Art of the Troubles at the Ulster Museum

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The Ulster Museum’s Art of the Troubles exhibition is now open and runs through the summer until 7 September.

Ulster Museum Art of the TroublesA variety of styles, “sides” and periods exhibited: sixty works from fifty artists.

Reactions to atrocities, depictions of politics (a particularly grim triptych by Joseph McWilliams of Sammy Wilson, Ian Paisley Snr and Peter Robinson) and peace talks, as well as reflections on how society dealt with conflict.

The no photography rule was being strictly imposed in the gallery this afternoon, but you can catch a glimpse of some of the works in Chris Harrison’s earlier Vine, on BBC News NI and on the News Letter website.

And you can listen to Phillip Napier’s droning artwork too.

A thoughtful exhibition of artwork that somehow we didn’t see enough of during the Troubles that’s well worth a visit if you’re up in Belfast with half an hour to spare.

This major new 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. The exhibition features a broad representation of artists’ responses to the Troubles.

Art of the Troubles offers avenues for exploring the way in which the Troubles have been viewed by a range of artists and for reflecting on the manifestations and impact of violence and division in our society. The exhibition comprises 60 works, including paintings, drawings, photographs, videos and sculpture. It explores a broad range of themes including violence and destruction, suffering and loss, traditions and life in the midst of turmoil.

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.

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  • http://www.selfhatinggentile.blogger.com tmitch57

    I liked the collage of images from Belfast. The one in it of someone carrying a body in their arms reminds me of the famous photo of Hector Peterson being carried after being shot at the start of the Soweto Rebellion in South Africa in 1976.

  • Framer

    Looks pretty awful.

  • http://mrulster.org Mr Ulster

    Thanks for the head’s up, Alan. Here is a full review from one of my interns: http://nifoundation.net/2014/04/16/contemplating-the-troubles-through-arts/

    Prohibition on taking photos of exhibit arcane; thankfully I found most relevant images from artists’ own websites.