What about Áine Belton?

Áine Belton originates from County Meath, Ireland. She has been living in Toronto since late December 2015, having emigrated to live with her wife. Áine completed her M.A. in Fine Art at UCA Canterbury in 2012. She received her B.A. in Fine Art from I.A.D.T., in Dun Laoghaire, Dublin (Institute of Art, Design and Technology) in 2009. She was a member of the CRATE and UCA project Collaborative Research Group (CRG) from 2013-2015. Áine works as a freelance graphic designer and enjoys cycling, travel, book making and collage poetry. She is a co-editor of ESC Zine since 2011, an independent arts and literary zine.

Most recently, she was awarded funding from Art Starts from their Micro-grant programme. Áine utilised this grant to create a photobook from doing a collaborative community project called “Double Exposure – Portrait Series: Cyclists of Toronto”. In 2016, she published her first kids’ book – an activity book based on the WW1 objects in the Dover Transport Museum in Kent, United Kingdom. Selected artworks are in the collection of UCA Canterbury as well as other private collections in the UK and Ireland. She has been featured in DAD’s 10th Anniversary concert and exhibition (2016), Limbo’s Associate Member Show (2014), PhotoIreland Festival (2013), The European Media Arts Festival (2013) as well as in the literary publications Viersomes 004, No-wave magazine, Cracked on the Rock Zine, Oh Francis and Splinter magazine.

Recent Posts

New work on sale at “Evolution” show

I’m delighted to be part of the “Evolution” show opening tomorrow at North York Arts Centre on Yonge Street near Sheppard Avenue West. Evolution (Four years together) is mixed-media art exhibit that celebrates the artwork done by Art Starts’ Platform A micro-grant recipients, 2013-17. There’ll be spoken word, videos, documentaries, African dance, belly dance, hip-hop dance, drag show, visual arts, sculptures and much more. The evening promises to be very lively and will be my first time seeing so many artists’ work together blending cultures and embracing community!

About my work:

Surface Excess is about the layers of time that pass us on a daily basis. Combining images of nature, a city in passing and humanity together through 35mm double exposure photography allows the blending of ever changing materials into one succinct metaphor. Existence and an acknowledgement of temporality are ideas in conversations using the motifs of leaves, color, light, shadow, form and landscape. The use of analogue materials (35mm film) is essential to the authentic layering of passing moments in time.Using the tactile quality of film makes me appreciate how precious each negative is, there only being 24 or 36 exposures per roll. It is through the medium of film photography that I must calculate each negative per roll of film, to understand not to be trigger-happy, to be as calm and appreciative of moments in time and to candidly record them, to remember that to make a good photo, you have to live or aspire to live in that frame or that perfect moment in passing. Otherwise, what worth is there to being behind the lens?

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Opening Reception July 6th
Time: 6 pm to 8 pm

Facebook link to the event – click here

Exhibition Days
July 7th to 26th

Gallery Hours
Tuesdays to Fridays
1 pm to 6 pm

Toronto Centre for the Arts
North York Arts
5040 Yonge St, North York, ON M2N 6R8


  1. Double Exposure: Cyclists of Toronto (2017) Leave a reply
  2. My book is ready! Leave a reply
  3. Book launch June 9th at bikeSauce Leave a reply
  4. Assembling and scanning negatives Leave a reply
  5. Just a little outside of Toronto… Leave a reply
  6. Exploring the Don Valley Leave a reply
  7. Many kilometres later…. Leave a reply
  8. Double Exposures: Stage 2 location photography Leave a reply
  9. Meet some more Double Exposure participants Leave a reply