Victor Sloan’s work in Billboard Project

20/20 Art in the Eastside Billboard Project

Location: Billboards around Inner East Belfast

11th - 25th August 2016

Art in The Eastside is the brainchild 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 will be displayed on billboards across inner East Belfast, and will be a celebration of the artists who have been involved with Creative Exchange over the past 20 years.  The artists have themed the artwork on issues surrounding social justice, recent politics, local culture, feminism, domestic narratives as well as beauty and art abstraction.

4 additional billboards will be dedicated to the community with images derived form the ‘Wish’ workshops.

Participating artists

Victor Sloan, Gerry Gleason, Shiro Masuyama, 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, Ray Duncan,  George Robb, Tom Phanerstill and David Fox 

Victor Sloan: Hospital 

Hospital, is about Golan Hospital, Quneitra in the Golan Heights, which was destroyed and abandoned. The area is under Syrian control within the UN-patrolled demilitarised zone between Syria and the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights. 

The Golan Heights was occupied in the course of the Six Day War of 1967. During the 1973 Yom Kippur War the city was recaptured by Syrian forces, but was once again occupied by Israel in a counter-offensive.After the 1974 ceasefire, Israeli troops withdrew from Quneitra. 

Before handing it back to Syria, the Israelis evacuated the population, and then systematically destroyed the buildings of the city. 

They also demolished over one hundred Syrian villages and farms in the Golan Heights. The late Syrian President Hafez al-Assad ordered that the city should not be rebuilt, and since then the ruins have become a propaganda exhibit.

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