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New Space for Void
There are lots of exciting new developments at Void.
In recent months the company has entered into a new period of growth and development. A new board of directors has been formed and most recently the organisation has received a substantial uplift from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Derry City and Strabane District Council towards new premises on the first floor of The City Factory Building.
Newly appointed chair of Void, Eamonn McCann stated: “For ten years, Void has operated from underground premises tucked discreetly away on Patrick Street near the city centre in what once was the basement store of a shirt factory, presenting cutting-edge exhibitions and performances from all arts and parts, keeping Derry and the world abreast of one another. Void has now found new space where art and imagination can blossom and billow, transcending division, and abrasion at the interfaces of our society, spark new ideas, understandings and syntheses.
It is entirely appropriate that Void has now moved into the City Factory itself. The shirt factories of Derry and the tens of thousands of women who worked in them over the decades wove and fashioned the city. Now we have the space to remake Derry again, to re-envision who we are and who and what we might be in the future."
Deirdre Robb, visual arts officer, Arts Council of Northern Ireland added: "The Arts Council is delighted to see Void move wholly into the City Factory following an uplift in their annual funding. The Arts Council is committed to bringing high calibre visual arts to Northern Ireland and this impressive space will offer Void greater opportunities to collaborate with international galleries and to bring high quality work to Northern Ireland audiences. We also extend a warm welcome to new Chair of Void, Eamonn McCann and wish him every success in this role.”
Oonagh McGillion, director of legacy for Derry City and Strabane District Council said: "I would like to congratulate Void in taking over the lease of the City Factory gallery space in Patrick St. Since 2013 the former Derry City Council held this lease and helped to create one of the largest visual arts spaces in Northern Ireland. This was in response to the unprecedented demand for visual arts programming in the City of Culture year and Council post 2013 had maintained the space for Legacy programming until April this year with support from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. With a lot of hard work from Void they have secured the resources to develop the most exciting visual arts space in Northern Ireland and I am sure they will deliver a programme of visual arts exhibitions that will rival and be the envy of any contemporary gallery in these islands. The citizens and visitors to the Derry City and Strabane District Council area will directly benefit from this new development at Void."
Void is due to re-launch with a grand opening on Saturday 18 July.
29th May 2015
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