Art Exhibition

Visions of the Future: Young Women Artists of Northern Ireland

St Brigid's Day 2024

The Irish Cultural Centre is delighted to host Visions of the Future: Young Women Artists of Northern Ireland, a significant group exhibition curated by ArtisAnn Gallery (Belfast). The exhibition will be on show from St Brigid’s Day (1 February) to Good Friday (29 March).

Thu 28 March - Thu 28 March 2024

Mon - Sat, 10am-5pm


About The Exhibition

Over twenty-five years ago The Good Friday/Belfast Agreement was signed. Since then, a new generation has grown up in Northern Ireland with an outlook vastly difference to that of their parent’s generation. The Troubles are no longer the dominating political and cultural influence of their lives. The voices of this new generation of women are now coming to the fore as the post-conflict society slowly recovers after decades of violence and they provide striking examples of the new ideas, visions and voices of women in Northern Ireland.

Visions of the Future will feature Eimhéar Atkinson, Leah Davis, Shauna Fox, Hattie Godfrey, Holly-Mae Greer, June Hill, Trina Hobson, Santa Leimane, Stephanie Lindsay, Aimee Melaugh, Saffron Monks-Smith, Aimée Nelson, Amber Rossi and Irene Sweeney.

This is an exciting opportunity to see the works of these young and talented women artists at the start of their careers.

We are grateful for the support for this project received by the Government of Ireland via the Department of Foreign Affairs’ Strategic Diaspora Development Fund, and also by Ulster University.

Hosted In collaboration With The University of Liverpool’s Institute of Irish Studies

The exhibition is hosted by the University of Liverpool’s Institute of Irish Studies at the Irish Cultural Centre in London. It is a recognised world leader in the study of Irish history and culture. The Institute has developed a strong track record of delivering arts projects which seek to showcase and highlight the Irish and Northern Irish connections across the UK and Europe. The Institute provides a valuable platform for Irish and Northern Irish artists to promote their work to a wider UK audience and gain recognition.

This show is curated by the ArtisAnn Gallery from Belfast, which has an established reputation for supporting emerging artists and recent graduates. 

Professor Peter Shirlow, Director of the Institute of Irish Studies, says:

“The Institute challenges invisibility of communities and groups. We devised the idea of female artists, given that around 80% of galleries host more male than female artists even though as many women as men are involved in the production of art. We cannot simply stand by and let such a process of unevenness, in terms of representation, continue. It is much appreciated to have funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs, Ulster University and the support of Irish Cultural Centre, especially as they share our vision of inclusivity and the need to provide a space that redresses the reality of insufficient support for the careers of women artists who should no longer be working on the margins”


The project has been supported by the Government of Ireland Strategic Diaspora Development Fund and Ulster University.

The exhibition takes place at the Irish Cultural Centre in Hammersmith. It is free to view from 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday. 

Curated by The ArtisAnn Gallery, Belfast

The ArtisAnn is a contemporary art gallery situated on Bloomfield Avenue in Belfast.  It showcases the work of both emerging and established artists, many of the latter members of the prestigious Royal Ulster Academy of Arts (RUA). 

The gallery is run by Ann McVeigh and Ken Bartley, who have worked in the arts for several decades, during which time they have curated a number of exhibitions, including the ‘Hands of History + 20’ for the Victoria Gallery & Museum, Liverpool; as well as organising shows at the EastSide Gallery, the ArtTank, the LinenHall Library, the Golden Thread Gallery, among other venues. 

Ken worked for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for almost two decades.  He also organised a range of music events in Belfast, including events at Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, the American Jazz Musician, Roy Ayers, at the Empire and the contemporary electronic musician, Scanner, at the Belfast International Arts Festival. He was also chair of the Digital Arts Studios and a committee member of the Belfast Visual Arts Forum.

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