Contemporary Artist Willie Doherty opens CCEA student art and design exhibition

Former Turner Prize nominee and Derry-based artist Willie Doherty officially opened the CCEA ‘Celebrating Young Artists’ art and design exhibition last night at The Void Community Gallery, Derry~Londonderry.

The exhibition showcases some of the best contemporary work of A level Art and Design students and will run until Friday 29 November. The exhibition is free and open to all.

Speaking at yesterday’s launch evening at The Void Gallery, Willie Doherty commented:

"There is such a variety of work here in all kinds of media. I’ve been really gladdened to see the range of work and the skills on show. It really is a fantastic exhibition.

We can clearly see the evidence of the effort and dedication these young people have put into their studies, and the pleasure and fun they have had in the simple acts of thinking and making."

Anne McGinn, CCEA’s Education Manager for Art and Design added:

"We have a number of events taking place this month in the City of Culture under the banner of ‘Celebrating Young Artists’. The Young Artists chosen for the Exhibition in The Void Community Gallery have demonstrated particularly mature understanding of contemporary approaches in their work.

They are all AS and A2 candidates from 2013, and I know that it requires real self-discipline, for each of them to produce this thought provoking work. They have embraced that challenge and become part of an exhibition which is very diverse and exciting. Many of them are planning Art and Design related careers and I am sure we will hear from them again in the future. I sincerely thank and congratulate them and their teachers."

Samuel McCready (Banbridge Academy)
Samuel McCready (Banbridge Academy) is pictured with his stunning photographic work at the CCEA Celebrating Young Artists launch evening. Speaking about his work, Samuel commented: “Throughout my project I have investigated how hands can display emotion. I wanted to illustrate a sense of sadness, anger and frustration in my final compositions, though my use of colour and the brush types used in ‘tradigital art’.

Declan McCabe (Abbey Christian Brothers’ Grammar School)
Declan McCabe stands proudly by his inventive bath sculpture installation at the CCEA Celebrating Young Arts exhibition. Now in his final year of A levels at Abbey Christian Brothers’ Grammar School, Declan is looking forward to studying Fine Art at Art College.

Artist Willie Doherty congratulates Engela Swiegers of Foyle College
Artist Willie Doherty congratulates Engela Swiegers of Foyle College on her thought-provoking ‘Sharp Edges’ sculpture. Engela was one of twenty six students to have their contemporary artwork chosen for the CCEA Celebrating Young Artists exhibition at The Void Community Gallery.

Exhibitor and former Methodist College pupil Nina Foster is pictured with guest artist Willie Doherty and CCEA’s Education Manager of Art and Design, Anne McGinn.
Exhibitor and former Methodist College pupil Nina Foster is pictured with guest artist Willie Doherty and CCEA’s Education Manager of Art and Design, Anne McGinn. Nina is currently studying History of Art at Oxford University and made a trip home especially for the launch of the CCEA Celebrating Young Artists exhibition.

Sarah White, a former pupil of Wallace High School
Sarah White, a former pupil of Wallace High School, was delighted her painting 'James in the swimming pool' was selected to be included in the exhibition. Speaking about her intricate painting, Sarah commented: “Water and the many ways it has been interpreted by artists inspired me to submerge myself in my own large scale oil painting.

Celebrating Young Artists

Launch event at The Void Community Gallery, Patrick Street, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 7EL on Tuesday 19 November at 6.30pm.

The exhibition was formally opened by former Turner Prize nominee Willie Doherty.

Celebrating Art & Design

What: An exhibition of the best contemporary approaches by GCE Art & Design students in 2013. Open to the public.

When: Tuesday 19 - Friday 22 November and Tuesday 26 – Friday 29 November (11am - 5pm each day)

Where: The Void Community Gallery, Patrick Street, Derry/Londonderry, BT48 7EL

Screenings of Banksy’s film “Exit through the Gift shop” at The Nerve centre on Wednesday 20 November and Wednesday 27th November. Open to school groups

Celebrating Moving Image Arts

What: A day of screenings, showcasing the best film and animations from GCSE and GCE Moving Image Arts students in 2013. Awards will be given for the top three films in six different categories.

When: Tuesday 26 November from 10am-4.15pm (this event is only for students, teachers and family members)

Where: Brunswick Cinema, Brunswick Lane, Pennyburn Industrial Estate, Londonderry, BT48 OLU

Note to Editors

Media enquiries to MarComms, Mobile 07718 424 373, Email marcomms@ccea.org.uk