Dr. Gregory McCartney (Above. Photo by Paola Bernadelli) is founder and project coordinator/editor of the Abridged project. He is also a freelance visual arts curator and exhibitions organiser, and the editor of the Honest Ulsterman, one of Ireland’s most prestigious literary journals. In 2016, he curated ‘Why is it always December?’ a six artist show at MCAC, Portadown. In 2015 he curated, Pieter Hugo, Adrian Ghenie and Olaf Brzeski at the MAC, Belfast plus Jana Romanova, Irina Popov and others at the Void Gallery, Derry. In 2014 he curated Haunted by Abridged/Kelly Richardson in MCAC Portadown and Void Derry. In 2013 he curated exhibitions/public art projects for Void Gallery, Derry plus an Abridged show in Switzerland as well as three Abridged publications and the Derry leg of Colm Cille’s Spiral. In 2012 he curated the TULCA visual arts festival in Galway, and an Abridged postcard poetry/art project in Donegal.

In 2011 he curated a show at Void, Derry featuring Ackroyd and Harvey as well as Abandoned Clare with Deirdre O’Mahony, at the X-PO, Kilnaboy, County Clare, the latest in the series of Abridged ‘abandoned’ exhibitions plus published three poetry/art Abridged publications. Other projects have included the curation of George Shaw at Void Gallery, Derry and the ‘We the People’ project including exhibitions by Robert Boyd, Kalup Linzy and Wardell Milan, Sharon Hayes and Xaviera Simmons as well as giving early solo shows artists such as Phil Collins.
He was a member of the Void Curatorial Panel and is a former director of the Context Gallery, now CCA Derry/Londonderry.


Photo documentation of some of the exhibitions I have curated can be found below. I’ll add more when I can find photos of them and when I can remember them. I haven’t included many of those at Context because they were Gallery exhibitions that didn’t need a curator’s name. We were only doing our job, as they say. Apologies to who took the photos for not having a name. Most probably Paola Bernardelli for the Derry ones, as well as a lot of artist’s own shots. Anyone else just send me your name and I’ll include it.


Selected Recent Curated Exhibitions/Projects


A Brand New Darkness, Galway Arts Centre


Exhibition: MCAC Portadown: Why is it always December? featuring Nadege Meriau, Mhairi Sutherland, X-Ray Project, Siobhan McGibbon, Fiona Hession, John Smith


Exhibition, Void Gallery: A Many Splintered Thing (Irina Popova, Jana Romanova Nadia Sablin, Bieke Depoorter)

Exhibition, MAC, Belfast: I will go There, Take Me Home (Adrian Ghenie, Olaf Brzeski, and Pieter Hugo)

Exhibition: Abridged 0-42: Another Shade of You. Verbal Arts Centre, Derry


Abridged 0 – 36: Dis-Ease: Victoria Dean & Moyra Donaldson: Verbal Arts Centre, Derry

Kelly Richardson, Void Gallery, Derry and Millennium Court, Portadown in association with Abridged 0 – 10: Haunted

Abridged 0 – 0: Out of Context, Verbal Arts Centre, Derry


Abridged 0 – 33: Undercurrents, Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast

Abridged: 0 – 33: Undercurrents, Conor McFeely, Lugano Switzerland

Abridged: 0 – 0: Archive exhibition, Verbal Arts Centre, Derry

Colm Cille’s Spiral, London Street, Gallery

Vicissitudes, River Foyle, Derry: Ceara Conway

Tomorrow’s Almost Over: Derry Artists Group Show, Void, Derry

Garden Project, City Factory, Patrick Street, Derry: Katie Holten

Garden Project: Cunningham Building, Ebrington, Derry: Ackroyd and Harvey

Garden Project: Brooke Park, Derry. Locky Morris 


Curator, Tulca Visual Arts Festival 2012, Galway

Public Art Project, Galway: Ackroyd and Harvey

Abridged: 0 – 31: Crash Poetry/Art postcard project, Co. Donegal featuring Paul Muldoon, Gerald Dawe, George Shaw etc.


