Anne Acheson Exhibition Launches in Portadown

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Lord Mayor of Armagh City Banbridge and Craigavon, Councillor Julie Flaherty and Neil Faris (great nephew of Anne Acheson) pictured at the launch of the ‘Anne Acheson: A Sculptor in War and Peace’ exhibition.

Council launches ‘Anne Acheson: A Sculptor in War and Peace’, a free exhibition exploring the life and work of Portadown-born sculptor Anne Crawford Acheson CBE (1882-1962). The exhibition runs until Saturday 18 May 2019 in the Millennium Court Arts Centre, Portadown.

Anne Acheson’s extended family attended the recent launch to celebrate the life and work of the talented artist and sculptor who famously invented Plaster of Paris splints as a volunteer during the First World War.

The exhibition is the first to bring together Anne Acheson’s surviving sculptures, paintings and sketches for display. The centrepiece of the exhibition is December, a lead garden sculpture created by Anne Acheson in c.1929. Thanks to funding from The Art Fund and Northern Ireland Museums Council, Craigavon Museum Services were able to purchase and transport December from America for display in the exhibition.

Speaking at the event, Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Councillor Julie Flaherty commented, “I am delighted to be here to celebrate one of Portadown’s most famous daughters and her outstanding achievements in both the art world and in the medical field. What makes her pioneering medical war work all the more incredible is that this was done in a voluntary capacity.”

Funded through Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough Council’s Good Relations Programme which is part financed by The Executive Office, the exhibition ‘Anne Acheson: A Sculptor in War and Peace’ runs in the Millennium Court Arts Centre until and including Saturday 18 May 2019. The venue (open Monday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm) is also hosting another exhibition entitled ‘CAST’, featuring a variety of work by contemporary artists that has been chosen as a response to the work of Anne Acheson.