrates and commemmorates women and their role in the Northern Irish Civil Rights Movement and beyond.

Void Gallery commissioned the film The Long Note and presented it to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement in Derry.

Helen and Void would like to thank all of those who took part in the event:

Alison Page, Amore, Audrey Doherty, Bronagh Sharkey, Brooke Kincaid, Constance Jordan, Dayle Kincaid, Fiona Gallagher, Georgie Munslow, Geraldine Kennedy-Gurney, Jessica Kelly, Jossy Aji, Nicola Herron, Sophia Gurney.

Special thanks to Ruth McPhillips for musical direction.


Dreamcatcher Workshop

Saturday 17th November & 8th December, 2 – 4pm


Families joined artist facilitator Leann McLaughlin to make giant dreamcatchers from hullahoops and shirts from old shirt factories! This was such a popular event that we are running more in 2019!


Christmas Decoration-Making Workshop

Saturday 1st December, 12-4pm


Families joined artist facilitator Karen Cassidy as they enjoyed mince pies and Christmas music as they made their own Christmas cards, clay tree decorations and willow & tissue lanterns.



Book Your Tour for our next Exhibition Today!


Our next exhibition is a solo show by artist Liam Crichton with Autumns Stereo Object, who creates large-scale sculptures and installations that investigate the built environment.  If you would like to book a tour, please email engage@derryvoid.com or call 028 7130 8080.

Please stay tuned for more Void Engage events which will be run in support of the exhibition.


Thank you to everyone who attended. You can read more about Helen's practice through the link below:


Helen Cammock