Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 December 2014

Firm going arty to mark half century

Hayley Lowry and Carrie Neely, of Belfast Print Network, get Brett Martin's arts initiative under way
Hayley Lowry and Carrie Neely, of Belfast Print Network, get Brett Martin's arts initiative under way

Plastic products firm Brett Martin is drawing up plans to invite a local artist to create an artwork marking its 50-year anniversary in business.

The Mallusk-based company has teamed up with the Belfast Print Workshop — a not-for-profit print workspace and gallery based in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter — to select an artist to undertake the project.

“Brett Martin is a major supplier of plastic substrates for the print and display industry and we are therefore particularly pleased to work with the Belfast Print Workshop, a prestigious not-for-profit organisation that supports local printmakers,” said Brett Martin’s marketing manager Hayley Lowry.

“We look forward to unveiling the winning print next month at the Belfast Print Workshop’s gallery in the Cathedral Quarter to help recognise a talented local artist and communicate Brett Martin’s dynamism and continued success.”

The print selected to represent Brett Martin’s half century will be reproduced for the company’s clients, with the original residing in its Mallusk headquarters.

Best known in Northern Ireland for its drainage products, the company employs over 800 people across seven UK facilities that manufacture specialist plastic products for construction, roofing, engineering, print and display.

The firm exports over 50% of its £110m turnover to more than 70 countries.

Last year it provided roofing products for three major sports stadia — Wembley stadium, Kensington Oval in Barbados and Galway Racecourse.

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