22 February - 19 March 2008
Original Print Gallery, 4 Temple Bar, Dublin 2


‘Defining space' the exhibition is an offshoot of ‘Defining Space' an international interdisciplinary conference organized by Dr. Hugh Campbell, UCD School of Architecture, in Newman House in late 2007. The aim of this conference was to investigate the current relevance of the spatial paradigm in theory and practice across the arts and social sciences. The phrase ‘defining space' is intended to capture the many ambiguities and tensions inherent in the ways in which space - as a term and a property - is variously used in different fields. Space can be defined in very concrete and in very abstract ways. It can be social, political, spiritual and cultural as much as physical.


In this context Members of the Black Church were invited to respond to the multiple ways of ‘Defining Space' and to the various areas of overlap and ambiguity. The only stipulation was that the finished work should be derived and inspired by print making practices. This presented the opportunity to nurture Black Church Members who are working outside the traditional printmaking media and to encourage experimentation. The result is a conglomerate of lens-based, installations, collaborative work and 2 dimensional works on paper.


Selected artists include Vincent Sheridan, Fiona McDonald, John Graham, Cora Cummins (in collaboration with non member Liam Sharkey) Margaret O'Brien, Naomi Sex (in collaboration with non member, Mark McManus), Ann Kavanagh, Lynda Devenney, Mary Frazer, Colin Martin, Hugh McCarthy, Yvan Vansevenant, Stephen Vaughan and Annraoi Wyer. This exhibition showcases the diverse technical vocabulary of printmaking practice and it's ability to respond in a relevant and cogent manner to a contemporary debate. The exhibition will in effect be one way of defining a space.