Drawn from Life: People on Paper
F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio
Address: 200 Newry Road
Telephone: 00 44 (0)28 4062 3322
Web Address: www.femcwilliam.com
Start Date: Saturday 4th February 2017 09:00
End Date: Saturday 1st April 2017 17:00
Entrance Fee: FREE
Disabled Access: Yes
The F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio in Banbridge has unveiled a brand new and exclusive arts feast for the senses.
Fresh from the success of Susan MacWilliam's Modern Experiments and Janet Mullarney’s My Minds i, from Saturday 4th February, the highly-acclaimed arts venue is proud to host Drawn from Life: People on Paper, which encapsulates a large display of world class figurative drawings.
The F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio is the only venue to host the collection on the island of Ireland.
The exhibition, which has enthralled visitors across England in recent months, reveals some of the most exceptional masterworks from the Arts Council Collection in London and includes contributions from the British Council. With a base at London’s South Bank, the ACC is the UK's most widely-seen collection of modern and contemporary art.
The collection of figurative drawings features Gwen John’s delicate lines and the intricate patterns of Harold Gilman. The works of George Fullard, John Golding, Frank Auerbach and John Bratby also represent the series of stunning mid-twentieth-century works, while the imaginary figures of Charles Avery and Mimei Thompson brings a modern twist to this impressive collection.
Visitors to the F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio will also get a unique opportunity to view the works of several other internationally-celebrated artists including David Hockey, Henry Moore, Barbara Hepworth and Lucien Freud.
Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council, Cllr Garath Keating, said:
“F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio is one of the foremost contemporary venues for showcasing the arts in the UK and Ireland and once again it breaks new ground and inspires new thinking and learning with this latest visual exhibition.
“A unique and moving day out for every age and interest, I hope that everyone makes the most of this amazing opportunity to view some of the world’s artistic greats as soon as they can.”
The Drawn from Life: People on Paper exhibition will run until Saturday 1st April.
Gallery Curator, Dr Riann Coulter said:
“We’re delighted to welcome this beautiful and striking exhibition to the F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio in Banbridge. Our ability to attract such a prestigious volume of work is testament to our continued success in delivering world class, engaging and thought-provoking artistic and cultural events.
“This is the first time that we have had the opportunity to bring the works of major international 20th century artists such as Moore, Hockney and Lucien Freud to Banbridge.
“I’m thrilled that The Arts Council Collection have kindly agreed to add some of McWilliam’s drawings to the exhibition alongside his friends Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth and we look forward to welcoming our visitors from near and far over the coming weeks.”
For more information about the Arts Council Collection, please visit www.artscouncilcollection.org or for information on the exhibition and opens times, visit the F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio website at www.femcwilliam.com, or phone 028 4062 3322 (or 048 4062 3322 if calling from the Republic of Ireland). Gallery information is also available on Facebook and Twitter.
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