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The Irish Cultural Centre is delighted to host Visions of the Future: Young Women Artists of Northern Ireland, a significant group exhibition curated by ArtisAnn Gallery (Belfast). The exhibition will be on show from St Brigid’s Day (1 February) to Good Friday (29 March).
Over twenty-five years ago The Good Friday/Belfast Agreement was signed. Since then, a new generation has grown up in Northern Ireland with an outlook vastly difference to that of their parent’s generation. The Troubles are no longer the dominating political and cultural influence of their lives. The voices of this new generation of women are now coming to the fore as the post-conflict society slowly recovers after decades of violence and they provide striking examples of the new ideas, visions and voices of women in Northern Ireland.
The exhibition is hosted by the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Irish Studies at the Irish Cultural Centre in London. It is a recognised world leader in the study of Irish history and culture. The Institute has developed a strong track record of delivering arts projects which seek to showcase and highlight the Irish and Northern Irish connections across the UK and Europe. The Institute provides a valuable platform for Irish and Northern Irish artists to promote their work to a wider UK audience and gain recognition.
This show is curated by the ArtisAnn Gallery from Belfast, which has an established reputation for supporting emerging artists and recent graduates.
Professor Peter Shirlow, Director of the Institute of Irish Studies, says:
“The Institute challenges invisibility of communities and groups. We devised the idea of female artists, given that around 80% of galleries host more male than female artists even though as many women as men are involved in the production of art. We cannot simply stand by and let such a process of unevenness, in terms of representation, continue. It is much appreciated to have funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ulster University and the support of Irish Cultural Centre, especially as they share our vision of inclusivity and the need to provide a space that redresses the reality of insufficient support for the careers of women artists who should no longer be working on the margins”
The project has been supported by the Government of Ireland Strategic Diaspora Development Fund and Ulster University.
The exhibition takes place at the Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith. It is free to view from 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday.