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Counter Culture / October 18, 2022

Mount Palomar curates new exhibition and announces Belfast launch night

Counter Culture / October 18, 2022

Mount Palomar curates new exhibition and announces Belfast launch night

Words: Eva O’Beirne

Having curated Banksy artworks and performed in Berghain, multi-disciplinary artist Neil Kerr AKA Mount Palomar teams up with District as part of a night of music, art and a live interview around his new exhibition.

Launching in The National, Belfast on November 3, ‘Brace For Impact’ will examine the theme of of ‘life spiralling out of control’.

The show will be the first created under Kerr’s music moniker, Mount Palomar, and will coincide with the release of a four-track EP.

Kerr will return to The National for the first time since his groundbreaking ‘Breed’ show which featured a selection of the world’s biggest street artists including Banksy, Faile, Conor Harrington and many more.

Kerr has created ‘Brace For Impact’ as a result of his tumultuous experiences during the pandemic. Following a whirlwind 2019/20, playing some of the biggest and most respected venues in Europe, Kerr returned home to find out he was being evicted and faced the reality that he could become homeless.

“Eventually I felt that, in order to try to let go of the negativity that I had amassed over the previous two years, throwing myself into a new body of visual artwork might help to serve as a cathartic release”, said the Kerr on the EP and exhibition.

Mount Palomar aka Niall Kerr

‘Brace For Impact’ acts as a reflection on the tumultuous two-year period that saw the world come to a standstill. Kerr has invited five other Belfast-based artists to interpret the theme of ‘life spiralling out of control’, including Adam McIlwaine, Anushiya Sundaralingam, Declan Byrne, Laura Nelson and Leo Boyd.

On November 3, the show will also feature live music in the form of local collective Jerrys Stolen
Goods and celebrated Belfast composer Phil Kieran, known for his contributions to the soundtrack for Killing Eve.

The event is free entry and kicks off at The National at 18:00 on November 3.

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