East Antrim artists get their chance to shine at exhibition

The Arts Society of Ulster's 17th annual exhibition will take place at Belfast Indoor Bowls Club  from Thursday, June 5 until Sunday, June 15.  INLT 20-687-CON
The Arts Society of Ulster's 17th annual exhibition will take place at Belfast Indoor Bowls Club from Thursday, June 5 until Sunday, June 15. INLT 20-687-CON

Several east Antrim artists will get the chance to shine next month, as the Arts Society of Ulster (ASU) holds its 17th annual exhibition.

The Society, which currently has 130 elected members, is one of the largest arts societies in the country.

This is a unique opportunity for art lovers from all over Ireland to visit and view the work of many highly skilled Ulster artists, most of whom are working professionally and semi-professionally.

This premier exhibition will showcase an extensive and exciting selection of traditional and contemporary styles of painting, sculpture and ceramics at its best.

It is a significant must see event for anyone interested or involved in the visual arts.

There will be 300 high quality examples of superb artwork in a picturesque rural setting with excellent parking facilities.

And a number of artists from the east Antri m area will have an opportunity to showcase their work at the upcoming event.

These include Audrey Kyle and Maggie Matthews from Islandmagee, Ballyclare man Manson Blair, Glenarm artist Sherley Maxwell, Larne’s Robert McLearnon, Gerard Burns and Lawson Wilson from Newtownabbey, and Greenisland pair Valerie Chambers and Helen Russell.

The highly respected and nationally acclaimed water colour artist Paul Holmes , President of the ASU, said: “I hope that the work of the Society will be acknowledged by a wider audience through the 16th ASU annual exhibition.

“We are pulling out all the stops here and I call on those who value the visual arts to show their support for this amazingly talented group of people.”

The history of the ASU is illustrious, having its origins in the Arts Society of Ulster Trust, formerly known as the Royal Ulster Academy Association.

Since 1997 it has been holding annual exhibitions, lectures and courses in its own right throughout the province.

The Society has worked tirelessly to support and promote the work of established and emerging artists many of whom have distinguished themselves internationally.

This year’s exhibition will take place in the Belfast Indoor Bowling Club from Thursday, June 5 until Sunday, June 15.