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Capefarewell ShortcourseUK

Darragh Séamus Gallagher took a B.A. (first class honours) in English and Byzantine Studies at The Queen’s University of Belfast (1994), an M.Phil. in Medieval and Renaissance Literature at the University of Cambridge (1995), and a Ph.D. in Irish Writing and Visual Arts, also at Queen’s University.  His doctoral thesis, “Stern Colour and Delicate Line” is a study of the close relationship between visual and verbal representations of the west of Ireland from the Irish Literary Revival to the end of the twentieth century; it charts the enduring attraction of western landscape for writers and artists alike.

After several years as a teacher of English, Gallagher has returned to his interest in landscape, nature and the visual arts.  His artistic practice is sited within the arenas of ecology, climate change and environmental studies and engages with contemporary notions of Utopia.  He is a keen walker with a particular fondness for the Chiltern Hills and the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.

Darragh Séamus Gallagher is currently studying for an M.A. in Fine Art at Wimbledon College of Art, London, and has been awarded a residency to work in collaboration with Japanese artists on environmental issues in Tokyo.


Holland works in mixed media; particularly film, photography and illustration.

He is interested in the paradox of how the act of creation causes the physical deterioration of the medium itself. Also, how a piece may evolve organically and chaotically through constant reworking, destruction and re-creation. He sees this as relative to the physical nature of the city and it’s processes of ruin, abandonment, and waste; as well as those of construction, re-birth and re-use.

He chooses to reflect this through his use of abandoned technology and media, and is interested in exploring these themes through documenting waterways and pathways through the city.

Holland is currently studying his MA in Graphic Design at Camberwell College Of Art.

Rebecca’s practice focuses on exploring the effects of human intervention with the natural world. Finding a particular fascination in the interim spaces in a city, the patches of wasteland and self seeded grasslands, the spaces where nature exists and lives between concrete structures, has led her research to question how art practices can be used to contribute towards land reclamation. Rebecca is currently completing an MA Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design.

‘Walking is the best way to explore and exploit the city; the changes, shifts, breaks in the cloud helmet, movement of light on water. Drifting purposefully is the recommended mode, tramping asphalted earth in alert reverie, allowing the fiction of an underlying pattern to reveal itself.’ Iain Sinclair.

Since Shortcourse the idea of urban exploration and the journey has become something that I have adopted into my daily life and I find myself wandering the city in search of spaces that have been left derelict, nature reclaiming the land. These tend not to be spaces with buildings but areas of demolition that are yet to be redeveloped. I question what situations of human intervention have resulted in these spaces, whether created purposefully or hangovers of a past industrial age.

A fascination with the materials left in these spaces has led to this work. Everything from disused cranes to shopping trolleys gets discarded, nature then seeming to find a way to camouflage their presence. Fusing living materials and disposed man-made objects collected from industrialised areas creates a dialogue and generates a synergy between the ideas of natural land reclamation and the over-production and waste of man-made objects.

Katriona Beales uses digital media, video, performance, sculpture and installation to interrogate the aesthetics of excess, in response to what Berardi terms “the constant mental electrocution of the Infosphere”. Beales has exhibited internationally in Ireland, Israel and Austria. She is undertaking a residency in Tokyo in March 2012 and was recently a recipient of the CCW Moving Image Initiative Fund. The resultant film will be screened at South London Gallery in May 2012.

Katriona Beales is currently completing her MA in Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art and Design, with thanks to a Stanley Picker Scholarship.


“I was moved by the journey along the Thames on the historical wooden barge on the first day. I had never viewed London from the water and it gave a totally different perspective on the city. It seemed still, quiet, silenced even, shut in on itself, turned away from the river that brought it into existence… There were very few people in a place I am used to finding claustrophobic with crowds. It was like sliding into a different place altogether.”

Jina Lee graduated with a MFA in Painting at the Ewha Woman’s University in Seoul and she is currently studying her MA in Mres Arts Practice at Chelsea College of Art. Lee’s practice normally takes in drawings and video installations. Here in Cape farewell exhibition, she is showing her practices on drawings with layered images of fluid and tangled pictures. Her work directs itself towards the liberation of such imprisoned energies at the same time a certain kind of assumed objectivity about the various boundaries of self. She has exhibited her work in various galleries and institutions in Korea as well as in Australia, and most recently has been involved in residencies and workshops in Australia at the Australian Experimental Art Foundation.

‘it is in vain that we say what we see; what we see never resides in what we say. And it is in vain that we attempt to show, by the use of images, metaphors, or similes, what we are saying; the space where they achieve their splendour is not that deployed by our eyes but that defined…

This is not a pipe, Michel Foucault

When Foucault said ‘This is not a pipe’, he meant as separation between linguistic signs and plastic elements. However, here I would interpret it as there is a lot more than what we physically see. In other words, to discuss the theme of infrastructure of an environment, I believe we need to see what is beyond the scene.

After three days along with the Cape Farewell, I have become attracted with an aspect on invisible scenes in London such as London’s Hidden Rivers, Olympic Village beyond displaced local communities and Tilbury Dock’s veiled wastes. And this idea is being shown in a form of accumulated diary-like drawings: freely combined with texts, prints, and esquisses. Overlapped layers of images are entwined and untwined in one picture. Conceptual references are then marked by the practice of archival method as a space for collective memory, which is to represent the current discourses of reflection in relation seeking for minorities in a global terrain.

Aaron works with a wide range of media and materials from bronze casting to film, photography and installation. In 2002 he had to abandon a long career in stage lighting design due to the loss of most of his eyesight and returned to arts education and practice on a full time basis. He received a 1st class honours degree in Arts, Design and Environment from Central Saint Martins (2005) and his PhD viva at Chelsea College of Art and Design is scheduled for April 2012. McPeake has received a number of private and public art and design commissions and has exhibited widely since 1997. In 2011 he won the Cass Sculpture Prize with his bell bronze work: “Some Cuts Resonate”.

Her research and critical writings centre on the relation between words and images using the philosophy and semiotics of C.S. Peirce, psychoanalytic theory and poetics for which she received a Leverhulme fellowship in 2003. Her published papers include ‘Bild, Imagismus und das Kunstwerk’ in Bilder BeSchreiben, ed. Nöth, W. (Kassel University Press, 2009).

False Spring, 2007, her first collection of poems was published in 2007 and Gospel Oak, her second collection is due from Enitharmon Press, 2012. Her poems have appeared in several journals including Poetry Review, Poetry London, Magma and Poetry Wales.

She has exhibited photography, film and video, and continues to make live performances with video projection. For the Oak, her current work, has been performed at various events including e and eye, Tate Modern; Skylines, Ecopoetics festival Exeter; Crazy Wisdom, King’s Place.


Sharon Morris an artist and poet, trained at the Slade School of Fine Art, University College London, where she is currently employed as head of the Slade PhD programme.