Art In The Eastside – Ireland’s largest outdoor exhibition


Image by John Baucher

All eyes will be on the East of the city in the coming weeks and this time for all the right reasons. The 4th Art in the Eastside annual outdoor visual arts exhibition will be on the streets from 26th August, showcasing the creative ambition of East Belfast.

Art in the Eastside is a dynamic public art project that began four years ago, the first of its kind to be delivered in Northern Ireland and is the brainchild of East Belfast-based Creative Exchange Artist Studios. Through the use of high-quality visual art, Art in the Eastside celebrates the creative positive energy of East Belfast, the community Creative Exchange have lived and worked in for the past 18 years.

East Belfast is in a period of transition and has recently been portrayed negatively through the world media with images of conflict and social unrest. Art ln The Eastside represents the other side of the story and showcases the best this vibrant urban community has to offer, creating opportunities that highlight creative talent. It is an urban arts project reflective of its environment, celebrating it and rewarding it by combining local work with that of established and renowned artists from across the globe. Art in the Eastside brings a burst of colour to daily life, drawing on the uniqueness of the area and culminating in one of the most dynamic art projects ever experienced in the city of Belfast.

Deirdre Robb of Creative Exchange said:

Art in the Eastside is community-centered, designed to strengthen engagement in the arts and celebrate all that is great about East Belfast. All too often the news that comes from this part of the city is destructive and divisive, we want to celebrate the positive aspects of life in the East. We believe that art has the power to cross barriers and to provoke a positive and progressive spirit, when our 50 images go up we have no doubt people will be talking about them with a sense of pride.”

Brightening our streets from the 26th August, Art In The Eastside can be experienced in various locations across East Belfast, presenting the work of local, national and international contemporary visual artists on a huge scale including: Susan MacWilliam, Rita Duffy and Colin Davidson. An outdoor exhibition and dynamic installations will incorporate Billboards, Adshells, walls, buildings, railings, shopping centres, parks and many other open spaces and places. A map highlighting the location of each artwork will be available, as will guided tours by artists from Creative Exchange.

The Art Flag Bunting project, part of Art In The Eastside, is a socially engaging series of art gatherings and workshops developed by the Creative Exchange artists alongside the local community in a unifying celebration of ‘Our East’. The workshops have resulted in the creation of colourful bunting that represents the pride that individuals and groups have in their community. The celebratory bunting will be hung in a variety of public locations across the East for the duration of the outdoor exhibition.

Art in the Eastside also hosts a number of ancillary events including talks, tours, master classes and workshops. An exhibition including some of the 400 submissions from artists across the globe will be hosted in the Engine Room Gallery from the 5 – 26 September. Art in the Eastside is also featured as part of the East Belfast Arts Festival.

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