Belfast Boy

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Belfast Boy – Clarke’s Cabinet of Home, Heart and Hearth by Mark Clarke

This installation created especially for the Holburne to complement Secret Splendour by Mark Clarke explores life, love and loss and bears testimony to the constant and silent presence of bereavement within the family home.

The piece is inspired by the death of Clarke’s Uncle Robert, a Merchant Seaman who drowned at sea in 1955 off Curacao Bay, South America. He was 24 years old. The circumstances of his death still remain unclear.

The work revisits the mantelpiece and fireside of his grandparents’ home, half hearth, half shrine, and includes found objects scavenged from disparate sources to create a striking juxtaposition between old and new, witty and poignant.

Sponsored by the Norie Trust


Wirth Gallery


10am to 5pm
Sunday and Bank Holidays 11am to 5pm