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Creative approach to Ulster museum exhibits

Some of Northern Ireland’s most respected artists and writers have lined up to give a new voice to some of the Ulster Museum’s best loved artefacts.

They are taking part in a collaboration called ‘26 Treasures at the Ulster Museum’ which sees acclaimed writers such as Ciaran Carson, Michael Longley, Paul Muldoon and Bernard MacLaverty join up with visual artists including Peter Anderson, Ross Wilson and Sonya Whitefield — and a well-known museum artefact.

The writers are tasked with composing a 62-word piece about one of the 26 chosen artefacts, which include the ever popular bog butter, Takabuti the Mummy and the Clonmore shrine.

They will then collaborate with their partner artist to produce a visual and verbal response to be exhibited in the Belfast Room at the museum, from October 14-29.

The creative exhibition forms part of the Ulster Bank Belfast Festival at Queen’s and Irish Design Week.

A similar project first took place in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London last year. Following its success, the project has been extended nationally to include the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh and the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth, as well as the Ulster Museum.

Paddy Gilmore, director of learning and partnerships for National Museums of Northern Ireland, said as the Ulster Museum is a “treasure house of objects” the creative talents involved in the project will provide fascinating interpretations.

Project co-ordinator Gillian Colhoun said: “We’re lucky to have so much creative talent. This is one way of celebrating the Northern Irish talent for telling stories through words and pictures.”

For details, visit www.26.org.uk.

Belfast Telegraph