The Naughton Gallery at Queen's
Lanyon Building
Queen's University

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Opening Times
Tuesday - Sunday
11am - 4pm


Mad Kid's Bedroom Wall Pot, Grayson Perry

Hidden Agenda

1 August - 14 September


Hidden Agenda is a Crafts Council Collection exhibition, curated in partnership with Berwick Visual Arts and Doug Jones and presented in partnership with Craft NI . The exhibition presents works by makers and designers who use craft as a platform for social comment and provocation, exploring issues such as environmental responsibility, war, class and work, including works by Jane Atfield, Stephen Dixon, Michael Marriott, Angela O’Kelly, Grayson Perry, Paul Scott, Lynn Setterington, Audrey Walker, Michele Walker, Lois Walpole from the Crafts Council Collection, alongside new work by Doug Jones.

Exhibiting for the first time in Belfast, the artist Doug Jones presents one of his politically motivated installations alongside eleven objects from the Crafts Council Collection including work by Paul Scott, Grayson Perry, Michael Marriott, Michele Walker and Lois Walpole. All of the pieces ask visitors to consider our relationship with the political, economic and social environment through form, iconography, materials and technique.


Doug Jones - Generation

Doug Jones presents one of his newest pieces entitled ‘Generation’. The work comprises of 54 pairs of cast chicken feet individually finished by Jones and a team of workers in a bronze foundry in South China which explore the concept of fair trade and ethics in manufacturing and the correct sourcing and processing of materials.

In response to Jones’ politically and socially driven installation, 11 objects from the Crafts Council Collection have been selected, covering a range of disciplines and techniques, including textiles, ceramics, furniture, metals, plastics. The pieces introduce socio-political subjects; covering societal injustice, subversion, propaganda, remembrance, monetary value and economy in materials and production methods.


Artist Talk: Angela O'Kelly - Hundreds and Thousands, Council Chamber, Queen's University, Friday 1 August, 1pm

Jewellery maker Angela O’Kelly will talk about her work Hundreds and Thousands, a neck piece formed from circular cut-outs from the Financial Times newspaper, which have been meticulously strung together. The use of paper, a non-precious material, emphasises the importance of workmanship and imagination over the mere value of materials. 


U-Tube Bird 2012
U-Tube Bird, Gail Mahon

Material Subversion

Material Subversion will run concurrently with the Crafts Council exhibition Hidden Agenda and explores the ways in which local craft makers subvert preconceptions about materials and their function. The ten makers involved include Stuart Cairns, Patrick Colhoun, Andrew Cooke, Rachel Dickson, Joe Hogan, Ingrid Houwers, Catherine Keenan, Gail Mahon and Rachel McKnight.

Material Subversion explores how these makers - working with a wide range of materials including glass, ceramics, taxidermy, wicker, textile and paper – subvert the perceived functionality of their work and prompt viewers to question the role of material and its relationship to form. The show will run as part of this year’s Craft Month 


Artists' Talks:

Friday 29 August, Council Chamber, Lanyon building:

Catherine Keenan, 12 - 1pm


Saturday 30 August:

Gail Mahon, 12 - 12.30pm, Naughton Gallery

Stuart Cairns, 12.30 - 13.30pm, Old Staff Common Room


Hidden Agenda & Material Subversion will continue until 14 September