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Art reflecting Troubles in new show

Art works reflecting on Northern Ireland's troubled past have been brought together for a new exhibition.

Paintings, drawings, photographs, videos and sculpture are included in the Art of the Troubles collection, which has gone on display at the Ulster Museum in Belfast.

The exhibition, comprising 60 works, explores themes including violence and destruction, suffering and loss, traditions and life in the midst of turmoil.

National Museums Northern Ireland's head of art Kim Mawhinney said "The exhibition brings together the work of 50 artists from Northern Ireland and beyond including Joe McWilliams, Willie Doherty, FE McWilliam, Rita Duffy, Paul Seawright, Jack Pakenham, Micheal Farrell and Richard Hamilton.

"It brings to wider public attention the responses and reflections of individual artists themselves from their own perspectives.

"Although many of the individual pieces have been displayed previously in various settings, this is the first time work about the Troubles has been brought together on such a scale."

The exhibition has been developed in partnership with Wolverhampton Art Gallery and includes many works from the collections of National Museums Northern Ireland and the recently gifted Arts Council of Northern Ireland Collection.

Also incorporated are loans from the Imperial War Museum's Northern Ireland Collection, the Irish Museum of Modern Art and the Dublin City Gallery The Hugh Lane, as well as works from private collections and artists themselves.

Dr Jim McGreevy, director of collections and interpretation for National Museums Northern Ireland said: "Art of the Troubles is not designed to be either a historical or comprehensive account of all that happened during the Troubles.

"However, we believe that its content reflects a broad range of themes. We are conscious of the unresolved legacy of the Troubles and continuing sensitivities in our community.

"This exhibition offers avenues for exploring the ways in which the Troubles have been viewed by a range of artists and for reflecting upon the manifestations and impact of violence and division in our community."

The exhibition will run until September 7 and admission is free. For more information, visit www.nmni.com.

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