Press Release

Speaker Marks International Women’s Day with Women’s Art Exhibition Launch

Session: 2012/2013

Date: Monday, 11 March 2013

Reference: SO 05/12/13

For the next month, the Great Hall of Parliament Buildings will be home to a selection of paintings from local women artists. The exhibition comprises work from diploma holders and the prize winner of the Society's 2012 exhibition.

The Speaker of the Assembly, William Hay MLA said: "I am delighted to host this wonderful art exhibition from the Ulster Society of Women Artists to mark International Women's Day. This is a way for the Assembly to contribute to the international celebrations for this special day and I am very pleased to be a part of it. It also provides a unique occasion to showcase artwork from local women artists, which demonstrates the talent we have here in Northern Ireland.

"Parliament Buildings often plays host to many, many pieces of art – both temporarily and permanently – and this exhibition is a welcome addition to that list. I would encourage the public to come up to the building and view all of the artwork here, as it also provides a great opportunity for people to see the building and take one of the guided tours. I have often said that this building belongs to the people it represents and the art displays are a great way to highlight that."


The Speaker of the Northern Ireland Assembly, Mr William Hay MLA, with members of the Ulster Society of Women Artists

Notes to Editors:

The Ulster Society of Women Artists exhibition will be on display in Parliament Buildings from 8 March to 5 April 2013.

Visiting Parliament Buildings:

Parliament Buildings is open to the public between 9.00am and 4.00pm Monday to Friday. Free guided tours are available Monday – Friday at 10.00am and 3.00pm.

Free tours are also available on the hour, every hour between 10.00am – 3.00pm during July and August and Halloween and Easter Recess periods (please check the Northern Ireland Assembly website for further details -

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