posted on May 20th, 2024

Ards Arts Centre Welcomes New Exhibitions in June

Ards Arts Centre in Newtownards welcomes two new art exhibitions for the month of June: Meilé, a solo exhibition by Juste Bernotatie and Humans, a solo exhibition by Aoife Tolerton.

Juste Bernotaite is a Lithuanian painter based in Belfast. Her practice combines the exploration of the history of her motherland, Lithuania, as well as personal experiences growing up there. Each work is an attempt at navigating different threads and histories from the past.

Juste Bernotaite.

Mielé (Lithuanian for ‘love’), will feature a series of paintings that invite viewers to immerse themselves in the complexities of a landscape that’s affected by unrecognisable trauma, grief, frustration and forebodings. Juste explores the history of their homelands and navigates her relationship to landscapes in the hopes of ‘releasing’ it in the medium of oil paint. The exhibition can be viewed in the Georgian Gallery.

Meilé, oil on canvas, by Juste Bernotaite.

Bangor-based, Aoife Tolerton, seeks to explore human interaction and reaction to their environment through her work. Exploring the themes of mass tourism, adverse environmental effect, and how humans play a role in this. She is particularly interested in the conjunction of realism and abstraction.

Aoife Tolerton in her studio.

Her work is figurative, depicting individuals and groups at leisure, exploring their behaviour and mannerisms. Translating people-watching onto canvas, Aoife focuses on the distinguishing characteristics and detail of her subjects, removing background context to draw the viewer into the personalities and story that is unfolding. Humans will be on display in the Sunburst Gallery.

One of the artworks in Aoife Tolerton’s Humans Exhibition.

Both exhibitions open on Friday 31st May and continue until Thursday 27th June. Admission to Ards Arts Centre is free.

All are welcome to attend a preview event in Ards Arts Centre on Friday 31st May at 7pm.

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