cure i us
by Anne Quail
2nd May to 5th June 2014
at the ADF Gallery, Royal Avenue, Belfast
As part of this year's Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, there will be an exhibition at the Arts & Disability Forum of video art by Anne Quail, with a preview on Thursday 1st May from 5-7pm.
cure i us is a series of works that draws upon old cures and remedies, rooted in the country way of life. The transformative nature of the cures echoes that of performative art and opens cures up to be explored aesthetically.
Anne Quail was given the opportunity to produce a number of new cures works after receiving a grant from the Arts and Disability Awards Ireland scheme in 2012. This is the first time she will bring together a collection of different cure works in one space.
“When I ask my older relatives about cures, they speak with a plain belief, never questioning the actions of rubbing a wart on a corpse to get rid of it. With this exhibition of works I am trying to tap into this sensation of faith, not only through the ritualistic actions and materials but also our aesthetic encounter with them.”
On Thursday 8th May, beginning at 1pm, Anne will give a talk about her work as part of the ADF’s Conversations series. BSL communication support can be made available for both the preview and for the talk; audio description can also be made available on request (usually on the day of the preview or talk). Please book this support well in advance by contacting email@example.com or phoning 028 9023 9450.
The preview will be at 5-7pm on Thursday 1st May in the ADF Gallery on Royal Avenue. Light refreshments will be available. Following the preview, the exhibition will be open to the public from 2nd May until 5th June between 11am to 3pm, Tuesday to Friday.
For further information, images from the exhibition or interviews with the artist, please telephone 028 9023 9450 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Further information on the artist
Anne Quail is a Belfast based artist who has worked previously as a Director of Platform Arts and a committee member of Bbeyond. She is a graduate from the Masters of Fine Art at the University of Ulster. Her practice ranges from durational performance to video installation and drawing. She has performed in Bergen International Art Festival, Norway and exhibited work internationally in Taiwan as well as nationally with the British Council Collection in Fermanagh.
2) The Arts & Disability Awards Ireland scheme
Anne Quail is a previous recipient of a grant from the Arts & Disability Awards Ireland scheme, which has been managed by the ADF on behalf of the two Arts Councils of the island. The scheme supports individual artistic development and production of new work by artists who are on a personal career path. Following withdrawal of funds from An Chomhairle Ealaion, a revised grant scheme will open again shortly on an NI-only basis in partnership with the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
3) About the Arts & Disability Forum
The Arts & Disability Forum is a disabled-led development agency working towards cultural equity; delivering a year-round artistic programme of exhibitions and events, including Bounce! Arts Festival, a dedicated gallery and other development and promotion of work by disabled and deaf artists. The ADF is involved in a wide range of partnership work, including the Arts & Disability Equality Charter and UK and EU festival collaborations. A group exhibition from the ADF Gallery is on display at Strule Arts Centre until the end of April. The organisation’s lead funder are the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council.
The ADF Gallery is on the ground floor of Cathedral Quarter Workspaces, at the Belfast Telegraph end of Royal Avenue (opposite the Mace shop/Central Library and next door to the Belfast Coffee Company). The gallery is dedicated to showing work by disabled and deaf artists throughout the year.