13 Apr 24—29 Jun 24
Cake 1972
Ieva Kotryna Ski, Roisín McGuigan

Launch: Saturday 13 April 2024, 7–9pm, all welcome.

CCA Derry~Londonderry presents two solo exhibitions by Roisín McGuigan (NI) and Ieva Kotryna Ski (LT), participants in the third iteration of the biennial Reciprocal Residency programme, a partnership between CCA, Lithuanian Culture Institute and Kaunas Artists' House. The exhibitions feature new work by the artists following their participation in the residency programme.

Roisín McGuigan
/nɪˌɡəʊʃɪˈeɪʃn/, /ˌkɒnvəˈseɪʃn/ (negotiation, conversation)

Roisín McGuigan’s exhibition comprises a selection of works from a broad enquiry into the prevalence and importance of negotiation and conversation in our lives using installation, print and sculpture. The table as locus for both domestic and political dialogue plays a central role in this exhibition. The table is the place where difficulties are wrangled through heartfelt discussions, redrafted documents, misinterpretations, clarifications, compromises and agreements: the dining table and the boardroom table are considered equal here. Other references such as political treaties and agreements, an 18th century marquetry table, and the power of tea and cake to facilitate a good chat, merge in the resulting works that consider the role and impact of negotiations past and present, and the persistent relevance of dialogue to our collective futures.

Ieva Kotryna Ski
faults and folds

The exhibition faults and folds presents mostly new works by Ieva Kotryna Ski that consist of video, prints and installation. During her stay in CCA Ieva Kotryna embarked on the journey through Northern Ireland landscape looking for geological dykes. In the exhibition her ongoing interest in these igneous intrusions and geological processes intertwines with the threads that appear along the way.

Faults in geology are fractures between two blocks of rock in the Earth’s crust, which allow formation of oceans and continental drifts. But here faults can also refer to defects, broken camera or faulted eyesight. Local stories and parallel narratives stitch into the folds of rocks. Insubstantiality of matter refers as much to our own fragile state as to a brittle layer of the visual perception.

Ieva Kotryna Ski, Dyke#1, 2024
Roisín McGuigan, 1972, 2024

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Roisín McGuigan’s practice is an auto-ethnographic reflection on place, phenomena and the reverberations of growing up near the Northern Irish border – a complicated and unruly place explored through research, memory and anecdote, and realised through painting, sculpture and text.

Born in Co.Down, and a graduate of NCAD, Burren College of Art, and Turps Art School, London, Roisín was recipient of Fire Station Artists’ Studios Sculpture Practice Award for 2023 and the Graphic Studio Dublin Expanded Print Residency 2022-23. She has also received bursaries from The Arts Council, Dublin City Council, Kerry County Council and Creative Ireland.

Her work has featured in exhibitions and venues at home and abroad including Rua Red, VISUAL Carlow, Crawford Municipal Gallery of Art, Hun Gallery, New York, and Rugby Art Gallery & Museum, UK, Island Arts Centre, Lisburn, and in Matera, Italy, during European City of Culture 2019. In 2024, Roisín will present new work at The Linenhall Arts Centre in Castlebar, and MART Gallery in Dublin.

Ieva Kotryna Ski is a Lithuanian artist currently based in Paris. She graduated from the École Universitaire de Recherche ArTeC, where she completed her Master’s degree in artistic research. Exploring the materiality of the digital image and its potential to mediate different emotions, Ieva Kotryna’s work often questions our relationship with ever-changing environment.

As a video artist, Ieva Kotryna also often contributes to other artists’ works, performances or plays. She recently had a solo exhibition at the queer space išgir̃stì and has also presented her work at Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Cité des Arts in Paris, Contemporary Art Centre in Vilnius, project space Editorial, among other places. In 2021, Ieva Kotryna Ski’s Sinkhole won the Audience Choice Award at the exhibition JCDecaux Award: Spaces.

The Centre for Contemporary Art Derry~Londonderry (CCA) partnered with the Lithuanian Culture Institute and Kaunas Artists’ House (KAH) to establish a biennial reciprocal residency for emerging artists. The programme aims to create opportunities for emerging artists to participate in residencies, to stimulate mutual dialogue and exchange. Northern Ireland and Lithuania are located at opposing edges of the EU, with histories of contested borders, migration, rich cultural heritage and world-class artists. The programme selects participants through open call, and was established in 2020. This is the third iteration of the residency.

Previous participants:

Mark Buckeridge
Ona Juciūtė

Niamh Seana Meehan
Gintė Regina

The residency programme was initiated by CCA Director Catherine Hemelryk and former Lithuanian Cultural Attaché in the UK Justė Kostikovaitė, Director of Kaunas Artists’ House Rūta Stepanovaitė. With thanks to Agnė Bagdžiūnaitė, Residency Coordinator at Kaunas Artists’ House and Ūla Tornau, current Lithuanian Cultural Attaché in the UK.

About CCA Derry~Londonderry:
The Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) is a publicly funded space within the historic city walls of Derry~Londonderry. CCA creates opportunities for audiences to experience ambitious, experimental and engaging art and for emerging artists to develop successful careers. CCA fosters a wide range of artistic, curatorial and critical practices through five programme streams: research and production, exhibition- making, public programmes, publishing and residencies.

CCA was a Finalist in Art Fund Museum of the Year 2021, the largest museum prize in the world. CCA was recognised for its resilience and adaptability throughout the pandemic, and their continued effort to support audiences and artists including creating paid opportunities for artists and freelancers when they needed it most.

CCA is a member of Plus Tate: Plus Tate is a network, which comprises 35 cultural institutions – including the Tate galleries – that have strong artistic vision, a focus on contemporary art, outstanding public programming and a commitment to local community engagement through art. Plus Tate aims to support the development of the visual arts across the UK.

About Kaunas Artists House:
Kaunas Artists House (KAH) works with diverse cultural phenomena, presenting emerging artists, new ideas and cultural experiments. Next to residency programmes, KAH offers a diverse repertoire through several long-term programs and thematic projects. Ongoing educational programmes offer activities, based on contemporary culture practices: workshops, camps and events for children and young adults, emphasizing inclusion of marginalized youth groups, participants’ voice and democratic communication. KAH Infocentre functions as a coordinator of the local cultural network, connecting artists, institutions and guests. The Infocentre also collects and spreads cultural online and printed information. KAH also carries out film and video art programmes, experimental and industrial music projects and hosts several city-scale cultural festivals. As an active part of the local cultural scene, KAH also participates in partners’ projects and/or hosts events initiated by partner organizations.

About the Lithuanian Culture Institute:
The Lithuanian Culture Institute is a Lithuanian state institution which presents Lithuanian culture and professional art abroad and enhances the opportunities on the international scene for Lithuanian cultural professionals and artists, as well as for specialists and organisations working in these fields. In the UK it largely carries out those missions through the Lithuanian Cultural Attaché in the UK and their partner organisations in Lithuania and the UK.