Belfast Exposed


3rd Aug - 16th Sep

Portrait of Humanity Vol. 5

In partnership with the British Journal of PhotographyBelfast Exposed is delighted to be hosting the British Journal of P...

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1st Jun - 22nd Jul

Else Time | Ulster University MFA Photography Exhibition 2023

In this unique time that we find ourselves in, the things that once were so certain, are no longer so.Else Time is an 'ot...

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21st May - 22nd May

Showing the faces of dementia with Alzheimer’s NI

Ahead of the Alzheimer’s Society Annual Conference 2019 (ASAC19), Belfast Exposed was commissioned by Alzheimer’s NI to w...

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4th May - 20th May

Coronation Generation 2023

Bringing together young people from across communities for Coronation GenerationIn April 2023, Belfast Exposed worked wit...

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Coronation Generation 2023


4th May 2023 to 20th May 2023

About The Exhibition

Bringing together young people from across communities for Coronation Generation

In April 2023, Belfast Exposed worked with over 50 young people from a range of community backgrounds to produce a series of portraits that provide a snapshot of Northern Ireland's youth.

Working with the Ideas Foundation, this was part of the Coronation Generation project that asked young people from communities across the United Kingdom to produce creative artwork to mark the Coronation in May 2023.

'The Coronation Generation creative brief is one that we wanted to share across the United Kingdom - offering students the chance to exercise their creativity in response to briefs on community, diversity, sustainability and youth.

Over three weeks Belfast Exposed arranged and hosted workshops for 50 students from all parts of the community. The photographs and works are inspired by the Cyanotypes, one of the oldest photographic printing processes in the history of photography. The distinctive feature of the print is its shade of cyan blue, which results from its exposure to ultraviolet light.

The young people themselves have been an inspiration. I am blown away by the graft, passion and commitment of Belfast Exposed who are genuinely opening their doors and helping young people see their futures and their community from different lenses'.

Heather MacRae, Chief Executive of the Ideas Foundation who visited the project during the workshops and met with participants added;

To add an additional creative element to this project, we used cyanotype printing to produce these portraits. One of the world's oldest forms of photographic printing, cyanotypes have a unique blue hue and their creation involved hands-on work from all participants.

Launching at Late Night Art on 4th May 2023, an exhibition of the cyanotypes produced as part of the project ran for three weeks in the Studio Gallery. Watch below to see how the project unfolded and what the young people involved thought!

Watch the video here!


This project was carried out in partnership with The Ideas Foundation, with funding from the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.


The Ideas Foundation