Troubles Art Exhibition

Event date(s): 11 May 2019 to 29 June 2019

Open from 11 May until 29 June 2019


Opening Hours

Monday-Saturday, 9.30 a.m.-5.00 p.m.

Troubles Art is a touring exhibition that provides a broad representation of responses to conflict in Northern Ireland by a range of artists, local and international. The exhibition is drawn from the art collection of the Ulster Museum, which contains the largest collection of Troubles-related artworks anywhere.

The unique perspectives of artists offer opportunities to consider the conflict and its legacy in ways other than through history and politics. The subjects, themes and meanings of the works are diverse, exploring a range of themes – such as violence and destruction, suffering and loss, dereliction and abandonment, imprisonment, sectarianism, traditions, territory, and life in the midst of turmoil.

Some works are direct responses to violence inflicted on innocent victims. Some are shaped by the social and political outlook of the artists. Others capture visual aspects of conflict and division. Together they evoke a variety of experiences and emotions and reflect on the causes, impact and complexity of the Troubles.

This exhibition is presented by National Museums NI as part of the Making the Future project, which is supported by the European Union’s Peace IV programme. The project will explore the legacy of the past, using our collections to look at challenging questions about the past and promote positive relations, understanding and respect for different traditions.