City Factory

City Factory, Derry: Address, Phone Number, City Factory Reviews: 4.5/5

City Factory
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Art the smart link to Derry's heritage shirt manufacturing bonanza
Oct 2013
Derry has many attractions. One of the most stand-out successes for me is the utilisation of the city's heritage shirt factories. Fabulous buildings, now a reminder of Derry's hey day as a world leader in shirt manufacture. Void is a contemporary art space housing two gallery spaces, six artists studios, an art school, a community gallery and a studio gallery. Each year six exhibitions are shown in the Void Gallery highlighting the work of established international and Irish artists. Last year Derry was 'The City of Culture' and hosted an array of fabulous art experiences. Derry shone. Galleries such as Void played an important role in the success of the year of creativity showcased in Derry in 2013. It is worth noting the background to the establishing of the Void Gallery. This project would not have been successful without the backing and support of the community. What has emerged is an outstanding gallery that offers visitors a chance to connect with a building that once served as the life blood of the city's economy. Now it brings tourism to the city and allows local and international artistic creativity to flourish. I love the heritage building and that in itself would have lured me to walk inside and view the contemporary art being created and displayed inside. As a background - the vision for Void began in January 2003 when a group of artists in Derry formed (DADA) Derry’s Artists for Derry’s Art. The intent was for the proposed space to include artists’ studios and a high quality education programme delivering an organisational ideology of ‘supporting artists at every stage of their career.’ Peace II funding was secured through the Local Strategy Partnership. Over the following two years the project was implemented. An initial exhibition programme was devised and the refurbishment of the basement of the Old City Shirt Factory was undertaken. In January 2005, the Void Art Centre (Void) – a non-profit limited company with charitable status opened with its inaugural exhibition 'Peripheral Vision'. Images of this exhibition are accessible on the internet and for those who have been affected by, or involved in tragedies such as conflict, war, grief and loss they will appreciate the inspiration of this exhibition. Art galleries, especially flourishing art galleries can provide stimulus, offer beauty, provoke and engage the public in a myriad of ways and in this the City Factory art excels. Right now Void has an exciting workshop for older students, part of Canadian artist Kelly Richardson: Haunted exhibition. For more see: http://www.cityofculture2013.com/event/creative-code-workshop/ The City Factory is only a stone's throw away from other spectacular 'must visit' treasures in Derry, including the Peace Bridge and the GuildHall, the seat of the Town's local government. The Void City Factory is within the walled section of the city. It is a special experience walking the walls that surround the city as well as engaging with the many heritage buildings. It is a real coup that the city has converted the shirt factory on the corner of Queen and Patrick Streets into a flourishing art precinct.

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Christina H
Hobart, Australia15 contributions
Art the smart link to Derry's heritage shirt manufacturing bonanza
Oct 2013 • Business
Derry has many attractions. One of the most stand-out successes for me is the utilisation of the city's heritage shirt factories. Fabulous buildings, now a reminder of Derry's hey day as a world leader in shirt manufacture.
Void is a contemporary art space housing two gallery spaces, six artists studios, an art school, a community gallery and a studio gallery. Each year six exhibitions are shown in the Void Gallery highlighting the work of established international and Irish artists.
Last year Derry was 'The City of Culture' and hosted an array of fabulous art experiences. Derry shone. Galleries such as Void played an important role in the success of the year of creativity showcased in Derry in 2013.
It is worth noting the background to the establishing of the Void Gallery. This project would not have been successful without the backing and support of the community. What has emerged is an outstanding gallery that offers visitors a chance to connect with a building that once served as the life blood of the city's economy. Now it brings tourism to the city and allows local and international artistic creativity to flourish.
I love the heritage building and that in itself would have lured me to walk inside and view the contemporary art being created and displayed inside.
As a background - the vision for Void began in January 2003 when a group of artists in Derry formed (DADA) Derry’s Artists for Derry’s Art. The intent was for the proposed space to include artists’ studios and a high quality education programme delivering an organisational ideology of ‘supporting artists at every stage of their career.’
Peace II funding was secured through the Local Strategy Partnership. Over the following two years the project was implemented. An initial exhibition programme was devised and the refurbishment of the basement of the Old City Shirt Factory was undertaken.
In January 2005, the Void Art Centre (Void) – a non-profit limited company with charitable status opened with its inaugural exhibition 'Peripheral Vision'. Images of this exhibition are accessible on the internet and for those who have been affected by, or involved in tragedies such as conflict, war, grief and loss they will appreciate the inspiration of this exhibition.
Art galleries, especially flourishing art galleries can provide stimulus, offer beauty, provoke and engage the public in a myriad of ways and in this the City Factory art excels.
Right now Void has an exciting workshop for older students, part of Canadian artist Kelly Richardson: Haunted exhibition. For more see:
http://www.cityofculture2013.com/event/creative-code-workshop/
The City Factory is only a stone's throw away from other spectacular 'must visit' treasures in Derry, including the Peace Bridge and the GuildHall, the seat of the Town's local government.
The Void City Factory is within the walled section of the city. It is a special experience walking the walls that surround the city as well as engaging with the many heritage buildings. It is a real coup that the city has converted the shirt factory on the corner of Queen and Patrick Streets into a flourishing art precinct.
Written July 22, 2014
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

letterkennycaint
Letterkenny, Ireland12,415 contributions
Art Gallery in old Shirt Factory
Aug 2013 • Solo
This beautiful building can be found on the corner of Queen Street and Patrick Street in Derry. The City Factory is part of a multifaceted art project, that draws on Derry's proud heritage as the one time shirt making capital of the world. At the moment, there's a major photographic exhibition "Beyond the Walls" there, and it's free entry.
Written August 11, 2013
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