Three Northern Ireland art galleries, Golden Thread Gallery, the Mac, both in Belfast, along with the Centre for Contemporary Art (CCA) in Londonderry, are to join Plus Tate, a prestigious UK-wide modern visual arts network.
In 2010, Plus Tate was established to share collections and expertise and create a network using Tate’s resources to strengthen the UK’s contemporary visual arts network.
Suzanne Lyle, head of visual arts in the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, welcomed the news.
“The Arts Council commends Golden Thread Gallery, the Mac as well as the Centre for Contemporary Art in being picked to join this esteemed programme predicated on their shared quality, vision as well as devotion.
“This exciting and remarkable initiative offers these leading Northern Ireland galleries the chance to expand, network and strengthen the contemporary arts sector inside the region for all to enjoy.”
It’s an important move for the arts in Northern Ireland, as often they are isolated from the rest of the United Kingdom due to their location. This should help to integrate the Northern Irish art lovers with resources normally available only in mainland UK. Although it should be mentioned that there are no restrictions on accessing web content between Northern Ireland and Britain, unlike in the republic where you will need one these tools – a UK based VPN to access some resources.
Curator of the Mac, Hugh Mulholland, said:
Matt Packer, manager of the Centre for Contemporary Art in Derry, said: “We are delighted to have been selected to become a part of the Plus Tate network on the grounds of CCA’s exhibitions and public programmes. CCA is a collaborative organisation at heart, and we welcome the chance to further join Derry/Londonderry with other top contemporary arts organisations across great britain.”
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