2016 Belfast Photo Festival Youth Edition
The gloves are off as the sport themed 2016 Belfast Photo Festival Youth Edition is launched
DatesSunday, 03 April 2016 to Monday, 30 May 2016
Belfast Photo Festival, Northern Ireland’s premier visual arts festival and the photographic biennial of the Island of Ireland, is perhaps most loved for its celebration of national and international contemporary photography and attracting the biggest names in the photography industry to Belfast.
But, back in 2014 it took a daring step forward and launched Europe’s first photography festival for young people aged 12-17. Belfast Photo Festival Youth Edition was born and Thursday marked the official launch of the 2016 programme of events with an inspiring mix of sport-based exhibitions and interactive photography workshops for the young people of Northern Ireland.
The festival, supported by Belfast City Council, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Iris Colour and The Foyle Foundation, will showcase a number of major exhibitions at Titanic Belfast and the Ulster Museum alongside a range of interactive workshops for young people exploring the theme of photography and sport.
The focus of this year’s festival is to open up photography to a younger audience by utilising Northern Ireland’s rich sporting culture for interactive workshops and major exhibitions capturing the art of boxing, gymnastics and skateboarding. It aims to encourage and present future talent, while providing training and skills development for young people through photography.
Some of this year’s festival highlights include the work of British artist Jo Longhurst exploring the physical and emotional experiences of elite gymnasts through photography, sculptural installation and performances by some of Northern Ireland’s elite artistic gymnasts in her show ‘Other Spaces’, the ‘Freestyle’ exhibition focusing on skate and BMX culture, and ‘Boxers’, the major boxing exhibition bringing together the works of American photographer, Larry Fink, and local photographer, Richard Wade, which features Belfast’s own Martin Rogan and former All-Ireland senior elite champion Fiona Nelson.
For the full festival programme visit www.belfastphotofestival.com