Built: East Pavilion Exhibition

Built: East Pavilion Exhibition


On January 15th, EastSide Partnership and Rachel O’Grady (Queen’s University Belfast / OGU Architects) launched a temporary exhibition at EastSide Visitor Centre to celebrate the Built:East pavilion at C.S. Lewis Square: a structure made with the help of QUB architecture students. The exhibition features photography by Joe Laverty and includes information on the construction of the pavilion and its inspiration: the talented and dedicated factory workers of east Belfast.

Designed by OGU Architects and Donald McCrory Architects, Built:East was the winner of the 2017 RSUA / JP Corry Belfast Flare Design Competition which challenged early career architects to create a “structure of beauty, intrigue and inspiration – a place and space that both locals and visitors will want to experience.” Built: East was inspired by the Belfast Truss roof and the city’s industrial heritage which is fitting given its location across the road from the site of the Belfast Ropeworks, once the largest ropemaker in the world.

Since its installation in July 2019 the structure has been used for a variety of activities including; live music, craft workshops and as a walkers meeting point. Now locals and visitors can find out more about the pavilion in a new temporary exhibition which provides details on the construction of the structure, history of NI factories and an insight into modern factories. The exhibition also highlights the inspiration behind the design; the dedicated factory workers of east Belfast. EastSide Partnership has worked with local residents to collect oral histories of their experience working in factories in east Belfast and some of these have been included in the exhibition. There is even a space in the exhibition for you to share your memories of factory life!

The exhibition was available to view in EastSide Gallery (2nd floor, EastSide Visitor Centre) from the 15th to the 19th January, and will be back later in 2020.

Photo credit: Joe Laverty

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