Belfast Telegraph

Saturday 28 February 2015

Derry art exhibition No Jury No Prize draws on hundreds of artists to celebrate city's creativity

Almost 300 artists from across Ireland are taking part in a unique exhibition celebrating creativity in Londonderry.

No Jury No Prize is currently showing at the London Street Gallery as part of the City of Culture programme for 2013.

A special conference will be held in the Playhouse on Saturday to discuss the exhibition.

Featuring some intriguing pieces — including Rat Bag, a handbag made from a dead rat — No Jury No Prize is the brainchild of local artist and curator Rory Harron, a graduate of the Glasgow School of Art.

The concept finds its roots in the ethos of the salons of 19th Century Paris.

Rory has been working alongside gallery curator Noelle McAlinden, who declared the exhibition should now become an annual event.

“The exhibition was scheduled specifically to get maximum profile and exposure for artists local as well as regional during the Turner Prize, and they have really done an excellent job,” she said.

“We have been working with Rory for over a year and a half or so to help make this exhibition and symposium happen, and it's attracted great interest from artists, educators, curators and the general public.

“It's accessible and engaging and that's what this year and this gallery is all about.

“We plan to make this exhibition an annual event and our forthcoming free symposium on November 2 is dedicated to participating artists and |members of the public who are keen to contribute to the ongoing dialogue about, ‘What is Art?’”

Curator Rory Harron said: “It's been an ongoing ambition of mine to schedule a No Jury No Prize exhibition and symposium in the city.

“I'm delighted and very proud it has come to fruition.”

The exhibition is now open to the public until November 6, 11am to 4pm, seven days a week.

Admission is free.

For more information on the exhibition and the full programme of events at the London Street Gallery, which is supported by the Culture Company and Inner City Trust, go to

To book places at the meeting on November 2, email

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