Brendan Jamison, Central Station, billboard location no. 39

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Teufelsberg Field Station Berlin 1963-2013’ is constructed from Lego by sculptor Brendan Jamison. Teufelsberg is German for ‘Devil’s Mountain’ and is a hill in Berlin that rises eighty meters above the Brandenburg plain. The hill, just like Jamison’s piece is manmade, while Jamison’s is from bright plastic blocks, the Devil’s Mountain was created from the rubble of Berlin following the Second World War. Jamison’s structure is of a cross-section of the Cold War spy station known as Teufelsberg Field Station. Built on the mound in 1963, it was shared between British and American Intelligence Services until its decommission in 1991. The positioning of its radomes on this mound permitted unparalleled surveillance of Communist East Germany on the opposite side of the Berlin Wall. The five white radomes installed were so powerful that conversations could be listened to from over 300 kilometers away, making it the most famous listening station in the world of espionage.

Jamison’s sculpture translates a structure of massive invasive capability into a bright miniature that is small enough to be handled by a child. With intrusion and eavesdropping no longer a threat, the feat of engineering and design that generated Teufelsberg Field Station’s success can be marvelled at.  Furthermore, its representation in cross section form is a fitting unmasking of this prying, yet hidden station.   

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Belfast
BT4 4HH

Andrew Haire, Central Station, billboard location no. 39

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Jökulsárlón’ unveils the kinetic energy that radiates from the crisp wasteland of Iceland’s glaciers. The title, which translates as ‘glacial river lagoon,’ is also the name of the deepest lake in Iceland, an icescape of marching icebergs, hooks and twists of lucent ice, and bodies of glassy water.

Haire’s painting is from his series entitled ‘Plastic Landscapes,’ which were produced after visiting Iceland in 2012. His painting is composed from layers of translucent acrylics that blanket each other to build a rich, textured and surreal impression of a landscape that the artist describes as ‘extra-terrestrial.’ Haire has captured the aura of one of Iceland’s natural wonders, a wilderness he has enchanted with flecks and streaks of colour that oscillate in this immaculate tundra.

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Colin Darke, 242 Newtownards Road, billboard location no. 1

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‘Apples at the Foot of a Tree’ is inspired by the work of Gustave Courbet. His portraits of apples were produced while incarcerated for his part in the Paris Commune, the uprising that took place in 1871, and ended with the massacre of 30,000 people by government troops. Many of the apples captured in Gustave’s paintings were beginning to decay, it is thought that they act as a metaphor for his fallen Communards.

Darke’s re-imagining of these strange fruits includes the transcription of the last, rhetorical proclamation published by the Commune. Darke carves the words they summoned in their last breath into the apples at the foot of his tree. The hoard of fallen apples in Darke’s piece suggest that they are not an autumnal crop, instead an unnatural and premature harvest, reminiscent of the massacre, a waste that will soon feed the tree at whose roots they have fallen.

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Gabrielé Ganžaité, 142a Castlereagh Road, billboard location no. 30

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She Lost Herself For Two Seconds’ is a digital mixed media piece that plays with the perspective of words, images and material. This minimalist black ink drawing, with its rounded edges and hesitant hand, is set to a sentimental advertisement style, the pastel colours leave a soft impression, while the meaning of the text ‘She Lost Herself For Two Seconds,’ ripples out to form fresh layers of interpretation on this deceptively modest piece.

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Patricia Vallely, 154 Beersbridge Road, billboard location no. 19

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Pants in the East’ is a pro-joy piece that Valley created because she didn’t want anyone to get their knickers in a twist over her billboard. Instead she wants to make the ordinary extraordinary, and celebrate the spontaneity of the mundane. ‘Pants in the East‘ does just that; vibrant, honest and unexpected, the underwear that she confirms are women’s, will be supersized and hanging in all their glory on Beersbridge Road. A carousel of femininity in the widest sense, Vallely may not be washing Belfast’s dirty laundry in public but she is certainly airing it out.  

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414 Newtownards Road
Belfast
BT4 4HH

Lesley Cherry, 153 Newtownards Road, billboard location no. 2

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‘Saddle Back Mare with Soliders’ stages a scene at once in motion and immobile; the horse, one of the various children’s toys used, is poised in a regal posture upon the wallpaper base. The ribbons that cascade from the bridle and tail, pin the horse to the board in a scene where the decorative ornamentation has perhaps become an anchor. With the presence of the bow adorning its tail, a signal among equestrian circles of an animal that kicks or is dangerous, and the horse encircled by the plastic soldiers, Cherry’s work holds up a kaleidoscope of mirrors to the viewer and in so, a plethora of potential interpretations of this dark humoured piece., with political overtones.

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Brook-Valentine Menown, Central Station, billboard location no. 39

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‘The Great Pastie Supper’ is Menown’s tasty emblem for the East. A patron of The Bethany Fish and Chip Shop, Menown’s aim with her palatable poster in seaside blues and sunshine yellows, is to brighten places up. Working with black pen and describing the pastie supper as a guilty pleasure and a local delicacy, Menown’s poster proudly frames the golden chips and pastie with hand rendered early 20th century Typography and Rococo style embellishments. The poster is reminiscent of retro advertising signs, and is meant to make you salivate for what she describes as  “Northern Ireland’s finest gastronomical delicacy.”

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Thanking Our Funders: Art in the Eastside

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Art in the Eastside wishes to gratefully acknowledge all its funders and key partners who provide the finance, resources and support to enable us to deliver this project to the community.

Creative Exchange are grateful for support from the following funders, businesses and groups: Belfast City Council, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Arts & Business NI, Belfast Harbour, Citybeat, George Best Belfast City Airport, Whitenoise Design Studios, Type AB, Northside, James Brown Funeral Directors, Portview Trade Centre.

IT’S ALL ABOUT THE EAST

Art In The Eastside – Ireland’s largest outdoor exhibition

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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.

For further details on the Art in the Eastside project visit:

Our Website: https://creativeexchange.org.uk

Our Blog: www.artintheeastside.wordpress.com

Follow us on Twitter: creativeexchart #artintheeastside

Find us on Facebook: http://goo.gl/BL0hKe

Here is the map of all of our billboard locations! The billboards will be going up at 2am on the morning of the 26th!

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Full list of artists taking part in Art In The Eastside:

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