BELFAST PRINT WORKSHOP REOPENS WITH A NEW TEAM, A DEDICATED IN-HOUSE CURATOR, AND GALLERY SPACE
For the first time in its 40+ year history the printmakers and artists using the studio have the opportunity to work directly with an experienced curator. Moran Been-noon is a Dublin-based artist and curator and will work with BPW this year to help the BPW studio members develop their artistic practice and fully realise their potential as artists. The printmaking studio has also appointed nationally recognised and highly skilled printmaker, Dónall Billings as Technician. The studio has reopened and is again welcoming artists back to the Cathedral Quarter daily. The new team of three includes administrator Breige Brownlee bringing over 20 years of administration experience and arts and community group knowledge and skills. The new team have already created an in-house gallery space for members to exhibit their work in solo and group shows.
Moran Been-noon believes in inclusive curating and is primarily interested in multiplatform group projects, with a commitment to expanded practice. She sees curating as a practice of potential and works to fulfil this potential through her work with artists and community groups.
Dónall Billings is a University of Ulster Fine Art Printmaking graduate and Queens University Masters graduate in Arts Management, his knowledge in printmaking saw him awarded the Santander residency for experimental printmaking and alternative photography techniques. He worked as technician in Seacourt Print Workshop and continues to develop the potential of print through ongoing innovation, collaboration, mentoring and facilitation.
The trustees of BPW have said ‘Following what has been a dark and uncertain period for artists here, we are excited for the future of our workshop, this new role of curator will be an asset to our members offering a real opportunity for growth and development’.