Photographic artists will be showcased on the Belfast seafront

Belfast Harbor has partnered with the Belfast Photo Festival to create a free outdoor gallery on Belfast’s waterfront, to showcase world-class photographic artists at the new City Quays Gallery over the next six months.

In partnership with Arts & Business NI, Belfast Harbor is supporting the Belfast Photo Festival in staging the new exhibition, which is now open and will run until September in the City Quays area of ​​Belfast’s iconic waterfront.

The exhibition is one of many community initiatives planned for 2022, to mark the Port of Belfast’s celebrations of the 175th anniversary of the Belfast Port Commissioners.

Aiming to increase accessibility to the visual arts, the partnership between the Belfast Photo Festival and the Port of Belfast provides free public access to the work of two international photographic artists, with works on display along Belfast’s waterfront .

Each artist’s work will be on display for three months, beginning with the “Wildermann” exhibition by French portrait photographer Charles Fréger, followed by Italian still life photographer Guido Mocafico from June.

Designed so that the public can experience the artwork from multiple angles and perspectives, the exhibition will be displayed on five specially designed triangular display frames and will showcase 15 artworks in total over a six-month period.

Allison Dowling, Director of Communications and Marketing at Belfast Harbour, said: “This outdoor photography exhibition is a first for City Quays and we are delighted to present this innovative visual art gallery within Belfast Harbor Estate. Investing in our communities and creating a ‘Harbour for Everyone’ is at the heart of Belfast Harbour’s strategy, and we encourage local communities, visitors and our property partners to visit and enjoy this stunning exhibition of photographic art. “

Michael Weir, Founder of Belfast Photo Festival, commented: “Belfast Harbor and Belfast Photo Festival share a common goal of connecting Belfast to the world, and this partnership aims to do so by creating a cultural space within the Harbor Estate to bring visitors au Staging the exhibition in an outdoor public space creates 24/7 access for the local community and encourages passersby and visitors to the area to engage freely.

Brona Whittaker, Head of Arts at Arts & Business NI, also spoke about the new partnership: “Arts & Business NI were delighted to help broker this new partnership between the Belfast Photo Festival and the Port of Belfast, and to support this outdoor gallery initiative through our investment program. .

“This project is a true showcase of how cultural and private sector companies, with shared ambitions and values, can come together to create something amazing. We look forward to seeing this exciting exhibition which will be free of charge. for the public and will undoubtedly attract many people to the neighborhood and enliven this public space.”

Michael E. Marquez