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New Gallery: The Centre for Contemporary Art, Artillery Street, Londonderry, opens December 1 2012A residency for the Turner Prize and a year-long arts festival featuring the likes of The Royal Ballet and poet Seamus Heaney make for the brilliant spoils awaiting audiences as a result of Derry-Londonderry’s tenure as the inaugural UK City of Culture next year.
And in one of the first venues to open following the welcome investment the accolade brings with it, The Centre for Contemporary Art is aiming to create a space to support artists once the eyes of the world have left Londonderry.
“The Department for Social Development provided City of Culture funding for the renovation of these art facilities,” explains Social Development Minster Nelson McCausland.
“It will permit the development of artistic ability and provide opportunities for artists to demonstrate their skills. It will give a platform for them to showcase their work as well as being a venue for exhibitions, workshops and outreach projects.”
All of which sounds promising, kicking off with a new commission by artist Lee Welch, whose work was selected from a shortlist of would-be opening exhibitions.
If what they say is True will be the first display, taken over by locally-connected emerging artists on an annual basis.
Organisers also say the venue will host a challenging programme throughout 2013, including a role in the Turner Prize during its temporary move to Northern Ireland.