Past Belfast Exchange Gallery Exhibition

Dunmurry Today

4 September to 11 September 2014

Dunmurry Today is an experimental collaboration between Belfast Exposed, Dunmurry Community Association and a group of participants living in Dunmurry.

The Programme was led by Mervyn Smyth and Sarah Hunter, and engaged the practice of artist photographers and Belfast Exposed Community Volunteers, Rebecca McMaster and Jill Quigley. It was the first project to run from the Belfast Exposed Photography POD. The POD is a purpose built photography workspace. The POD pops up in communities, engaging local people and groups to develop photography skills. 

During the project the Belfast Exposed team worked with two groups; the Dunmurry ‘1 to 3 club’, a group of senior citizens who met on Wednesday afternoons during August; and the Senior Youth Media Week participants who took part in an intensive week-long photography boot camp from 18 to 22 August.

Dunmurry Today also involved a new and unique element of the programme as two of the members of the creative team, Rebecca and Jill, were facilitating for the first time. Both Jill and Rebecca have spent the last 6 months learning facilitation skills as part of the Belfast Exposed community volunteers training programme. The Dunmurry Today programme was the first opportunity for them to test out their facilitation skills under the guidance and support of Belfast Exposed veterans Mervyn Smyth and Sarah Hunter.

The resulting images, video, photobooks, and writing, give a sense of what the participants think of Dunmurry Today as well as providing an insight into the overall programme. The images are a reflection of the project by the participants and a response by Jill and Rebecca to their time with the groups. Rebecca’s work focuses on the building infrastructure of Dunmurry and the relationship young people have with the area. Jill’s work emphasises the past, with attention to nature in this environment.

This project was run in partnership with the Dunmurry Community Association and is funded through the Paul Hamlyn Our Museum’s Initiative and the SEELB.