Amar Kanwar, A Season Outside, 2017. Opened Ground, Void Gallery

Void Engage

Participative learning programmes are created for every exhibition with the aim of making contemporary art accessible to visitors of all ages, from every community. Join Void for a range of events as part of Opened Ground – 09 February – 30 March 2019.


Fault Lines: An Afternoon Symposium

Void Gallery in collaboration with Paper Visual Art Journal


Saturday 23rd March 2019, 2-5pm


Launch 5-7pm


Void Gallery, Derry


Please click here to book


The idea of the border has become a key cultural preoccupation of our times. In Europe and in the US, specific complex geopolitical borders are charged ideological devices, instrumentalised by right-wing commentators and politicians, and reduced in the process to simplified emblems. Anxieties about sovereignty, nationalism, cultural identity, and overpopulation, gravitate around these agitated symbolic fault lines. As new conflict zones proliferate internationally, and patterns of forced migration concentrate, the issue of the border becomes part of a broader crisis: a crisis of cohabitation. This is a crisis of which Ireland – with its own long-troubled border – has a particular vantage point. 

This event, a collaboration between Void Gallery, Derry, and Paper Visual Art Journal, will bring together writers, artists, and researchers whose work investigates the uses, impacts, and cultural repercussions of borders in everyday life. The contested border in Ireland will serve as one major starting point for a discussion with deep pre-historical as well as wide global parameters, exploring how borders divide and how they connect. 

This afternoon of presentations and talks is free and open to all, and booking is advised (please see for further details). The symposium will be followed by the launch of the latest issue of Paper Visual Art Journal in the gallery from 5pm. Do join us.

This event is kindly funded by the Arts Council of Ireland.


Darran Anderson is the author of Imaginary Cities and the forthcoming Inventory. He has written on the intersection of urbanism with politics, culture and technology for the likes of The Atlantic, The Guardian, Wired, as well as art and photography for Frieze and Magnum. He has given talks at the Venice Biennale, the London School of Economics, and the V&A among others. He is based in London and grew up on the Derry-Donegal border.

Gareth Doherty is Director of the Master in Landscape Architecture program at Harvard University Graduate School of Design. His research and teaching focus on the intersections between landscape architecture and anthropology. 

Doherty has written extensively. His monograph, Paradoxes of Green: Landscapes of a City-State, was published in 2017 by the University of California Press. His most recent book Roberto Burle Marx Lectures, was published in 2018 by Lars Müller Publishers. Previous publications include Is Landscape…? Essays on the Identity of Landscape, edited with Charles Waldheim (Routledge, 2016); and Ecological Urbanism, edited with Mohsen Mostafavi. Doherty is a founding editor of the New Geographies journal and editor-in-chief of New Geographies 3: Urbanisms of Colour

Willie Doherty, since the 1980s, has been a pioneering figure in contemporary art, film and photography. At once highly seductive and visually disorientating, Doherty’s artworks tend to begin as responses to specific terrains (most often mysterious isolated settings; places, we suspect, with a troubled past) and evolve as complex reflections on how we look at such locations – or what stories might be told about their hidden histories.

Siobhan McDonald is an artist in residence in the School of Natural Sciences at Trinity College Dublin (2017-2019), working with world-leading research facilities such as The European Space Agency (ESA); NASA; The JRC European Commission and The European Research Council, to explore ecology in light of current ecological concerns.  She holds a Masters in Visual Arts Practices from IADT. In 2018 she received the Trinity Creative Challenge Award from Trinity College Dublin. In 2017 she received a Bursary from The Arts Council of Ireland and was the recipient of a Creative Ireland Award and a Culture Ireland GB18 2018 award. Recent shows include Hidden Monuments: Shine on Me The Sun and Us, Limerick City Art Gallery (2019); Volta: Basel 2019; Shine-on-meWhen plants remember (2018) The Deutsches Hygiene-Museum, Dresden; The National Trust-Fox Talbot Museum, UK (2018); Disappearing Worlds, Taylor Galleries (2018); and Crystalline, Centre Culturel Irlandais, Paris (2017).

Panel Chair

Mary Cremin is currently the Director of Void Gallery, Derry. She is the commissioner and curator of the Irish Pavilion with artist Eva Rothschild at the Venice Biennale, 2019. Prior to this, she was Programme Curator at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios, Co-Artistic Director of The Treeline Project and Project Curator at the Irish Museum of Modern Art. She has worked with artists such as Douglas Gordon, Rosa Barba, Johan Grimonprez, Kader Attia, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Helen Cammock, Alex Cecchetti, Camille Norment and Hilary Lloyd.  She was curator of TULCA Festival of Visual Art, Seachange (2015), which included over 30 national and international artists. She holds a degree in Art History and Geography from University College Cork and graduated with a Masters in Visual Art Practices from the Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin (2007). Cremin has written for exhibition catalogues and artists books, and is a member of the International Association of Curators of Contemporary Art. 

Artikelly, Co. Derry. Photo:
Garrett Carr.




Family Workshops

We run themed family workshops for each exhibition. Unfortunately our workshops for Opened Ground have been booked up but please keep an eye on our Facebook and Eventbrite pages for upcoming events.


Make your own Origami Butterfly!

Saturday 9th March 2019


Responding to the uncertainty surrounding to Brexit and its impact on Northern Ireland, artist Leanne McLaughlin returns to Void make large origami butterflies.  A symbol of joy, butterflies are often considered a miracle of transformation and resurrection.


The Edge of Things

Saturday 30th March


Artist Stephanie Gaumond will explore drawing as an important tool understanding the world around us. Focusing on line, the workshop will begin with inspiration and examples of how lines are used in contemporary artists work and non-artistic uses. This will lead into a variety of hands on experimental line drawing experiments using a range of materials and processes. The course will venture beyond the gallery walls if the weather permits.


Director's Tour

Wednesday 20th February


Join curator Mary Cremin on a tour of Opened GroundMary will discuss the core themes of the show and answer any questions you may have.


School Tours

As ever, we are delighted to welcome schools and colleges for tours. Please contact engage@derryvoid to book it in.

Stay tuned for more information about new programmes coming to Void!