Ards Arts Centre Welcomes Selected Works from Arts Council NI Collection – 5 Dec to 25 Jan

Ards Arts Centre is delighted to welcome a specially curated selection of work from Arts Council Northern Ireland’s collection for an exclusive exhibition in the Georgian Gallery.

The primary aim of the Arts Council NI’s collection has been to raise awareness of and interest in the contemporary visual arts from Northern Ireland, and to encourage the commissioning and purchase of work, as well as providing patronage to artists.

Currently the collection holds over 600 works by established and emerging visual artists working in Northern Ireland. Many of the artists represented in the collection have major national and international reputations; others are of significant local and national interest.

The collection is constantly being refreshed with new acquisitions. Buying works is one of the ways the Arts Council support artists in their careers, as an endorsement which can open the door to new opportunities with other art collectors and galleries.

This is your opportunity to see a selection of the collection to include renowned artists such as Colin Davidson, Basil Blackshaw, Paul Seawright, Tracey Emin, and Brian Ballard to name a few.

The Collection Exhibition opens at Ards Arts Centre on Thursday 5 December.  All are welcome to attend the preview event in the Georgian Gallery on Thursday 5 December, 7pm – 9pm.

On Thursday 16 January at 7.30pm, Dr Suzanne Lyle, Head of Visual Arts at Arts Council Northern Ireland will give a talk on The Collection. To book a space at this event, please contact the Arts Centre on 028 9181 0803.

Also opening and previewing on Thursday 5 December at Ards Arts Centre is a solo exhibition by acclaimed artist Aly Harte. ‘Placing Importance on the Everyday’ is a new collection of twelve original works celebrating women. The preview takes place from 7pm – 9pm, all are welcome to attend.

Speaking about the exhibitions, Emily Crawford Arts and Heritage Manager for Ards and North Down Borough Council said: “Ards Arts Centre is delighted to be hosting the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s Collection alongside energetic portraits by Belfast based artist Aly Harte this month.

Aly’s work depicts portraits of 12 women and mothers that she encounters in her daily life, all striving for balance whilst in the Georgian Gallery you’ll find a selection of paintings, print, sculpture and photography by some of Northern Ireland’s most acclaimed artists.”

Both exhibitions are open until Saturday 25 January 2020.

For more information telephone 028 9181 0803 or email



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