Founded in 1983 as a community photography initiative, Belfast Exposed now functions as a gallery for contemporary photography with emphasis on commissioning and publication of new work. The production of socially and politically engaged work and dialogue is the driving force behind all aspects of the Belfast Exposed project.


Contact Details

  Website
  City Belfast
  Postcode BT1 6AD
  Address 48 King St
  Phone Number 028 9023 0965

From Our Website

Belfast Exposed is Northern Ireland's leading photography organisation. Plan your visit with our exhibitions, events, courses, and recommendations for other activities in Belfast. Following the launch of the major solo exhibition 'A New Refutation of the Viking 4 Space Mission', join us on Friday 12 January at 1pm for an artist talk with Peter Mitchell. Belfast Exposed is delighted to present, A New. To coincide with the opening of 'Lisa and John' at Belfast Exposed, we will host an artist talk with the British Colour Documentary photographer David Moore on Friday 3rd May at 1pm.


We are an independent, non-profit organisation and registered charity situated in the Cathedral Quarter, Belfast. Founded in 1983 by a group of local photographers as a challenge to media representation of Belfast's experience of conflict, our work continues to reflect a socially engaged ethos, while responding to contemporary currents in photography and politics further afield. Belfast Exposed believe photography is for everyone, it is accessible, meaningful and has the ability to tell stories, allowing us to create dialogue and reflect upon our history, inform our present and inspire a positive future.


Belfast Exposed undertake community engagement and photography projects in Belfast and across Northern Ireland. Our work encompasses a wide range of organisations and individuals, of all ages, interests and backgrounds. Belfast Exposed community work is in-line with our socially engaged ethos of addressing exclusion, unemployment, mental health, increasing access, enabling creativity and critical thinking by using the camera as a method for driving and documenting change. Belfast Exposed has won 19 awards for the delivery of work we deliver in the field of mental health.


If you interested and would like to find out more about volunteering at Belfast Exposed, please contact Sharon at s.johnston@belfastexposed.org to request an information and application pack. At Belfast Exposed we have a dedicated team of volunteers who assist staff in the day-to-day running of the gallery. While invigilating in our gallery is a primary element of the role, our volunteers can also get involved with installing exhibitions, and assisting at events such as openings, talks and workshops.


Explore our digital content through a range of activities, writings, images, video pieces and audio recordings to encourage creativity and critical thinking, and to expand your ability and understanding of photography.


We have put together a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) that will hopefully address any Belfast Exposed related queries you may have. If any of your questions are not answered here, please contact info@belfastexposed.org and we will get right back to you. We are always willing to accept applications and queries from those interested in volunteering with us, whether we are currently recruiting new volunteers or not doing so. Visit our Volunteering page to find out more about our volunteer programme.


Located in the heart of Belfast's Cathedral Quarter, Belfast Exposed offers contemporary, multi-purpose spaces available to hire at affordable prices. We have a range of spaces available, including two galleries exhibiting internationally renowned artists and local photographers, as well as a studio, that are suitable for meetings, wine receptions, presentations, seminars, business events, product launches, networking events and bespoke corporate hospitality. We partner with local restaurants to support your catering needs.


Any financial donations to our charitable organisation will assist us in continuing the work, support and facilities we provide for communities, schools and the general public. Our organisation travels to the heart of every community across Northern Ireland and provides invaluable support to many individuals in need. Our organisation is unique in its methods and is very highly regarded by counsellors, community workers and social workers. Your donation allows us to travel and work with individuals and groups in your local area, leading to a positive impact on your community.