Belfast Telegraph

AP McCoy turns his hand to art as part of charity exhibition

By James Gant

Legendary Northern Irish champion jockey AP McCoy is one of the contributors to an art project of 100 painted globes that go on show in Belfast today.

What On Earth, which saw more than 100 artists and celebrities paint or design a resin planet Earth, will be in the Titanic Quarter until Sunday in aid of the charity, GOAL. Themes include migration, climate change, gender equality, sport, music and animals.

McCoy worked with English artist Martin Gale on a globe called Bloodlines about the history of horses, horse racing and horses in art.

Belfast-based artist Colin Watson made a globe called Flight that represented war, conflict and the refugee crisis.

He said: "It is a reminder that humanity has not moved any closer to eliminating the causes forcing people to flee conflict and persecution."

GOAL is an international humanitarian and development agency which provides food, healthcare and other basic items for poor and vulnerable people across the world. What On Earth will raise money for causes in Syria, East Africa, Honduras and Uganda.

Northern Irish artists also include Hillsborough resident and world-famous portrait artist, Neil Shawcross, Co Down's Helen McLean, Belfast-born Deborah Campbell, Tyrone native Gavin McCrea, and Belfast's Aisling Reynolds.

The globes are being auctioned at www.goalwhatonearth.ie until 7pm on November 28.

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