About the print
Made for Aly’s ‘You are here’ exhibition this popular Belfast bar holds many memories for many people.
Aly showcased her work in the famous gastro pub in Belfast’s thriving Cathedral Quarter.
This was an exhibition based on the Belfast bus tour which includes a drive-by of the The John Hewitt.
Thick oil bar and busy lines of greens, purples and yellows depict the front of the pub inviting us in to where traditional Irish music plays, poems are read on open mic night and local brew is enjoyed.
Printed by Media Design Belfast on 180gsm matte coated paper.
All prints are packaged carefully and shipped via Royal Mail recorded delivery to ensure they are received promptly and damage free.
Please note this print comes without a frame.
A Little bit about John Hewitt himself
John Harold Hewitt, who was born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, was the most significant Belfast poet to emerge before the 1960s generation of Northern Irish poets that included Seamus Heaney, Derek Mahon and Michael Longley. He was appointed the first writer-in-residence at Queen’s University Belfast in 1976. His collections include The Day of the Corncrake and Out of My Time: Poems 1969 to 1974. He was also made a Freeman of the City of Belfast in 1983, and was awarded honorary doctorates the University of Ulster and Queen’s University Belfast.
A little bit about the John Hewitt bar
Located in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, The John Hewitt first opened its doors in December 1999. The bar is unique in its ownership as it is owned by The Belfast Unemployed Resource Centre. The Resource Centre’s managers had always relied on various grants to fund its work, when in the mid ninties, they came up with the idea of generating some of their own funds by going into business, and why not a pub! John Hewitt, the late poet, socialist and Freeman of Belfast officially opened the Resource Centre on Mayday 1983, hence the name of the bar.
About the artist
Aly is a Northern Irish based Artist, Writer and Educator. She has several accolades to her name, most recently:
> Nominated 40 under 40
> Listed as top 100 / Small Business Saturday
> Finalist in the East Side Awards
Aly works from a studio near Belfast which is conducive to her family life with her husband and their three young boys.
She is passionate about placing importance on everyday moments, objects and places in her oil paintings and pastel work.
Her practice is influenced heavily by her own childhood memories of growing up in a smallholding in the Irish countryside.
Themes of the familiar and familial can be traced back as far as her degree show in 2003 when her installation “Daddy’s bread” used 795 empty bread bags (of her father’s favourite loaf) to represent each week from when her Father passed until the opening of her final exhibition.
Aly was awarded a first class honours degree and a distinction in her Masters in Fine Art which she completed following her degree.
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