SAM'S EDEN: Family Activity
Saturday 5 August, 2023
As part of the Public Programme for the current exhibition SAM'S EDEN, exhibiting artist Michaela Razafima Nash welcomes children and families to a free workshop, where you will see how to make paint from crushed sedimentary rock.
During the workshop Michaela will give you an insight into the history of making paint and the stones that can be used. This opens up the centuries of sedimentary drift and deposition compressed within stones like shale, limestone and sandstone.
Next, you will mix a rainbow of colours to paint your own island archipelagos. Your islands will represent people who are special to you, both near and far. At the end of the workshop, you will be able to keep your island paintings or give them away to the 'kin' in your archipelagos.
This is a free, Public Programme event for SAM'S EDEN, curated by Thomas Wells. Workshop facilitation support by artist Déarbhail McNulty. The event is suitable for children ages 7+. Supervision from a parent or guardian is required. Tickets are limited and booking is essential. You can book your free place through CCA’s online shop here.
Supported by the National Lottery through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland.
Michaela Razafima Nash (she/they) is an artist and arts writer, born and based in Belfast, NI. She is queer and of multiracial origins including Northern Irish, French and Merina Malagasy.
She is a member of Lucida collective and graduated from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin in 2020 as well as the Node Centre for Curatorial Studies in Berlin. Her writing takes shape through hybridized and experimental forms, often incorporating prose, poetry or personal essay with criticism. These texts form an ekphrastic layer to an artwork or exhibition.
Her individual art practice is conceptually driven. She works through painting, photography, projection-mapped video and installation. Both her writing and her artwork are attuned to ideas of mixedness, belonging, place, kinship and interconnection. Her current ongoing projects explore imaginary homelands and belonging through the body.
They have exhibited across Ireland and created texts for institutions nationwide.Their recent texts and publications include; 'Salt Cartographies III' on Elvira Santamaria-Torres' work for the Northern Irish Art Network (2023). 'Half Way Out Of The Dark' an exhibition text for RE-VISION festival of performance and live art (2022). 'Painting to See the Skies' as part of 'The Window Project' with CCA Derry/Londonderry (2022) and 'Methods of Root Propagation' on Yarli Allison's work, for SAM'S EDEN 1 (2021)
Déarbhail McNulty is a Belfast-based freelance artist from Banbridge, Co. Down. Déarbhail handles a range of mediums, including painting, photography, digital illustration, and sculpture. She is currently experimenting with lens-based installations exploring her personal relationship with light, uncovering fragments and offering transformational spaces in which to explore the idea of 're-silence'; reclaiming your own silence within these spaces. Déarbhail’s art is often politically driven and discusses local issues which are important to her. Her previous work has covered a broad range of topics, from the climate crisis; to marriage equality and ending gender-based violence.