The organisers of the popular Dunluce Parish Art Exhibition say they have been blown away by the number of entries for this year’s event.
The exhibition runs from April 28 to May 1 in Dunluce Parish Centre and will once again raise funds for charity, including the Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal.
Coordinator Aileen Gault said: “We are delighted that we have an amazing 222 works to display. And of course, it’s not just about the quantity, but the great quality and variety of exhibits.”
This, the 14th annual exhibition, will be opened by Ross Wilson, one of Ireland’s leading artists and sculptors, who has links to Bushmills. His collaboration with young people in the village led to the unveiling in 2004 of the ‘Alphabet Angel’ sculpture, which celebrates the Ulster-Scots language. Ross is a strong believer in community outreach and was awarded a BEM (British Empire Medal) in 2019 for services to charity and outreach work.
The exhibition will showcase works by 57 talented artists and photographers from the north coast and further afield. Each piece is for sale, at prices ranging from £30 to £800, with all commission on sales going to charity.
Over the years, the exhibition has raised many thousands of pounds, last year giving almost £2,500 to the Church of Ireland Bishops’ Appeal for Ukraine. Nominated charities this year are the Bishops’ Appeal and the Friends of Pavestone Centre, Coleraine.
Visitors to the exhibition can call into the ‘Drawing Room’ café which offers the chance to relax and catch up with friends over tea, coffee and homemade treats.
A raffle for a painting by a local artist will be held on the final day.
Dunluce Parish Church 14th Annual Art and Photographic Exhibition: Friday 28 April – Monday 1 May, Dunluce Parish Centre, 13 Priestland Road, Bushmills.
Admission: £2 (adults 16+). Refreshments: £3.50. Opening hours: Friday April 28 7pm-9pm; Saturday April 29 10am–4pm; Sunday April 30 2pm–4pm; Monday May 1 10am-2pm.