Belfast is set to become the canvas for inspirational art – with everything from our murals, sculptures and even shop façades about to come under the spotlight.

This will be the second City as a Gallery initiative, which aims to prove that art really is everywhere – on our streets, in our parks and on the buildings that surround us.

As well as inviting people to enjoy the many free art events, exhibitions and experiences on offer, the people of Belfast are being urged to photograph their favourite pieces of art throughout Belfast.

You decide what you think merits a snap – whether it’s a mural, a sculpture, an ornate shop façade, or even a piece of graffiti.

Part of the Titanic Mural on Newtownards Road Belfast showing the iconic picture of Ned Parfett, the newsboy at the time of the disaster

Part of the Titanic Mural on Newtownards Road Belfast showing the iconic picture of Ned Parfett, the newsboy at the time of the disaster

All you have to do is Tweet @belfastcc using the hashtag #cityasagallery so that all of the different forms of public art, large and small, that people enjoy around the city are highlighted.

Belfast will become the canvas for the City as a Gallery programme from September to November.

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There’ll be outdoor, shop window and gallery based photography exhibitions, a trail of high-quality reproductions from the Royal Ulster Academy’s Diploma collection of art stretching across 12 sites from the Harbour Commissioners’ office to Botanic Gardens, installations, tours and documentary screenings – and a few big creative surprises along the way.

And people are being urged to get out and about to discover the alternative public art in Belfast – by standing on the 50 sets of yellow footprints installed by artists Cori Moore and Fré Sonneveld along a route running from Botanic Gardens in south Belfast to the Waterworks in north Belfast, and seeing if they can spot the artwork.

A full programme of events is available to download at www.belfastcity.gov.uk/citygallery

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