Catalyst Arts: Collective Histories of Northern Irish Art

Catalyst Arts: Collective Histories of Northern Irish Art
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Catalyst Arts: Collective Histories of Northern Irish Art X. 24.10.2013 – 30.11.2013. Curated by Cherie Driver.


Photograph Courtesy of Jordan Hutchings


The tenth instalment of Golden Thread Gallery’s Collective Histories of Northern Irish Art Series, a project that forms a significant archive of Northern Irish Art from 1945 to the present.

Catalyst Arts: Collective Histories of Northern Irish Art X curated by Cherie Driver centres on the artist led initiative established in 1992. The exhibition examines the role mainly Belfast based artists, collaborative projects and performative actions and events have played in dissolving individualistic notions of the artist, pushing boundaries of contemporary art practice, and appropriating curation as an artistic practice and critical collaborative process.

Grappling with the impossible task to curate the curated the exhibition in neither chronological nor the greatest hits but asks us to go to the heart of what Catalyst Arts represents as a space that is reactive, proactive and active, a history still in the making.

Cherie Driver is a lecturer in Art Theory and Joint Course Director for Fine Art at the University of Ulster. Cherie is currently working on the administration, digitisation and preservation of the Catalyst Arts Archive.

Golden Thread Gallery: 84-94 Great Patrick Street, Belfast, BT1 2LU, Northern Ireland

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