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Medbh McGuckian with artist Peter Edwards
By Staff Reporter

A painting of Belfast poet Medbh McGuckian from 1989 by renowned artist Peter Edwards has gone on display in the Ulster Museum.
It will sit alongside work from other Northern Ireland artists, some of which have never been exhibited before.
Edwards' recently gifted painting to National Museums NI features in a new exhibition, New Blood: Recent Art Acquisitions 2014-18.
Seventeen works are on display in the exhibition. Works have been received from artists, the public and through support from the Friends of the Ulster Museum.
Paintings on display in the Ulster Museum for the first time include Connemara Woman Knitting by Co Armagh artist Charles Lamb and Glengormley-born Basil Blackshaw's Gypsy, which have both been gifted, while LS Lowry's City Scene is on long-term loan. The exhibition also includes work by other local artists including Hannah Starkey, Willie Doherty and Joseph Wilson.
Senior curator of art at National Museums NI, Anne Stewart, said: "Over the past four years the Ulster Museum art collections have been greatly enriched by gift, bequest, loan and purchase.
"It is always a cause for celebration when new works of art enter a collection and it is vitally important for art galleries and museums to continue to collect.
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"New acquisitions keep our collections alive, strengthening and revitalising them, and encourage us to look at familiar work with fresh eyes.
"We are always interested in exploring new opportunities to develop the art collection."

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