Belfast Exposed

Exhibitions

6th Feb - 30th Mar

Navigating Queer Landscapes

We are delighted to be working with the Queer Artist Forum to bring the work of two of its members to Embrace Style, the incl...

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7th Mar - 23rd Mar

Memorial UnMemorial

Artist Gwen Stevenson embarked on a poignant year-long durational performance, marking the 25th Anniversary of the Good Frida...

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Community

25th Sep - 7th Oct

Young People Behind the Lens

Over the summer, a group of young people from Start 360 explored the cityscape of Belfast. They found new ways to see the...

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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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In Full Bloom Exhibition – Experiences

Community

10th May 2018 to 10th Aug 2018

About The Exhibition

The showcase of work in the Arts Care In Full Bloom Exhibitions - Experiences, exhibiting in Belfast Exposed’s Studio Gallery, has been inspired by the life and work of Mexican Artist Frida Kahlo, as part of the Arts Care Here & Now Older People’s Arts, Health & Well Being Festival 2017-18.

The Arts Care Here & Now Festival aims to enhance the health and wellbeing of older people by supporting them to access and participate in high quality arts activity. In Full Bloom is the final showcase of services user’s work - it challenges stereotypical notions of what growing older means and promotes older people’s inclusion in the community.

Frida Kahlo was born on 6 July 1907 and named Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderon. Frida celebrated life despite contracting polio as a child, experiencing depression and a life changing accident leaving her with a range of disabilities. Prior to her accident at 18 years of age, Frida Kahlo was destined to study medicine.

She navigated challenging relationships and Frida’s legacy continuesot his day as an iconic artist. Frida died aged forty seven on 13 July 1954. Her work was rediscovered in the 1970s. She was best known for her vibrant and colourful paintings that had a very personal context, particularly her self-portraits that identified Frida’s unique style not only as an artist but her sartorial style of dress.

Living in the same colourful home all her life, known as The Blue House, her work was inspired by Mexican Culture and Naïve Folk Art, mixing realism and fantasy. Struggles with mental health problems and disability are reflected in her work.

Her art and self-expression were an integral part of how Frida managed to cope with her varying life experiences. Arts Care Project Artists have worked with service users from ages 60-102 through a series of facilitated workshops over the five Health Care Trusts. They have all interpreted Frida’s work and creativity through a series of stunning paintings, textiles, printing, photography, mosaic, collage, creative writing, dance and music. The result is an inspiring and colourful exhibition, celebrating creativity, innovation and life.

Partners

Arts Care

Public Health Agency

Here & Now Older People’s Arts

Health & Well Being Festival 2017/18