Taste of artists' work on offer at restaurant
Radio Ulster presenter Wendy Austin's daughter is to launch a new way of showing art which she hopes will help boost the profile of Ulster's student artists as well as more established ones.
Kerry Hutchinson, who graduated this year from the University of Ulster with a BA Honours in Art and Design, has set up a new 'gallery-in- a-restaurant' along with business partner Adrian Kearney, of Kearney Consulting Ltd.
La Boca aims to provide a platform for students, graduates, and well-known artists to show their work for Belfast's diners. The restaurant in Fountain Street is Spanish-themed.
Kerry said: "We borrowed the concept from a gallery in Birmingham. Basically, it's a restaurant with paintings on the walls.
"We will be exhibiting work by established artists, but also by students and graduates. There is a lot of talent out there and that's what we want to show.
"The gallery will allow them to exhibit their work and to raise their profile.
"Galleries in Belfast only tend to exhibit well-known artists. But hopefully some of the artists we'll be displaying will go on to become established artists in the future."
La Boca last night opened an exhibition by local artist Graham Catney, called "Made In Belfast".
That exhibition will run until October 31. Another exhibition is planned around Christmas, featuring work by Neil Shawcross and Tanya Smith, among others.
Kerry said: "Mum is right behind me and is delighted I've opened this gallery. It's something I've always wanted to do."