Acclaimed artist Aly Harte has unveiled her new collection of 12 original artworks to celebrate women.

Launched on International Women’s Day, Aly’s collection hangs in the Long Gallery in Parliament Buildings Stormont depicting women she has chosen because they are mothers and have, in some way, inspired her own journey in the ever fraught balance of career and family life.

Aly said: “In a world where women find themselves swimming upstream to achieve gender equality – the women in my new collection of 12 portraits have shown me that it is possible to #balanceforbetter and for women to have a place in the home and in the workplace. As a mother, artist, fitness fan and wife, I actively thrive on belonging to a community and that’s why I chose to celebrate the women in my various communities as my subjects when celebrating International Women’s Day with this new collection.”

Each woman in the collection represents the various pattern of Aly’s daily life and family – from mothers of her childrens school friends to women she encounters at the gym, women whom she has known since childhood and self employed mums building businesses from burning desires in their own hearts just like herself.

“For me, the icing on the cake was the fact that all the women are mothers and each has had their own personal struggle and story to get them to where they are today”, added Aly.

Following a private exhibition at Parliament Buildings Stormont, schools and women’s groups will be invited to see the collection at various public locations across Northern Ireland.

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