Art & Science

Capturing the Night Sky at Ballintoy Harbour

Sunday 4 July, 3:00 am - 6:00 am

Suitability: 18+


Capturing the beauty of the night sky is not only is a highly rewarding experience but it gives you a deeper connection to our place and the universe beyond. Northern Ireland is renowned to have some wonderful locations for exactly this, away from noise and light pollution we are spoilt for choice.  As part of our on-going partnership with Belfast Exposed, the NI Science Festival will host our first Night Sky Photography Workshop at Ballintoy. The event will be lead and delivered by notable Belfast photographer Mervyn Smyth who has over 30 years of photography experience capturing images across Northern Ireland.

Whatever your abilities Mervyn will be at hand to advise and enable you to gain the photography skills required to create quality photographic images which will then be exhibited within Belfast Exposed.

The price includes a tutorial and workshop, a loan of cameras and tripods for participants (if required). As this will be an outdoor event we advise that your dress in warm and bring waterproof clothing, a flask and some energy snacks!


Due to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic situation we have a few important requests for you, to ensure that the event is safe for everyone attending or facilitating.

If you or anyone in your household are suffering from a temperature, a persistent cough, or a loss of taste or smell - DO NOT ATTEND (unless you have prior permission from us after providing a negative COVID-19 test result). It is your responsibility to let the organiser know that you can no longer attend the event. Refunds can be facilitated and the space made available for another only if the participant contacts the organiser 48hrs ahead of the event.

Please arrive at the stipulated meeting point 15 minutes before departure. It is a small group, but please be patient and maintain a 2 meter distance from other people/groups when you arrive.

When you arrive on site, please:

• Use your own personal hand sanitiser or hand sanitiser provided by the event facilitator 

• If inside at any point please wear a mask AT ALL TIMES.

We look forward to seeing you there.

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Ballintoy Harbour
BT54 6NB


Belfast Exposed