‘Draw on the Walls’ exhibition now on at Number One, St Columb’s Court

Derry designer Bridgeen Gillespie (left), who created a small piece of embroidery, called Crewel Hope, for installation in a fireplace in Deanery Basement. The title is inspired both by a Lundy Mask found near the fireplace and by Jacobean embroidery techniques popular during Lundy's lifetime, called crewel-work. Also pictured is Mayor, Colr Martin Reilly and Mak9 Curator, Gail Mahon. (151113JC4)
Derry designer Bridgeen Gillespie (left), who created a small piece of embroidery, called Crewel Hope, for installation in a fireplace in Deanery Basement. The title is inspired both by a Lundy Mask found near the fireplace and by Jacobean embroidery techniques popular during Lundy's lifetime, called crewel-work. Also pictured is Mayor, Colr Martin Reilly and Mak9 Curator, Gail Mahon. (151113JC4)

A beautiful and engaging exhibition of contextual art is now on at one of the city centre’s oldest addresses - Number One St Columb’s Court, just off Bishop Street.

The exhibition is the result of a novel arts and architectural partnership between MAK9 and Holywell Trust and includes the basement of the Deanery next door - offering Derry folk a chance to see life ‘below stairs in Victorian Derry.

A total of 15 artists have taken part in the project, using a variety of materials to respond to the structures and fabric of heritage buildings at risk, within and outside Derry’s Walls. The exhibition entitled ‘Draw on the Walls’ will be open on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons during the month of October. An ‘Art & Architecture’ tour will run this coming Saturday, October 19, at 2pm and 3.30pm, where heritage and art enthusiasts can learn more about the history of this lovely old building, and hopefully understand just why artists have taken to it so!

The exhibition will culminate in a “spooktacular” closing event on October 26, where there will be a ‘Meet the Makers’ tour at 2pm, followed by a Ghost and Ghouls tour with performer Paul Currie, bringing the Hallowe’en vibe to the evening tours both at 6.30pm and 7pm on October 26. Expect scary stories and a visit to the Deanery basement!

Booking is essential for tours and access to both properties involves steps.