Previews & Talks

In Conversation with Willie Doherty

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Join us in a lively discussion inspired by the work of Willie Doherty, one of ten works featuring in our current exhibition, Borderlines. Attendees are encouraged to visit the exhibition before the event, and remain for the Q&A afterwards.


• Willie Doherty, Artist
• Dr Nicholas Startin, Head of Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies
• Dr Sophie Whiting, Lecturer in Politics, Languages & International Studies

• James Clegg, Assistant Curator at Talbot Rice Gallery

Between (Where the Roads Between Derry and Donegal Cross The Border), 2019 (featured above and in Borderlines) by Willie Doherty is a portrayal of the 20 points between County Donegal and the City of Derry where roads cross the border separating the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Living in Donegal and working in Derry, Doherty crosses this border on a daily basis. He knows farmers who have land on either side and many people who – like him – live across the lines. The memory of what it was like when it was militarised, before the Good Friday Agreement (1998), still haunts these now seemingly inconsequential points in the road.

Please be aware that filming and photography will take place during this event.

Willie Doherty lives and works in Northern Ireland. His practice concentrates on photography and video, often in response to the specific terrains of his native city of Derry. Solo exhibitions include: Museum De Pont, Tilburg, 2014/15; IMMA, Dublin, 2013; SMK, Copenhagen, 2012; CAM Gulbenkian, Lisbon, 1996. He has been nominated for the Turner Prize twice, in 1994 and 2003, and has been included in major international exhibitions: documenta, 2012; Manifesta 8, 2010; Venice Biennale, 2007; Istanbul Biennale, 2003; São Paulo Biennial, 2002 and Carnegie International, 1999.

Dr Nicholas Startin is responsible for the research, teaching and strategic planning of the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies (PoLIS). Startin joined the Department of Politics, Languages & International Studies (PoLIS) in 2012. He became Deputy Head of Department in 2015 and Head of Department in 2016. In 2011 he co-founded the Academic Association of Contemporary European Studies (UACES) Collaborative Research Network (CRN) on Euroscepticism. In recent years he has been invited to speak at various major international conferences by networks such as The European People’s Party (EPP), Networking European Citizenship Education, The German Council on Foreign Relations (DGAP), The French Institute of International Relations and the German Civic Education Trust. Since September 2018, Startin has been chair of the Academic Association of Contemporary European Studies.

Dr Sophie Whiting is a Senior Lecturer in Politics, Languages & International Studies. Whiting’s research interests include UK devolution and political parties – with a particular focus on Northern Ireland. Sophie is also interested in the role of women and gender within post-conflict politics. Previous research includes several political party membership surveys (including the DUP and UUP in Northern Ireland), the influence of political violence and ‘spoiler’ groups within peace processes and the representation of women within formal institutions following conflict.

James Clegg is Assistant Curator at Talbot Rice Gallery, Edinburgh and author of the Borderlines guide. Exhibitions he has curated include: John Akomfrah’s Vertigo Sea, Stephen Sutcliffe’s Sex Symbols in Sandwich Signs and Rob Kennedy’s acts of dis play. James is currently co-curating an AHRC funded group exhibition called The Extended Mind that builds on a three year research project about the History of Distributed Cognition and opens at Talbot Rice Gallery on 1 November 2019. As a writer he has written for Art Review and Art Monthly, and created speculative fictions for various exhibitions and artist publications.

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