Museum wrong to exhibit painting


At a time when everyone in Northern Ireland is urged to weigh their words and actions so as to avoid offending others, the Royal Ulster Academy of Art has made a serious error in deciding to exhibit Joseph McWilliams’ last piece of work in the Ulster Museum.

The Museum is not without fault either as it clearly gave no consideration to the negative impact of the RUA’s decision.

It is farcical in the extreme to suggest that a warning notice at the exhibition entrance gives a carte blanche to those managing the exhibition. The notice is proof that the academy and the museum are fully aware that their actions are offensive to many.

All this at a time when Pastor James McConnell is on his way to the dock for allegedly offensive remarks.

CC, Belfast BT8