19 October – 16 November
Originally from Sri Lanka, Anushiya has been based in Northern Ireland for over twenty years. Since completing her degree in Fine and Applied Arts in Belfast School of Art, she has exhibited nationally and internationally as well as working as an arts facilitator for numerous public organisations including Ulster Museum, schools, hospitals and galleries.
Anyshia trained as a printmaker but now works in both two and three dimensions, primarily using mixed media. Experimenting with materials, approaches and subject matter is at the core of her practice. Her work is influenced by the connected notion of a ‘self’ in transition and the challenges of identity as well as the nature of belonging, identity and place. She is interested in how natural and cultural environment shapes our sense of self and place. Her work is in many prestigious collections including the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Queens University, The Open University Ireland and Northern bank.
Please join us for the launch on Saturday 19th October 1pm – 4pm.
Artist talk: Anushiya is providing a FREE talk on her exhibition and practice on Friday 25th October 2pm – 3pm. All welcome.
Workshops with Anushiya:
Tree of Life Drop-in Workshop for Children and Visitors.
Saturday 26th October 12noon – 3pm.
FREE admission. Focusing on nature, kids aged 7+ years are invited to join the artist in creating a ‘tree of life’ in our gallery space. Looking at different types of trees and leaves, they will make a mixed media tree for our gallery space together, and experimenting with colours, texture and shape, decorate the tree with their own beautiful and unique colourful leaves.
Printmaking for Adults:
Learn monotyping and drypoint etching with Anushiya in these two informal workshops suitable for complete beginners.
Saturday 2nd November 10am – 4pm, Cost £30
Dry Point is one of the most direct of the intaligo printing techniques. Lines (images) are scratched directly into a plastic with a sharp tol, ink is applied and then the print is taken. You can bring your drawings and images to the class to explore and experiment ideas to create a number of images.
Saturday 9th November, 10am – 4pm, Cost £30
Monotype printing is known as the most painterly method of printing techniques. This workshop will allow you to experiment with different texture materials such as leaves, grass, flowers, threads, lace etc. You will also have an opportunity to cut stencils which will allow you to work with different layers and colours to create a unique print.