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  • 2020-08-13—2020-08-29

    Barry Mulholland—Tossed In The Drink


    Opening reception: 5–8pm Thursday 13th August 2020
    This is a physically distanced event booked through Eventbrite.
    Exhibition continues: Friday 14th August – Saturday 29th August 
    Gallery open: 12–6pm Thursday–Saturday


    Pallas Projects/Studios are pleased to present Barry Mulholland—Tossed In The Drink as the first exhibition of our 2020/21 Artist-Initiated Projects programme.

    As we sink further into this age of anxiety, the reality of existing in a constant state of flux is now normal. This work is an immediate response to current collective fears in society.

    This is a theatre of seriousness, where people die, and a disillusioned public demand leadership, information and real change. Forcing a technologically-dependant generation to stay at home and consume even more social media has resulted in societal and political game-change.

    This show is an attempt at slowing down and making space so we can relate to the imagery, objects and concepts at hand. A play with new materials and new technologies, such as laser cutters, to expand possibilities of how the digital world now influences our visual experience.

    Moving on from post-pandemic towards a possible second wave, the submerged political domestic issues of Brexit and border referendums slowly rise again. Familiar faces but a totally new political landscape. With it are unresolved remnants of a colonial past.

    In an age of populism, the antiquated notion of race superiority now faces a technologically savvy global community where counter-mobilisation is inevitable. A failure to address the past, fix the present and plan for the future has resulted in a sea-change of public reaction. Now an injustice in one place has instant repercussions in another. The Millennials rise, and the concept of history is itself at stake. Between the waves of virus surge the chaos continues to grow.

    As we renew our stockpiles of a hand-sanitiser…the statue of Bristol slave owner, Edward Colston gets Tossed In The Drink. More may follow.

    This exhibition is generously supported by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.



    Barry Mulholland is a Belfast based Visual Artist and member of Flax Art Studios. A postgraduate MA in Visual Arts Practices at IADT and BA in Fine & Applied Art at Ulster University. Previously a co-director at Platform Arts, Belfast. Recent solo shows include Bogeymen, exhibited as part of TACTICAL MAGIC curated by Kerry Guinan at TULCA Festival of Visual Arts, Galway 2019. Awards include, recipient of the Taylor Art Award 2012 at the RDS Visual Arts Awards, Dublin. Barry is currently supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the Freeland Foundation, London. barrymulhollandvisualartist.com


    Artist-Initiated Projects at Pallas Projects/Studios is an open-submission, annual gallery programme of 10 x 3-week exhibitions taking place at rescheduled dates from August 2020, in the context of a gallery space with a dedicated tradition towards the professional development of artists in a peer-led, supportive environment. This unique programme of funded, artist-initiated projects selected via open call is highly accessible to artists, with a focus on early career, emerging artists and recent graduates. Projects are supplemented with artists' talks, texts, workshops or performances, and gallery visits by colleges and local schools.

    Artist-Initiated Projects aims to act as an incubator for early careers, and support artists' practices at crucial stages, providing a platform for artists to produce and exhibit challenging work across all art forms. The model of short-run exhibitions with a relatively short turnaround time of 3–6 months is an alternative to the normal institutional model, where the process of studio visit to exhibition can take several years. Shorter lead-in times allow the programme to be quick and responsive, reflect what artists are currently making, and encourage experimentation and risk-taking.

    Pallas Projects/Studios Artist-Initiated Projects is funded by The Arts Council