“No Jury, No Prize” at Fort Dunree

Inishowen’s Fort Dunree is to host a lauded exhibition which was previously one of the highlights during the City of Culture 2013 in Derry.

The “No Jury, No Prize” exhibition saw amateur and professional artists alike submitting one piece of work to be shown during the Turner Prize exhibition month, and in all some 300 artists participated. The exhibition is inspired by the Société des Artistes Indépendants which was founded in 1884 in Paris with the simple motto and rule – ‘No jury nor awards.’

Sadly the London Street Gallery - the location of the previous exhibition - closed its doors in January 2014, but curator Rory Harron was determined that such a successful visual arts initiative should have a legacy.

Artlink in Buncrana stepped in to help and will now be hosting the exhibition from November 15th until December 14th at the Fort Dunree Gallery.

Rebecca Strain, Audience Development Manager at Artlink said: “The format that Rory employed is inclusive, yet offers a challenge to the public as there is no ‘middle-man’ making the decisions over what is art. The viewer gets a very direct experience.”

One big difference is that this year the artwork has no restrictions on dimensions. Over 100 works will be exhibited including watercolours, abstract expressionist paintings, weaving, taxidermy, film, live performance, sculpture, photography, poetry, knitted works, found objects, drawing and glasswork.

Most of the artwork on show is also for sale; with 12.5% of sales going to the charity RNLI.

The launch event will take place at 6pm Saturday 15th November at Fort Dunree and will be opened by Traolach O’Fionnan, Donegal Arts Officer and Lough Swilly RNLI Lifeboat Operations Manager John McCarter. For further information please email Artlink at info@artlink.ie or visit their website/Facebook site at www.artlink.ie or www.facebook.com/artlink.buncrana The exhibition, which is free to attend will continue from Monday to Friday from 10.30am-16.30pm and Saturday andSunday from 1-4.30pm.