Spontaneous Combustion

Brennan’s chippie in North Street suffered a fire (and burglary) at the beginning of April that closed the store (Belfast Live). They hope to be open again in two weeks. In the meantime, citizens are urged to be aware of spontaneous combustion “by order of Fire General Bob” (FBG).
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The Prince Of Whales

The water is fine. Really good, in fact. Come on in. Work by Francois Got Buffed (web | tw) in Kent Street for HTN.
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To Plant A Garden Is To Believe In Tomorrow

Dublin artist ‘K in Mx’ (Kathrina in Mexico/Kathrina Rupit ig | web) brought her flower power to town last month for HTN19.
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Méabh

Work by JMK (ig | tw) for HTN19. The event was put on by Seedhead Arts, Cathedral Quarter Arts Festival, and Community Arts Partnership.
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Head On

Congratulations to Conor McClure (web | ig | Fb) on his newly-minted Masters degree, and for this piece in Kent Street for Hit The North 2019. The annual degree show begins on June 8th in the Art College.
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If You Listen Very Carefully, You Can Hear Her Breathe

Show Some Love is a campaign by non-profit Another World Belfast (web | Fb | ig) to collect toiletries and underwear for ‘Love Packs’. The organisation takes its name and inspiration from the last line of Arundhati Roy’s Confronting Empire (which was subsequently expanded into An Ordinary Person’s Guide To Empire (p. 86)): “Another world is not only possible, she’s on the way and, on a quiet day, if you listen very carefully you can hear her breathe.” (The last line actually appears to be “On a quiet day, you can hear her breathing.”)
Behind their stencil on the electrical box is the spring 2019 Hit The North piece by artist Emmanlene Blake (web), portraying author and journalist Lyra McKee, who was shot in the head in Creggan (by a gunman from the New IRA) on April 18th while observing a riot from behind police lines. She was taken to Altnagelvin hospital but later died. At her funeral in Belfast, Father Martin Magill was inspired to ask why her death was required in order to make politicians work together. He received a standing ovation (BBC-NI).
Later in the process the electrical box was painted over in keeping with the piece (“Here’s to saying goodbye to bombs and bullets”) and a quotation added to the main piece: “It won’t always be like this. It’s going to get better – Lyra McKee.” See the final two images, below.
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The Tears Of A Clown

Arlene Foster as a cross-eyed clown. Contemporary commentary on the current impasse in Brexit negotiations and the local executive (and perhaps the funeral of Lyra McKee) from TLO (web | previously on ExtrAct).
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Freedom For The Basque Country

“Freedom for t[he] Basque country! Fucking bastards from Iruña.” Iruña is the Basque name for Pamplona, capital of Navarre, the district neighbouring the Basque Country and part of the greater Basque region but which has a majority pro-Spanish government.
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Future Belfast

Planning permission has been granted for a 16-storey residential building at the junction of Academy Street and Exchange Street, currently the site of street art by Dan Kitchener (The Dream), Friz (Thy Fearful Symmetry), Visual Waste (Harley Quinn), and Marca Mix (Keyboard Wizard). Work begins in “early 2019”.
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100% Less Hate

With 100% less hate (and no artificial ingredients), there’s nothing to spread but love. Belfast paste-up by Francois Got Buffed (web | tw).
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