Troubles Art

Troubles Art

Saturday 19 Jan 2019 - 11:00am to Sunday 28 Apr 2019 - 4:00pm

Drawn from the art collection at National Museums NI, the Troubles Art exhibition provides a broad representation of responses to the Troubles by a range of artists from Northern Ireland and beyond. The subjects, themes and meanings of the works are diverse and offer the perspectives of the artists themselves.

Opening Hours

Tuesday - Saturday, 11am-5pm

Sundays, 12-6pm

Some works are direct responses to violence inflicted on innocent victims. Some are shaped by the social and political outlook of the artists. Others capture visual aspects of conflict and division. Together they evoke a variety of experiences and emotions and reflect on the causes, impact and complexity of the Troubles.

The exhibition explores a range of themes which are universal to conflict – such as suffering and loss, violence and destruction, imprisonment, sectarianism, traditions, territory, and life in the midst of turmoil. The unique perspectives of artists themselves offer opportunities to consider the Troubles and their effects in ways other than through history and politics.

The exhibition forms a part of Making the Future, a major new cultural heritage project from Nerve Centre, National Museums NI, Public Record Office of Northern Ireland and Linen Hall Library. Making the Future is a €1.8m project supported by the European Union’s PEACE IV programme that will explore the legacy of the past and create a vision for future change.

Troubles Art deals with themes of violence and division and their impact on individuals and society. If you have been affected by any of the content in this exhibition please contact WAVE Trauma Centre, 028 7126 6655.

Take a look at the programme of events below.

All events in this programme are free to attend, however, registration is advised. For more information and to register, email: or tel: 028 7126 0562.

Image: BELUM.P2438 | Woman in Bomb Blast | 1974/1 (1974) | McWilliam, F.E. 1909-1992 | © F.E. McWilliam Estate | Collection Ulster Museum