Arts & Business Northern Ireland is working with local artist, Claire Mooney, who has won the recent commission to design and create the Awards pieces for the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2019. Claire, who graduated in the summer 2018 from Ulster University’s Ceramics, Jewellery and Silversmithing degree course, has also recently had a piece selected for the prestigious annual Royal Ulster Academy exhibition currently showing in the Ulster Museum Belfast.
Claire Mooney’s design and final Awards pieces for the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards 2019 will be unveiled at the Awards ceremony which will take place in January 2019.
Mary Nagele, Chief Executive, Arts & Business Northern Ireland said: “the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards are about celebrating the creativity of the local arts and business community. It is important to support local artists in the commissioning of these Awards pieces. We are particularly delighted to offer this year’s commission to a highly talented emerging NI artist and recent arts graduate, Claire Mooney. Claire’s work is really stunning; we are really looking forward to unveiling the final pieces at the awards ceremony in January."
Commenting on winning the commission, Claire Mooney explains “I’m a jeweller, silversmith and artist based near Annalong, at the foot of the Mourne Mountains. Rural life, local heritage and the landscapes that I grew up around have a strong influence on my practice, something I show through varied texture and form in my metalwork. Being given the opportunity to produce the Allianz Arts & Business NI Awards for 2019 is something I am immensely thankful for. As a recent graduate in the arts sector I understand the importance of relationships between arts and business organisations and these are something well worth celebrating."
This design commission has been made possible with the support of JTI.
Arts & Business is generously supported by The Arts Council of Northern Ireland.