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Curators: Maria McKinney & Gregory McCartney
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Here and There- Selected graduate and postgraduate artists
Curators: Maria McKinney, Gregory McCartney

Gregory McCartney is a curator, writer, editor of Abridged, and in 2011 completed a PHD in visual art and archives at University of Ulster.

Maria McKinney graduated in Fine Art at University of Ulster. Awards and projects include: Arts Council of Ireland Bursary; Arts Council of Northern Ireland; The Taylor Award; The Red Stables Irish Artist Residential Studio Award Recipient 2008-2009; Healing Arts Trust, Residency, Waterford, 2011; Artlink Agricultural Show Residency, 2011.

This exhibition project builds on the Fort Dunree 2011 Here and There exhibition selected from that year’s graduates.

This annual project runs in August and features art from recent degree and postgraduate shows selected by a panel of artist and curator who know the unique locale and context of Fort Dunree. For 2012 the selectors will be artist Maria McKinney who exhibited at Fort Dunree for Artlink in 2007, and curator and editor Gregory McCartney who has written on Fort Dunree projects across 2010.

Artlink wishes to create a dialogue about how contemporary art can work in a historic, military, rural setting such as Fort Dunree by allowing artists and urators who have already worked with the site to choose work which they think fits in with the locational aesthetics, so to speak, of the site. The term locational aesthetics is intended to imply creation of a debate as to how contemporary artwork can fit into the geographical, social, historical and political context of Fort Dunree. Fort Dunree is not a traditional ‘white-cube’ (clean lines, purpose built cube void of architectural/historic features) city-centre art space. Therefore for this exhibition, Artlink wishes to exhibit work that resonates with the specific site and setting of this Fort Dunree building. The art may not ‘speak’ directly about the context of this specific military fort, or of rural Donegal landscapes. But the art is selected as it starts new conversations on issues relevant to the site and setting of the Fort Dunree galleries i.e. histories, locations, people, traditions.

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