Joyless Celebration + Purposeless Inquiry is an exhibition by artists Joe Carlin, Shauneen Colhoun, Vincent Fahy, Sarah Hampstead, Zoe Harkin, Matthew Mc Cartney, Darran McGlynn, Don Murray, and Gareth Sweeney.
Void Art School (2014) is an eclectic mix of artists from across the spectrum of art education; from GCSE to graduate level.
The exhibition takes its title from the reversal of the themes of Derry’s year as UK City of Culture (2013).
Much of the promise and cultural infrastructure of 2013 has been retracted – the gallery which hosted the Turner Prize has now gone. The ‘new story to tell’ resounds with much the same narrative as the old one.
Void Gallery, however, continues to engage with audiences and artists both locally and internationally. Void Art School continues to deliver an education programme that offers a depth of processing along with outcomes that exceeds many institutions in the formal sector.