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The exhibition runs from 2nd November 2019 – 21st December 2019. Solo show at Millennium Court Arts Centre.
Come explore obscure and familiar collections from other lands. The artist takes you on a road trip through America, and shows you collections objects from Japan, Norway, Iceland, Australia and more. You can take part by divulging a dream story that could be performed on the night, or by surrendering an unwanted gift in her Re-Gift Amnesty.
“She seems to have a knack for finding the bizarre and unique, sometimes under your very nose, in locations you pass by every day. There are moments when her work can make one feel, as Walker Percy would say, “sunk into our own everydayness.” This exchange is perhaps what is most compelling about Leech’s practice; it challenges the unexamined inheritances of our day-to day affairs.” David Hawkins for Cville newspaper, USA, 2013.
A FREE bus will leave Golden Thread Gallery in Belfast at 6.45pm, and return at 9pm.
To take part in Leech’s dream story survey click here – https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/MPLWHX8
A selection of these will be performed on the opening night at 8pm.
Check out her Re-gift Amnesty events at Sustain Market collaborating with Sinéad Bhreathnach-Cashell. Events on 17th November and 22nd December. https://www.facebook.com/events/406769466703464/
7th February 2019
Cabinets of Curiosity, also known as ‘wonder rooms’ have displayed collections since at least the 1500’s. They have been used to categorise natural history objects, tell stories about the world and it’s history (sometimes not letting the truth get in the way of a good story) and served to establish a social ranking in society. The Odd Collection exhibition was inspired by the odd collection of favoured objects and the collection of odd objects that find their way into our homes and especially artists studios.
With invited artists, we will convert the Pollen Gallery into a ‘wonder room’, with a nod to the history of museum natural science collections and wink to the possibilities of undiscovered treasures.
Participating artists : Aimee Magee, Aisling Magee, Aisling O’Beirn, Alice Clark, Deirdre McKenna, Jayne Cherry, Jenny Davies, Johanna Leech, Kate Ritchie, Locky Morris, Nathan Crothers, Sharon Adams, SInéad Breathnach Cashell, Zara Lyness.
17-28 January 2018
Curated by Seacourt – The Centre for Contemporary Printmaking
third from left hand side in – bullet holes
Middle top – Eden Bay
right top on main wall – 22 Ammo
24 4-19th December 2014, Curated by Sarah McAvera
Sinead Bhreathnach- Cashell, Charlotte Bosanquet, Stuart Calvin, Christopher J Campbell, Sheelagh Colclough, Mick Cullen, Leo Devlin, Sarah Faulkner, Ciara Finnegan, Graham Gingles, Gerry Gleason, Deirdre Hawthorne, Johanna Leech, Lisa Malone, Clement McAleer, Colin McGookin, Brain J Morrison, Geoff Molyenx, Hazel Neill, Brendan O’Neill, Robert Peters, Anne Quail, Duncan Ross & Katrina Sheena Smyth
24 aims to capture the excitement of opening an advent calendar: each door a miniature surprise. The twenty-four artists selected are an eclectic mix, not a combination you would necessarily expect. Video, drawing, painting, photography and installation are all represented, with themes ranging from the extraordinary to the minutiae of existence.
My piece ‘Do Not Touch Penguins’, chalk marker on window, Wade pottery whimsie
Exhibition at Golden Thread Gallery 6th – 27th Nov 2014 [my piece below]
In 1989 a group of students graduating from the University of Ulster fine art MA established a studio group and secured premises on the top floor of a 19th century flax spinning mill on the Crumlin Road in Belfast. Flax Art was born.
Twenty-five years on Flax Art Studios, now located in the city centre, is celebrating by looking to the past and planning for the future. The year long programme of events will culminate in an exhibition in the Golden Thread Gallery which will document the early years of Flax Art and the studios relationship with the city of Belfast, the network of international artists who have participated in the international residency programme, and the work of current studio holders. Alongside the exhibition a 25th anniversary publication will be launched.
This exhibition will coincide with a ground breaking symposium on future models for sustainable and affordable studio provision in Belfast to be held on the 6 – 7 of November at the Black Box. A programme of Flax Art Studios based artist led talks will also take place throughout the exhibition at the Golden Thread Gallery: –
Talks Programme – Time: 1pm – 2pm
Tuesday 11th November – Alastair MacLennan
Tuesday 18th November – Ryan Moffett
Tuesday 25th November – Barbara Freeman
Thursday 27th November – Johanna Leech
My studio in FLAX is open as part of ‘Belfast Open Studios’ ran by Visual Artists Ireland. http://belfastopenstudios.com
“Celebrating it’s 25th Birthday, Flax includes some of Belfast’s most well known artists. Flax Art Studios is committed to developing and strengthening the visual arts sector in Belfast, and has provided 25 years of best practice work at the cutting edge of contemporary art.”
Above photographs of my studio
On Thursday 23rd October I’m giving a ‘Show & Tell’ presentation in the Black Box about my practice. Which was also part of Belfast Festival at Queens. “Quickfire artist talks at the Black Box – Each day at the Black Box we are hosting a lively, fast-paced hour of artists talks. This is a unique opportunity to hear from ten artists talking about their work in this series of revealing ‘Show & Tells’. This free event provides a fascinating insight into the range of work being made by artists today.” Belfast Festival at Queens website listing
‘What is painting? To paint is to be able to portray upon a flat surface anything that one chooses of all visible things, howsoever they may be’
I’m currently in Australia collecting images and stories. I traveled up the East Coast, exploring the different land, new people and places.