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Video: The MAC's inspiring WW1 art exhibition paying homage to the ‘Christmas Gift Fund’

An inspiring art exhibition paying homage to the ‘Christmas Gift Fund’, which ensured First World War British soldiers received gifts for their first Christmas at war, opens at the MAC this week. The project began when the MAC, Belfast’s newest arts venue, gave a vintage Princess Mary box to the Northern Irish artist Graham Gingles. This gift led the artist to explore the experiences of the men on the front and in particular the wartime diaries of Robert McGookin, a solider from Larne where the artist lives. The resulting exhibition takes up the whole of the MAC’s Sunken Gallery, which itself becomes a box into which the visitor enters. Sculptural and theatrical, this immersive artwork invites the viewer to peer into the room’s nooks and crannies in a compelling treatment of memory and loss. Credit: Youtube/TheMACBelfast


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