Scarriff hosts visual exhibition on The Troubles
Clare-based visual artist Anne Stewart will present her newest exhibition, “Memories of Displacement in a Divided Community” at Clare County Council’s Scariff Library Gallery from 4th July to 3rd August.
The exhibition revisits the memories of Stewart’s childhood, her life as a Catholic citizen living in Northern Ireland under British rule in a period referred to as ‘The Troubles’.
Violence and fear were the norm in Newtownabbey, County Antrim and throughout Northern Ireland. On investigation Stewart was shocked to find that 27 past and present students of Stella Maris Primary and Secondary schools, which she and her siblings had attended, had died as a direct result of “The Troubles”.
Stewart’s artwork response to these findings and that of her own life, growing up in a violent and discriminatory area of north Belfast. In this show Stewart sets out to pay tribute to all those affected by these troubled times and through this show she wants to remember the forgotten children of Stella Maris.
Entry to the exhibition is free of charge.
Anne Stewart was born in Belfast in 1958, her family were catholic living in a loyalist area. Because of “The Troubles” her family had to move for fear of their lives to Shannon County Clare in 1973. After fourteen years she moved to Kilkishen County Clare and adopted this community as her new home in 1986. Stewart has been interested in fine art most of her life. She began as a self-taught painter and started painting at the age of thirty. In 2011-2012 she attended Limerick College of Further Education and completed a Portfolio preparation course level 5 diploma. She then attended Limerick School of Art and Design 2012-2016 and completed a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) Degree Fine Art (Painting). In 2016 -2018 she continued her education at Limerick School of Art and Design and achieved a Masters: By Research and Art Practice (Fine Art). Her practice has evolved as a multidisciplinary practice, consisting of Painting, Drawing, Photography, Audio recording, Video, Sound installation, and sculptural installation. She uses these disciplines as an artistic response to research of any subject.
Stewart has exhibited at Church Gallery, Limerick School of Art and Design, Kilkishen Cultural Centre, County Clare, Hunt Museum Limerick City, The Sailors Home Limerick city, and has taken part in Cultural Night Ennis.