Time to look at city ‘through new eyes’!

Pictured at the launch of the 'Seeing Through New Eyes exhibition,'part of the BT Portrait of a City project, which is currently on display at Foyeside Shopping Centre are (l-r)  Fergal Rafferty, Centre Manager, Foyleside Shopping Centre, image contributors, Michael Burns from the Waterside, Dalton Kehoe from Rosemount and Billy Houston from Creggan with Kirsty Osborn, Project Manager, BT Portrait of a City and Vincent Cavanagh, BT Revenue Intelligence.

Pictured at the launch of the 'Seeing Through New Eyes exhibition,'part of the BT Portrait of a City project, which is currently on display at Foyeside Shopping Centre are (l-r) Fergal Rafferty, Centre Manager, Foyleside Shopping Centre, image contributors, Michael Burns from the Waterside, Dalton Kehoe from Rosemount and Billy Houston from Creggan with Kirsty Osborn, Project Manager, BT Portrait of a City and Vincent Cavanagh, BT Revenue Intelligence.

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A photographic exhibition, ‘Seeing Through New Eyes,’ has been launched in Derry.

It’s part of the BT Portrait of a City project, which aims to tell the stories of the city through the creation of an online photographic and video archive.

This latest show encourages viewers to look at images of Derry as if for the first time. The images have been mounted on the Orchard Street exterior of Foyleside Shopping Centre. There are eight pictures from the BT Portrait of a City archive and a new picture of the city by amateur photographer, Marek Paciorek.

Kirsty Osborn, Programme Manager for BT Portrait of a City and one of the judges of the competition element of ‘Seeing Through New Eyes’, said: “The exhibition features the people of Derry at work and at play from the 1920s onward.

“From the wedding celebration of John and Agnes Doran, to The Woodchoppers Showband at the Embassy Ballroom and the Waterside Cricket Club in Trench Road, ‘Seeing Through New Eyes’ will enable the people of the city to look at their history with fresh eyes - and they may even spot a few familiar faces.”

Fergal Rafferty, Manager of Foyleside, said: “This is the first time that the exterior of Foyleside has been used as a gallery space and it is just one of the many innovative projects we’ve been able to support as Retail Partner of City of Culture.

“Foyleside is delighted to be part of BT Portrait of a City and to play its role in showcasing the images and stories of the local community.”

The competition element of ‘Seeing Through New Eyes’ was won Marek Paciorek. He originally hails from Poland but has lived in Derry for ten years.

Marek captured an image of the new Colmcille statue with his mobile phone as the sun was setting in St. Columb’s Park and was awarded a £150 voucher to spend in Foyleside Shopping Centre.

Rachel Heron, Sponsorship Manager at BT, said: “in addition to encouraging more people to explore the potential of digital technology through accessible workshops, BT Portrait of a City also hopes to help people from the city and beyond to look at Derry with fresh eyes.

“We hope that the images showcased will encourage people to do this and to dust off their own photographic collections to contribute to this historic archive.”

The ‘Seeing Through New Eyes’ exhibition officially started last Wednesday will be displayed on the Orchard Street exterior of Foyleside until the end of the year.

For further information visit www.btportraitofacity.com