The financial world and the climate have been dramatically in the news over the past ten years. The works in this show explore how they are linked, in a wide range of paintings, drawings and prints, often made on top of existing images from sources like newspaper advertisements and stock market reports.
Here you can watch big business and finance affecting the weather, see slow nature challenging and being challenged by stock market flash traders, and encounter the real Worldbank, complete with posters, leaflets, bank notes and share certificates.
While doing so, you will move among constellations, polar regions, trees, birds, moths and even the odd human. As they say in restaurants, “Enjoy”.
Belinda Loftus is an artist living and working in Co Down. Her artwork was included in Joseph Beuys’s Free International University display at the Documenta exhibition in Kassel in in 1977, and then subsequently in the Art for Society exhibition, successively mounted in the Whitechapel Art Gallery and the Ulster Museum in 1978.
For the next thirty years or so, Loftus focused on arts research and publication, curation, development of community arts, administration and consultancy. Then, from 2003 onwards, she began to develop her art practice again, attending night classes and the Foundation Course at Newry College of Further Education, and finally achieving a first class degree in Fine Art at the University of Ulster’s Art and Design Centre in 2011.
Belinda Loftus has exhibited widely in Belfast and elsewhere in Northern Ireland, including a one-woman show in the Ards Arts Centre in 2015. She also had a large selection of work included in the international Dublin Biennial exhibition in 2014. Works by her have been purchased by the then Northern Bank and various private collectors.
The opening hours for the exhibition are Monday to Saturday, 10 am to 4.30pm.
You can find out more about Belinda Loftus’s work at www.bloftus.co.uk