And, if we observe the present, guest publication - Catalyst Arts, with Harvey Dimond, Lucie McLaughlin & Taiye Ojo
This publication was made on occasion of And, if we observe the present, an exhibition at Catalyst Arts in Belfast, 2021, featuring four artists who employ photography in their work: Kitsch Doom, Ben Malcomsom, Kate McElroy, and Dónal Talbot.
Before the exhibition was installed, three writers, Harvey Dimond, Lucie McLaughlin and Taiye Ojo, spent six weeks connecting with the artists through conversations about the development of the work. This collaboration allowed the writers to respond intuitively to the artwork, find new ways of making connections in a virtual space, and explore the conceptual framework through their writing practices. This process created unique relationships amongst the practitioners, and this has resulted in shared perspectives and creative outlooks, as they reflect on what the future means.
Catalyst Arts is an artist-led space in Belfast, Northern Ireland. As a voluntary artist-led organisation, Catalyst Arts’ model is based on collaboration and community with a strong
emphasis on promoting and supporting the arts in Northern Ireland and beyond. As a members-based organisation, Catalyst Arts has created a community of artists who we continue to support through the provision of resources, exhibitions, residencies and events. Our annual programme includes gallery based exhibitions, off-site projects and a dedicated engagement programme, which aim to provide access to the arts to a wide and diverse audience.