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Time to reflect on the role of amateurs

 

By Elizabeth Baird

It's always good to see professional galleries such as the FE McWilliam supporting and showing works by the non-professional artist.

Amateurs keep the arts alive at every level of society and can inspire children, families and young people.

The FE McWilliam exhibition celebrates the highly successful Banbridge Art Club, which marks its 40th anniversary in 2018.

Self-Reflections: 40 Years of Banbridge Art Club focuses on self-portraits by members and includes more than 20 inspired by works in the National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland in Limerick.

What makes this exhibition so interesting is that it incorporates 45 other significant works from the Limerick collection, including self-portraits by contemporary Ulster artists including Joseph McWilliams and David Crone.

In a more seasonal theme, I would encourage you all to buy a piece of art as a gift this year.

There is little to match well chosen original art, be it an affordable print, a painting or a craft piece.

What is important is that you select something created locally and in so doing support the arts in the province. Two of the best places for prints are Cotton Court Gallery, Belfast and Seacourt Print Workshop, Bangor.

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