Josephine Mc Cormick
Head of Printmaking at Belfast Institute of Further and Higher Education
Gerald Moag Campus
Art and Design Block
Building Two
Belfast, Northern Ireland, BT1 1HS
Tel 028 90265327

Paper:  “Contested Space – Printmaking in Northern Ireland”

Keywords – Contested Space. Print Artists., Peace Process., Funding Policy., Education., Independent Print Workshops., International Links
Presentation Abstract
Northern Ireland is a Contested space, where two disparate ideologies now aim to find a solution to the political, social and cultural impasse that has shaped years of conflict. This paper presents a critique of Fine Art printmaking practice in Northern Ireland related specifically to contested space and the peace process.
The following areas will be presented

* Print practice in Northern Ireland – an overview of work produced in response to contested space.

* What role does printmaking perform in relation to Transitional Justice?

* Funding and Policy in Northern Ireland –through the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and The British Council – How is cultural understanding and equality through printmaking promoted by these public bodies.

* Education of Printmaking in Northern Ireland – has Education addressed the contested space issue and the peace process, or has its role been purely to promote skill acquisition within printmaking.

* Independent Printmaking Workshops – an examination of the role of Belfast Print Workshop and Seacourt Print Workshop in the context of promoting printmaking within the wider community. How does this affect the cultural dialog with the peace process?

* International Links – South African and Northern Irish Printmakers – a special cultural and artistic cross collaboration.

This paper will draw from extensive interviews with the following sources, Independent Printmakers, The Transitional Justice Institute, The British Council, The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, The University of Ulster, Belfast Institute, Belfast Print Workshop and Seacourt Print Workshop

Dr Josephine Mc Cormick
Selected Solo Exhibitions
2004   Portland Bay Press Gallery, Australia
2004   Old Museum, Belfast. N. Ireland
2001   Atelier Contrepoint, Paris. France
1997   Academy of Art, San Francisco. USA
1995   Editions  Gallery, Liverpool. England
1994   Wyvern  Gallery,  Dublin. Eire
1993   Royal Pavilion Gallery, Brighton. England
Selected Group Exhibitions
2005   Waterfront Hall, Belfast. N. Ireland
2004   Clotworthy Arts Centre, Antrim
2004   Grosvenor Museum. Chester. England
2002   Belfast Print Workshop, Belfast. N.Ireland
1999   Vernin Fur Original Radierung. Munich. Germany
1997   Ekaterinburg Museum. Russia
1996   Aenaon International Centre of Fine Arts. Athens. Greece
1996   Recent Aquistitions Ulster Museum. N. Ireland
1995   Arcade, Exhibition of Electronic Prints. Brighton
1994   Estampes D’Outre, Musee Adzak. Paris
Selected Publications
2004   DPhil; Printmaking – University of Ulster. Belfast. N. Ireland
The Application of CAD/CAM Technology in the Remediation of the     Viscosity Printing Process
2004   Film of Printwork Print-Making IT
2003   Designed Logo for Transitional Justice. Belfast. N.Ireland
2004    DPhil; University of Ulster
1993   Printmaking Camberwell College of Art
1992   Post Graduate Diploma. Croydon College of Art
1988   BA Fine Art Liverpool John Moores University
Awards and Residencies
2004   Australian Print Workshop. Melbourne
2004   Arts Council of N.Ireland. Travel Award
2004   British Council Award
2001   Atelier Contrepoint. Paris
1997   San Francisco Art Academy. USA
Conferences and Consultancy
2002   Drawn to Print. Camberwell College of Art
200     C.A.D.E. – Computers in Art and Design Education
1999   IMPACT. University of the West of England. Bristol                                   
1998   Print Convenor for Digital Printmaking Panel within ‘Digital Aesthetics’ for  ISEA., International Symposium on Electronic Art. Liverpool John Moores University