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War-Torn Children

When: 01 March – 15 April 2017
Location: Vertical Gallery
Admission: Free – All Welcome

War-Torn Children is an exhibition of arpilleras (pronounced ar-pee-air-ahs, three-dimensional appliqued textiles from Latin America) and ad hoc memorabilia highlighting the impact of war on children and their reactions to it. It includes items that relate to current and previous wars as well as a selection of letters sent by school children to non-violent peace activist, Margaretta D’Arcy.

A project of Conflict Textiles and INNATE (an Irish Network for Nonviolent Action Training and Education) curated by Roberta Bacic. The aim is to expose and explore the impact of war and violence in children and young people, and how they live and respond to it.

In Full Bloom

When: 06 – 28 March 2017
Location: Northern/Members’ Room
Admission: Free – All Welcome

A stunning exhibition of contemporary artwork produced by older people and presented as part of the Arts Care, Here & Now Older People’s Arts, Health and Well-being Festival. The festival aims to enhance the health and well-being of older people by supporting them to access and participate in high quality arts activity.

The theme for 2017 is colours, inspired by the work of David Hockney who, as an older working artist, has continued to produce work, and is considered one of the most influential artists of the 20th century.


Josef Locke Centenary

When: 03 – 31 May 2017
Location: Vertical Galley
Admission: Free – All Welcome

The largest collection ever assembled of public and private family material relating to one of Ireland’s best loved singers. It includes a wide range of memorabilia drawn from Josef Locke’s 50 year career:  theatre programmes, newspaper cuttings, press photographs, and many (previously unseen) family photographs, telegrams and private letters.

Starting with his childhood in Derry, through his years in the Irish Guards and the RUC, to his early opera-singing days in 1940s Dublin, the exhibition material follows the trajectory of Locke’s career: his meteoric rise to fame in England, and then, his later years spent principally in Ireland.


Street Life: Works by Belfast Photographer Martin Nangle, 1973 – 1989

When: 05 – 30 June 2017
Location: Vertical Galley
Admission: Free – All Welcome

A ‘Collecting the Troubles and Beyond’ exhibition by National Museums Northern Ireland

Martin Nangle’s photographs provide a remarkably evocative record of life during turbulent times in Belfast. He worked as a photo-journalist and had a particular interest in the relationship between place, culture and identity and how this can be recorded and explored visually.

The Ulster Museum recently acquired a collection of his work as part of their new initiative called ‘Collecting the Troubles and Beyond’.



The Linen Hall Library is open free to the public. Our opening hours are:
 Monday – Friday 9.30am – 5.30pm, and Saturday 9.30am – 4.00pm.