Arts & Culture
Lisburn & Castlereagh’s Arts & Culture scene has been going from strength to strength throughout the past number of years. Musicians, actors and award winning artists represent the local Arts scene across every medium.
We’ve endeavoured, through this blog-spot, to shine a spotlight on our local talent, highlight how progressive the movement has been and create a greater awareness of what’s going on in our area.
Neil Shawcross is a local artist hailing from Bolton, though living in Northern Ireland. His work is known worldwide, gaining influence from experience in the United Kingdom, Ireland and America. He moved to Northern Ireland in the 1960s to pursue a career in lecturing. He eventually found his home in the Georgian village of Hillsborough after many years of working in the Belfast College of Art and getting to know the locals.
Shawcross’ work consists mainly of post-impressionist paintings of still life and portraits. His inspiration comes from his surroundings and people, a most noteworthy aspect being the life around Hillsborough village. He has additionally released paintings of the old Hilden Mill for the Irish Linen Museum in Lisburn.