The Re-appropriation of Sensuality

NCAD Gallery presents The Re-appropriation of Sensuality, Emma Haugh Curated by RGKSKSRG

Friday, 6th November - Wednesday, 2nd December 2015

Exhibition opening: Thursday 5 November 2015, 6pm | Performance 6.30pm
Exhibition continues:  6 November - 2 December 2015

NCAD Gallery, National College of Art and Design, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8.
NCAD Gallery opening times: 1-5pm Mon–Fri. Admission is free. All welcome.

* A public workshop 'Reading Troupe #06' will take place 4.30pm-8.30pm on Friday 27 November within NCAD Gallery and the NIVAL Reading Room. Free admission. Limited spaces available. For bookings, please contact:

 Images courtesy of the artist: Emma Haugh, The Re-appropriation of Sensuality, 2015; Digital collages with archive images and found materials.

The Re-appropriation of Sensuality is a long-term, collaborative project by artist Emma Haugh. The project seeks to re-formulate representations of desire and the politics of architecture, looking at the relationship between body knowledge, performance and the anatomy of space.

Underpinning the work is the question: How do we imagine a space dedicated to the manifestation of feminine desire?

The work is developed and realised via collaborative knowledge production. This takes the form of conversations, workshops, performance and a collective archive of photographs, collages, zines, fantasy texts and architectural drawings. At NCAD Gallery, The Re-appropriation of Sensuality is presented as a solo exhibition, a performance and a public programme.

The exhibition exists as a collapsible architecture of fabricated panels. The panels’ materiality reference sex club environments and unrealized fantasy spaces, creating a clash of concrete, latex, mirror, faux leather, PVC, rubber, tie-dye, reflective lame, chain, scaffold netting and velvet.

Also present in the space are printed elements of the collective archive, and materials generated through Haugh’s series of Reading Troupe workshops. The Reading Troupe workshops take place with college students in the Gallery space, Edward Murphy Library, NCAD and NIVAL (National Irish Visual Arts Library) throughout November 2015. They involve performative approaches to understanding critical texts and, ultimately, aim to provoke new, individualized systems of reference.

The Re-appropriation of Sensuality Research Library will be available to the public in the NIVAL section of the Edward Murphy Library, NCAD, for the duration of the exhibition. For Library access times please view

The Re-appropriation of Sensuality online archive can be accessed at:

The exhibition and development of The Re-appropriation of Sensuality is kindly supported by NCAD Gallery, Dublin City Council, Common Ground / studio 468. The NCAD departmental exhibition partnerships are made possible through the ongoing NCAD Gallery collegial collaboration initiative; special thanks to the NCAD Fine Art Media Department and NIVAL.

For further information, please contact: Anne Kelly, Curator NCAD Gallery Programme +353 (0)1 636 4390 |

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NCAD Gallery, 100 Thomas Street, Dublin, D08 K521, Ireland.
Contact: Anne Kelly, NCAD Gallery Programme Curator  


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