Born in Banbridge, County Down, Frederick Edward McWilliam originally studied painting at Belfast School of Fine Art, before moving to London, where he established a reputation as one of the most significant sculptors of his generation. His witty, capricious sculptures draw on the work of Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), and McWilliam's friend Henry Moore (1898-1986), and were frequently created in series. McWilliam worked across a large variety of media, including terracotta, stone, wood and bronze. Upon his death, McWilliam bequeathed his estate to the Council, who opened a dedicated gallery in 2008.
Today, the FE McWilliam Gallery showcases the permanent collection in specially designed glass cases, and hosts a lively temporary exhibition programme. McWilliam's studio-workshop has been meticulously recreated and houses many of his preparatory maquettes, while the sculpture garden – where yew hedges and herbaceous borders surround sculptures set upon granite plinths – seeks to recapture the spirit of his original London studio.
200 Newry Road
County Down, Northern Ireland
Monday - Saturday, 10am - 5pm
Sundays (June/July/August only) 1pm - 5pm