Household are delighted to announce the launch of UPHOLD, a new not-for profit online platform promoting and selling work by contemporary artists in Northern Ireland.
UPHOLD is our response to the pandemic and its impact on the visual arts sector in Northern Ireland. We wanted to develop a project that would support and encourage our community, acknowledging the vibrant spectrum of incredible visual artists based in the region and addressing the lack of commercial opportunity for contemporary artists here.
As a not-for-profit enterprise, when you buy a piece of artwork from us you are investing directly in the artist and supporting the arts ecology of Northern Ireland at a crucial time.
Through UPHOLD we provide a nurturing environment for artists and also provide a new resource to find out about contemporary practice in Northern Ireland. With a wide range of work available, we want to help guide audiences to find a perfect piece of art for their home. More than a simple domestic decoration, we want them to find art that is intriguing, provocative, relevant, compelling, beautiful, and perfect for them.
The artists we represent have developed strong, engaging, and evolving practices and have a history of exhibiting nationally and internationally. The first ten artists represented through UPHOLD are Michael Hanna, Jill Quigley, Jan McCullough, Helena Hamilton, John Macormac, Bassam Al Sabah, Hannah Casey-Brogan, Jennifer Mehigan, Miguel Martin, Thomas Wells.
UPHOLD is a new initiative set up by Household Belfast C.I.C, an arts organisation that works collectively to support artists and communities make art in the public realm. This initiative has been made possible by the generosity of our partners and funders; Paul Hamlyn Foundation, Belfast City Council, Arts Council Northern Ireland, Arts and Business.