Top Irish pastel paintings go on show in Lisburn
A selection of top Irish pastel paintings has gone on display at Lisburn's Island Arts Centre.
The exhibition comprises more than 60 contemporary Irish works by members of the Pastel Society of Ireland.
It features portraits, landscapes, still lifes, botanical studies and abstract works in both chalk and oil pastels.
The exhibition was opened by Edwin Poots, MLA, Minister for Culture, Arts and Leisure, who said: "Exhibitions such as this promote artists and help achieve a positive, quality image of our culture. Every artist brings something different in terms of subject matter, composition and individually distinctive style. Indeed, Leonardo Da Vinci himself coined the phrase 'pastel' and it has remained a popular medium for painting ever since.
"The vibrancy and colours used in pastel work complement the bright and energetic culture in Northern Ireland and I hope it will inspire people to add a splash of colour into their lives through art."