Abridged 0 – 20: Abandoned Clare with Deirdre O’Mahony, Clare

Dan Harvey/Heather Ackroyd, Void Gallery, Derry,


George Shaw, Void Gallery, Derry


Sean Lynch, Context Gallery

We the People, Context Gallery


Kalup Linzy & Wardell Milan, Context Gallery

Robert Boyd, Context Gallery

Abridged Projects Coordinated by Gregory McCartney

Abridged 0 – 1: (2004) Coordinator/Editor/Designer

Emma Donaldson; Robert O’Connor; Janet Campbell; Colin Darke; Brian Fay; Alaistair Browne; Joe Duggan; Dave Duggan; James Lecky; Mark SaFranco; Matt Kirkham; Barbara Smith; Dave Kinghan; Josie Muldowney; Howard Wright.

Abridged 0 – 2:  Damaged Collateral (2005) Coordinator/Editor

George Bolster; Denzil Browne; Amanda Dunsmore; Fiona Larkin; James Lumsden; Sean Lynch; Theresa Nanigian; Ruth Rogers; Kimberley Montgomery; John McCartney; Conor McFeely; Errol Scott; Birgit Salling Hansen; Paul Perry; Jonathan Baillie; Doris Rohr; Rachel Mooney; Louise Cherry; Gerald Dawe; Aisling Doherty

Abridged 0 – 3: Romance and Assassination (2006) Coordinator/Editor

Amanda Coogan; Breda Lynch; Gerald Dawe; Christine Callahan; Carolyn Monastra; Barry Hughes; Desmond Traynor; Grainne Finn; Shane Larkin; Damien Flood; Gwen Stevenson; Mike Haskett; Maria Campbell; Ian John Coughlan; Frank Sewell; Josie Muldowney; Dave Duggan; Joe Duggan

Abridged 0 – 4: An(other) Irishman in New York (2006)

New York Blog by Gregory McCartney. Can be accessed at:

Abridged 0 – 5: On the Cards (2007) Coordinator

Public Art postcard Project featuring six Derry artists 2006/7

August – Helen Quigley

September – Ciaran O’Doherty

October – Pascale Steven

November – Colin Darke

December – Alice McCartney

January – Damien Duffy

Abridged 0 – 6: Mutation (2007) Coordinator

Michael Wilson; Conor McFeely; Valerie Sirr; Colleen McCullough; Theresa Nanigian; Kimberly Montgomery; Lisa Malone; Kate Dempsey; David Quinn; Mike Absalam; Josie Muldowney; Maria Campbell; David Quinn; Lee Welsh; Ayfer Mills; Sarah Edge; Niall De Buitlear; Cecilia Bullio; Joe Duggan

Abridged 0 – 7: Abandoned Donegal: (2010) Curator/Coordinator/Editor

Exhibition and publication featuring Denzil Browne, Maria Campbell and Declan Sheehan. April 2010 Regional Cultural Centre, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal

Abridged 0 – 8: Out of Context (2014)

Exhibition Verbal Arts Centre

Abridged 0 – 10: Haunted (2013) Curator/Coordinator/Editor

Tenth Anniversary Issue.

Abridged 0 -11: Word on the Street (2008) Coordinator

Maria Campbell/Conor McFeely

Maoliosa Boyle/Clionagh Boyle

Abridged 0 – 12: I’d Step into the Light… (2008) Coordinator/Poet

Willie Doherty/Gregory McCartney

Abridged 0 – 13: Mara (2014) Coordinator/Editor

Michael Ray, Clare McCotter, Adam Steiner, Colm Scully, Paul Murphy, Mark O’Flynn, Kathleen O’Neil, Gerard Beirne, Helena Nolan, Simon Hawarth, George McWhirter, Barbara A Morton, Anne Carly Abad, Howard Wright, Maria Bennett, Padraig Regan, Lynda Tavakoli, James Meredith, Zoe Murdoch.

