Alison Lowry’s The Bystander Effect

Thursday 5th August – Thursday 9th September 2021

Launch Event: Late Night Art Thursday 5th August 4pm to 7.45pm 

Golden Thread Gallery are delighted to announce Alison Lowry’s upcoming exhibition in the Project Space,The Bystander Effect.

The culmination of two years of research, The Bystander Effect examines the role that we, as a society, had in allowing an ‘architecture of containment’ to develop in Northern Ireland. Within the exhibition, the term ‘architecture of containment’ describes the physical infrastructure and systems used to incarcerate women and children in eighteenth and nineteenth century Ireland, including Industrial Schools, Children’s Homes, Mother and Baby Institutions and Magdalene Laundries.

Read more about the exhibition here and details of how to plan your visit to the gallery here.

About the artist:  

Alison Lowry is a glass artist living and working from her studio, ‘Schoolhouse Glass’ in Saintfield, Northern Ireland.

In 2009, Lowry graduated from the University of Ulster with a degree in Art and Design. Currently on the ACW MFA program, she has won numerous awards including first place in the category, ‘Glass Art’ at the Royal Dublin Show in 2015 and 2009, the Silver medal at the Royal Ulster Arts Club’s Annual Exhibition in 2010, the Warm Glass Prize in 2010, 2011 and 2017. Lowry exhibits both locally and internationally and her work is held in several public collections; the National Museum of Ireland recently acquired the exhibition currently on display at Collins Barracks in Dublin: (A)dressing our hidden truths and the Arts Council of Northern Ireland made a fifth purchase for their collection.

Solo exhibitions include: (A)Dressing Our Hidden Truths, National Museum of Ireland, 2019; The New Wallace Collection, RSpace Lisburn, 2018; (A) Dress, Millennium Court, Portadown, 2017; To Contain: An exploration of the vessel, Framewerk, Belfast, 2016.

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