A Year in the Life of the Linen Hall Library
Artist Kevin Collins' exhibition celebrates the institution in its 225th anniversary year
Artist Kevin Collins' current exhibition, A Year in the Life of the Linen Hall Library, features 12 paintings, one for each month, each depicting Belfast's oldest library as the seasons change, as members to Ireland's only remaining subscription library come and go, as union strikes are held and anniversaries commemorated.
The exhibition is on show in the library's café area, and runs until May 31, 2013. On May 15, Collins will officially launch the exhibition, and will present another original work, to mark the Linen Hall Library's 225th birthday.
Collins, a former fabric designer and handloom weaver at the now defunct Ulster Weavers, incorporates intricate weaving techniques into his oil on canvas designs. The 12 paintings on show also feature other media – scraps from books, text quotes attributed to library staff and visitors – and will be donated to the library as a birthday gift when the exhibition draws to a close.
On Monday, May 13 at 7.45pm, 225 performers will gather at the Ulster Hall to convey the history and significance of the Linen Hall Library over the past 225 years. The evening will be a musical and literary extravaganza, featuring the world premiere of The Great and First Object, composed by Neil Martin, with words by Glenn Patterson.