Abridged 0 – 17: Time (2009) Coordinator

Olive Broderick: George Shaw; Nuala Ni Chonchuir; Fiona Ni Mhaolir; Gerald Dawe; Feargal O’Malley; Erin Rhoda;  Kate Dempsey; Aiofe Mannix; Maria Campbell; Alyson Hallet; Colin Darke; Tinka Bechert; Phillip Crymble; Conor McFeely; Dominic Connel; Marie Connole Gregory McCartney; Locky Morris; Patricia Byrne; David Mohan; Eileen Casey; John Hegley

Abridged 0 – 18: Absence (2010) Coordinator

Kathleen McCracken, Zoë Murdoch, Rhoda Twombly, Kim Montgomery, Gary Allen, Susan Kelly, John O’Rourke, Mark Roper, Lynda Tavakoli, Jenny Keane, Clare McCotter, Mairead Dunne, Peter Richards, Gerald Dawe, Olive Broderick, Libby Hart, Angela France, Maoliosa Boyle, Gearoid O’Brien

Abridged 0 – 20: Abandoned Clare (2011) Curator/Editor

Exhibition/Publication with Deirdre O’Mahoney at X-PO, Clare and Limerick City Gallery of Art.

Abridged 0 – 21: Magnolia (2010) Coordinator

Amanda Anastasi, Kevin Graham, Abigail O’Brien, Eoin McHugh, Helena Nolan, Jean James, Catherine Devlin, Noelle Sullivan, David Mclean, Joanna Karolini, Mike Alexander, Kathleen McCracken, Michelle O’Sullivan, David Mohan, Clare McCotter, Patrick Hogan, JJ Griffin, Gill McEvoy, Simon Perchik, Alyson Hallett, Lisa Malone, Maria Campbell, Paul Muldoon, Xaviera Simmons, Peter Goulding

Abridged 0 – 22: Nostalgia is a Loaded Gun (2011) Coordinator

Simon Leyland, Simon Perchik, Ailbhe Ni Bhriain, Mark Stopforth, Simon Jones, Dorothy Smith, Louise Manifold, Peter Kearns, Tori Grant Welhouse, Maria McKinney, Samantha Ratanarat, Gerard Smyth, Mike Alexander, Yvonne Kennan, Angela France, Maeve O’Sullivan, Howard Giskin, Leonie Tang, Clare McCotter, Gerald Dawe, Cathal Duane, Noel Heaney, Kevin Graham, Fiona Larkin, Maurice Devitt, Fabian Peake, Paola Bernardelli, David Farquhar.

Abridged 0 – 23: Desire and Dust (2012) Coordinator

Shlomit Migay, Geraldine Mitchell, Clare Samuel, Maeve O’Sullivan, Therese Mac an Airchinnigh, Frank Sewell, Fiona Ní Mhaoilir, Simon Jones, Simone Haack, Jessamine O Connor, Miriam de Búrca, Kate Braverman, Moyra Donaldson, Howie Good, Ackroyd & Harvey, Fernando Smith, Sarah Stevens, David Mohan, Eleanor Bennett, Kate Dempsey, Seamus Harahan, Janet Smith, Giles Newington, Vong Phaophanit & Claire Oboussier, Christopher Barnes, Jason Lee Lovell, Kelli Allen, Kathleen McCracken, Heather Gray, Gerald Dawe, Theo Sims, J. S. Robinson, Helena Nolan, Jenny Keane, Simon Evans.

Abridged 0 – 25: Silence (2012) Coordinator

Mark Janssen, Darran Anderson, Aoife Mannix, Jennifer Trouton, Graham Nunn, Aileen Kelly, Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Katie Holten, Giles Newington, Colin Darke, Matt Kirkham, Mark O’Flynn, Jan Harris, Stephen Porter, Sara O’Gorman, Peter Goulding, Mary McIntyre, David Mohan, Ethna O’Regan, Sheri Kocher Campbell, David Calcutt, Fergus Jordan, Matt Hetherington, Michele O’Sullivan, Skye Loneragan, Olive Broderick, Pavel Buchler, Moyra Donaldson, Zoe Murdoch, Eve Golden Woods, Brendan O’Neill, Vivien Jones, Lynda Tavakoli, Benjamin de Burca.

