Ghost Story / Apparatus / Closure / Empty

Willie Doherty

25 November - 23 January 2008

  • Ghost Story / Apparatus / Closure / Empty

In November 2008 Void embarked on a unique collaboration with the National Museums Northern Ireland and Foyle Film Festival to bring Willie Doherty's work to Derry. The collaboration involved the screening of Ghost Story as part of the Foyle Film Festival in the Strand Omniplex cinema and the showing of Apparatus, Empty and Closure at Void.

National Museums Northern Ireland recently acquired Ghost Story (a fifteen minute video installation premiered at the 2007 Venice Biennale) and Apparatus (a series of 40 photographs).

Doherty, who was born in Derry in 1959 and continues to live and work here, is the most internationally renowned artist to have emerged from Northern Ireland in recent years. He has twice been nominated for the Turner Prize, represented Ireland at the Venice Biennale in 1993 and Britain at the Sao Paolo Biennale in 2002. Last year, he was the first solo artist to represent Northern Ireland at Venice Biennale.

Pearse Moore of the Foyle Film Festival, said, "We are absolutely thrilled that Foyle Film Festival will see the Derry premiere of this very special and deeply moving work. We are very grateful to the National Museums Northern Ireland for their involvement in the project and we are confident that both Apparatus and Ghost Story will be hugely popular features of the festival." Maolíosa Boyle, Manager of Void added "We are pleased to be working in synergy with The Foyle Film Festival and The Ulster Museum to bring Willie Doherty's work to the Derry audience. The evening of the 22nd will be a unique opportunity to view an extensive range of the artist's work across two venues."


I'm proud that Derry has such an amazing gallery with such brilliant guides. It has opened my mind.