The Presence of Absence – 4 (launch) to 25 Nov

The 2019 MFA group from Belfast School of Art, UU began their degree pre-Covid. Their first year was cut short, studios were packed-up and practices moved to alternative, makeshift spaces. Despite regaining access to their 5th floor university studios during Year 2, further disruptions ensued with many live shows cancelled or transferred online; as was the case for the Degree Show.

Within this context, the November show at QSS provides a relished opportunity for this cohort of emerging artists to exhibit physically alongside one another. A manifestation of the strong bonds formed against the odds at an uncertain time. The title of the show ‘The Presence of Absence’, reflects this sentiment by exploring the experienced effects of the pandemic, what was absent yet still felt. Unified by theme of internal and external landscapes, the group’s practice spans a diverse range of mediums across the fine arts.

QSS is delighted to host this event and showcase a body of work that captures this moment in our shared history in a poignant and timely manner.

Exhibiting artists: Andy Athanasiou, Declan Coyle, Amy Devlin, Emily Esdale, Anna Horvathova, Maria Horvathova, Susan Hughes, Zara Lyness, Oonagh McAteer, Lauren McCullough, Anna Nangle, Katrīna Tracuma, Charys Wilson and Drydan Wilson.

Opening Event: Thursday 4th November from 6pm, last admission at 8:30pm

For more information: www.queenstreetstudios.net/events/the-presence-of-absence/

Venue: QSS Gallery and Studios, 2nd Floor, The Arches Centre
Dates: 04/11/21 to 25/11/21
Times: 10:30am to 5pm (Tue – Thurs)

No booking required, please see the ‘visitor information’ section of our website for further details on visiting the gallery: www.queenstreetstudios.net/visitor-information/

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