Exhibitions

Troubles Art

Date
Jan 19 2019 - Apr 28 2019
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Nerve Visual Gallery 80/81 Ebrington, Derry-Londonderry, County Londonderry,
T: (028) 7126 0562
E: info@nervecentre.org

This exhibition provides a broad representation of responses to the Troubles.

Drawn from the Ulster Museum, National Museums Northern Ireland art collection, this exhibition provides a broad representation of responses to the Troubles by a range of artists from Northern Ireland and beyond. The subjects, themes and meanings of the works are diverse and offer the perspectives of the artists themselves.

Some works are direct responses to violence inflicted on innocent victims. Some are shaped by the social and political outlook of the artists. Others capture visual aspects of conflict and division. Together they evoke a variety of experiences and emotions and reflect on the causes, impact and complexity of the Troubles.

The exhibition explores a range of themes which are universal to conflict - such as suffering and loss, violence and destruction, imprisonment, sectarianism, traditions, territory, and life in the midst of turmoil. The unique perspectives of artists themselves offer opportunities to consider the Troubles and their effects in ways other than through history and politics.

Among National Museums NI recent acquisitions is acclaimed Magnum photographer, Donovan Wylie’s record of the physical structure of the Maze prison over a six-year period, during its closure and eventual demolition. Other newly acquired works include Gerry Gleason’s Birdcage, 1984 and Gladys Maccabe’s Funeral of Victim, 1969.

Visitors will also be able to view artwork such as F.E. McWilliam's 1974 sculpture Woman in Bomb Blast, one of the earliest artistic responses to the Troubles, photographic works from Turner Prize nominee Willie Doherty, John Keane's 1989 painting The Other Cheek? and Town, Country and People 1985-6, by artist Locky Morris.

In partnership with National Museums NI.