Ulster Museum shows ‘true colours’

This January and February the Ulster Museum is hosting CCEA’s ‘true colours’, an exhibition showcasing some of the best and most interesting artwork created by students from CCEA’s summer 2011 A level and GCSE level examinations.

Almost 80 young artists have their work on show at the Ulster Museum until Wednesday 22 February. From fine art and design work to innovative sculptures and animation, this event is a feast for the eyes!

Local artist Colin Davidson officially opened the exhibition on Thursday 12 January in front of four hundred guests, including the student exhibitors, their friends, family and teachers, and VIPs. Speaking at the event he commented:

"It is a pleasure and honour for me to see at first hand the work of so many talented young people. The 'True Colours' exhibition is now well established as an event where creativity, diversity and craft are celebrated by teachers and students alike.

I have found the eclectic mix of design, printmaking, painting and sculpture both inspiring and encouraging - it augers well for the future of visual arts practice here.

I look forward to hearing the names of many of these students in the years to come as they progress in the field of art and design."

Congratulating the students on their work, Gavin Boyd, CCEA’s Acting Chief Executive, commented:

"True Colours is very much a fixture in the educational calendar. It is both a celebration of the excellent art and design work in our schools, and an opportunity for students and teachers to come along and see what it takes to make the top grades.

We are delighted that this year True Colours has come to the Ulster Museum, an exceptional venue which over the years has played host some of the finest artwork from home and abroad."

Paddy Gilmore, Director of Learning and Partnership at the Ulster Museum commented:

"The Ulster Museum is very happy to welcome CCEA’s ‘True Colours’ exhibition for the first time. To see so many young people talented in art and design is fantastic. Here in Northern Ireland we have such a strong artistic history and to see young people coming through with fantastic ideas and a strong creative imagination is exciting.

We hope lots of people come by and see this public exhibition at the Ulster Museum throughout the rest of January and into February. With free entry into the Ulster Museum, visitors can come and take in ‘True Colours’ and other exhibitions we have going on at the museum at this time.."

Ellan Rankin from Belfast High School
GCSE exhibitor Ellan Rankin from Belfast High School shared a laugh with CCEA's Director of Qualifications Anne Marie Duffy at the launch of the ‘true colours’ exhibition. Ellan's stand-out piece was a beautiful painting of a girl lying on the grass. 

Gareth Graham from Kilkeel High School
A level student Gareth Graham from Kilkeel High School shows off his eye-catching creations on display at the exhibition. You can see this and lots of other artwork at the Ulster Museum, Belfast until Wednesday 22 February. Free entry to all.

Peter McKenna from Aquinas Grammar School
A level exhibitor Peter McKenna from Aquinas Grammar School is pictured with guest artist Colin Davidson at the launch of CCEA’s ‘true colours’ exhibition.

Andrai McCarthy of Our Lady and St Patrick’s College
 Andrai McCarthy of Our Lady and St Patrick’s College, Knock is one of the talented GCSE exhibitors whose work is currently on show. He is pictured with Paddy Gilmore, Director of Learning and Partnership at the Ulster Museum.

Thornhill College pupil Hannah Vail
Thornhill College pupil Hannah Vail stands by her beautiful dress based on fruit and veg.

Brogan McCullough from Portadown College.
Brogan McCullough impressed CCEA's Chief Executive Gavin Boyd with her eye for design. Brogan is one of our GCSE exhibitors from Portadown College.

‘true colours’ 2011 exhibition

Open to the public from Friday 13 January 2012 to Wednesday 22 February 2012 at
the Ulster Museum, Belfast.

Museum opening times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am – 5pm. Closed Mondays.

Free entry to all.


Programme for launch event

Arrival of guests 18.30  
Welcome 19.00 Karen Gribbon, Marketing & Communications Manager, CCEA
Introduction 19.05 Gavin Boyd, Interim Chief Executive, CCEA
Official opening 19.15 Colin Davidson*, Royal Ulster Academy

*Guest Artist

Colin Davidson is a contemporary artist, living and working near Belfast, Northern Ireland. For many years, his work has been concerned with the urban, focussing on the multi-layered imagery as seen in city-centre windows.

Recently Colin Davidson started work on a series of large-scale portrait heads. The painting Just Sharp Reminding (Portrait of Duke Special) was awarded the Ireland - US Council and Irish Arts Review Award at the Royal Hibernian Academy, Dublin in June 2010, and the painting Thread the Light (Portrait of Glen Hansard) was awarded the Perpetual Gold Medal at the Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast in October 2010.

*Information taken from www.colindavidson.com

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