News 2011

Victor Sloan is guest at Book Launch in Makan Arts Centre, Amman, Jordan

Launch of El-Arab
Makan, Amman, Jordan
Wednesday November 2, 2011, 7pm

Nadim Al-Mallah Street
Jabal Al-Weibdeh

Tel: 009626-4631969
Fax: 009626-5931980

Our doors are open* from 2:00 to 7:00, and are subject to change according to events, daily except, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and official holidays.


Victor Sloan's work is exhibited in Parliament Buildings

The Great Hall, Parliament Buildings, Stormont, Belfast
Launch Reception: 6 September 2011 at 6.30 pm

Touring until 30 December 2011

© Victor Sloan

Titles is a joint exhibition of public sector art works from the Department of Finance and Personnel and the Office of Public Works.
Parliament Buildings
For further details contact: 028 9051 2642

The exhibition tours to other venues in Ireland until 30 December 2011


Victor Sloan is invited artist in the RHA Exhibition in Dublin

RHA Annual Exhibition
Gallagher Gallery, Dublin
25 May to 30 July, 2011

Rafic Hariri, Beirut, Lambda Print, 77.5 cms x 96cm, 2011 © Victor Sloan

The 176th RHA Annual Exhibition takes place at the Royal Hibernian Academy at Ely Place from the 30 May to 8 July.

The RHA Annual Exhibition continues to be one of the most important Irish art events with 550 artworks by RHA Academicians, 30 invited artists and work rigorously selected from over 2,500 in the open submission process.

As usual the exhibition includes a highly competitive open submission section where emerging and established artists from all over Ireland are selected to exhibit in this prestigious art event.

It includes RHA members Brian Bourke, Pauline Bewick, David Crone, Stephen McKenna, Martin Gale, Alice Maher, Vivienne Roche, Andrew Folan, Richard Gorman, Amelia Stein, Carolyn Mulholland, Richard Gorman, Mick O’Dea, Eilis O’Connell and invited artists: Chung Eun Mo, Mary Kelly, John Minahan, Geraldine O’Reilly, Jennifer Trouton, Cristina Bunello, Joe Butler, Anthony Haughey, Dragana Jurisic, Mary Kelly, Mary McIntyre, John Minahan, Victor Sloan, Amanda Coogan, Séan Hillen and Cathy Carman.

The Annual Exhibition has become a vital platform for many younger artists who have the opportunity to exhibit among their peers through an open submission process from which nearly half of the artworks shown are selected.

The range of work exhibited adds to the richness of the spectacle with paintings, photographs, prints, sculptures and drawings as well as architectural models all shown side by side.

A fascinating glimpse into contemporary Irish Art, the RHA Annual Exhibition at the Royal Hibernian Academy at Ely Place from the 30th of May to the 8th of July.

Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Saturday: 11am - 5pm
Thursday: 11am - 8pm
Sunday: 2pm - 5pm

Royal Hibernian Academy
15 Ely Place
Dublin 2.
Tel: +353 (0) 1 661 2558


Voices from the Levant
Context Gallery, Derry
7 - 20 July 2011
© Victor Sloan
Opening reception: 7 July, 2011 at 7pm
During the exhibition opening there will be an opportunity for Q&A as well as a live skype link-up with artists from the Levant.
In November last year artists Brian Kennedy and Victor Sloan travelled to Syria and the Lebanon. They videoed interviews with artists and curators allowing them to express their views and aspirations on a diverse range of topics such as feminism, censorship, Facebook and freedom to create art. Since then the situation in Arab countries has become a major news topic and the two artists turned these interviews into a video installation that was seen in Belfast and Dublin.

Since then the artists have used Skype interviews to make contact with artists, writers and filmmakers in Palestine, Jordan and Egypt. They also interviewed an archaeologist and ancient historian who has travelled extensively in North Africa and was in Libya both before and after Gaddafi’s rise to power. This interview gives a historical context to the overall work.

For this exhibition ‘Voices from the Levant’ all these video interviews by Kennedy and Sloan have been brought together as a video installation that allows an insight into the creative aspirations of artists in the Arab world at an important historical moment.

