Located on Artillery Street, the gallery will host work from local and international artists and will work in partnership with community groups to provide a facility for educational programmes.
Social Development Minister Nelson McCausland MLA said: “The UK City of Culture 2013 funding that the Department for Social Development provided for the renovation of these arts facilities will permit the development of artistic ability and will provide opportunities for artists to demonstrate their skills. It will give a platform for them to showcase their work as well as being a venue for exhibitions, workshops and outreach projects”.
Ilex’s Interim Chairman Matt McNulty said: “The renewal of this gallery will serve as a significantly enhanced resource in the city for both local and international artists and will be a key arts attraction during 2013 and particularly during major visual arts events such as the Turner Prize. It will also serve as a community resource to promote the arts by drawing in groups from neighbourhoods across the city and helping people develop their knowledge and skills”.
In a joint statement Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) Directors, Aileen Burns and Johan Lundh, said: “We are delighted that the opening of Lee Welch’s‘If what they say is true’ coincides with the official opening of our new space at 10-12 Artillery Street.
Located in the Cathedral Quarter within the historic city walls, through art we connect the region with itself and the rest of the world. The Centre for Contemporary Art will also foster a wide range of artistic, curatorial and critical practices through four collaborative streams: production and exhibition-making, research and publishing, public programmes, and residencies. We urge people to come along to our opening on Saturday at 7pm which is free and open to all”.
Culture Company Chief Executive Shona McCarthysaid: “The Centre for Contemporary Art has put together a provocative and challenging programme which will play an important part in the 2013 City of Culture celebrations. The improved exhibition space in Artillery Street is a very timely addition to the cultural life of the city and provides a wonderful platform for artists, both local and international”.
Head of Visual Arts at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Suzanne Lyle added: “The dedication of The Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry to the promotion of new and emerging talent from these shores, makes a real difference, putting our artists on the map both locally and internationally. We congratulate them on the opening of their new space and look forward with excited anticipation to the wealth of creativity that will undoubtedly emerge throughout 2013 and beyond, leaving a lasting legacy from which our future talent will grow”.