Belfast Telegraph

Hang on! Art exhibition proves a hit at Stormont

The Arts Council is urging as many people as possible to get along to Parliament Buildings to see a display of work from some of Northern Ireland’s finest emerging and established artists.

The exhibiton, Contemporary Art in Northern Ireland, an exhibition of the Arts Council’s purchases of art within the last decade, opened in November and has now been extended until Wednesday, January 4.

An estimated 4,500 visitors have already seen the display which was due to close on December 2. Due to popular demand, 18 art works from the original 24 piece exhibition will be displayed into the New Year.

Dr Suzanne Lyle, Head of Visual Arts, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, said: “The exhibition is receiving a very positive response from the artists involved, arts community, MLAs and visitors to Parliament Buildings. This is the first time that an exhibition from the Arts Council’s Collection has been displayed in Parliament Buildings, and we are thrilled to provide an opportunity for audiences to see it for an additional four weeks.”

“Anyone visiting the exhibition over the festive period will see the extraordinary quality and range of work from Northern Ireland’s visual artists, which goes far beyond what might be expected of a small region and something to be immensely proud of. This exhibition celebrates the vibrancy of our artists in recent times and I would encourage everyone to visit it while they can.”

William Hay, MLA, Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, said: “We are delighted that this exhibition has been so popular and that it has enhanced the experience of those who visit the Assembly.

“I have been committed to opening up Parliament Buildings to the people of Northern Ireland and I believe it is fitting that celebrating local creative talent from well established collections is part of that initiative.”

The exhibition is fully accessible to the public. Parliament Buildings is open between 9am and 4pm Monday to Friday but will be closed from December 26-28 and on January 2. Free public tours of Parliament Buildings are now available. Artists featured include Jennifer Trouton, Gareth Reid, Brendan Jamison, Simon McWilliams,

Christopher McCambridge, Robert Peters, Colin Darke, Mark Francis, Terry McAllister, Maria McKinney, Gail Ritchie, Carrie McKee,

Louise Wallace, Holly Anderson,

Mark Shields, Miguel Martin and William McKeown .

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