Damien Duffy

Damien Duffy

artist residency FEBRUARY - March 2021

exhibition 19 - 27 March

Damien Duffy

Between a school house and a grave yard.
Between childhood, where it all begins and the congregation of the dead who lie outside.
A reflection on this journey, foregrounded at a time of epidemic.
Out of time- unique, reflective.

From a practice that is rooted in painting and its critique.
A projected use of appropriated images and texts.
Paintings, and parergon as sculptures, crafted objects, and a repurposed poem.

Originally from Derry, Damien Duffy studied at Goldsmiths College, University of London. Resident in London between 1986-2002 he took part in numerous artist led initiatives,exhibiting in London and Europe. On his return to Ireland he was awarded the ACNI Artist in Education Award in 2002.

He set up and led Void Art School between 2007-15. As a member of Void Gallery’s Curating committee  he curated Cathy Wilkes in 2007, Dan Hays 2007, Matt Collishaw in 2010, amongst others as well as numerous Void Art School exhibitions within the programme. In 2016 he was awarded the ACNI Fellowship at The British School at Rome and a subsequent residency with Fondazione per L’arte in Rome 2016-17. He has been guest lecturer at the Slade School of Fine Art, London and Universita Boconi in Milan.

Exhibitions include Milch Gallery London 1998, fuori uso, Caserta 1997, Fantasy Heckler, Liverpool Biennale 1999, Void Gallery 2011, Academia Britanica, Rome 2016, About Blank, Macro, Rome 2016, Wild Tulips, Derry 2019.

 

This residency is in partnership with St Augustine's Heritage Site and is kindly funded by Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Derry City & Strabane District Council and The Community Foundation NI

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Francesco Capponi

Francesco Capponi

a journey round my room

Lockdown residency

9 - 21 november

Perugia, italy

Francesco Capponi

As Italy entered its first lockdown last spring, an unconventional invasion took place in Francesco Capponi’s home: a crew of space explorers had landed. As Italy now faces new restrictions and a regional shutdown, he revisits those close encounters leaving the scene open perhaps for new cosmonauts to join the residency-orbiting mission, acting as Ground Control and documenting the invasion with his self-build camera.

Francesco Capponi is a photographer and sculptor based in Perugia, Central Italy. His work is a cross-contamination of different media and techniques, with a focus on experimental photography, combining analogical and digital processes. As a sculptor he approaches photography three-dimensionally, often building his own optical devices, from dark room equipment to pinhole cameras and magic lantern.

You can view Francesco Capponi’s projects and exhibitions here.

 

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Without - Collezionando Assenze

Without - Collezionando Assenze

Paola Bernardelli

Without - Collezionando Assenze

Paola Bernardelli

Paola Bernardelli’s one month artist residency in Rome was arranged in collaboration with and curated by Maria Rosa Sossai and Claudia Rampelli, co-curators at Accademia Libera delle Arti. The studio was provided by ISFCI School of Photography, courtesy Ottavio Celestino, and the resulting exhibition/performance took place in the courtyard of the School over a three days period.

In an improvised living room Paola heard the stories relative to personal objects that the public was invited to bring along with them, subsequently photographing each personal object with a Polaroid camera and exhibiting the photos. Later in the evening the stories were hand written on individual cards and, together with the Polaroids, formed an archive of memories as imperfect and precarious as memory itself. Choosing to use a Polaroid camera and relying on memory rather than a faithful recording for the transcription of the stories, emphasize the imperfection and impermanence of the mechanisms of memory itself, thus evoking a sense of loss and absence. The title references absence and also its externalisation.

This residency kick-started four collaborative exchange residencies between the two roman institutions and the Void Art School in Derry and was also the prelude to further international collaborations between Art Arcadia and artists and art institutions from Italy, Canada and the UK.







