Naughton Gallery to display exhibition of work by young and talented

Queens and UU join up for material gains

By Staff Reporter

QUEEN’S University are welcoming the work of artists from the University of Ulster for an exhibition in South Belfast’s Naughton Gallery.

As part of August Craft Month, the ‘Material Worlds’ exhibition will actually continue through until October, offering locals the chance to see some of the best work from the UU’s Applied Arts department.

The show has been put together by first time curator Jemma Millen, who herself graduated this year with First Class Honours in Fine and Applied Arts from the University of Ulster.

“It’s a bit daunting. Material Worlds is one of the first exhibitions at this year’s August Craft Month, which has taken ‘Made in Northern Ireland’ as its theme for this year.  It is a great experience for me,” she said. “The exhibition offers an insight into the minds of young graduates who are striving to push boundaries in ceramics, silversmithing and jewellery making. Each work has been selected based on its strong narrative or unique method of using the materials.

“It features the ‘Eleven Fading Sisters Series’ by Julie Scott. Her figures act as a portal to a bygone time and are a reminder of those who have existed before us. Inspired by Victorian photographs, Julie uses gestures and facial expressions on her work to add unique personality to these once beautiful but now wilted ladies. Enhancing the decay on the form is an oxide that draws attention to their grand but crumbling gowns.”

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