well I just kind of like it, edited by Wendy Erskine, is a collection of writing and images about art in the home and the home as art. This publication exhibits the human impulse to curate, showing that what we choose to collect and display in the home – spoons, plates, photographs, rugs, prints – makes it a place of self-expression, and a place of one’s own. This publication sheds light on the stuff of the home in a vital and compelling way.

Join writers Wendy Erskine, Susannah Dickey, and artist Jan McCullough, in conversation with Nathan O’Donnell, as they discuss the tapestry of art and home.

Duration 1 hour

Wendy Erskine’s two prize-winning short story collections, Sweet Home and Dance Move, are published by The Stinging Fly Press / Picador. In 2022 she edited well I just kind of like it, a book on art in the home and the home as art, for Paper Visual Art. Her writing on culture has been published widely and she hosts a show on Soho Radio for Rough Trade Books. In 2022 she was a Seamus Heaney Fellow at Queen’s University, She is a full-time secondary school teacher.

Susannah Dickey is a writer from Derry. She is the author of two novels, Tennis Lessons (2020) and Common Decency (2022), both published by Doubleday UK and Penguin Ireland. Her debut poetry collection, ISDAL, will be published in September 2023 by Picador.

Jan McCullough is an artist based in Northern Ireland. She is interested in the human acts of construction, fabrication and DIY, and the communities of interest and place that form around them. She employs the materials, and formal, visual languages associated with these activities to create sculptural installations, interventions and photographs.

She was recently Artist in Residence at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin and at Lightwork in Syracuse, New York (2020-2021) and participated in the Freelands Artist Programme at PS² (2018-2020). Her work has been nominated for Pla(t)form at Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (2018); The Deutsche Borse Photography Prize (2016); The International Centre for Photography New York Infinity Award (2016); and won the British Journal of Photography Breakthrough Award (2016).

Her book Home Instruction Manual, published by Verlag Kettler, was awarded the Kassel Fotobookfestival Dummy Award and shortlisted for the Recontres D’Arles Author Book Award (2016).

Recent solo and group exhibitions include The Complex, Dublin (2023); PS², Belfast (2022); Freelands Gallery, London (2021); The Centre for Contemporary Art, Derry-Londonderry (2020-2021); Czong Institute for Contemporary Arts, South Korea (2019); Filter Space, Chicago, USA (2018); Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast (2018); Seen Fifteen Gallery, London (2016) and Landskrona Museum, Sweden (2016).

Nathan O’Donnell is a writer, artist, and one of the co-editors of the Irish journal of contemporary art criticism, Paper Visual Art. He has published fiction and creative non-fiction as well as critical work on modern and contemporary art; he has also edited and produced several project-based publications and zines and, in 2020, with Marysia Wieckiewicz-Carroll, he founded Numbered Editions, an experimental imprint for artists’ writing. He has been awarded artist’s bursaries from the Arts Council of Ireland and Dublin City Council, as well as artist’s commissions from IMMA, Dublin City Council, the Arts Council of Ireland, and South Dublin County Council. He is a curatorial associate at IMMA and a lecturer at NCAD and Trinity College Dublin, where he is also currently the recipient of a Samuel Beckett Creative Fellowship.

Event Location

Outset Gallery

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