I was glad to revisit the Queen exhibition, and went for a wander afterwards. Upstairs, and a world away, were two connected exhibitions Street Art and Tags not Labels, displays of local and international street art.
Street Art is a touring exhibition of the Victoria and Albert Museum. It includes work by Banksy, Sickboy and D*Face. (I’d heard of Banksy). Tags not Labels is about street art in Belfast, including four commissioned works (postcards photographed on the kitchen table, below.)
Various workshops will be running during the exhibition, some on street art techniques. I’m not at all crafty, but am so tempted by the thought of a workshop called Contemporary Urban Cross-Stitch. Unfortunately, I’d have to be over 50 to attend. There’s no mention of me needing to be able to sew.
I’m hoping to attend a lecture in February, since it will be, in part, dealing directly with one of the questions I had on seeing the exhibition- do Northern Ireland’s political murals count as street art? The Street Art exhibition displayed a wide range of images, including the political. Tags not Labels didn’t reference the murals, presumably because they’re well documented, discussed and have tourist trails. The ‘regular’ street art is not so well known. Yet.
A map of current key areas is available. It might be time to dig out the stick and go walking.