Burn/t Out: Crimes against social cohesion by Allan LEONARD 10 April 2019 One of the criticisms of the 1998 Belfast/Good Friday Agreement is that it did not satisfactorily scope out mechanisms for dealing with the legacy of the conflict in Northern Ireland; the focus was forging a consensus on exclusively non-violent means of pursuing politics. … Continue reading Burn/t Out: Crimes against social cohesion
Decisive moments at Belfast City Hospital: A street photography exhibition by Tuck Goh by Allan LEONARD 17 January 2019 At the Tower Gallery in City Hospital, I arrived with some time to spare in advance of the official start of an exhibition of street photography by Tuck Goh. I took a seat and watched passers-by … Continue reading Decisive moments at Belfast City Hospital
Bear witness for peace: International Peace Day 2018 by Allan LEONARD 21 September 2018 In support for International Peace Day and in conjunction with Good Relations Week and Culture Night Belfast, Belfast City Council hosted an event that featured a keynote speech by Rev. Trevor Williams, addresses by Councillor Tim Attwood, Susan Picken, Jennifer Skillen, … Continue reading Bear witness for peace: International Peace Day 2018
Reflected Lives: broadening the canvas of the past An oral history project at a Belfast interface by Allan LEONARD 10 April 2018 Joe O’Donnell (Strategic Director, Belfast Interface Project) told the audience that the auspicious date for today’s exhibition launch was no accident. With reference to the much-publicised conference at Queen’s University Belfast, featuring key … Continue reading Reflected Lives: broadening the canvas of the past
Mr Ulster buys a painting30 November 2017 For my 50th birthday, I wanted a special gift, something that I would always attribute to that milestone event. I have long appreciated visual arts; I even took a few art history modules at university. I dabbled with drawing, which I enjoyed, but quickly realised that getting competent … Continue reading Mr Ulster buys a painting
Solace or detachment in our journeys? Translink photography exhibition by Allan LEONARD 9 August 2017 Passengers who have travelled through Belfast Central Station this summer have had an opportunity to meet others captured in photographs by students from Ulster University’s School of Art. The public exhibition of large prints mounted onto easels is named “Journey”, … Continue reading Solace or detachment in our journeys? Translink photography exhibition
Open space photography at the Linen Hall Library by Allan LEONARD 31 May 2017 Gaining inspiration from viewing the archive postcard collection at the Linen Hall Library, a group of participants in a community photography workshop facilitated by Belfast Exposed set out to document their views of sharing and respecting open space in the city. … Continue reading Open space photography at the Linen Hall Library
Then & Now: Belfast Blitz by Allan LEONARD 17 May 2017 In an apparent continuation of their Then & Now series, the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) has produced a new set of blended images that show the material destruction caused by the Belfast Blitz attacks (April-May 1941), alongside contemporary and more familiar … Continue reading Then & Now: Belfast Blitz
Everywhere is different but nevertheless is not unrecognisable by Allan LEONARD 25 April 2017 Of the treasure trove of prints and negatives held by the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI), a relatively small selection of about 2,500 images are available to view on Flickr. This consists of three collections: the Allison Photographic Collection, … Continue reading Everywhere is different but nevertheless is not unrecognisable
Confident. Ambitious. Prosperous. Distinctive. Launch of Successful Belfast. by Allan LEONARD for Shared Future News 27 October 2016 Walking past the students at their tabletops, working on their assignments with mock constructions at the School of Architecture at the Ulster University Belfast campus, there was no mistaking that I found the venue for the launch … Continue reading Confident. Ambitious. Prosperous. Distinctive. Launch of Successful Belfast.
Well, the ability to borrow e-books from any public library in Northern Ireland somehow missed me. I only discovered this via an article in the magazine Tap!, in a review of the iPhone app Overdrive. It's genius. But you will need a real library card at a participating library, whether in Northern Ireland, the United … Continue reading Borrowing e-books from Belfast Central Library
What does 'unite' mean to you? Culture Night Belfast by Allan LEONARD 15 October 2010 As part of Culture Night Belfast, which was supported by the Unite against Hate campaign, Moochin Photoman took some distinctive portrait photographs using a 'Through the Viewfinder' technique. I asked those who were photographed, "What does 'unite' mean to you?" … Continue reading What does ‘unite’ mean to you?