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ARTISTS MAKE CHANGE
AirSpace gallery and a-n The Artist Information Company are delivering Artists Make Change – a 12 month participatory R&D project designed to explore the role of the artist in society, and in particular to assess, and advocate for, how artists and art organisers can effectively work for change. have commissioned a series of 5 case study presentations from which we’ll be holding 5 corresponding Group Discussions – The discussions will take place online, on Zoom.
Making Change through Institutions and Archival Spaces
facilitated by Adele Patrick
June 12th 2pm – 3.30pm
For more information and to book your place visit here
This discussion session runs in parallel to a presentation by members of Array Collective.  The presentation by Array can be accessed here

 

As Part of Box Moon No. 1, a live streamed music event to benefit The 343 and Dublin Digital Radio, Philip Quinn and I performed a set, layering a video of our current living situation during the lockdown.   It is available on youtube

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First musical recording in collaboration with Philip Quinn, DIE HEXEN and RUTH BATE. In collaboration with SheSellsSanctuary here’s a session of improvised music I collaborated on. It’s available on Bandcamp and ALL proceeds outside their fees will go towards mitigating the spike in domestic abuse.

https://batetheloveofhorsesahexuponyourgrace.bandcamp.com

If the music isn’t your thing, why not head on over to https://shesellssanctuary.bigcartel.com/ or just donate to Women’s aid (also possible through their big cartel page).

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Here is the artwork for the album- Leap Year
It is ceramic paint on ceramic tile.

Contemporary Art of Northern Ireland #2 ONLINE is now open- https://gallery545.com/blogs/exhibitions/gallery-545-contemporary-art-of-northern-ireland-2

I was due to perform with Gross Net at SXSW 13-22 March in Austin Texas but unforunately it has been cancelled

If you would like to support my practise, you can buy my work at Gallery545, or you can contact me on grace_mcm@hotmail.com to discuss prices or you can buy me a cup of coffee by donating to my paypal account

The Irish News featured my Royal Academy award

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I have won the Arts Club award at the Royal Academy 251st Summer Exhibition for my work ‘George Michael’. It was in Room VIII which was curated by Bob and Roberta Smith, ‘George Michael’ is available to view online

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The Expanded Studio Project, which invites dialogue and exchange between 14 Belfast-based visual artists, and 14 counterparts from Nottingham, will be showcasing my collaborations with Louisa Chambers, Marek Tabolewski and Georgina Barney in Primary

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I have worked with Gross Net (Philip Quinn) in his two new music videos ‘Gentrification‘ and ‘Of Late Capitalism‘, taken from the new album, ‘Gross Net Means Gross Net’.

Frank Deserto on www.Post-punk.com has said of ‘Gentrification‘ –
‘The video, conceived, directed, and starring Gross Net and Grace McMurray, is a swirling haze of color and shadowplay, all set against swells of city life. Quinn gently strums his guitar and performs the track, with McMurray covering him in silken spiderwebs, a fitting allusion to the song’s take on love and loss against a city landscape.’youtueb

M Magazine writes ‘Of Late Capitalism’-
‘Fuelled by political upheaval in the UK and US, the refugee crisis and the consequences of present-day capitalism, Quinn has taken Gross Net’s sound into dystopian territories.’still of late capitalism

I have been shortlisted for the Zealous Stories Drawing Competition with the project ‘Woven Polyhedra’

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I am featured in the Art & Museum Magazine Spring 2019 issue which is now live. ‘Butterfly and Bee’ an interview with Derek Culley is on pages 36-37. You can also find it on their website in the Spring 2019 issue #familyofficemag


QSS has moved to a new location- The Arches Centre 11-13 Bloomfield Avenue Belfast BT5 5AA To arrange a studio visit please email grace_mcm@hotmail.com

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I am pleased to announce I have received an award from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Lottery funds under the General Art Award Scheme towards the cost of equipment.ACNI_LF_289_4CP.jpg
The Royal Academy website features ‘Monochrome Isometric Weave’


I have received a Preliminary Certificate of Proficiency in Beekeeping from the Federation of Irish Beekeepers’ Associations. Here is Colour Palette (Infinity Farm) commissioned by Infinity Farm for the rooftop of the Skainos Centre. They promote the health and wellbeing of urban communities by connecting organisations, people, plants and bees in Belfast.

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photograph by Stephen Millar

Elephant.art review of the Jerwood Drawing Prize featuring my work
‘Cutcomb Polaroid’ has been included as a featured drawing in a publication Drawing: Research, Theory, Practise ISSN 2057-0384 (Print); ISSN: 2057-0392 (Online)
Drawing: Research, Theory, Practice promotes and disseminates drawing research with a focus on contemporary practice and its theoretical context. This journal seeks to reestablish the materiality of drawing as a medium at a time when virtual, on-line, electronic media dominates visuality and communication. Intellect Ltd.
arts council use image of work to publicise QSS Gallery Launch
Moments of inception’ review blog
Precursor’ review blog
Lotti featuring in the Photogallery of the Hong Kong Visual Arts Center