Aine Belton

Dover Transport Museum
The Journey to War

Áine Belton originates from County Meath, Ireland. Áine completed her M.A. in Fine Art in UCA Canterbury in 2012. She received her B.A. in Fine Art in the Visual Arts Practice from I.A.D.T., in Dublin (Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dun Laoghaire) in 2009. She was a member of the CRATE and UCA project Collaborative Research Group (CRG) from 2013-2015. Áine does freelance graphic design as well as book making, exhibition reviews, and collage poetry. She is a co-editor of ESC Zine, an independent arts and literary zine that has a growing international presence. Most recently she has published over 20 written pieces in VierSomes 004. Her artworks have been selected for Limbo’s Associate Member Show, PhotoIreland Festival 2013, The European Media Arts Festival 2013 as well as in literary publications No-wave magazine, Oh Francis and Splinter magazine.

Áine’s medium experimentation includes drawing to video, sculpture, photography, audio, performance and installation art. Themes of time, humour, phenomenology, reality, technology, self-reliance and the human condition feature in Áine’s art practice. Within her installations she challenges the spectator to reconsider the impact of constructed realities that surround us on a day-to-day basis. Her work can often be absurd, surreal, violent aspiring to be visually poetic language that delineates from representation.

Associated Museum: Dover Transport Museum

Associated Project: The Journey to War

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Dover Transport Museum

Dover Transport Museum houses a collection of vintage transport and transport models of all types, aiming to help preserve the transport heritage of Dover and further afield. Its main attractions include a large range of historic road vehicles (from bicycles to buses), maritime history displays, model railways and railway memorabilia, model cars and ships, and a Romany life display. Amongst these can be found a WW1 Sunbeam bicycle, a Pierce-Arrow lorry (used by the British army for transporting supplies and ammunition), and a replica of a Bleriot II celebrating the first flight made across the English Channel. The museum’s two large exhibition halls provide glimpses of the past with recreations of old Dover street scenes, including bygone shops and a 1930s garage. Dover Transport Museum is a charitable trust run entirely by voluntary members of the Dover Transport Museum Society and forms its collection via item loans and donations.

Further information can be found at:www.dovertransportmuseum.org.uk

Associated Artist: Aine Belton
Associated Project: The Journey to War

The Journey to War

Áine Belton has created a reading and activity book based on the research she gathered from the Dover Transport Museum’s three WW1 exhibits.

Áine’s interest is in creating a resource that will engage children with the history of WW1 transport and the town of Dover during the First World War. ‘The Journey to War’ book is full of colourful illustrations of the museum’s WW1 exhibits as well as informative text.

The book has an in depth look at the history and use of the museum’s Blériot XI-2 monoplane, the Sunbeam military bicycle and Pierce-Arrow lorry. Primarily aimed at children aged 7-11, the book contains an activity section and encourages children to explore the town of Dover. For Áine, a book was the preferred medium because of its longevity and interaction. A book can be revisited many times. It can last for years and share insights into times past.
Associated Artist: Aine Belton
Associated Museum: Dover Transport Museum