The Lighthouse Project was a 2013 MAC cross-community project in partnership with suicide prevention charity Lighthouse that saw twelve men use photography as an outlet to deal with issues surrounding suicide.
March 2013 saw the launch of a photography exhibition in the MAC, entirely created by a group of men from traditionally separate communities in north Belfast who have been affected by suicide. It was created in partnership with Lighthouse, which is a suicide prevention charity.
“For me on a personal level working with the MAC in conjunction with Lighthouse North Belfast has been an incredible experience. They couldn’t have been more welcoming or accommodating. As a working class man from North Belfast Antrim Road, I never thought I would ever be afforded the opportunity to have photographs that I had taken hung in their galleries.” Conor, Participant
The men worked with professional photographer Kelly Morris to create original photography on the theme of hope.
The men involved not only found the artistic process hugely beneficial to their mental health but were delighted that their work was valued and given a public space by the MAC.
The participants, many of whom werefrom the Tiger's Bay area, became frequent visitors to the MAC, independent of any outreach programme.
They regularly attend performances, talks and workshops, come to visual art exhibition openings or simply meet friends in the MAC's cafe.
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