Featuring artists such as Rita Duffy, Donovan Wylie and Willie Doherty, the exhibition has already attracted hundreds of visitors since it opened in January.
Troubles Art is part of the Making the Future project, a cross-border cultural heritage programme funded through the PEACE IV Programme, managed by the Special EU Programmes Body (SEUPB).
The exhibition comprises over 40 works, including paintings, drawings, photographs, videos and sculpture – some on display for the first time. Drawn from National Museums NI’s art collection it explores a broad 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.
An events programme running alongside the exhibition will give members of the public an opportunity to obtain a unique insight into some of the artwork. On Friday 19 April, Belfast born artist Gerry Gleason will deliver a lunchtime lecture in the gallery on the motivation behind his celebrated work Birdcage, which features in the exhibition. Birdcage reflects feelings of claustrophobia and surveillance that Gleason associated with working in his studio in inner city Belfast during the Troubles.
On Thursday 25 April, John Keane will visit the Nerve Centre to lead a talk on the relationship between his artwork and the conflict. Keane’s body of work deals with political subjects, often focusing on war, violence and power relations. He was appointed an official war artist in 1990 by the Imperial War Museum and much of his work has focused on Northern Ireland, the Falklands, Palestine and South America. His collage The Other Cheek?, currently on display at Nerve Visual, was included in BBC4’s ‘Collecting the Troubles’, which catalogued artwork that overwhelmingly had the most impact on visitors in the Ulster Museum. Both talks are free, email M.firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
The Troubles Art exhibition will run in Nerve Visual Gallery until Sunday 28 April. Admission is free. The gallery is open Tuesday – Saturday from 11am – 5pm and Sundays from 12 – 6pm. For more information on the exhibition and the events programme visit www.makingthefuture.eu
Troubles Art at Nerve Visual is also funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s Reconciliation Fund with thanks also to The National Lottery Players.