Sat 7th November - Fri 27th November
12:00 pm - 6:00 am
Two for Many is a group exhibition of work from Array Studios. Array is an artist-led studio collective based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Originally Magpie Studios, it was established in 1994 by graduates from the University of Ulster. Founding members identified a need to establish a cooperative studio provision to support early career artists and contribute to the development of the growing visual arts community within the City.
Array has supported a vast number of artists since it opened its doors, artists working in sculpture, painting, installation, performance, lens-based media, and printmaking to name a few examples. This diversity of practice is reflected within the current studio body and the work on show within this exhibition. Array provides affordable, secure studio spaces and a rich programme of events and opportunities. Its gallery space, InCube is actively used to showcase the work of members and residency artists. Its regular Sunday Salon sessions provides an open place for artists to come together, share information, experiences, introduce concepts and get feedback on ideas or works in progress.
Curated by Rachael Campbell-Palmer Co-Director of Platform Arts, Two for Many explores the dynamics of the studio environment, examining this shared working space as a pivotal context for the artworks created. This is a context where individual practices are not completely autonomous but sit within the culture of a collective; a space that provides access to a professional network, shared resources, and peer support.
Exhibiting artists include Jane Butler, Declan Byrne, Anthony Champa, Emma Campbell, Clodagh Lavelle, Grace McMurray & Laura O’Connor.
Two for Many is placed within a yearlong programme of events to mark the twentieth anniversary of the Studios. To accompany the exhibition a selection of texts and printed material has been provided to frame Array within the context of Belfast based studio groups, collectives and ideas of collaborative working.