Lavish and Judicious

Saturday 11 August – Saturday 6 October 2018
Jaana Kokko: What There is to See, 2017, video still | Lavish and Judicious | Saturday 11 August – Saturday 6 October 2018 | CCA

Aideen Doran, Caroline Achaintre, Jaana Kokko, Jennifer Trouton

Lavish and Judicious is a group exhibition including video, painting, sound installation and textile works. It takes as its starting point Sion Mills, a ‘model village’ and linen mill, located 20 miles south of Derry. Established by the Herdman family in 1835, Sion Mills was one of a number of communities built in Britain and Ireland by philanthropic industrialists in the early 19th century that both housed factory workers and their families, and provided amenities for their comfort and moral advancement. The title refers to Samuel and Anna Hall’s travelogue from 1845 – Ireland: Its Scenery, Character, etc. – in which the Halls praise the efforts of the Herdmans for the interest they take in the educational progress of their workpeople, and the way they “distribut(e) motives to improvement, lavishly and judiciously.”

Lavish and Judicious considers this mix of planning, social engineering, capitalism and utopianism through a new commission by Aideen Doran and works from Jaana Kokko, Jennifer Trouton and Caroline Achaintre. Works in the exhibition elaborate on ideas of landscape, urban planning and colonialism; gendered histories of work and turning points in material production.

Lavish and Judicious takes place alongside the Linen Biennale, 2018.

CCA Editions

The opening of Lavish and Judicious also sees the launch of our new series of CCA Editions, with Colin Darke’s work on linen, Beauty is in the Streets, screen-printed by hand in an edition of 100.

In responding to the notion of the model village at Sion Mills, Colin Darke has based this work on another nineteenth-century example of socio-political urban planning – the Hausmannisation of Paris during the Second French Empire (1852-1870). This demolition and rebuilding programme was designed to drive workers from the centre of the city and the new wide avenues were intended to limit the ability of revolutionaries to construct barricades. Its second reference is to the May days of Paris in 1968, incorporating elements of a poster made at the Atelier Populaire, in which a woman hurls a cobblestone from a city street.

This exhibition and associated events are made possible through the generous support of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and with the further support of Derry City and Strabane District Council. 

Image: Jaana Kokko: What There is to See, 2017, video still
Saturday 11 August – Saturday 6 October 2018
5-7 Artillery Street
Telephone: +44 28 7137 3538
Opening hours / start times:
During exhibitions the gallery is open Tuesday to Saturday, 12–6pm.
Admission / price: Free

Associated sites
Design: iCulture • Privacy and cookies
Tweets by dnoting
day before opening reception
day of opening reception
day before open to public
day open to public
day before closing
day of closing

(e-mail addresses are not retained after the reminder is sent)

other sites designed or
assisted by iCulture