Belfast Exposed

Belfast Exposed

Belfast Exposed
23 Donegall Street
Belfast
BT1 2FF
United Kingdom

Opening Hours

Gallery opening hours: 11:00am - 5:00pm, Tuesday to Saturday

Office opening hours: 9:30am - 5:30pm, Monday to Saturday

Belfast Exposed comprises of a contemporary gallery, futures gallery, community engagement programmes, photography training courses, bookshop, reading room and archive.

Belfast Exposed is Northern Ireland’s principal gallery of contemporary photography, commissioning, publishing and showing work by artists and photographers from Northern Ireland and across the world. 

Founded in 1983 by a group of local photographers as a challenge to media representation of the city’s experience of conflict, our work continues to reflect a socially engaged ethos, while responding to contemporary currents in photography and politics further afield. Located in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter, our exhibitions, publications and photography projects with artists and local communities are usually accompanied by related talks, community events and discussions.

Open for browsing during gallery hours, our Bookshop stocks a range of thought provoking photographic, arts and social sciences titles, while our Reading Roomprovides welcoming space for study and research, with access to an extensive collection of books and reference materials. A selection of almost 2,000 images from our archive has been digitised and made available for browsing on the iMac in the upstairs Exchange Gallery. A smaller selection is accessible online.

Belfast Exposed also provides Photography Courses for the general public and designs bespoke photography training for schools, colleges, businesses and community groups.

Gallery opening hours during exhibitions: 11am to 5pm, Tuesday to Saturday. 

Contact us for more information.

Belfast Exposed's Services

Bookshop

Belfast Exposed

23 Donegall Street

Venue Hire

Belfast Exposed

23 Donegall Street, Belfast, BT1 2FF

Community Engagement Through Photography

Belfast Exposed

23 Donegall Street Belfast BT1 2FF

Belfast Exposed's Content

Event
Art & Culture

Belfast Exposed

Belfast Exposed’s Street View presents Yan Wang Preston’s three bodies of work produced in the last decade, for which she explores ideas around landscape photography, identity and the environment through epic journeys across both time and space. The exhibition explores the politics of landscape representation and its association with national identities, nature, and the environment.
Dates:
03 June - 17 July 2021
Belfast
Event
Art & Culture

Belfast Exposed

Belfast Exposed is proud to present “A Lightness of Touch”, the showstopping end-of-year degree show for the MFA Photography graduates at Ulster University. This exhibition connects a broad range of thoughts, experiences, and feelings. The content is far-reaching and diverse with works by national and international artists. What binds the artists of this show together is not the subject of their work, but their sensitive and tender approach towards capturing their subjects; a particular lightness of touch.
Dates:
03 June - 17 July 2021
Belfast
Event
Art & Culture

Belfast Exposed

Belfast Exposed presents AEON, a solo exhibition by Swiss photographer and artist Marcel Rickli. AEON explores radioactive waste repositories and how they will affect humanity for generations to come. Rickli explores how humanity can create symbols and language that will be capable of warning future generations of the dangerous sites for thousands of years to come.
Dates:
03 June - 17 July 2021
Belfast
Event
Art & Culture Outdoor Activity

Belfast Exposed

Belfast Exposed is delighted to present Street View: Matthew Finn which features four projects - Mother, Uncle, Wife and Son - by artist Matthew Finn. Finn uses the people and events directly surrounding his life as visual references for projects that sometimes take years to realise. With no commercial constraints or deadlines, Finn’s subjects are people that are important in his life.
Dates:
08 March - 17 April 2021
Belfast
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Art & Culture Online / Virtual Outdoor Activity

Belfast Exposed

Belfast Exposed is delighted to present Street View: Tristan Poyser which features two projects - The Invisible In-between: An Englishman’s Search For The Irish Border and Masked: a Portrait of Amazon - by artist Tristan Poyser. The two projects share a commonality, in that they both explore political, cultural and social issues at a time of great uncertainty. In both projects, Poyser engaged with the public to 'encompass their opinions, hopes and desires about their unique socio-political situations. As a collective, their voices amass an account which is representative of precarious times. Each respondent was invited to tear a print in ‘The Invisible In-between’ to make the invisible visible then to share a written comment about their thoughts on Brexit. In a similar manner, a subset of photographs from ‘Masked’ is a series of 130 Amazon employees asked to write and display their introspections.'
Dates:
04 January - 27 February 2021
Belfast
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Art & Culture Training/Advice Workshop

Belfast Exposed

The course will introduce you to the Photoshop interface and will cover the basic Photoshop features such as working in layers, and techniques that you can use to adjust, correct and enhance your photographs.
Dates:
20 March 2021
Belfast
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Art & Culture Training/Advice Workshop

Belfast Exposed

Day 1 will be based in the Belfast Exposed studio where we will fully prepare you with the knowledge to move into the field of landscape photography with confidence, looking at both historical and contemporary work. Day 2 is on location. The location will be decided on day 1, as well as the choice between a morning sunrise shoot or an evening sunset shoot. Day 3 is back in the studio. The photographs taken on day 2 will be reviewed, with the tutor providing valuable, constructive feedback. Followed by further teaching on the subject.
Dates:
13 March 2021
Belfast
Event
Art & Culture Training/Advice Workshop

Belfast Exposed

Wet Plate Collodion is a 19th century photography process of creating images on glass or metal plates. This one day, intensive workshop will let you relive the excitement experienced by the pioneers of photography. Each participant will shoot and process their own unique ambrotypes, from start to finish.
Dates:
06 March 2021
Belfast
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Art & Culture Training/Advice Workshop

Belfast Exposed

You will get an introduction to your camera’s manual controls, focusing on how to control aperture, shutter speed and ISO to correctly expose your photographs. This course will also enable you to apply a practical and theoretical knowledge to help you use a digital camera effectively and creatively.
Dates:
03 March 2021
Belfast
Event
Art & Culture Training/Advice Workshop

Belfast Exposed

This course will be run over 2 x three hour sessions starting with picture taking, through to editing, processing, and printing your negatives. We also look at composition and taking images in full frame capturing the entire scene and obtaining correct exposure and metering techniques. The image taking skills are mirrored in our post-production learning.
Dates:
15 February 2021
Belfast

More Information

Type of Organisation

VCSE

Team

  • Conor O'Brien
  • Pauline Hadaway