This bronze and fibreglass sculpture, by Anna Cheyne [1926 - 2002], representing the regeneration of the city of Belfast is called “Regeneration”.
Anna Cheyne’s family might not be too pleased by the fact that her work in Blackstaff Square is not much mentioned in tourist guides or by the fact that it is usually surrounded by litter and empty beer bottles. To be fair, the litter problem appears to have improved since my last visit.
Anna Cheyne (born 1926, died 2002) was an artist and sculptor from Northern Ireland. She was educated at Kingston School of Art gaining a National Diploma in Design in Painting and Sculpture and at the Slade School of Fine Art where she received the Slade Diploma in Painting and Sculpture. She worked in a wide range of mediums that included pottery and painting but it is as a sculptor that she was best known having received a number of commissions. She became an Academician in the Royal Ulster Academy in 1994 and was a member of the Sculptors' Society of Ireland. Cheyne lived in Lisburn for many years.
Her public works include Our Lady of Chimney Corner for Antrim Borough Council and Regeneration for Blackstaff Square [SEE MAP].