October 6th, 2020

Portraits Past and Present

Portraits Past and Present is a new online programme that will look at art as a form of storytelling and archiving history Featuring sessions with acclaimed artists, this programme has been developed as part of our 'Troubles Art' exhibition which is currently on an eighteen-month tour.

The exhibition, which was drawn from the art collection at National Museums NI, showcases pieces that explore themes of conflict and violence, suffering and loss and the meaning and power of symbols by a range of Northern Ireland artists and beyond.


How will the programme work?

-Kim Mawhinney, Senior Curator of Art at NMNI will discuss the Troubles Art Exhibition and its significance in capturing history.

-Internationally acclaimed artist Colin Davidson will lead a discussion about his work, including Silent Testimony, and how he portrays emotions in his work.

- Award-winning Illustrator Peter Strain will lead workshop sessions offering technical skills and support to help you create your own portrait.

-You will receive a package in the post to help you create your own portrait

-All sessions will be delivered on Zoom and you can share your creations with others in the group using Slack - all with the support of the Making the Future team.


The programme will take place on the following dates

Wednesday 21st October, 10-11.30am

Monday 26th October, 10-11.15am

Wednesday 28th October, 10-11am

Tuesday 3rd November, 10-11am

Thursday 5th November, 10-11am

Wednesday 11th November 10-11am


This programme is FREE and open to anyone based in Northern Ireland or border counties only. Numbers are limited. Sign up early to avoid disappointment.

For more details, or to discuss any disability access requirements, please contact Shauna McGowan: shauna.mcgowan@nmni.com

Troubles Art

Project Contacts

Danielle Carragher

Community Engagement Officer at National Museums NI

Niamh Baker

Curator at National Museums NI

028 9039 5285

Shauna McGowan

Community Engagement Officer at National Museums NI

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