Budding artists take the Ulster Museum by storm

Visitors to the Ulster Museum will get a glimpse of the future stars of the Northern Ireland arts scene when they take in the CCEA ‘True Colours’ exhibition during January and February.

Seventy five young artists were selected by CCEA to showcase their GCSE and GCE Art and Design work from the summer 2012 examination period. From intricate paintings to innovative sculptures and daring fashion design, the ‘True Colours’ exhibition reveals the high calibre of creative work produced by CCEA candidates.

Northern Irish artist Ross Wilson officially opened the exhibition on Thursday 10 January in front of the student exhibitors, their family, friends and teachers. Speaking at the event he commented:

"CCEA's vibrant True Colours exhibition will surely brighten up the dreary month of January for visitors to the Ulster Museum. It is a pleasure and honour for me to see at first hand the work of so many talented young people.

I have found the eclectic mix of design, printmaking, painting and sculpture both inspiring and encouraging. 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, Richard Hanna, CCEA's 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.

The Ulster Museum is a perfect backdrop to highlight the wonderful talent of our young people and we hope lots of people will come and view this public exhibition, throughout the rest of January and into February."

Ellan Rankin (Belfast High School)
True Colours exhibitor Ellan Rankin (Belfast High School) stands by her very creative AS final piece which was based on J.K. Rowling's ‘The Tales of Beedle the Bard’.

Gareth Graham, former pupil of Kilkeel High School
Gareth Graham, former pupil of Kilkeel High School, proudly stands by his 'Deathly Beauty' art piece. Gareth was recently awarded a CCEA Top Candidate award in GCE Art and Design. He is now pursuing his love of art at university.

Conor Marin (Malone College, Belfast)
GCSE exhibitor Conor Marin (Malone College, Belfast) is pictured with CCEA Chief Executive Richard Hanna at the True Colours launch evening at the Ulster Museum. Conor's work was based on Belfast buildings.

CCEA Chief Executive Richard Hanna and Guest Artist Ross Wilson congratulate GCSE exhibitor Lauren Doherty (St Mary's College, Derry
CCEA Chief Executive Richard Hanna (left) and Guest Artist Ross Wilson congratulate GCSE exhibitor Lauren Doherty (St Mary's College, Derry) on her tasty looking cupcake display at the CCEA True Colours exhibition at the Ulster Museum.

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