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Congratulations to Helen Cammock who has been nominated for the Turner Prize 2019. We are delighted to extend The Long Note until 26 May 2019. The Long Note was commissioned by Mary Cremin, Director, Void, Derry and was first shown in Void, Derry in 2018.

Exploring social histories through film, photography, print, text and performances, Helen Cammock creates multiple and layered narratives that are not linear, allowing the cyclical nature of history to be revealed. Through these devices Cammock explores the motivation for women’s participation in the civil rights movement, the invisibility of women in the historical narrative of the time, and how it impacted family life and the notion of loss. The Long Note is an attempt to articulate the variety of political positions taken by women during the movement; there was no one unifying position or one identity but a multitude of voices that permeated a turbulent time in Derry.

The Long Note is a partial move towards redressing the lack of the female voice within the historical narrative, and to recognise the need to highlight the centrality of women in what was a pivotal moment in Derry and Ireland’s history.

Also included in the exhibition is Shouting in Whispers (2017), a group of large screen-prints made up of hand-mixed solid colour block with text, offering a contemplative and powerful interplay with the film and reading resources provided. Each print quotes conversations with friends, as well as questions or statements from activists and philosophers both contemporary and historical. The reading room offers a space to explore material selected by the artist to expand and complement the conversations and topics raised in The Long Note and related programming.

Cammock’s work has an ability to contextualise events within a universal struggle, addressing geopolitics in all its complexities, giving a voice to the invisible, laying bare the importance of the collective experience and highlighting women’s perspectives within these events.

The selection of this work for the Project Spaces has a timely context within the current political and social climate. The complexities of The Long Note resonate with a contemporary sense of an unknown future; history can help question what is currently overshadowed by the political, and offer greater insight to the potential social implications. There is no absolute answer but there is a need to be inclusive, to listen and to be heard. The Long Note has a porous dialogue with other museum programming such as IMMA Collection: Les Levine, Resurrection and the upcoming Doris Salcedo exhibition Acts of Mourning, opening on 26 April.

About the Artist

Additional Resources 


Additional Resources

Discussion, Women, Politics & Civil Rights Today Soundcloud
Magazine Artist Conversation: Helen Cammock with Mary Cremin Soundcloud

Further reading

Helen Cammock talks about The Long Note

Artist Talk, Void Derry

Curator Mary Cremin is joined in conversation with artist Helen Cammock to discuss the origins and themes surrounding The Long Note. This exhibition was a solo show by Helen and featured a newly commissioned film of the same name that focused on the role of women in the civil rights movement in Derry.

(Companion Piece)

Shouting in Whispers: Helen Cammock in conversation

Helen Cammock Wins the 2018 Max Mara Prize for Women

‘I’m interested in the voice as author, as witness, as conduit, as ventriloquist’ Read more.

Reading Room

Price of My Soul, Bernadette Devlin.
Bernadette: Biography of Bernadette Devlin.
Shattering Silence: Women, Nationalism, And Political Subjectivity In Northern Ireland, Begoña Aretxaga.
The Heel of Bernadette, Collette Bryce.
Gender Trouble, Judith Butler.
Willie Doherty (UNSEEN).
The Black Panther Party for Self Defence: The Protest Art of Emory Douglas, Danny Glover & Kathlean Cleaver.
If They Come in the Morning….(Radical Thinkers), Angela Davis.
Women in Northern Ireland: Cultural Studies and Material Conditions, Megan Sullivan.
Women, Unionism and Loyalism in Northern Ireland: From Tea-Makers to Political Actors, Rachel Ward.
Regulating Sexuality: Women in Twentieth-Century Northern Ireland, Leanne McCormick.
Against the Grain: Contemporary Women’s Movement in Northern Ireland, Eileen Evason.
Gender, Democracy and Inclusion in Northern Ireland, C. Davies and C. Roulston.
Sister Genevieve: A Courageous Woman’s Triumph in Northern Ireland, John Rae.
Women Divided: Gender, Religion and Politics in Northern Ireland, Rosemary Sales.
Northern Ireland After The Troubles: A society in transition, Colin Coulter.
Children of the Troubles: Our Lives in the Crossfire of Northern Ireland (Children of Conflict S.) by Laurel Holliday.
A) The Twelfth Day of July: A Kevin and Sadie Story, John Lingard.
B) Across the Barricades: A Kevin and Sadie Story, by John Lingard.
C) Kevin and Sadie: The Story Continues, John Lingard.


Acknowledgements & Thanks

Ann Donnelly, Battle of the Bogside by Northland Broadcast, Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, Collette Bryce, Eamonn McCann, Emese Vida, Kathleen and Margo Harkin, Mary Ellen and Francis from the Pickled Duck Café, Nell McCafferty, Nina Simone (YouTube), Derry Video and Film Archive, Lisa Panting, Trisha Ziff (The Family Album), The University of Wisconsin Eau-Claire Women’s Concert Choral at Paedar O’Donnell’s Bar, Derry, Vinny Cunningham, Justine Scoltock & Katherine Rowlandson, YouTube, RTE, BBC, Channel 4


This exhibition is presented by IMMA in collaboration with the Void Derry. IMMA thanks The Long Note commissioners: