Sale of prints forced by arts cuts
A Belfast city centre print workshop is selling off some rare duplicates from its 30-year old archive to raise funds.
Director of the gallery Paula Campbell said they were forced into the move because of the slash in arts funding across the sector and said they were only selling prints they had duplicates of to preserve their collection for future generations. “These will be the only pictures we ever sell,” she said. “In future we will be fundraising by putting on exhibitions.”
Included in the sales are pieces by artists James Allen, Hughie O’Donoghue, Basil Blackshaw and Valeska Zabel.
The Belfast Print Workshop was founded in 1977 and was originally based the Riddel Hall, Stranmillis. In 2003 it moved to the up and coming Cathedral Quarter.
Each artist who works with the charity is asked to donate a print from their collection.
The 33 pieces of art are available to buy from The Belfast Print Workshop on Cotton Court until March 30.