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Artist of the Month, January 2020 - Anushiya Sundaralingam

Tuesday 7th January 2020 at 1pm

Remembrance, Gold Leaf on Somerset Paper Image: Remembrance, Gold Leaf on Somerset Paper

Originally from Sri Lanka, Anushiya moved to Northern Ireland in 1995 and attended the University of Ulster’s College of Art, completing her degree in 1998. Since then she has worked as a full time Artist, and as an Arts Facilitator for numerous public organisations such as the Ulster Museum, schools, hospitals and galleries.

Anushiya trained as a print maker but now works in both two and three dimensions, primarily using mixed media.  She experiments with materials, approaches and subject matter, and her work is influenced by the connected notion of a ‘self’ in transition and the challenges of identity, belonging and place.

Remembrance is part of the collection of the Arts Council of Northern Ireland. The figures are symbolic of the millions of lives lost to conflict, not just in Sri Lanka or Northern Ireland, but across the globe. Their connectivity and existence within the shared space, created by the walls of the frame, demonstrates a unity that transcends the boundaries created by borders. The use of black seeks to represent the mourning felt for these lives, while the gold remembers them by creating a light to shine through the darkness.

Further information about Anushiya and her work can be found at