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Northern Ireland galleries celebrate link to UK arts network Plus Tate

By David Young

Three Northern Ireland art galleries, Golden Thread Gallery, the Mac, both in Belfast, and the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) in Londonderry, are to join Plus Tate, a prestigious UK-wide contemporary visual arts network.

In 2010, Plus Tate was launched to share collections and expertise and build a network using Tate's resources to strengthen the UK's contemporary visual arts network.

Suzanne Lyle, head of visual arts at the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, welcomed the news.

"The Arts Council commends Golden Thread Gallery, the Mac and the Centre for Contemporary Art in being chosen to join this prestigious programme based on their shared quality, vision and commitment.

"This exciting and impressive initiative offers these leading Northern Ireland galleries the opportunity to expand, network and strengthen the contemporary arts sector within the region for all to enjoy."

Hugh Mulholland, curator of the Mac, said: "Being included in Plus Tate affords us the opportunity to become an active contributor to the well-established network of other galleries who already make up Plus Tate and who share our desire to be part of the national and international discourse around contemporary visual art practice."

Matt Packer, director of the Centre for Contemporary Art in Derry, said: "We are delighted to have been selected to become part of the Plus Tate network on the basis of CCA's exhibitions and public programmes. CCA is a collaborative organisation at heart, and we welcome the chance to further connect Derry/Londonderry with other top contemporary arts organisations across the UK."

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