EAST BELFAST STREET ART – APRIL 2019

Some new Street Art to report in Belfast, my first such blog this year, having previously reported on Street Art in Manchester and Sheffield.

As the title of this blog suggests, it’s in the East of the city, as you turn left after entering CS Lewis Square and head towards Dee Street.

It is of a bird on one side, and then a colourful piece along the other side, done by Irony, Artista, Friz and KVLR, in association with Eastside Partnership.

You can see a before and after here.

In recent years, the wallspace in East Belfast has been brightened up by Hit The East (unknown if this will take place in 2019) and a mural in Tower Street.

You may remember last May, Wardrobe Jam in East Belfast. It’s unknown if it will be returning, hope so.

There will be Street Art hopefully appearing on here over the next few weeks.

I’m intending to go to an event at the end of April in Island Arts Centre with some live pieces being painted.

Meanwhile, Hit The North 2019 is going to be four months earlier than scheduled, taking place over the May Bank Holiday Weekend as part of Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival.

I’ll be heading along to that, and then there’ll be a trip to Old Trafford later in May, which will mean a detour to the Northern Quarter.

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2018 IN PICTURES – APRIL

April 2018 began for me with a trip to Smithfield, to snap a new mural commemorating Smithfield Market.

Two days later, on Easter Tuesday, it was a trip to Lurgan for me to see Linfield take on Glenavon.

It was a month dominated by football, as I went to Linfield’s matches against Ballymena, Crusaders, Coleraine and Cliftonville.

The month ended as it started, with me checking out some Street Art, well, mostly the now finished garden at CS Lewis Square which featured a tribute to famous East Belfast people and landmarks.

Smithfield

Smithfield Photo Album

Glenavon v Linfield

Linfield v Ballymena United

Crusaders v Linfield

Linfield v Coleraine

Linfield v Cliftonville

East Belfast Wall Of Fame

East Belfast Wall Of Fame Photo Album

2018 IN PICTURES – MARCH

March 2018 began for me photographing snow. Yes, you read that right, the snow came down in the early days of March 2018.

That snow caused the postponement of Linfield’s Irish Cup tie against Cliftonville, so I had to wait a week for my first football match of the month, as Linfield took on Carrick Rangers.

That was then followed up the following midweek by Linfield’s Irish Cup tie against Cliftonville.

Two days later, I headed to The Odyssey to see Stereophonics in concert.

St Patrick’s Day was spent watching Linfield draw 1-1 at home to Glentoran.

The following Thursday, I headed to The Limelight to see Feeder in concert.

Off work the next day due to needing to use up excess Annual Leave, I made the long journey to Ballinamallard to see Linfield drop two points in the last minute.

That weekend, and the month, ended with me heading to East Belfast to get photos of some new murals that had appeared during the month.

Belfast Snow March 2018

Belfast Snow March 2018 Photo Album – Thursday 1st March

Belfast Snow March 2018 Photo Album – Saturday 3rd March

Linfield v Carrick Rangers

Linfield v Cliftonville

Stereophonics live at The Odyssey

Stereophonics live at The Odyssey Photo Album

Linfield v Glentoran

Feeder live at The Limelight

Feeder live at The Limelight Photo Album

Ballinamallard United v Linfield

Northern Ireland v South Korea

Northern Ireland v South Korea Photo Album

East Belfast Street Art

East Belfast Street Art Photo Album

WARDROBE JAM

Sometimes in life, your plans can change, and sometimes, it can work out for the better.

Originall planned as part of Belfast Arts Weekender in early March, Wardrobe Jam was cancelled because of the snow. It got given a new date for Bank Holiday Monday at the end of May. Thankfully, the weather was a lot better, at the other extreme of the temperature gauge.

The postponement worked out well for me, as I was due to missing as I would be going to a football match that afternoon.

The concept was simple, a group of Street Artists paint some wardrobes on CS Lewis Square. The reason as to why it would be wardrobes on CS Lewis Square is self explanatory.

There would be some murals painted as well on nearby walls. This was to compliment pieces that were painted in East Belfast during March, as well as existing Street Art painted last Summer as part of Hit The East.

The event took place from 2pm to 5pm. I arrived at 3pm. I didn’t think I would have missed much but a lot of the artwork was already advanced. If the event happens again in the future, i’ll make sure i’m there from the start.

Regular readers of this blog will be aware of the work of KVLR, Friz and Emic, who have all feature regularly on this blog.

It shouldn’t be too hard to work out which pieces are done by them, as they were all done in their own individual trademark style.

I left just before 5pm on the Monday, with some of the walls not yet quite finished. I returned on the Tuesday evening to photograph the finished pieces.

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EAST BELFAST WALL OF FAME – UPDATE

You may remember in March last year, a piece about a mural in progress in East Belfast, where the Eastside Visitor Centre is.

It is a collage of famous people and landmarks associated with East Belfast. A full list of those featuring on the wall can be found here.

Back then, it was a building site. When I wrote the original blog, I promised I would update you when the building work was completed. So, just over a year later, it is now a garden that people can enjoy, relax, and most importantly, get closer to the mural if you want to get a photo of it.

