Film | Makers Nerve Visual

Film | Makers Exhibition

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Nerve Visual

11 November 2017 - 14 January 2018

In celebration of Northern Ireland’s rich craft landscape, six contemporary makers were invited to produce new work in response to historic footage from the NI Screen Digital Film Archive.

Featuring functional and conceptual pieces by Sharon Adams, Sheena Devitt, Alison Fitzgerald, Nicola Gates, Ronan Lowery and Peter Surginor, it shows how their encounter with the archive has inspired new ideas and developments in each of the makers’ work.

A range of activities from dry-stone walling to drum-making, butter sculpting to creel weaving captured the group’s imagination and fed into the new work in ceramic, stone, basketry, furniture, textiles and silver. These works will be seen alongside edited footage that shows the heritage inspiration in parallel with new films of the contemporary making process.

The Contemporary Makers:

Sharon Adams explores the theme of work and tools. Using wood, metal and textiles, she makes functionless tools which invite the viewer to imagine what they might be for and comments on the value of skilled making.

Sheena Devitt carves into stone and slate to create site specific sculptural artworks. The designs are inspired by and respond to the site’s topography and history, its orientation and present inhabitants.

Alison Fitzgerald has been weaving willow since moving to Ireland over 25 years ago. Her baskets are admired internationally for their subtle blends of natural bark colours, strong curves and tactile qualities.

Nicola Gates is the founder of Olla Nua, a small weaving studio creating handwoven textiles that add warmth, comfort and tactility to the modern home and accessories that can be carried or worn.

Ronan Lowery runs Design Onion a young energetic furniture design and manufacture studio. Working mainly to commission for both private and corporate clients, they create unique and innovative pieces of bespoke furniture fusing contemporary design with traditional craftsmanship and high quality materials.

Peter Surginor is an artist making beautifully devised works in porcelain that reflect his political consciousness. His interventions contribute to dialogue surrounding wider social injustices, memorial and a divided sense of national identity.


Part of the Reimagine, Remake, Replay project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund's Kick the Dust programme. Reimagine, Remake, Replay will connect young people with heritage in meaningful ways through creative media and the latest digital technologies. The project is delivered by a consortium of partners including the Nerve Centre, Northern Ireland Museums Council, National Museums Northern Ireland and Northern Ireland Screen.