© Victor Sloan

Khaled Hourani was born in Hebron and is an artist, curator and educator. He is the Arts Director at the International Academy of Art Palestine (IAAP) in Ramallah; previously he was General Director of Fine Arts for the Palestine Ministry of Culture. He is currently working on the project ‘Picasso in Palestine’. The IAAP requested the loan of Picasso’s ‘Buste de Femme' (1943) from the Van Abbemuseum. The procedures and negations to bring about the exhibition, which will take place from 24 June to 20 July 2011, were complex. The film director Rashid Masharawi is making a documentary of the process that lead to the exhibition and the Belgian art magazine A Prior will publish an issue dedicated to project.

© Victor Sloan

Frank Sear is the Professor of Classics at the University of Melbourne, Australia. He is a Cambridge graduate and while completing his PhD at Cambridge he was a scholar at the British School at Rome,where he lived in Rome for five years. After completing his PhD he excavated for four years in Libya at Benghazi and Leptis Magna (Lebda). Frank has also directed archeological projects in Jordan, France and Italy and has held various fellowships in Oxford, Berlin and Rome. His most recent book Roman Theatres: An Architectural Study (Oxford Monographs on Classical Archaeology) is seen as the most comprehensive account of the subject.

© Victor Sloan

Raed Ibrahim was born in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia. He studied at the Fine Art Institute at the Lebanese University, Beirut. Raed is currently living and working in Amman, Jordan. He has exhibited widely in Jordan, Lebanon, Ireland, UK, Holland and the US and has had residencies in Darat al Funun, Jordan; Zurich, Switzerland and Cork, Ireland. He recently had exhibitions at the French Cultural Center in Amman and at Makan Amman’s leading experimental space for contemporary art.

© Victor Sloan

Mais Darwazah is a Palestinian filmmaker based in Amman, Jordan. The core subject of her work revolves around the question of ‘personal’ Arab identity. For her film Take Me Home Mais went to Damascus in Syria where her grandmother lived. There she talked to her grandmother about past times, about how the family had moved from Palestine to Jordan to Syria and how her grandfather and granduncle had left her grandmother there while they traveled onto Turkey to work. This was around the time of the Second World War and the letters sent back from Turkey were censored. Mais is currently working on her new film My Love Awaits Me the Sea.

© Victor Sloan

Issa Touma is an Armenian photographer and curator based in Aleppo. He set up the first photographic gallery in the Middle East in 1992 and presents an annual Women's Festival and an annual Photographic Festival. Later this year an exhibition of his photographs will be shown in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Issa has also lectured at Tate Modern about artistic activity in the Middle East. He is currently restoring an old electricity plant into a large multi gallery space that he hopes will bring Syria onto the international stage. In June this year he did a lecture tour of Europe talking about the situation in the Middle East.

© Victor Sloan

Nora Murad is an actress and Artistic Director of Leish Troupe, Syrian independent Movement theatre company. Nora was born in Moscow where she lived for the first nine years of her life. She also lived in Paris for two years, yet she feels that it is only in Syria that she can create meaningful work. Based in Damascus, she is producing challenging work based on the human body. Muslim art is famous for its abstract and geometric forms but prohibits the depiction of living creatures including humans. Nora speaks about the role of women in Syria and how the west has a totally distorted view, she says, “Gender problems are the same all over the world.”

© Victor Sloan

Nazem Jawesh is a Kurd and was interviewed in the bar of the Baron hotel in Aleppo. The hotel was made famous because people like Agatha Christie and Laurence of Arabia stayed there and also British spies pretending to be archaeologists, spied on the Germans, who were building a railway from Berlin to Baghdad. Oil was important then as well as now. Nazem worked for many years in a factory and during this time he photographed the exhausted faces of his work mates. These photographs have become famous images and have been shown in Europe as well as in the Middle East.

© Victor Sloan

Sonia Farid is a Cairo based writer at Al Arabiya News and teaches English Literature at Cairo University. Her Letter from Cairo blog has been published across the world. She took part in the January 25 Revolution and experienced Tahrir Square first hand. She is currently involved in several political awareness campaigns that work towards establishing a civil, democratic state in Egypt as well as promoting the principles of citizenship, tolerance, and peaceful coexistence.

