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Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava, patron of the arts, 1941-2020

Tuesday 27th October 2020 at 3pm 0 Comments

The Arts Council has learned with sadness of the death of the Marchioness of Dufferin and Ava, who has died at the age of 79.

Lady Dufferin, Lindy Hamilton-Temple-Blackwood, was an accomplished artist in her own right, painting as Lindy Guinness. She was taught by Bloomsbury group member, Duncan Grant, studied under the great Austrian artist Oskar Kokoschka, attended Slade School of Art and Chelsea School of Art, exhibited in London, Dublin and Belfast, and kept company with some of the foremost artists of her time, including David Hockney and Lucien Freud, when she and her husband were at the heart of the London art scene.  It is, however, as a committed patron of the arts that she will, perhaps, be best remembered by the arts community in Northern Ireland. The Ava Gallery, which she opened at Clandeboye, the family estate in Bangor, Co. Down, regularly hosts exhibitions drawn from the most important collections of Irish Art, from the 18th century to the present day; and her enthusiastic support for the annual Clandeboye Festival provided the opportunity for internationally-renowned pianist Barry Douglas and the Camerata Ireland chamber orchestra to showcase and teach young local music talent in the company of the world’s finest musicians. Memorials are to be held at a later date at both Clandeboye and in London.

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