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Gallery 1

12th Oct 2023 to 21st Dec 2023

About The Exhibition

Belfast Exposed presents Beyond, a new survey exhibition of work from world renowned Irish visual artist Victor Sloan.

Containing both some of Sloan’s iconic works and a series of never before exhibited images and video pieces, Beyond gives audiences a chance to view a broad survey of work from one of Ireland’s major artists, spanning Sloan’s entire career. The exhibition features both Sloan’s trademark hand-manipulated conceptual images and a range of his documentary photography and video pieces.

The work has a strong international theme, with images from Berlin, Poland, Germany, The Golan Heights, Syria and Jordan displayed, alongside pieces from Northern Ireland.

Victor Sloan's Beyond is the highlight exhibition of, and launches on the same day as, the Belfast International Arts Festival which runs for 12th October to 5th November.

Beyond will be in Gallery I from Thursday 12th October until Thursday 21st December 2023. In addition, Sloan will be in conversation during a special artist talk on Thursday 26th October.


‘We’re thrilled to once again welcome Victor Sloan to Belfast Exposed for Beyond, a broad ranging survey of his work from over the last four decades. Combining both his conceptual and documentary work, this exhibition showcases the extraordinary range of an artist who has exerted an incredible influence upon Irish visual art. Sloan’s analogue methods of image manipulation in particular is an instantly recognisable artistic signature that produces unique, arresting images. The placing of this work alongside a selection of Sloan's documentary photography - taken everywhere from Northern Ireland to the Golan Heights - emphasises the depth and breadth of Sloan’s body of work and his versatility across different forms of photography'

Deirdre Robb, Director of Belfast Exposed

The Artists

Victor Sloan

Artist Biography

Victor Sloan is one of Ireland's major visual artists. He was born in Dungannon, Co. Tyrone in Northern Ireland. He studied at Belfast and Leeds Colleges of Art. He has developed an international reputation for creating powerful images, which display his prodigious versatility and inventiveness. He is known for his works commenting on various political, social and cultural aspects of Northern Ireland. As well as working with the medium of photography, he also uses video, etching and screen-printing.


Sloan has been an exhibiting artist since 1980, and his work has been displayed widely throughout Europe, North America, South America and Asia. His work is to be found in numerous important private and public collections worldwide, including the Arts Council of Northern Ireland; the Ulster Museum; the Martin Parr Foundation, England; the State Art Collection, Ireland; the National Self-Portrait Collection of Ireland; the British Telecommunications, the Millennium New Media Collection; the Northern Ireland Civil Service Art Collection; the Imperial War Museum, London; the National Media Museum, Bradford, England and the Jobst Graeve Collection, Ireland.