How Your Support Helps Us
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. Our organisation is unique in its methods and is very highly regarded by counsellors, community workers and social workers. Your donation allows us to travel and work with individuals and groups in your local area, leading to a positive impact on your community. If you would like to support the work we do, you can donate using the PayPal box to the right or enquire about sponsorship, membership and volunteering by filling in the form to the right.
Who We Are & What We Do
Belfast Exposed, a registered charity situated in Belfast City Centre, is Northern Ireland’s premier contemporary photography organisation. Our galleries exhibit work by internationally renowned photographers, and also provide a platform for local photographers, who we continue to support throughout the early stages of their career. We have two gallery spaces which display up to 12 exhibitions a year, accompanied by gallery events such as artist talks, all of which are open to the public and free of charge. We undertake community engagement and photography projects across Northern Ireland in line with our socially engaged ethos of addressing exclusion, unemployment, increasing access, enabling creativity and critical thinking, by using the camera as a tool for driving and documenting change. We also have over 30 years experience delivering training courses to the public, enabling students to develop as photographers, and also provide bespoke courses for individuals, schools and businesses. Belfast Exposed have an extensive archive of photographs of the troubles in Belfast and Northern Ireland, compiled over the past 30 years through contributions from professional and amateur photographers, and communities. We incorporate the archive images in our workshops as a way to ease the trauma of the past and support people using photography as a method of healing.
Belfast Exposed’s community engagement programmes encompass a wide range of individuals and organisations, involving people of all ages, interests and backgrounds. Our community photography projects provide exciting, enjoyable and creative experiences that add value to community development. The workshops provide skills for employability and enterprise, for building confidence and self-esteem, and for coping with certain conditions, illnesses and struggles that affect lives. Currently, we predominantly work with a variety of mental health groups throughout Northern Ireland, using photography as a distraction, coping mechanism and catalyst for improving their quality of life. As a result, we are now one of the leaders in the mental health sector.
We are aware that the younger generation will continue to drive, change and challenge photography for years to come, so we provide gallery tours and education workshops to schools, run annual Summer Schemes and a programme called Young Futures aimed at providing teenagers with skills and knowledge in photography. As a result, we have had young people progress from our workshops through to university and careers in photography.