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Monday, 27 April 2015

Exhibition: 5 arterial routes & 1000 commercial signs / 30 April - 9 May 2015

'5 arterial routes & 1000 commercial signs' is an exhibition by Ruth Brolly and Forum Alternative Belfast. The exhibition runs during the Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival from 30 April - 9 May 2015 in PS2 Gallery, Donegall Street.

Credit: Ruth Brolly

On Belfast’s culturally rich arterial routes, pivoting around an increasingly postmodern city centre, the image of place is created through a combination of buildings, signage, green and vacant spaces. Commercial signs can be the most obvious indicator of socio-economic conditions of people living in neighbourhoods in and around these arterial routes. The level and impact of economic decline, as a result of these routes sometimes being cut off from the central business district, through the creation of major carriageways and other physical barriers in the geography of the city, may be observed in the appearance of commercial signs.

These signs surround us in our city streets, everywhere we look we can see their words, materials and colour on buildings, telling us where we can purchase goods or services. We are so used to seeing them we rarely give them much thought, yet what would our streets be like without them? On red brick Victorian terraces in Belfast, once homes and not businesses, the words on signs tell us what is sold, they speak when doorways and windows are mute. Signs interpret the built environment for us much in the same way as captions on pictures tell us what is happening within the photographic image. Wherever we go in the world signs on shops give us information about the sort of place we are in. Even when we cannot read the language on signs the letterforms, colour and materials can give us visual clues on our whereabouts. The condition of signs can even be an indicator of whether a place is safe or not.

Credit: Ruth Brolly

Only fairly recently have researchers worldwide become interested in the value of local commercial signs as cultural artefacts unique to place. With weathered, broken or faded signs being increasingly replaced, often in the interests of urban renewal and to bolster ailing economies, its worth considering how replacing ‘old’ with ‘new’ signs might affect local character, as colours letterforms and materials used on the signs may change. This exhibition examines buildings and commercial signs on five arterial routes of Belfast, the Antrim, Falls, Lisburn, Newtownards and Ormeau Roads, to show how commercial signs help to create the image of each of these places. A photographic archive captures the buildings and signs as a snapshot in time in a city that is constantly changing.

Exhibition opens with refreshments on Thursday 30 April, 6 - 8pm in PS2, Donegall Street, Belfast. The exhibition will be open to view until 9 May (Wed-Fri 1-5pm, Sat 12-3pm).

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

El Barrio Tours is an in depth look at the phenomena of gentrification as seen through the change in the largest Puerto Rican neighbourhood in the 50 states; East Harlem. Join Congressman Charlie Rangel, Edwin Torres - writer of Carlito’s way - and a host of neighbourhood activists, residents, and small business owners, as they debate the past, present, and future of their beloved Barrio.
Dir: Andrew J Padilla
Running Time: 30mins
El Barrio Tours 
(Northern Irish Premier)
Black Box Green Room
Tuesday 6 May 7:00PM

Tuesday, 10 May 2011

New concepts to improve Belfast's river banks

Press release - 10.05.2011

Participants at the Design Charrette held last Wednesday at the Lagan Lookout in Belfast. Photo by Robin Cordiner.
New boardwalks along the river banks, a multigenerational hub and pocket parks are some of the suggested future improvements to Belfast's Laganside. The concepts came from the Cathedral Quarter Charrette, a design event held at the Lagan Lookout last week by PLACE, Northern Ireland's Architecture Centre.

Teams were made up of architects, artists, writers, community and cultural groups and planners. Each team was asked to come up with ideas for how the Laganside area might be made into a viable, inhabited promenade. Even after the improvements of the Laganside development, the area still has a low level of footfall, minimal activity in its public spaces and it remains disconnected from the city centre.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

UPCOMING EVENTS - Film screening, Photography tour and Architecture debate

Our colleagues at the Forum for Alternative Belfast and Belfast Exposed have some interesting events happening in the next few weeks...

Change of Address
The Spectrum Centre - Shankill Road
Thursday 22 April
£4.50 & £4.00

This documentary made in 1975 by BBC Northern Ireland follows the housing problems in Belfast and the proposed development of the Belfast Urban Motorway. The Belfast Urban Motorway was the name given to an ambitious scheme to build a continuous free-flow motorway around the city centre. For various reasons the scheme never went ahead.

The Documentary looks at the problems of the Divis flats development on the Falls Road and the difficulty of the living environment. It also looks at the depopulation of the Shankill Road as people moved to the outskirts of the city to housing schemes such as Springmartin. People talk about the difficulty of this move because of the poor conditions and isolation from their original communities.

Following the screening Jackie Redpath alongside Declan Hill and Mark Hackett (Forum for Alternative Belfast) will talk about the issues raised in the films.

To book your tickets online click here. (Tickets also on sale on the night).

A Special Event with the
10th Belfast Film Festival and Forum for Alternative Belfast


Sunday 25th April (exhibition runs 26 April - 23 May)

A site-specific exhibition of images sourced from the Belfast Exposed archive, placed in sites around the city centre. The images and their role as historical document are given a new context by positioning them in on-street advertising panels.

Meet at Belfast Exposed at 2pm before embarking on walking tour of the exhibition sites, led by one of the original photographers, who can give a unique first-hand account of each photograph.

Tour will finish up at The Dark Horse on Commercial Court for a drinks reception.

More info via


Architecture Debate at Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival
The Dark Horse
Friday 30 April 6.00pm
£3.00 - Buy Tickets here

"Belfast has had nothing of any architectural merit built in the past 50 years."
BBC Northern Ireland: Good Morning Ulster: 26/02/10: 8.38am.

Following comments by Environment Minister, Mr Edwin Poots that he was going to radically reform the Planning Service, BBC presenter Karen Patterson read the above anonymous text message.

Chaired by Finola Meredith, a group of leading architects, planners, community activists, academics and journalists will debate the subject. Ten well known Belfast Buildings will be presented. Both panel and audience will have the chance to vote.

More info via