Exhibition launch: Friday 24 June 6:00-8:00pm
Gallery opening times: Tuesday 28 June to Saturday 2 July 12:00-5:00pm
The Shape of the Place is a new body of work by Laura McCafferty, created in the run up to and during her artist residency at Art Arcadia, Derry. The residency gave Laura the space to unify scattered ideas and bring something together while simultaneously letting it unravel. Over the course of her residency, Laura unearthed the significance of place in her practice, seeing it as something that underpins the research. Whether this is responding to the space, a disconnection to a place or going with the urge to return to the North West after twenty years. She explores her new place through shape, colour, pattern and process as a way of getting closer to its surface.
The residency gives the opportunity to realise a body of work that was started in 2020. Shape of the Place consists of a growing collection of photographs, paper collages and quilted textile panels. During the time at Art Arcadia, Laura completed three new works including forwardsbackwards/forwards; a textile version of six paper collages made from paper leftovers in 2022. The piece is made to fit the space – the colours seem random and the diagonal strips of cloth are wider than in previous works. forwardsbackwards/forwards is a way of going back to go forward, putting things back into motion in all directions.
Laura McCafferty is originally from Derry, Northern Ireland and now based in Donegal. She moved to Nottingham in 2000 to study Decorative Arts at Nottingham Trent University, graduating in 2003. She established a studio-based practice making textile artworks using appliqué, screen-print and hand embroidery. Exhibiting nationally and internationally gaining widespread recognition, her work is part of both public and private collections. In 2012, Laura completed an MFA in Fine Art at Goldsmiths University, London, graduating in 2016 with Distinction. Until 2020 she was Associate Lecturer in Fine Art at NTU and a trustee of UK New Artists. Returning to Ireland in 2020 to take up the role of Public Programmes Curator at CCA Derry~Londonderry, Laura now situates her art practice in Donegal and the North West.
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