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...

Read More
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...

Read More

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...

Read More
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...

Read More

Memorial

Gallery 1

13th Jun 2002 to 18th Jul 2002

About The Exhibition

Public memorials express choices made between what will be forgotten of history and what remembered. Celebrating, condemning or consoling, memorials take sides and yet, traditionally, war memorials exist to create a sense of closure and consensus. In the particular circumstances of Belfast, memorials invariably serve to dramatise difference and heighten tension. From city centre monument to the murals and gardens of local communities, memorials that are sacred to one, may appear sacrilegious to another.

Earlier this year, Belfast Exposed awarded Peter Richards a Bursary to make photographic work documenting public memorials to war, conflict and disaster across the city of Belfast.

The project has taken Peter Richards, an artist based at Flax Art Studios in north Belfast, across the city to sites of state, community and personal memorial, including memorials on the Falls, Upper Springfield, Crumlin and Shankill Roads and in Ardoyne.

Richards adopted an innovative approach to the project, converting a 'wheelie-bin' into a pinhole camera, through which he directly exposed colour photographic paper, creating a unique series of original prints. In addition Richards used a 4x5 pinhole camera to expose transparencies for another series of images, which have in turn been digitally processed and printed.

'As well as providing me with a very simple method of dispersing crowds and jumping queues, my travels through Belfast with a wheelie bin camera have elicited a wide range of responses', says Peter. 'Attempts at photographing the Titanic Memorial at City Hall provoked a mass exodus of people from nearby bus stops. A little later, pushing through the Village on the south side of the city en route to the Falls, a local passer by informed me of another, equally innovative if rather more sinister use for Belfast wheelie bins, which possibly explained the nervousness of the crowds around City Hall. Apparently, the common or garden wheelie bin had occasionally served as shell casing for home made fertiliser bombs.'

Peter Richards will be present in the gallery on the opening night, where work from both series will be exhibited.

The Artists

Peter Richards

Acknowledgements

Belfast Exposed's Bursary & Exhibition programmes are supported by Belfast City Council and the Arts Council of NI.