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Northern Ireland artists take a bite of the Big Apple

Thursday 10th July 2014 at 8am

Artist Aisling O’Beirn is one of four Northern Ireland artists who will be exhibiting work in several New York galleries this weekend. Image: Artist Aisling O’Beirn is one of four Northern Ireland artists who will be exhibiting work in several New York galleries this weekend.

FOUR Northern Ireland artists are taking part in a group exhibition across a number of New York’s galleries this weekend. The exhibition, entitled Multiplicity, takes the city as subject matter and features Belfast, Hong Kong, New Delhi, New York, Tel Aviv, Tirana, and beyond

Brooklyn-based curator, Marco Antonini of NURTUREart Gallery, selected works to represent Northern Ireland from a visit he made in December 2013 and John Duncan, Aisling O’Beirn, Nicholas Keogh and Michael Hanna feature in the international survey.
Marco said: “The exhibition is a wide-ranging selection of works exploring culturally and geographically distant urban spaces, and the myriad public and private rituals of the city.  It examines that cities unite by bringing people together; and sometimes they divide for exactly the same reason”.

“My visit to Northern Ireland during the Turner Prize last year was really important, getting to see around the cities as well as the artists’ studios and galleries – I found a really strong art scene.  I wanted Northern Ireland artists to be part of Multiplicity for the New York audience”. 

About the trip, north Belfast-based artist, Aisling O’Beirn said: “All of the artists are really excited about the opportunity to work with NUTUREart and Mixed Greens in New York – they are galleries we haven’t exhibited with before and it will be really interesting to see new audiences during the openings and their reactions to our work”. 

Deirdre Robb, Arts Development Officer commented, “The Arts Council is delighted that our joint initiative with the British Council has reaped rewards. Bringing 13 international curators to Northern Ireland in late 2013 was a way to showcase the talent and thriving arts sector we have here. It’s just a fabulous opportunity for this group of artists to have their work exhibited in a prestigious New York gallery and we hope other international opportunities follow.”

Multiplicity is a series of four consecutive exhibitions hosted by NURTUREart, Mixed Greens, Invisible Exports and Union Docs in New York.  It opens on July 11 and continues until August 29. For more details visit

Northern Ireland’s artists are supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and the British Council.