Future/Forward at QSS

Work in progress by Alacoque Davey and Sharon McKeown. Image courtesy of the artists.



I’m excited to announce the first in a series of three exhibitions – the culmination of a long-running artist development and collaboration programme, Future/Forward – that I’ve been working on with QSS. Here’s some info:

‘Conceived as a response to the pandemic, the programme paired 35 artists together to create experimental work, and to re-galvanise the studio community following the disruption of the past two years. The focus for this series of exhibitions is on representing artists’ working methods, of process and exchange, and the significance of creative dialogue.’

I have been working closely with participating since August 2021, through a series of over 80 studio visits, discussions and presentations.



Future/Forward exhibition 1 launches on Thursday 2 June from 6pm, featuring:

  • Amanda Coogan and Sharon Kelly
  • Anushiya Sundaralingam and Mary Cosgrove
  • Clare French and Grace McMurray
  • Frédéric Huska, Joy Gerrard and Vasiliki Stasinaki
  • Jennifer Trouton and Rachel Lawell
  • Kwok Tsui and Pauline Clancy
  • Majella Clancy, Sinead McKeever and Niamh Clarke

At the launch on 2 June 2022, at 6.30pm, I’ll also be giving an informal introduction to the first in this series of exhibitions, sharing insights into the collaborative processes and curatorial rationale at the core of the programme.



Future/Forward exhibition 2 launches at QSS Studios & Gallery on 30 June, running to 28 July 2022. Participating artists: 

  • Alacoque Davey and Sharon McKeown
  • Amy Higgins and Michelle McKeown
  • Andrew Haire, Catherine Davison and Rachael Colhoun
  • Angela Hackett and Anushiya Sundaralingam
  • Ashley B Holmes and Naomi Litvack
  • Charlie Scott, Craig Donald and David Haughey
  • Gail Ritchie and Meadhbh McIlgorm
  • Gerard Carson and Gerry Devlin
  • Mark McGreevy and Susan Connolly



The exhibition will also travel, in a new configuration featuring all 35 artists, to MART’s Old Fire Station Gallery in Dublin, where it will be presented from 13 August – 2 September 2022. QSS have been invited by MART as part of a broader initiative to share their gallery space with artist-run organisations, studio groups and independent curators based throughout the island of Ireland, introducing their work to new audiences and developing peer networks in Dublin.

For more information, please visit: https://www.queenstreetstudios.net