Ben Malcolmson (b.1999) is a visual artist born and based in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Ben works within the parameters of photography, video and sculpture exploring alternative photographic processes with relation to one’s land and identity. His practice further deals with the communication of the landscape, looking at the familiar and psychological complexities of the self with performative-based elements as an undertone.

 

He is a recent graduate from Ulster University, Belfast, Northern Ireland, graduating with a First Class Honours in Bachelor's of Photography with Video (2021), his previous studies include undertaking his Erasmus studies (2019-20) at The Royal Academy of Art, The Hague in Bachelor's of Photography. In 2019, Ben was awarded to be a part of Making Marks by the Arab British Centre, funded by the British Council Kuwait. Making Marks, explored the impact of international working on emerging artists. Ben’s residency to Kuwait was one stage in the Making Marks project. Over several months, Ben worked with Belfast Exposed Gallery on a body of work titled Murmur which was exhibited in the gallery as a solo show during February 2020.

Nollaig Molloy is a visual artist from Roscommon, Ireland. Her practice explores materials from landscapes and sites looking at their relevance to historical, social and industrial situations. Her past projects and works range from working with Belfast-based improvisational vocal ensemble, HIVE Choir, to a series of live radio broadcasts from a lake boat on the River Shannon, to exploring rock salt from 1500 metres underground in a working salt mine in Northern Ireland.

She graduated from Belfast College of Art in 2020, where she received a Masters of Fine Art. She was recently awarded a Development Residency with Belfast Print Workshop and Emerging Practice Award with Fingal Arts Office, Public Art Project Infrastructure in 2018. Recent exhibitions include: Grass Roots, Muine Bheag Arts, Co. Carlow and Catalyst Arts Belfast Graduate Award solo exhibition; Retreat to Stone, Stone in Retreat.

Ben and Nollaig exchanged works without giving each other any context or description. They displayed the art work in their own space, introducing other materials, objects and techniques which resulted in rich and immersive installation work. 

Work In Progress, 2020, Nollaig Molloy

Ripples, 2020, Ben Malcolmson

ARTIST RESPONSES

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