This is the Naughton Gallery’s fifth sports exhibition series, celebrating ‘art and sport’ coming together and delving into the areas of diversity and inclusion.
Fix Your Pony is an interesting exhibition in its scope, width and range of contemporary artists:
- Rachelle Baker
- Laura Callaghan
- Nial Cullen
- Emile-Samory Fofana
- Justin French
- M. S. Harkness
- Jaime Hernandez
- A Klass
- Dougal McKenzie
- Thenjiwe Niki Nkosi
- Nana Yaw Oduro
- Bram Paulussen
- Sars Perovic
and the artists in various degrees tackle
but they also go beyond this to look at areas such as
- lucha libre (Mexican wrestling)
and not least bull racing in Bali! Fix Your Pony makes you think because the answers are not always obvious. Oscar Wilde said,
“If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing well. If it is worth having, it is worth waiting for.
If it is worth attaining, it is worth fighting for. If it is worth experiencing, it is worth putting aside time for.”
If you have not been to Queens University for a visit, and also the Naughton Gallery, it is very easy to discover – a simple 22 min stroll for Belfast City Centre.
All the artists have their own story, but I’ve delved back in time to two who I remember:
- Ryan Fitzbiggon and his “Hello Mr” (01/06-30/07/2017) showed the diversity of gay culture …it is a community of “men who date men”, starting new conversations about their interests, loves, hopes and fears…
- Brock William and Chris Lin and their “Yummertime” (18/10-12/12/2018) … s San Francisco-based lifestyle and photography blog co-founded..
Please do go and find this small, wonderful gallery, and view the current showing but remember, the story is always changing at the Naughton as do the exhibitions.