Mr Ulster buys a painting

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 Turner’s apples

Mr Turner’s apples by Allan LEONARD for Northern Slant 27 September 2017 The Allison Collection held at the Public Record Office of Northern Ireland (PRONI) consists of about 1,550 photographs and 34 volumes from Allison Photographic Studios between circa 1900 and 1950. The studios were established by Herbert Thackwray Allison, who came to Ireland in... Continue Reading →

“Art can tread where words and politics often can’t”: The Art of Conflict Transformation @The_JHS

“Art can tread where words and politics often can’t”: The Art of Conflict Transformation @The_JHS by Allan LEONARD for Shared Future News 25 July 2017 As part of the 30th anniversary of the John Hewitt Society international summer school, the Institute for Conflict Research (ICR) sponsored a panel discussion, “The Art of Conflict Transformation”, which... Continue Reading →

Conflicting Images @UlsterMuseum

Conflicting Images @UlsterMuseum by Allan LEONARD for Northern Slant 26 July 2017 As part of its Collecting the Troubles and Beyond initiative, the Ulster Museum currently has an exhibition called Conflicting Images: Photography during the Northern Irish Troubles. In a loose chronology there are 140 images from a variety of photographers. International photojournalists arrived with... Continue Reading →

“Fact-checking keeps growing!” Report from #GlobalFact4

Global Fact 4 group shot © Mario GARCIA“Fact-checking keeps growing!” Report from #GlobalFact4 by Allan LEONARD @FactCheckNI 9 July 2017 The fourth global conference of fact-checking projects took place at the Google Campus in Madrid, 5–7th July 2017, with 188 delegates representing 53 countries. Fact-checkers were joined by participants from the academic and technology sectors, which made for... Continue Reading →

Open space photography at the Linen Hall Library

Open space photography at the Linen Hall Library by Allan LEONARD for Northern Slant 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... Continue Reading →

Softening images of Partition

Softening images of Partition by Allan LEONARD for Northern Slant 24 May 2017 Although John Irvine left Northern Ireland over 15 years ago, having grown up about East Antrim, he retains “strong links” and comes home frequently. Irvine explained how one morning drive accidentally led him to his book, Partition. Irvine picked up photography in... Continue Reading →

Then & Now: Belfast Blitz

Then & Now: Belfast Blitz by Allan LEONARD for Northern Slant 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... Continue Reading →

NVTV Focal Point: Janice BEGGS

NVTV Focal Point: Janice BEGGSby Allan LEONARD for Carnegie Oldpark10 April 2017 Local community worker in north Belfast, Janice Beggs, was interviewed by NVTV, where she spoke about her recent receipt of the “Local Campaigner of the Year” award from the Sheila McKenzie Foundation, as well as her work as an area manager for the... Continue Reading →

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