Hand sculptures

Hands of History +20

26 March - 21 April 2018

Victoria Gallery & Museum

Free entry

Artist, Raymond Watson brings the 'Hands of History' across the Irish Sea for the first time. The installation comprises the bronze hands of Tony Blair, Bertie Ahern, David Ervine and Mo Mowlam, and others who led the peace process (Watson’s original Belfast/Good Friday sculpture), alongside new bronze hands of those who continue to advance peace-building, including Monica McWilliams.

The bronzes are mounted on bases cut from Mourne Granite, the same material that forms the steps to Stormont Parliament Buildings in Belfast. The use of granite stone reflects the notion that in ancient times there was a sense of immense power and permanency about a large rough shaped rock. This centrepiece is accompanied by other sculptures created using reclaimed wood, as well as paintings and prints.

Making their international debut will be three audio visual installations using genuine historical artefacts in combination with digital technology to produce immersive, thought provoking artworks. The artefacts include a grappling hook made by prisoners at Long Kesh/Maze prison in the 1970s; the keys from the cells and buildings at Crumlin Road Gaol in Belfast hanging in an interactive gallery space; and an audio memoir presentation by the artist, Raymond Watson.

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Hands of History +20' is produced by the ArtisAnn Gallery Belfast

'Unlocking' audio narration

Artist Ray Watson on the 'Hands of History' display 

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