New Model Army at CUBEOpen 2011

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New Model Army- Aideen and Fionnuala Doran – balsa wood, corrugated cardboard, tape – 2011.


CUBEOpen 2011 Exhibition

16 December 2011 – 4 February 2012

Launched in 2007, artists, architects and designers are invited to apply with work that reflects current trends and debates surrounding the spaces and places in which we live. Each year the exhibition highlights contemporary insights into the urban environment.  The CUBEOpen receives applications from around the globe and visitors to the exhibition will have the unique opportunity to see the diverse and engaging ways that artists, architects and designers have been influenced by our surroundings.

An esteemed panel of judges are invited annually to shortlist the applications.  Selectors this year included- Robert Powell – Creative Director, Beam Wakefield; Paul Herrmann – Director, Red Eye Photography Network; Jane Anderson – Creative Director, CUBE; Stephen Whittle – Collections Curator, University of Salford.  More than 30 artists have been selected for exhibition, including a compactable TATE model (pictured), Guerrilla artwork and interventions that lead you outside the gallery.

“CUBE has consistently been the most interesting, dynamic, approachable and diverse creative space in Manchester; and the most influential independent gallery in the city centre. I was delighted to be on the judging panel for this year’s competition.” Paul Hermann, Director of Redeye, the Photography Network.

Participating artists:

Andrew Brown, Samuel Capps, Mark Clare, Justine Cook, Aideen Doran and Fionnuala Doran, Kelda Free and David Brazier, Becky Gee, Isabelle Hayeur, Flis Holland, Philip Kennedy, Seulki Ki, Ian Kirkpatrick , Elizabeth Kwant, Hannah Leighton–Boyce, Manchester Modernist Society, Fabien Marques, ,Katie McGown, Rosalie Monod de Froideville, Charlotte Mortensson, Lauren O’Grady, Simon Parish, Nathan Pendlebury, Kristin Posehn, Rosey Prince, Robin Pugh, Amanda Rice, Ailie Rutherford, Jennie Savage, Shift (from Shift//Delete), Jon Spencer, Jenny Steele, Matthew Thompson, Tristan Thomson, Pamela Valfer, Mary-Ruth Walsh, Peter Ward, Jiho Won.


More photos from CUBEOpen can be found on their FLICKR page.


A History of Ireland in Many Small Parts (work in progress)

I’ve been working on putting together a history of Ireland as seen through the medium of comics, although everything I’ve completed so far deals with things that happened after 1780. These two pages deal very, very roughly with Roger Casement’s pre-revolutionary life as British Consul investigator extraordinaire.

(It’s been brought to me attention that the map makes it look like Peru is in Brazil. The next version will have instructional arrows pointing to Peru’s actual location)



Multiples at in_flux, Limerick 26-29th May

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From 26th-29th of May Multiples and Catalyst Arts traveled to Limerick for in_flux, a large scale art fair exhibition that brought together ten different artist-led spaces from Ireland and Europe.

Participating groups included :

1646, The Hague
Block T, Dublin
Catalyst Arts, Belfast
126, Galway
Monster Truck, Dublin
Transmission, Glasgow
Transition, London
SOMA, Waterford
Wolfart, Rotterdam


Multiples at GTG, Belfast 28 April – 03 May

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MULTIPLE by Catalyst Arts makes a visit to Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival with a freshly stocked pop-up shop and more than a few new arrivals. We’ll be featuring art ‘for sale’ in the form of lo-fi commodities, souvenirs, collectables, posters and paraphernalia by local artists.

Expect curiosities and wry insights into the city by Sinead Bhreathnach-Cashell, Charlotte Bosanquet, Martin Carter, Ben Craig, Fionnuala Doran, Ciara Dunne, Phil Hession, Helen McDonnell, Miguel Martin, Simon Mills, Ryan O’Reilly, Catherine Roberts, Duncan Ross, Gemma Withers and the Catalyst Arts directors.

Location: Golden Thread Gallery, Project Space
84-94 Great Patrick Street

My first Multiple, Portmanteau 1- Venice, was on sale in GTG. Multiples will be travelling down to Limerick shortly to Occupy:Space.

¿@#!*$ at Catalyst Arts

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What this unpronounceable series of symbols, ¿@#!*$, stands for is; ‘an exhibition and series of events incorporating the artistic mediums of Comics, Illustration and Zine making.’

Alongside the visual treats on display from the eclectic mix of local and international artists, Catalyst Arts will also play host to a library full of zines and comics from all over the place (basically anything we could get our hands on). Then, as if that wasn’t enough, there will a be series of events running throughout the duration of the exhibition to keep things interesting.

Exhibiting Artists

Malcy Duff
Travis Millard
Tom Gauld
Simone Lia
Chris Ware
Fionnuala Doran
Phil Barrett