Mourning Becomes Electra I

Mourning Becomes Electra I

Collaborative Artist Exchange

Mourning Becomes Electra I

Collaborative Artist Exchange

Mourning Becomes Electra l was the first instalment of a collaborative artists exchange programme that enabled young artists from Derry to take part in a career development experience in Rome, based on the comparison and dialogue between cultures and disciplines. The four young artists used diverse creative approaches, working in collaboration with four graduates from the Istituto Superiore di Fotografia e Comunicazione Integrata.
This programme was the result of a conversation between Art Arcadia’s Paola Bernardelli and Rome based curator Maria Rosa Sossai and was developed as a collaboration between Void Art School and ISFCI. Curated by ALA Accademia Libera delle Arti, a platform for contemporary art and education based in Rome, the programme successfully ran for two years, had four residencies and helped 19 young artists develop their professional career in an international context.

Artists:
Eamonn Brown | Claudio Cerasoli | Nicole Furlan | Carlo Lazzari | Eve Logue | Richard Magee | Emma Nicholas | Agnese Sbaffi

Photos by Agnese Sbaffi and Claudio Cerasoli




Mourning Becomes Electra II

Mourning Becomes Electra II

Collaborative Artist Exchange

Mourning Becomes Electra II

Collaborative Artist Exchange

This was the second leg of Mourning Becomes Electra, following on from the previous collaborative residency exchange that had taken place in Rome. In this second instalment four young artists from Rome took part in a career development experience in Derry, continuing the dialogue previously initiated in Rome with the four local artists. The participants teamed up in order to explore diverse creative approaches to the theme suggested by curators Maria Rosa Sossai and Claudia Rampelli, using resources and support from the Void Art School.
During 2013 Derry was host to the UK City of Culture and the Italian graduates had the opportunity to visit major exhibitions and events and also to receive tailored talks from curator Gregory McCartney and artists Ackroyd & Harvey and Locky Morris.
The work resulting from Mourning Becomes Electra I & II was exhibited both in Rome and Derry, and for most of the participants this represented their first opportunity to take part in an international exhibition.

Artists:
Eamonn Brown | Claudio Cerasoli | Nicole Furlan | Carlo Lazzari | Eve Logue | Richard Magee | Emma Nicholas | Agnese Sbaffi







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St Augustine's Old Schoolhouse - N. Ireland

In 2018 Art Arcadia established a partnership with the St Augustine's Heritage Site in Derry. As a result, Art Arcadia set up a studio & exhibition space in The Old Schoolhouse, moving its headquarters to the adjacent 18th century cottage where office and artists' accommodation are located.

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Since 2014 we have been running artist residencies at our Italian site located in the village of Pietrafitta FR, in central Italy. The Pietrafitta residency is aimed at artists and arts professionals who seek to retreat in a remote and rural environment.

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LICA - Canada

From 2013 to 2019 we worked in partnership with The Lewyc Institute Of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg MB, Canada. LICA is an experimental space situated in the home of Theo Sims – it exists to present site and context specific art within a domestic setting.

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Pascale Steven


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Sara Riel


Irene Bindi


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Tracy Peters


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Lay Devotions & Flawed Recollections


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MOURNING BECOMES ELECTRA I


Without - Collezionando Assenze


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Lay Devotions & Flawed Recollections

Paola Bernardelli

Lay Devotions & Flawed Recollections

Paola Bernardelli

LAY DEVOTIONS & FLAWED RECOLLECTIONS​

The Lewyc Institute of Contemporary Art is an experimental space situated in the home of Theo Sims. It presents site and context specific art within a domestic setting, offering an apartment and studio space in historic Point Douglas, just fifteen minutes from the Winnipeg’s downtown.

In 2014 Paola Bernardelli was the first artist to be invited to take part in a creative residency to research, produce and exhibit new work.

The end of project exhibition consisted of two installations; Lay Devotions was a multi part video and audio installation created during her time spent in Winnipeg as part of her residency with LICA and features a collaboration with Vincent Spina of Italia Barbers on Main Street. Flawed Recollections was the development of an installation previously conceived of in Derry and further developed during the residency, and involved multiple slide projectors presented in a site-specific context.

As part of the residency she also hosted a Salon Night at PLATFORM, presenting an artist talk and meeting fellow artists in Winnipeg. Many of the creative connections she developed with arts practitioners, funders and artists through this residency still form a significant role within her creative practice, and also over time came to constitute and important portion of Art Arcadia’s network.