Art in The Eastside is the concept of Creative Exchange Artists’ Studios, who have delivered five billboard projects since 2009. It is a vibrant outdoor art project and the only one of its kind to be delivered in Northern Ireland.The project presents artists’ work in a high profile setting and is a key visual arts event in the Eastside Arts Festival 2016 and Belfast’s calendar of visual arts events. The project creates an outdoor gallery bringing art to the people right on their own doorstep adding a splash of colour to the streets of East Belfast.
For Creative Exchange’s anniversary event, 20 original artworks from renowned local, national and International artists were displayed on billboards across inner East Belfast, as a celebration of the artists who have been involved with Creative Exchange over the past 20 years.
My image, ‘Half True Shroud’ (Castlereagh Rd & Beersbridge Rd junction) continues to explores the tension and hypocrisy of nostalgia and memory, juxtaposed with the reality of a situation remembered. Asking the audience to tell the story behind a captured video still, I give them one pointer – all story’s are only half true – the rest is necessary.
The original video, based on a true story, deals with the narrator hiding behind her make-up, while the subject of the story, hides behind alcohol.
Watch the full video. Duration 2 minutes, 20 seconds – Still Standing There – Half True
Participating artists – Gerry Gleason, Shiro Masuyama, Victor Sloan, Peter Richards, Jill Quigley, Colin Darke, Martin Boyle, Emmanuele Panzarini, Ted Pim, Colin McGookin, Zan Dani, Deirdre Robb, Paul Moore, Susan Gorsen, Lesley Cherry, Stephen Millar, RayDuncan, George Robb, Tom Phanerstill and David Fox
20/20 Art in the Eastside Billboard
Still Standing There, Video Still
©Lesley Cherry 2016