Healing Through Photography Conference – 3 and 4 April

Explore therapeutic photography and learn how it can be used to improve mental health at the Healing Through Photography Conference, a two-day conference taking place in Belfast this April!

Learn from industry experts. See the therapeutic benefits of photography and its processes brought to life. Get insight into inspirational, real-life stories. Learn and develop new techniques and share your experiences with peers.

With keynote speakers hosted at the Metropolitan Art Centre (MAC), the conference also provides an opportunity to experience the Cathedral Quarter, the beating heart of the visual arts in Belfast! Explore the galleries, artists’ studios and vibrant street art situated around historic St Anne’s Cathedral and the bustling University of Ulster campus, as you move between workshops and talks.

Keynote Speakers

Donovan Wylie is a photographer and Professor at Ulster University, whose work interrogates the conceptual architecture of power, containment and war. He first came to widespread critical acclaim with his work documenting the Maze Prison – the main site for internment during the Troubles – and further developed his critical reputation with the Tower Series, documenting the architecture of conflict in Northern Ireland, Afghanistan and the Canadian Arctic. In addition to photography, Wylie often works in film.  He received a BAFTA in 2002 for The Train.

Wylie joins the speaker lineup for Healing Through Photography, where he will discuss his work and how photography can capture the complex legacies of conflict.

Prof. Siobhan O’Neill is an expert in intergenerational trauma & mental health and currently serves as Northern Ireland’s Mental Health Champion. Her role focuses on improving the mental health of the people of Northern Ireland, through evidence-based policy, services and care.

On Tuesday 4th April, Professor O’Neill will be one of the conference keynote speakers at the MAC, speaking about her work as NI Mental Health Champion and how creative methods of engagement can complement therapeutic & clinical approaches to mental health.


For any other queries, please email htpconference@belfastexposed.org.

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