True Colours 2014

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.

70 young artists were selected by CCEA to showcase their GCSE and GCE Art and Design work from the summer 2013 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.

Irish artist Dan Dowling officially opened the exhibition on Wednesday 9 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 a very important date in our 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 inspirational work.

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."

GCSE Exhibitor Angela Cao of Belfast Royal Academy
GCSE Exhibitor Angela Cao of Belfast Royal Academy was delighted to have her artwork on show at ‘true colours’ in the Ulster Museum, Belfast.

Cameron Stewart of Campbell College shows CCEA Chief Executive Richard Hanna his GCSE art and design work
Cameron Stewart of Campbell College shows CCEA Chief Executive Richard Hanna his GCSE art and design work, which is on display at the ‘true colours’ exhibition in the Ulster Museum.

Former Our Lady and St Patrick’s College pupil Anrai McCarthy
Former Our Lady and St Patrick’s College pupil Anrai McCarthy stands proudly by his A level creation of a grandfather birdbox sculpture at the ‘true colours’ launch evening.

St Mary’s High School pupil Emma Digney impressed CCEA’s Art and Design Education Manager Anne McGinn with her superb artistic skills
St Mary’s High School pupil Emma Digney impressed CCEA’s Art and Design Education Manager Anne McGinn with her superb artistic skills.

Irish Artist Dan Dowling was bowled over by the artwork of Emma McKernan
Irish Artist Dan Dowling was bowled over by the artwork of Emma McKernan, which she produced whilst studying CCEA GCE Art and Design at St Patrick’s Academy, Dungannon.

Talented young artist Caitlin Richardson of Loreto College Coleraine
Talented young artist Caitlin Richardson of Loreto College Coleraine is pictured with CCEA Chief Executive Richard Hanna at the launch of the ‘true colours’ exhibition in the Ulster Museum, Belfast.

‘True Colours’ 2014 exhibition

Open to the public from Friday 10 January to Friday 21 February 2014 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: 6.00pm

Welcome: 6.30pm

Introduction: 6.35pm (Richard Hanna, Chief Executive, CCEA)

Official opening: 6.45pm (Dan Dowling, Guest Artist)

Dan Dowling, Guest Artist

Dan Dowling was born and educated in Belfast, Northern Ireland. He is self-taught and has always considered art, painting and drawing, to be an essential form of self expression and a way of communicating with the rest of the world.

In 1977 he had his first one person exhibition in the Ulster Arts Club Gallery, Elmwood Avenue, Belfast. Later, he helped to organize art exhibitions, attended life-drawing classes in the club's art galleries and enjoyed plein air landscape painting with his fellow members.

Since the age of twenty Dan Dowling had been working for the Ulster Bank. However, in 1999 he not only had the opportunity to leave and work full time as an artist but was also awarded a bursary by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland to travel in Spain and make paintings and drawings of his experiences.

He lived and worked in Barcelona for four months. The complete exhibition of watercolours and oil paintings, entitled "Barcelona, City of Dreams", was shown the following year in the Cavehill Gallery, Belfast.

This initial stay in Barcelona was followed by several more trips to Spain, and, later, Italy. Each journey produced an exhibition. (Taken from Dan’s website http://dandowling-artist.com)

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