You can also get a bite to eat while doing so, at Pot Kettle Black, which opened a few weeks ago.

The group East Belfast Partnership has been behind this. They posted a then and now of the area on their Twitter page.

If you’re into Street Art in East Belfast, keep an eye out on Pansy Street for the mural of CS Lewis to be repainted. There is no confirmed date for that yet.

That was covered in a previous blog, looking at some new pieces that appeared in East Belfast in March 2018.

And fingers crossed that Hit The East will return in August after debuting in 2017.

Photographed from late 2017 until April 2018, here’s a look at how a mural that was obstructed to the public became the focal point of a garden that locals and visitors to East Belfast can visit as part of the Connswater Greenway.

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2017 IN PICTURES – MARCH

March 2017 began for me with a trip to Seaview to see Linfield beat Crusaders in an Irish Cup tie. That was followed a few days later by my first concert of 2017, seeing Blossoms at The Limelight.

It was then back to football for a Monday night match between Linfield and Cliftonville, and then returning to Windsor Park the following Saturday to see Linfield take on Ards.

I was then out on the trail of Street Art, getting photos of a mural of a Dancer in Belfast City Centre.

The following weekend, I headed to Fermanagh to see Linfield get a late win against Ballinamallard.

I then headed out again in search of Street art, getting photographs of a new mural of East Belfast legends.

The month ended with a trip to Windsor Park to see Northern Ireland take on Norway in a World Cup Qualifier.

Crusaders v Linfield

Blossoms live at The Limelight

Blossoms live at The Limelight Photo Album

Linfield v Cliftonville

Linfield v Ards

The Dancer

The Dancer Photo Album

Ballinamallard United v Linfield

East Belfast Wall Of Legends

East Belfast Wall Of Legends Photo Album

Northern Ireland v Norway

Northern Ireland v Norway Photo Album

HIT THE EAST (AKA … EAST BELFAST STREET ART AUGUST 2017)

You may have seen Hit The North be covered on this blog, taking place on the same weekend as Belfast Culture Night and brightening up North Street and surrounding areas.

Well, East Belfast decided it wanted in on the act, with an event titled Hit The East taking place on Saturday 5th August as part of Eastside Arts Festival.

There were murals painted opposite Holywood Arches Library, and at an alleyway on Bloomnfield Road, across the road from the entrances to Connswater.

I was away that weekend, but headed out to get some photos as soon as I returned. Enjoy.

Now, when are Hit The South and Hit The West going to start?

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EAST BELFAST WALL OF LEGENDS

Anyone passing through East Belfast recently will have noticed some painting going on around the back of East Side Visitor Centre on the Newtownards Road. As more was painted, it started to become clear what it was, a collage of legendary people and landmarks of East Belfast such as George Best, Van Morrison and Holywood Arches.

A full list can be found beside the mural, as well as online here.

For information, the piece was painted by an artist called Dee Craig.

Unfortunately, I couldn’t do a complete progress piece due to it being too dark after work to get decent pictures, so the progress pieces I was doing was once a week, so I visited on successive weekends to get photos until it was completed.

Unfortunately, if you want to get close to it, you’ll have to wait, as there’s railings around it. When the area becomes open to the public, i’ll return to get some better photos.

In other Street Art news, I was out on my lunch on Thursday and spotted Donald Trump. It is to advertise a Burrito company in the City Centre, with the tagline “Make burritos bad ass again”. These are the sort of policies that got him into the White House.

The piece is done by Visual Waste.

As a bonus, there is a video of how the piece progressed from start to finish.

You’d better be quick if you want to see it, as it is on a board which is hiding building work, at the back of Belfast City Hall and next door to Ten Square Hotel.

East Belfast Wall Of Legends Photo Album

EAST BELFAST STREET ART

Having been to North Street the past week, it was time for a long overdue visit to East Belfast to check out what was there.

I went to my usual alleyway, with some great pieces. Usual problem of it being too tight to get any backlift for photos.

Also got some pictures of the car park facing Arches Library, which had a new piece.

There was also a new piece on the boarding which covers a building site featuring a Hicks 54 piece painted as part of last year’s East Belfast Arts Festival.

Also at the scene, was some knitted art, which would thrill retro gamers ……. Pacman and Space Invaders

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GREMLINS

I was out on my bike last Saturday, and spotted some new Graffiti in East Belfast, in the alleyway at Parkgate Avenue, where I had previously got some photos in October last year.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have my camera with me, so I headed back on the Sunday to try and get photos of it. I was thwarted by the weather, awful conditions and no natural light. I decided to wait until this weekend and try again.

In the intervening week, I headed out around South Belfast, and got some new Street Art pictures in the Botanic area. I popped into the alleyway round the back of The Globe, and there is a new piece, referencing 1980s movie Gremlins.

Went back to East Belfast today and got some photos of Parkgate Avenue. Apologies for the quality of the pictures, I was unable to get much back lift.

Also, while I was in East Belfast, I got a picture of some Street Art depicting Egon Spengler, from Ghostbusters zapping Slimer.

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