Our Patron: Alexander McDonnell, The Earl of Antrim
Born in 1935, Alexander Randal Mark McDonnell, 14th Earl of Antrim was educated at Downside School, Bath followed by Christchurch, Oxford. He graduated from Ruskin School of Drawing & Fine Art, University of Oxford, with a Diploma of Fine Art. He became a paintings conservator in 1960 and was appointed as a restorer at the Tate Gallery Keeper in 1965 and promoted to Grade 1 restorer in 1968. He worked in the Ulster Museum from 1969 to 1971 returning once again to the Tate Gallery from1971 to 1975. He became of Conservation from 1975 to 1990 when he was appointed Head of Collection Services, a position he held till 1995, He has worked as a free lance conservator ever since.
Lord Antrim has been painting since 1955 and has shown in many exhibitions mostly in the Crane Kalman Gallery, London and the Bell Gallery, Belfast.
Other involvements have been as Director of Ulster Television (1982 – 2001), Prime Warden of Fishmongers (1995 – 1996), Member of the Arts Committee of the National Museum of Wales and also as a Member of the Executive Committee of City and Guilds of London Art School,
He sites his recreations as vintage cars and of course painting.
He accepted the position of Patron of the Arts Society of Ulster in 2008.