Void Gallery is delighted to announce that in April 2021 it will move to a dedicated exhibition space in the heart of Derry city. This exciting move will enable Void to bring its visual arts programme to a wider audience. Void’s new home will be located at the foot of the Derry Walls, at Waterloo Place, and will provide an exciting new tourist attraction for the area with two main gallery spaces and a walk-in education space. The building is street facing with a wide glass front, which will enable the gallery to present its programme, even in lockdown.
Chair of the Board of Directors, Void Gallery, Eamonn McCann, said: “Relocating to Waterloo Place is a big step forward for Void, and a great move for Derry, too. Art will now have a home at the heart of the city, not set apart but amidst the swirl of everyday life.”
Visual Arts Development Officer, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Patricia Lavery, said: “Huge congratulations to Void on this move to a new space which will bring them right into the beating heart of the city where their work and exhibitions will be experienced and enjoyed by many. Congratulations to all involved.”
Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Brian Tierney, said: “I want to wish Void the very best of luck as they prepare to move into their new location.
This is a hugely positive move not just for Void but for everyone in Derry and beyond as it will place the arts right at the heart of our city. The central location will attract a new audience and will present a prime opportunity to showcase the work of numerous talented artists who have faced so many unprecedented challenges over the last year.
“I’ve heard a lot about the plans that Void has for this space in the months ahead, and they are hugely exciting, so I would like to extend my wishes to everyone at Void and I’m very much looking forward to seeing the space myself.”
As part of the move, Void has commissioned the artist collective Forerunner to design the gallery’s reception and office spaces. Forerunner is a platform for collaborative visual arts practice bringing together artists from different disciplines and backgrounds.
The inaugural exhibition will be Before the Cypress Broke, launching April 17th; a fundraising exhibition that was initiated in response to the recent catastrophic events that have taken place in Beirut, Lebanon. It is presented in partnership with the Beirut Art Residency (BAR). Bringing together works by contemporary Lebanese artists and past BAR artists-in-residence, the exhibition will combine works on paper, photography and video works depicting personal investigations of artists in relation to the city.
Void is delighted to welcome upcoming artists to exhibit in its new space this year including Elizabeth Price, Eva Rothschild, and Aleana Egan.
Director of Void Gallery, Mary Cremin, said: “We are very excited about this new chapter for Void Gallery in bringing the visual arts to the city centre, platforming both national and international artists while positioning our dynamic Education and Access programme to the fore of what we do. We will continue to develop new audiences and position the arts as central to vibrancy of the city especially during these challenging times.”
Void’s education programme will have a dedicated drop-in area at the front of the building where members of the public can call in and get involved. The new building will also be fully wheelchair accessible.
Head of Access and Engagement, Maeve Butler, said: “I am excited to continue Void Engage, our Education and Access programme, in our new gallery space located in the centre of Derry. This city centre position will enable more people to access the exhibitions and the education programme that we run. I look forward to welcoming local, national and international audiences to participate in a wide range of activities, including workshops, talks and lectures, film screenings and artist’s projects in our new, fully accessible and multi-functional education space.”
Void looks forward to celebrating the move to its new space on 17 April, coinciding with the launch of exhibition Before the Cypress Broke, and we will announce further details soon pending COVID-19 government restrictions. Please stay tuned to our website for further details.
Void Gallery is supported using public funding from Arts Council Northern Ireland, Derry City and Strabane District Council, Enkalon Foundation, Ragdoll Foundation, COVID 19 Charities Fund, Art Fund, and Garfield Weston Foundation.
Void is also a member of the PlusTate network.
Photographs by Harry Kerr and Tansy Cowley, courtesy of Void Gallery