The ‘Your Paintings’ events will see City Hall, Ulster Hall and the Belfast Waterfront exhibit paintings from artists including Sir John Lavery and Neil Shawcross.
The project is aimed at “uncovering the nation’s art collection”. The UK holds in its galleries and civic buildings more than 200,000 oil paintings spanning around 600 years of art history – arguably the greatest national collection of its kind in the world.
And yet, many people will never have seen these paintings for themselves.
Lord Mayor of Belfast Alderman Gavin Robinson said: “Some of these great paintings that adorn the wall at City Hall are walked past every day and we take them for granted. We have portraits of all the Lord Mayors of Belfast dating back to the mid-1800s which really is quite impressive. The ‘Your Paintings’ initiative is a great way of rediscovering this art and even better, all the exhibitions and tours are free.”
On Monday 11 February City Hall will open its doors at 6pm for free tours. Light refreshments will also be served and booking is essential by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 028 9027 0456.
The Ulster Hall will also host a short guided tour of the Carey Collection of oil paintings between 6pm and 9pm. Refreshments will be served and there will be arts activities for primary school children. No prior booking necessary.
At Belfast Waterfront there will be a permanent exhibition on display with an accompanying wine reception, from 5pm – 8pm. Also on display will be On the Waterfront, an exhibition by students from Belfast Art College Collective, showcasing work from the college’s current students, resident artists and recent graduates from the University of Ulster Belfast. No prior booking necessary. For more information about the initiative visit www.waterfront.co.uk/whatson