Good Grief, Catalyst Arts! 25 Years of Catalyst Arts

Fionnuala Doran (Photographer)

    Research output: Non-textual formExhibition


    In 1993 a group of MFA graduates from the Belfast School of Art began to organise exhibitions, exchanges and events in the city, calling their new artist-led project Catalyst Arts. They established a non-hierarchical structure, naming themselves joint co-directors, and agreed that a director would stay for 2 years and then pass the gauntlet to someone else. In accordance with its constitution, Catalyst is run by unpaid volunteers and seeks to adopt a poly-vocal strategy towards the promotion of contemporary art practices, by showcasing artists and projects from the widest possible range of disciplines.

    A quarter of a century and almost 100 co-directors later, the current committee presents a programme of events to celebrate Catalyst’s 25th anniversary. In the gallery a wealth of material from the Catalyst archive will be on display, woven together with contributions from past directors. The exhibition is a way to make visible Catalyst’s impact on the field of contemporary art practice over the past two and half decades, especially in the UK and Ireland.

    Fionnuala Doran's work, Good Grief, Catalyst Arts! is a satirical look at the often chaotic attempts at public outreach and revenue raising during her time as a director. Inspired by Charles Schultz's beloved Peanuts, Doran's cartoon depicts the child-like blundering of the directors when confronted by the raucous art scene of Belfast.
    Original languageEnglish
    PublisherCatalyst Arts
    Publication statusPublished - 15 Nov 2018


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