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Artlink Fort Dunree Artist Residency: Conor McFeely
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Conor McFeely - Weatherman

Conor McFeely was born in Derry, Northern Ireland, where he now lives and works. He has exhibited widely both nationally and internationally. His exhibitions include “Disclaimer”, Orchard Gallery Derry 1997, (solo). “Ink Mathematics”, The Mappin Gallery, Sheffield (solo). “Headfirst”, OBG Gallery Belfast 2003, (solo).The British Art Show 5, Hayward Gallery London, touring Edinburgh, Southampton, Cardiff and Birmingham 2000-200. “Small Steps, The Elipse Gallery,Washington DC, 2001. “Something Else”, Contemporary Art from Ireland, touring Turku, Helsinki, Ouulu, Joensuu Finland, 2003. “Hidden Dips” MCAC Portadown 2005 (solo). “Dogs Have No Religion” Czech Museum of Fine Art Prague, 2006. He is a recipient of The Curated Visual Arts Award 2007 (curated by Mike Nelson) resulting in two major solo shows of new work called “The Case of the Midwife Toad (the unrepeatable experiment)” in The Douglas Hyde Gallery Dublin 2007 and at Void, Derry 2008, and “The Testing Rooms/Smashing Forms” a site specific audio and video installation at The Maze Prison 2008.Most recently in May 2010 he had a major one person exhibition at The Ormeau Baths gallery Belfast. Conor McFeely is represented by The Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast.

This is a new project building on the Fort Dunree Artist Residency contexts that Artlink has been developing.

There will be a three month Studio Residency at Fort Dunree in late 2012 and final works will be presented at the Fort Dunree Galleries: Fort Dunree in early 2013.

The artist’s studio Residency at Fort Dunree will use a renovated old Army barracks hut as a studio site and will include several open studio and workshop days.

The artist will be responding to the institutional framework and context of Fort Dunree as an ex-military/governmental site. The artist will be creating new work , a series of new sculptures incorporating short sequences of video and sound., using found materials both from Fort Dunree and Fort Leenan - a ruined military fort in Co Donegal. The project expands upon a number of sources including an interest in key countercultural figures from history. A key reference for this work is “the Weathermen” a clandestine revolutionary party in the U.S.A. in the 60’s and 70’s.

Artist’s site: www.mentalimage.org.uk

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