Anna Liesching

Curator of Art

  • Department: Art
  • Email address: anna.liesching@nmni.com

Core responsibilities:

Anna’s primary responsibility is the works on paper collection. This includes approximately 8000 prints, drawings and watercolours of Irish and international art between the 17th and 21st centuries.

Anna also looks after the Arts Council of Northern Ireland Collection of contemporary art.

Anna's main research focus is redressing the imbalance of the representation of women artists in art history, primarily with the Ulster Museum fine art collection. She’s is a member of the British Women Artists, 1750-1950: a Tate British Art Network Sub Group. Her publication Making Her Mark (2019) explores women print makers.

Anna is co-lead of the Northern Irish Art Network, a British Art Network research group supported by Tate and Paul Mellon. She also works closely with the Seamus Heaney Centre at Queens on a yearly Ekphrasis (poetry about paintings) project with post graduate students.

Anna has recently joined the Advisory Panel for ‘Acts of Union’. An interdisciplinary research project focused on the social and cultural history of mixed marriage and love across the divide, in modern Ireland. The project is based at QUB funded by UKRI.

Staff background:

Anna has worked in the Ulster Museum in various curatorial roles since 2011 (including Assistant Art Curator and Art Engagement Officer), previously working in the cultural sector as a curator and researcher. She also has experience as a heritage officer for ecologically important Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty; interpreting their history and nature.

During her time at National Museums NI she has been awarded multiple bursaries and grants including a Research Fellowship at the Yale Centre of British Art (2015) and a position on Tate’s Emerging Curators Group (2017).

In addition to researching and developing collections Anna programmes and leads events both inside and outside the museum. Including the Hear Her Voice programme, a yearlong series of activities, films and talks that marked the centenary of the Representation of the People Act.  Anna has worked on over 30 exhibitions from the Ulster Museum Collection and loans from other institutions including Street Art/Tags not labels, and collaborated with colleagues to produce touring exhibitions such as Troubles Art.  She also presents the Ulster Museum’s podcast The Fine Print.

Staff interests:

Anna’s passion for art extends outside work and she spends most of her free time visiting art galleries and travelling, always trying to find new places to explore and learn from. When at home Anna loves being outside and enjoying the natural beauty around Belfast, and braving cold sea swims as much as possible.

She also spends time trying her hand at print making - her attempts have made her further appreciate how skilled the artists in the Ulster Museum collection are!

Publications:

‘Making Her Mark: Women print artists from the Ulster Museum Collection’ (2019) National Museums NI

‘The Privilege of Distance: Poems of the Ulster Museum’  (2019) Seamus Heaney Centre and National Museums NI

‘Changing Views: New Poems in response to artwork from the Ulster Museum’ (2020) Seamus Heaney Centre and National Museums NI video pamphlet   https://qft.vhx.tv/free/videos/changing-views

Georgina Moutray Kyle Profile https://batch.artuk.org/discover/curations/georgina-moutray-kyle-1865-1950/template/showcase

Media

Open Courtauld Hour – The Courtauld’s digital series on all things art history. Episode 1 S4: Radical Printmaking https://youtu.be/Chd8TTaRY9E

Inside Museums episode on the Changing Views exhibition https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/m000ng7k/inside-museums-ulster-museum