One year to the day since arriving in the city, Derry’s Centre for Contemporary Art will unveil its newly renovated space tomorrow night with the opening of an exhibition by Dublin-based artist Lee Welch.
Now located on Artillery Street, the gallery will host work from local and international artists as well as partnerships with community groups.
CCA Directors, Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh, say they are “delighted” that the opening of Lee Welch’s ‘If What They Say is True’ coincides with the official opening of the new CCA space at 10-12 Artillery Street.
Johan Lundh is hopeful that the gallery will attract new visitors curious to see inside the city’s newest art space.
“If you’ve never been to an art gallery, this is your chance,” he told the ‘Journal’.
“Everyone is welcome to come and see inside and prepare for other great art events, like the Turner Prize, coming to Derry. On Saturday, there will be a good mix of things, videos, sculptures, photos, performances, an open bar and guided tours - something for everyone really! We’re very excited.
“Through art we connect the region with itself and the rest of the world...
“We urge people to come along to our opening on Saturday at 7pm which is free and open to all”.
Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland MLA said: “The UK City of Culture 2013 funding that the Department for Social Development provided for the renovation of these arts facilities will permit the development of artistic ability and will provide opportunities for artists to demonstrate their skills.”
Ilex’s Interim Chairman Matt McNulty said: “The renewal of this gallery will serve as a significantly enhanced resource in the city for both local and international artists and will be a key arts attraction during 2013.”
Culture Company Chief Executive Shona McCarthy said that the CCA has put together a “provocative and challenging programme which will play an important part in the 2013 City of Culture celebrations.”
Head of Visual Arts at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Suzanne Lyle praised the dedication of CCA in promoting “new and emerging talent from these shores, makes a real difference, putting our artists on the map both locally and internationally.”