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Deputy First Minister to Launch Robert Ballagh 1916 signatories series at Stormont.

8 April, 2009

Sinn Féin Deputy First Minister, Martin McGuinness MP MLA along with prominent Irish artist Robert Ballagh, will be launching the first of seven pieces of art depicting the signatories of the 1916 proclamation. The launch will be held in the Sinn Féin party room in Stormont, tomorrow, Thursday the 9th of April, at 11.45am.

Also in attendance will be Irish Born artist Brian O'Doherty (previously known as Paddy Ireland) and Barbara Novak, American art historian.

Sinn Féin has commissioned the artist Robert Ballagh to create an exciting new series of original limited edition pieces of art.

These innovative works of art will be framed, numbered, dated and signed by the artist and will incorporate both a hand etched glass portrait of a 1916 signatory and a special giclée printed museum quality reproduction of the proclamation.

The concept of this series is to celebrate the ideal of a 32 county republic as envisaged by the signatories of the 1916 Proclamation.

Each year, at Easter, between now and 2016 a new piece will be issued. The series will commence at Easter 2009 with Pádraig Pearse.

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