Courtaulds Ltd opened a major plant at Carrickfergus in 1950 with its own coal-fired power station, which was designed specifically to make a fibre suitable for the Irish linen industry. In 2018 we collaborated with Ulster Museum to highlight the connection between the Courtauld Gallery and the local industrial heritage through a major exhibition and a series of events.
The Ulster Museum is the largest museum in Northern Ireland, and forms part of National Museums Northern Ireland (NMNI). It cares for important and wide-ranging collections, including 12,000 works of fine and applied art, as well as natural sciences and objects relating to the history of Ulster from 1600. Alongside extensive permanent collection displays, the museum offers a rich programme of temporary exhibitions.
Modigliani’s Female Nude, 1916 was displayed at Ulster Museum from 8 June – 21 October 2018. The Modigliani painting was centre stage with other works from National Museum NI’s collections which explore the relationship between artist and sitter. The exhibition also contributed to National Museum NI’s year-long thematic programme Hear Her Voice which aimed to highlight women in its collections through a series of exhibitions and events across the museums.
Public programmes relating to the loan included:
• A series of six-curator led Gallery talks
• Two Slow Art weekend talks
• Weekend Family Activities and workshops taking place in the ‘Discover Art Room’
• Schools programme and talks
ResFest, the Courtauld Institute’s annual festival celebrating art historical research, was held at Ulster Museum as part of the partnership on 25th October 2018. 743 members of the public attended the event which consisted of 26 speakers giving ‘quick fire’ talks over 4 locations in the museum. Speakers included curators, artists and art historians speaking on their research and practices. There were also art gallery activities and tours, a drawing event called ‘Real Sketchy’ and the whole museum was open for visitors to experiences ‘the museums at night’. The evening ended with four poetry interventions from local poets reacting to the collection and the Modigliani loan.
Our partnership continues to grow over the next four years with another two exhibitions, a project with local volunteers and a programme of school workshops.
You can find out more about Ulster Museum and the project in Belfast by visiting their website or getting in touch:
T: 028 9044 0000