Emerging Artists 2020

by ArtisAnn | Antrim
Date of event: 01/09/20 - 26/09/20

Emerging Artists 2020

A group exhibition featuring recent graduates:

Saffron Monks-Smith
Lauren O’Hara
Irene Sweeney

Tuesday 1st to Saturday 26th September 2020

Online and In the Gallery

All Welcome and No Booking Necessary

ArtisAnn is proud to provide the first professional group show featuring this year’s class of emerging young talent.  All the artists have graduated from the School of Art at Ulster University, winning several awards and prizes along the way.  In alphabetical order, they are:

Saffron Monks-Smith recently graduated with a Masters in Art from Ulster University. She has already received several awards for her work and her new work builds on this. Her current artworks expand on the idea of memory and atmosphere, previously dealing with the figurative, now influenced by urban and suburban landscapes.

Lauren O’Hara graduated from Ulster University in June. Her work is based around found photography from the 1960s and 70s reflecting the moments of happiness, partying and freedom that happened more than a decade after the horrific events of the Second World War.

Irene Sweeney graduated from Ulster University in June. Her paintings emit an air of both mystery and intimacy. She finds the painting of skin to be a healing process; a visual metaphor for what being human means to the artist.

Ken Bartley, co-owner of ArtisAnn, says:

‘The ArtisAnn Gallery believes in offering encouragement to young and emerging artists and is confident that these are stars of the future.  The artwork produced by these newcomers is remarkable both for its technical ability and breadth of new ideas.  This is a very varied show, with two common linkages:  all are recent graduates and all are of the highest quality, with every indication that they will be ‘names’ of the future.’

All artworks are available to buy and can be delivered free of charge.

You can also buy art from this exhibition through the Own Art scheme which gives you an interest-free loan over 10 months (and you still get to take the art home immediately the exhibition ends).

ArtisAnn Gallery

70 Bloomfield Avenue

Belfast BT5 5AE

Tue – Fri: 11am to 6pm

Saturday: Noon to 5pm


The exhibition runs at the ArtisAnn Gallery, 70 Bloomfield Avenue, Belfast from Tuesday 1st to Saturday 26th September 2020

​All Welcome

Admission is free.