Scope NY 2010
An exhibition of works by Lisa Byrne; Victoria J Dean; Allan Hughes; and Keith Winter
Scope New York is one of the most prestigious art fairs in the world and for the first time ever, four of Northern Ireland’s most talented emerging artists exhibited their work. Thanks to the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Creative Industries fund, the Golden Thread Gallery has created a unique and innovative program aimed at promoting the very best of Northern Ireland’s emerging artists. The Golden Thread Gallery has over ten years experience of representing Northern Ireland at venues all over the world, and is the only major contemporary arts space in Northern Ireland to incorporate cultivating an international presence into its core activities. The work exhibited at the Scope Art Fair, New York by Lisa Byrne, Victoria J Dean, Allan Hughes and Keith Winter, is on view at the Golden Thread Gallery’s Project Space, from Thursday 1st April at 6-9pm, and runs until the 18th April 2010.
Led by the gallery’s Director, Peter Richards, and Exhibitions Officer, Sarah McAvera, the trip to New York was just part of a whole program of activities all promoting Northern Ireland as one of the most exciting centres of cultural production. The Golden Thread Gallery and the artists featured were selected for the VIP Top 10 at this year’s fair, and were featured in New York’s Irish Echo newspaper as a ” Must See” at Scope 2010. Simultaneous to Scope New York, the gallery had an exhibition opening in Taiwan, curated by Brian Kennedy and featuring ten Northern Irish artists, including Ian Charlesworth, Susan MacWilliam and Victor Sloan. Following that, in April a major touring exhibition, curated by Peter Richards, will open at the esteemed Galeria Arsenale, Poland. The Golden Thread Gallery also took part in the London Art Fair 2010.
About The Artists
London-based Lisa Byrne (b. Northern Ireland, 1973) has been exhibiting internationally since 1995, with major group shows including Time at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London (2009), where she exhibited alongside Mark Wallanger and Antony Gormley; the Scolt Head Screenings – Series 3, London (2008), showing with 2008 Turner Prize winner Mark Leckey; and Video Apartment 20, Body City, Dublin (2007).
Victoria J Dean
A member of Young Photographers United, Victoria J. Dean (b. Belfast, 1980) graduated from Blackpool and the Fylde College in 2003 with a BA (Hons) in Photography, and has exhibited her work throughout the UK and Ireland in a number of group and solo exhibitions. Dean was commended by New York’s PDN in their 30 Emerging Photographers to Watch for 2007, and was awarded Honourable Mention in the Magenta Foundation’s Flash Forward 2007. Her work is held in the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Collection and numerous private collections in the UK and Ireland.
Allan Hughes (b. Bangor, 1976) is currently based at Orchid Studios, Belfast and practices primarily in video installation: exploring psychological relationships and responses to the recorded voice. Exhibitions include: Read My Lips, Old Museum Arts Centre, Belfast,2007, (solo); Different Dimensions, Novisibirsk State Art Museum, Russia (2008); Camouflash, Mediations Biennale, Poznan, Poland (2008).
Keith Winter (b. Belfast, 1980) investigates the tensions between physical urban constructions and social architectures, questioning how these tensions might evolve in the future. Winter’s artistic practice incorporates painting, installation, video and sound. Exhibitions include: Old Maps from the Future, The Drawing Space, Melbourne, Australia,2009, (solo); Coaster (short film), Chicago Art University, Chicago (2007); Red Hand, 2009 ARC Brisbane Biennale, Brisbane (2009); Fury at the Florrie, Liverpool Biennial (with Masato Nakamura and JumpShipRat), (2008).