Spike Associates have been invited to undertake a year of month-long residencies in the Curfew Tower. This unique nineteenth century building sits at the centre of the village of Cushendall on the north east coast of Northern Ireland. Owned by Bill Drummond, the Tower has been run as an artist residency space since 1999, overseen by its trustees, Marcus Patton, Susan Philipsz, John Hirst and Drummond.
The Curfew Tower has been curated by different organisations each year, including Void in Derry (2009), Catalyst Arts in Belfast (2010), Eastside Projects in Birmingham (2011), and Static in Liverpool (2012). Each invited artist spends up to three weeks living in the Tower, producing work that is somehow inspired by the building, the locality or the people of Cushendall. They are also asked to leave something of the work behind, and participants return the following year for a group exhibition during village’s annual Heart of the Glens Festival.
Members of Spike Associates, a network of artists, curators, designers, writers and other creative practitioners, have proposed projects to undertake during their time at the tower, and we're delighted to announce that the following individuals and partnerships have been selected: