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
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
Tomorrow’s Almost Over: Derry Artists Group Show, Void, Derry
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: http://contextgalleries.bolgspot.com
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)