Women of the Ulster Unit, audio website. 2021
Funded by Arts Council NI, Up the Lagan’s audio, film and archive project Women of the Ulster Unit, is a creative response to the lives and work of the women in a 1930s modernist art collective, the Ulster Unit. In our work, we attempt to address some of the questions that cast a long shadow over the legacy of the Unit’s work: Why did they only show together once as a group at Locksley Hall, Belfast in December 1934? Why was the show so commercially unsuccessful? What so alarmed the critic of The News Letter that they branded the whole endeavour with the loaded term "hocus pocus"? Why did some of the artists, notably John Luke, Colin Middleton and George McCann go on to pursue illustrious careers in the art world while some of the others, notably the female artists, appeared to vanish without a trace? Unearthing the elusive traces of these women’s work, we attempt to respond even if conclusive answers can never be found.