Looking Back. Thinking Black. An Exhibition of New Paintings by Ciarán Harper

Wednesday 6 October - Saturday 30 October 2021

Ciaran Harper

An exhibition looking at historical and influential figures across the Black Atlantic, runs at the Artisan Gallery at 70 Bloomfield Avenue, Belfast from Wednesday 6th October to Saturday 30th October 2021.

Ciarán’s most recent work is inspired, by diaspora and how this can be translated in art.

He has received a number of notable commissions, including for the African and Caribbean Support Organisation Northern Ireland (ACSONI) commemoration of the slave trade. His work is included in the Arts Council of Northern Ireland’s permanent collection.

Ciarán is a Fine Art graduate of Ulster University of Belfast, specialising in painting.  Within his practice, oil paint is used on canvas with raw mediums such as wax or plaster, adding dynamism and depth to the work. Collage and found imagery are both an integral part of his practice.

All are welcome, and admission is free. All artworks are available to buy.

You can also buy art from this exhibition through the Own Art scheme which gives you an interest-free loan over 10 months (and you still get to take the art home immediately the exhibition ends).

To ensure you enjoy your visit in a safe environment at the ArtisAnn Gallery, Hand sanitiser is provided and a perspex screen is in place at the counter.
Staff wear masks and gloves. Cleaning/disinfecting of all surfaces is carried out throughout the day.

Gallery Opening Hours

Tue – Fri: 11am to 6pm
Saturday: Noon to 5pm

For further information please contact Ann or Ken

Ann: 077 263 263 90
Ken: 079 053 395 69

The ArtisAnn Gallery

The ArtisAnn is a contemporary art gallery situated on Bloomfield Avenue in East Belfast. It showcases the work of both emerging and established artists, many of the latter members of the prestigious Royal Ulster Academy of Arts (RUA).

The gallery occupies two floors, with a range of selected artists on the ground floor and monthly themed shows in the exhibition space on the first floor.

Ann and Ken welcome visitors to call in and appreciate the art works in an accessible, friendly, and fuss-free environment. The ground floor is wheel-chair accessible, there is parking directly outside, and all major credit cards are accepted.

Ann and Ken Bartley

The gallery is run by Ann and Ken Bartley, who are no strangers to the art world, having been involved in the scene for over twenty years, during which time they have curated a number of exhibitions, including the ‘Hands of History + 20’ for the Victoria Gallery & Museum, Liverpool; ‘Introduction to the Hands of History + 20’ for the British Council, Belfast, as part of the Good Friday commemorations, and various shows at the EastSide Gallery, the ArtTank, the LinenHall Library, the Golden Thread Gallery, among other venues as well as organising other several events, and exhibiting their own work.

Focusing mainly on sketches and photography, Ann and Ken have been invited to show at the Naughton Gallery at Queen’s, the Assembly Rooms, Catalyst Arts, Queen Street Studios, Tate Modern and Tate Britain, the latter two as part of a larger, collaborative work, and a solo show at the Frameworks gallery. They have also successfully submitted works to the Royal Ulster Academy’s annual show.

Ken worked for the Arts Council of Northern Ireland for almost two decades. He also organised a range of music events in Belfast, including events at Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, the American Jazz Musician, Roy Ayers, at the Empire and the contemporary electronic musician, Scanner, at the Belfast International Arts Festival. He is also chair of the Digital Arts Studios and a committee member of the Belfast Visual Arts Forum.