Shannon Ritchie, SIGNS (from the exhibition A Bigger Picture)
Belfast Photo Festival
The Verge
June 2–30, 2022
Belfast, Northern Ireland

Belfast Photo Festival, Northern Ireland’s premier visual arts festival, has revealed its full program as it prepares to take over art galleries and public spaces throughout Belfast this June with compelling and immersive exhibitions under its theme The Verge.

This year’s festival will explore untold stories, underrepresented narratives and perspectives on the world that too often go unseen, examining photography’s ability to shine light on hidden subject matter while also presenting artists who turn their lens to the past and utilize the archive in their work.

Commenting on the program, Clare Gormley, Head of Programmes & Partnerships at Belfast Photo Festival, says: “Celebrating photography that pushes against dominant social, cultural, historical and visual frameworks, this year’s festival features the work of artists who find themselves – both conceptually and aesthetically – on the verge of new territories. They bring forth new perspectives on the world we live in, the past we inherit and lead us to the verge of something altogether new.”

Coinciding with the launch of the programme is the opening of the festival’s first exhibition this year, A Bigger Picture.

Presented by Belfast Photo Festival and the Northern Irish Art Network, A Bigger Picture invites audiences to view Northern Ireland through the underrepresented gaze of feminist and queer artists from the Belfast School of Art.