Twelve female artists turn Belfast street into their canvas to mark International Women's Day

Twelve female artists have turned a Belfast street into their canvas for International Women's Day as a dozen new murals have appeared, providing a pop of colour to an otherwise tired street.

The artistic transformation and rejuvenation of College Square in the city centre is part of a Belfast City Council project, funded by the Department for Communities and linked A Bolder Vision for Belfast and the Future City Centre Programme.

“As well as providing a platform for the artists ahead of International Women’s Day, this project adds a splash of colour and creativity to this part of Belfast," said Patrick Anderson from the Department for Communities.

"Individually, these pieces are diverse and thought-provoking. Collectively, they are a positive addition to the urban landscape which really enhances the area. This initiative uses art in conjunction with the range of other improvements to the streetscape to make the city a better place for residents and visitors alike.”

Hannah Constance from Belfast spoke to UTV while adding the finishing touches to her mural.

Her creative masterpiece is a nod to a fox which was formerly a regular visitor on the street.

She said it was humbling to rub shoulders with some of her idols during what she described as a "paint-jam", aka, when the painters all got together and worked on their respective walls on the same day.

"It was just incredible to be surrounded by some big names that I've been following for years, you know, ever since I've been going up through university. And a lot of these artists you know, have all come from where I've come from in that they've started from the bottom and worked their way up", she said.

Hannah, or HMC, admitted that sometimes, imposter syndrome can seep in for some women in male dominated sectors, and for muralists, it is no different.

"It can be quite difficult sometimes. You know, you sort of feel like you're almost not as good enough, but we are good enough... In fact, some of us are better than some state artists, you know, but it's kind of like any industry where it's quite male dominated.

"I think we have a lot of women and even younger girls now who are striving for better things and they're striving to be bigger."

Here is the full list of artists featured in the all-female creative masterpiece.

  • Holly Pereira - a Singaporean-Irish illustrator and muralist based in Dublin

  • Claire Prouvost - a French visual artist based in Dublin

  • Alana Mc Dowell - a Belfast born illustrator and graphic designer working predominantly between Belfast, Barcelona and London

  • Marian Noone, AKA Friz - Sligo born artist based in Bangor

  • Kerrie Hanna - who often works in collaboration and in community arts

  • Zippy Reynolds - a Belfast / London based Visual Artist

  • Danni Simpson - an Australian artist who has showcased her art in cities all over the globe

  • Katriona Designs - freelance graphic designer and illustrator whose work is inspired by her love of nostalgia and Donegal

  • Emmalene Blake - based in Dublin, who has painted at events such as Electric Picnic, Dublin Fringe Festival, Baboró International Festival and Hit The North Festival, Belfast

  • Laura Nelson - a sign painter based at Belfast’s Vault Artist Studios

  • Jess Tobin - a Dublin illustrator and street art muralist AKA Novice

  • HM Constance - Hannah’s artwork mainly focuses on the endangerment of animals, various cultural aspects and spiritual growth.

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