© Victor Sloan

Nasser Omar is an actor, scriptwriter and director. In 1994 he established Pioneer Productions Company (PPC) a company that strives to push the boundaries in film and documentary making by working with a professional technical team, directors, art directors and scriptwriters. Among the many organizations who PPC have worked with are UNICEF, Al Jazeera and the British Embassy in Jordan.

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Victor Sloan's work is shown in the Look International Photography Festival in Liverpool

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Artists include: Trish Murtha, Marketa Luskacova, Edith Tudor-Hart, Homer Sykes, Tom Fairclough, David Maisel, Victor Sloan, Zanelle Muholi, Don McPhee, Peter Carr, John Darwell, Edmund Clarke, Eric de Maré, Stewart Bale, Stephen McClaren. Anita Smith, Stephanie De Leng, Jim Malone, Sandy Volz, Nick Hedges, Ian Beesley, Robert Polidori, Ed Burtynsky, Vanley Burke, Mohammed Bourouissa, Sangita Mystery, Tim Hetherington, Philip Conte, Wojtek Wilczyk, John Davies, Elizabeth Hingley, Andrew Jackson, Paul Seawright, Jill Jennings, Ali Tapik, Paul Trevor, Lee Karen Stow, Ian Berry, Lisa Barnard, Gemma Thorpe, Kevin Casey, Frank Balaam, Kirsteen Ashton, Joanna Zylinska, Ciara Leeming, Geoff Crossley, Peter Mearns, Rosie Hallam, Ben Graville, Dornith Doherty, David Moore, Sharon Mutch, Simon Barber, Petra Stridfeldt, Jan Fyfe, Ann-Marie Conlon, Leila Romaya, Paul McCann, Pablo Allison, Clare Danek, Ash Webster, Tony Byrne, Debbie Sharp, Jurgen Chill, Mark McNulty, Fab Collective, Liz Ashburn, Marie Claire Ashcroft, Gary Tack, Graham Vaughan, Garry Cook, Terry Cryer, McCoy Wynne, Giuseppe Lambertino, Colin Serjent, Michael Sheerin, Adam Lee, Trevor Olner, Kristy Nobel, Katia Porter, Christopher T. Finch, Site Unseen, Nathalie Daoust, Paul Gallagher, Cliff James, Marc Schroeder, Jason Hynes, Stefan Boness, William Ellis, Mark Loudon, Colin McPherson, Sebastian Gahan, Molly Eyre, Mark Wilcox, Niloo Kohan, David J Colbran, Lawrence George Giles.

The festival runs from 13 May to 26 June, 2011


Syrian Artists Talking
A video installation by Brian Kennedy and Victor Sloan
Naughton Gallery, Belfast

5 - 9 March 2011, 11am - 4pm daily
Preview Saturday 5 March at 11am
Followed by artists' talk at 12 noon

Video still from Syrian Artists Talking, 2010 © Victor Sloan

Video still from Syrian Artists Talking, 2010 

Video still from Syrian Artists Talking, 2010 © Victor Sloan

Video still from Syrian Artists Talking, 2010 © Victor Sloan

Kennedy and Sloan both studied at Belfast College of Art (now the University of Ulster) and are two of Ireland’s foremost contemporary artists with international reputations for their thoughtful and provocative imagery.
Victor Sloan is one of the most articulate respondents to Ireland’s recent history and the photographic images he takes, and then manipulates, have been shown in galleries and museums across the world. He is a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts, the Royal Photographic Society and in 2002 he was awarded an MBE.

Travel has become an integral part of Brian Kennedy’s work and he documents his journeys photographically as well as making large-scale site-specific installations, video, performances and drawings. He has exhibited extensively internationally and in 2002 he was the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Fellow at the British School at Rome.

In November 2010, Sloan and Kennedy travelled to Syria and the Lebanon interviewing artists and curators and documenting their views on a diverse range of topics such as feminism, censorship and Facebook.

Current events in the Middle East have given this work a new urgency and the interviews give an insight into the creative aspirations of artists in the Arab world at an important historical moment.
The Naughton Gallery at Queen's
Lanyon Building

Queen's UniversityBelfast
Tel: +44 (0) 28 9097 3580

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