Who Says Art and Politics Don't Mix?

Win satirical sculptures courtesy of new arts website, BelfastGalleries.com

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Ever imagined Ian Paisley and Gerry Adams taking pride of place on your mantlepiece? If so, arts website BelfastGalleries.com could be about to make your fantasy a reality with a competition of epic proportions.

BelfastGalleries.com is giving art lovers the chance to get their hands on a pair of specially commissioned, hand-painted sculptures of two of the most controversial figures in Northern Irish politics.

The foot-high clay caricatures of Paisley and Adams are creations of Belfast sculptor Anto Brennan, well known for producing satirical chess sets which pitch political opponents against each other and who works out of his Open Window Productions studio in the city’s Cathedral Quarter.

Brennan explains that the sculptures were designed with one particular function in mind. 

‘Initially I portrayed Paisley and Adams as pieces in a chess set. But the more I thought about it, the more I realised that they could be used as a health and safety device. These larger pieces were designed as mantlepiece ornaments, to keep the kids away from the fire!’

Anne-Marie Marquess, marketing manager of BelfastGalleries.com, said: 'Who says that art and politics don't mix? Anto's cheeky statues clearly disprove that idea!'

The competition heralds the launch of BelfastGalleries.com, a new website to promote all things artistic. Web users can log on to gallery listings, an interactive map and gallery tour, video exhibitions and regular e-newsletter updates.

Anne-Marie Marquess added: 'Not enough people know about what's going on in Belfast's visual arts scene, which is incredibly vibrant at the moment. We're using the latest technology to showcase art in an interesting and exciting way.

‘Whether you're a tourist or living closer to home, Belfastgalleries.com will give you all the information you need to get out and about and see some great art.’

To enter the competition simply subscribe to the free monthly Belfast Galleries enewsletter.