Queen's Belfast News Release

29th November, 2010

‘Wish you were here’ at Naughton Gallery’s secret sale

‘Wish you were here’ at Naughton Gallery’s secret sale

A unique opportunity for art-lovers to see if they can tell international artists from emerging local talent, and snap up a piece of original artwork at the same time, is on offer at Queen’s University’s Naughton Gallery.

Over 100 artists have donated specially commissioned works to an anonymous exhibition – ‘Wish You Were Here: Postcard from an Unknown Artist’, which opens in the Gallery on Friday (3 December). The works will then be on sale for a very modest £50 in the Gallery next Saturday (11 December).

A full list of participating artists will be displayed in the gallery but the works will be displayed anonymously. The exhibition will include works by art students and those just beginning their careers, alongside those by international artists such as Neil Shawcross, Colin Davidson, Jeffery Morgan, Michael Brennand-Wood and John Keane.

The participating artists have also been asked to nominate an emerging or overlooked artist whose work will be exhibited at the Naughton Gallery in early 2012.  All proceeds from the exhibition sale will go towards funding this initiative.

The event follows the resounding success of the first ‘Wish You Were Here’ event in 2008, which resulted in a major solo exhibition by emerging Belfast-based artist Majella Clancy in the Naughton Gallery earlier this year.

Shan McAnena, Director of the Naughton Gallery, said; “We are hugely grateful to all the artists who have generously donated works to this exhibition. It makes art accessible and affordable, and allows art-lovers to buy pieces of art as Christmas presents for themselves or others, or as shrewd investments, at very reasonable prices.

“This will allow us to hold a future exhibition for a new and emerging artist and produce a catalogue of work.”

A panel comprising artist Mark Shields; Kim McAleese, co-director of Catalyst Arts Belfast; gallery director Dickon Hall; and Shan McAnena, will consider the nominations and select the artist for the solo exhibition.

‘Wish You Were Here’ runs from Friday to Saturday, 3 to 11 December. The sale of artwork will begin at 11am on Saturday 11 December, and all pieces will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis. For a full list of participating artists, rules of the sale, and to view the donated works please visit www.naughtongallery.org.

For media inquiries please contact: Anne Langford, on 028 9097 5310, Mob 07815 871 997, a.langford@qub.ac.uk

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