Culture Night 2021 at CCA: Screen-print your own ephemera – 17 Sept

For Culture Night 2021, CCA is hosting an interactive screen-printing workshop for people of all ages, working in partnership with Derry Print Workshop. ‘Irish Modernisms’ artist Phillip McCrilly has selected a series of images from his archive. These images, including typography, advertising, and photography become silkscreens, giving you the opportunity to screen-print your own ephemera. The gallery will also be open until 10pm for you to see Irish Modernisms.

This free workshop will be held at CCA Derry~Londonderry, 10-12 Artillery Street. It will run from 5pm–8pm on Friday 17 September 2021. There is no need to book; just stop by and visit the gallery then to join in. Please email for further information.

Phillip McCrilly is interested in the tentative adoption of Irish modernism and considers how this has affected his own life. For example, as the fireplace, or hearth was modernised in the Irish home, the ornaments displayed on its mantel often remained the same. From bottles of holy water, beer mats or treasured trinkets such as autographs, Phillip has selected several objects that demonstrate this tension, and these are displayed on a sculpture by Ben Weir. Phillips interest in the blurring lines between public and personal extend to other artworks on display. This includes an imagined sign for the Carpenter Club, a queer social space in Belfast. Refused illumination, it is inspired by a rejected sign for Hobsons of Moy that was deemed too modern, and therefore never realised. This is accompanied by a wall painting depicting the signature of St Eligius, Patron Saint of Electricians. There are also two demijohns of Gorse Wine, left to ferment throughout the exhibition duration. Made using wildflowers foraged from Shaws Bridge, an area of Belfast saved through modernist city planning in the 1960s and known as a cruising hotspot. Phillip is a member of FRUIT SHOP, a Belfast based arts collective, and his exhibitions and projects include, Sauerkraut Jetty at CCA Derry-Londonderry (2018), and Dance Food at Project Arts Centre, Dublin (2017).

Venue: CCA Derry~Londonderry, 10–12 Artillery Street, Derry
Date: Friday 17 September 2021
Time: 5pm–8pm

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