FAQ

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 and we will get right back to you.


About BX

When is the gallery open?

We are open Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 5pm

Do you have any voluntary opportunities?

Unfortunately we are not currently recruiting for volunteers. When new opportunities arise we will advertise via our website and social media pages - follow us on Facebook and Twitter for our most up to date news! 

Visit out Volunteers page to find out more about our volunteer programme. 

How much does it cost to visit the gallery?

Visiting us is free of charge and everybody is welcome.

Who funds Belfast Exposed?

Belfast Exposed is generously supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and by Belfast City Council’s Culture and Arts Unit. From time to time we receive funding from other sources for specific projects and generate income through the provision of educationaltraining and community photography services. 

Belfast Exposed is currently participating in the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Our Museum initiative, working with community partners to seek common values and goals, which join up the different strands of our work.

How can I get my work exhibited at Belfast Exposed?

Exhibitions Policy

We are interested in new work by artists using photography and we consider proposals from artists nationally and internationally. Our exhibitions programme is usually planned up to 12 months in advance and new proposals are considered twice a year (in February and July annually).

If you would like your work considered for exhibition, please send proposals by email as follows: -

  • Up to 12 images (jpeg format, no bigger than 500K)
  • A written proposal or statement about the submitted work with any technical specifications (up to 500words)
  • A CV


Emails should be marked ‘Exhibition Proposal’ and sent to Ciara Hickey (Gallery Manager) at .

Due to the amount of submissions we receive we are unable to give individual feedback. We do not accept proposal by post.

Information from our Policies page.

Do you offer work experience placements?

Unfortunately we are no longer able to offer work experience placements to students. However, there are a number of ways of getting involved with the organisation such as volunteering as a gallery assistant. For more information about this visit our Volunteers page.

Is Belfast Exposed available to hire?

Belfast Exposed has a number of low cost multi-purpose rooms available to hire. These are available for non-commercial use only and are primarily for the benefit of voluntary, community and charitable organisations for non-profit making purpose. Booking is subject to availability.

If you are interested in hiring a room visit our Facilities & Venue Hire page or contact for more details.

 

How can I support the work of Belfast Exposed?

Belfast Exposed is a registered charity and we could not continue to produce internationally recognised contemporary photography in the heart of the Belfast, or undertake community outreach across Northern  Ireland, without the generous support of individuals, companies and trusts.

We are currently supported by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland and by Belfast City Council’s Culture and Arts Unit. From time to time we receive funding from other sources for specific projects and generate income through the provision of educational, training and community photography services. We are currently participating in the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Our Museum initiative, working with community partners to seek common values and goals, which join up the different strands of our work.

There are many ways you can support the work we undertake at Belfast Exposed:

  • Volunteers
  • Corporate Sponsorship
  • Individual Giving
  • Legacies 

For more information on any of these areas, please contact Tracy on (+44)28 9023 0965 or email  

Training

What training do you provide?

We provide hands-on experience in both 35mm and digital photography, giving participants practical photographic skills including location work, scanning images and negatives, training in using Adobe Photoshop, traditional processing and printing, editing and exhibition planning and promotional advice. We also provide project management training opportunities on some of our larger projects.

Visit our Photography Courses & Workshops page for information on our latest courses or contact Conor at .

What type of groups have you worked with?

We have worked extensively throughout the region and occasionally on cross-border projects.

These are some of the Northern Irish groups we have worked with recently:

  • Dunmurry Community Association 
  • Derriaghy Village Community Association
  • Annadale and Haywood Residence Association 
  • Impact Training 
  • Ards Arena
  • RNIB 
  • Roe Valley Residents Association
  • Ballymacarret Friendship Trust

Who undertakes training with you?

A wide range of individuals, as well as organisations and community groups from all kinds of backgrounds, ages and levels of experience and from across Northern Ireland undertake training with us.

Projects range from Team Building activities to skills development –where organisations need photography for elements of their work.

Many individuals are looking to brush up their camera skills and dark room technique or simply get experience of going out to take photographs on location around the city.

For more information about our courses or to book a course visit our Photography Courses & Workshops page or contact our Conor at .

 

How do I add my details to Belfast Exposed’s facilitators database?

Please send a CD disc of your work together with a short synopsis of your work, your contact details (email address, telephone number) to:

Mervyn Smyth

Belfast Exposed

The Exchange Place

23 Donegall Street

Belfast BT1 2FF

How can I pay for my training courses?

Payment can be made by:

  • cash
  • cheque (payable to Belfast Exposed Photography)
  • credit or debit card during the hours of 10am and 5pm Monday to Friday in the office or over the phone by calling 02890 230965 
  • online using the ‘Buy Now’ yellow PayPal link on your chosen course’s page in our Photography Courses & Workshops section.

For terms and conditions see our Bookings and Cancellation Policy for more details.

Do you sell gift vouchers?

Yes! You can buy gift vouchers in any denomination. We accept payment by card, cash or cheque. Vouchers may be used for training sessions, short courses and in our Bookshop.

Phone 028 9023 0965, email or call into the office and a member of staff will be able to assist you.