During a tour of the Visual Arts degree shows at Create Salford 2015, given by University Art Curator Lindsay Taylor, Modern History exhibitions' curator Lynda Morris was impressed by the work on display with particular interest in Sarah McGurk’s piece 'Ó dhoras go doras' (translated to English means ‘door to door’). Subsequently, Lynda Morris approached the artist to ask for its ('Ó dhoras go doras') inclusion in Modern History Vol. II; an exhibition exploring the body politic, landscape and urban space.
Sarah’s 'Ó dhoras go doras' (2015) are a series of small models of doors (in varying states) representing the front doors of houses in Northern Ireland, specifically Omagh, where she grew up. These doors serve as a representation of the normalisation of, and desensitisation towards, a violence that is part of an everyday experience.
Modern History Vol. II will be showing at The Atkinson from Tuesday 18 August until Sunday 8 November; admission is free. The exhibition is one of a series of three exhibitions; Modern History Vols I, II and III. Earlier in the year Vol. Itook place at the Grundy Art Gallery, Blackpool and Vol. III will be showing at Bury Art Museum and Sculpture Centre from 19 September.
The Modern History exhibitions are guest curated by internationally respected curator Lynda Morris, who has selected new commissions and existing works by national and international contemporary artists based in the North West. By taking the theme of ‘Modern History’, the exhibition offers perspectives on cultural, social, and political change, from artists across different generations, with work reflecting on local and global issues, largely post-1969 to present day.
The Modern History series of exhibitions was initiated by the Contemporary Visual Arts Network (CVAN NW) and co-chair of the network (and University of Salford Art Curator) Lindsay Taylor says the 'series reflects and respects the strength and ambition of artistic talent in the North West.'