nstall image from a Void Art School exhibition

Void Art School End of Year Exhibition

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Void Art School commenced in September 2006 as a part of The Void Education and Artist in Residence Programmes. The school operated as an open studio for A’ level students interested in studying art at third level. The course functioned like a foundation course in Contemporary Art Practice. Students attended after school on weekdays and all day on Saturdays at their convenience.

As an open studio environment students had the opportunity to meet exhibiting artists at Void and develop work based on the contemporary art they encountered. Tuition was also delivered by the artist in residence, Damien Duffy.

As of July 2008 the Art School had eleven students in regular attendance : Trudie Kee, Paul Ruari, Patrick McDaid, Rosalean O’Callaghan, Amy Murray, Olga Weston, Emma Nicholas, Katherine Black, Nadean Downey, Rebecca Thompson and Fiona Lusby.

Void Art School students regularly exhibited work during the course of Void’s pilot Community Gallery. The work was of such a high standard it rivalled that being produced by many third level courses.

The exhibition showcased work made throughout 2006 – 2008 by Derry’s young contemporary artists, all works were for sale.



Void Art School

The education project Void Art School was delivered by the artist Damien Duffy from 2006 – 2015. Modelled on third level education it provided a studio based learning in contemporary art. The project assisted students/artists at all levels of the learning path from A level to foundation course, graduates and post-graduates.

Void Art School Booklet 2005 – 2013



The Void Art School was generously funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

Void Art School was held as a model of best practise by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and was unique as a Gallery Education Programme.

It worked with CCEA and DCAL in an advisory role on Education and Contemporary Art.