A look back at the June Mostra 2016

In case you weren’t able to attend the June Mostra showing works produced by our seven resident artists from April to June, we have compiled our favourites from the official photographs of the exhibition (photographer: Roberto Apa). You can read the individual blogs published about each of the artists by clicking on an artist’s name.

The exhibition was made possible thanks to the kind support and generosity of The Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Australia Council for the Arts, the Helpmann Academy, The Incorporated Edwin Austin Abbey Memorial Scholarships, The Linbury Trust and The National Art School, Sydney.

BSR - June 2016 - 039Gallery installation view

BSR - June 2016 - 021Gallery installation view

BSR - June 2016 - 025Corridor installation view

BSR - June 2016 - 028Foyer installation view


David Ryan (Abbey Fellow in Painting)

David Ryan, Variazioni Oblique dopo Balla Futurista, oil on linen, 15 x 20 cm, 30 paintings


Ross Taylor (Abbey Scholar in Painting)

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Ross Taylor, B, paint and ink on paper, 272 x 727 cm


Damien Duffy (Arts Council of Northern Ireland Fellow)

Damien Duffy, False Flag, mixed media, plinth, oil and acrylic on canvas, dimensions variable

Damien Duffy, Back Stab, oil on canvas, flowers, dimensions variable


Joseph Griffiths (Australia Council Resident)

Joseph Griffiths, Fountains, water, travertine, silicon, irrigation tubes, sound, dimensions variable


Deborah Prior (Helpmann Academy Resident)

Deborah Prior, Lupa, found woolen blanket, pillow, stain, mixed media, dimensions variable


Margaret Roberts (National Art School, Sydney, Resident in Drawing)

Margaret Roberts, left to right: Ground Plan, tulle, elastic, nails, 110 x 240 cm; Triangle & Circle, graphite, wood, nails, 300 x 300 cm


Rachel Adams (Sainsbury Scholar in Painting & Sculpture)

Rachel Adams, left to right: Unravelled 1, tye-dye fabric on timber, stainless steel, t-shirt yarn, 125 x 73 cm; Scuttle Shuttle Shuffle, laser cut acrylic, fabric, timber, t-shirt yarn, 50 x 48 cm; See Saws, laser cut acrylic, fabric, timber, 113 x 113 x 25 cm; Unravelled 2, tye-dye fabric on timber, laser cut acrylic, t-shirt yarn, 150 x 120 cm

June Mostra/Meet the artists…Ursula Burke

U Burke, "Bruiser", 2014, Parian Porcelain

U Burke, “Bruiser”, 2014, Parian Porcelain


Ursula Burke’s (Arts Council of Northern Ireland Fellow, January – June 2014) work deals with issues of representation and identity within post-conflict Northern Ireland.  Utilising a range of formal techniques drawn from the canon of fine art classicism, she sets up dialogue between idealised versions of society expressed through the classical period and potential constructions of the ideal within contemporary Northern Ireland.

Il lavoro di Ursula Burke (Arts Council of Northern Ireland Fellow, gennaio – giugno 2014) tratta i problemi legati alla rappresentazione e all’identità nel contesto post-conflittuale dell’Irlanda del Nord. Utilizzando diversi medium tratti dai canoni dell’arte classica Burke crea un dialogo tra versioni idealizzate della società del periodo classico e potenziali ricostruzioni dell’ideale nell’Irlanda del Nord di oggi.


BSR Fine Arts June Mostra opens Friday 13 June 2014 18.30. Dates: 14 – 21 June (excluding Sunday). Hours: 16.30-19.00. Join the Facebook group here.



June Mostra/Meet the artists…Annika Koops

A Koops, "Dirt Genius", 2013, 85 x 61 cm C-Type Print

A Koops, “Dirt Genius”, 2013, 85 x 61 cm C-Type Print


Annika Koops’ (Australia Council Resident, April – June 2014) work reflects upon the breakdown of barriers between physical and virtual space. The interchange of animate and inanimate objects is explored in relation to our increased interfacing with technological objects and reliance upon automated guidance. The role that pattern and algorithm plays in our perception of the visual world manifests in the work through cryptic symbolism and iconographic representation. By alluding at once to Proto-Renaissance painting and digital imaging her work reflects upon the persistence of historical aesthetics, resulting in works that are highly synthetic and temporally indefinite.

I lavori di Annika Koops (Australia Council Resident, aprile – giugno 2014) riflettono sulla rottura delle barriere tra lo spazio fisico e virtuale e le implicazioni psicologiche.  Lo scambio tra oggetti animati e inanimati è studiato in relazione al nostro crescente confrontarsi con oggetti tecnologici e l’affidamento sulla guida automatica.  Il ruolo giocato dalle serie e gli algoritmi nella nostra percezione del mondo visivo si manifesta nell’opera attraverso un simbolismo criptico e una rappresentazione iconografica.  Alludendo sia alla pittura proto-rinascimentale e alla riproduzione digitale, il lavoro medita sulla persistenza dell’estetica storica, dando luogo ad opere estremamente sintetiche e temporalmente indefinite.


BSR Fine Arts June Mostra opens Friday 13 June 2014 18.30. Dates: 14 – 21 June (excluding Sunday). Hours: 16.30-19.00. Join the Facebook group here.



June Mostra/Meet the artists…Cathy Lomax

C Lomax, 'Belladonna' series, oil and acrylic on paper, 30x23cm each, 2014

C Lomax, “Belladonna” series, 2014, oil and acrylic on paper, 30x23cm each


Cathy Lomax’s (Abbey Fellow in Painting, April – June 2014) work is rooted in the romance of popular culture. She assimilates media fictions, mythologies and the realities around fame and glamour, and juxtaposes these with elements of personal identity to create new narratives that skirt around reality to hint at a curious contemporary longing for something unobtainable. Her focus in Rome has been on the city’s relationship with appearance and how this has been represented on film. This has manifested in a series of works preoccupied with re-creation, emptiness, transience and the surface of things.

Le opere di Cathy Lomax (Abbey Fellow in Painting, aprile – giugno 2014) sono radicate nel romanticismo della cultura popolare.  L’artista assimila le finzioni mediatiche, le mitologie e le realtà intorno a fama e glamour, giustapponendoli ad elementi dell’identità personale, creando così nuovi racconti che confinano con la realtà, e suggerendo ad un curioso desiderio contemporaneo per qualcosa di inottenibile.  Nella città di Roma, l’interesse dell’artista si è focalizzato sulla relazione esistente tra letteratura, cinema e glamour, manifestando una particolare attenzione per la ri-creazione, la vuotezza e la superficie delle cose.


BSR Fine Arts June Mostra opens Friday 13 June 2014 18.30. Dates: 14 – 21 June (excluding Sunday). Hours: 16.30-19.00. Join the Facebook group here.