Today our first school groups came to visit The Colony, the new exhibition in our off-site programme, Beyond Bonhoga.

It's a three screen film installation in the auditorium at Mareel, by Vietnamese artist film-maker Dinh Q. Lê and it's the first time we have used the auditorium like this, for a contemporary art exhibition.

We had a great morning with two groups of primary bairns from the Westside. They are all taught by Mrs Hunter and are working away with her in class to create the sculptures and drawings that will be shown in their own exhibition in Mareel, in May. But today they came to see the work of Dinh Q. Lê.

No one had ever seen an exhibition quite like it and we had some great discussions about what the themes of the work are. We then created our own nest sites on our own paper island in the middle of the space and became our own colony of seabirds which was filmed from above to become part of our exhibition in May.

We are very lucky to be hosting this exhibition by commissioning body Artangel. The Colony runs until 9 March and there's more information about the work below.


Artangel - Dinh Q Lê - The Colony
More information on the project

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