Abridged 0 – 26: Rust (2012) Coordinator/Editor

David Hepher, Gerald Dawe, Graham Nunn, Joanna Karolini, Kristin Abraham, Maurice Devitt, Gerard Beirne, Barbara Morton, Dan Harvey, Fiona Ní Mhaoilir, Afric McGlinchey, Shelley Tracey, Gráinne Tobin, Rachel Mc Donnell, Joanna Grant, Vanessa Gebbie, Gerald Yelle, Conor McFeely, Sarah Mixtapes, Benjamin Norris, Doireann Ní Ghríofa, Anne-Marie Glasheen, David Calcutt, Moyra Donaldson, Aideen Barry, Dan Shipsides , Joyce Parkes, Annette Skade, Denzil Browne, Brian Kirk, Elizabeth Welsh, Theo Sims, Blaine O’Donnell, Kimberly Campanello, Becky Kilsby.

Abridged 0 – 28: Once A Railroad (2013) Coordinator/Editor

Daniel Seiffert, Gerard Beirne, Ceara Conway, Michael Casey, Rachael Mead, Afric McGlinchey, Nadege Meriau, Clare McCotter, Zoe Murdoch, Olive Broderick, Ruth Le Gear, Howard Wright, Geraldine Timlin, Brian Kirk, Jason Roycroft, Mark O’Flynn, Aiofe Mannix, Arthur Broomfield, Ethna O’Regan, Antony Owen, Dougal McKenzie, Gerard Smyth, Steve Sharkey, Kelly Richardson, Simon Perchik, Sue Morgan, Victoria J. Dean, Stephen Sexton, Bernadette Bradley, Celeste Auge, Jan Uprichard.

Abridged 0 – 29: Primal (2013) Coordinator/Editor

Edgar Martins, Lynda Tavakoli, Lynn Rothwell, Mark Goodwin, Sarah Usher, Stephen Murray, Cecilia Danell, Vivian Jones, Beth MacFarlane, Jan Harris, Stephanie Conn, Rebecca McGetrick, Dominic Connell, Kevin Graham, Aoife Mannix, Orla Fay, Mhairi Sutherland, Emma Must, Ruth Stacey, Eleanor Rees, Gail Mahon, Róisín Tierney, Martin Boyle, Ann Egan, Ian Clarke, David Andrew, Luke Prater, Belinda Loftus, Enda Coyle-Greene, Peter O’ Neill, Moyra Donaldson.

Abridged 0 – 31: Crash (2012) Coordinator

Postcard Project featuring Paul Muldoon, Gerard Dawe, Olive Broderick, Maria Campbell, George Shaw, John Beattie, Maria McKinny, Denzil Browne

Abridged 0 – 32: Lockjaw (2013) Coordinator/Editor

Pauline Thomas, Brian Kirk, Gerard Fanning, Astrid Bartl, Maureen Hill, Alastair Philip Wiper, Kelli Allen, Kenneth O’Halloran, Des Kavanagh, Rhonda Jury, Dylan Brennan, Dominic Hawgood, Fred Johnston, Pommefritz, Linda Atterton, Mae Ryan, Victoria Kennefick,  Melony Bethala, Ray Givans, Sue Morgan , Jack Reed, Sarah James, Denise Weaver Ross,  Stephen Gunning, Howard Wright, Kevin Balance, Barbara A. Morton, Joanna Grant, Susan Barnett, Hugh O’Donnell, Shelley Rae, Emma Must, Stephen Connolly, Susan Connolly.

Abridged 0 – 33: Undercurrents (2013) Curator/Coordinator

Exhibition/Publication with Conor McFeely in Lugano, Switzerland and Golden Thread, Belfast

Abridged 0 – 34: In Blue (2013) Coordinator/Editor

Seamus Murphy, Maeve O’Sullivan, Jean Noviel, Joanna Grant, Peter Branson, Jeanette Lowe, Majella Haugh, Margo Ovcharenko, John Saunders, Zoe Murdoch, Ruth Stacey, James Meredith, Howard Wright, Ceara Conway, Kathleen McCracken, Sarah James, Brónagh Corr-McNicholl, Rachael Mead, R. Joseph Capet, Alannah Robins, Patrick Mullan, Jane Clark, Sue Morgan, Matthew Sweeney, Alastair Phillip Wiper, Bill Wolak, Clare McCotter, George Bolster, Lizz Murphy, Linda Anne Atherton.

