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‘Diamond in the Rough’ exhibition opens showcasing work by local artist Carly Wright

Carly pictured with her paintings.

Ballymena artist Carly Wright is presenting an exciting new exhibition at Mid-Antrim Museum in the Braid, Ballymena.


Carly from Ballymena is a talented mixed media artist with her exciting work expressing colour and emotion. Her exhibition entitled ‘Diamond in the Rough’ showcases the causes she is passionate about including the importance of good mental health and finding your own voice.


Launched on Friday 21 March, the exhibition will be on display until 10 June 2023 at the Braid. Her previous work includes the creation of a colourful ‘Beacon of Hope’ mural, on the Larne Road Link, Ballymena, as part of a community project to highlight mental health challenges.

People viewing paintings at Carly Wright exhibition.

In recent months, Carly has also been working with Mid Antrim Museum on an innovative project ‘Wild about Well-being’ - engaging with P7 pupils at Ballykeel Primary School through a number of bespoke workshops.

The workshops were based on the theme of celebrating nature and protecting the Amazon rainforest. The project encouraged self-respect and acceptance and gave pupils the freedom to create a piece of art in the school’s eco garden. The final artwork created with the children will be on display in the exhibition.


Jayne Clarke, Museum and Heritage Manager, said:

“We are delighted to be supporting a local artist in their creative development. Carly’s work and contribution to the ‘Wild about Wellbeing’ project also underpins Mid and East Antrim Borough Council’s initiatives to promote good health wellbeing.”

Speaking following Friday night's launch event for the exhibition, Carly says she was "gracefully silenced" and said the evening was "the biggest night of my life so far".

Ballymena artist Carly Wright standing in front of her paintings.
Ballymena artist Carly Wright.

"I just can't believe what has happened and the doors that have opened for me as an artist," the talented local lady continued. "So many people showed up for my wee show and it made the whole night for me.

"I still can’t believe it - I am honoured in the biggest way any human could be. Thank you to every single soul that came and showed me love; I really am one lucky girl and I don’t take it lightly. I am so full of gratitude for the support that has been shown to me as I grow, and I am thankful for the people who see in me what I can't - it's very special to me.

Carly added:

I personally want to thank everyone who came on Friday night and to those who couldn't make it but show me love and support across my social media pages."

Carly also paid tribute and "massive thanks" to Jayne Clarke, Museum and Heritage Manager at the Braid, and Elaine Hill, head of NI Arts Council, who she said have helped her learn and grow, and without who's help the exhibition would not have happened.

Painting by Carly Wright.

Concluding the talented Carly said:

"My heart is full. It’s more than I could have ever asked, hoped or imagined. I am humbled".

The ‘Diamond in the Rough’ exhibition is open Monday to Saturday, 10am – 4pm, excluding bank holidays and admission is free.


For further information please contact the Braid.

T: 028 2563 5077


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