The Desolation and Destruction of the ‘Troubles’ Captured in New and Exclusive Linen Hall Photography Exhibition
Launching on 10 April in the Linen Hall is the poignant photography exhibition Melancholy Witness Images of the Troubles by Séan Hillen. The documentary feel of the images elicits a powerful emotional response.
Also in April meet the Workman family of 19th century Belfast and get a glimpse into life for a middle-class textile industrialist at that time, and find out how the Royal Air Force as formed.
The schedule of events in date order is as follows:
An eclectic mix of paintings donated by Ulster artists in support of the RNLI charity that saves lives at sea. Proceeds from the sale of the artwork will be donated to the RNLI and the Linen Hall Library.
Seamus Heaney, Nobel Laureate, said of Séan Hillen’s pictures: “The images have a documentary accuracy, but it is the aura of melancholy witness that marks them as the work of Séan Hillen.” Combining documentary history, what emerges is a powerful and compelling story of unrest, beauty and change. This is the first Belfast showing and exclusive to the Linen Hall.
The Workman family were part of the middle-class, industrial elite. This lecture tracks three generations of the family who were Scottish-descended Presbyterian textile industrialists deeply involved in the towns civic, religious and charitable institutions.
Whatever your level of mastery in the Irish language, all are welcome to join and discuss the latest chosen book. This month’s title is Diabhlaíocht Dé by Micheál Ó Conghaile.
The published collection of artist Séan Hillen’s lauded photographs documenting the years of the ‘Troubles’. Books will be available to purchase on the night.
Poet, novelist, literary critic, and Fulbright Scholar, Kiely was born in County Down and his commentaries on arts and cultural issues appear in Village Magazine and the Irish Independent among others. Today Kiely will read from his new work UCD Belfield Metaphysical: A Retrospective.
All are welcome to join in the discussion and debate of the selected title of the month. This month’s chosen book is Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison.
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