If you are in the mood to explore some art around Belfast, look no further than Cathedral Quarter. 

The start of August brings 3 brand new exhibitions to Belfast Exposed. You can explore themes of family, history, architecture and also see photographs inspired by literature or politics. To give you a taste of what to expect, 

Here are the 3 Photo Exhitibions At Belfast Exposed Not To Miss This August:

1. Jerwood/Photoworks Awards 2020

In Gallery 1, visitors can enjoy two Jerwood/Photoworks Awardee Silvia Rosi and Theo Simpson’s photographic work. Both explore the idea of history, across themes of family, industry, identity and architecture. 

The Jerwood/Photoworks Awards support photographers to create new work and develop their practices. It also encourages artists and photographers to explore new approaches to photography or experimental methods.

The two exhibiting awardees were selected from over 450 submissions in response to an open call to UK-based artists using photography within 10 years of establishing their practice.

Rosi’s work is an exploration of her personal family history, inspired by her Togolaise heritage and the idea of origins. In this exhibit, her mother plays a central role, as well as her fathers’ migration from West Africa. Rosi’s photography contains a visual deconstruction of head carrying techniques, a practice with its own histories, skills, rituals and aesthetics, and a strong connection to Silvia’s own family history.

Throughout this exhibit, you can see new examples of her colour and black and white photography and her first video work too. 

Theo Simpson’s work is inspired by the evolving environments and elements of the world we live in today. Theo’s art crosses between the imaginary and the real world. Throughout the exhibit, you can see his work navigate human possibility, political impulses and economic transformations.

2. A Conversation Ensued, Nobody Said A Word

This duo exhibition by Colin Drake and Yvonne Kennan, in Gallery 2 explores two individual interpreters with pre-existing concerns, interests and concepts considering and replying to the others.

 From the early nineties, Colin Darke’s has held exhibits in many European galleries, including The MAC in 2014. His engagement in visual arts has also included writing for various publications and occasional curating.

Dublin born Yvonne Kennan is a residing studio member of Orchid Studios. Her artwork has been shown throughout Ireland. Her practice encompasses drawing, painting, collage, photography and assemblage. 

A Conversation Ensued, Nobody Said A Word is a truly collaborative exhibit, where both artists step away from their individual practice to work together on a body of work. 

Influencing many of the photography on display are literary figures like Goethe, Barthes and Kafka, while visual influences include Man Ray, Joseph Kosuth, Dan Flavin and more. 

3. Street View: Above The Fold by artist Noel Bowler.

Through Street View, this August you can visit Above The Fold, the summit of an eight-year-long project by Irish artist Noel Bowler. 

Bowler’s signature medium is using a film camera to photograph newspaper newsrooms across Europe, the United States and Asia. 

He has worked together with some of the largest newspapers worldwide, and his photographs take you through the development of free press over the years.

Bowler body of work examines the ongoing consideration of the political forces that shape our world, reflected through the organisation of social space.

All three exhibits are open from 5th August. To learn more about each individual exhibition and see some of the amazing photographs go to: www.belfastexposed.org 

Photo cred: Self Portrait as my Father 2019 by Silvia Rosi