General Collection highlights

John Kindness – Retrospective Exhibition

The Irish multimedia artist.

John Kindness is an Irish multimedia artist whose work often contrasts material, image and reference in an unusual and humorous way. He attended the Belfast College of Art and now lives and works in Dublin. He is a...

Getting to Know You: Natty Wailer

In a very special edition of this programme series, Julius interviews Rasta Natty Wailer, Reggae Ambassador to Northern Ireland, Ireland and the whole wide world. Member of the Legendary Bob Marley and the Wai...

In Conversation with June Cole

June Cole talks about being one of the band of female pilots who aided the war effort during World War 2. June was born in 1921, in London and by the age of 20 she had left her work as a Red Cross nurse in order to jo...

Neil Shawcross: The Portrait

“It’s a purely natural and innate thing in me. It’s always been there. The less I have to think and just paint...the better.” Neil Shawcross Neil Shawcross grew up and studied art in Lancashire, England before movi...

Heritage Collections highlights

Mark Thompson

Talking Ulster Scots

Mark’s hometown of Ballyhalbert in Co. Down proved to play a significant influence on his life, “everyday whenever we got out of bed you opened the curtains and on a clear day, you could see Scotland”. It was at th...

Henry Bell

Henry talks teaching and history

Bernard Conlan talks to Henry Bell about his teaching career and his passion for history. Born in Belfast in 1949, for the first few years of his life Henry lived in a wooden bungalow in Islandmagee in County Antri...

My Life at Sea: Captain John Robson

“It was quite a relief! War was over and I survived it!” John Robson John Robson sat down with Pete Bleakly and generously shared his story about his dynamic and extensive life, which was spent living across the Ea...

In Our Time – Creating Arts Within Reach

Creating Arts Within Reach

Belfast has seen a remarkable expansion in community arts activity over the last forty years, since the 1970s, putting it at the forefront of the movement within the UK and Ireland to change the way art is seen. It ha...