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Events programme announced for Andrew Lacon: Fragments & Kate V Robertson: This Mess is Kept Afloat

28 November 2017

We've got an exciting programme of events planned to run alongside our forthcoming exhibitions: Fragments by Andrew Lacon and This Mess is Kept Afloat by Kate V Robertson. These two exhibitions, presented concurrently, will run from Sat 9 December – Sun 25 February 2018. Our gallery events programme sees more walks, talks, and opportunities to connect with the works on show, alongside recurring DCA favourites, such as Echo, and Meet the Artist.

The programme of events begins on Fri 8 December with Meet the Artist at 18:30 where Eoin Dara, Head of Exhibitions at DCA, will be in conversation with both Andrew Lacon and Kate V Robertson, introducing their respective exhibitions. Following this, an Exhibition Preview from 19:00 - 21:00 will give visitors the chance to see the exhibtions before they officially open on Sat 9 December.

"These exhibitions will utterly transform the spaces that host them"

Our Exhibition Tours will be returning for these exhibitions, taking place daily at 11:00 and 15:00 (unless another activity is taking place), beginning on Sat 9 December. These are a 30-minute introduction to the work on show by one of our Visitor Assistants, with the opportunity to ask any questions about the exhibition.

Join exhibiting artist Andrew Lacon on Sat 20 January for a unique day of talking, looking and making in Fragments: Talk, Walk and Cast. Designed for students and ages 16+, the day will be spent exploring the artist’s practice, a walk to discover everyday patterns, shapes, colours and materials, followed by a casting session to create your own three dimensional object.

"explore the artist's practice, discover everyday patterns, shapes, colours and materials, followed by a casting session to create your own three dimensional object"

For the evening of Sat 20 January, audiences can then join Andrew Lacon in conversation with Eoin Dara, Head of Exhibitions at DCA, where they will be discussing Andrew’s new work and broader artistic practice to date.

Senior Citizen Kane Gallery Tour and Workshop will take place on Tue 23 January focusing on Kate V Robertson’s This Mess is Kept Afloat, and Tue 20 February focusing on Andrew Lacon’s Fragments. Attendees aged 60+ will have the chance to take part in a creative workshop after a tour of the works on show, with tea, coffee and biscuits on hand to fuel their creativity.

On Wed 24 January, there will be an evening event with Sculpture Placement Group, where Kate V Robertson, and her colleagues Martin Craig, and Michelle Emery-Baker will host an intimate conversation about prolonging the lifespan of sculptures in 2018.

Both artists have selected films as their Artist’s Choice Screenings: on Sun 28 December we’re showing Kate V Robertson’s choice of Jacque Tati’s Playtime, and on Sun 4 February, we have Andrew Lacon’s choice of Shane Meadows’ Somers Town.

For this exhibition’s Echo event on Thu 8 February, we’ve invited guest Moira Jeffrey to respond to Fragments and This Mess is Kept Afloat. Moira is a Glasgow-based writer, university teacher, and art critic, whose book projects and catalogue essays have focussed on contemporary art practice for the last two decades. Echo is designed to throw new light on the works displayed in the exhibition by inviting other artistic voices into the building to respond to each show.

For this exhibition we’ll be offering a Curator’s Tour of the exhibitions on Wed 21 February. Eoin Dara, Head of Exhibitions at DCA, will lead a guided tour through the gallery spaces where he’ll be talking about the development of these new works by Lacon and Robertson for DCA’s galleries.

For younger audiences we have our Family Art Lab, where you will visit the exhibition, chat about what you see, create your own art together, and experiment with colour, collage, jigsaws and casting shapes. On Sat 27 January we’ll focus on Kate V Robertson’s This Mess is Kept Afloat, and on Sat 17 February we’ll focus on Andrew Lacon’s Fragments. Suitable for ages 5+, this is some creative fun for all the family!

Art Cart Adventures will also return on 6 and 20 January, and 3 and 24 February – fun for all ages, our Art Cart offers fun, active ways of connecting with themes in our exhibitions and methods used by the artists on show.

Fragments by Andrew Lacon and This Mess is Kept Afloat by Kate V Robertson will run from Sat 9 December – Sun 25 December in DCA Galleries and are free to attend. Throughout the exhibitions, DCA’s Activity Room will be open daily (unless being used for a workshop) where families can go to relax and take part in a range of free creative tasks.

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