Tuesday 12th October – Thursday 4 November

Open to the public from 2pm Tuesday 12th

The Portrait of Northern Ireland: Neither an Elegy nor a Manifesto exhibition opens to the public in the Golden Thread Gallery on Tuesday 12th October. This incredible exhibition features over 100 artists who have explored perspectives of Northern Ireland’s people and landscapes from the 1920s until the present day.

In addition to established artists such as Paul Henry, William Scott and Turner Prize nominees in our main galleries, the GTG is delighted that the exhibition will shine a light on the work of up-and-coming artists who have recently graduated from Belfast School of Art, showing in our Project Space.

Curated by Shan McAnena, the exhibition is a collaboration between the Northern Ireland Office, the Government Art Collection, the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast School of Art as part of the wider cultural programme of the Northern Ireland Centenary. An expert panel of representatives from these organisations and many of the leading Northern Ireland galleries, has ensured that the exhibition features an inclusive and varied range of artwork and exhibits.

Making the announcement, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland Brandon Lewis MP said:

“The Portrait of Northern Ireland art exhibition is a superb cultural initiative which will shine a spotlight on the creativity of Northern Ireland’s artists.

“I’m particularly pleased that we have such a range of emerging and established talent and a variety of artistic mediums which really highlight what local Northern Ireland talent can achieve.

“I would encourage everyone from right across Northern Ireland to take advantage of this important collection of art work and exhibits from highly acclaimed local artists.”

Curator Shan McAnena said: “It is a privilege to be able to bring together these beautiful and profound works and acknowledge the contribution of many of the key artists who have emerged from this part of the world over the past 100 years.

“This survey aims to capture artists’ responses to the landscape and experience, both particular and universal, of the people who have lived here and continue to make Northern Ireland their home.”

Head of Belfast School of Art Louise O’Boyle said: “The inclusion of a selection of our current students and recent graduates in this exhibition is both welcomed and so important.

“It recognises their voices as an integral part of this collective portrait of art in Northern Ireland.

“Their work highlights some of the evolving themes and diverse practices that are emerging, at this moment, from Belfast School of Art.

“Practices that also contribute to wider national and global dialogues regarding art, culture, creativity and their role within society.”

The exhibition will open at the Golden Thread Gallery, Belfast from Saturday 9 October to Thursday 4th November.

Further details will be announced in the next two weeks!

Please visit the website www.portraitofni.co.uk to find out more about the artists and their work.

Notes to editors

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For information on the NIO’s Centenary programme, visit www.ourstoryinthemaking.com

Image ‘Kilkeel Shipyard’ (1943) by Nevill Johnson © the artist’s estate From the Collection of Down County Museum

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Golden Thread Gallery is supported by: