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Belfast Exposed launch exhibition of works from the Arts Council’s Contemporary Art Collection

Wednesday 30th January 2019 at 9am 0 Comments Visual Arts

Pictured launching the exhibition is Deirdre Robb, Chief Executive, Belfast Exposed with Joanna Johnston, Arts Council of Northern Ireland. Image: Pictured launching the exhibition is Deirdre Robb, Chief Executive, Belfast Exposed with Joanna Johnston, Arts Council of Northern Ireland.

A special exhibition at Belfast Exposed featuring selected photographic works from the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s contemporary art collection is now open.  The exhibition has come about as part of the Arts Council’s new Art Lending Scheme, a free scheme which is open to curators, galleries, and organisations interested in putting works from the Collection on public display.

Inspired by the wealth of photographic works in the collection the curators wanted to ensure the photography works on show were reflective of the breadth, diversity and talent that Northern Ireland excels in.

There promises to be something for everyone, including a range of emerging and established artists dealing with topics such as life and death, domesticity and feminism, war and colonialism, as well as urban scenes and landscapes.

The exhibition features 21 artists including renowned photographers Paul Seawright, Donovan Wylie, Susan MacWilliam, Peter Richards, Ailbhe Greaney, Fergus Jordan, Laura McDowell, and Joanna Karolini. It also includes 3 video works from Mairead McClean, Adrian O’Connell and Angela Halliday.

Joanna Johnston, Visual Arts Development Officer, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented,

“We are delighted to have works from the Collection exhibited at Belfast Exposed.  Many of the artists represented in the Collection have major national and international reputations and by offering the collection for public display, we are helping to showcase the work of our artists and to introduce the public to Northern Ireland’s wealth of creative talent. I would encourage everyone to go along and see this exhibition at Belfast Exposed which promises to be an impressive mix of emerging and established artists.”

Deirdre Robb, Chief Executive of Belfast Exposed and curator, added,

“Northern Ireland is home to some of the best photographers in the world. By hosting a selection of the work in our gallery, it allows us to celebrate the artists and acknowledges the contribution they make to the field of photography in a local and global context.” 

The Arts Council Collection Exhibition at Belfast Exposed continues until 16th March, visit, www.belfastexposed.org

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