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Free outdoor gallery created along Belfast's waterfront

Jenni Barkley, Communications and Corporate Responsibility Manager at Belfast Harbour and Michael Weir, Founder at Belfast Photo Festival, pictured at the launch of a new free outdoor gallery along the city's waterfront
Marie Louise McConville

BELFAST Harbour has teamed up with the city's Photo Festival to create a free outdoor gallery along the city's waterfront.

The exhibition is one of a number of community initiatives scheduled during 2022, to mark Belfast Harbour’s celebrations of the 175th Anniversary of Belfast Harbour Commissioners.

With a goal of increasing accessibility to the visual arts, the partnership between Belfast Photo Festival and Belfast Harbour provides free public access to the work of two international photographic artists.

Belfast Harbour has teamed up with the Belfast Photo Festival to create a free outdoor gallery along the city's waterfront. The first exhibition ‘Wildermann’, is the work of French portrait photographer Charles Fréger. Picture by Hugh Russell

Each artist’s work will be exhibited for three months, beginning at Easter with the ‘Wildermann’ exhibition by French portrait photographer Charles Fréger.

Designed so the public can experience the work from multiple angles and perspectives, the exhibition is staged on five special, purpose-built triangular display frameworks.

Allison Dowling, Director of Communications and Marketing at Belfast Harbour said: "Investing in our communities and creating a ‘Port for Everyone’ is core to Belfast Harbour’s strategy, and we encourage local communities, visitors and our Estate partners to visit and enjoy this superb exhibit of photographic art".

Designed so the public can experience the work from multiple angles and perspectives, the exhibition is staged on five special, purpose-built triangular display frameworks. Picture by Hugh Russell

Michael Weir, Founder at Belfast Photo Festival, said: "Belfast Harbour and Belfast Photo Festival share a common goal of connecting Belfast to the world, and this partnership aims to do just that by creating a cultural space within the Harbour Estate to bring visitors to the waterfront area.

"Staging the exhibition in an outdoor public space creates 24/7 access for the local community and encourages passers-by and visitors to the area to engage with it freely," he said.

Brona Whittaker, Head of Arts at Arts & Business NI, said: "This project is a real showcase of how cultural and private sector businesses, with shared ambitions and values, can come together to great something amazing.

Belfast Photo festival set up the work of Charles Freger around Belfast City Quays.

"We look forward to seeing this exciting exhibition which will be free to the public and will undoubtedly attract many people into the area and animate this public space," she said.

Belfast Photo festival set up the work of Charles Freger around Belfast City Quays Cerbul Stag,Corlata,Romania Picture by Hugh Russell.

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