Abridged 0 – 36: Dis-Ease (2014) Curator/Coordinator/Editor

Publication/Exhibition featuring Poet Moyra Donaldson and Victoria J. Dean in Verbal Arts Centre and Magherafelt Library..

Abridged 0 – 37: Torquemada (2015) Coordinator/Editor

Pavel Buchler, Sandra Hoyn, Brenda Bullock, Laura O’Connor, Dylan Brennan, Benjamin Hiller, Afric McGlinchey, Jana Romanova, Kate Dempsey, Angela Carr, Lizz Murphy, Ray Givans, Gerald Dawe, Maeve O’Sullivan, Gráinne Tobin, Roisin Kelly, Niall McCabe, Rachel Long, Denise Blake, Nuala Ní Chonchúir, Shlomit Migay, Deirdre McKenna, Clare McCotter, Laura Mullan, Aoife Mannix. More News Soon. Image Sandra Hoyn.

Abridged 0 – 38: Lies (2013) Curator

An Abridged history of the former Orchard Gallery Derry. A performance for Resonance FM.

Abridged: 0 – 39: The Never Never (2015) Coordinator/Editor

Aurora Giampaoli; Julie Morrissy; Jack Anthony Boniface; Day Tona; Daniel A. Nicholls  Graeme Oxby; Clare McCotter; Attila Hazay; James Paterson; Barbara Pilcher; Aydin Cetinbostanoglu; Steve Komarnyckyj; Álvaro Herrero Gómez; Matt Kirkham; Emilia Moisio; Maria Isakova Bennett; Luc Kordas; Gerald Dawe; Davide Trame; JP Terlizzi; Fred Johnston; Ruth Gonsalves Moore;  Gene Barry; Matthieu Gafsou; Howard Wright; Christophe Canato; Marie-Pierre Cravedi; Colin Honnor; Kevin Graham; Kostas Maros; Karolina Kubik; Antoine Violleau; Stephanie Conn; Dylan Brennan

Abridged 0 – 40: Take Me Home (2015) Curator/Coordinator/Editor

Michael Gira, Paul McMahon, Olaf Brzeski, Adam White, Joanna Grant, Adrian Ghenie, Gerald Dawe, Pieter Hugo, Emma McKervey, Maroula Blades, Gerard Smyth, Jennifer Matthews, Benjamin Mitrofan-Norris, Stephanie Conn, Jane Robinson, Helena Nolan, Barbara Morton, Claire Savage, Daniel A. Nicholls, Marion Clarke, Janet Shepperson, Peadar O’Donoghue, Aoife Mannix, Michael Dineen

Abridged 0 – 42: Another Shade of You (2015) Curator

An exhibition at the Verbal Arts Centre, Derry

Abridged 0 – 45: Why is it Always December (2016) Curator

An exhibition at Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown

Abridged 0 – 46: Ich Bien Heir Alein (2016)

An Exhibition at Verbal Arts Centre, Derry

Abridged 0 – 47: A Many Splintered Thing (2015) With exhibition at Void Gallery, Derry.

Clare McCotter, Gerald Yelle, Irina Popova, Colin Dardis, Jana Romanova, Matthew Ryan Shelton, Nadia Sablin, Moyra Donaldson, Bieke Depoorter, Morgan Downie, Katherine Stevens, Deirdre Hines, Orla Fay, Susanna Galbraith, Jessica Traynor, Barbara Morton, Jenny Hope, Emily Robards, Gerald Dawe, Jane Robinson, Jan Harris, Revd PG Burke, Mik Davis, Maria Isakova Bennett, Stephanie Conn.

Abridged 0 – 48: Mercury Red (November 2016)

Abridged 0 – 49: Babel (2017)

Abridged 0 – 49.5 Cuirt Festival (2017)

Abridged 0 – 50: 1979 (2017)

Abridged 0 – 51: Wormwood (2017)

Abridged 0 – 52: Contagion (2018)

Abridged 0 – 53: Relapse (2018)

Abridged 0 – 54: On the Front (2017)