Art Club

17 May – 18 Jul 2021

Ground Floor Gallery

Everyone’s experience of Covid-19 has been unique, and the isolation of lockdown has been difficult and challenging for many. During 2020, through craft, design, making and performing, we united our community by asking for entries of artwork to two open calls, Art Club and Art Club: Take 2. These initiatives helped us to keep connected with visitors, artists, and audiences during this unprecedented time.

We were absolutely blown away by the range and quality of the submissions. We are delighted to now welcome back visitors to the Hub with a culmination of work from both initiatives, as our first exhibition in our newly refurbished ground floor gallery.

Art Club and NCCD Art Club: Take 2 were a wonderful way to encourage people to use creativity to get through the pandemic and help us all respond, recover and look ahead to a new world whilst improving health and wellbeing.

Art Club
included four themes that linked to our Body & Mind: Seen & Unseen’ exhibition and the wider COVID-19 pandemic.

Theme 1 - Inside / Outside

Theme 2 - Creative Healing

Theme 3 - Joy & Happiness

Theme 4 - What’s your daily medicine?

Exhibiting Artists:

Amy O’Sullivan

Andrea McHugh

Arati Reddy-Devlin

Evelyn Jennings

Giuseppina Santoro

Gudrun Ståhl Sharpley

Janet Farahar

Jem Dunn

Joshua Joel Eteson

Karen Lane

Kelly Barfoot

Linda Wilson

Luke John Walsh

Max Sander

Nell Swift

Paul Sutherland

Simon Le Boggit

Steven Wood

Willow Stacey

Art Club: Take 2 took its inspiration from our exhibition ‘Staging Places’, in partnership with the Society of British Theatre Designers, and we asked for submissions that engaged with three themes:

Theme 1 - A Sense of Place

Theme 2 - Wonder

Theme 3 - Costumes

Submissions included responses that explored thoughts, feelings and experiences, and were presented in a range of media (visual arts in 2D & 3D, digital, craft, written/spoken word, music, creative writing and poetry).

We are overjoyed to be able to offer the opportunity to view a selection of works together in person at the Hub as well as showcase them all here on our online gallery.