Harland & Wolff is delighted to announce it has partnered with local Belfast artist Sam Munro in its first Christmas card partnership in a bid to support local grassroots artists.

Sam Munro is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist based in Northern Ireland. Born and raised in Durban, South Africa, she settled in Northern Ireland at the end of 2019 with her fiancé. Sam is passionate about nature and the environment, often drawing inspiration from her South African heritage and the Irish landscape.

“For Christmas this year, I wanted to create designs that were representative of ‘home’ given that we have spent most of our 2020 year within our homes. I chose to paint the iconic Harland & Wolff cranes as the view through the window as they reflect the rich industrial history of Northern Ireland. It is an honour for my design to be featured as part of this year’s Harland &Wolff Christmas cards. I feel very lucky to be able to live here in Belfast and get recognition for painting such a special landmark.”

This year has been a particularly difficult time for those in the creative industries; with a recent Oxford Economics report claiming that the UK creative sector will suffer a projected shortfall of £29 billion due to the impact of COVID-19 in 2020 – it is now a crucial time to support local creative professionals.

Seena Shah, Head of Marketing & Communications commented, “during times like these, it’s so important to support each other, which is why this year we are so excited to have teamed up with local artist, Sam Munro. We saw a really talented artist in Sam and fell in love with this piece instantly. These Christmas cards will be sent out right across the world so we’re really proud to have sent a little bit of Belfast out to the world during a time when travel isn’t always possible.”

See more of Sam’s art here: https://www.sammunroart.com/