Stephen Doyle Discusses his Project ‘The Great Belfast Art Hunt’
Going on the ‘Whitechapel art hunt’ in London’s East End in the summer of 2008 ended up being a revelation for myself and the friends who attended the event with me. Previously thinking that the London art scene both began and ended with the big institutions such as the Tate Modern, the Hayward and the National Gallery, the event cleverly encouraged us to explore galleries we never otherwise would have dreamed of visiting – primarily because we had no idea such places existed. So off we went searching out tiny gallery spaces in non-descript alleyways, having a great deal of fun in the process. Fast forward two years: and now it is the big institutions we ignore, in favour of the dynamic and innovative things happening in local underground art scenes.