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MLAs' art to go on display at Stormont

The Great Hall in Parliament Buildings is to be transformed into an art gallery this month with an exhibition featuring work by current MLAs.

The works are the result of a recent Metropolitan Arts Centre competition and showcase the artistic talent of some of the 108 Assembly Members.

A panel including BBC presenter Wendy Austin, journalist Eamonn Mallie and artist Neil Shawcross judged the competition. Danny Kinahan, MLA for South Antrim, took the prize as overall winner, and the many other entries showed an impressive breadth of creative talent of local politicians.

The winning painting by Mr Kinahan will stay in Parliament Buildings for the duration of this Assembly, until 2015. Assembly Speaker William Hay said: "This is the first time the Assembly has ever used the Great Hall as a display space and we hope that this will be the first of many regular exhibitions. I think this will add something extra to the experience of all those who come and visit Parliament Buildings."

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