Reflections on Identity

The Recycling of Venus

Faces of Change has afforded the National Trust with a fantastic opportunity to work with local community partners to engage them with the wonderful collections of both the National Portrait Gallery and MountStewart. Through the personal meanings they have derived from exploring themes of agency, power and identity, participants have brought their voices, perspectives and creativity to Mount Stewart. Reflections on Identity will allow visitors to the exhibition the opportunity to view the creative outputs of participants and to consider and share their own reflections around these themes.

We have been honoured to work with Ards Rural Youth Forum, NIACRO, The Nerve Centre, the Institute for Conflict Research and the Prison Arts Foundation.

The Education Authority’s Ards Rural Youth Forum is for teenagers from across the Ards Peninsula who are emerging community leaders, focusing on young people’s rights and responsibilities, and offering mutual support. Working with facilitators from Nerve Belfast Creative Learning Centre and National Trust staff the young people have explored the themes of power and identity and used digital technology as a means of creative self-expression. This included learning and using image manipulation software and digital fabrication equipment to create a variety of unique pieces.

Northern Ireland Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders (NIACRO) has been working for almost 50 years to reduce crime and its impact on people and communities.  Acorn Women’s Group is for those committed to playing a positive role in society and rebuilding their lives through the development of new skills and the sharing of experiences. The artist Lucy Turner, supported by the Prison Arts Foundation, worked with women to explore suffrage, power, voice and identity in Faces of Change and as evidenced in the story of Mount Stewart. The women have created sculptural pieces which embody their personal experiences, their response to the exhibition and the surrounding symbolism provided by its setting – Mount Stewart. 

14-18 Now commissioned Processions to mark the centenary of women’s suffrage in Britain and Ireland. The anniversary march was produced by Artichoke, and the creation of the banner, The Recycling of Venus was led by the Institute of Conflict Research and facilitated by Rita Duffy RUA, who worked with women from the Ards Peninsula.  Its witty visual imagery is a contemporary take on Botticelli’s Birth of Venus.

We are extremely grateful for the support of our partners and funders:

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