Belfast Exposed

Exhibitions

7th Oct - 13th Nov

Street View: ‘Ambassadors’ by Abbey Bratcher

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7th Oct - 30th Oct

My Name is Maya

Belfast Exposed presents a solo photographic exhibition that showcases new works by Belfast Exposed Futures Artist, Manon Oui...

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Community

14th Oct - 25th Nov

Looking Through Our Eyes

Belfast Exposed present a photographic exhibition exploring the theme of portraits by a group of individuals who have an acqu...

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1st Mar - 22nd Apr

Natural Connections

Belfast Exposed is delighted to partner with Translink on a photography competition to capture the 'Natural Connections' whic...

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An Ulaid – South Down Society of Modern Art

Gallery 1

16th Jan 2015 to 28th Feb 2015

About The Exhibition

The South Down Society of Modern Art was formally established in Rostrevor, Co. Down on 10 March 1927 by seven artists – Maimie Campbell, Pauline Doyle, Edward Hollywood, Sarah Leonard, Iris McAragh, Heber O’Neill and Thomas Pettit. The group was founded with the aim of encouraging the practice and appreciation of the modern developments in painting and sculpture that had begun to emanate from Paris and other centres of artistic activity on mainland Europe during the previous half century.

The Society’s members focussed their activities on Irish themes and, inspired by adaptations and translations by writers involved in the Gaelic Revival and Irish Literary Revival in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, they adopted the geographically appropriate Ulster Cycle of mythological stories as their collective subject. ‘An Ulaid’, the name of the Society’s inaugural and only exhibition, is derived from an early Irish name for the modern province of Ulster.

The exhibition at QSS Gallery (an artists’ studio organisation) includes a selection of surviving artworks by group members, which illustrate the heroic tales of Cúchulainn and Conchobar mac Nessa through a variety of readily-identifiable -isms (Fauvism, Cubism, Pointillism, etc.). The exhibition at Belfast Exposed provides biographical, historical and art historical context for the work and is made up of archival documents, including photographs, analytical texts, letters, press cuttings and other ephemera.

Sabina Mac Mahon's art practice involves the creation, appropriation and alteration of images and objects that are (re-)presented as primary sources of historical value. The exhibition is a speculative exercise, which playfully explores photography’s relationship to truth and its role in the illustration and imagining of history. The exhibition invites us to revisit a particular period in Northern Ireland’s history – following the establishment of the Parliament of Northern Ireland in 1921 and the Irish Free State in 1922 – and to imagine the lives, influences and work of a group of artists based in rural Northern Ireland during this time.

The Artists

Sabina Mac Mahon

Acknowledgements

The project is a partnership between Belfast Exposed and Queens Street Studios and is generously supported by Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council and Department of Social Development. Sabina Mac Mahon would also like to acknowledge the support of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council.