David Beattie – Slowtime – 20 to 27 July

Void Gallery is delighted to announce details of forthcoming finissage event for its ambitious outdoor public art sculpture project by artist David Beattie as part of our Void Offsites programme. To celebrate the culmination of David Beattie’s sculptural commission, join us at Void Gallery for the publication launch of Listening to Places: exercises toward environmental composition and bell ringing. In addition, a temporary sonic event will be held each day at high and low tides to mark the ebb and flow of the River Foyle. The nearby bell will be rung daily from the 20 – 27 of July as part of Slowtime, a multi-part project by artist David Beattie.

Bell Ringing
20 – 27 July
Daily bell ringing at high and low tide


David Beattie’s sculptural commission addresses place, the environment, and our relationship to time through the rhythm of the tides. Beattie places community participation at the heart of the project; inviting the local community to consider the ebb and flow of the river, encouraging participants to rethink their relationship with the river and their natural environment, prompting introspection and an examination of personal and collective histories. In this period of lockdown, the river has become a central point, giving people access to nature and to commune with the idea of slowing down. In Rebecca Solnit’s book, Wanderlust: A History of Walking, she says, “The rhythm of walking generates a kind of rhythm of thinking, and the passage through a landscape echoes or stimulates the passage through a series of thoughts. This creates an odd consonance between internal and external passage, one that suggests that the mind is also a landscape of sorts and that walking is one way to traverse it. A new thought often seems like a feature of the landscape that was there all along, as though thinking were travelling rather than making.”

Funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Government of Ireland. Supported by Derry City and Strabane District Council.

For further information on Void Gallery or to arrange a tour or interview, please contact: Tansy Cowley, Press & Marketing Coordinator, Void Gallery, 10 Waterloo Place, Derry-Londonderry, BT48 6BU, marketing@derryvoid.com, or by phone on 028 7130 8080.

Publication Launch & Bell Ringing
Saturday, 23rd July, 5 – 6:30pm (bell ringing at 5:45pm)
Void Gallery

Funded by Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade – Drinks will be served

Void Gallery is a contemporary art space located in Derry-Londonderry, Northern Ireland. With up to 5 exhibitions per year showing the work of established national and international artists, Void has created an international reputation for its wide-ranging and challenging exhibition programme. A key element of the gallery is Void Engage, our learning and outreach programme, which places participation and engagement at the heart of Void, making contemporary visual art accessible to visitors of all ages.

Void Gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday, 11am – 5pm. Admission is free.

Void Gallery is supported using public funding from Arts Council Northern Ireland, Austin and Hope Pilkington Foundation, Arnold Clarke Foundation, Derry City and Strabane District Council, The Ireland Funds, Ragdoll Foundation, Art Fund,, Halifax Foundation, The Arts Society.

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