Exhibition launch Monday 7th March, 7.30pm
An Exhibition of weird and techie artwork from women in various different creative industries.
Lisa Byrne is a photographer based mainly in Derry and Donegal. She first got into photography when her dad loaned me his camera on my 21st birthday. (I still have it "on loan" nearly 6 years later). She did a local darkroom course that year, continued teaching herself and haven't looked back since. She shoots mainly digital these days but will always go back to film. She says there's no feeling more satisfying than processing your own prints or waiting on surprises to return from the lab.
She shoot what interests her so she doesn't feel cornered into one type of photography but people have always been her favourite subjects.
Megan Doherty is a Derry photographer who captures Northern Ireland's young women against the backdrop of a hazy underworld.
SHIFT Magazine is a fanzine for lovers of the written word. Based in the North West of Ireland, the magazine gives the best of new writing and a place to publish new work.
There are no literary giants in the group, just writers struggling like all the rest, at a kitchen table with a laptop or a pen and paper, trying to get work published perhaps and getting nowhere. Or writing in isolation, too nervous to get that first submission out there. That is why, more than anything else, the SHIFT philosophy is this; "we do this ourselves, independent of anyone, funding SHIFT from the sales of the magazine itself and if the writing is good, then we'll do our best to publish it".
Marie Claire Duncan - Block Clothing- Marie is Graduate Entrepreneur in Residence at Eighty81 in Derry. Her business idea is to create a unique fashion brand, with an online clothing store consisting of all over printed garments designed by myself and produced within the UK. Block Clothing is a fashion brand which caters for fashion lovers' sense of style, individuality, and personality. Block Clothing is also a proud advocate of ethical production methods in order to raise awareness and tackle global issues such as sweatshops and child labour.
Fiona McLaughlin is a freelance stage manager and technician. She studied Drama at University of Ulster, Magee, and has stage managed several student productions. Fiona recently stage managed every Playhouse production for 2013, including Seamus Keenan's 'Over the Wire', ‘On the Subject of Love', and ‘Re-Energize by Gary Mitchell. She was also stage manager and Props Gatherer with Walk the Plank for the citywide outdoor pageant ‘The Return of Colmcille' by Frank Boyce. Recent Projects include ‘Over The Wire' in March 2014 and the UK Tour of Sole Purpose Productions ‘Pits and Perverts'. She was awarded the Theatre NI Technical Theatre Bursary in 2015 and toured Northern Ireland with the award winning show ‘Man on the Moon'. She recently finished work on The Playhouse Production of ‘An Evening With Doris Day and Gordon MacRae' at the Millennium Forum in February and the March 2016 tour of Sole Purpose Productions' ‘Blinkered'.
Eimear Willis is a 21 year old sound engineer from Derry/L-Derry. After studying for two years for the level 3 music technology diploma at NWRC, she is currently studying for her HNC/D in Music Production. Her lists of professional theatre shows include The Clearing, Josef Locke and NWRC's production of Pulp Fiction. She is the winner of the Sean Morrin award for her technical work with 'Foyle Pride festival' in 2014 and is now a valued member of the committee.
Helen Quigley has been costume making and designing for theatre since 1987 after completing a BTEC Diploma at Salford Technical College. Helen worked for many years on productions as varied as ‘Kind Hearts and Gentle People', ‘Wood of The Crows'. ‘Exodus' and ‘Sweeney Todd, The Musical.' She has a passion for fabrics, glitter and puppies.
This exhibition is presented as part of a week of workshops, masterclasses, and other events on the theme of Women In The Creative Industries- promising a week of inspiring debate, conversation and creativity.
All events will be free, open to all and have focused discussions on various areas of creative work and have contributors from various fields, men and women.
Other events include
• Masterclasses Monday 6th- Friday 11th March with established females in the creative industries including Theatre Directors, Writers, journalists, publishers and bloggers, Theatre Technicians, Filmmakers, Visual Artists, and women from Digital Technologies. These will be held by both indigenous and visiting, international facilitators.
• Conference Friday 11th March 1am- 5pm A one day conference, tying in with International Women's Day, exploring the role of women in the creative industries, in line with Derry and Northern Ireland's aspirations to grow the creative industries. Panel discussions will explore, across four panels on the day, the creative industries as a whole, changes within it, the divide between ‘art' and ‘industry', the mingling of story, design, and technology and the impact this growing industry is having on women and their creativity. CLICK HERE to book your free place.
• Meet & Greet Networking Event Friday 11th March 5pm- 7pm An event where creative industries employers, artists, funders, educators, support organisations, marketers and investors and meet and network with the aim of developing opportunities for all participants. Includes information points from Theatre NI, Audiences NI etc.
View the full programme here-
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