June 22, 2024

Contemporary Visual Arts highlights in Derry~Londonderry

You’ll know that the Turner Prize is in Derry~Londonderry this year, but there are many other visual arts attractions in the city for visitors to enjoy. From Willie Doherty to Santiago Sierra Derry~Londonderry is full of contemporary art – and as it’s a small city you can easily get around. Careful, some places are closed on Mondays and have different opening hours over Christmas.

Turner Prize 2013

Until January 5th


The first ever showing outside England of the Turner Prize. You won’t actually see any works by JMW Turner, to clear up some confusion that I have heard recently. Instead there are pieces by Laure Prouvost, Tino Sehgal, David Shrigley and Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

Willie Doherty, Unseen

City Factory Gallery

Until January 5th

Around 20 large-scale photographs and four video works from the career of two-time Turner nominee Willie Doherty. Presents a critical overview of Doherty’s work made on the streets of his native city. Including images made more haunting by their titles which tell of the horrors committed in the nearby countryside.

Santiago Sierra, Veterans and Psychophonies

Void Gallery

Until 21st December

Santiago Sierra uses poetic and often controversial actions to look at relationships between labour and capital. Here he has contracted ex-British soldiers to stand in the corners of Ebrington’s decaying spaces whilst a spy-drone flies around videoing. You will probably spend less time listening to his sound piece Psychophonies which plays the sounds recorded at locations where violence has occurred.

Neil Clements and Dorothy Hunter

Production CCA

Until January 18th

Clements uses a range of sculptural and wall-based works to examine institutional collections of 1960s abstract art and the effect emerging technologies has played on their reception.  Hunter’s work examines post-conflict spaces, re-representing them to try and question their role and position in history.

Jonathan Cummins, When I leave these landings

Patrick Street

Until January 24th

A Void collaboration with NCAD Gallery, Dublin and Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane. Film-based installations rooted in the simple act of sustained conversation as inmates, ex-inmates and their families reflect on life in and out of prison.

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