Stronger Together

Here are eight images of the new Ardoyne mural featuring (from left to right in the image below) Ardoyne Youth Club, Ard Eoin Kickhams, and the John Paul II Youth Club as alternatives to bullying, racism, homophobia, addiction and other social ills. In addition to Irish dancing, soccer, and Gaelic games, there are also images of young people practicing martial arts, DJing, and boxing.
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Toast Rampage

London street artist Artista (inst | web | tw) was in Belfast for Culture Night/Hit The North back in September painting her trademark toast and flowers in Exchange Place.
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Chuckle Babies/No Walls

The story of the lead image is told in the images below. First, Paul Doran and Mark Ervine paint a mural of two “Chuckle Babies” (images 2 and 3 – see also Mark’s baby for Hit The East) between Imagine and the Frederick Douglass mural with its recently Xed out Aung San Suu Kyi and obscured by the recently-painted lower gates of the “peace” line on Northumberland Street (image 4). Secondly, the mural is covered in French posters from the 1970s – which visitors were encouraged to sign and leave messages on – as “Act 1” of the No Walls project involving KRM (Cherif and Geza, a couple from France and Germany), Paul Doran, and Londoner John Costi, and which also included an exhibition in the Titanic museum (pdf of the full project). Some of the posters and writing were ripped off (to be used in Act 2) on the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 (video at the Irish News) to reveal again the babies (final image).

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Curiosity

This “Nosey Cat” was painted by David Creative (David McClelland Fb | web | tw)  for Culture Night Belfast/Hit The North 2017.
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Beastie Boys

Ad-Rock, Mike D, and MCA, the trio who made up US rap group the Beastie Boys until MCA’s (Adam Yauch’s) 2012 death. Street art by Glen Molloy (Fb) for CNB17/HTN17. Much more from Glen Molloy.
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Keyboard Wizard

After a break in 2016, Dublin-based South African Marca Mix (web) was back in Belfast for Culture Night/Hit The North. Previously: 2015 | 2014
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Reflection

Dublin-based street artist Le Bas (Web | Insta) was in Belfast for CNB17/HTN17.
See also the previous work by Le Bas for CNB15 and CNB16.
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Everyone’s Friend

South Belfast UDA commander Robert Dougan killed by the IRA on February 10th, 1998 while sitting in a car outside Balmoral Textiles in Dunmurry, two months before the Good Friday Agreement was signed. Ed Maloney summed up the situation at the time in a Sunday Tribune article. “A gentleman till the very end, he died as he lived, he was everyones friend.”
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End Isolation

IRPWA (Fb | tw) board protesting the treatment of republican prisoners in Maghaberry “tortue camp”, next to Free Derry Corner, with a Palestinian flag and the Bogside Artists’ Bloody Sunday mural in the background.
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Harley Quinn

Not happy with his Tyrion Lannister, Visual Waste (Web | Fb | twturned it into Harley Quinn (in her more recent incarnation by Margot Robbie in the Suicide Squad movie) within a few days. The title of the piece is ‘Split the problem, not your personality’, giving the work a mental health message.
The mural was then quickly “enhanced” by members of TMN (second image).  The wide shot, third below, shows the trio of Dan Kitchener’s The Dream, Friz’s Tyger, Tyger, and the Visual Waste piece.
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