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Pop Art and the Bourgeoisie of 19th Century Belfast at the Linen Hall in June

The vibrant Pop Art-influenced work of Belfast-based Jacky Sheridan will explode onto the Linen Hall’s social networking channels in June, and historian Dr Alice Johnson takes us behind the twitching curtains of the 19th century Belfast middle-class in an examination of bourgeoisie behaviours in a city at the centre of the world’s linen trade.

Schedule for June:

Continuing from May – 2 June/ John Baucher online exhibition
Whilst primarily known as a photographer, John has been exploring sculpture and assemblages creating work which incorporates found, gifted and retrieved flags along with other ephemeral items. The resulting sculptures are nuanced observations of identity. The exhibition is featured on the Linen Hall’s social media channels (links to all Library social media channels listed below).

Monday 8 June/ 4.00pm Linen Hall Facebook channel/ Northern Ireland Political Collection Series of Talks – ‘Dear John’ – the Loyalist News and John McKeague with Dr Gareth Mulvenna
The second instalment of the ‘NIPC Series’ will present a number of curios from writer and researcher Gareth Mulvenna’s examination of the Loyalist News, including an open letter from the mysterious Jimmy McKenna to Cardinal Conway and McKeague’s commentary on his incitement to hatred charge.

Monday 8 June – Monday 22 June/ Jacky Sheridan online exhibition
Jacky Sheridan is an Irish illustrator based in Belfast who specialises in bold editorial work, fun typographic pieces, and illustration for branding and advertising. Her distinct Pop Art-influenced style has led to her working with clients such as Facebook, Jameson Whiskey, Tesco, VICE and Culture Trip amongst many others. The exhibition will be featured on the Linen Hall’s social media channels (links to all Library social media channels listed below).

Monday 22 June at 4.00pm Linen Hall Facebook channel/ Middle Class Life in Victorian Belfast with Historian Alice Johnson
This online talk will focus on the middle-class elite who shaped the fastest-growing UK city in the 19th century – otherwise known as Linenopolis. Based on extensive primary material, Dr Alice Johnson’s research offers new, interesting and original insights into the bourgeoisie in 19th century Ireland.

The Linen Hall Library’s social network channels can be found at: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

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