Inside Out Derry – Global Arts Project Comes to the North West – Participation Call Out

The internationally recognised Inside Out Project will arrive in Derry during 2021. The Inside Out Project is a platform that gives everyone the opportunity to make a statement by displaying large-scale black and white portraits of members from their community in public spaces to turn their untold stories and what they stand for into a public work of art The Inside Out – The People’s Art Project – is an independent group action organised by UV Arts C.I.C and Derry City and Strabane District Council.

The Inside Out project has travelled from Ecuador to Nepal, from Mexico to Palestine, inspiring group actions on varied themes such as hope, diversity, gender-based violence, climate change and over 260,000 people have participated in 129 countries.

During 2021, the project will be delivered in 3 sites across Derry and Strabane and Karl Porter, Director of UV Arts CIC explains: “The project is about celebrating our local community and mostly those who make the community what it is, this is an opportunity to build cohesion, build community pride and to really love where you live as sometimes we can take the natural beauty of our locations for granted.”

“This is a chance for the local people to send us their photographs / selfies and images that will be included in our large scale printed posters that will then be pasted/ or glued onto various walls across our city and district”, “It’s such an engaging activity that anyone can get involved with, a fresh celebration of the people most important to us in our community and city.”

The project will see large scale images of local people attached to hoarding sites across Derry and Strabane and will be open to the public as anyone can submit their own images for inclusion in this global socially driven arts project. The final installations will be located at Ebrington Square, Strabane Alley Theatre and the Queens Quay walkway.

‘We are delighted to have Derry and Strabane added to the impressive list of places, where this international project has been delivered’ said Mayor Brian Tierney ‘It’s a wonderful concept that will get people talking and create a buzz in our city and town centres over the next few months. I’d encourage anyone who is interested in having their photo included to contact the artists and get involved.’

To get involved

We are asking for individuals to submit images/selfies/headshots to be included in the project. We are also organizing “Photo Booths” at various locations in the city but we would be really interested to come to your youth clubs and organization to set up your own photo booth so that your participants can get involved and we can take the photos if you prefer. We do need to have permission slips and release forms signed off by parents and guardians for anyone under 18 but we can provide all the adequate forms necessary.

Karl concludes, “This year has been quite a challenging time for everyone. We’ve all done so well to look after those in need, to support each other and to help motivate us all. This is why we want to celebrate the people of the city, from all backgrounds and all ages.

All images should be sent to

If you have any further questions and want to book us in for a photo booth at your youth club/organizations/ office etc please feel free to call anytime to Karl Porter – 07846887680

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