Six rising stars in photography have been recognised through the Belfast Exposed ‘Future Artists’ programme to enable them to produce new work and support their career development. The artists are either in post-education or early stages of embarking on their photographic career, and each will have the opportunity to have a solo exhibition in Belfast Exposed’s gallery and take part in group exhibitions.
Through an open call that took place across the UK and ROI, these six artists showed exceptional quality in their work, depth in their practice and a commitment to work hard in the programme.
Belfast Exposed CEO, Deirdre Robb, stated: “These six artists are already making their mark in the photographic world. These awards are given in recognition of their work to date and also to provide them with financial and career support to significantly develop their practice by taking their careers to the next level.”
The artists’ work navigates between real and imagined worlds with imagery of human fragility and survival. Drawn from experiences that stem within and reveal boundaries of life, addiction and death. The nature of the practice incorporates the construction of scenes, body alterations and dystopia fiction encountered in physical and economic transformations.
Suzanne Lyle, Head of Visual Arts, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, commented on the programme: “Congratulations to all the artists chosen to participate in Belfast Exposed Futures Artists, a career development programme, supported by National Lottery funding through the Arts Council. We are committed to supporting valuable, high-quality and meaningful opportunities for artists in Northern Ireland and this impressive programme will enable these artists to take that all-important next step in their professional, artistic careers.”
Belfast Exposed ‘Futures Artists’ programme is supported by Foyle Foundation, Arts Council of Northern Ireland and Belfast City Council.
Read the full announcement and more information on the ‘Futures Artists’ programme: