Taking as its point of departure the name of the decaying stately home inhabited by the inglorious Miss Havisham in Charles Dickens’s Great Expectations, Satis House is at once a new and very old domestic space just off the Ormeau Road in South Belfast.
Held within a row of terraces on Deramore Avenue, the space exists in what was once the master bedroom of this modest dwelling. Now cleared of fixtures, furniture, and personal belongings, this room is transfigured on a monthly basis under the curatorial direction of Eoin Dara and Kim McAleese, working with both emerging and established artists, inviting them to respond directly to this unique environment.
Eoin Dara is a curator currently based in Belfast. He holds an undergraduate degree in Art History and English Literature from The University of Edinburgh, and alongside several independent projects, he is currently working as the Assistant Curator at the MAC – a new multidisciplinary arts venue in Belfast city centre.
Kim McAleese is a curator and artist working and living in Belfast. As well as continuing with her own curatorial practice, and working as a curatorial consultant in the Belfast Festival at Queen's, recent exhibitions of her work have taken place in Golden Thread Gallery and Platform Arts, as well as in La Station in Nice, France.
After both completing a two-year directorship at Catalyst Arts where they curated exhibitions and events showcasing significant local and international artists, Dara and McAleese decided that they simply could not part.
Satis House is the first of many collaborative curatorial endeavours that they wish to undertake.