Showing posts with label Belfast Exposed. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Belfast Exposed. Show all posts

Saturday, 9 August 2014

New Exhibition at Belfast Exposed: Reconstructions / Opens Thursday 14 August, 7pm - 9pm

Belfast Exposed is pleased to present Reconstructions. This exhibition brings together work by contemporary artists whose work explores the dynamic relationship between photography and architecture.

The exhibition poses a series of enquiries into our perception and experience of the built environment. It also explores the nature of photography and how the medium can be used to articulate some of the more imaginative or unsettling qualities of architecture. In Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs series ‘Building Berlin’, the artists installed simple temporary wooden structures in front of existing buildings. When photographed from a particular angle, the structures mimic the lines of the building, sometimes extending the lines and thus proposing new possibilities for the space. The temporary interventions disrupt the illusion of three dimensional space in the two-dimensional image, and play on the nature of photography as a construction.

Espen Dietrichson, Return to the Unknown #2, 2014 © the artist

Friday, 11 October 2013

Urban Exploration: Andrew Molloy & Fergus Jordan | 30 October, 1pm, Belfast Exposed

Urban Exploration is a discussion with architect and University of Ulster doctoral student Andrew Molloy responding to urban exploration and Psychogeography, examining some of the research methods underpinning Fergus Jordan’s Garden Estate and within his own practice.

Copyright: Fergus Jordan.

Garden Estate is a new series of work examining the legacy of a heroin epidemic which devastated a 1970’s council estate on the edge of Ballymena called Dunclug. The exhibition runs from 17 October - 4 November 2013 at Belfast Exposed, Donegall Street, Belfast.

Urban Exploration takes place at Belfast Exposed, Donegall Street, Belfast on 30th October 2013 from 1 - 2pm.

For more information visit:

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Anthony Haughey, Settlement at Belfast Exposed

Settlement I, Anthony Haughey 2011, Courtesy of Belfast Exposed

My name is Catherine McCormick and I’m currently working as one of the research interns at PLACE.  As a means of getting to know the architectural community in Belfast, I’ve spent my first couple of weeks at PLACE checking out a number of exhibitions currently running in galleries within the city, with the intention of blogging about them after!

Currently held in the Belfast Exposed Gallery, ‘Settlement’ is a photographic and architectural exhibition by Anthony Haughey, which explores how economic growth in Ireland affected the natural landscape. 

I could see, from our larger towns and cities, to the smallest rural villages, how Anthony has captured these ‘ghost estates’, which have been left incomplete as a result of the collapse of Ireland’s ‘Celtic Tiger’ economy. The effects are portrayed through an excellent combination of darkness, artificial light and long exposures.

This collapse saw the immediate end of more than fifteen years of growth as the bank’s dissolved developer’s loans, which ultimately ceased building projects across Ireland. This has now left the once picturesque landscapes dotted with unfinished houses and estates. The National Institute for Regional and Spatial Analysis 2010 estimated that there are currently more than 620 ‘ghost estates’ and thousands of empty houses throughout Ireland. It could be suggested that these ‘ghost towns’ signify the end of Ireland’s gold rush and express the effects of hastily building housing estates in tandem with unregulated growth.

Settlement XVI, Anthony Haughey 2011. Courtesy of Belfast Exposed

The Exhibition which has been running since June 29th compromises a number of elements, such as; a series of landscape photographs showing ‘ghost towns’ in Ireland throughout 2010/2011, a large architectural installation, and a number of propositions which re-imagine a selection of vacant, dis-used and unfinished sites throughout Ireland.

The architectural model and design proposals featured in the exhibition are result of the collaboration between Anthony Haughey, Paul O’Sullivan, UCD Architecture students, the DIT NAMAlab project and Mahoney Architects, where the idea was to reimagine and redesign these disused, unfinished sites.

The photographs presented are quite moving in how they capture the implications economic downturn can have on the construction industry whether you’re an architect, planner, builder or resident. This is a great exhibition for those of you who have a spare half hour passing through town and have an interest in architecture and design in the South of Ireland. 

The Exhibition will run until August 10th 2012

Settlement: Where Do We Go from Here? Panel Discussion: 9 August, 2pm. This discussion is free but please RSVP to [email protected] to reserve a place.

Thursday, 17 May 2012

Richard Stout residency at Belfast Exposed

Photography by Richard Stout. Courtesy Belfast Exposed.

Belfast Exposed are delighted to host photographer Richard Stout as an artist in residence at Belfast Exposed on 22, 23, 24th May in collaboration with the North Eastern Photography Network. Richard is an artist member of the ‘Garden Shed’ project, an arts initiative set up by Gateshead Council and now jointly run in collaboration with The National Trust. Based in a small woodcutter’s hut (The Woodcutter Studio) in the historic grounds of the Gibside Estate, Richard has recently embarked on a long term exploration of Gibside and the population of workers, volunteers and visitors who use the site.

Richard wants to use his NI Residency to develop links (comparative or contrasting) to his continuing project at Gibside in order to encourage dialogue and exchange of ideas, themes and projects. During this initial visit Richard hopes to initiate contacts and conversations with artists, photographers and communities interested in his area of work. He is also interested in building relationships which will help him to develop his initial ideas and lines of enquiry and also to test/evaluate his working methods and visual approach.

Richard will give a presentation on his work in the Exchange Space in Belfast Exposed at 3pm on 23rd May. This talk is free but please RSVP to [email protected] to reserve a place.