Belfast Telegraph

Visual Art 19/2/10

By Liz Baird

The Void Arts Centre in Londonderry is an ‘artist-led contemporary art space,’ housing two galleries, six studios, an education area and a conference room.

An idea formulated back in 2003 by a group of Derry artists became a reality two years later in the city’s old shirt factory in Patrick Street.

The gallery aims to provide opportunities for artists and to encourage |co-operation and tolerance within all sectors of the community.

They put on around eight exhibitions a year and the current show features a much neglected art form, the cartoon. The artist in question is Nick Brennan who, as any Dandy fan will know, creates the weekly adventures of Blinky, The Sneaker and Billy Whizz. Although Brennan always loved doing humorous drawings, he never dreamt of making a living from it and became an engineer. Eventually, inspired by his wife’s enthusiasm for his drawings, he packed in his job and decided to follow his dream.

Brennan has been associated with the Void from the beginning and is effectively their cartoonist-in-residence, drawing an edition of Void Comix to accompany every exhibition. The exhibition continues until the end of the month. To see a demonstration of How to Draw Billy Whizz check out www.youtube.com/cultureni.

A quick word about a talk by Joe McWilliams which will take place on Feb 25 at Queen’s University. Entitled An Artist’s Journey Through the Troubles, it will be popular and you should book. Further info. from admin@johnhewittsociety.org

elisabethobaird@googlemail.com

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