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New Work by Nick Stewart Selected for Dark Mountain Anthology

Published: 29 July 2014

Fine Art MA Pathway Leader Nick Stewart has had a new, 3,500-word, text-image artwork selected for the 6th in a series of Dark Mountain anthologies.

His piece, entitled Placing The Past For a Place in The Future, was selected from an international open submission of 500+ works and combines a series of biographical stories, memories of an Irish childhood, with reflections on possible futures in light of the ongoing crisis of Western culture.

The Dark Mountain Project is a network of writers, artists and thinkers who formed to support and promote new work by writers and artists that fully respond to the interconnected nature of contemporary ecological, economic and social challenges. The group seek out writing, art and culture rooted in place, time and nature and explain, “We believe that writing and art have a crucial role to play in coming to terms with this reality, and in questioning the foundations of the world in which we find ourselves”.

Discussing his work for the anthology, Nick Stewart says, “In recent years I’ve been working with found text, sourced both from archives and from live interviews.  Two book projects and a number of video installations have been completed from this work. Most recently the John Hansard Gallery published, Which is The: 49 Views, a book project derived from a 10 day drive along the Irish border in 2011. This was the first work I’ve completed that involved writing my own text rather than pursuing secondary sources. Following on from this I have since begun a long-term project of writing, from memory, about my experience of living in the North of Ireland both before and during the Troubles there. This piece for the 2014, Dark Mountain anthology, is the first such that I’ve completed in this new direction for my work”.

The anthology will be published in the Autumn of 2014.  For further information see

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