The Artist-Led Archive Talk (Online)

The Artist-Led Archive Talk (Online)


6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


Catalyst Arts
5 College Court, Belfast BT1 6BS, Belfast

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The Artist-Led Archive Talk, Wednesday 18 August, 6.30pm

The Artist-Led Archive, an artist-led initiative began in 2006 by artist/curator Megs Morley, is home to materials relating to over 120 artist-led organisations groups and collectives working in Ireland (North and South) from the 1970s to the present day.

In advance of a major new publication with Durty Books in 2022, (supported by the Arts Council of Ireland). The Artist-Led Archive invites writer and artist Daniel Jewesbury to explore his current research and thinking on heritage, gentrification and resistance in relation to Belfast, in conversation with artist collective and duo BROWN&BRÍ.

This talk will be hosted online using Zoom and the link will be sent in advance, please book via Eventbrite:….


Durty Books is an independent publishing initiative co-produced by artist Kate O’ Shea (Spare Room, Just City Collective) and designer Victoria Brunetta (Piquant Media) that explores the creative potential of print and publishing and provides a critical space for voices across art, design, academia and activism. Recent publications include Durty Words a major publication including 134 international contributors exploring through design, photography and text, the relevance of anarchism today and the philosophical provocation Direct Democracy, Context, Society, Individuality by Yavor Tarinski (2019)

Daniel Jewesbury is an artist, a writer and researcher, and a curator. His wide-ranging, eclectic research includes enquiries into the use of public art commissioning in urban branding and social cleansing; the ways that personal experience collides with the capitalist reinscription of public space; how sexual violence and fetishism become normalised in visual art; and the material cultures of nationalism and colonialism. These topics are explored in films, artist’s books, performance and in critical writing. Daniel is based in Gothenburg, Sweden, and teaches on the MFA Fine Art course at HDK-Valand Academy of Art & Design at the University of Gothenburg.


We are interested in methodologies and ways of thinking, changing our approach, materials, outputs and role to suit a particular line of enquiry.

Most recently we’ve been focused on making work as artists, presenting new writing and performance within installations of light, sound and sculpture. Subjects include city development, general relativity and traditions of still life painting, and the gap between classical and quantum mechanics.

Rachel Brown and Brighdin Farren began working collaboratively in 2009 after they had both been directors at Catalyst Arts in Belfast. Rachel studied Photography and works as the Seamus Heaney Centre Coordinator at Queen’s University Belfast, and Brighdin studied Sculpture and Contemporary Dance and works as a city regeneration and development officer at Belfast City Council.



The Artist-Led Archive is currently open for new submissions from past and present artist-led initiatives in Ireland (North and South)please see or email

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