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Belfast Photo Festival 2024
Jun 6–30, 2024
Various Locations
Belfast, Northern Ireland

Belfast Photo Festival is a charitable organisation that hosts an annual event at diverse locations citywide. We catalyse local debate, creative development and financial opportunities with a combination of commissions, entrepreneurship and global arts leadership. We are proud of our 13 year longevity, resilience, innovation and adaptation across arts and public engagement. Built on a track record and reputation of reaching and positively impacting numerous and diverse, national and international audiences.

Described as one of the “best photography festivals in the world” (Capture Magazine), Belfast Photo Festival is the UK and Ireland’s largest annual festival of photography and attracts upwards of 100 thousand physical visitors a year. It celebrates the finest national and international contemporary photography across Northern Ireland’s museums, galleries and public spaces.

Capturing wide appeal through popular culture, accessible themes and unexpected encounters with engaging photography, the festival aims to instil and inspire public enjoyment, participation, positive social and environmental impact by utilising the most accessible of artistic mediums and bringing it to both established and new audiences.

The 10th edition will delve into how contemporary photographers are interpreting rapid digitalisation, our climate emergency and the ethical questions surrounding Artificial Intelligence. Divergence embraces the complexity of our polarised world, shining a light on the importance of nuance, critical thought, and interpretation, while offering antidotes for survival.

  • Polly Braden: Leaving Ukraine
    Mar 15 – Sep 15, 2024
    Foundling Museum
    London, UK

    Polly Braden: Leaving Ukraine is an intimate portrait of women, forced to leave their homes following the Russian invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022. In this new series of work we see the extraordinary journeys undertaken by mothers, daughters, teenagers and babies in arms. Since the outbreak of the war in Ukraine, Polly Braden has used her camera to document the lives of women and children unexpectedly scattered across Europe. (more…)

  • Helen Cammock: I Will Keep My Soul

    Convening polyphonous voices from past and present, I Will Keep My Soul is an orchestral layering of photography, historical documents, poetry and interviews, all rooted in the social history, geography and community of New Orleans. In this prismatic artist’s book, UK-based artist Helen Cammock traverses the city, rendering her observations and encounters into reverberant texts and percipient photographic images that tender the city’s invisible histories. (more…)

  • How we remember tomorrow
    Feb 13 – Jun 15, 2024
    University of Queensland Art Museum
    Brisbane, Australia

    How we remember tomorrow celebrates storytelling across generations, through oceans and waterways and transcending eras and perspectives. Featured artists understand the watery spaces of our planet as ancestral archives: sources of knowledge that carry stories and cultural practices. Alongside their kin, they honour intergenerational narratives that are disseminated along ocean currents despite ongoing colonial legacies of forced displacement, homeland dispossession, indenture and the loss or dormancy of vital cultural practices. (more…)