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Composting for the future

Void Art Centre, 10 Waterloo Place, Derry~Londonderry, County Londonderry, BT48 6BU
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Void Art Centre is excited to invite you to the launch of Composting for the future on Saturday 23 March 2023, 6-8pm. Composting for the future is a twofold exhibitionary project that celebrates both the past and future of the organisation.

Across 2024, the team at Void Art Centre has been working with collaborators to develop Composting for the future, devising a collective timeline that looks back on the past twenty years of Void and undertaking a series of trainings to re-configure the organisation, internally and externally, as we move towards a civic-engaged, Social Permaculture structure.

We look forward to welcoming you back to Void Art Centre during the launch of Composting for the future, and throughout the project's run.

See you on Saturday 23 March, from 6-8pm. Access information can be found on our website derryvoid.com.

Read more about the project and collaborators below.

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Composting for the future marks Void Art Centre's commitment to a living practice of Social Permaculture, a group of principles that look to models of co-existence and co-creation in permaculture. Our organisational structure will be re-imagined, becoming based on collaborative methods of working and sustainable use of logical resources such as project production.

To look to the future, it's important to celebrate the past. With 2024 marking twenty years since Void Art Centre was constituted, we wish to celebrate the organisation across its many iterations. To do so, we have invited practitioners who have contributed to Void in different capacities to work with us: Paola Bernardelli, Gregory McCartney and Damien Duffy. Each will unearth and make public stories and memories to be presented in a collectively designed timeline that details Void's past twenty years, and the corresponding historical context.

In addition, the timeline has been co-edited by invited practitioners including Michael Bradley; Eibhlín Morrison; Catherine Ellis; Megan Doherty; and Audrey Blue. Each editor has selected a project from Void's history, including ephemera from the planning and installation of past exhibitions, which will form part of the collectively built timeline.

The team at Void Art Centre have also delved into the organisation's archive, selecting previous commissions to bring to the public again, including artists Keef Winter, Invernomuto, Alan Phelan and Forerunner. Throughout the run of the project, the public will be asked to contribute to this collective timeline, with a history-making station forming part of the exhibition.

In tandem with this, we will introduce the future of Void Art Centre, as we become an organisation that learns from permaculture ethics and principles. We will re-configure our organisational structure, embedding the sustainable use of local resources within our daily working practices and approaches to programming.

Since February 2024, Void Art Centre has been hosting a Social Permaculture hub, acting as a training ground for members of Void's team and the public. This process will be presented in the form of notes and posters created by Alfred Decker, and Notes towards a Permacircular Museum, a long-term artistic project by Stéphane Verlet Bottéro that has been brought to the context of Derry, created in collaboration with Echo Echo and the team at Void Art Centre.

The hub will consist of a temporary library resource, shared by Karla Sánchez, co-founder of Blackbird Cultur-Lab. The resource will contain publications that expand on farming and agriculture from historical, political-economy, and regenerative-agriculture perspectives.

Concurrent to the Social Permaculture Hub we will host a short residency with artist Yujin Lee, during which she will facilitate a natural dye making workshop using Chilg (arrowroot), prepared and brought from her native Jeju, South Korea.

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Void Art Centre is located at 10 Waterloo Place, on the Strand Road. You can see our sign atop the glass front building. Void is a 2 minute walk from the historic Derry City Walls, 5 minute walk from the Peace Bridge, and 3 minute walk from the quay.

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From Inishowen
Northwest Busways set down on Patrick St (1 min walk to Void) http://www.foylecoaches.com/service.htm

McGonagle's Bus & Coach set down at the Guildhall (10 min walk to Void) http://www.mcgonaglebushire.com

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From Donegal
Buses from Donegal terminate at the Foyle Street Bus Station (10 min walk to Void). This includes services from Metro, Ulsterbus, Goldline, NI Railways, and Enterprise. journeyplanner.translink.co.uk.


From Derry and surrounding areas
Quayside Shopping Centre stop (13229), Strand Bar stop (13231), and Clarendon Street stop (14784) (3 min walk to Void). journeyplanner.translink.co.uk.


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Buses from Donegal terminate at the Foyle Street Bus Station (10 min walk to Void). This includes services from Metro, Ulsterbus, Goldline, NI Railways, and Enterprise. Please use this link to plan your journey: journeyplanner.translink.co.uk.

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