The Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry was officially launched this weekend past, having grown out of the Context Gallery, which has supported emerging artists from the north of Ireland and showcased their international peers for twenty years.
New Co-Directors of the CCA Derry~Londonderry, Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh, intend to connect their immediate context with the international scene by bringing international artists to the city to produce new works and sending Irish artists abroad.
The new venue will foster a wide range of artistic, curatorial and critical practices through four streams: on-site exhibitions, off-site projects, public programmes, and in- and outbound residencies. Nestled between the walled city centre and the Fountain neighbourhood, CCA Derry~Londonderry will play an integral part in connecting the disparate neighbourhoods of the city to each other and the world.
Saturday’s launch involved a seminar and celebration, featuring representatives from leading art venues locally, nationally, and internationally. Annie Fletcher, Curator, Van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven; Tessa Giblin, Curator, Project Art Centre, Dublin; Ciara Hickey, Gallery Manager, Belfast Exposed, Belfast; Séamus Kealy, Director/Curator, The Model, Sligo; and Francis McKee, Director, CCA Glasgow, Glasgow; and Peter Richards, Director, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast, were all in attendance to discuss their strategies in relation to ours, and propose models for moving forward together. The seminar was then followed by get-together with the speakers and local dignitaries, with some musical entertainment drawing the occasion to a close.
For more information, see: www.cca-derry-londonderry.org