Turner Prize winner hosts Derry show

Guests at the screening of the video installation 'Ghost Story' and opening of the photographic exhibition 'Apparatus' by Artist Willie Doherty, centre. Included, from left, are Maoliosa Boyle, manager, VOID Gallery, Declan Long, writer, Ann Stewart, curator, National Museums NI, Tim Cooke, chairman, National Museums NI, and Pearse Moore, chief executive, Nerve Centre.
Guests at the screening of the video installation 'Ghost Story' and opening of the photographic exhibition 'Apparatus' by Artist Willie Doherty, centre. Included, from left, are Maoliosa Boyle, manager, VOID Gallery, Declan Long, writer, Ann Stewart, curator, National Museums NI, Tim Cooke, chairman, National Museums NI, and Pearse Moore, chief executive, Nerve Centre.

Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger has returned to Derry with a new show at the City Factory launched last night.

Turner Prize winner Mark Wallinger has returned to Derry with a new show at the City Factory launched last night.

In 1994 Wallinger bought a racehorse and named it ‘A Real Work of Art’. It got him a nomination for the Turner Prize the following year.

Now Wallinger will continue to explore his interest in all things equine at the City Factory from this weekend through until April 18th.

He has teamed up with Void gallery director Maoliosa Boyle, who is curating the new show, entitled ‘Horse’ at the City Factory space.

The exhibition features work by 28 artists, including George Stubbs and Henry Moore, to explore the representation and role of the horse in contemporary and historical society and its profound relationship to man.

In 2013, Wallinger became acquainted with Derry while exhibiting at Void during the City of Culture celebrations. It was during this time that the idea for the Horse exhibition was conceived.

The exhibition at the City Factory is a study of these noble, revered and stoic animals and their relationship with man through war, agriculture and sport.

Horse combines work from historical collections, an open submission call and invited artists. The exhibition examines a wide range of themes, such as the suffragette movement, traveller tradition and horse identification through a myriad of mediums including film, photography, sculpture and painting.

The exhibition also includes a wide range of artists including 18th century English artist George Stubbs, who is celebrated as the greatest horse painter of all time, and Henry Moore, best known for his semi-abstract monumental bronze sculptures.