Frequently Asked Questions

We have put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) that will hopefully address any Belfast Exposed related queries you may have. If any of your questions are not answered here, please contact and we will get right back to you.

About Belfast Exposed

When is the gallery open?

We are open Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 5pm.

Do you have any volunteer opportunities?

We are always willing to accept applications and queries from those interested in volunteering with us, whether we are currently recruiting new volunteers or not doing so. Visit our Volunteering page to find out more about our volunteer programme.

How much does it cost to visit the gallery?

Visiting us is free of charge and everybody is welcome.

Who funds Belfast Exposed?

Belfast Exposed is generously supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and by Belfast City Council’s Culture and Arts Unit. From time to time we receive funding from other sources for specific projects and generate income through the provision of educationaltraining and community photography services.

How can I get my work exhibited at Belfast Exposed?

We are interested in new work by artists using photography and we consider proposals from artists nationally and internationally. Our exhibitions programme is usually planned up to 12 months in advance and new proposals are considered twice a year (in February and July annually). If you would like your work considered for exhibition, please send proposals by email as follows: -

  • Up to 12 images (jpeg format, no bigger than 500kb)
  • A written proposal or statement about the submitted work with any technical specifications (up to 500 words)
  • A CV

Emails should be marked ‘Exhibition Proposal’ and sent to Ben Malcolmson at Due to the amount of submissions we receive we are unable to give individual feedback. We do not accept proposal by post. Information from our Policies page.

Do you offer work experience placements?

Unfortunately we are no longer able to offer work experience placements to students. However, there are a number of ways of getting involved with the organisation such as volunteering as a gallery assistant. For more information about this visit our Volunteering page.

Is Belfast Exposed available to hire?

Belfast Exposed has a range of spaces available, including two galleries exhibiting internationally renowned artists and local photographers, as well as a studio and computer suite, that are suitable for meetings, presentations, corporate events and product launches. If you would like to request a quote or make a booking, please complete this form on the Venue Hire page or contact for more details.

How can I support the work of Belfast Exposed?

Any financial donations to our charitable organisation will assist us in continuing the work, support and facilities we provide for communities, schools and the general public. Our organisation travels to the heart of every community across Northern Ireland and provides invaluable support to many individuals in need. We are currently supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and by Belfast City Council’s Culture and Arts Unit. From time to time we receive funding from other sources for specific projects and generate income through the provision of educational, training and community photography services. Visit our Support Us page to see how you can support the work we undertake at Belfast Exposed.


What training do you provide?

We provide hands-on experience in both 35mm and digital photography, giving participants practical photographic skills including location work, scanning images and negatives, training in using Adobe Photoshop & Lightroom, traditional processing and printing, editing and exhibition planning and promotional advice. We also provide project management training opportunities on some of our larger projects. Visit our Courses page for information on our latest courses or contact Conor at

What type of groups have you worked with?

We have worked extensively throughout the region and occasionally on cross-border projects. These are some of the Northern Irish groups we have worked with recently:

  • Dunmurry Community Association
  • Derriaghy Village Community Association
  • Annadale and Haywood Residence Association
  • Impact Training
  • Ards Arena
  • RNIB
  • Roe Valley Residents Association
  • Ballymacarret Friendship Trust

Who undertakes training with you?

A wide range of individuals, as well as organisations and community groups from all kinds of backgrounds, ages and levels of experience and from across Northern Ireland undertake training with us. Projects range from Team Building activities to skills development –where organisations need photography for elements of their work. Many individuals are looking to brush up their camera skills and dark room technique or simply get experience of going out to take photographs on location around the city. For more information about our courses or to book a course visit our Courses page or contact our Conor at

How do I add my details to Belfast Exposed’s facilitators database?

Please send your expression of interest to Mervyn Smyth at

How can I pay for my training courses?

Payment can be made by:

  • Cash
  • Credit/debit card during the hours of 9.30am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday, in the office or over the phone by calling 02890 230965
  • PayPal by using the ‘Sign Up for the Course’ yellow PayPal link on your chosen course’s page in our Courses section.
  • Cheque (payable to Belfast Exposed Photography)

For terms and conditions see our Bookings and Cancellation Policy for more details.

Do you sell gift vouchers?

Yes! You can buy gift vouchers in any denomination. We accept payment by card, cash, cheque or PayPal. Vouchers expire one year after the purchase date, and may be used for courses, events, hiring and in our bookshop. Phone 02890 230965, email or call into the office and a member of staff will be able to assist you.